TWC 2012: Motorola Solutions’ TRACES enables real-time coverage monitoring

New version of TRACES will allow users to benefit from on-demand information on network availability, ensuring safety and enhanced efficiency

TWC 2012: Motorola Solutions’ TRACES enables real-time coverage monitoring

Motorola Solutions announced the launch of its second generation TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) RF Automated Coverage Evaluation System (TRACES) at TWC 2012. TRACES now allows public safety network operators to collect, visualise and evaluate real-time data from mission-critical TETRA networks allowing them to view usage patterns and quickly identify and react to coverage black spots, thereby maintaining a stable network at all times for users in the field.

The new TRACES version builds a detailed picture of the entire mission critical network by automatically and continuously capturing network performance data from actual user devices and base stations. Real time Information availability also allows network operators to monitor their compliance against typical KPI and SLA criteria.

TRACES – key facts
• TRACES is designed to be flexible, easy to install and modular. The new version of TRACES can be customized to mission critical network operator needs whether they solely manage a network or whether they also have their own fleet of users
• The new Uplink Measurement Report (UMR) module, the latest TRACES innovation, enables Operators to collect real-time data from their Motorola Dimetra IP network system over ETSI GPS signals from any TETRA user radio while they are in use in the field. This enables operators managing to gain a comprehensive view of network coverage from an end-user perspective, without actually owning a fleet of TETRA radios.
• The first generation of TRACES focuses on recording coverage issues (Downlink Measurement Reports - DMR) via the radio as it’s used in the field. Issues are uploaded to the TRACES server once the radio is docked in the Motorola charger. The second generation of TRACES collects real-time data from base stations (UMR) and devices while in use.
• The use of TRACES as an analytical tool can also greatly reduce maintenance costs because it averts the need for regular drive testing in problem areas.
• When changes occur on the network the actual coverage that is being supplied by the network is quickly visible to the operator who no longer has to rely on predicted coverage maps
• TRACES enables network administrators to instantly analyse measurement reports and statistics created from end-user radios and network devices. This allows effective and rapid identification and tracking of network coverage issues and changes

Ultimate Patrol Vehicle
Motorola also highlighted its vision for the Ultimate Patrol Vehicle – the result of five years of field research, simulations and usability studies. The vehicle’s cockpit incorporates the latest technologies and easy-to-reach integrated controls for streamlined decision-making and actions by officers involved in high-stress pursuits. 

For streamlined actions, the car has integrated, easy-to-reach controls with key functions tied to single button presses or simple voice commands. Its workstation runs applications such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and real-time video streaming over LTE and TEDS (TETRA Enhanced Data Services) to empower and protect officers like never before.

LTE solutions
Motorola was also showcasing the development of LTE devices, applications and services with recent launches of industry-first LTE technology, such as the Public Safety LTE device LEX700. The company is currently rolling out its LTE broadband solution for public safety users in the 700mHX band in the US.

Written by Wireless magazine
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