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Florida County Announces Successful Testing Of Motorola's Cloud-based P25 Core Technology

Date:Jan 11, 2021

 (Source: newsroom.motorolasolutions.com)

A county in Florida recently announced the successful completion of a successful test of Motorola’s CirrusCentral Core, which is the cloud-based auxiliary core of the ASTRO 25 P25 system, designed to provide redundancy for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks Reliability without having to spend any cost associated with the physical auxiliary core site.


Stephen Kennedy, assistant county magistrate of the Sumter County Council, said that since the ASTRO 25 network was deployed in 2012, in Sumter County, Florida, "the absence of an auxiliary core has always been a weak link in our system." Commissioner. He said that the installation and maintenance of the physical secondary core is too expensive for Sumter County to raise funds on its own. So far, efforts to share the cost of the physical secondary core with neighboring jurisdictions have been unsuccessful.


In view of this, Kennedy said that he has the opportunity to test CirrusCentral Core, which is an auxiliary core product of Motorola's solution. If the main core fails on the ASTRO 25 network, the tool will use cloud-based technology to provide automatic redundancy. He said that Sumter County officials are satisfied with the results of the CirrusCentral Core test.


In an interview with IWCE emergency communications, Kennedy said: "We have conducted a comprehensive field test on an independent ASR (simulcast) site." "We have completely deleted it from the local core. We confirmed that the system has zero loss and no impact on users. Impact. We were able to review whether the cloud hosting core took over as expected.


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"Based on this proof of concept,...in my opinion, by then, we must have a working system. My subscribers have no experience of service loss during operation. That is an important step forward. We plan to Take other measures to extend it to the entire simultaneous simulcast."


Scott Mottonen, Motorola's senior vice president of solutions products, said that the successful Sumter County test is an important step in the CirrusCentral solution, which is now available.


In an interview with IWCE Emergency Communications, Mottonen said: "This is our first real-time test on a real-time customer network carrying real traffic." "Its scope is relatively limited, but...but this is a failover of the cloud core as a backup The first on-site test, and confirmed that it continues to operate as expected to provide services to radio users.


"Now, customers can deploy it in their network.... Ready to go."


Kennedy stated that he plans to recommend the CirrusCentral core fund for elected officials in Sumter County for the rest of the year, including cloud-based solutions in the budget for the next few years.


Kennedy said: "I strongly recommend that you do this because it will fill a potential risk that we have known for many years."


"We are very happy (to have the opportunity to test CirrusCentral Core), and we are very grateful to someone for bringing us a truly game-changing solution. This is just the beginning of access to a large number of other resources. This is a very exciting technology. "


In fact, public safety entities are increasingly willing to deploy cloud-based technologies that can often provide significantly greater functionality, security and flexibility, and redundancy at a much lower upfront cost than capital-intensive physical technologies.


Kennedy said: "We can't deploy another [physical] main site." "Losing the owner will be a major, long-term [problem]. It will not be a few hours of interruption; for us, it will be a Important issues.


"So, from my perspective, this is a priority, and I might envision it being able to be added to our local subscription service."


Of course, the biggest reservation of public safety officials with cloud-based technology is that if the Internet connection to the cloud service does not work, the solution is generally useless. To solve this reliability problem, Kennedy said he hopes to add wireless broadband connections as a redundant connection method to enhance the geographic diversity of optical fiber connection options in Sumter County.


"We have several options to elevate us to the 5-9 level, and even discussed the potential to add an LTE version on top of it. This is indeed (frankly speaking) the main reason why I am so confident about switching to LTE. Cloud involves Many different issues," Kennedy said.


"With this kind of cloud reliability... In today's era, there is no reason not to have 5-9 or higher reliability in cloud solutions. If we just rely on the local hardware of the county-level organization, I don't know if I can do this Say."


Mottonen of Motorola Solutions said that this cloud-based attitude is becoming more and more common in the critical communications industry.


"For us, this is a great opportunity to work with technologically advanced and visionary customers to prove what we believe in is that cloud computing no longer has to be downgraded to things that are not important to you Action", Mottonen said. "We believe that as we move forward, this cloud technology can provide services for mission-critical communication networks more and more widely.


"I think that more and more people realize that with the geographical diversity that cloud providers can provide and the geographical diversity of Internet connections... Of course, we think that increasing wireless backhaul will replace the Backhoe fading has brought greater adaptability, and using this technology to provide services for mission-critical communications is becoming more and more practical for us.