Lead and Never Follow: A Customer Centric Company Culture Is Redefining How Dallas Communicates!
HCI Acquires Blair Communications, Inc.
Houston, Texas. HCI, a wireless communications integrator of voice, video and data solutions, announces its acquisition of Dallas based, Blair Communications Inc. (“Blair”). HCI will obtain Blair’s assets and the merged business will operate under the HCI brand. The acquisition is effective February 15, 2019.
Blair Communications is an Authorized Dealer for Motorola, Vertex Standard, Kenwood, and other electronic products that was created in 1976 by Janet Blair who saw the need for Two-Way radio communications at a golf tournament to improve their productivity. In 1986 Janet sold Blair Communications to Joseph Blair and subsequently incorporated in the state of Texas in 1990.
“Expansion into the Dallas-Fort Worth area is another milestone in our development strategy to better serve our growing customer base” said Keir Johnson, President and CEO of HCI. “This will further expand the technical and sales resources at the disposal of both branches, and enhance the training and development for the existing team in Dallas”
Mr. Johnson will work with his management team through the transition to a single company. The headquarters will remain in Houston, Texas. HCI’s own Max Williams will oversee the day to day integration of Blair into the HCI family and culture as the General Manager in Dallas.
Houston Communications Inc. was founded on a dedication to help our customers maximize their use and access to the leading communications technology. That dedication has been rewarded with tremendous growth, success, and the trust and confidence of our customers over our 40-year legacy. Our mission is simple: we are a wireless communications integrator of voice, video and data solutions, and want to be your partner and consultant in this very tech-heavy Communications Industry. We will craft a solution that best fits your needs and be there as an adviser and maintainer when you need us.
The 6th Generation Of Proven Fire Radios Has Arrived
Motorola Solutions Evolving Lineup Just Got Tougher
Introducing the newest generation: APX NEXT XN. In your line of work, your equipment must have no point of failure. It must be ready for anything, built for any extreme and unforeseen situation. As your lifeline, your radio is no exception. It is the one tool that keeps you connected to your greatest resource: your crew. This is why Motorola Solutions pushed the limits further than ever before to develop a fire radio solution that’s tougher than ever before.
While MSI can never be sure where the call will take you, or when the unexpected extreme will occur, they can help make sure you’re ready for it, and never face it alone - by keeping you connected to your crew and command through a secure lifeline that you can rely on. That lifeline is APX NEXT XN.
Outperform The Unexpected
- Tested to withstand new extremes – from hotter conditions to higher drops to direct flame exposure and more - going further than any radio before it.
- Packed with new enhanced safety features, radio self-checks, to audible and visual alerts to keep you assured that your lifeline is never compromised.
New Addition to the Mag One Line: BPR40d
The Mag One by Motorola BPR40 and BPR40d radios deliver the reliable communications you and your staff need. Lightweight and powerful, each radio is built to ensure that you are never out of reach. Long battery life means continued communication that lasts an entire shift. Rugged, water-resistant construction offers worry-free operation, while the radios’ long warranties bring peace of mind. Both radios support analog communications for simple, familiar push-to-talk voice connections. The BPR40d radio also supports the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR II) communications standard, giving you more range and clear, static-free voice connections, even at the edge of your radio coverage.
BPR40d Advanced Features
Digital Mobile Radio (DMR II) Support
Take advantage of advanced digital features, clear voice communications and greater coverage. Interoperate with other DMR radios.
Communicate to all radios on your system, regardless of what channel they’ve selected.
Communicate to all radios in a predefined group of radio users.
Communicate privately with one other radio user.
Remotely activate the radio’s microphone and transmitter and hear its audio. Allows you to check on a radio user who may not be able to press the push-to-talk button.
On Demand Webinar: Using ESSER Funding
Watch the Motorola Solutions On Demand webinar to learn how your School District can use ESSER funds to help limit the spread of Covid-19 in your campuses by upgrading your video security & analytics system.
During this webinar, you will learn about:
- Covid -19 Response Analytics: No Face Mask Detection, Social Distancing Technology, Occupancy Counting
- Contact Tracing using Access Control & Appearance Search
- Avigilon Cloud Services Web & Mobile Client
- Mapping for First Responders & 9-11 Dispatch
- Elevated Temperature Detection Thermal Cameras (and how your school can get a thermal screening solution for free!)
Businesses Gain Unparalleled Collaboration and Productivity with Motorola Solutions’ New Smart Radio
Motorola Solutions launches MOTOTRBO™ Ion smart radio with full Android interface, broadband data capabilities and an open application ecosystem.
The global pandemic has driven businesses to shift and adapt operations to meet changing demands and new challenges. For many, this has meant a greater focus on collaboration and productivity, bringing to the forefront the need for simple and reliable voice, video and data communications, as well as applications that make individuals and teams more efficient. Motorola Solutions today announced the launch of a next generation business-ready smart radio with voice, broadband data and multimedia capabilities to connect teams, inform operations and keep businesses running smoothly.
The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio brings real-time intelligent data to existing business workflows. Its fully open Android application ecosystem allows for seamless integration of the mobile data applications that commercial industries depend on, such as those used for enterprise-grade barcode scanning, as well as team communication platforms used for messaging, meetings and shared content. A 13-megapixel camera and 4-inch, high-resolution touchscreen lets workers attach photos to work tickets, use video chat for remote diagnostics and view detailed images, schematics, diagrams, photos and videos. This simplifies device management and security, allowing businesses to move toward the use of a single device that offers the simplicity and reliability of push-to-talk radio with the additional capabilities of a smartphone, scanner and tablet.
The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio works on the digital mobile radio (DMR) standard, Wi-Fi, public LTE and private broadband networks. It is built to support searching, tracking, ticketing, scanning and collaboration to boost productivity, especially within industries such as manufacturing, transportation, logistics and hospitality that rely on mobile workers. It enables airport workers to coordinate the safe and timely flow of passenger services, truck drivers to receive vital route information via digital job tickets and security personnel to stream high-definition video from across stadiums or theme parks.
The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio is purpose-built for a variety of enterprise environments. The dual microphones, speaker size and audio engineering provide crystal clarity and noise suppression for powerful audio that outperforms smartphones, especially in loud environments. With an ultra-rugged design, it stands up to harsh conditions and exposure to dust, water and repeated drops. It features cloud-based programming and provisioning, remote updating and real-time device monitoring, allowing businesses to deploy and maintain their radio fleets with minimal touch and downtime.
Technology For A Safer World
Motorola Solutions has created the first and only end-to-end enterprise technology ecosystem that unifies voice, video, data and analytics on a single platform — providing you with the foundation of safety you need by addressing the unique challenges of your airport, hospital, school, and stadium. They have also reimagined how the technologies used to help keep them safe, can do even more — drive efficiencies, improve productivity and generate better outcomes. Because safety, efficiency and productivity are deeply interconnected. With the right technologies, you can be faster, smarter, more focused and more resilient — better at everything you do.
Detect, Analyze, Communicate, Respond
Because when technologies communicate and learn from each other, safety and performance improve across your entire enterprise. Intelligence advances outwards, giving you eyes and ears where you’ve never had them before. Information flows where it’s needed — from cameras, to radios, to smart devices, to command centers — and what you need to know is made clear. People collaborate in more personalized and productive ways, using any network or device they want. Fairness and accuracy replace biases and blindspots. Resiliency increases and decisions improve.
The Intersection of Technology and Transportation
Leading Edge Technologies for Hospitals on the Leading Edge
Next Generation Safety for The Next Generation
Keep Up with The Speed of Technology on One Unified Platform
View Events And Activities As They Happen
How many times has someone said, “if they could only see what I see” when trying to convey verbally to another person what’s going on around them? That’s because using words to paint a mental image of what’s happening at that moment can be a frustrating and time consuming experience.
Whether someone is a shopping mall security guard watching a food fight grow, an HVAC technician experiencing problems with a new install procedure or an EMT dealing with a critical patient, the ability to stream video in real time is the key to increasing the speed and clarity of their communications.
Compliant with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Mission Critical Video (MCVideo) standard, WAVE PTX Streaming Video makes it possible for users to push live video to individuals, groups, or dispatchers. The result is increased situational awareness for dispatchers, supervisors, and other recipients because they have a real-time view of events and activities as they happen.
Keep Students And Staff Connected Outside School
Did you know that we can also keep your students and staff connected off-campus? Whether schools are practicing hybrid learning, modified on-campus learning, or distance learning this school year, ensure a reliable internet connection is readily available for every student outside of the classroom.
Providing academic success for all starts with a strong private LTE network connection.
NITRO PRIVATE LTE
At the very foundation of effective distance learning, is the assurance that every student has suitable internet access readily available to support all their schoolwork and homework assignments.
Unfortunately, the digital divide still exists, and many students do not have proper access to the internet - greatly compromising their academic success, and future achievements.
Ensure every student can access online learning programs from the safety of their own homes with Nitro™, the Motorola Solutions private LTE solution. This functional and cost-effective solution provides enterprise-grade private LTE as a wireless backhaul to your school’s network. Combine the simplicity of an easy installation without miles of cables, and heavy maintenance work in each student’s home, all with the added control of having complete ownership over your network.
Never rely on carriers or cellular service again and instead find the peace of mind that any student home can instantly be transformed into a classroom.
VT100 Body-Worn Camera
A New Perspective When It Matters Most
The VT100 delivers a customizable and fully integrated enterprise mobile video solution. 720p HD video. Remote alarm activation. Customer-friendly design. Seamless integration with existing CCTV. The VT100 offers a new perspective when it matters most.
Record. Respond. Protect.
Creating a safe working environment is a top priority. Thanks to remote alarm activation, the VT100 empowers control room teams to respond swiftly when incidents occur. Protecting your people and promoting a safety-first culture.
New CP100d Series Portable Two-Way Radios
The CP100d Series is easy to use and makes it easy to migrate from analog to digital. Your radio users can operate and communicate on their new digital radios on the job, as your business transitions to digital technology. Accessory compatibility ensures you can reuse your inventory of battery, antennas, and chargers, further protecting your investments.
New TLK150 Mobile Nationwide Radio
Quickly deploy in your vehicle fleet. Combine the broad coverage of a nationwide cellular network with the ease of two-way radio communications.
Safely operate while driving, with one button push-to-talk. Manage talk groups and subscriptions in real time. Increase coverage, connections, and productivity without expanding infrastructure.
You can even use the TLK 150 with your current compatible MOTOTRBO™ systems, LMR and smartphones. There’s no costly or time-consuming FCC or spectrum licensing, or manual programming required.
Best Practices Guide For Radio, Cleaning And Disinfecting
This "Best Practices Guide" describes the general procedures for cleaning and disinfecting two-way radios, wireless devices, body-worn cameras and accessories based on current and best understanding of radio hygiene. Per global health authorities, removing germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces lowers the risk of spreading infection. Using chemical disinfectants may kill germs that remain on surfaces after cleaning, which further lowers the risk of spreading infection.
Information from the WHO website:
Information from the US CDC website:
- Apply 0.5% detergent-water solution with a cloth, then use a stiff, non-metallic, short-bristled brush to work all loose dirt away from the device. Use a soft, absorbent, lintless cloth or tissue to remove the solution and dry the device.
- Make sure that no solution remains entrapped near any connectors, cracks or crevices.
- Devices may be disinfected by wiping them down with over-the-counter isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) with at least 70% alcohol concentration.
- When cleaning with isopropyl alcohol, the alcohol should never be applied directly to the device. It should be applied to a cloth, which is then used to wipe down the device.
- The effects of certain chemicals and their vapors can have detrimental effects on plastics and the metal plating.
Do not use bleach, solvents or cleaning sprays to cleanse or disinfect your device.
IMPORTANT We are unable to, and did not, determine whether any particular cleaning product is effective in removing specific foreign substances (including viruses) from the device, nor whether any disinfectant will remove all germs or viruses. Please consult the chemical manufacturers’ documentation for specifics on cleaning product efficacy with regards to foreign substances (such as viruses).
For more detailed information download the Motorola Solutions Technical Notification