Motorola Solutions steps up with expertise, volunteers for Hurricane Irma aid

Last month, Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida and the Caribbean, a massive storm that overwhelmed millions of people in its path.

In response to the devastating weather event, Motorola Solutions, through its communications systems, staff and officials, took the lead in a variety of ways — as responders and volunteers — to help those most affected in the moments that mattered.

Irma made landfall Sept. 10 as a Category 4 storm in the lower Keys, bringing fierce winds and damage mostly from flooding and fallen trees to a vast section of South Florida from Miami through Naples and up the Gulf Coast.

In some areas, power and internet were not fully restored until nearly 10 days later, with much of the state still reeling more than a month after Irma hit.

For example, Miami-Dade County collected more than two million cubic yards of storm-related debris through Oct. 21, with 3 million cubic yards of debris in Miami, according to the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management.

Following natural disasters such as Irma — as well as Hurricanes Harvey and Maria — members of Motorola Solutions’ response team tirelessly worked to ensure radio communications stayed up and running, working around the clock to make its customers whole again.

A week ahead of Irma’s landfall, Motorola Solutions proactively reached out Florida customers to help prepare and meet all needs. Workers tested generators, located extra equipment, and verified systems were in good working order. When needed, Motorola also sent extra supplies and resources with radios, batteries and more.

During the Irma, Motorola was standby through a staging area in Rome, Georgia, to deliver truckloads of gear — everything from spare radios and batteries to replacement antennas and transmission lines, generators and satellite phones.

At its Plantation facility, the company also staged response teams made up of electricians, technicians, tower crews, logistical support and company leaders. When deployed, those teams were equipped with supplies to be self-sustained for at least 7 days, with a possibility for resupply — including a 10,000-gallon fuel tanker, food and accommodations. They also came prepared to help with not just equipment needs, but also bringing comfort items for victims of Irma, like air mattresses.

While on site, Motorola Solutions staff stayed in contact with local authorities, 911 centers, emergency management authorities and regional emergency operations centers to assess needs and offer aid. Those staff members were granted the authority to make decisions in the field, so they could get the job done as quickly as possible.

In total, more than 200 Motorola Solutions employees were on hand to help Floridians recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Another story of success in Irma’s aftermath was in Monroe County.

On September 12, less than 48 hours after Irma’s arrival in Monroe County, Miami-Dade police escorted Motorola triage response team members during an initial supply run to the county line. From there, team members inspected several locations while moving south through the Keys, and was the first such team to reach the site in North Key Largo.

During inspections, workers faced a series of blocked roads, where they helped clear debris and cut paths to previously unreachable locations, including Long Key and Sugar Loaf Key. Motorola staff were also in charge of reporting generator fuel levels to Monroe County officials, and refilled generator fuel tanks when possible.

Following Irma, the primary site at the 911 center in Marathon — which allowed officials throughout all of Monroe County to communicate directly with each other — was down after a power outage at the facility. After the local utility decided the master center was a repair priority, Motorola worked closely with electricians on site to restore power quickly.

By the end of Motorola’s first day of access in Monroe County, the system was brought back online areawide.

With most of the Keys without power or cell service in immediately after Irma, Motorola Solutions also programmed radios for Homeland Security agents, allowing them to communicate with Monroe County officials to better assess the situation on the ground.

Motorola Solutions enables public safety agencies and businesses to communicate and work more efficiently. Connecting millions of people through devices, networks and software are essential for them to do their jobs and create safe, thriving communities.

When it comes to staying connected during a disaster, Motorola Solutions’ land mobile radios (LMR) and infrastructure provide reliable technology, to support mission-critical voice communications in life-or-death situations across the country.

From hurricanes like Harvey, Irma and Maria, to blizzards, earthquakes and forest fires, land mobile radios offer the performance to keep responders and citizens safe.

First responders in Pinellas County relied on Motorola Solutions radio systems — featuring data-sharing capabilities — to stay connected during Irma. When storm winds reached 40 miles per hour, dispatchers were prevented from sending off rescue teams. Nevertheless, Motorola personnel were there to help perform “CPR on the phone” with doctors in the call center. During and after the crisis, responders reported never experienced a single transmission drop.

In nearby Coral Springs, a pregnant woman went into labor during the storm, calling 911. Taking an armored vehicle to navigate the storm damage, first responders, using Motorola Solutions radios, helped with a safe delivery for the mother and her baby girl.

“Radios were crystal-clear” during the incident, one county official said afterward.

Motorola radios — with push-to-talk connectivity — were also essential for the Lake County Sheriff Department, taking advantage of backup generators to stay connected before, during and after the storm.

“There was a 228 percent increase in push-to-talk communications between county and local police from the day before Irma hit to the day of the hurricane,” said Public Safety Communications Director Greg Holcomb. With push-to-talk, Lake County’s radio system connects users in less than a second, which could mean the difference between life and death.

“In that time, there were no sites down, no outages and all LMR communications worked flawlessly,” Holcomb said.

Following the storm, backup generators powered the radio systems’ 18 network sites, some running nonstop six days.

“Our officers were working in flood-prone areas, and in those areas, LMR was the only communication working,” Holcomb added.

As for individual Motorola employees in Florida, many either donated or volunteered for post-Irma relief efforts.

Evacuated ahead of Irma, Motorola Solutions’ Plantation facility reopened four days later as a collection site for necessity items to be the benefit of the South Florida Red Cross, including toiletries, cleaning kits, air mattresses, blankets, clothes and more.

Continuing its commitment to provide technology to first responders and public safety workers worldwide, the Motorola Solutions Foundation is working with the American Red Cross for financial support for communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico.

To date, the Foundation has committed $85,000 to the Red Cross’ relief efforts, with employees donating more than $100,000. The money was on top of $320,000 in Motorola Solutions Foundation grants provided to Red Cross programs in Chicago, Florida, California and worldwide.

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TPCAST Announces Wi-fi Aid for Oculus Rift

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Enterprise WIRE)–Oculus Link (OC4) – TPCAST, the leader in wireless digital
reality (VR) know-how, announced right now that it is functioning on a
wireless adapter for the Oculus Rift headset. TPCAST is the very first to
introduce a business Wi-fi Adapter for Virtual Reality, which
preserves the video clip quality and application functionality. The TPCAST
option has been shipping and delivery in output and demonstrating high video clip
quality and low latency.

The present-day high-conclusion VR HMDs are pushed by a cable transmitting the
video clip, voice, data, and electric power utilizing HDMI, USB, and electric power connectors.
The major-responsibility wire limitations the VR expertise by tying the person to a
server and proscribing the liberty of motion. With the TPCAST wireless
option, Rift users will attain an improved expertise, as they roam
all over freely and perform online games, though preserving the same high quality as
a conventional wired relationship.

“TPCAST is dedicated to guidance the Oculus Rift HMD with our one of a kind
wireless know-how solutions, and supply VR users a high-quality,
immersive VR come upon,” said Michael Liu, TPCAST CEO. “With the
TPCAST wireless adapter, we will be transforming the VR usage and expertise
by delivering the full liberty of motion with no cables hooked up.”

The wireless adapter supports 2K video clip transmission at 90Fps with sub
2ms latency. The adapter comes with a battery to electric power the headset and
the wireless module and can previous for 5 hrs of operation. This wireless
adapter gives company content material developers the liberty to make much more
impressive content material in numerous industries which include automotive, healthcare,
oil & gasoline, true estate and much more.

“We have been applying the TPCAST wireless option everyday for the past
thirty day period and it truly can take VR experiences to the following amount. TPCAST
guidance for Oculus Rift, a person of the top HMD distributors, is a excellent acquire
for the full VR local community,” explained Karl Krantz, CEO of SVVR.

Item Availability

TPCAST has been shipping and delivery the know-how in China for the past 6 months
and is concentrating on on owning the Wi-fi Adapter for Oculus Rift
obtainable by the conclusion of Q4 2017.


Creator of the very first business wireless digital reality option,
TPCAST’s vision is to unleash the VR environment by taking away cables now
built-in to all VR/AR/MR head-mounted shows (HMDs). The company’s
patent-pending systems allow hugely economical bi-directional
communications involving the Computer system and a VR HMD with close to-zero latency. The
firm has its mental assets legal rights in the fields of wireless
communications and digital reality. Its mission is to operate with all
functions in the VR marketplace which include HMD manufacturers, recreation developers,
content material providers, GPU makers, and important VR know-how providers to
provide the best wireless VR expertise to buyers and company

Twitter ends aid for Apple Check out?

By: IANS | San Francisco |
Revealed:September 28, 2017 11:59 am

Twitter, Apple Watch, Twitter app Apple Watch, Twitter removed from Apple Watch, iOS 7.8, iOS appsTwitter, Apple Watch, Twitter app Apple Watch, Twitter removed from Apple Watch, iOS 7.8, iOS apps Twitter’s iTunes Application Retailer webpage no more time notes compatibility with the Apple Check out.

As Twitter announced to double its 140-character limit to 280, quite a few Apple Check out customers throughout the world were left unhappy on Thursday when they realised that the app has disappeared. In accordance to a report in TechCrunch, Twitter’s iTunes Application Retailer webpage no more time notes compatibility with the Apple Check out. With the rollout of the Twitter for iOS (edition 7.8) iOS app, the Apple Check out app was eradicated, the report mentioned.

“@Twitter killed Twitter for Apple Check out without the need of expressing anything. Why are you so established to ruin your assistance for me, @jack?” just one Apple Check out person tweeted.

A Twitter spokesperson advised TechCrunch: “We listened to from individuals that notifications were the most handy component of the Apple Check out Twitter encounter. With this, we are concentrating on supporting a lot more strong, media-prosperous notifications. “We are committed to delivering the very ideal Twitter encounter on Iphone, iPad, Apple Tv and Apple Check out, and we’ll proceed to iterate and increase our applications throughout all platforms.”

Not just Twitter, Google has also give up Apple Check out platform in the modern earlier. “Google pulled aid for Google Maps on the Apple Check out earlier this calendar year, and vendors which include Amazon and eBay did the very same,” the report said.

Meanwhile, Twitter has begun tests 280-character tweets — doubling the preceding 140-character limit — to assist customers turn out to be a lot more expressive. At the moment, the 280-character tweet facility is available to a modest team of its 328 million customers but it would before long be rolled out globally, Twitter said in a website write-up.

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Chair-ity Live Auction takes action to Facebook to aid young cancer patients, families | Entertainment

While many are inspired to stand up to fight cancer, an upcoming fundraiser invites you to take a seat. The Chair-ity Live Auction, taking place Sunday on Facebook, allows do-gooders to do good from the comfort of their home or wherever their smartphone takes them.

The event features bundles in nine categories — Backyard Americana, Man Cave, Children’s Reading, Pet Bed, Coffee, Disney, Secret Garden, Beachin’ and Western — that are up for auction. Teams assemble each collection, which includes a themed chair or some form of seating along with baskets with assorted goodies.

For the Beachin’ package, people will bid on the bundle including a Adirondack chair with umbrella, throw blanket and pillow, agate coasters, two custom sea glass necklaces, bucket of Coronas and beer salt, beach towels, extra-large cooler tote bag, gift cards and more. The Man Cave boasts two barstools made from kegs, beer crate with six-pack of beer, manly cookbook and candles, bacon jerky, custom-made bottle cap mirror, Lengthwise growlers and glassware, dart board and more.

Other inventories are posted on the Facebook event page, accessible via the Second Star to the Right’s page (

This is the fourth year that the local group, which helps children with cancer and their families, has held the auction. Jennifer Meiners, who is helping organize the fundraiser, said the group raised $5,000 last year and hopes to double that for 2017.

Bidding will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Those who want to bid need only select “interested” or “going” on the event page to keep up on the bidding and take part. Organizers will follow up after the auction closes and make arrangements for payment and delivery, Meiners said.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

Warner Brothers, “Band Aid” Co-Producer Joins Grand Theft Auto V Actress to Produce Film “Born That Way”

Warner Brothers, “Band Aid” Co-Producer Joins Grand Theft Auto V Actress to Produce Film “Born That Way”

Grand Theft Auto V actress Michal Sinnott has attached Warner Brothers producer and initial round of funding for her feature film in development, Born That Way.

New York, NY, June 08, 2017 –(– Grand Theft Auto V actress Michal Sinnott has attached Warner Brothers producer Kristen Murtha for her feature film in development, “Born That Way.”

Kristen Murtha joins film “Born That Way” with experience producing for Warner Brothers, working for DreamWorks, and most recently as associate producer for the 2017 Lego movie and co-producer for Sundance-acclaimed Zoe Lister-Jones film “Band Aid.”

“The ‘Born That Way’ script was unlike anything I’d read before. It’s unique and beautiful, and presents some interesting challenges as a producer. Simultaneously, it presents opportunities to make something no one has ever seen,” says Kristen about “Born That Way.”

Described by Michal as a “A Magical Realist Present Day Fable For The People,” “Born That Way” explores parallel realities, human connection, and gender through a combination of live-action and animation.

“The story deals with our connectedness to each other, to the earth and to animals – we tackle a lot of heavy stuff, but the animation gives that heaviness levity,” says Michal.

Acting for the screen and stage since age 7, Michal is known for her role as Tracey De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V. A passionate world traveler, Michal co-wrote “Born That Way” with best friend Mary M. Parr on a 6 day USA cross country road trip.

With initial investment from private investors Dina and Fred Clements and Dyna Drones, Michal is meeting with directors and actors to round out the “Born That Way team.”

Filming for “Born That Way” will begin in 2017 in Tanzania, Africa, and will continue on location in New York City in 2018.

Kristen’s producing experience with “Band Aid” will bring unique opportunities for a diverse production crew for “Born That Way.”

“Working on ‘Band Aid’ has been the highlight of my career to date. Being surrounded by strong, capable women under the leadership of the powerhouse that is Zoe Lister-Jones was an incredibly empowering experience,” says Kristen.

Also joining the “Born That Way” team as Co-Executive Producer is Emmy and Gemini Award winning creator, writer, and story consultant Rob Travalino. Rob brings 2 decades of experience producing for DreamWorks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, and Sega of America.

“‘Born That Way’ is an incredibly timely story with a fascinating approach to its telling. And Michal is full of passion and is surrounded by people who believe in her,” says Kristen.

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