Motorola Two-Way Radio and Your Fleet Management Needs, Leverage your existing infrastructure and investment while reaping AVL benefits.

Connecting Radio Communications with Data, Analytics, and Mapping The scenario:

  • A widespread use of Motorola® 2-way radio by state and local government departments, including public safety and public works, Departments of Transportation (DOTs), utilities and others. The ASTRO® 25 Network has provided a level of crispness and interoperability that is enjoyed across departments and agencies.
  • A state or local government that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in GIS technology to provide mapping capability and better serve the public.
  • Public safety departments who have budgeted for cellular service and who have learned that it can tie into the GIS system to allow for an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) program, providing fleet management that saves money and time. This leads to tension.

AVL pays for itself quickly and leverages the already hefty expenditure in GIS, but the Radio users, who don’t have the easy connection that the wireless cellular or internet connection has with the GIS analytics software, are left out. They do not have to be. In fact, there is a solution to integrating radio communications with data, analytics, and mapping to bring the Motorola users into the AVL program and reap the benefits of a good fleet management program. The purpose of this paper is to show that in order to access AVL, you can use your current infrastructure. You do not have to build a new one. You do not have to leave 2-way radio behind! CompassCom® and Motorola are Business Partners. We know how to make it work for you. Click below to download the whitepaper.

The Interoperability Imperative
Return on Investment for AVL Requires a Flexible Program

Why Interoperability Matters in AVL
For one example, consider the vehicles owned by an average-sized municipality or county-level government (across departments) :

• Public Works vehicles:
o Street Sweepers
o Snow Plows
o Garbage Trucks
o Stormwater (vacuum trucks, etc)
o Water utility
o Road & Bridge
o Insect & Weed control /mowers

• Public Safety vehicles:
o Police cars
o Fire engines
o Ambulances

Supervisor/standard model vehicles:
o Public Works field cars
o Building inspection/Code enforcement officer cars

• Special Departments
o Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
o Forestry

It’s rare that, over the years as these departments have grown within the municipalities they serve, that they have all coordinated their wireless carrier contracts (if they all even have such contracts – many police departments are using two-way radio instead of cellular providers); the vehicles are often maintained/housed at different locations and managed separately.

An AVL program should be able to accommodate all these different departments, using the GPS hardware that may already be installed on some vehicles, the slightly different hardware that is installed on some others, and be able to arrange for the installation of new hardware on vehicles that are without, while providing a consultative approach so that the new hardware will be the best choice for that particular client. It should be able to work with the combinations of wireless carrier contracts that crisscross the entity like a puzzle: the Public Works department uses Verizon and the fire department uses AT&T and the police department has a two-way radio system that it is not about to abandon.


CompassLDE® Connector by CompassCom: Empowering the ESRI® ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor


GeoEvent Processor users will be able to integrate with the CompassLDE® Server to provide a plug and play solution with most any wireless communications networks, and multiple hardware devices. Once connected, users will be able to leverage the ESRI® GeoEvent processor’s real-time GIS capabilities, while using CompassCom’s proven AVL suite of reporting and viewer software, to provide the best of breed solution. CompassCom provides industry-standard hardware from providers like CalAmp®, Sierra Wireless®, Motorola® and Trimble® delivered with a choice of wireless service providers, to support a real-time solution.