Motorola APX™ Extreme Series
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR SAFETY, WE GO TO THE EXTREME.
IT’S NOT JUST A LINE OF COMMUNICATION. IT’S A LIFELINE.
Motorola Solutions’ understands you need mission critical devices that perform in the most extreme environments. Whether you’re in a smoke-filled structure or listening to instructions over the high ambient noise of equipment or apparatus, you need to hear every command clearly. Fire doubles in size every 60 seconds and one second can make all the difference.
How does Motorola Solutions develop a new generation of mission critical technology that is more intuitive and glove-friendly, significantly louder and clearer? So that every time you turn a knob or talk to incident command – particularly under stress – communicating becomes second nature. Motorola designed the APX™ Extreme Series to meet the specific needs of firefighters.
Motorola Solutions’ complete portfolio of ergonomically advanced, ultra-rugged radios and accessories are safe, easy and efficient to use.DESIGNED TO HELP YOU DEAL
WITH THE ROUTINE AND THE EXTREME.
No one knows the challenges of communicating better than those working a fire. That’s why firefighters’ needs drive our design process. A two-way radio or remote speaker microphone (RSM) that is difficult or distracting to use can cause you to take your mind off the mission.
Under calm conditions, a radio might be easy to operate. Under high-stress, performing anything complex becomes almost impossible. In a room of intense heat and heavy smoke, there isn’t time to search for the push-to-talk button or risk a burn to remove a glove to select a channel. What’s more, high stress can “situationally disable” even the most experienced responder.
Motorola Solutions’ challenge is to create solutions that help you succeed in both high and low stress situations and survive through the harshest of environments. Looking at how firefighters use their devices under stress is a science we pioneered, and this science of high velocity human factors plays a pivotal role in helping them develop the APX Extreme Series.
APX EXTREME SERIES: EVERYTHING FIREFIGHTERS ASKED FOR
At first glance, the APX 7000XE, APX 6000XE and APX XE RSM are unquestionably rugged and mission-ready. Yet some of their most remarkable aspects come from questioning traditional thinking and conventional design.
Every feature and function of the APX Extreme Series is designed with your safety in mind: from best-in-class audio, to industry-leading ergonomics, to noise-canceling software that ensures every word is heard in the loudest environments. It’s innovations like these that make these radios and remote speaker microphones an ideal fit for the fire service.
EXAGGERATED CONTROL TOP
Firefighters told Motorola Solutions it was difficult to access one knob without accidentally adjusting the other. Drawing on the innovative T-grip design of the APX 7000, the APX 7000XE and APX 6000XE radios have significantly larger and wider control tops specifically for gloved hands. The APX XE RSM sports a unique asymmetrical shape so it can be operated without looking. All devices have larger knobs for volume and channel selection, with more room between them to increase access, particularly with gloved hands.
GREATER DEXTERITY WITH GLOVES
Firefighters often operate their radios by touch alone, mentally counting “clicks” while changing channels. Realizing this, we distinguished the APX Extreme Series knobs by tactility or touch. Not only are the radio volume knobs angled, their continuous high-resistance “feel” is purposely different than the sharp ratcheting ‘clicks’ on the channel knobs. Rather than a traditional knob or button for volume, we designed a toggle switch on the RSM with a different tactility, enabling responders to locate and use it quickly by “feel” even with gloves on.
50% LOUDER AND CLEARER
Volume is the most frequently-used control on any radio and the APX 7000XE and APX XE RSM honor this fact. They are 50% louder than traditional two-way radios and accessories without distorting or degrading communication. Now firefighters can hear clean, clear sound from virtually any angle. With a powerful 1-watt speaker, their voices won’t wash out from background noise, whether the high-pitched alarm on an SCBA or the whine of power saws on the fireground.
EXTREME AUDIO PROFILE
Reducing background noise is essential for communications and APX Extreme Series radios handle this skillfully with their Extreme Audio Profile. A new software algorithm improves communications whenever an excessive amount of background noise is prevalent – such as PASS alarms sounding, exhaust fans blasting or diesel engines running. What’s more, the APX Extreme Series radios and XE RSM features intelligent 2-microphone noise reduction software and the latest AMBE+2 vocoder to dynamically adjust for changing high noise environments.
ENLARGED TOP DISPLAY
We placed a larger display on top of the APX 7000XE and APX 6000XE radios, angled it, increased the font size for easier viewing. The top display is so large, it’s double the size of the display on the APX 7000 portable. Now firefighters can see the radio status and channel/zone information at a glance, without removing the radio from their turnout gear.
SHIELDED PUSH-TO-TALK (PTT) BUTTON
Using a thumb, multiple fingers or gloved hand, the exaggerated PTT button on the APX 7000XE and APX 6000XE makes communicating even easier. Ramps on either side help firefighters locate the PTT button by “feel” alone, while a green ring around it provides an extra visual cue, especially in low light. If the radio is dropped, the ramps help prevent accidental activation. We also designed the XE RSM housing with an asymetrical shape to make the PTT more dentifiable by feel, even with heavy gloves on.
X-LARGE EMERGENCY BUTTON
Motorola Solutions pioneered the emergency button at the base of the antenna so firefighters could quickly locate it. Now Motorola Solutions has improved their innovation, making this lifesaving button on the APX Extreme Series radios and XE RSM the largest one available, yet well-protected against accidental activation.
BETTER, SURER GRIP
Minimizing distractions and maximizing control is critical on the fireground. So when firefighters asked Motorola Solutions for a better, firmer grip of the device, they added rubber nibs on the back of our APX 7000XE model 1 radios to secure them from slipping. This “grip zone” improves coordination and control.
Meeting public safety specifications for multi-agency collaboration is key to a timely response. The APX 7000XE operates in any two bands seamlessly so firefighters can reduce the equipment they carry and be confident their communications are truly interoperable when they need it most.
APX EXTREME SERIES:
TOUGHNESS RUNS IN THE FAMILY
APX 7000XE P25 PORTABLE RADIO
Extreme ergonomics and innovative technology in a standout multiband radio made for seamless interoperability. Combined with best-in-class audio designed specifically for extremely loud environments.
APX 6000XE P25 PORTABLE RADIO
Extreme ergonomics, excellent audio and advanced features in a rugged, single band radio. Choice of three models with full front display and front panel programming to instantly reprogram radios on site.
APX XE REMOTE SPEAKER MICROPHONE (RSM)
The ideal complement to any APX portable, with extreme ergonomics, glove-friendly controls, protected emergency button, large volume toggle and emergency-activated strobe light. The first accessory with dual microphones for exceptional noise canceling and a large speaker for the loudest, cleares