New MOTOTRBO firmware

Edit: 11 September 2014

R2.3B is the latest firmware release. This post will remain here as a reference. Please click here to go to the R2.3B post or see the label cloud (bottom right).

On 10 June, Motorola released new firmware for the current generation of MOTOTRBO radios. Included in this release are a number of enhancements which make MOTOTRBO an even more compelling choice for customers on the move.

Some of the highlights from firmware release R02.30.10 include:

  • Enhanced audio and data routing to the option board interface. This provides application developers with a generic interface for routing audio and data to a radio option board.
  • Hospitality  focused Job Ticket enhancements which make the radio even more useful for customers in this market. This includes the ability to sign in or out capability in the Hotel Management System from the radio menu. 
  • Radio users can now generate new job tickets from the radio and send them to the Hotel Management System. The ticket template and codes can be configured in CPS, rather than being fixed in radio firmware. 
  • When searching for a contact in the contact list, results are now displayed by matching the first character instead of any character in the name. The user can also delete user defined entries from Contact List via radio keypad (note: the radio user is still not able to delete CPS defined entries from the Contacts List). 
  • Data added to the radio by the user via Front Panel Programming or radio operations will be stored in a separate partition from the rest of CPS programmable data when writing or updating the radio. This will be limited to Call Log, Contacts, Job Tickets and Sent/Received Text messages, and does not include programmable button, power level, scan list states etc. 
  • NAI based applications (such as SmartPTT Plus and TRBONET Plus) are now able to support phone calls from a phone to an individual radio user, from radio to phone and from phone to talk groups. Before this was only possible via an analogue phone patch or via a control station radio (and an individual call setup). 
  • NAI based applications can now also receive RSSI values (i.e. the RSSI seen by the radio unit) with location data and this information can be recorded and mapped on a map.
  • The new firmware also provides better mobility and presence data in NAI by checking if the subscriber is online at any time. The update also supports ARS query based radio presence check through DDMS. 
  • There is now a base station option in the CPS which allows DM1000/2000 series 25W mobiles, using compatible accessories, to be deployed as part of a fixed installations in R&TTE countries. 
  • R02.03.10 allows non-display radios to receive (and optionally acknowledge) Emergency Alarms. Previously, this was not possible.  
  • The ring tone for incoming telephone calls has been improved allowing it to be heard in noisier environments. 
  • Satellite Receivers in Capacity Plus / Linked Capacity Plus systems employing Digital Voting no-longer require Capacity Plus / Linked Capacity Plus licenses. 
  • CSBK features have been implemented equally across the DP/DM2000 series radios. This means that a DM2600 can now encode Radio Check, Remote Monitor, Radio Disable and Radio Enable as well as encode capability supported for MDC Radio Check and MDC Remote Monitor. Digital Telephone Patch supported as a CfS feature. 
  • Hungarian has been added as a user interface language.
  • R02.30.10 and R01.12.10 addresses the security issue that allowed the codeplug password to be easily discovered and provides three configurable codeplug password policies. A read-write codeplug password protection option is now possible - it is not possible to packet grab this password and there is no backdoor password for EMEA. It is therefore highly recommended that the read-only password option is chosen because if read-write password protection is selected and the password forgotten, then the radio will have to be returned to the Motorola ERSC for recovery.
This firmware also requires the latest CPS: Version 10.5 (Build 551) or Radio Management Version 1.5. A new version of Tuner and RDAC are also available. All of these*, together with the latest System Planner, can be found on Motorola Online (or ask your local Motorola representative).

* Except RDAC
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