Huge scope for digital radio tech growth in India: Motorola

"We are experiencing strong demand for radio-based systems from India’s police force as well as private sectors such as oil and gas industries, coal mines and industrial production centres," said Balbir Singh, vice president, sales and operations at Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific.

The growth is driven by rising security concern across the country, Singh said while projecting more than double-digit growth for Motorola’s digital radio-based communication systems in India.

These radio sets are more effective in allowing communication between various locations and command centres, helping the police manage any emergency, he said in Global Security Asia 2011 conference and exhibition being held in Singapore from March 15-17.

On the private sector, Coal India has recently selected Motorola systems to manage its mine operations, he said. "Moreover, Indian enterprises are very fast in adopting technologies and we believe the Indian market will leapfrog in taking on the best digital systems, leaving analogs aside," he said.

"We have been leading the radio-based communication market in India for four decades and have now established a working relationship in supplying handsets to police. We also provide training to the police on the effective use of handsets," he said.

Besides the radios, Motorola has a wide range of communication sets in India, a market being served for more than 40 years, Singh said. Going forward, Singh sees Indian Postal Services and Courier Services using computers for deliveries in rural areas.

"Rural India is a huge market where the postman will be using mobile computers to serve the people," he pointed out. According to Singh, Motorola’s Indian operations were fully supported by India’s software engineers who are involved in designing the software and setting up network for the radio sets.

Motorola also operates its biggest research and development centre in Bangalore, software programmes from which are used for its systems globally, according to Singh. Besides the domestic consumer market, the country eventually would emerge as a major exporter with corporate India collaborating and merging local and international technologies in products for the global markets, he said.

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