Motorola, Microsoft to develop first responder software

Motorola and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software tools for first responders that can be up and running in anticipation of an emergency situation. The aim of the venture is to eliminate the need for local, state and federal agencies to create information-sharing networks at the last minute. Motorola will develop the apps on Microsoft's .NET and Windows server systems platforms, starting with the company's records management system software. Motorola has already signed on a number of government customers for its software and wireless networks, including Washington, DC; Broward County, Florida; and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The venture grew out of reports of widespread communication breakdown during rescue efforts along the hurricane stricken Gulf Coast.

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