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Making Bluetooth Secure, Easy and Safe for Police and Fire

Making Bluetooth Secure, Easy and Safe for Police and Fire

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Published by Motorola Solutions
What’s the truth behind Bluetooth? Originally designed with a long unique PIN, it offered good security, but was too complex for consumers to input and remember. Flooded by customer service calls, manufacturers downsized to a four-digit default pin (0000) – “automating out” the safeguards that would have made it effective. As hackers got smarter and their attacks grew, so did concerns about using Bluetooth in mission critical applications.

Read more about how Motorola is redefining safety at http://www.motorola.com/apx
What’s the truth behind Bluetooth? Originally designed with a long unique PIN, it offered good security, but was too complex for consumers to input and remember. Flooded by customer service calls, manufacturers downsized to a four-digit default pin (0000) – “automating out” the safeguards that would have made it effective. As hackers got smarter and their attacks grew, so did concerns about using Bluetooth in mission critical applications.

Read more about how Motorola is redefining safety at http://www.motorola.com/apx

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MISSION CRITICAL WIRELESS:SECOND NATURE SO YOU WON’T SECOND GUESS.
 
Whether you’re calling or back-up in a oot chase or conerring with detectives at a stake-out, yourwireless devices must be remarkably secure and robust. Easy and intuitive, ast and trouble-ree, yettough enough to withstand the heat o action and long hours o wear.We understand what’s missing in mission critical communications. And we know that standardwireless accessories can’t deliver what you want most: a mission critical wireless earpiece designedspecifcally or high-security situations and high-stress environments. Seamless, streamlined andcutting-edge secure, without the vulnerabilities and pairing problems that plague o-the-shel devices.You want a wireless solution that’s easy to use, instantaneous to connect and comortable to wear. Asolution that works with radios that don’t have displays or keypads. So second nature, you don’t haveto second guess i it works. Whether you’re a commander on the scene or an ofcer on the beat, youcan be sure every word is heard and every word is secure.
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- Mission Critical Wireless
MISSION CRITICAL WIRELESS
MAKE EVERY WORD SECURE
 
What’s the truth behind Bluetooth? Originallydesigned with a long unique PIN, it oered goodsecurity, but was too complex or consumers to inputand remember. Flooded by customer service calls,manuacturers downsized to a our-digit deaultpin (0000) – “automating out” the saeguards thatwould have made it eective. As hackers got smarterand their attacks grew, so did concerns about usingBluetooth in mission critical applications.Yet Bluetooth is capable o being a secure solutionwhen it’s 128-bit encryption is properly keyed andturned on. The real security hole or earlier versionso Bluetooth was “pairing”. Because pairing wasbroadcast over the air, hackers could listen in romhundreds o yards away and access the credentialsbeing exchanged.With advanced technology, we’ve made MissionCritical Wireless a much more secure ft or missioncritical applications than conventional Bluetoothsolutions. Hackers are thwarted by pairing over a newultra-short range “touch” connection that hackerscannot intercept. The combination o ultra-short rangeprivacy and strong keys make this wireless systemsae enough or mission critical applications.
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We looked or a better way to enhance Bluetooth’ssecurity and created an ultra-short range “out oband” data link or exchanging device credentials.As a result, Motorola’s Mission Critical WirelessEarpiece pairs within an inch o the radio and thatexchange is virtually undetectable beyond a ewinches. Since you must be that close to pair, youcan be confdent your accessory is connecting withyour radio. With Mission Critical Wireless, discoveryis turned o and a hacker won’t even know yourearpiece is there.Motorola’s “out o band” pairing system acceleratesyour job – taking only two seconds to pair and lessthan fve seconds or the wireless connection tobe ready to use. You get an immediate and secureconnection with just a “touch. During the “touch”,the Bluetooth IDs and a strong 128 bit key areexchanged, ensuring transmission security is virtuallyunbreakable and brute orce attacks on its encryptionare extremely difcult.*From a K-9 unit on patrol to a SWAT team on acovert mission, you want to communicate withoutcomplications or distractions. With our MissionCritical Wireless, you won’t have to key in codes orfddle with equipment. Just move your radio withinan inch o any mission critical accessory to activateit immediately.
 WE’VE GIVEN BLUETOOTH TEETH.IT’S MORE SECURE THAN EVER BEfORE.
ACTIVATES IN AN INSTANT WITH jUST A TOUCH”.
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encryption has been used, successulbrute orce attacks in the feld have never been reported.
 
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It’s 7:15 a.m. and ofcers are simultaneously grabbingradios rom the station’s multi-unit chargers. Youmay not have the same radio you had yesterday.How do you know your accessory is not paired toanother ofcer’s radio? Confdent other devices aren’tinterering with your device?Motorola’s proprietary “out o band pairing”eliminates the ambiguity over which devices arepaired – even when there are multiple devicespairing at the same time, within close proximity oeach other. Our Mission Critical Wireless assures thata device is paired and connected correctly, easilyand immediately the frst time.Our simpler, stronger, secure pairing processautomatically starts the wireless connection andconfgures the earpiece to communicate with thesame settings or profle as the radio. All you everhave to do is hold the devices within an inch o eachother. Since you must be that close to pair, you canbe confdent your accessory is connecting with yourradio and not another ofcer’s radio.It’s that simple. It’s that streamlined. It’s that secure.I you’re responding to a lie-threatening incident,the dierence between what’s said and what’sheard can be lie-changing. I you miss the word“Don’t” beore “shoot”, it can alter the meaningand consequence o your actions orever.When you wear our Mission Critical Wirelessearpiece you can be assured every word youtransmit will get through without being truncated.That is because the latency o our Mission CriticalWireless – the time between when you pressthe PTT button and your message is transmitted– is exceptionally low; low enough that it isimperceptible to anyone using a radio.Exceptional ergonomics with well-positionedcontrols that are easily dierentiatedBest-in-class audio that’s 50% louder and clearerSmaller, lighter size with larger, well-lit displays Seamless P
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interoperabilityIndustry leading rugged and ultra-reliable designWhat could be more mission critical? Our Mission Critical Wireless Earpiece is the frst in a series owireless applications or our APX
two-way portables. APX embodies all the eatures frst respondersask or today and imagine tomorrow. That’s because we worked with police ofcers and frefghtersrom Miami to Malaysia to design APX with their saety in mind.
CONNECTS YOU AUTOMATICALLY.ELIMINATES THE AMBIGUITY Of “WHICH IS MINE?” LATENCY SO LOW THAT EVERY WORD OfEVERY MESSAGE GETS THROUGH. 
THE APX PORTABLE fAMILY: SAfETY REDEfINED

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