Expert: Digital Radio the Technology of the Future

Despite concerns that reportedly have left some fire departments "spooked" about digital radio technology, one expert says it's the future of public safety communications.

"We're continuously looking at new ways to enhance the audio," Petersen said. Motorola is also working with manufacturers on better integration with the rest of a firefighter's gear, such as the SCBA mask and its microphone system.

For future products, Motorola is working toward utilizing digital technology get information about firefighters to the command center, such as physiological monitoring and indoor location, Petersen said.

In addition, to help firefighters currently, Motorola helped sponsor a training video with the IAFC on how to use the technology to make sure departments are getting the best signal possible.