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Motorola APX 8500 Public Safety Mobile Radio

P25 Operation | Multiband Operation | O2, O3, O5, O7 and O9 Control Head Support | Quad Control Head Support

Unlimited Mobility. Maximum Connectivity.

motorola apx 8500
The APX™ 8500 all-band mobile radio enables first responders to use a single mobile radio to exchange critical voice and data communications seamlessly with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands.

The APX 8500 combines unlimited interoperability, secure Wi-Fi® connectivity and purpose-built design, enabling ease of installation and removal. It can easily connect to the VML750 LTE vehicle modem via micro USB interface and utilize the (4G/3G) commercial network to create an in-vehicle ecosystem for offloading data applications in the field, increasing the safety and efficiency of public safety users in and around the vehicle.

Integrate Your Controls Into Your Vehicle

APX 8500 Control Head Portfolio

O2 Rugged
Control Head

  • Large Color Display with Intelligent Lighting
  • 3 Lines Of Text 14 Characters Max / 1 Line of Icons / 1 Line Of Menus
  • Built In 7.5 Watt Speaker
  • Multiple Control Head Configuration (Up To 4)
  • Motorcycle Configuration Available
  • Multifunction Volume/Channel Knob
  • Night/Day Mode Button

O3 Hand Held
Control Head

  • Large Color Display With Intelligent Lighting
  • 2 Lines of Text 14 Characters Max / 1 Line of Icons / 1 Line of Menus
  • Integrated Full Size DTMF Keypad
  • Hand-Held Control Head With Intuitive User Interface
  • Two Quick-Access Side Buttons
  • Display Contrast Selector

O5 Standard
Control Head

  • Tri-color display with intelligent lighting
  • 2 lines of text 14 characters max / 1 line of icons / 1 line of menus
  • Available with Keypad Microphone
  • Multiple control head configuration (up to 4)
  • Motorcycle configuration available
  • Display contrast selector

O7 Enhanced
Control Head

  • Large Color Display with Intelligent Lighting
  • 3 Lines of Text 14 Characters Max / 1 Line Of Icons / 1 Line Of Menus
  • Available with Lighting & Siren Controls or DTMF Keypad
  • Multiple Control Head Configuration (Up To 4)
  • Configuration Available
  • Multifunction Volume/Channel Knob
  • Night/Day Mode Button

O9 Integrated
Control Head

  • Extra-Large Full Color Display with Intelligent Lighting
  • 2 Lines of Text 14 Characters Max / 1 Line Of Icons / 1 Line Of Menus
  • Integrated Full Size DTMF Keypad
  • Large Programmable One-Touch Buttons
  • Dedicated Siren Controls
  • Integrated Response Selector
  • Night/Day Mode Button

Motorola APX 8500 Features and Benefits

All-Band Operation

4-in-1 Radio:
7/800 MHz, VHF and UHF Range 1 and Range 2 bands

Modes and Protocols include:
Analog MDC-1200 and QCII, Digital P25, Conventional or Trunked, Smartnet / SmartZone, clear or secure, repeater or direct.

Integrated Wi-Fi And Data Connectivity

Update Your Radio Fleet Software
more efficiently without interrupting voice communications or waiting for idle radios.

Up to 20 Wi-Fi Networks
can be provisioned in the radio so that users can seamlessly receive radio software updates at facility Wi-Fi access points or in the field via Wi-Fi hot spots.

GPS Outdoor Personnel Tracking shares your personnel's location, resulting in more efficient task assignment and enhanced officer safety.

Mission Critical Geofence
ensures fast communication and collaboration across multiple departments arriving on a scene by automatically placing first responders in the same talkgroup when they enter an agency-defined virtual barrier.


Multiple Hardware Encryption Algorithms
like AES, DES, ADP with up to 128 keys so sensitive information stays protected from scanners and eavesdroppers.

Over-the-air Re-key (OTAR)
to efficiently update encryption keys of fielded radios over time.

P25 Radio Authentication
ensures only valid users can access the system.

Two-factor Authentication
allows users to securely query databases.

Fit For The Mission

Intelligent Lighting
uses three simple colors to alert users of critical radio events like emergency, low battery, out of range and private calls and pages.

Voice Announcement
provides audible confirmation of zone/channel selections and various feature like scan, direct mode, emergency, encryption and controls lock.

Ease of Installation:
Simplified dash mount design is quick and easy to install

RFID Asset Tracking
Twelve-character RFID asset tracking provides a convenient method of obtaining valuable asset tracking information without having to uninstall the radio.


IP56 Water-intrusion Rating
gives you the confidence that your mobile will continue to perform even if exposed to water.

MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F, G
rating ensures you can rely on your radio in the most extreme environments.

Motorola APX 8500 Accessories

Whether you use your radio in your vehicle, on your motorcycle or at your desk, you need to know that every word is communicated and every message is heard. Every APX mobile accessory has been designed and thoroughly tested to provide the same high level of performance you expect from your radio. Many accessories from Motorola XTL radios that use O5 and O3 control heads can be reused - maximizing your investment while you maintain the latest technology.

Unique accessories such as the IMPRES™ visor microphone allow hands-free communication, while IMPRES technology helps ensure your voice is heard regardless of how closely you are speaking into the microphone or how much wind or road noise is in the background.

Motorola accessories deliver maximum flexibility without compromising voice and data performance.

The complete line includes:

  • Microphones
  • Speakers
  • Sirens and Public Address Kits
  • Control Station Accessories
  • Remote Mount Cables
  • Antennas

View the Motorola Original Accessories for the Motorola APX 8500

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