Motorola backs Vocera, maker of wearable badge for wireless communication

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Vocera Communications, a Cupertino, Calif. company that allows mobile workers to communicate through a wireless network by talking to a wearable badge, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Motorola.

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The company says hospitals are using the badge to help workers become more efficient. The badges are small devices that workers wear on their clothing, and push to talk into. Their communications are carried over a local WiFi network.

The company has now raised more than $50 million from a group of investors including Avalon Ventures, Cisco, Granite Global Ventures, Ideo, Intel, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, Vanguard Ventures and Venrock