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Infringing Hytera Products Banned from Importation to United States

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Orders prohibiting importation, sale or marketing of Hytera products in the United States take effect today

CHICAGO – Jan. 16, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announced that the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) importation ban and cease-and-desist orders for Hytera’s products infringing Motorola Solutions’ patents take effect today following the mandatory 60-day presidential review period. Today marks a clear and final win in Motorola Solutions’ U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) case against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”).

All Hytera products infringing Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patent Nos. 7,369,869, 7,729,701 and 8,279,991 (“Patents”) are excluded from the United States. Hytera products subject to the ban include the following:

  • Radios (Subscribers): MD652, MD782, BD302, BD362, BD502, PD412, PD502, PD562, PD602, PD662, PD682, PD702, PD752, PD782, PD792, PD982, X1e and X1p; and
  • Repeaters: RD622 and RD982.

"The expiration of the mandatory review period marks the final step of the ITC’s investigation against Hytera, and Hytera is now prohibited from importing infringing products into the United States,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions has invested extensively in researching, developing and delivering new and innovative products for our customers around the world, while Hytera has brazenly and repeatedly copied our proprietary intellectual property.

“The commencement of the importation ban and the rejection of Hytera’s request for a repair and service exception are major steps in holding Hytera accountable for its theft and serial infringement of our patents, technology and innovation,” Hacker continued. “Motorola Solutions welcomes legitimate competition, but it is only legitimate when companies compete on the basis of their own original technologies. We will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property for the benefit of our stakeholders around the world, and we look forward to presenting our trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claims to a jury in Chicago, Illinois in November.”

As previously announced, in November 2018 the ITC issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera products are infringing four Motorola Solutions patents. The ITC issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for Motorola Solutions’ ’869, ’701 and ’991 patents, prohibiting Hytera from importing infringing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. At that time, the ITC also rejected Hytera’s request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or service those in the field. The ruling affirmed Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara’s finding, in her Initial Determination, that Hytera “unquestionably copied certain of Motorola patented technologies.”

Motorola Solutions notes that Hytera’s recent product announcements of its new i-Series continue to be conspicuously silent regarding when those new products will be commercially available. Motorola Solutions’ patents enable important call processing capabilities, so any modified Hytera products with Motorola Solutions’ patented technology removed will lack these key technologies and features. If and when any such newly released products become available, Motorola Solutions will promptly evaluate them to determine if they contain technologies subject to the ITC’s orders or Motorola Solutions’ patent portfolio.

In addition to the ITC victory, Motorola Solutions recently prevailed against Hytera in the Regional Courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf in Germany in similar patent infringement cases. Motorola Solutions will also continue its patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Court of Australia.

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.

Motorola Solutions Adds Si200 Body-Worn Camera to its Digital Evidence Ecosystem

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Jan. 11, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced the launch of the Si200 body-worn camera, the newest addition to the company’s digital evidence ecosystem. The Si200 integrates seamlessly with CommandCentral Vault, the company’s software solution for digital evidence management that enables agencies to efficiently and securely manage content from in-field capture to judicial sharing, in one system.

The compact and lightweight Si200 body-worn camera captures high-definition video and features additional advanced capabilities. The importance of an integrated ecosystem for digital evidence management becomes clear when footage from the Si200 is uploaded to CommandCentral Vault. Digital evidence technologies and CommandCentral Vault sync to simplify the process of tagging video, automating redaction, correlating video with incident information in police records and maintaining chain of custody when managing evidence.

The complete digital evidence ecosystem enables agencies to securely manage files, connect public safety workflows and analyze digital evidence within one integrated platform. Motorola Solutions’ digital evidence management platform can take in and manage digital evidence from different providers.

“Many companies offer elements of digital evidence technology, but without integration across the workflow, these point solutions can create more work for law enforcement agencies that already have limited resources,” said Dan Twohig, Motorola Solutions vice president, Software Enterprise sales. “We’ve created a unified portfolio that centralizes digital evidence, records and other multimedia content in one secure location.”

The Si200 body-worn camera and CommandCentral Vault are integral components of Motorola Solutions’ consolidated digital evidence ecosystem, both available now in North America.

Motorola Solutions Announces Critical Connect for Canadian First Responders

on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Cloud-based solution enables fast inter-agency radio communications for coordinated response across cities and provinces

TORONTO — Jan. 9, 2019 — When a large-scale emergency strikes, inter-agency collaboration is key to a coordinated response across cities and provinces. With Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) cloud-based Critical Connect, Canadian public safety agencies can quickly connect their ASTRO® 25 land mobile radio (LMR) systems to communicate with each other.

Using Critical Connect, public safety agencies from different areas have the ability to connect securely to each other in minutes, regardless if it is two or 20 agencies at once. They can communicate via voice across their LMR systems or via Motorola Solutions broadband push-to-talk services. Critical Connect for Canada is available within national borders to ensure Canadian data sovereignty.

“During an emergency, such as an ice storm or a forest fire, first responders using ASTRO® 25 radio systems anywhere across the country can seamlessly interoperate with each other the moment that they begin to coordinate a response,” said George Krausz, president of Motorola Solutions Canada. “Critical Connect for Canada is designed to securely link government agencies and first responders who help keep us safe.”

Critical Connect is available to Canadian agencies as a monthly or yearly subscription.

Motorola Solutions Acquires VaaS International Holdings, Leader in Data and Image Analytics for Vehicle Location

on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition complements Motorola Solutions’ command center software suite

CHICAGO, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA and FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Jan. 7, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has acquired VaaS International Holdings, Inc. (VaaS), a data and image analytics company based in Livermore, California and Fort Worth, Texas. Motorola Solutions paid a purchase price of $445 million in a combination of cash and equity.

VaaS, a “video analysis as a service” company, is a leading global provider of data and image analytics for vehicle location. The company’s image capture and analysis platform, which includes fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, provides vehicle location data to public safety and commercial customers. Its subsidiaries include Vigilant Solutions for law enforcement users and Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for commercial customers. The company’s 2019 revenues are expected to be approximately $100 million.

“Automated license plate recognition is an increasingly powerful tool for law enforcement,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “With this acquisition, VaaS will expand our command center software portfolio with the largest shareable database of vehicle location information that can help shorten response times and improve the speed and accuracy of investigations.”

VaaS’ platform enables controllable, audited data-sharing across multiple law enforcement agencies. Vehicle location information can help accelerate time to resolution and improve outcomes for public safety agencies, particularly when combined with police records. For example, law enforcement has used VaaS’ solutions to quickly apprehend dangerous suspects and find missing persons.

“We are very excited to be joining Motorola Solutions,” said Shawn Smith, co-founder of VaaS and president of Vigilant Solutions. “This acquisition enables us to continue to serve our existing customers and expand our footprint globally, while at the same time supporting a company with a commitment to innovation and growth, guided by a common purpose that aligns with our mission and culture: ‘To help people be their best in the moments that matter.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.”

“Our extensive license plate data and AI technology have opened new commercial applications of our products,” said Todd Hodnett, co-founder of VaaS and president of Digital Recognition Network. “We believe commercialization of these new applications can be accelerated under the Motorola Solutions brand and reach, and we look forward to working together to grow and diversify our commercial business.”

License plate reading is a highly specialized practice that requires purpose-built cameras and analytics. VaaS’ fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras can capture and analyze license plate information, which differs greatly by state and country, even when vehicles are moving at high speeds or in low-visibility weather conditions.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at http://www.motorolasolutions.com.

About VaaS International Holdings, Inc.

VaaS International Holdings, Inc. (Video Analysis as a Service) is a leading global provider of AI-driven image capture and analysis technology. VaaS solutions and services are shaping communities across the globe by giving local, state and national agencies, as well as small and large businesses and corporations, the tools to better manage risk and prevent or solve crimes with real-time analysis. For more information, visit http://vaasinternational.net.

Motorola Solutions Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ ability to integrate the products and services into its portfolio and offer to customers and the expected revenues for VaaS International Holdings. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K on page 44 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on 10Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the future results of operations of VaaS International Holdings and Motorola Solutions’ ability to successfully integrate and operate VaaS International Holdings. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Motorola Solutions Files Copyright Infringement Proceedings in Australia Against Hytera Communications and Hytera Communications (Australia) Pty Limited

on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Seeks Pecuniary Relief and an Injunction Preventing Hytera
From Selling all DMR Products that Include Code

 
Motorola Solutions’ Claims Directed to Hytera’s Current and New “i-Series” Products
 
CHICAGO – December 19, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has filed a claim for copyright infringement against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Communications (Australia) Pty Limited of Australia (collectively, “Hytera”) in the Federal Court of Australia. Motorola Solutions’ application for leave to introduce the copyright infringement claim was heard on 13 December 2018 and orders were made by the Federal Court granting leave on 19 December 2018.
 
The new claim asserts that Hytera unlawfully copied Motorola Solutions’ MotoTRBO source code into Hytera’s Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) equipment, thereby infringing and continuing to infringe Motorola Solutions’ copyright in violation of Australian copyright laws. Motorola Solutions seeks damages or an account of profits for this unlawful conduct, as well as an injunction preventing the importation or sale in Australia of all Hytera products using the code, including adaptations of that code and such additional relief as the Federal Court deems appropriate. The devices that are the subject of Motorola Solutions’ claim for copyright infringement include Hytera’s so-called i-Series product line.

As previously announced in July 2017, Motorola Solutions filed patent infringement proceedings against Hytera in the Federal Court of Australia asserting that certain Hytera DMR products offered in Australia infringe three of Motorola Solutions’ Australian patents: AU2005275355, AU2006276960 and AU2009298764. The DMR products at issue include a substantial number of Hytera’s DMR portables (37 models), mobiles (6 models), and repeaters (4 models). In connection with those patent infringement claims, Motorola Solutions seeks a declaration that Hytera has infringed Motorola Solutions’ patents and an order permanently restraining Hytera from continued infringement, as well as damages or an account of profits and such additional relief as the Federal Court deems appropriate.
 
“As evidenced by our recent victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Germany, Hytera is a serial infringer and copier that has cheated its way to the market,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We will not relent in holding Hytera accountable for its egregious and illegal behavior and protecting our intellectual property for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders.” 
 
In addition to the Federal Court of Australia, Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
 
The proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia are proceeding number NSD1283/2017.
 
For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.
 

Motorola Solutions and Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network Deliver Next Generation Call Routing

on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Dec. 12, 2018 – Greater Harris County (GHC) 9-1-1 Emergency Network, Texas has completed the successful implementation of the Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) VESTA® Router Service for GHC Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP). This is a milestone step for GHC in the transition to next generation call routing.

GHC serves 49 cities and two counties in the Houston area, which is an area of approximately 5.5 million people. It is the largest 9-1-1 system in Texas and the third largest regional system in the U.S. It has been administering 9-1-1 emergency services since 1983.

The GHC/Motorola Solutions deployment fulfills a critical promise of NG9-1-1: that 9-1-1 agencies will have the opportunity to do things differently and take a bigger role in their destiny. With the approach GHC and Motorola Solutions are taking, GHC is able to leverage existing assets, such as their data centers, IP network, multiple lab environments and 24x7 Network Operations Center. The service for GHC is provided via tariff as an unbundled service, offering economies of scale to GHC and all PSAPs who join the network.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to be working with GHC in their migration from legacy to next-generation technology,” says Dan Twohig, Motorola Solutions vice president of software sales. “Our long-standing partnership has enabled a collaborative solution to better serve over 20 percent of the Texas population’s emergency needs.”

This router service is part of Motorola Solutions’ command center software suite, CommandCentral, which provides a unified experience across emergency call handling, command and control, and management of records and evidence. It includes a complete NG9-1-1 portfolio that delivers the critical elements agencies need including call routing, emergency service IP networks (ESInet), GIS services, cybersecurity and network monitoring dedicated to public safety.

Motorola Solutions Sets the Record Straight on Recent Court Rulings Against Serial Infringer Hytera

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

U.S. International Trade Commission Found Hytera Infringed ALL Four Motorola Solutions Patents at Issue; Issued Exclusion and Cease-and-Desist Orders

Regional Court of Düsseldorf Determined Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH Infringed Motorola Solutions Patent at Issue; Issued Two Injunctions and Held Hytera Liable for Damages

Hytera Admits Any Redesigned Products it May Offer in the Future Will Not Include Key Features Protected by Motorola Solutions’ Patents

Motorola Urges Hytera to Provide Open Communications with Customers and Dealers Regarding the ITC’s Orders

CHICAGO – November 29, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today set the record straight regarding the misleading statements put forth by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”) of Shenzhen, China.

“The numerous court rulings across the globe have confirmed that Hytera is a serial infringer of Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Moreover, it has been reported in a recent interview that Hytera admitted that its new i-Series will lack important features available on Motorola Solutions’ devices. While Hytera has stated that the features are ‘minor,’ we believe Hytera is deliberately misleading its own customers and distributors as our patented technologies provide important benefits that vastly improve performance. Any products without those features, including Hytera’s supposed new ‘i-Series,’ will be severely limited in functionality. In addition, Hytera’s contention that its ‘i-Series’ has been broadly cleared by the ITC is not supported by the ITC’s public materials.”

Mr. Hacker continued, “Hytera has been fighting hard in court to keep as much as possible of the ITC’s rulings redacted and secret, and we urge Hytera to permit the rulings to be made public. Dealers and customers deserve the right to make informed decisions about the risks they run in purchasing products lacking the critical functionalities covered by Motorola’s patents, and in doing business with a company that has engaged in intentional copying, infringement and misappropriation.”

As previously announced:

  • On Nov. 16, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera products infringe all four Motorola Solutions U.S. patents, and issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for three of those patents. As a result, following the conclusion of the Presidential review period (Jan. 15, 2019), Hytera will be prohibited from importing infringing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. The ITC’s Final Determination also affirmed the Initial Determination previously issued by Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara, which found Hytera to be an intentional infringer and copyist of Motorola’s patented technologies. This decision was supported by evidence showing that certain former Motorola employees took thousands of proprietary documents and source code from Motorola when joining Hytera and later invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating themselves.
  • On Nov. 20, 2018, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf determined that Hytera’s two-way Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) subscriber radios are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. As a result, the Regional Court granted two injunctions against Hytera, preventing the company from offering the patented method in Germany, and from offering and delivering products capable of performing the patented method in Germany.

Significantly, Hytera appears to be largely avoiding questions about how its products will be functionally impacted by the ITC’s order if the infringing features are removed. That impact is significant: the infringed patents cover key innovative technologies widely used in Hytera’s DMR two-way radios and repeaters, including:

  • Motorola Solutions’ Fast Scan technology, used by nearly every Hytera subscriber when scanning channels in repeater mode, which enables a subscriber radio to more quickly scan through a list of radio frequency channels quickly to find important transmissions. Without this technology, critical messages may be partially or even completely missed;
  • Motorola Solutions’ Rapid Re-key technology, used by every Hytera repeater and every subscriber that operates in repeater mode, which provides the ability for messages to be repeated even after a repeater goes to sleep to preserve spectrum. This prevents the need for the retransmission of communications and helps keep important messages from being missed; and
  • Motorola Solutions’ TDMA Direct Mode Pseudo Trunking technology, which increases the number of calls that can take place and significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to set up a new call. In fact, Hytera publicly conceded in litigation in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf that without the functionality provided by our patents, products using that feature will take up to twice as long to find a free timeslot for communication in direct mode.

Hytera’s statements to the public are very different than those made by Hytera and its dealers to the ITC, where it confirmed the importance of the technologies Hytera says it will remove from its products. Hytera’s dealers urged the International Trade Commission not to issue the order it did, stating that “[i]f the recommended order is entered, our customers’ effectiveness in providing services essential to public health, safety, and welfare will be put at great risk.” Hytera’s customers also described how the ITC’s exclusion order would impact their use of Hytera’s products, indicating that if the ITC excluded Hytera’s products with the infringing technologies, that decision would impact Hytera’s products significantly, and noting that “our people and the public cannot afford delays caused by communication interruptions or failures. Seconds matter if we are to protect the public and save lives.”

Consistent with Hytera’s and its customers’ statements to the International Trade Commission, Hytera’s recent product announcements regarding its new i-Series are conspicuously silent as to whether those new products will deliver equivalent functionality to Motorola Solutions’ products. In addition to reportedly lacking key technologies and features, Motorola Solutions notes that it has been unable to locate any i-Series products in use or available for purchase anywhere around the world. As soon as any such newly released products become available, Motorola Solutions will promptly evaluate them to determine if they contain technologies subject to the International Trade Commission’s orders or Motorola’s patent portfolio.

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.

Augmenting Public Safety Capabilities with Artificial Intelligence

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Real-time artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge – based on intelligent cameras
  • Digital transformation of policing – with body-worn video solutions and powerful analytics
  • Integrated TETRA and LTE broadband solutions – the best of both worlds Live demos at the Motorola Solutions booth D12, PMRExpo 2018, Germany, Nov. 27-29

COLOGNE, Germany – November 26, 2018 – Every day, governments, businesses and individuals rely on effortless and reliable communications. They call it their lifeline. In the extreme moments and the day-to-day, communication plays an increasingly critical role in protecting and connecting the world. From mission-critical services and command centre software through to secure and reliable land mobile radio solutions, Motorola Solutions technology can help to advance the communications lifelines so businesses run smoothly and cities stay safe.

At PMRExpo 2018 (Cologne, Germany, November 27-29, booth D12), Motorola Solutions will unveil mission-critical solutions which help users to tackle today’s challenges with digitised, artificial intelligence-based technology solutions that lead the way into the future.

“Society, economy and public safety are undergoing a digital transformation. We provide public safety organisations and commercial customers with the right intelligence and tools to help them enhance their operational efficiency, responsiveness and safety,” said Iain Clarke, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Motorola Solutions. “From TETRA and DMR to LTE and advanced video surveillance, visitors to our PMRExpo booth can experience one of the most comprehensive mission-critical communications portfolios as well as powerful analytics, which facilitate today’s digital transformation.”

REAL-TIME VIDEO ANALYTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE

Proactive and eventually preventative security requires advanced video surveillance and analytics technology to help public safety organisations speed up investigations. At PMRExpo 2018, Motorola Solutions will present its next-generation video analytics and network video management solution based on Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology and Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology. Appearance Search™ technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine that sorts through hours of video with ease to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. Moreover, operators can initiate a search for a person by selecting certain specific physical descriptions, including clothing colour and gender, to find a person of interest. Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology also incorporates the characteristics of a person's face, enabling the technology to search for the same person, even if items such as their clothing change over time.

UMD technology is an advanced AI technology that brings a new level of automation to surveillance, by revealing events that may have otherwise been missed. Without any predefined rules or setup, the technology is able to continuously learn what typical activity in a scene looks like, and then detect and flag unusual motion. At PMRExpo, Motorola Solutions will showcase how this future-leading technology is integrated into its CommandCentral software to provide frontline personnel with AI-based intelligence by extracting deeper insights from integrated voice, video and data.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF POLICING

The violence against first responders and the complexity of crime is increasing. To streamline evidence collection and increase the safety on duty, Motorola Solutions’ body-worn camera solutions provide frontline teams with an intuitive user interface solution that combines voice communications and voice recording as well as video and still image capture. The public safety apps suite offers them a Capture Mobile Camera App, which allows users to capture images. The images can securely be uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use. Metadata like time, date and location is automatically applied to the captured file.

At PMRExpo, Motorola Solutions will also present its LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE Device which enables first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness over broadband networks. The Motorola Solutions LTE device also offers a broad range of innovative features including a rugged, easy-to-operate design, best-in-class audio quality and performance as well as an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform. In Cologne, Motorola Solutions will also showcase the latest addition to its portfolio, the new ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio, a state-of-the art frontline device which is suitable for covert operations for the first time in Germany. The Land Mobile Radio (LMR) handheld radio combines a compact and rugged form factor with a small screen that can be used in bright sunlight, an easy-to-use keypad that can be operated even while wearing gloves, a simple user interface as well as loud and clear audio to provide police officers and emergency medical services with reliable mission-critical communications. This compact, easy-to-use and modern communications tool also allows commercial users such as public transport workers and teams in other sectors to focus on their work and not their radio.

INTEGRATED LMR AND LTE BROADBAND NETWORKS

Industry experts like Ryan Darrand from IHS Markit see a continued strong demand for LMR solutions, including TETRA and cost-optimised digital solutions such as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology, by public safety and commercial organisations. Within the LMR market, the number of TETRA deployments increased by 16 percent globally in 2017 and TETRA has proven itself the technology of choice for public safety, particularly in the EMEA region. As a technology leader in the field of TETRA and DMR innovations with a strong footprint in research, development and global implementation, Motorola Solutions will present its latest TETRA and DMR radio devices, along with LMR network technology at PMRExpo 2018.

Forward-thinking public safety network providers are planning for an extended period of TETRA coexisting with 3GPP standards-based mobile broadband networks. While TETRA remains the best technology for mission-critical voice services, mobile broadband technologies such as LTE promise cutting-edge, transformative applications that will enhance frontline personnel safety, improve situational awareness and boost productivity. At PMRExpo 2018, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how users can benefit from integrated TETRA and LTE mobile broadband networks.

Future-ready technologies like Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core and DIMETRA Express TETRA systems enable public safety organisations and commercial customers to make the most of their existing TETRA network today, while preparing for additional capabilities offered by mobile broadband tomorrow. Motorola Solutions will also showcase its WAVE broadband push-to-talk application, which forms part of its enhanced command centre software suite. The WAVE platform connects disparate networks, enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines. In a world with an increasing number of connected devices, Motorola Solutions is fostering the development of collaborative solutions that promote flexibility, simplify communications and reduce the complexity of operating multiple devices.

“Motorola Solutions is changing the experience for public safety and emergency services by providing them with software that works together through every step of an incident,” adds Iain Clarke. “We are automating tasks and equipping first responders with critical data and intelligence that enables them to focus their time and effort on protecting the communities they serve.”

Visit our PMRExpo 2018 expert sessions:

“Panel discussion: The future of mission-critical communications” with Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH November 27, 2018, at 11:00am

“Blackout secure communications: The analysis of a TETRA network!” by Dr. Andree Kang, president. Schnoor Industrieelektronik GmbH & Co. KG November 27, 2018, 3:15pm

“TETRA – Central element for communication tasks in public transportation” by Klaus Janke, CEO, INIT GmbH November 27, 2018, at 3:45pm

“Panel discussion: Secure communications and virtualisation” with Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH November 28, 2018, at 3:30pm

Police Forces in Schleswig-Holstein Continue to Trust in Digital Radio Solutions from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Schleswig-Holstein is the first federal state in Germany to equip its entire police force with the new Motorola Solutions’ MTP6000 radio series.
  • Motorola Solution digital radio have been used successfully in Schleswig-Holstein since 2010

IDSTEIN, Germany – November 21, 2018 – Motorola Solutions has been selected in the latest tender issued by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH – Gebäudemanagement Schleswig-Holstein) to provide new mission-critical radio solutions for their police. Within the framework of the contract, Motorola Solutions will supply 4,200 MTP6650 TETRA portable two-way radios, making Schleswig-Holstein the first federal state in Germany to equip all their police with the latest generation of Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radios. They especially stand out due to enhanced coverage and receiver sensitivity, built-in Bluetooth® 4.1 wireless technology, IP68 dust and water ingress protection as well as enhanced audio.

“The renewed TETRA tender award in Schleswig-Holstein reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical communication solutions to public safety organisations in Germany and worldwide,” said Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions. “In the digital age, technologies are changing the life and work of people. With our 90 years of experience we help our customers to successfully transform their organisations and businesses – with future-leading solutions, which connect first responders, increase efficiency and responsiveness to keep cities safe.”

The contract also includes a service agreement, that provides access to technical service and maintenance.

G4S and Motorola Solutions to deliver the UK Police’s first cloud-based, next-generation Control Room Solution to Lincolnshire

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Lincolnshire Police continues to lead adoption of innovative policing technology having already deployed Motorola Solutions’ Pronto digital mobile workforce solution
  • New Control Room Solution expands on Lincolnshire Police’s portfolio of Motorola Solutions public safety applications
  • Cloud-based solution simplifies management, reduces costs while increasing operational efficiency, flexibility for Lincolnshire Police

London, England – November 21, 2018 – G4S, a leading global integrated security company, has awarded Motorola Solutions a 10-year contract to deliver the UK’s first cloud-based, integrated CommandCentral Control Room Solution (CRS) to Lincolnshire Police. Having recently deployed Motorola Solutions’ Pronto mobile workforce application, the partnership further develops Lincolnshire’s strategy, deploying Motorola Solutions’ suite of cloud-hosted, public safety software for the control room environment. The new solution will enhance effectiveness for public and staff at lower cost by enabling the Police force to digitally transform its operations.

Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral CRS provides a unified and highly scalable platform that integrates multiple control room functions, including Integrated Communications Control System (ICCS), Contact Management, Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), mapping and call logging. Using this platform, Lincolnshire Police will benefit from a continuous workflow experience, enabling control room operators to handle calls faster, make more informed decisions, allocate resources more efficiently as well as coordinate seamlessly with other support organisations.

As the first cloud-based system of its kind used by a UK Police force, CommandCentral CRS will also significantly simplify management for Lincolnshire Police’s IT team. For example, the ‘as-a-service’ scalability and flexibility benefits of cloud mean it is no longer necessary to pre-determine how many fixed positions or data capacity is required. Additionally, there is no need for a dedicated backup in the case of a site failure. This helps Lincolnshire Police reduce costs and increase operational flexibility.

Lincolnshire Police are also current users of Motorola Solutions’ Pronto suite of mobile workforce applications that digitise all frontline operational workflows. Integrated with CRS, police officers using Pronto can now also gain direct access to command and control, and the Police National Computer from the field. The solution also sets Lincolnshire up to use enhanced data capabilities of the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

“It has been a high priority for me to ensure frontline officers can be deployed quickly, with the right equipment, and to spend as much time as possible in the field reassuring communities, preventing and fighting crime,” said Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire Police.

Jones continued: “Our drive to provide cutting-edge technology to the force is about making sure we provide the most efficient and effective service to the people of Lincolnshire. The new command and control system is one important step in that journey and will allow the Chief to get assistance to those in need quicker than ever before – and armed with the right information to handle the situation.”

“Motorola Solutions has already allowed us to become a leading force in the country in providing data access to frontline officers through the Pronto application suite on mobile data terminals. With this new control room solution, we will be even better positioned to integrate key information from many internal and external sources, enabling our control room staff to dispatch resources intelligently, meaning we get the right skills to the incident, quickly, fully prepared and supported,” said Bill Skelly, chief constable for Lincolnshire Police.

“We’re setting our force up for the future. We have entered a 10-year partnership with Motorola Solutions knowing that they are committed to making sure that we constantly stay at the leading edge of policing, as we will be able to add new innovations to our solution as soon as they become available,” Skelly continued.

John Whitwam, managing director, G4S Policing Services, commented: “We are pleased the G4S Strategic Partnership with Lincolnshire Police will enable Lincolnshire to be at the forefront of technology, supporting officers and staff to make the best decisions by being better informed. This is the best of a private and public partnership, with G4S, Motorola Solutions and Lincolnshire Police working together to provide sustainable and effective policing services to the public of Lincolnshire.”

Phil Jefferson, Motorola Solutions vice president and country manager for UK, Northern and Southern Europe and North Africa, said: “We’re very excited to extend our technology partnership with Lincolnshire Police and help them realise their long-term goals around technology to enable better policing.”

Motorola Solutions Wins Second Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH in Germany, Resulting in Injunction of All Infringing Products

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

First Judgment in Germany Against Chinese Parent Company, Hytera Communications Limited

Regional Court of Düsseldorf Determines Hytera Is Infringing Motorola Solutions’ Patent;

Injunction Prohibits Hytera from Offering Infringing Products; Hytera Held Liable for Damages

CHICAGO – Nov. 20, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the successful outcome of its latest patent infringement lawsuits in Germany against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (collectively, Hytera). This is the second time this year that a German court has ruled in favor of Motorola Solutions against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH; importantly it also applies to Hytera’s Chinese parent company, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (Hytera Communications).

These patent lawsuits took place in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, which determined that Hytera’s two-way Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) subscriber radios that use what Hytera refers to as the “pseudo-trunking” functionality in TDMA Direct Mode are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1.

The Regional Court has granted two injunctions against Hytera. The first injunction prevents Hytera from offering the patented method in Germany, and the second injunction prevents Hytera from offering and delivering products capable of performing the patented method in Germany. Additionally, it has held Hytera liable for damages. While the current judgments may be appealed by Hytera, they are immediately enforceable upon posting of a required security by Motorola Solutions, which is expected to be completed in short order.

“The Regional Court has ordered remedies that punish Hytera for its illegal conduct and infringement of our intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Significantly, today’s ruling covers additional Hytera DMR subscribers beyond those that were previously found to infringe our patented squelch technology in an earlier judgment.”

Hacker added, “Motorola Solutions embraces legitimate competition. In fact, we believe that robust, fair competition drives innovation and benefits our customers and our industry as a whole. However, Hytera’s infringement creates an uneven playing field, which ultimately stifles innovation and hurts customers and other end-users. On behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders, we are committed to defending our proprietary technologies and investments in innovation around the globe.”

This is Motorola Solutions’ second significant victory against Hytera in less than a week. On Nov. 16, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera Communications products infringe four Motorola Solutions U.S. patents. The ITC issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for three of Motorola Solutions’ patents, prohibiting Hytera Communications from importing products into the U.S. and selling or marketing those products and rejected Hytera Communications’ request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or replace those in the field. Pending a 60-day presidential review period, the ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect on approximately Jan. 15, 2019.

Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Court of Australia.

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.

Motorola Solutions demonstrates latest features for standards-based PTT services at Comms Connect

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Emergency alert and call features added to highly reliable, secure broadband push-to-talk services

Melbourne, Australia – November 21, 2018

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will demonstrate its advanced push-to-talk (PTT) services to Australian public safety agencies and businesses at Comms Connect Melbourne this week.

The company’s industry leading, 3GPP compliant broadband PTT technologies help businesses and public safety agencies extend secure and instant voice communication across their fleets and workforces via cellular networks. The flexible solutions can be deployed in cloud-based, on premise and carrier integrated environments.

Motorola Solutions’ broadband PTT portfolio enables hundreds of millions of PTT calls, generating more than 20 million minutes of use globally each month on some of the world’s leading wireless carrier networks. These highly scalable technologies can serve hundreds of thousands of users and come with multimedia messaging, mapping to pinpoint the location of team members and resources, emergency features and full, end-to-end support services from Motorola Solutions.

Innovation based on global standards

The technology being demonstrated by Motorola Solutions at Comms Connect is based on the 3GPP release 13 standard, mission-critical push-to-talk (MC-PTT). The solutions will complement and extend the highly secure and available mission critical LMR services that public safety agencies and businesses depend on every day.

The solutions enable seamless PTT group calls for mission-critical service users with high assurance and low latency for instant and simultaneous group communications. They also provide prioritised access for all users, meaning first responders and other critical users will have access, even during major emergencies or crises where cellular networks may be congested.

Motorola Solutions’ PTT services provide a cost-effective and seamless way to extend voice communication to a greater number of users via mobile devices and operate on any device.

Further expansion of PTT portfolio as technology standards mature

These PTT services open up a gateway for further broadband-based connectivity that can be added to over time. Motorola Solutions will continue to leverage new technologies and standards including 5G to enhance its product portfolio. This will enable users to take greater advantage of video, advanced analytics, AI and other data-based technologies to further increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for all employees.

Backed by world leading, mission critical expertise

Motorola Solutions’ broadband PTT portfolio draws on the company’s experience in deploying mission-critical communications networks and next generation software solutions for public safety and enterprise organisations globally.

Steve Crutchfield, vice president and managing director Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand says: “Customers all over the world depend on Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical solutions every day.

“Our advanced broadband PTT portfolio complements and extends essential LMR network access to a far greater number of workers across public safety and enterprise environments while delivering a range of new data-based features to support organisations in times of crisis.”

“As workforce demographics continue to change, there is a growing need to extend the reach of secure, group-based voice communications throughout organisations so more people can communicate instantly regardless of the mobile device they use.”

“We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the best mission-critical voice solutions while evolving the standards and technologies for both LMR and broadband,” Crutchfield said.

Kris Patel, Motorola Solutions’ vice president of unified communications said there is growing demand for solutions that provide customers with prioritised and preferential access for voice and data services.

“As our customers’ needs change we are working to ensure they always have access to communications to perform their essential daily work,” Patel said. “Broadband PTT is an important part of our technology roadmap for public safety and commercial customers and complements the advanced software solutions we already provide that use world-leading technology.”

The new solutions will be demonstrated at Motorola Solutions’ booth at Comms Connect with commercial trials available from early 2019.

Solution snapshot: Broadband push-to-talk from Motorola Solutions

These solutions deliver critical communications capabilities including optimised, low latency push-to-talk, flexible talk group management and call pre-emption for LTE devices such as smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers. The use of LTE allows faster call setup times, reduced PTT latency and uses efficient downlink bandwidths for group PTT calls.

Motorola Solutions Wins ITC Case; Final Determination Confirms Hytera Infringes Motorola Solutions’ Patents

on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

ITC Issues Orders Excluding Importation, Sale or Marketing of Infringing Hytera Products in United States

ITC Rejects Hytera’s Request for Repair and Replacement Exception

CHICAGO – Nov. 16, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) products are infringing four Motorola Solutions patents. The ITC has also issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patent Nos. 7,369,869, 7,729,701 and 8,279,991, prohibiting Hytera from importing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. The ITC also rejected Hytera’s request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or replace those in the field. The ruling also affirms Administrative Law Judge McNamara’s finding that Hytera “unquestionably copied certain of Motorola patented technologies.”

“The Commission’s validation of Judge McNamara’s findings is a significant victory for Motorola Solutions and another important step in holding Hytera accountable for its serial infringement of our patents,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions has invested significant resources researching, developing and delivering new and innovative products for our customers around the world. In contrast, Hytera has brazenly and repeatedly copied our proprietary intellectual property. The ITC’s Final Determination further validates our global efforts to halt Hytera’s egregious and unlawful behavior and safeguard Motorola Solutions’ technology portfolio.”

A mandatory 60-day presidential review period has now begun, during which the U.S. President may modify the ITC’s Final Determination. The ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect on approximately Jan. 15, 2019, when all Hytera products infringing Motorola Solutions’ ’869, ’701 and ’991 patents, including the following products, would be excluded from the U.S. market:

  • Radios (Subscribers): MD652, MD782, BD302, BD362, BD502, PD412, PD502, PD562, PD602, PD662, PD682, PD702, PD752, PD782, PD792, PD982, X1e and X1p; and
  • Repeaters: RD622 and RD982.

In addition to today’s ITC victory, Motorola Solutions recently prevailed against Hytera in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany in a similar patent infringement case. Motorola Solutions will also continue to vigorously pursue its patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany, the Federal Court of Australia and other jurisdictions around the world.

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.

Motorola Solutions Chooses Microsoft Azure Government Cloud for Command Center Software

on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Enables flexibility and security as public safety agencies evolve to cloud-based software solutions

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 12, 2018 — Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has selected Microsoft Azure Government as the cloud provider for its public safety software suite. Azure Government provides the flexibility and security that public safety agencies require as they adopt cloud-based public safety software. Motorola Solutions’ comprehensive public safety software suite helps agencies work smarter and more efficiently from call to case closure helping to keep communities safe.

The relationship enables agencies to meet their unique operating requirements by running hybrid architectures that combine both on-premises and cloud solutions. A hybrid approach maximizes investments in current on-premises applications while providing a path to future cloud-based software and capabilities.

“Cloud computing is used by government agencies around the world, and we are excited to bring the benefits of cloud to our public safety customers,” said Andrew Sinclair, corporate vice president and general manager, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “By working with Microsoft, we have the right partner to enhance our customers’ current on-premises systems as we continue to develop next-generation software and capabilities for them, in the cloud.”

In addition to supporting hybrid deployments for public safety customers, Motorola Solutions also provides a number of cloud-based products today, including CommandCentral Vault for digital evidence management, CommandCentral Analytics for crime analysis and CommandCentral Aware, which brings multiple real-time data sources into a single interface for improved situational awareness and incident support.

Security is at the core of Azure Government. Azure Government provides eight geographically distributed, highly available government-only datacenter regions which host no commercial data. Only U.S. federal, the Department of Defense (DoD), state and local governments and their partners have access to this dedicated instance of Azure operated by screened U.S. persons. Azure Government also offers the deepest built-in compliance on the market, maintaining more than 70 certifications, the most of any cloud provider at every level of government.

“Microsoft Azure Government provides world-class security, protection and compliance on a dedicated, government-only cloud environment,” said Tom Keane, corporate vice president, Azure Global,Microsoft Corp. “Our work with Motorola Solutions will enable them to bring public safety agencies the flexibility and security afforded by cloud-based solutions they need to help keep citizens even safer.”

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