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Motorola Solutions and mm-lab drive safety and efficiency at Bosch’s automotive proving ground in Boxberg, Germany

on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handhelds offer exceptional audio quality, performance, 4G LTE broadband connectivity and Android On-board Unit support.
  • New Proving Ground Management System from mm-lab improves safety on test tracks while accurately tracking and analyzing all vehicle movements.
  • The telematics solution can be adapted to the requirements of different Bosch proving grounds worldwide and fully integrated into existing infrastructure.

IDSTEIN, Germany – June 20, 2017 – Motorola Solutions and its partner mm-lab equip Bosch’s automotive proving ground in Boxberg, Germany, with the mm-lab Proving Ground Management System (PGMS) and Motorola’s LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld devices. The future-proof system integrates all proving ground management processes at Bosch for improving the safety and efficiency on the test tracks of the world’s largest supplier of automotive components.

The rugged Motorola LEX L10 LTE handhelds provide best-in-class audio quality, voice clarity and echo cancellation for enabling secure and reliable voice notification in the test vehicle as well as clear communication between ground operators and test drivers on the track. As soon as test drivers log on to the Android On-board Unit (OBU), they are identified by the mobile telephony service and added to all relevant user groups. The Motorola LEX L10 also connects the ground operators and test drivers to the private LTE network at Bosch’s proving grounds using high-performance broadband technology.

“We see a growing demand for customised mobile applications that support companies like Bosch that are looking to meet highly dynamic requirements, where reliable communication through broadband networks is key,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our Motorola LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE handhelds together with mm-lab’s Proving Ground Management System enable Bosch to communicate with their test drivers on the proving ground at any time, thus optimising the test results for their customers and enhancing their own technology evolutions.”

The mm-lab PGMS telematics solution monitors tracks, analyses all vehicle movements, and increases proving ground safety by providing audio-visual warning signals, for instance when one of the text drivers is driving in the wrong direction. The system also increases the efficiency of management processes used in administrative services, integrating text and voice communications and adding multiple applications such as access control for test tracks and the reception system at proving grounds.

“With our PGMS telematics solution and the Motorola LEX L10 handhelds we provide Bosch with a future-leading system, which fulfils all requirements of the world’s leading automotive supplier,” said Michael Meiser, managing director at mm-lab. “The system can be adjusted to the individual needs of the different Bosch proving grounds worldwide, and is fully integrated into the existing infrastructure – from the barrier control to the accounting system.”

In total, Bosch operates nine proving grounds on four continents, covering all climate requirements for efficient testing and precision tuning of its customers’ vehicles. This includes a multitude of test tracks for all speeds, every incline, various amounts of tractions and the simulation of land or ice. Bosch’s proving ground at Boxberg, Germany, offers facilities including a high-speed oval, a driving-dynamics area, brake-measurement tracks and handling courses for testing different driving conditions and driver assistance systems (such as: brake tests on various road surfaces, driving on rural roads, climbing/downhill tracks with high gradients).

“We were looking for an integrated system that supports all operations on our proving grounds”, said Michael Gromig, managing director of the Bosch Test Center Boxberg. “Thanks to the new Proving Ground Management System provided by mm-lab and Motorola Solutions, we have implemented a state-of-the-art solution that increases the safety of our test drivers, reduces administration and accelerates the smooth realisation of our processes. Customers and operators alike benefit from the new integrated system.”

Motorola Solutions releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

on Friday, 16 June 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – June 15, 2017  Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, which marked progress in carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiencies, philanthropic support and employee development. The annual report highlights Motorola Solutions’ performance as a responsible corporate citizen that’s committed to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities where it does business.
“Our company is always looking for ways to minimize our environmental impact to remain a leader in corporate sustainability,” said Terry Bell, vice president, Motorola Solutions Environment, Health and Safety. “We are proud of the strides we’ve made to be energy efficient this year, including significant reductions in our electricity usage.”
 
Highlights from the 2016 report include:
 

  • Reduced energy usage by approximately 28 percent from 2015, a result of  installing/incorporating energy-efficient lighting and promoting remote work options for employees
  • Decreased carbon footprint (Scope 1 and 2 emissions from Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 26 percent from 2015
  • Increased overall spend with diverse suppliers in the U.S.
  • Received LEED-CI Silver certification for the first phase of renovated Schaumburg, Illinois building with more than 85 percent of waste being diverted from landfills; the company is pursuing LEED Gold certification for its new Chicago headquarters based on guidelines for energy and water reduction
  • Donated more than $10 million to support more than 2 million students, teachers, first responders and their families affiliated with about 200 organizations in 44 countries
  • Invested $9.8 million in employee development compared with $8 million in 2015

Read the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report
Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com/responsibility

Motorola Solutions Marks a Decade of Radio Digitisation with Focus on Vertical Industries in China

on Friday, 16 June 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Celebrating 10th anniversary of MOTOTRBO in 2017

Beijing, China – June. 15, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has reached the 10th year milestone of its MOTOTRBO™ digital radio portfolio with a comprehensive set of industrial communications solutions in China.

The focus on vertical industries comes at a crucial time amid China’s transition toward services, domestic consumption and consumer-led sectors including hospitality and retail. According to KPMG, these sectors which are experiencing annual growth rates of around 10 per cent, along with industrial sectors, are developing quickly as the country’s new economic engines.

Motorola Solutions will further customise its MOTOTRBO portfolio to help these organisations achieve their business performance and growth objectives.

These made-for-China solutions will be tailored to help organisations achieve higher levels of efficiency, productivity and safety, and customised to suit companies of different sizes as well as the needs of technology users working in different roles.

Today, Motorola Solutions’ communications solutions are being deployed all across the country in industries ranging from transport, oil and gas, forestry, hospitality and retail. All these sectors face common challenges, including the need to manage higher operational costs and growing customer expectations.

“China is a highly diverse and complex market where we work closely with our customers and partners to clearly understand their challenges in order to design and co-create solutions that meet their specific needs,” says Lily Fu, General Manager, Radio Channels, Motorola Solutions China.

Motorola Solutions recently conducted a survey among 300 technology users to determine the reasons behind company transition from analogue radio technology to digital technology. The survey found reliability, voice quality and battery life to be the most important drivers.

By choosing digital two-way radio solutions, customers can combine the best features of instant, crystal clear voice communications with business-focused data applications to manage their operations more efficiently,” Fu continues.

For the past decade, Motorola Solutions has been regularly investing in R&D and innovation resources to enhance the features of the digital mobile radio portfolio for better collaboration within enterprises and organisations to improve daily operations.

This has enabled Motorola Solutions to deliver continued innovation to the Next Generation MOTOTRBOTM portfolio launched in 2016, including indoor location-tracking, longer battery life, Wi-Fi as well as integration of WAVE™ 5000 Work Group Communications software and Capacity Max digital trunking solution.

This follows earlier enhancements such as BluetoothTM, job-ticketing, dispatch applications, text messaging and longer talk times.

As the founding member of the Digital Mobile Radio Association (DMRA), this year also marks Motorola Solutions’ 30th anniversary in China, where the global leader in critical communications was one of the first multinational technology companies to establish roots back in 1987.

Today, Motorola Solutions has established long-standing customer relationships, proven capabilities, and a trusted network of partners in this country.

Employee Productivity Soars in Korea with Next-Generation MOTOTRBO Radio Portfolio from Motorola Solutions

on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Celebrating 10th anniversary of MOTOTRBO in 2017

Seoul, June 14, 2017 – Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) Next-Generation MOTOTRBO TM radio portfolio marks successful implementations across a range of sectors in Korea including fire-fighting, petrochemicals, oil & gas and hospitality.

This portfolio of digital two-way radios is equipped with new features that help industries avoid downtime, increase productivity and reduce costs. This includes Wi-Fi connectivity that can help save workers hundreds of hours in lost time while delivering highly secure, reliable and cost-efficient professional two-way radio communications.

In enterprise environments, the process of updating communications equipment can be time-intensive. For a workforce of 350, for example, this can lead to more than 400 hours of lost time. Next-generation MOTOTRBO radios feature an integrated Wi-Fi solution that helps reduce the update process to a matter of minutes by eliminating the need for employees in the field or warehouse floor to physically drop off equipment at the office to receive software upgrades. Coupled with 29 hours of battery life, this means workers can spend more time focusing on the task at hand.

“The next-generation MOTOTRBO radio portfolio reflects the features and functionality our customers have been asking for and help them enhance productivity, efficiency and worker safety,” says Mike O’Connor Vice President, Radio Channel Sales, Asia Pacific, Motorola Solutions.

“Features such as man-down alerts and indoor location tracking are crucial for working in hazardous areas,” he continues.

Motorola Solutions is also introducing Capacity Max, a new feature-rich, next-generation MOTOTRBO trunking solution in Korea this year. Trunking is used to increase radio system efficiency by temporarily allocating a channel from a pool of available channels when needed. The new system provides better security and is easier to manage. Capacity Max is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications deployments.

“Capacity Max allows users to expand the capacity, reach and capability of two-way radios, and gives users the flexibility to expand their networks and applications to meet evolving needs,” says HY Kim Area Sales Lead, Korea, Motorola Solutions.

“At Motorola Solutions, we have established a smooth migration path from analog and smaller MOTOTRBO solutions to Capacity Max to minimise cost and operational impact for existing customers who want to upgrade,” he adds.

Next-generation MOTOTRBO also includes the SLR 8000 series, a high-power repeater that amplifies a signal to help extend coverage for communication networks such as Capacity Max. The SLR 8000 is built on the same platform as the popular SLR 5000 series and allows customers to deploy systems that cover wide geographical areas. SLR 8000 features a flexible architecture enabling customers to easily configure the repeater to meet their system deployment needs for extreme reliability.

The continued adoption of the MOTOTRBO digital radio in Korea comes as the company marks the 10th anniversary of this portfolio globally.

Motorola Solutions and AT&T to Bring Best-in-Class LTE Solutions to FirstNet Network

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to provide mobile apps, software and services to help power a new generation of communications capabilities for U.S. public safety

Broadband device newly certified for AT&T LTE network and designed to operate on FirstNet network

CHICAGO – June 13, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it will provide mobile apps, software and services for the FirstNet network as part of its role on the AT&T team selected by the U.S. government to deliver America’s first nationwide wireless broadband public safety network.

“We’re proud to further strengthen our relationship with AT&T and continue our unique role supporting the delivery of FirstNet services to public safety entities,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Services, Motorola Solutions. “We’ll work hand-in-hand with AT&T and first responders to help provide a new generation of voice, data and messaging capabilities for U.S. public safety. Our solutions can help customers transform their communications into improved safety for Americans and for first responders."

The FirstNet network will be a nationwide, interoperable network dedicated to first responders when they need it. Working with AT&T, Motorola Solutions will help deliver the broadband devices and solutions that public safety needs. These will help allow first responders to quickly access the vital information and actionable intelligence that enable faster decisions, enhance situational awareness and achieve better outcomes.

“Public safety is looking for advanced, interoperable communications and collaboration capabilities,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president-FirstNet, AT&T Global Public Sector. “Working with Motorola Solutions and other key team members, we will help deliver broadband-enabled devices and apps that will be certified for use by public safety seeking FirstNet services.”

Motorola Solutions’ LEX F10 device, designed specifically for public safety, has been certified for the AT&T LTE network. The company will also deliver a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically for the unique needs of public safety. The suite will work virtually seamlessly between the FirstNet network and land mobile radio networks (LMR) as well as other software and services that support and enable the new FirstNet communications capabilities.

Brda continued, “LMR and LTE networks will continue to coexist, and helping first responders bridge those technologies with interoperable solutions will be an important growth driver for our company.”

A trusted partner for public safety customers for 90 years, Motorola Solutions is proud to count FirstNet among the four nationwide public safety LTE solutions that the company is playing a key role in implementing.

World’s top 10 aviation hub in China takes flight with fully fledged service support from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Shanghai aviation hub signs first service contract in China for TETRA communications solutions
  • Comprehensive lifecycle management programme keeps both systems and software current

 

Hong Kong, 17 May 2017  Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) enables secure flight operations for Shanghai, one of the world’s top 10 aviation hubs in 2016, with a system upgrade and software maintenance service contract for a major TETRA communications solution.

Shanghai, a major centre for trade and business as well as one of the most populous cities in the world, is served by two airports that surpassed the 100 million passenger mark in combined passenger traffic last year.

Shanghai aviation hub is a pioneer in the deployment of many advanced solutions for critical communications in China - from its first analogue system in 1994, an upgrade to a digital solution in 2006 and now, a holistic service maintenance contact running for seven years.

Today, the aviation hub operates an end-to-end integrated TETRA communications system comprising nearly 10,000 digital two-way radios, repeaters, as well as a DIMETRATM IP digital solution to increase coverage without disrupting radio users.

“Running successful airport operations involves managing a series of complex and inter-linked workflows, from front-end counter ticketing, controlling passenger traffic and baggage services to the back-end coordination of aircraft. Highly advanced and dependable communications is required to connect all of these intricate parts together for seamless coordination,” says WenJie Shao, General Manager, Shanghai Hong Pu Civil Airport Communication Co., Ltd.

“The challenge to maintain performance and deliver uninterrupted daily operations becomes greater during large-scale events with a high volume of passenger and air traffic,” he continues.

In the past 10 years, Motorola Solutions’ highly reliable TETRA communications solutions have enabled the Shanghai aviation hub to successfully manage multiple world-class events held in the city, including Special Olympics in 2007 and Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Today, our customers face growing pressures on operating costs with no compromise on delivering the highest levels of safety, productivity and efficiency. In airline operations, it is especially crucial to have communications solutions running at peak performance. By offering life-cycle management  services, we are helping companies to benefit from fully refreshed system infrastructure and the most up-to-date hardware and software,” says Michael Jiang, China President and Country Manager, Motorola Solutions, Motorola Solutions China.

Regular hardware and software maintenance prolongs the life of Motorola Solutions’ communications products and solutions, and ensures the continuity of critical communications for secure and reliable operations.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – May 16, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 47 cents per share payable in cash on July 14, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2017.

Motorola Solutions introduces new TETRA critical communications systems

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions unveils its latest TETRA radio systems at CCW 2017
 

  • Explore company’s innovations at Critical Communications World, May 16-18.

Hong Kong – May 16, 2017 – When crowds descend for major events including rugby events in Hong Kong or motorsport in Singapore, emergency services, government agencies and businesses of all sizes need seamless communications to deliver the best experience.
 
From the busy airport gate, to the noisy concert and the bustling local shopping centre – reliable, team communication gives workers the tools they need to get the job done.
 
The latest radio systems from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) DIMETRA TETRA portfolio deliver highly-scalable and efficient communications to meet the critical communications needs of all organisations in any circumstance.
 
INTRODUCING DIMETRA X CORE
 
DIMETRA X Core is a new, fully-scalable TETRA system to support mission-critical communications for public safety as well as enterprise organisations including utilities, public transport and oil and gas companies.  DIMETRA X Core enables TETRA users to get the most out of their existing DIMETRA TETRA network today while preparing for mobile broadband capabilities tomorrow.
 
The system features an efficient software-defined core to reduce system operating costs as well as enhanced cyber security features to protect from ever increasing threats. DIMETRA X Core is built for long-term, mission-critical communications performance for the next 15 years or more. The system is an ideal replacement for existing DIMETRA TETRA systems that will enhance and prolong the life of existing Radio Access Networks.
 
As technology evolves, so will DIMETRA X Core systems with their advanced, flexible and fully scalable architecture enabling system design and expansion from one site to 5000 or more.

As needs change, the system can easily accommodate new users and capabilities simply by enabling software licenses.

Regular software updates also help to keep TETRA networks operating at their peak while opening up new, broadband-enabled capabilities. This includes smart interfaces to WAVE Work Group Communications providing push-to-talk solutions and Intelligent Middleware to extend voice communication and applications between radio and broadband networks to users of radios, computers, smartphones and other devices.

DIMETRA X Core also lowers the long-term total cost of ownership for organisations by minimising the amount of hardware and physical space needed to operate the system. This results in less energy consumption and lower costs for maintenance and operation. With scalable and flexible pricing based on network coverage, capacity and capabilities, customers pay only for what they need.
 
“DIMETRA X Core enables emergency services and enterprise organisations to extend the life of their DIMETRA networks while preparing for additional capabilities offered by the broadband technologies of tomorrow,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services at Motorola Solutions.

Of the 1,000 DIMETRA TETRA digital radio systems Motorola Solutions has delivered globally from its Centre of Excellence in Berlin, 400 of those are within the Asia Pacific region.

DIMETRA 9.0
DIMETRA 9.0 is the latest system software release for DIMETRA X Core as well as for existing DIMETRA system customers. It provides new features including the Inter System Interface to connect voice communication over multiple TETRA networks across regions and borders.

The update also ensures organisations are better protected from ever increasing cyber security threats.

DIMETRA EXPRESS ‘ONE-BOX’ TETRA SOLUTION
Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA Express is a single-site TETRA digital radio system all in one-box that can be deployed within 15 minutes, saving time, and helping to increase performance, reliability and responsiveness. Motorola Solutions DIMETRA Express was developed to meet demand from customers and partners for a product that is easy to deploy and cost efficient enough to be used for smaller projects. It also enables smaller organisations in sectors including manufacturing, public transport, hospitality or oil and gas, to benefit from high-quality audio, short data services (SDS) and telephony services.

Motorola Solutions elects Joe Tucci to its board of directors

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – May 15, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today elected Joe Tucci to its board of directors. The former chairman and chief executive officer of EMC Corporation, Tucci led the company through a dramatic transformation and revitalization, moving its business model from a focus on high-end storage platforms into a federation of businesses with leadership in information storage, protection and security, infrastructure virtualization and cloud management and orchestration.  He currently is co-chief executive officer and co-chairman of a Special Purpose Acquisition company, GTY Technology Holdings.

“Joe has decades of deep experience in the information technology sector,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Under his leadership, EMC grew impressively by organic means and through several very strategic acquisitions such as VMware. Additionally, Joe built one of the best enterprise sales forces in the country.  I am thrilled to have him on our board.”

Tucci helped forge and guides the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and serves on the boards of Bridge Growth Partners; Paychex, Inc.; Columbia Business School; Northeastern University; Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the National Academy Foundation. He previously was chairman and CEO of Wang Global, was president of U.S. Information Systems for Unisys Corporation, and began his career as a systems programmer at RCA Corporation.

Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University.

Motorola Solutions showcases technology to accelerate mobile intelligence in Asia Pacific

on Monday, 15 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Latest smart public safety software applications, devices, infrastructure and futuristic concepts to be presented at Critical Communications World 2017
 

  • Leading technology solutions to enhance nationwide public safety networks in Asia Pacific
  • Mobile intelligence-focused solutions enable public safety to make faster, better decisions
  • Visit Motorola Solutions at Critical Communications World, booth C7, May 16-18

Hong Kong – May 15, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYI: MSI) will unveil highly advanced technology solutions to enhance the capabilities of nationwide public safety networks in the Asia Pacific at Critical Communications World 2017.
 
The company’s mission-critical radio technologies, specialised software, mission critical broadband, command centre solutions and future innovation concepts will all be presented at Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.
 
Motorola Solutions’ advanced technology showcase comes at a time when both mission-critical radio and public safety broadband solutions are in high demand throughout the Asia Pacific. This is reflected in forecasts that by 2020 there will be *almost 20 million active two-way radios in the region, while the ** North America and Asia Pacific regions combined will account for nearly 70 percent of all public safety broadband investment globally.
 
Iain Clarke, corporate vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, for Motorola Solutions, said the growth in both mission-critical communications and mobile broadband technologies is fuelled by demand for end-to-end, interoperable solutions combining the most needed elements of voice, data and multimedia communication.
 
“Public safety customers in Asia Pacific are among the most technically advanced in the world and are continuing their rapid adoption of mission-critical mobile intelligence services and smart technologies,” Clarke said. “This is enabling them to filter and analyse the vast amounts data available today so they can make better and faster decisions to protect our communities.
 
“Motorola Solutions’ deep domain expertise in delivering holistic public safety solutions will benefit those countries in Asia Pacific planning for large-scale, highly-available and secure deployments,” he said.
 
Motorola Solutions continues to invest in new capabilities and skills to accelerate innovation within Asia Pacific - from its partnership with Singapore’s ST Electronicsto develop advanced communications technologies to its acquisition of a large team of mobile application developers through the acquisition of Gridstone in Australia.
 
Clarke said further evidence of his company’s much needed role in delivering secure and reliable critical communication services and global innovation was demonstrated through a series of major milestones. These include Motorola Solutions’:
 

  • Contract to deliver system integration and next-generation, mission-critical voice and data services for the Emergency Services Network in the UK
  • Implementation of the three largest public safety broadband networks in the world, in Los Angeles County, California in the U.S. and in two Middle Eastern countries
  • Delivery of leading public safety broadband trials with multiple international police and military forces throughout the world.
  • Recently announced plans to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers.

Motorola Solutions supports mission-critical systems in more than 20 countries globally including Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Australia, the U.S., the U.K. and countries in Europe. It also has a proven track record of delivering, managing and operating large-scale, complex and dependable public safety networks.
 
“At CCW we will demonstrate our broad capabilities to deliver end-to-end public safety software solutions as well as the powerful set of tools we have to enable organisations to work more safely and collaboratively with increased situational awareness,” Clarke said.
 
Highlights from Motorola Solutions’ technology showcase at CCW 2017 include:
 

  • A futuristic view of the of the Command Centre of the Future that uses next-generation technology, including mixed reality and holographic images, to enable first responders to collaborate on critical information like never before.
  • Essential radio technologies including the latest TETRA, APCO P25 and MOTOTRBO releases combined with enhanced features including software applications to increase collaboration and simplify workflows.
  • Mobile applications for secure messaging, mapping, collaborative whiteboarding and conducting searches.
  • A Convergence Suite of software including WAVE 5000 combined with Intelligent Middleware solutions to extend the bridge between radio and cellular networks to team members regardless of the devices they use.
  • Deployable LTE infrastructure for continuous operations, including the LXN500 solution combined with mapping, messaging and video streaming maps to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.
  • Command centre solutions including CommandCentral Aware to integrate disparate data sources and CommandCentral Vault for complete digital evidence management including body-worn video.
  • Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch solutions to simplify the management of critical information from central data sources between control rooms, first responders and the community.

Sons and Daughters of Caribbean Police Officers Have Their Educational Dreams Come True

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Foundation shows commitment to Caribbean region, once again supportingAssociation of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) with Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Fund in its eighth year

ARUBA– May 5, 2017 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), is awarding 10 news scholarships as part of its  ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Fund, making a total of more than 70 scholarships granted since its inception.

The scholarships provides Caribbean children with resources to continue their college or university studies in the targeted fields of study include engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology, and forensic science. These disciplines, said ACCP officials, are essential for the proper functioning of the day-to-day operations of police organizations and communities in general.

The ACCP and Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to assist the police in each of the member countries in the promotion and support of youth and community development programs.

“Over the years, we have seen how the ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Fund program has helped the children of our police officers gain better access to education. The Foundation's commitment to the scholarship program year after year encourages us to continue working on our mission to protect the citizens of the 25 Caribbean islands that our organization serves,” said Michael DeSilva, Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service and president of the ACCP.

The winners will be able to continue their education at certified colleges or universities, either in the Caribbean or at colleges or universities that are associated with the member countries. This includes Universities/Colleges in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to continue supporting the ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Fund program, which really makes a significant contribution to future generations in the Caribbean,” said Matthew Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

AboutAssociation of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)
The ACCP was formed in 1987 and currently consists of Police Commissioners from 25 Caribbean Countries. The Association’s Mission is to be the major regional organization to foster and facilitate collaboration and co-operation in the development and implementation of policing strategies, systems and procedures in the region; the development of professional and technical skills of police officers throughout the region; and the deployment of proactive measures to prevent crime and improve police community relations. For more information about the ACCP, please visithttp://www.accpolice.org/.

Intelligent Communications as a Service to Help Caribbean First Responders with Their Mission

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions introduces a hosted turnkey solution that provides access to public safety mobile applications
 

  • Intelligent Communications as a Service is designed for public safety and emergency response teams who need specialized public safety communications over broadband networks, using purpose-built and traditional smart devices.
  • The service relies on secure and interoperable-capable voice, messaging, mapping and whiteboarding group communications.

ARUBA – May 5, 2017– Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) introduces at the 32nd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), Intelligent Communications as a Service. This service model gives public safety and emergency response agencies access to public safety mobile applications as a recurrent subscription for easy deployment so they can respond more efficiently to the needs of the community.

It will also allow agencies to start the service promptly without the need for an initial capital investment on servers and data centers and with the assurance of periodic software updates, keeping the service always up to date.

“Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Communications as a Service will allow public safety and emergency response agencies in the Caribbean to access and share critical information and intelligence in an extremely secure way, over existing broadband networks,” said Francisco Urdáz, director, Business Development for Latin America & Caribbean, Motorola Solutions. “For a recurrent subscription, critical users will have updated public safety solutions ready to provide intelligence in real time.”
 
The company’s public safety mobile applications are a highly effective way to share critical intelligence among officers in the field and personnel at the command center. They work across different networks and devices, enabling real-time communication and collaboration that can accelerate time to resolution.
 
The service package includes mobile apps such as:
 

  • Messaging, which lets first responders securely share text messages and photos with individuals or talk groups across smartphones and two-way radios, enabling faster communication and collaboration. For example, Messaging enables a user to send a photo to a voice talk group.  
  • Mapping, which enables location-based collaboration by showing nearby officers and quickly creating “geo-fenced” voice- or text-based communication groups with officers in the vicinity. It allows an officer to talk to another officer one block away – even if he doesn’t know the officer’s name.
  • Whiteboarding, which enables in-field, interactive collaboration and information-sharing. It allows officers to graphically share operations, response plans and areas of interest through drawings on a shared map on their devices.
  • WAVE, Motorola Solutions’ push-to-talk (PTT) solution that lets smartphone users securely communicate with a simple press of a button. In addition to enabling groups of smartphone users to easily communicate with one another, WAVE also can provide a  PTT bridge with the land mobile radios police use today, enabling teams to communicate using push-to-talk across networks and devices.
  • Secure telephony, which enables users to make secure, encrypted phone calls.

This service can run on the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 – a mission-critical LTE handheld device for public safety ⎼ or other Android-based devices with access to cellular networks. Applications are also integrated, so they can work together and strengthen their connected capabilities, generating quick interactions among them.

Intelligent Communications as a Service delivers essential solutions to keep first responders connected with the right information at all times.

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company completes Interexport acquisition, raises full year EPS outlook
 
HIGHLIGHTS
• Sales of $1.3 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago
• Americas growth of 3 percent on strength in Services
• Backlog growth of $129 million from a year ago
• Generated $142 million of operating cash flow, up $129 million
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.45
• Non-GAAP EPS1 of $0.71, up 37 percent
 
CHICAGO – May 4, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
“Q1 was a strong quarter and an excellent start to the year,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m very pleased with our momentum going forward.”
                                   
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Q1 2017  Q1 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,281 $1,193 7%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $176 $100 76%
  % of Sales 13.7% 8.4%  
  EPS $0.45 $0.10 350%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $224 $166 35%
  % of Sales 17.5% 13.9%  
  EPS $0.71 $0.52 37%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $703 $702 --%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $89 $51 75%
  % of Sales 12.7% 7.3%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $101 $84 20%
  % of Sales 14.4% 12.0%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $578 $491 18%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $87 $49 78%
  % of Sales 15.1% 10.0%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $123 $82 50%
  % of Sales 21.3% 16.7%  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.26 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
  • Revenue – Sales increased 7 percent in total, and 3 percent excluding Airwave. The increase reflects growth in EMEA and the Americas.  Product segment sales were up $1 million. The Services segment grew 18 percent, including $58 million of incremental Airwave revenue. Excluding Airwave, Services grew 7 percent.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 13.7 percent of sales, compared with 8.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects higher sales and gross margin. Non-GAAP operating margin was 17.5 percent of sales, compared with 13.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher sales and gross margin as well as lower operating expenses.
  • Cash flow – The company generated $142 million in operating cash, an increase of $129 million from the year-ago quarter on higher revenue and earnings. Q1 also included a $52 million legal settlement. Free cash flow2 was up $112 million to $74 million, driven by higher revenue and earnings.
  • Capital Allocation – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of$829 million and a net debt position of approximately $3.6 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $178 million of its common stock, paid approximately $77 million in cash dividends, and invested $55 million in acquisitions.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with $8.5 billion of backlog, up $129 million from the year-ago quarter. Products backlog is up $285 million, while Services backlog is down $156 million, driven by a reduction of approximately $650 million in Airwave backlog over the prior 12 months.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Strategic wins
  • $80 million to upgrade and manage a nationwide TETRA network in Europe
  • $38 million for Managed Services with Victoria Police in Australia
  • $34 million P25 network with multi-year services in California
  • $10 million P25 system with Central Louisiana Electric Company (CLECO)
  • Double-digit growth for Command Center software driven by Spillman, Emergency CallWorks, and PremierOne solutions
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Announced the planned acquisition of Kodiak Networks, a leading provider of broadband push-to-talk for commercial customers, which adds a carrier-integrated, cellular push-to-talk solution for mobile operators around the world
  • Acquired Interexport, a provider of managed services for communications systems to public safety and commercial customers in Chile
  • Announced new head of software, Andrew Sinclair, to lead a new integrated Software Enterprise team focused on the development, sales and delivery of software
  • Launched WAVE OnCloud, which provides instant communications between various devices and networks with a new subscription-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that reduces adoption barriers
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
  • Second-quarter 2017  Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 2 to 3 percent compared with the second quarter of 2016.  The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $0.98 to $1.03 per share.
  • Full-year 2017  The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 2 percent versus the prior outlook of 1 to 2 percent, and raises non-GAAP earnings per share to $5.08 to $5.23 versus the prior outlook of $5.05 to $5.20.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, May 4. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Q1 2017 Q1 2016
Net sales $1,281 $1,193
Gross margin 570 502
Operating earnings 176 100
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings, net of tax

77
17
Net earnings 77 17
Diluted EPS $0.45 $0.10
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.9 177.0


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2017.
 

(per diluted common share) Q1 2017
   
GAAP Earnings $0.45
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.06
Reorganization of business charges 0.09
Intangibles amortization expense 0.16
Gain on legal settlement (0.15)
Building impairment 0.05
Non-US pension settlement loss 0.05
Sale of investments (0.01)
Acquisition-related transaction fees 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.26
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.71

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. Specifically in regards to its restructuring plans, the company has incurred significant restructuring charges as it reduced operating expenses in the past four years.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Constant Currency: The company evaluates its results of operations on both an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The company calculates constant currency percentages by converting its current period local currency results using prior-period exchange rates, and then comparing these adjusted values to prior period reported results.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
BUSINESS RISKS
This news 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 to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2017 and the enhancement of the company’s offerings through acquisitions. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K 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, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results 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: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (6) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures, including the acquisition of Airwave; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. 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
DEFINITIONS
1 Q1 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.26 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion

Cancun, Mexico Emergency Response Gets Boost with Motorola Solutions Radio Donation

on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Tourists can expect quick response as Red Cross Mexico now has digital radios to aid ambulance communications
 

  • Residents and more than 20 million tourists visiting this popular vacation destination annually can rest assured the Red Cross will be able to respond quickly in case of a medical emergency.
  • The new digital radiocommunication solution will make it possible to establish ongoing communication among members of the rescue team, hospitals and public safety agencies, even in remote areas.

Cancun, Mexico – May 3, 2017 –The Mexican Red Cross announced the donation of a digital communication solution for the medical unit in Cancun by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) in order to reinforce the unit's emergency and rescue work in the area.
 
The unit in Cancun is made up of 350 volunteers, 25 ambulances and a dispatch center, and provides service to the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as the airport area. In 2016, this unit provided 17,400 emergency services, both on land and on the water; this averages to about 45 services on most days and up to 170 services on holidays.

The high demand for services necessitated a quicker and more effective response capability.  With this donation, which involved migrating analog communications to digital through a solution comprised of 25 mobile radios for ambulances and 15 portable radios for rescue workers, the unit is better prepared to respond to emergencies.

“The benefits from Motorola Solutions’ donation to the timely fulfillment of our mission translates into time we save that can be put towards saving more lives,” said Amilcar Manuel Galaviz Aguilar, general director of the Red Cross in Cancun. “In addition to the multiple capabilities of this digital solution, including its flexibility and compatibility with the analog system, it allows us to maintain communication with the Institution."

The digital solution offers greater coverage and private communication with each ambulance during each emergency call. As a result, paramedics will have direct communication with support personnel, whether they are from the same rescue unit, hospitals or other emergency services, such as firefighters, patrol police and others.

"We are honored that our solutions helped improve Red Cross response capacity. At Motorola Solutions México, our commitment to public safety and the welfare of the community goes beyond our business offer and gives our work a real sense of purpose.This certainly proves that we are there in the moments that matter in Mexico," said Héctor Luna, general manager, Motorola Solutions México.

The digital radios integrate unlimited voice and data. These are easy-to-use radios, offering enhanced features and boast the benefits of critical enterprise operations, such as integrated Bluetooth® and Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts the radio volume based on background noise.These radios operate in day/night mode, making it easier to see contacts, text messages and work-order tickets, even in direct sunlight.
 
This digital solution is enhanced with two repeaters, donated by Exprescom and Comsa, and the TrboNet Enterprise console donated by Neocom Software.

Motorola Solutions to Expand Push-to-Talk Mobile Offerings with Kodiak Networks Acquisition

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Purchase complements company’s workgroup communicationsofferings for public safety and commercial customers
                                                     
CHICAGO and PLANO, Texas – May 1, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers. The acquisition agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close later this year.

Kodiak partners with mobile network operators globally to offer its cloud-based PTT solution and management platform, which delivers clear, reliable, instant performance over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks.  

The acquisition of Kodiak adds a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ existing WAVE PTT portfolio, which today includes solutions for high-performance PTT and flexible, “over-the-top” broadband PTT. WAVE connects disparate networks to enable communication between smartphones, radios and computers via wireless or wireline broadband. It also reflects Motorola Solutions’ strategy to build its communications and collaboration software portfolio, and establish stronger annual recurring revenue streams.

“In the quickly evolving space of broadband PTT, we expect the Kodiak acquisition to expand our offerings and strengthen our ability to provide solutions to mobile network operators, especially for commercial markets,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services, Motorola Solutions. “Kodiak has a significant presence with mobile network operators and an established reputation for providing carrier-integrated solutions that complement Motorola Solutions’ software and carrier capabilities.”

“Kodiak has proven expertise in meeting the demanding security, reliability and performance needs of large mobile network operators that provide communications solutions to commercial customers,” said John Vice, chief executive officer, Kodiak. “We are excited about the opportunities that Motorola Solutions and Kodiak have to expand the reach of these PTT communications platforms and to ensure our customers benefit from the high-quality software they’ve come to expect.”

Kodiak was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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