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Motorola Solutions Launches MOTOTRBO® Nitro™, the First Fully Managed Solution for Business-Critical Voice and Broadband Data

on Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Private broadband land mobile radio (LMR) solution provides commercial customers with outstanding voice quality and broadband data capabilities, while retaining the immediate and direct connection of LMR  
 
CHICAGO, IL – Mar. 18, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today launched MOTOTRBO® Nitro™ for commercial customers, delivering an end-to-end enterprise communications solution with premium voice communications and lightning-fast private broadband data. The Nitro solution and devices will be on display this week at the company’s 2019 Channel Partner Expo.

“Commercial operations such as hotels, universities and warehouses rely on instant voice communications as the backbone of their workforce, and they need their broadband data to be just as dependable,” said John Zidar, corporate vice president, North America Commercial, Channel & Carrier, Motorola Solutions.

MOTOTRBO Nitro: Boost your networkWith MOTOTRBO Nitro’s highly reliable broadband push-to-talk, voice conversations will sound clear and natural. Users will enjoy better indoor coverage for voice and data across their entire organization, enabled by incredibly fast private broadband data at twice the capacity1 and up to four times the range1 of Wi-Fi. Using the CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum, the Nitro solution provides commercial operations with simple deployment and management of their radio network and addresses the market need for a customized private network that delivers both voice and broadband data.

"Motorola Solutions' Nitro offer provides a distinct departure from classical approaches towards private mobile radio deployments,” said Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, Critical Communications, IHS Markit Technology. “By leveraging the flexible managed new spectrum available with CBRS to create a cloud-based broadband land mobile radio system, Motorola provides enterprises with the benefits of trusted push-to-talk functionality based on MOTOTRBO as well as a comprehensive private LTE data network. The approach should deliver increased voice and data functionality with a compelling total cost of ownership.”

The new offering showcases Motorola Solutions’ commitment to providing customers with a complete suite of secure solutions that work across different bands of spectrum and network applications. Featuring push-to-talk, video feeds, enterprise security and workflow applications, as well as the first purpose-built radio to work on a CBRS network – the SLN 1000 – Nitro enriches the MOTOTRBO portfolio with broadband capabilities that help LMR customers boost their existing LMR network. Customers can easily add new users to the network while still seamlessly communicating with existing LMR two-way radio users.
 
MOTOTRBO Nitro was developed to evolve with customers’ needs as the communications landscape evolves. Whether that means advanced LMR communications, future integrations of video surveillance, a secure operations center, or leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, Nitro is ready to scale with any commercial operation.

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Motorola Solutions Optimises Supply Chain Processes of German Frozen Foods Company FRoSTA AG with Digital Radio Solutions

on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager makes transport and delivery of FRoSTA’s frozen food more efficient by improving pickup workflows.
 
IDSTEIN, Germany – March 18, 2019 – Highly efficient supply chain management is key for the product quality of frozen foods. Motorola Solutions has been selected by FRoSTA AG, one of Europe’s leading frozen foods companies, to optimise its supply chain processes with highly effective communications technology. The communications solutions will be implemented in collaboration with Motorola Solutions’ highly specialised local partners: Telemann, a systems house for communications solutions with comprehensive service and customised software solutions, and Seamcom, a systems distributor of professional analogue and digital radio technologies.
 
Motorola Solutions will provide FRoSTA with ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA two-way pagers and TETRA terminals to increase the delivery speed and efficiency of the frozen foods company. FRoSTA will use the highly available and easy-to-use communications technology to alert its transport drivers when frozen goods or freight documents are ready for pickup and delivery at their location in the Northern German city of Bremerhaven. Alerting drivers in real-time increases the pickup speed and efficiency at the company’s factory premises, which are limited in terms of space and do not allow several trucks to wait on the grounds. 
 
When drivers arrive to collect the frozen food or freight documents, they each get a Motorola Solutions TETRA pager. Once they are next in the pickup line, FRoSTA’s logistics management system sends an alert to the TETRA pager through the application of Motorola Solutions’ partner Telemann, informing the respective delivery driver that the goods are ready for collection. Every dispatcher can easily operate the system via web browser from his or her desk. The delivery drivers, on the other hand, can leverage the time for recovery. 
 
The planning of loading and delivery is also supported by another feature of Motorola Solutions’ TETRA pager: By using the localisation functionality of the TETRA pagers FRoSTA can recognise that a transport truck is leaving its designated waiting area and determine the time needed to arrive at the loading dock. Based on this data, FRoSTA can further optimise its loading processes and reduce waiting times for transport and delivery drivers.
 
“We always try to further optimise our supply chain processes in order to provide our customers with the best product in the highest quality,” says Thorsten Fietze, IT system administrator from FRoSTA. “The new TETRA pagers from Motorola Solutions provide us with a lightweight and durable communications tool that can be used by our transport and delivery drivers right away because they are so easy to use.”
 
“We see a strong demand for easy-to-use devices that support teams in various industries in their daily work,” adds Viv Francis, vice president, channel sales EMEA at Motorola Solutions. “Our ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA pager is not only reliable and highly functional, but also meets all requirements of FRoSTA’s logistics teams for 24/7 communications.”

Ohio City and County Select Mission-Critical Technologies from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 13 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Springfield, Ohio and Clark County, Ohio will use Motorola Solutions technologies to seamlessly share critical information from the time a 9-1-1 call is placed to resolution of an incident
 
CHICAGO – March 13, 2019 – When a 9-1-1 call is placed, information needs to be shared quickly and accurately with first responders who are dispatched to the scene. Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) was selected by Springfield, Ohio and Clark County, Ohio to provide command center software to take incoming 9-1-1 calls, share and manage critical incident information, and communicate across agencies to coordinate a response.
 
“There is no doubt in our minds that Motorola Solutions’ integrated software offers the best options for our first responders,” said Paul Hicks, communications manager, City of Springfield. “Through the state’s trusted partnership with Motorola Solutions, we are confident that they will deliver the best end-to-end solutions for our command center.”
 
Motorola Solutions technologies selected by Springfield and Clark County work together to share information seamlessly during every step of an incident response. This includes:
  

  • 9-1-1 emergency call handling: When a 9-1-1 call is placed, dispatchers will answer the call by using Motorola Solutions’ CallWorks browser-based software, which provides simplified call flows to enable fast and accurate response.
     
  • Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD): Motorola Solutions’ Flex CAD software allows dispatchers to share call information across agencies such as law, fire and emergency medical services to keep all parties up to date.
     
  • Records Management Software (RMS): Motorola Solutions’ Flex Records provides a centralized repository for case details including names, property and vehicle information, and other essential data.
     
  • Dispatch consoles: Motorola Solutions’ MCC 7500 IP consoles are used by dispatchers to communicate over the ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) system with first responders in the field using two-way radios.
     
  • Ohio MARCS ASTRO 25 statewide system: Using the Ohio MARCS statewide system by Motorola Solutions, Springfield and Clark County will have seamless communications with other users across the state.

“We are excited to have all Clark County agencies join the statewide MARCS system,” said Mike Combs, Clark County 9-1-1 coordinator. “Being on the same network is another step toward direct and efficient communication among first responders in our state.”
 
“Springfield and Clark County have made it a priority to be able to quickly and accurately share information for fast and seamless communications between citizens and first responders who help keep them safe,” said Chris Lonnett, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions.
 

Motorola Solutions to Provide North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust with Highly Reliable TETRA Two-Way Pagers

on Wednesday, 13 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust to Equip Community First Responders with ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA two-way pagers

LONDON, UK – March 13, 2019 – Motorola Solutions has been selected by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust, the second-largest ambulance trust in England, to equip 450 community first responders with Motorola Solutions ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA two-way pagers as part of the TPG Messenger managed service. The new Motorola Solutions TETRA pagers will modernise the mission-critical alerting of volunteer first responders on the Airwave public safety network and improve critical response times during medical emergencies.

The lightweight and compact Motorola Solutions ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA pagers meet all operational requirements of the NWAS NHS Trust and can be seamlessly integrated with its existing command, control and crew alerting systems. With their enhanced coverage, extended battery life, colour display, powerful speaker and vibration alert, the Motorola Solutions TETRA pagers ensure that community first responders can be quickly reached and dispatched to those in need of urgent care.

The pager’s built-in GPS receiver allows the control rooms of the NWAS NHS Trust to send messages to volunteers within a three-mile radius of an incident who have checked in as being available. Utilising the NWAS’ computer-aided design (CAD), the Motorola Solutions ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA pager and the nationwide Airwave public safety network, controllers can immediately identify and allocate the available resources.

Volunteers can respond instantly to text messages and alert notifications, check in with the control room when arriving at the scene and check out once the ambulance has arrived – all by using the bright colour display and intuitive user interface of the pager. In addition, if there are any issues or if an incident cannot be found, first responders can alert the control room immediately via status messaging or the configured emergency button. The control room can track the device and send assistance to the volunteer, either in terms of information or by sending the police or other support.

The Motorola Solutions TETRA pager leverages all benefits of the Airwave public safety network including reliability, resilience, security, responsiveness and interoperability. For reliable operations, the NWAS NHS Trust is provided with support services such as 24/7 incident management reporting, order management, programming and logistics as well as pager device warranty, repair and replacement policy.

“We use the TETRA pager and the Airwave network to allocate our community first responders (CFRs) to life-threatening incidents close to where they are located, ” said Mark Evans, NWAS Community Engagement and Resuscitation Manager and Blue Light Collaboration operational Lead for Cumbria and Lancashire area. “We are set to update our system to Airwave’s new TETRA pager which can still be used where there is no mobile phone signal.”

“In those critical moments when every second counts, first responders and control rooms need to communicate quickly and easily,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president for Western Europe and North Africa at Motorola Solutions. “We are very proud to equip the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust with our TPG2200 TETRA pagers and help them to leverage the power of the Airwave public safety network for future requirements.”

The community first responders of the NWAS NHS Trust are volunteer members of the public who are licensed and trained by the ambulance service trust to provide critical care in emergency medical situations in their communities in North West England. They represent a vital link connecting citizens with the emergency medical help they need and in supporting the NWAS NHS Trust by providing life-saving treatment in the critical time between the 999 call and the arrival of the paramedic or ambulance.

Motorola Solutions Acquires Avtec, Inc., Leader in Dispatch Communications

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition adds new capabilities to Motorola Solutions’ land mobile radio and broadband platforms for both public safety and commercial customers
 
CHICAGO – March 11, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has acquired Avtec, Inc., a leading U.S. provider of advanced dispatch solutions for public safety and commercial customers.
 
Based in South Carolina, Avtec provides voice over internet protocol (VoIP) dispatch services over land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband networks. Its services enable customers, including airlines, railroads and energy companies, to connect operations center personnel using Avtec dispatch solutions with workers in the field using two-way radios.
 
“Avtec’s industry-leading solutions enable business-critical communications across diverse industries,” said John Kedzierski, corporate vice president of Infrastructure and Systems, Motorola Solutions. “Avtec expands our public safety and commercial portfolios, allowing us to offer an end-to-end platform for customers to communicate, coordinate resources and secure their facilities. As part of our portfolio, Avtec will continue to offer dispatch solutions for a number of radio network vendors so its customers and channel partners can maximize their integration options."
 
“Motorola Solutions has been a committed partner to Avtec for years,” said Michael Branning, retiring chief executive officer of Avtec. “Under Motorola Solutions, Avtec will continue to evolve the Scout platform and maintain the culture of service our customers and channel partners have come to expect.”
 
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 www.motorolasolutions.com.
 
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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. 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 2018 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/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 Avtec and Motorola Solutions’ ability to successfully integrate and operate Avtec. 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 Names New Chief Technology Officer

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – March 12, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has announced Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi as the company’s new chief technology officer.

Saptharishi, who has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience, will lead innovation across the company’s platforms in mission-critical communications, video and command center software. Areas of focus will include applications that bring together artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence to rapidly interpret vast quantities of data, as well as new user interfaces for efficiently delivering information.

Previously, Saptharishi spent five years as CTO for Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company and a leading provider of video and analytics solutions. Under his leadership, Avigilon became a market leader in video analytics and AI with capabilities such as self-learning video analytics, appearance search and unusual motion detection.

“Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of creating next-generation solutions for public safety and commercial users,” said Saptharishi. “I look forward to building on that track record by bringing advances in AI and data-driven technology together and embedding these in our mission-critical communications, video and command center software platforms, creating integrated solutions that enhance safety and improve efficiency for our customers."

A highly respected technology expert and thought leader, Saptharishi earned a doctorate degree in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University and has also authored numerous scientific publications, articles and patents.

Motorola Solutions Named Employer of Choice by Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

MELBOURNE, Australia – March 12, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) has been certified an Employer of Choice by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is awarded to companies that proactively encourage, recognise and promote gender equality in Australia.

The achievement reaffirms Motorola Solutions’ global commitment and progress in building a diverse and inclusive workforce and becoming a leading employer of women. It is only one of four companies in Australia to earn the citation in WGEA’s Information, Media and Telecommunications industry category.

The citation requires companies to meet strict criteria in areas including leadership, strategy and policy development to promote and develop gender diversity, with senior business leaders being held accountable.

Motorola Solutions Australia earned the citation after implementing a number of successful initiatives. This includes creating a staff-led Inclusion and Diversity Council, sponsoring professional development for women across the ICT sector and reinvigorating human resources policies to provide more flexible working arrangements, superannuation and leave entitlements.

Next step – close the gender pay gap

The next major goal for Motorola Solutions Australia is to close its gender pay gap by 2020. According to the WGEA, the total remuneration gender pay gap for full-time workers in Australia is 21.3%, placing it at 49th in global rankings.

Motorola Solutions vice president managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the WGEA citation is an important milestone for the company.

“We are proud that our ongoing efforts to make Motorola Solutions a fairer and more inclusive workplace for women have been recognised,” Crutchfield said.

“Through our Inclusion and Diversity Council we have worked hard to create a supportive environment where all employees can speak up about matters that personally affect them. We have also raised awareness at all levels across our business with many employees supporting community and charity events for gender diversity.”

“Additionally, we have gained valuable insights and made positive changes to retain and attract more top female talent and become a better employer for women overall.

Motorola Solutions Human Resources Director, Elise Mann, explained there is still more work ahead for the company to become a leading employer of women in Australia.

“Although we are delighted to earn a WGEA citation we cannot afford to be complacent about our efforts so far,” Mann said.

“We have to sustain and improve opportunities and participation for women throughout our company. We also have a broader responsibility as an industry leader to drive change across the Australian ICT sector.

“All working women deserve to be treated and paid equally to men and to have equal opportunities to progress in their careers,” Mann said.

Among Motorola Solutions’ next steps are increasing its intake of female graduates and setting clear diversity and inclusion goals that its Australian leadership team must meet.

The EOCGE citation follows Motorola Solutions’ achievement of ranking third in the “Network and Other Communications Equipment” category of Fortune’s 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Motorola Solutions Introduces New PTT Features for Wireless Carriers, Public Safety and Commercial Customers

on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Release 9.0 push-to-talk (PTT) and WAVE PTT will be showcased at IWCE 2019 along with new products that enable seamless communications for a variety of users
 
LAS VEGAS – March 6, 2019 – Push-to-talk (PTT) is essential to communicate across extended teams who use a variety of devices on either land-mobile radio (LMR) or LTE networks. Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is introducing new features to its PTT platforms for commercial carriers, public safety ASTRO® 25 radio users and commercial MOTOTRBO™ radio users.
 
These PTT solutions will be on display at IWCE 2019 along with new communication solutions such as the MC-Edge to monitor remote sensors and enable automated alerts over ASTRO 25 networks.
 
WIRELESS CARRIERS
  

  • PTT 9.0 — Motorola Solutions introduces PTT 9.0 to provide an extensive set of features compliant with the 3GPP MCPTT standard. Using PTT 9.0, wireless carriers can offer customers new features such as emergency calling, remote monitoring, and location-enabled talkgroups to keep employees connected, informed and safe.

 
PUBLIC SAFETY CUSTOMERS
 

  • WAVE and Critical Connect — With Critical Connect, public safety agencies can quickly connect disparate ASTRO 25 land mobile radio (LMR) systems for interoperable communication. Adding the new WAVE offering provides Critical Connect customers with a carrier-independent broadband PTT service tailored to meet the needs of mission-essential users with an extensive set of features that enhance safety, situational awareness and operational efficiency.

 

  • Si200 body-worn camera with CommandCentral Vault — Motorola Solutions recently announced the new Si200 body-worn camera. It 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.

 

  • MC-Edge — Motorola Solutions’ Mission Critical Internet of Things (MC-IoT) siren alerting solution leverages ASTRO 25 networks to help keep communities safe. It now includes the new secure MC-Edge gateway with a built-in P25 two-way radio. The MC-Edge gathers input from hundreds of sensors and provides early warning for events such as natural disasters to help protect the environment and alert residents. It provides control over siren systems by connecting to Motorola Solutions’ OptiWarn™ mass notification solution.

 
COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
 

  • WAVE for Commercial — Commercial users have a dedicated WAVE PTT cloud-based platform to meet their business-critical needs. WAVE, along with interoperability with MOTOTRBO radio networks, broadband networks and the WAVE Two-Way TLK 100 radio, provides commercial customers with instantaneous voice, video and text PTT communications to keep teams connected and more productive.

Motorola Solutions and Sierra Wireless Provide Broadband Communications for First Responders on the Road

on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions products will work seamlessly with Sierra Wireless’ AirLink® in-vehicle routers for mission-critical LTE data sharing and communications

CHICAGO – March 4, 2019 – When first responders are on the road, they need to be able to share data in real time, regardless of where the mission takes them. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) is teaming up with Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) to deliver LTE broadband in-vehicle communications as part of its integrated platform for mission-critical communications.

Incorporating Sierra Wireless’ AirLink LTE in-vehicle routers into Motorola Solutions’ offerings will allow police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to securely share data while en route to or at the scene of an incident. Today, Motorola Solutions is offering the AirLink MG90 and MP70 LTE-A Pro routers that work on any commercial broadband network. They are also FirstNet Ready™ to operate on the network being built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority).

With this technology, first responders will have the ability to create secure Wi-Fi hot spots nearly anywhere. This will allow them to set up mobile workstations for fast access to agency information, including key databases and systems. They can also share pictures and videos of what’s happening with arriving personnel, as well as with specialists who can’t be at the scene.

“Working with Sierra Wireless, we’ll be providing first responders with in-vehicle broadband communications that will work seamlessly with several of our product offerings,” said Scott Mottonen, Motorola Solutions vice president of Devices. “For example, users of our Si500 body-worn camera will have the ability to securely upload videos from their vehicles, saving precious time to share critical information with the command center.”

Motorola Solutions APX™ two-way radios can also be connected to Sierra Wireless routers to offload data applications. Data-intensive exchanges – such as updating an APX radio’s software or securely changing encryption keys – can be rerouted from a Project 25 (P25) radio network to a broadband network for improved speed and responsiveness.

“Together, we’re offering first responders tightly integrated, proven communications solutions that will give them the tools they need to respond to emergencies safely and effectively and to save lives,” said Tom Mueller, vice president, Product Line Management, Sierra Wireless. “For 25 years, Sierra Wireless has been enabling secure, reliable communications systems for public safety organizations. We’re proud to work with Motorola Solutions to continue advancing first responders’ communications capabilities.”

Sierra Wireless’ end-to-end network management enables simplified, remote and simultaneous real-time configuration, control and troubleshooting of Sierra Wireless in-vehicle routers, connected mobile assets and mission critical applications.

Motorola Solutions Will Modernise and Upgrade Lithuanian Public Safety Communications Network

on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Five-year maintenance, upgrade and support contract signed with Information Technology and Communications Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

VILNIUS, Lithuania – Feb. 14, 2019 – Motorola Solutions has signed a five-year maintenance, support and TETRA digital radio system upgrade agreement with the Information Technology and Communications Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania to modernise and maintain the country’s nationwide TETRA digital radio network. The network provides Lithuania’s public safety organisations such as the State Border Guard Service police, fire and rescue departments as well as ambulances and state law enforcement agencies with efficient, secure and reliable mission-critical digital radio communications.

As part of the contract, Motorola Solutions will modernise and upgrade the redundant digital mobile radio communications network including the controller hardware and the base station software for operations. Motorola Solutions will also provide maintenance and support services for five years, including real-time network monitoring from its Network Operations Center and the delivery of technical support, repair and security services as well as end-to-end incident management based on next-generation technologies in call taking, dispatch and first responder workflows for more effective response, increased actionable intelligence in the field and improved outcomes.

“Ensuring reliable communications for our public safety and emergency organisations across the country and at our state borders are vital,” explained Evaldas Serbenta, director of the IT and Communications Department under the Ministry Of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. “We can meet the highest public safety standards only when we equip our public safety and emergency organisations with state-of-the-art, mission-critical communication solutions that meet and exceed requirements today and in the future. Thereby, our first responders can rely on their technology lifeline and focus on their day-to-day operations in the long term.”

“Motorola Solutions will modernise the Lithuanian digital mobile radio communications network by providing access to the latest functionality and security services,” said Michael Kaae, vice president Nordics, Eastern Europe & Russia at Motorola Solutions. “The best-in-class, 24/7 services will be delivered from our regional Motorola Solutions Network Operations Center, which not only provides real-time monitoring services for maximum availability but also enables proactive monitoring, allowing incidents to be addressed before they impact services whilst providing a high-quality, secure and accessible system to all users.”

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Feb. 14, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 57 cents per share payable in cash on April 15, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2019.

The board also set May 13, 2019, as the date for its Annual Shareholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 15, 2019, as the record date for determining shareholders eligible to vote at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.

Motorola Solutions Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

on Friday, 08 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Record Q4 and 2018 revenue, earnings per share and ending backlog
 
• Revenue of $2.3 billion, up 15 percent from Q4 in the prior year; up 15 percent for full year
• Backlog of $10.6 billion, up $988 million or 10 percent from a year ago
• Operating cash flow of $812 million, up $51 million from Q4 in the prior year
• GAAP earnings (loss) per share (EPS) of $2.44, up from ($3.56); $5.62 for full year, up from ($0.95)
• Non-GAAP EPS* of $2.63, up 25 percent; $7.15 for fu ll year, up 31 percent
 
CHICAGO – Feb. 7, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2018. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
“From strong organic revenue growth and cash generation to record EPS and backlog, we delivered an outstanding 2018, capped by an excellent fourth quarter,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions.
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  Q4 2018 Q4 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
Sales   $2,254 $1,957 15% $7,343 $6,380 15%
GAAP
  Operating earnings $516 $503 3% $1,255 $1,284 (2)%
  % of Sales 22.9% 25.7%   17.1% 20.1%  
  EPS $2.44 ($3.56) N/M** $5.62 ($0.95) N/M
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $650 $566 15% $1,740 $1,506 16%
  % of Sales 28.8% 28.9%   23.7% 23.6%  
  EPS $2.63 $2.10 25% $7.15 $5.46 31%
 
Products and Systems Integration Segment
  Sales $1,670 $1,437 16% $5,100 $4,513 13%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $405 $416 (3)% $854 $969 (12)%
  % of Sales 24.3% 28.9%   16.7% 21.5%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $483 $435 11% $1,109 $1,026 8%
  % of Sales 28.9% 30.3%   21.7% 22.7%  
 
Services and Software Segment
  Sales $584 $520 12% $2,243 $1,867 20%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $111 $87 28% $401 $315 27%
  % of Sales 19.0% 16.7%   17.9% 16.9%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $167 $131 27% $631 $480 31%
  % of Sales 28.6% 25.2%   28.1% 25.7%  

  

*Q4 Non-GAAP EPS financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.19 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.
** N/M = Percent change is not meaningful due to the prior year net loss related to tax reform

OTHER SELECT FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
• Revenue - Fourth-quarter sales were $2.3 billion, up $297 million, or 15 percent from the year-ago quarter, driven by growth in the Americas and EMEA. Approximately $159 million was related to acquisitions, and $25 million was related to the adoption of ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 16 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 12 percent with growth in all regions.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 22.9 percent of sales, compared with 25.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline was primarily due to costs related to the closure of certain supply chain operations in Europe and acquisition-related operating expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 28.8 percent of sales, compared with 28.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. Higher gross margins were offset by higher operating expenses related to acquisitions.
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 8.8 percent, compared with 223.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 23.5 percent compared with 32.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. Both tax rates for the fourth quarter of 2018 were favorably affected by the ongoing rate reduction and by other provisional adjustments as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $812 million, compared with $761 million of operating cash generated in the year-ago quarter driven primarily by higher earnings. Free cash flow was $743 million, compared with $740 million in the year-ago quarter on higher earnings partially offset by higher capital expenditures related primarily to the Airwave extension.
• Capital allocation - The company paid $85 million in cash dividends, repurchased $66 million of common stock and repaid the remaining $100 million on the revolving credit facility.
• Backlog - The company ended the quarter with backlog of $10.6 billion, up $988 million from the year-ago quarter inclusive of a $205 million unfavorable currency change. Services and Software backlog was up 18 percent or $1.1 billion primarily due to growth in the Americas and the Airwave contract extension through the end of 2022. Products and Systems Integration backlog was down $116 million primarily on two large system deployments in the Middle East and Africa. Products and System Integration backlog grew in the Americas and AP.
 
OTHER SELECT FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
• Revenue - Full-year sales were $7.3 billion, up $963 million, or 15 percent driven by growth in the Americas and EMEA. Approximately $507 million of revenue growth was related to acquisitions, and $83 million was related to the adoption of ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 13 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 20 percent with growth in all regions.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 17.1 percent of sales, compared with 20.1 percent in the prior year driven primarily by costs related to the closure of certain supply chain operations in Europe, an increase to an existing environmental reserve related to a legacy business and higher expenses related to acquisitions. Non-GAAP operating margin was 23.7 percent of sales, compared with 23.6 percent in the prior year due to higher revenue and gross margin partially offset by higher operating expenses related to acquisitions.
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 12.0 percent, compared with 114.1 percent in 2017. The Non-GAAP effective tax rate was 21.7 percent compared with 31.0 percent in the previous year.  Both the tax rates for the full year 2018 were favorably affected primarily by the ongoing rate reduction and by other provisional adjustments as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $1.1 billion, compared with $1.3 billion in the prior year.  Excluding the voluntary $500 million debt funded U.S. pension contribution in Q1, operating cash flow was $1.575 billion. Free cash flow was $878 million, compared with $1.1 billion in the prior year. Excluding the U.S. pension contribution in Q1, free cash flow was $1.4 billion. The higher cash flow, excluding the U.S. pension contribution, was driven primarily by higher earnings.
• Capital allocation - The company repurchased $132 million of its common stock, paid $337 million in cash dividends and invested $1.2 billion in acquisitions. From a financing perspective, the company issued $500 million in senior unsecured debt to make a $500 million voluntary contribution to the U.S. pension plan in Q1. Additionally, the company entered into a $400 million term loan and borrowed $400 million under the revolving credit facility to complete the Avigilon acquisition in Q1. The revolving credit facility was paid off throughout the year. The company also repurchased 20 percent of the Silver Lake convertible notes for $369 million in Q3, of which $200 million of principal was repaid with new senior unsecured debt in Q4.
 
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Services and Software wins
• $1.1 billion contract extension through 2022 for the Airwave network in the U.K.
• $71 million services award from Maricopa County, Arizona
• $26 million Next Gen 911 Core Services contract in North America
• $16 million services award in Australia
 
Products and Systems Integration wins
• $47 million P25 order with Snohomish County, Washington
• $24 million P25 order with Ingham County, Michigan
• $16 million P25 order with Riverside County, California


BUSINESS OUTLOOK
• First-quarter 2019 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 11 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.11 to $1.16 per share. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 174 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.
• Full-year 2019 - The company expects revenue growth of approximately 6 to 7 percent and non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $7.55 to $7.70. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 175 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, Feb. 7. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net sales $2,254 $1,957 $7,343 $6,380
         
Gross margin $1,088 $970 $3,480 $3,024
Operating earnings $516 $503 $1,255 $1,284
         
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders        
Net earnings (loss) 423 (575) 966 (155)
Diluted EPS $2.44 ($3.56) $5.62 ($0.95)
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 173.4 161.7 172.0 162.9



HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the fourth quarter of 2018.

   
(per diluted common share)  Q4 2018
   
GAAP Earnings $2.44
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.09
Reorganization of business charges 0.25
Intangibles amortization expense 0.22
Asset impairment 0.01
Acquisition-related transaction fees 0.03
Fair value adjustments to equity investments (0.02)
Investment impairments 0.02
FIN 48 reserve, valuation allowance, and other (0.03)
Adjustments to the provisional tax expense as a result of the tax reform (0.38)
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $2.63

 

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, asset impairments, reorganization of business 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.
 
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.
 
Adjusted operating cash flow:  Adjusted operating cash flow information reflects operating cash flow under GAAP excluding a $500 million voluntary, debt-funded U.S. pension contribution in the first quarter 2018. The Company has excluded the impact of this contribution because the company believes that this item does not reflect expected future operating cash flows and does not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating cash flow performance or comparisons to the company's past operating cash flow performance.
 
Free cash flow:  Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures. We believe that free cash flow is also useful to investors as the basis for comparing our performance and coverage ratios with other companies in our industries, although our measure of free cash flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies
 
Organic Revenue: Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters and excluding the effects of ASC 606.  The Company believes non-GAAP organic revenue growth provides useful information for evaluating the periodic growth of the business on a consistent basis and provides for a meaningful period-to-period comparison and analysis of trends in the business.
 
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 first quarter and full year of 2019. 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 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) 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; (6) 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; (7) 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; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) 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; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (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 complete acquisitions or 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; and (22) 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
 
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 www.motorolasolutions.com.

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Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Earnings Results on Feb. 7

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Police Scotland to Deploy Motorola Solutions Pronto, a Leading Digital Policing Application Developed in Scotland

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Police Scotland to roll out cutting-edge mobile software technology to 10,000 officers across the country as part of a three-year deal

Tulliallan, Scotland – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions has been awarded a three year contract to roll-out its Pronto digital policing application software to 10,000 officers across Scotland. The contract is part of a broader deal between Police Scotland and EE, part of BT Group, to deliver its National Mobile Working Solution.

Pronto was originally developed in collaboration with police officers and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Office in the early 2000s as part of a project with the University of Glasgow. The latest version of Pronto, which has become a leading digital policing application, is now being used by 20 police forces and over 40,000 officers across England, Wales and the Channel Islands. An earlier version is also currently in use in parts of Central Scotland.

The Pronto application will replace the police officers’ traditional paper notebooks and other documentation they currently carry with them. Officers will be able to directly fill in reports on their mobile devices for incidents such as crimes, road collisions and traffic tickets, as well as record witness statements, then automatically submit them without having to go back to the station.

They will be able to record data and images in compliance with criminal justice requirements, with information auto-populated in relevant fields in multiple applications and forms to avoid duplication.

Officers will also be able to directly access local and national police databases such as the Police Command and Control system, the Scottish Criminal History System and the Police National Computer. Better and quicker access to this information will help them save valuable time in identifying suspects and offenders, helping to better protect citizens.

Overall, Pronto has allowed police forces to save between one and two hours of administration and travel time per officer, per shift. It has also enabled significant cost savings, with another UK force saying it has saved up to £7 million through this modernisation of its processes.

This deployment by Police Scotland is an important step in addressing the priorities set out in the force’s “Police 2026 – Serving a Changing Scotland” strategy, which aims to meet the changing needs of local communities and enable a more visible and efficient police force. It will also help reduce “yo-yo policing,” where officers are continually moving back and forth between the front line and the police station to complete administrative tasks.

“Our top priority is ensuring that Police Scotland officers spend as much time as possible policing in their local communities. Through deploying Pronto, we’re reducing the time officers spend on administrative tasks and paperwork, increasing time spent in the communities,” said Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Police Scotland. “Pronto allows our officers to access vital information from police systems when out of the police stations, improving their accuracy and effectiveness whilst dealing with incidents, solving crimes and assisting victims.”

“We’re extremely proud to see that we have now come full circle. This world-leading mobile data solution for Policing, which was born in Scotland, and has since expanded in wider UK, is now coming home,” said Phil Jefferson, Motorola Solutions country manager, UK & Ireland and vice president, Western Europe and North Africa. “We are delighted to extend our longstanding partnership with Police Scotland and the Criminal Justice System in Scotland and look forward to working closely with Police Scotland and BT Group to deliver this exciting project.”

Motorola Solutions Again Recognized on Fortune's List of ‘World's Most Admired Companies’

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today was named to Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” The company ranks No. 3 in the industry category of “Network and Other Communications Equipment.”

Rankings are based on a wide-reaching survey of executives, directors and financial analysts asked to rate companies in their own industry on nine reputation attributes, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global effectiveness.

“We’re honored, once again, to be one of the top companies on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ list,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Our clear focus on innovation and strong financial performance, along with our industry-leading platforms in critical communications, video and command center software, give our employees much to be proud of.”

The full list and related stories are available online and will be featured in the February issue of Fortune magazine.

Motorola Solutions also was recently included in The Wall Street Journal "Management Top 250" list of companies for the second consecutive year, rising 25 spots. The ranking, a measure of how successfully a company is navigating the current business climate, is based on five dimensions of corporate performance: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength.

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