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Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation Provide $18M to the National Law Enforcement Museum

on Thursday, 19 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Museum telling the story of U.S. law enforcement will open to the public on Oct. 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – July 19, 2018 – As part of its ongoing support for the National Law Enforcement Museum, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today delivered $2 million in funding to the Museum. With today’s donation, the company and its charitable arm, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, have provided more than $18 million in support for the National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building.

As the Museum’s first founding partner, Motorola Solutions has provided monetary donations to support development and programming, as well as in-kind donations including Motorola Solutions’ state-of-the-art communications and video surveillance solutions that will support the Museum’s day-to-day operations. Motorola Solutions technology also will be featured in an interactive exhibit designed to give visitors a firsthand look at law enforcement.

“It is our privilege to help honor the men and women who protect our communities every day. We are humbled by their sacrifices, and we are honored to be part of this museum that gives them the recognition they deserve,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “The National Law Enforcement Museum is a valuable institution that will serve as a bridge between law enforcement personnel and the communities they serve.”

Opening to the public on Oct. 13, 2018, the National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building will offer visitors the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to work in many fields of U.S. law enforcement, ranging from emergency operations to community policing and SWAT, through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions and insightful programs that let visitors “walk in the shoes” of the men and women who keep our communities safe.

“Our ongoing collaboration with Motorola Solutions has been essential to the development of the National Law Enforcement Museum,” said Craig Floyd, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are proud to tell the story of U.S. law enforcement, and we look forward to bringing together those who have served with the communities they represent. For generations to come, this Museum will play an important role in honoring those who have sacrificed on our behalf.”

Motorola Solutions’ support for the National Law Enforcement Museum is one example of the company’s longtime commitment to public safety. Motorola has been a founding partner of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund since 1988 and the Museum’s first founding partner since its inception in 2004. This timeline summarizes the partnership history of Motorola Solutions and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Motorola Solutions Awarded $495 Million Ceiling IDIQ Contract to Modernize Communications for the U.S. Army

on Thursday, 19 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Chicago – July 17, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) was awarded a five-year IDIQ contract (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) capped at $495 million by the U.S. Army to update its global mission-critical communications network. As part of the contract, Motorola Solutions will supply the Army with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) P25 subscriber unit radios, accessories, warranty and ancillary services to include installation, programming, training and maintenance.

Motorola Solutions is one of five vendors contracted to modernize the Army’s communications, using the P25 standard to ensure interoperability between devices, enhance security and improve reliability of communications. The project reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to the P25 wireless communications standard to create a more efficient critical communications platform on a global scale.

“The U.S. Army’s continued investment in LMR demonstrates the essential role this technology plays in supporting reliable mission-critical communications to improve the safety and protection of people all over the world,” said Mark McNulty, vice president and general manager, U.S. Federal Government Markets. “The Army sees LMR and the P25 standard as the best approach to create a system of interoperability across multiple technologies on a massive scale.”

Motorola Solutions' P25 offerings integrate voice and data to provide features like group services, advanced text messaging, location awareness and push-to-talk. Radio verification and encryption provides enhanced security to prevent third parties from accessing conversations that include mission-critical and/or personal information.

Motorola Solutions Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH Resulting in Injunction and Recall

on Thursday, 19 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Regional Court of Mannheim Grants Motorola Solutions’ in First Instance Injunction Request, Which Is Preliminarily Enforceable, Preventing Hytera GmbH from Offering and Delivering Infringing Products

Orders Recall and Destruction of Infringing Products; Hytera GmbH Held Liable for Damages

CHICAGO – July 17, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has won its patent infringement lawsuit filed against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (“Hytera GmbH”), the German subsidiary of Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China, in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany (the “Mannheim Court”) on July 24, 2017. The Mannheim Court determined in first instance that Hytera GmbH is infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 1 139 562 B1 related to technology that improves the audio performance in two-way handheld radios and car radios. The patented technology provides for an improved listening experience and enhanced audio safety by reducing the radio speaker's transmission of undesirable noise.

As a result of the Mannheim Court’s determination that Hytera GmbH is infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent, it has granted an injunction against Hytera GmbH preventing it from using, selling, importing into or distributing infringing products in Germany. The Mannheim Court also ordered the recall and destruction of infringing products previously sold by Hytera GmbH in Germany and held Hytera GmbH liable for damages in a declaratory decision. This judgment is the first ruling against Hytera GmbH related to the EP 1 139 562 B1 patent, which up until this point Motorola Solutions has not asserted against Hytera anywhere else in the world. While the judgment may be appealed by Hytera GmbH, it is immediately enforceable upon Motorola Solutions’ posting of a required security, which will be completed very shortly.

“Today’s victory marks another milestone in our global efforts to hold Hytera accountable for its infringement of our patents and to preserve the integrity of our intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Importantly, not only has the Mannheim Court ordered Hytera GmbH to cease the sale of infringing products in Germany, but also to recall and destroy those it has already sold in Germany.”

Mr. Hacker continued, “Motorola Solutions is the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, and innovation has been integral to our long history of success in a continuously evolving industry. We are proud of our growing and industry-leading portfolio of approximately 5,000 patents. The infringement demonstrated by Hytera creates an unfair playing field and threatens the industry’s ability to innovate. We will continue to take all necessary actions to stop Hytera’s illegal conduct and protect our intellectual property.”

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Judge Finds Hytera Communications Infringes Four Motorola Solutions’ Patents

on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Judge Recommends Exclusion Order Preventing Hytera from Importing Certain Infringing Products into the United States and Cease-and-Desist Order Preventing Further Sale and Marketing of Infringing Products Imported into the United States 

CHICAGO – July 3, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a favorable Notice of Initial Determination in its investigation of the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions on March 29, 2017 against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583). In the complaint, Motorola Solutions alleged that Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe four of Motorola Solutions’ patents. These patents pertain to technologies central to the operation of Hytera’s professional and commercial radio products available today.

The Judge’s ruling follows a lengthy investigation that culminated in a week-long hearing with testimony from both Motorola Solutions and Hytera witnesses, hundreds of pages of briefing materials and thousands of exhibits. As part of the Initial Determination, Judge McNamara found that all four of Motorola Solutions’ patents are valid, Hytera has infringed them, and Motorola Solutions met the legal requirement of showing a “technical domestic industry” on three of the four patents. Judge McNamara also recommended an exclusion order preventing the importation of infringing products into the United States for Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patents No. 7,369,869, 7,729,701 and 8,279,991, as well as a cease-and-desist order preventing the further sale and marketing of certain infringing products imported into the United States. A Final Determination by the ITC is scheduled to be issued by Nov. 6, 2018.

“Judge McNamara’s ruling validates our allegations, upholds the integrity of our intellectual property and rebukes Hytera for its unscrupulous and unlawful behavior in willfully infringing Motorola Solutions’ patents,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “While we consider the Initial Determination an important step, it is only one component of our global efforts to address Hytera’s systematic, brazen and egregious theft and infringement of our intellectual property.”

Mr. Hacker continued, “Motorola Solutions has a long and distinguished track record of innovation with an extensive portfolio of approximately 5,000 patents. We are committed to vigorously defending our valuable intellectual property as we continue to drive innovation for our customers. We greatly appreciate the diligent work undertaken by Judge McNamara and the ITC staff during this investigation, and we are confident that the full ITC will uphold this decision and enter a Final Determination consistent with today’s findings.”

Motorola Solutions’ complaint filed with the ITC, as well as information on Motorola Solutions’ other actions against Hytera, can be accessed athttps://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.

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

Motorola Solutions Progresses in Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) Plugtest and LEX L11 Certification

on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola WAVE powered by Kodiak tested in major plugtest event
  • Mission-critical LTE device Motorola LEX L11 successfully certified

CHICAGO – July 9, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial users, has participated in a successful week of plugtesting organized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) in Texas.

Plugtests are the initial verification of implementations of new standard protocols. They serve as a validation of the standard as well as an early practical test. Protocol plugtests will lead to product interoperability such as the TCCA Interoperability (IOP) Testing & Certification process and the P25 CAP process, which was developed to enable a trusted, open multi-vendor market for TETRA and P25 equipment.

“Standardization is the vehicle to guarantee and empower future-driven smart communication for public safety as well as commercial users,” said Kris Patel, vice president, Unified Communications at Motorola Solutions. “At Motorola Solutions, we are dedicated to being the leader in mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, and we put all our efforts in meeting the highest quality standards. This has made us an integral part of standardization initiatives across the world.”

During the week-long plugtest Motorola Solutions participated in testing for the 3GPP Release 14 Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) and Mission-Critical Data (MCDATA) protocols, which build the foundation of its standardized WAVE Broadband Push-To-Talk (PTT) platform. These include solutions for high-performance PTT and flexible, ‘over-the-top’ broadband PTT, connecting disparate networks and enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines. The event in Texas allowed Motorola Solutions and 30 leading industry corporations to test 1,900+ test cases successfully. The outcomes are being compiled and evaluated by ETSI and will be made public.

Motorola Solutions has a longstanding relationship with public safety organizations and enterprises. Motorola Solutions’ acquisition of Kodiak in 2017 saw the addition of a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular architecture to Motorola Solutions’ existing mission-critical WAVE PTT over broadband portfolio. The Kodiak architecture supports more than 1 million users.

LEX L11 MISSION-CRITICAL LTE DEVICE SUCCESSFULLY CERTIFIED

Motorola Solutions also announces today a number of certifications for its LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE device, which was designed alongside first responders using global broadband networks. It enables first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness. The LEX L11 also offers a rugged and easy-to-operate design, best-in-class audio quality and performance, as well as an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform and enhanced accessibility.

The LEX L11 has achieved several certifications over the last three months, including regulatory approval in the United States, the European Union and South Korea; Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB Certification – a pre-condition of mobile network operators to start their own testing. WIFI Alliance and Bluetooth SIG Certification have also been achieved.

Motorola Solutions Marks 50 Year Partnership With Danish Blue Light Organisations

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • 45,000 Danish public safety users rely on Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical communications system every day
  • Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Denmark
  • Glostrup headquarter recognised as global centre of technical excellence for TETRA digital radio technology innovation

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – June 26, 2018 – Motorola Solutions will this year mark half a century of collaboration with public safety organisations and commercial customers in Denmark: The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in country with a strong footprint as TETRA technology leader and provider of the nationwide state-of-the-art TETRA radio system that has been the communications backbone of Danish emergency services for more than 10 years.

The TETRA-based network SINE (SIkkerhedsNEttet) guarantees 99.999% communication for police, rescue services and parts of the defence force through a dedicated, highly resilient, and secure network. The system has undergone continuous upgrades and evolution to meet user expectation and needs.

“Public safety organizations are under enormous pressure – threats are more complex, populations are growing, budgets are under pressure, and constant scrutiny has resulted in even greater accountability,” said Michael Kaae, Vice President Northern & Eastern Europe and Managing Director Denmark at Motorola Solutions. “Blue light organizations need highly reliable, mission-critical communications solutions from a partner who not only understands the current needs, but has a clear vision for the future.”

“Motorola Solutions is the only major company solely focused on public safety, and we therefore lead mission-critical communication solutions worldwide. We will continue to invest in TETRA and public safety LTE broadband solutions to prepare for the future needs.”

“We are proud to provide Danish public safety organisations with a reliable network that offers excellent performance to help ensure the safety of the citizens of Denmark.”

Denmark’s pivotal role in global TETRA solutions

Motorola Solutions has a longstanding relationship with Danish public safety organisations and enterprises. Denmark was one of the initiators of the TETRA standard and strongly involved in the development of the standard used by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Consequently, Motorola Solutions’ Dimetra TETRA software releases around the world have a significant development footprint in Denmark. The expertise of the local team in Glostrup / Copenhagen ranges from experts for infrastructure and devices to managed services, sales and system deployment. Currently, 200 engineers are working in Glostrup making the Danish facility one of Motorola Solutions’ technical focus areas worldwide.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage in Denmark and the world-class work that has come out of the Golstrup team, and we look forward to bringing many more innovations to emergency services around the world as a result,” said Kaae.

Motorola Solutions Releases 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report; Recognized for Excellence in Corporate Citizenship

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO - June 21, 2018 - Motorola Solutions today released its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights its performance as a responsible corporate citizen that is committed to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities where it operates.
 
“We’re proud of the progress we made in 2017, and our momentum will continue throughout 2018 as we celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. Since 1928, we have maintained a long and proud heritage as a global company that conducts our business with integrity, continually enhances and improves our environment, and forges strong partnerships in the communities where we live, work and do business,” said Terry Bell, vice president, environment, health and safety.
 
Highlights from the 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report report include:
  

  • Donated $10.7 million from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to support more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders and their families affiliated with more than 260 organizations in 37 countries
  • Completed 36,000 employee volunteer hours 
  • Produced 29.6 percent less waste compared with the previous year 
  • Reduced global water use by 25 percent and companywide electricity use by 15 percent
  • Decreased total carbon footprint by 20 percent 

Additionally, Motorola Solutions this week was honored for the fifth consecutive year by the Points of Light Foundation with its Civic 50 award, which recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

Motorola Solutions also has been recognized by Barron’s (Top 100 Sustainable Companies 2018), Forbes (Just 100 America’s Best Corporate Citizens 2017), Newsweek (Top U.S. Green Companies 2017) and Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (2017).

Public Safety Agencies Enhance Operations with Motorola Solutions Command Center Software

on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions will showcase software solutions designed for the needs of 911 agencies at NENA 2018

CHICAGO – June 14, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues to pave the way for public safety communications with groundbreaking command center software for emergency call handling, command and control, and management of records and evidence.

“Public safety agencies require advanced technologies that address their unique needs when every second counts,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “Our end-to-end suite of software solutions work together seamlessly to improve command center operations from the time a 911 call is placed to after an incident is resolved.”

At the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 2018 Conference, June 16-21 in Nashville, Tenn., Motorola Solutions will demonstrate software for call takers, dispatchers and intelligence analysts, including solutions that intelligently guide 911 agencies down the path to Next Generation 911 (NG911).

Lubbock Emergency Communication District in Texas is one of several agencies working with Motorola Solutions to advance its operations to NG911 by replacing analog equipment with new IP infrastructure. The agency will be implementing Motorola Solutions’ VESTA® NEXT call-routing service that will, in the future, enable the geospatial routing of 911 calls from Lubbock District’s 350,000 residents and visitors along with the future ability to send data and images as part of their 911 calls.

“VESTA’s agnostic platform and the a la carte service offerings were a major selling point for us,” said Michael Grossie, executive director of the Lubbock Emergency Communication District. “VESTA is a proven leader in the 911 industry, so it made sense to integrate their solutions into our network.”

VESTA NEXT delivers the critical elements agencies need for NG911 including call routing, emergency service IP networks (ESInet), GIS services, cybersecurity and network monitoring dedicated to public safety.

Portsmouth, VA Selects Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 Radio System to Increase Coverage Capabilities and Network Interoperability

on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New Public Safety Communication Upgrades Offer Enhanced Communications and Location Awareness Features

Portsmouth, VA – June 11, 2018 – The City of Portsmouth will deploy Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 radio system to provide state-of-the-art mission critical communications technology and interoperable coverage to its first responders. This multi-million-dollar contract builds on Motorola Solutions’ more than three-decade relationship with Portsmouth to modernize the City’s emergency communications platform and integrate with its approximately one-thousand P25 APX radios currently deployed. With more than 500 implementations of the ASTRO 25 complete, Motorola Solutions has extensive experience and proven results in completing installation on time and on budget.

Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 system is a software-defined platform that converges radio and broadband services with additional functionality through the integration of voice and data, to provide features like group services, advanced text messaging and location awareness via time and distance reports as well as push-to-talk. This system also enhances security with radio verification and encryption to prevent third-parties from accessing conversations that includes mission-critical and/or personal information.

"For more than 30 years, Motorola Solutions has teamed up with the City of Portsmouth to equip first responders with reliable communications equipment to perform their mission critical work," said Mike Leonard, Mid-Atlantic Territory Vice-President at Motorola Solutions. "We are honored to continue that relationship with the deployment of the ASTRO 25 radio system. This deployment represents Portsmouth’s continued investment in not just the latest in critical communications technology, but also in maintaining the highest levels of safety in its community."

Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 radio system also offers interoperability with other P25 compliant systems, radios and dispatch consoles. As a result, the ASTRO 25 LMR system ensures that alerts are communicated automatically when using Motorola Solutions’ APX two-way radios or on broadband networks, for maximum coverage. This interoperability also enables a smooth transition marked by continued service between the new and existing systems.

"The safety and security of Portsmouth will always be priority one, and it’s essential that we equip our first responders with unparalleled technology for mission critical communications.” said Daniel Jones, chief information officer of Portsmouth. “Based on our long history together, we knew that Motorola Solutions was the right partner to understand the weight and importance of our investment in these systems. Together, we’re empowering our first responders to communicate quickly and effectively in those emergency situations when every second counts.”

Motorola Solutions Provides Command Center Software to Springfield, Mass. Police for Advanced Crime Analysis

on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Springfield Real-Time Analysis Center Enables Proactive Incident Response

Chicago – May 24, 2018 – After a multi-year effort to bring additional advanced technology resources to its police force, the City of Springfield, Mass., recently launched its Real-Time Analysis Center with command center software from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI). Using advanced software analytics, first responders have a complete operating picture taken from multiple data sources to help them better respond, prevent and limit criminal activity.

Springfield police use Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware software, which aggregates real-time information from computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems, emergency alerts and other data sources. Seconds after an emergency is reported and entered into the CAD system, Springfield crime analysts can help coordinate response by confirming the exact location of first responders and providing them with the critical information they need, such as footage from local cameras and alerts of past criminal activity.

Over the four-year period since the city committed to using advanced analytics software, Springfield has seen a 40 percent decline in its crime rate, something officials have attributed to the growing capabilities of the Real Time Analysis Center.

“The use of CommandCentral Aware has allowed us to make smarter, faster decisions in incident response,” said Bill Schwarz, crime analysis director at Springfield’s Real Time Analysis Center. “We can now equip our first responders with real-time information to help them prepare for whatever situation they face.”

Using CommandCentral Aware with BriefCam allows for the analysis of public and private video with search functions that identify specific descriptors. For example, if analysts are looking for a red car that fled the scene of an incident, the software will help them identify red cars on the road, removing all other cars from their video footage. This reduces time spent analyzing videos from several hours to just a few minutes.

“CommandCentral Aware represents the future of policing, with Springfield setting the bar for how cities can use analytics to keep communities safer,” said Jim Charron, Motorola Solutions senior project manager and former police commander. “As more communities look to integrate data analytics into their public safety efforts, Motorola Solutions continues to push the needle in developing cutting-edge software. These analytics not only save police time and money, but also improve the safety of officers and the people they protect.”

Swinburne University wins Motorola Solutions 2018 Public Safety Hackathon

on Monday, 21 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Student developer team claims $25,000 prize with extreme weather reporting application

Melbourne, Australia – May 18, 2018 – A team of university students have won the Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) hackathon for the first time.

A developer team from Swinburne University claimed top honours with an app concept designed to improve the quality and accuracy of public reports about landslides, fallen trees and other dangers.

The challenge was provided by the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), one of four public safety organisations participating in the event.

In 2016-2017, VICSES recorded its second busiest year on record, responding to more than 31,000 incidents and providing more than 302,600 hours of operational support time to Victorians in need.

Having accurate data is essential to managing such an enormous volume of emergency support requests safely and efficiently. Swinburne’s app concept enables citizens to use their smart phones to capture images of fallen trees and other obstacles and leverages other software tools to accurately measure the size of hazards. It also enables real-time reporting of road conditions.

Providing emergency services with this vital information helps them to send the right resources and skills to a job and to determine the best and safest route to get there.

The fast-paced, 44-hour app development challenge brought together a large and dynamic mix of app developers and emergency service organisations to solve the most diverse set of problem statements in the event’s three-year history.

One of the strongest themes that emerged from this year’s hackathon was the growing need for technologies to enhance citizen engagement with public safety organisations.

From mitigating the impact of shoplifting for Australian retailers to broadcasting mass communications for major public order events and improving the quality and accuracy of emergency reports – app development teams rose to the challenge.

“It is becoming increasingly important for emergency services to access more of the vital data that Australian citizens can capture using smart phones,” said Steve Crutchfield, Vice President and Managing Director for Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand.

“Citizens have an important role to play in protecting their communities, and by providing first responders with the right data at the right time, we can all have a profound impact on the future of public safety,”

“As Motorola Solutions celebrates 50 years in Australia, hackathons, agile development practices and partnerships are helping us to develop new skills and capabilities while accelerating innovation and service delivery for our customers,” added Mr Crutchfield.

Nami Shah from the winning Swinburne team said “Before the hackathon we had no idea that we could apply the skills we are developing at university in this way. “It has been so rewarding to learn that our apps can help public safety agencies to work more efficiently while making our communities safer.

“We have gained great confidence from the hackathon and now plan to develop our app further by adding multimedia and social media components to it.

“It would be a dream come true if we could put our app into the hands of public safety agencies and citizens across the country.”

Narita International Airport excels with advanced radio system from Motorola Solutions

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Fit-for-purpose ST7000 radios increasing daily efficiency and productivity 
  • User survey highlights benefits of upgrading to digital TETRA radio system 
  • Japan’s busiest airport plans further system enhancements 

Berlin, Germany – May 16,  2018 - With more than 39 million passengers and Japan’s largest volume of international cargo flowing through Narita International airport annually, advanced technology is essential to maintaining safety and efficiency for daily operations.

Japan’s busiest airport deployed a highly advanced TETRA digital radio communications system one year ago and is experiencing the benefits of exceptional voice quality, fast call times and significantly expanded coverage.

The upgraded system from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) connects secure and reliable communications across both Narita and Okinawa Naha airports. The highly scalable, single system connects critical functions across the airports including security, operations and baggage handling activities.

The airport has also deployed a number of Motorola Solutions’ ST7000 TETRA radio devices for Narita airport’s ground staff, helping them to work more efficiently while delivering higher levels of customer service.

The slim, TETRA radio was developed in response to feedback from the airport’s ground staff who wanted an easy-to-use, compact radio suited to the needs of frontline customer service staff.

Behind the scenes of any major airport operation is a carefully coordinated and highly complex set of activities to manage passenger flows, support on-time performance of aircraft and maintain security, safety and customer satisfaction.

Following the success of the radio network upgrade, Narita International airport plans to add additional features to the network over time. Among features available for the TETRA system are smart location services to pinpoint the location of team members in the field and software-defined push-to-talk services to seamlessly connect radios with smart phones, tablets and other devices.

Yoshikazu Takahashi, president and CEO, Nippon Airport Radio Services Co., Ltd said the upgraded radio network and new ST7000 radios had far exceeded expectations.

“Reliable and instant communications are essential for connecting many different parts of an airport’s daily operations,” he said.

“Our upgraded radio network and smart new radio handsets are making a real difference every day - helping airport employees to work as safely and efficiently as possible.”

Survey highlights radio network success
A recent survey more than 50 companies using the network found their overall satisfaction with the service was at 95 per cent. Survey respondents also rated their satisfaction with Motorola Solutions’ ST7000 TETRA radio device at higher than 90 per cent for its audio quality, easy-to-use design, call connection speed and long lasting battery life.

Motorola Solutions vice president and general manager Asia and Japan, Prabhakar Rajagopal, said the successful solution was developed through close collaboration with the customer and by ensuring the chosen technology met the customer's specific, daily operations needs.

“Any environment which requires highly secure and reliable communications can benefit from advanced TETRA radio solutions,” Rajagopal said.
                                                               
“Businesses can also choose from a variety of radio solutions – including rugged devices and more compact designs - to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees working in different roles.
“Our ST7000 radio is suited to the needs of customer-facing professionals, executives or anyone who wants a highly durable radio with excellent audio quality packaged within a discreet and sleek form,” he said.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on July 13, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2018.
 
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Motorola Solutions To Showcase Industry-leading Innovations for the Digital Age at Critical Communications World 2018, Germany

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Disaster Relief 2.0 – leveraging technology to build resilient communities
  • Digital transformation of policing – with body-worn video and powerful analytics
  • Integrated TETRA and Public Safety broadband networks – the best of both worlds
  • Seamless mission-critical communications through collaborative devices

BERLIN, Germany – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions will unveil highly advanced mission-critical solutions for creating a powerful state of safety for a digital society at Critical Communications World 2018 (May 15-17, Berlin, Germany, booth C10). CCW 2018 highlights will include solutions for both public safety and commercial organisations in the area of digital transformation of public safety, disaster relief 2.0 and network modernisation.

Mission-critical communication is more important than ever before. In times of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, mass demonstrations and increasing violence, public safety organisations need cutting-edge smart public safety solutions for fast and effective action. Moreover, in the digital age, rapid developments in digital technology have a profound impact on our lives, enabling a digital economy and fundamentally reshaping the public safety landscape.

“Society, economy and public safety are undergoing a digital transformation. We provide public safety organisations and commercial customers with the right intelligence and tools to help them enhance their operational efficiency, responsiveness and safety,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “From TETRA and DMR to LTE, visitors to our CCW booth can experience one of the most comprehensive critical communications device portfolios as well as powerful analytics, which facilitate today’s digital transformation.”

NEW AT CCW 2018 

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The complexity of crime is increasing and the need for efficient information sharing within and between different agencies has never been greater. With the increasing adoption of body-worn video and the growing number of information sources supporting public safety, a tipping point has been reached. If this valuable data cannot be utilised in real time, public safety organisations risk not knowing that critical piece of information that could change the outcome of an incident.

Motorola Solutions will also give exclusive insights into its newly acquired end-to-end security platform from Avigilon, which brings high-resolution video and Al-based analytics to public safety and commercial workflows. Avigilon will be previewing the latest enhancement to Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology, its AI search engine that helps to dramatically improve incident response times by enabling operators to quickly search through hours of footage to locate a person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. Avigilon will also be featuring some of its advanced camera lines including the H4 Thermal camera which helps user see beyond the visible spectrum, the H4 Infrared Pan-Tilt-Zoom (IR PTZ)  camera which can see up to 250 meters (820 feet) in complete darkness, as well as the industry’s first 7K (30 MP) HD Pro camera that provides wide area coverage while still delivering exceptional image detail to zoom in.

Other CCW highlights include Motorola Solutions’ public safety apps suite featuring new applications like the Capture Mobile Camera app, which allows frontline teams to securely capture images, video and audio with a verifiable chain-of-custody from the moment of capture.

DISASTER RELIEF 2.0
When disasters strike and critical communication is limited or non-existent, public safety and commercial users such as utility providers can rely on easy-to-carry full power broadband networks: The Motorola Solutions LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Infrastructure enables users to take their network with them. Covering a spectrum of use cases from backpack to in-vehicle to in-building and fixed site, LTE coverage can be quickly and securely established anywhere and anytime. Weighing less than 6 kilograms and with activation time frames of less than five minutes from power on, the LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Infrastructure is Motorola Solutions’ smallest and lightest full power broadband network.

The fully functional LTE network is built on a platform that combines an eNodeB (eNB) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The portable infrastructure creates an LTE bubble with coverage of up to one kilometer and can host up to 100 subscribers. Coverage and capacity on demand deliver mission-critical video and other rich media application information at the point of engagement. The Wi-Fi and GPS equipped LXN500 can also host software applications such as mapping, messaging and video streaming to pinpoint in-field resources in cases of emergency and enable seamless collaboration. The IP54-rated solid-state ruggedized design withstands heat, cold, rain as well as humidity, dust and vibration. 

NETWORK MODERNISATION AS A FIRST STEP TO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Forward-thinking public safety network providers are planning for an extended period of TETRA coexisting with LTE. While TETRA remains the best technology for mission-critical voice services, LTE promises cutting-edge, transformative applications that will enhance frontline personnel safety, improve situational awareness and boost productivity. At CCW 2018, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how users can benefit from integrated TETRA and LTE broadband networks.

Future-ready technology like Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core systems enable public safety organisations and commercial customers to make the most of their existing TETRA network today, while preparing for additional LTE broadband capabilities offered by mobile broadband tomorrow.

Moreover, Motorola Solutions will present updates to its DIMETRA Express TETRA system, which now offers enhanced modularity and geographic redundancy, and will showcase how users can improve the security and resilience of their critical communications networks today and in the future. Motorola Solutions will also showcase its enhanced public safety portfolio at CCW 2018 with a new WAVE on-premise offer. The WAVE platform connects disparate networks, enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines.

COLLABORATIVE DEVICES
At CCW 2018, Motorola Solutions will also present its vision of collaborative public safety and commercial workflows based on dedicated TETRA and LTE broadband devices. In a world with an increasing number of connected devices Motorola Solutions fosters the development of collaborative solutions because it believes it promotes flexibility, simplifies communications and reduces the risk of complex multipurpose devices. Therefore Motorola Solutions sees a clear market demand for interconnected devices, which support either TETRA or LTE broadband networks and communicate between themselves and with other equipment around them creating seamless communications across technologies.
  
A key component of Motorola Solutions’ collaborative solution portfolio is the new LEX L11 Mission Critical LTE device. In addition to offering a broad range of innovative features including an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform, the LEX L11 collaborates seamlessly with other Bluetooth-enabled devices as part of a secure personal area network. This collaborative function allows users to get the best of both worlds – for example, users can benefit from the combined coverage of TETRA and Public Safety Broadband networks or use the LEX L11 as their primary user interface for both TETRA and LTE-based communications.

Visit our CCW 2018 expert sessions:

“The human factor: How technology will support tomorrow’s first responders” with Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions 
May 17, 2018, from 11:30-12:00pm

“Experiences from the biggest ITCS public transport implementation in Europe: the German Rheinbahn” with Reinhard Renja, Project Manager System Planning and System Administration at Rheinbahn AG
May 17, 2018, from 2:00-2:30pm

Motorola Solutions Presents New Mission-Critical Broadband Device at CCW 2018

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions powers advanced communication capabilities with LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE device as well as a new multimedia evidence capture mobile app.
  • The LEX L11 can be paired with TETRA two-way portable radios, combining the power of mission-critical TETRA networks with public safety broadband.
  • Motorola Solutions showcases new solutions at Critical Communications World (CCW) 2018, May 15 to 17 in Berlin/Germany at booth C10.

BERLIN, Germany – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions continues to transform communications for first responders who use land-mobile radio (LMR) and public safety broadband networks for public protection and disaster relief. At Critical Communications World 2018 (May 15-17, Berlin, Germany), the company will showcase new solutions for enhanced mission-critical communications including an app to share digital evidence. Motorola Solutions will present its latest innovations in Europe for the first time.

LEX L11 MISSION-CRITICAL LTE DEVICE
The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE device is designed with first responders in mind. Developed for global broadband networks, the LEX L11 will enable first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness. The Motorola Solutions LTE device offers a broad range of innovative features including a rugged, easy-to-operate design, best-in-class audio quality and performance as well as an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform and enhanced accessibility provided by a suite of accessories:

  • Intuitive operation: For natural operation and immediate response, the Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is equipped with a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) and an emergency button as well as a talk group rocker switch and two programmable buttons. These features enable first responders to blindly access mission-critical capabilities while keeping their eyes up, their hands free and focus forward.
  • Best-in-class audio quality: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is designed to let first responders hear and be heard clearly. It provides features for reduced distortion, background noise canceling, and suppressing feedback caused from other devices when in close proximity of each other uses the Howling Suppression technology as deployed in Motorola Solutions’ TETRA handheld devices. The device also optimises audio quality even when holstered.
  • Reliable performance in the harshest environments: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is made for constant use in tough, unforgiving environments, so first responders do not have to worry about rain, dust, extreme temperatures, battery life or drops. The device meets the MIL-STD-810G standard for drop and shock and is IP67 rated.
  • Extended reach with radio collaboration: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 can also be paired with portable TETRA two-way radios, combining the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical TETRA networks with public safety broadband. Ideal for police officers who need to remain discreet, this pairing allows them to communicate covertly on their radio while using the LEX L11. Together, these technologies are a powerful combination of communication solutions to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect. 
  • End-to-end secure mobile platform: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 provides high-assurance security features to safeguard public safety communications. Its Secure Mobile Platform utilises a defense-in-depth approach to security, combining multiple layers of advanced defensive walls that stop adversaries from accessing mission-critical voice and data communications

CAPTURE MOBILE CAMERA APP
The new Motorola Solutions Capture Mobile Camera App enables first responders to easily capture image, video and audio evidence with the Motorola Solutions LEX L11 or Android and iOS-based smartphones. All content is securely uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use. Metadata like time, date and location is automatically applied to the captured file. Tags can also be added to the file after capture from the app, or later, within CommandCentral Vault. From the moment of capture, all evidentiary data is isolated from personal data, making it inaccessible for tampering by other apps. The chain of custody is established at the moment of capture, so devices do not need to be subpoenaed. Metadata is also added automatically to organise evidence within CommandCentral Vault.

“High-speed data is driving the communication landscape and penetrating every part of the world. Motorola Solutions is focused on mobilising and connecting first responders in the moments that matter regardless of network or device,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “We are dedicated to growing our technology portfolio for the long-term co-existence of LMR and LTE networks, helping them work together better for years to come. We are also building software apps that are secure and easy to use by first responders and that connect automatically to Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety solutions.”

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