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Motorola Solutions Provides Future-Proof Communications for Koelnmesse 3.0

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • First installation of Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBOTM Capacity Max trunked radio system in Germany
  • DMR Tier III compliant trunked digital radio system to replace analogue radio technology at one of the world’s leading exhibition centres based in Cologne, Germany
  • MOTOTRBO Capacity Max is optimized for high performance, efficiency and scalability to provide the project Koelnmesse 3.0 with next-generation voice and data communications

COLOGNE/IDSTEIN, Germany – November 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions provides Koelnmesse with its state-of-the-art MOTOTRBO Capacity Max trunked radio system. The prestigious exhibition centre in Cologne is the first customer for Motorola Solutions’ DMR Tier III compliant trunking solution in Germany. The high-performance system replaces the existing analogue radio infrastructure and supports the company in realizing its future-oriented project Koelnmesse 3.0. It enables instant, reliable voice and data communications, better decision-making and seamless coordination across the entire exhibition area. Powerful management tools give users complete control over the system – all from a single workstation. The new MOTOTRBO Capacity Max trunked radio system is being implemented in collaboration with Motorola Solutions’ partners AIRadio and NC Plan.

The new radio system will enable secure and reliable voice and data communications for the exhibition centre’s security personnel, facility management and technical teams, including the operation of 150 radios. Motorola Solutions’ highly advanced technology is designed for next-generation digital trunking demands and will thus meet Koelnmesse’s requirements today and in the future. MOTOTRBO Capacity Max is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications deployments. The feature-rich, next-generation system also provides better security and is easier to manage than comparable trunking systems.

Due to its DMR Tier III compliance, it supports the features defined for interoperability. In addition, MOTOTRBO Capacity Max goes beyond the core interoperability of the DMR Standard to provide enhanced functionality. This includes features and applications such as digital emergency-call handling, call queuing prioritization and over-the-air programming that enable Koelnmesse to offer the best possible service to its visitors, exhibitors and partners. Moreover, the MOTOTRBO Capacity Max trunked radio system is built on a hybrid architecture for maximum performance and efficiency. Control is centralised, but voice and data traffic routing is distributed for optimal cost and performance. Security is another core component of the MOTOTRBO Capacity Max trunked radio system. All voice, data and control traffic within the IP network can be encrypted, and all radios are securely authenticated. The users can even remotely disable and re-enable a device if it is misplaced or stolen.

“MOTOTRBO Capacity Max blends innovation, user feedback and our extensive real-world experience to deliver a scalable, highly secure trunked radio communications solution that perfectly meets the needs of our customers,” said Joerg Baumbach, director of sales Radio Channel Business Central & South Europe, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “The features and functionality of MOTOTRBO Capacity Max provide Koelnmesse 3.0 with the flexibility to expand networks and applications to meet their evolving needs. The customer will also benefit from our smooth migration path from analogue to digital to minimize cost and operational impact for their digitalization project.”

“Koelnmesse is one of the most important global trade fair venues with a longstanding history of more than 90 years,” said Ludger Wälken, head of central division at Koelnmesse 3.0. “With our project Koelnmesse 3.0 we are striving to create the world’s most appealing inner-city exhibition centre. The new MOTOTRBO Capacity Max trunked radio system from Motorola Solutions will enable us to meet the changing requirements of our visitors, exhibitors and partners for many years to come. A secure and reliable communication is the key for the digitalization of our infrastructure and processes.”

Within the framework of the project Koelnmesse 3.0, the company plans to invest more than 600 million euros by 2030 to align the exhibition centre and the infrastructure with the requirements of the trade fair business in the coming years. Based on the changing customer demand, the investment program Koelnmesse 3.0 focuses on boosting the quality of the existing trade fair areas, optimizing the versatility of the exhibition grounds as well as integrating the trade fair and congress services into a future-oriented business model.

Motorola Solutions showcases industry-leading innovations for public safety and commercial customers at PMRExpo 2017

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New mission-critical software-based solutions lead the way for an integrated future of combined TETRA and LTE broadband communication.
●       Live demo of new Incident Command Concept will showcase how the integration of augmented reality with TETRA and LTE broadband connectivity has the power to transform mission-critical communications.
●       Motorola Solutions presents new solutions for first responders at PMRExpo, Nov. 28-30 in Cologne/Germany at booth C12.

COLOGNE/IDSTEIN, Germany – November 27, 2017 – Motorola Solutions continues to showcase its industry-leading vision for the future of mission-critical communications at PMRExpo 2017,introducing new integrated software-based communication solutions built specifically for the needs of first responders. From the field to the command center, these technologies combine the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical TETRA systems and public safety broadband solutions.

Public safety organizations are under enormous pressure today: Threats are becoming more complex, populations are growing, budgets are shrinking, and constant scrutiny is leading to even greater demands for accountability. Motorola Solutions believes technology that provides the right information at the right time can help relieve some of this burden while also enhancing safety and efficiency.

Working with public safety organizations and commercial customers worldwide, Motorola Solutions plays a key role in delivering mission-critical communication solutions to customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions recently shipped its 3.5 millionth TETRA radio as well as its 1,000th TETRA system from its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany. The company has also equipped numerous nationwide TETRA networks including Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom, underlining that public safety organization across Europe trust in the technology leader. Motorola Solutions’ smart public safety solutions are also being used by many public safety organizations across the world, including Detroit Police, to help reduce violent crime levels.

“Society is being transformed by technology, as well as public safety and. We provide public safety organizations and commercial customers with next-generation TETRA and LTE broadband solutions along with expertise in their introduction to help them enhance workflows, boost efficiency and ultimately improve safety and outcomes,” said Mark Schmidl, senior vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Public safety organizations and enterprises need not only the technology and tools to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialized knowledge and experience to understand their challenges, find solutions and imagine new ways to get the job done.”

NEW AT PMREXPO 2017 

FUTURE INCIDENT COMMAND CONCEPT FOR POLICE AND FIRE FIGHTERS
At PMRExpo 2017, Motorola Solutions will show the second generation of its future incident command concept which has been further developed in close collaboration with public safety customers. The new incident command concept for police and fire brigades uses mixed reality for a multi-dimensional view of events as they unfold for police teams and fire fighters. An augmented reality headset provides a birds-eye view into the role of an incident commander who is coordinating a tactical response away from the incident.

Drones at the scene provide videos and a holistic view of buildings. A holographic 3D model can be viewed from any direction, similar to a physical object located on a table right in front of the commander. The location of first responders and other people at the scene is quickly visualized via video feeds.

In this demonstration, first responders communicate using a dedicated TETRA system and real-time data is shared through a secure broadband network. Commanders see events as they unfold. They have the situational awareness needed to make the right decisions that can be quickly communicated with first responders in the field.

CONNECTED POLICE OFFICER
When every second counts, police officers need to keep their eyes up and hands free for a fast response in any situation. With Motorola Solutions’ Responder Alert, a series of actions and notifications are automated to keep officers focused on the mission at hand. Motorola Solutions teamed up with providers of public safety equipment to integrate Responder Alert into products police officers use every day. For example, when an officer pulls his gun out of his holster, Responder Alert will immediately notify command and can automatically turn on the officer’s Motorola Solutions Si500 body-worn camera to begin recording events.

UNIFYING TETRA AND BROADBAND NETWORKS
Using its WAVE™ Work Group Communications interoperability platform, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how to connect any device on any network and enable seamless workgroup collaboration. With Motorola Solutions’ Convergence Suite of software application tools, developers can quickly develop public safety applications that enhance situational management for frontline personnel. This display demonstrates how these tools simplify public safety application development and help unify the capabilities of TETRA and public safety LTE systems through voice and data integration.

PURPOSE-BUILT DEVICES
Motorola Solutions will also showcase its future-leading portfolio of MOTOTRBOTM and TETRA solutions including:

●       The new MOTOTRBO™ SL2600 two-way portable radio which provides the power of instant, two-way radio communication without compromising on style. The radio is packed with features and functionality including clear audio in analogue or digital mode, Bluetooth® 4.0 audio and data, integrated Wi-Fi® for remote programming, location tracking using iBeacons, and a virtual display and keypad that lights up when needed.
●       The new MOTOTRBO SLR 1000 low power repeater has been designed for easy deployment inside or outdoors. It supports all MOTOTRBO system types, plus analogue conventional and MPT1327. Its compact, fan-less IP65 design gives more flexibility for installation choices.
●       Motorola Solutions first digital PMR446 radio – the XT600d Series – also supports analogue PMR446 for ease of migration. It provides individual and group calling, caller ID, remote monitor / disable, texting, audio recording and more.
●       The MTP6650 TETRA portable two-way radio is an example of how TETRA is helping public safety agencies address today’s market demands. The radio offers enhanced coverage, location services and Bluetooth® 4.1 ensuring public safety professionals can take advantage of wireless devices such as wireless push-to-talk (PTT) buttons or sensors such as a heart rate monitors to improve safety on the frontline. Support for Global Navigation Satellite Systems ensures that users can take advantage of the latest location-based services.
●       ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager: To effectively respond to fires, natural disasters and other dangerous events, control room, dispatch or medical staff need to know who will be arriving on the scene. With its enhanced wide area coverage and extended battery life, the ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager ensures that firefighters, emergency service personnel and healthcare workers can be reached when they are needed most. The ADVISOR TPG2200 pager is simple to use, even with one hand, and allows first responders to quickly read messages on the bright 2-inch color display. Moreover, it can be carried anywhere thanks to its lightweight, compact and robust design.
●       DIMETRA X Core is a fully scalable TETRA system. With a software-defined core, enhanced cyber security and smart interfaces, it is designed to maximize TETRA network investments today while laying the foundation for collaborating with mobile broadband networks in the future.
●       DIMETRA Express integrates switch and base radios in an easy-to-deploy modular TETRA system. DIMETRA Express offers voice, short data, and telephony services and can be quickly integrated into existing networks. The new DIMETRA Express MTS1 variant integrates an MTS1 base station with a standalone DIMETRA Express Server for a cost effective and easy-to-use communications solution.

Visit the PMRExpo Expert Panel Discussion:
“PMR Broadband Communication – Technical Implementation” with Christoph Thomas, managing director, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH – Nov. 28, 2017, from 13:30-14:15pm

Motorola Solutions Enhances Safety and Efficiency at Leipzig/Halle Airport

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • German Airport is the first implementation of Motorola Solutions’ newly released and fully scalable DIMETRA X Core TETRA system in Germany.
  • Geo-redundant DIMETRA TETRA system will replace existing DIMETRA IP Compact TETRA infrastructure at one of Europe’s most modern airports.
  • Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core system is built for long-term performance – with enhanced cybersecurity and advanced capabilities for moving to mobile broadband.

COLOGNE/IDSTEIN, Germany – November 27, 2017 – Motorola Solutions will provide Leipzig/Halle Airport with its new DIMETRA X Core TETRA system. The airport in the federal state of Saxony is the first customer for the brand-new TETRA system in Germany. The fully scalable system will replace the existing Motorola DIMETRA IP Compact TETRA infrastructure which has been successfully deployed at the airport since 2008 for mission-critical voice and data communications.

The new DIMETRA X Core system features an efficient software-defined core to further reduce system operating costs as well as deliver enhanced cybersecurity features to protect against ever increasing threats. The system has been designed to ensure highly reliable performance for the next 15 years and beyond. Additionally, a service contract with Motorola Solutions provides Leipzig/Halle Airport users with access to technical support teams and resources for troubleshooting and maintenance.

Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core will connect more than 2,000 users at Leipzig/Halle Airport and enable secure and reliable mission-critical communications across the entire site. The system will be used by ramp agents, baggage handlers and service personnel who will operate existing Motorola Solutions TETRA radios on the system.

“Our new DIMETRA X Core is an ideal replacement for existing DIMETRA TETRA systems,” said Klaus-Dieter Drossel, sales director for key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “The system will enhance and prolong the life of existing radio access networks like the infrastructure that has been successfully deployed at Leipzig/Halle Airport for the last 13 years. DIMETRA X Core enables TETRA users to get the most out of their existing DIMETRA TETRA network while preparing for future mobile broadband capabilities. We are convinced that TETRA will remain the choice for public safety and enterprise users, especially in high performance mission-critical environments like airports, utilities, oil and gas, and public transport. This is why we will continue to invest in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based, mission-critical solutions.”

“We have been relying on Motorola Solutions’ TETRA digital radio solutions since 2008,” says Eric Schmidt, team lead, IT operations, Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. “Due to the reliability and performance of the technology, we decided to update the centrepiece of our TETRA system, in collaboration with our longstanding partner. Implementing the new Motorola Solutions DIMETRA X Core system was a logical step for us since it provided the capacity and capabilities we needed to successfully ensure mission-critical communications for our users.”

With its modern, software-centric architecture, DIMETRA X Core´s advanced capabilities allow customers to integrate mobile broadband capabilities when the time is right, while protecting their investment in the radio area network. DIMETRA X Core features a software-defined core and smart interfaces as well as regular DIMETRA software updates to keep the network operating at the peak of its performance and give users access to new capabilities as they are developed. Users are also prepared for WAVETM push-to-talk solutions and intelligent middleware interfaces that extend voice communications and applications when TETRA and mobile broadband technologies converge.

Bogotá, At the Vanguard of Public Safety Communication Systems

on Sunday, 12 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The Secretaría de Seguridad, Convivencia y Justicia (Secretariat of Safety, Coexistence and Justice) is giving the city of Bogotá a world-class Command, Control, Communications & Computing Center (C4) with cutting-edge technology from Motorola Solutions

  • This comprehensive communication system integrates and connects the city's five public safety agencies, making them interoperable in the case of an emergency.
  • The system is the next evolution of the radio communication component of Bogotá's emergency number (1 2 3) and features the newest versions of voice and data solutions from Motorola Solutions, supported by a comprehensive service component.
  • With coverage of 97% of the city, the new system will be key in helping to build a safer Bogotá, by speeding up responses to emergencies in any corner of the city.

Bogotá, Colombia– Nov. 8, 2017 – Bogotá's Secretaria de Seguridad, Convivencia y Justicia has chosen Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to modernize its public safety and emergency communications platform. With its new system, Bogotá has become a pioneer in Colombia with a comprehensive integrated system with a focus on the interoperation and coordination of the different agencies.

With the city's previous emergency system, the public safety and emergency agencies were not able to communicate with each other in real time to provide an immediate response and coordinate their efforts. Establishing communication between the agencies involved logistics that could add several minutes to response times; minutes that, in an emergency, can mean the difference between life and death.

Now, with the new Command, Control, Communications and Computing Center, almost instantly –with the touch of a button– the National Police, Fire Brigade, Office of Health Emergencies (DUES, in Spanish), Secretariat of Mobility and District Institute of Risk Management and Climate Change (IDIGER, in Spanish) are fully interconnected and can therefore respond to any type of emergency or large-scale event more quickly.

"We are proud that Bogotá has chosen the latest-generation technology from Motorola Solutions for its public safety and emergency communication platform. In addition to putting the city at the vanguard, this platform will ensure that the more than 8 million residents of Bogotá receive a quicker and more effective response to their emergencies," said Jairo Mahecha, territory director, Motorola Solutions for North Latin America ( NOLA).

At the heart of this platform is a Motorola Solutions ASTRO® 25 radio communication system based on the Project 25 (P25) international standard. This latest version of Motorola Solutions’ P25 radio system has been deployed with some of the largest public safety agencies in the world.

This new radio communication system makes it possible to authenticate radios and encrypt communications, thereby preventing possible clones and keeping third parties from listening in on conversations in which mission-critical information is shared. Also, because radio programming can be done automatically and remotely with this new system, communications are not interrupted.

All of the next generation radios that have been added to the system can support a GPS application. This application can be used to determine an officer's location, thus facilitating the assignment of tasks and missions in the case of an emergency or situation that requires fast action.

Since this is an evolution of the radio communications component of the 1 2 3 emergency line, it honors past investments and uses the existing platform as a foundation for the Command, Control, Communications and Computing Center. As a result, the transition from the old system to the new one was completely seamless for the users, and did not involve any incidents that affected the operations or services that the public safety forces and emergency institutions provide the community.

More than 8,000 P25 radios from Motorola Solutions, distributed among the five agencies in the district, will be connected to the same communication network, which has enough remaining capacity for other cities to join in and benefit from the platform. This platform is the first big step towards a national vision of unified public safety and emergency communications. The entire system will be supported by a Maintenance and Operations Center that will help improve the stability and efficiency of the operation. From there, Motorola Solutions will monitor the network constantly and in real time. This center will be operated by Motorola Solutions employees who will help ensure the operation and availability of the system.

Motorola Solutions unveils technology for safer cities and secure businesses in Africa

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company’s newest smart public safety technology, including apps, devices, infrastructure and future concepts will be showcased at the first Mission Critical Africa event in Cape Town

  • Mobile intelligence solutions provide actionable data for public safety agencies, leading to greater efficiency
  • Company envisions a future where data driven Artificial Intelligence will take a greater role in public safety
  • Visit Motorola Solutions at Mission Critical Africa, booth B40, November 7-8

Cape Town – Nov. 7, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will showcase advanced solutions and futuristic technologies for safer cities and secure businesses across Africa at the continent’s first event dedicated to critical communications.

Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical radio and broadband technologies, innovative software applications and future public safety technology concepts will all be presented at booth B40 of Mission Critical Africa , taking place in Cape Town.

Danani Longwe, Motorola Solutions General Manager for South Africa, said there’s a growing need among public safety agencies for critical actionable data. “Emergency services, along with the rest of the public sector are eager to gain advantages of technology to increase safety and efficiency. There is increasing demand for broadband technologies, mobile apps, next generation command and control and advanced security solutions” Said Longwe. “The majority of our customers in the region already understand that access to real-time intelligence is critical for their work”.

“At Mission Critical Africa we will demonstrate a powerful set of software tools that help make cities safer by increasing public safety agencies’ situational awareness and capabilities. Other featured Motorola Solutions devices and apps, enable organizations to work more safely and collaboratively, thus helping their business thrive”.

Tunde Williams, Head of Field and Solutions Marketing EMEA for Motorola Solutions, said the company’s vision for smarter public safety includes use of Big Data and Artificial intelligence for greater efficiency. “The abundance of data along with advanced AI technologies, such as deep learning and computer vision, will play a growing role for public safety agencies. With the help of technology we are moving to an era where we will be able to predict and prevent crime before it happens”.

“Public safety organizations need not only the technology and tools to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialized knowledge and experience to understand their challenges, find solutions and imagine new ways to get the job done” said Williams.

Motorola Solutions’ global leadership in delivering secure and reliable critical communications is demonstrated through recent major milestones. These include:

  • A contract to deliver mobile apps, software and services for the FirstNet network as part of its role on the AT&T team selected by the U.S. government to deliver America’s first nationwide wireless broadband public safety network.
  • A contract to deliver system integration and next-generation, mission-critical voice and data services for the Emergency Services Network in the UK
  • Implementation of the three largest public safety broadband networks in the world, in Los Angeles County, California in the U.S. and in two Middle Eastern countries
  • Delivery of leading public safety broadband trials with multiple international police and military forces throughout the world.

Highlights from Motorola Solutions’ technology showcase at Mission Critical Africa include:

  • Futuristic Mixed Reality Fire Command concept – The company uses mixed reality technology to enable incident commanders to visualize data in cutting-edge ways. Sensors and devices worn by firefighters automatically record and share data including air supply, biometrics (heart rate, breathing), environmental temperature and “point-of-view” (POV) body worn cameras that capture the firefighter’s surroundings.
  • Essential radio technologies including the latest TETRA, APCO P25 and MOTOTRBOTM releases combined with enhanced features including software applications to increase collaboration and simplify workflows.
  • Mobile applications for secure messaging, mapping, collaborative whiteboarding and conducting searches.
  • A suite of public safety software applications including WAVETM to extend the bridge between radio and cellular networks to team members regardless of the devices they use. Deployable LTE infrastructure for continuous operations, including the LXN500 portable solution combined with mapping, messaging and video streaming maps to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.
  • Command centre solutions including CommandCentral Aware to integrate disparate data sources and CommandCentral Vault for end-to-end digital evidence management including body-worn video.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Awards Over $9 Million to Nearly 250 Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Grants support students, teachers, first responders and community members in more than 30 countries

CHICAGO – Nov. 6, 2017 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), today announced more than $9 million in grant funding to charitable and educational organizations around the world. The grants will impact 3.4 million students, teachers, first responders and community members, with a focus on women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

“As a technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know our responsibility to support and educate goes beyond the workplace,” said Matt Blakely, Motorola Solutions Foundation executive director. “We are proud to support the work of so many organizations, both through grants and employee volunteerism.”

This year, a review committee of nearly 300 employees helped choose the grant recipients – charitable and educational organizations in more than 30 countries that focus on public safety and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“By incorporating input from our global internal review committee, we were able to choose organizations that had a strategic connection to our company,” added Blakely. “We relied on our employees to tell us how the grants would impact the communities where they live and work.”

Examples of 2017 grant recipients include:

  • The National American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign, which will enable the installation of smoke alarms and batteries in at-risk neighborhoods in Illinois, Florida and California.
  • The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which will deliver a suicide prevention seminar for police officers and implement more effective suicide prevention practices in everyday law enforcement.
  • FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, which will provide approximately 2,000 students with hands-on opportunities to apply math and science concepts to design, build and test robots in the United States and four other countries around the world.
  • The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), which will provide educational programming focused on problem-solving and application of STEM skills for middle- and high school-students.
  • Search and Rescue Unit Foundation’s National Training Caravan - Advocacy Training Program, which will offer disaster relief education for local communities in the Philippines. Team leaders in every participating family will be trained to save their families in the event of a disaster
  • Penang Science Cluster (PSC) in Malaysia, which will support hands-on technology and engineering programming for students and teachers. Students in the program will learn design thinking and coding as they build prototypes to solve community issues.
  • Hands On Technology (HoT) in Central Europe, which will introduce robotics, coding and more to children ages nine to 16. In small teams, 7,000 students will program an autonomous robot in the global FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition.
  • Africa Fire Mission, which will help provide fire and safety training to local firefighters and community leaders to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of fire services in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
  • Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) in Jerusalem, Israel, which will engage Israeli and Palestinian high school students in computer science and social entrepreneurship. Students will design, pitch and implement innovative technological projects addressing local community needs.

Visit the Motorola Solutions Foundation website to see the full list of U.S. and international grant recipients.

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
 

  • Sales of $1.6 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago
  • Organic revenue1 growth of 5 percent; North America organic growth of 5 percent
  • Record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million, or 9 percent
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.25, up 11 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS 2 of $1.53, up 12 percent
  • Increasing quarterly dividend by 11 percent

CHICAGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
The company also today announced that its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly dividend by 11 percent to 52 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Jan. 12, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of businesson Dec. 15, 2017.
 
“Q3 was another outstanding quarter of revenue and earnings growth,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m particularly pleased with our record backlog position, demonstrating continued strength of our Land Mobile Radio (LMR) business.”
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q3 2017  Q3 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,645 $1,532 7%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $338 $341 (1)%
  % of Sales 20.5% 22.3%  
  EPS $1.25 $1.13 11%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $423 $396 7%
  % of Sales 25.7% 25.8%  
  EPS $1.53 $1.37 12%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $989 $920 8%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $253 $225 12%
  % of Sales 25.6% 24.5%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $287 $243 18%
  % of Sales 29.0% 26.4%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $656 $612 7%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $85 $116 (27)%
  % of Sales 13.0% 19.0%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $136 $153 (11)%
  % of Sales 20.7% 25.0%  

Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.28 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.
 
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue – Sales increased 7 percent overall from the year-ago quarter and grew 5 percent organically driven by the Americas region. Products segment sales grew 8 percent driven by the Americas and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regions. The Services segment grew 7 percent driven by the Americas, with global Managed & Support Services growth of 8 percent.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 20.5 percent of sales, compared with 22.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline reflects higher costs related to non-U.S. pension settlement losses and intangible amortization expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.7 percent of sales, compared with 25.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. 
  • Cash flow – The company generated $270 million in operating cash, a decrease of $78 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow3 was $185 million, down $95 million. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to higher working capital and higher capital expenses associated with the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and higher tax payments.
  • Capital Allocation – The company repurchased approximately $100 million of its common stock and paid approximately $76 million in cash dividends. Additionally, the company paid $205 million in cash associated with the acquisition of Kodiak Networks.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog was up 24 percent or $344 million, and Services was up 6 percent or $424 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Strategic wins
  • $79 million for a P25 system serving three counties in Oregon
  • $54 million for a P25 system in Memphis, Tenn.
  • $26 million for a 10-year Managed & Support Services contract for the City of Phoenix
  • $24 million for a P25 system in Burlington, N.J.
  • $10 million for a radio system expansion in Ecuador
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Introduced the PSX Application Suite providing push-to-talk, messaging and mapping applications designed specifically for public safety LTE users
  • Completed the acquisition of Kodiak Networks
  • Announced the LXN 500 ultra-portable standalone LTE network that can provide coverage and public safety applications in remote locations during emergencies
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
  • Fourth-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.00 to $2.05 per share.
  • Full-year 2017 – The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 5 percent versus the prior outlook of approximately 3 to 4 percent, and non-GAAP earnings per share now in the range of $5.35 to $5.40 versus the prior outlook of $5.20 to $5.30. This assumes current foreign exchange rates and approximately 169 million fully diluted shares.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Nov. 2. 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:
  Q3 2017 Q3 2016
Net sales $1,645 $1,532
Gross margin 794 762
Operating earnings 338 341
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

212

192
Diluted EPS $1.25 $1.13
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.0 169.6


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

(per diluted common share) Q3 2017
   
GAAP Earnings $1.25
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.07
Reorganization of business charges 0.04
Intangibles amortization expense 0.17
Non-U.S. pension settlement loss 0.11
Asset impairment 0.01
Tax benefit on U.S. capital loss  (0.13)
Reserve on unrecognized tax benefit 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.28
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.53

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.
 
Organic Revenue:  Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions which can obscure period to period comparisons.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
 
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.
 
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 fourth quarter and full year of 2017 and incremental revenues of Airwave. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on page 37 in item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2017 and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (6) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the impact of implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
1 Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters.
2 Q3 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.28 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
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Victoria Police officers gain real-time information on the beat

on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Smart mobile technology from Motorola Solutions delivers vital operational information to the field

  • New managed mobility service delivered to an initial 59 officers in the Werribee area
  • Transit and Protective Service Officers first to benefit from improved visibility and safety
  • AUD $50 million contract will deliver smart, mobile technology to at least 10,000 officers

Melbourne, Australia – Nov. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has commenced delivery of a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police, helping to increase situational awareness, safety and productivity on the front line.

Transit police and Protective Services Officers in the Werribee area of Melbourne’s outer western suburbs were the first to access the mobility service this month.

Motorola Solutions’ complete, end-to-end managed service will enable Victoria Police members to focus on core policing activities rather than managing the technology.

At least 10,000 personnel will receive iPad minis and iPhones loaded with a mobile application to give them a technological edge in their daily work to protect community safety.

This includes 24x7 monitoring and device management as well as device support, repair and replacement services.

The solution will ultimately help officers to save time by reducing manual administration tasks, freeing them up to spend more time policing in local communities.

The technology will enable police members to obtain operational information in the field immediately while helping to preserve its mission critical radio communications for when they are needed most.

The program also supports a major goal in Victoria Police’s BlueConnect program, “Connecting police and the community through technology.”

The holistic managed service contract will run for a minimum of five years with the potential to extend to 11 years and is valued at more than AUD $50 million.

The solution includes, a mobile application developed by Gridstone, the mobile application developer that Motorola Solutions acquired in 2016. Victoria Police now joins Queensland Police in rolling out a mobile application platform developed by Gridstone to its members.

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director Steve Crutchfield said the service meets the specific needs of Victoria Police and supports their plans for future innovation.

“Frontline officers will gain access to data when and where they need it most, helping them to manage their essential daily tasks with increased efficiency and safety,” Crutchfield said.

“The mobile application delivers critical information to officers for improved decision-making. For example, it can alert officers about potentially dangerous suspects. Eventually, the application will free up officers’ time, enabling them to complete administrive tasks in the field instead of back at the station,” he said.

The mobility service also lays a foundation for Victoria Police to add improved functionality and innovation over time.

“In today’s world, emergency services are dealing with more complex threats and higher community expectations,” Crutchfield said.

“Technology innovation can help to address these challenges and bring transformational benefits to public safety” he said.

Motorola Solutions Delivers 3.5 Millionth TETRA Radio Terminal

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Major milestone for worldwide digital radio implementation
  • 3.5 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal handed to German public safety organisations at Motorola Solutions’ TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin
  • Number of TETRA users will rise to 5 million by 2021 according to IHS Markit research

BERLIN, Germany – October 26, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced that it has shipped its 3.5 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal to public safety and commercial customers worldwide. To mark this important milestone, Christoph Thomas, MSSSI Vice president sales and country manager Motorola Solutions Germany handed over a specially designed TETRA digital radio terminal to Dr. Dieter Romann, president of the Presidium of the German Federal Police, at Motorola Solutions’ newly opened TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany. The equipment of all federal public safety organisations with digital radios and accessories from Motorola Solutions takes place based on a framework contract with the procurement office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior following a Europe-wide tender.

Motorola Solutions’ major milestone comes at a time when public safety organisations are under enormous burden. Threats are getting more complex, populations are growing, and budgets are under pressure. Customers need interoperable solutions for voice, data, multimedia and other applications that enable them to work faster, safer and more effectively.

“The delivery of the 3.5 millionth TETRA radio terminal reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical solutions to public safety and commercial organisations worldwide,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We will continue to invest in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based smart public safety solutions. As the TETRA market continues to evolve, driven by systems upgrades, innovations and new requirements from front line professionals we will continue to enable our customers to work safer, smarter and in the most extreme environments.”

According to IHS Markit research, the number of TETRA users will rise to 5 million by 2021. This trend underlines that there is a strong demand for innovations and next-generation TETRA communication solutions to drive safer cities and communities. The demand is mostly generated out of EMEA which is responsible for 70 percent of the global market. Europe alone receives 50 percent of the worldwide TETRA shipments.

“At IHS we feel positive about the TETRA market,” said Thomas Lynch, director for Safe Cities, Critical Communications and Security Research at IHS Markit. “We see TETRA as a complementary technology for LTE/broadband technologies, which are growing in popularity. We expect the market to continue to grow as organisations look to move to digital also because TETRA is a proven mission-critical technology, trusted by governments and public safety organisations throughout the world.”

The new Motorola Solutions MTP6650 TETRA portable radio is an example of how TETRA is helping public safety agencies address today’s market demands and of Motorola Solutions’ continual investment in TETRA. The radio offers enhanced coverage, location services and Bluetooth® 4.1 ensuring public safety professionals can take advantage of wireless devices such as wireless push-to-talk (PTT) buttons or sensors such as a heart rate monitors to improve safety on the frontline. Support for Global Navigation Satellite Systems ensures users can take advantage of the latest location-based services. When combined with the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone, officers can also take advantage of new body-worn video camera and digital evidence management solutions.

Motorola Solutions Redefining Public Safety Radio and Broadband Communications

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New mission-critical software-based solutions for first responders using LMR and broadband networks being showcased at police chiefs conference

CHICAGO – Oct. 23, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is introducing new integrated software-based communication solutions built specifically for the needs of police and first responders. From the field to the command center, these technologies combine the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) systems and public safety broadband.

“Motorola Solutions’ LMR systems are built with multiple layers of resiliency and are trusted by first responders day-to-day and during disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, when instant communication is essential to help people in life-and-death situations,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Product & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “We are introducing new solutions and future concepts that use ASTRO 25 for mission-critical voice communications and public safety broadband to share data for actionable intelligence. Together, these technologies provide a powerful combination of solutions to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect.”

Motorola Solutions will showcase this technology Oct. 23-24 in booth #3037 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2017, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

NEW AT IACP

Responder Alert: Automated LMR and broadband notifications when a situation turns critical

When every second counts, police officers need to keep their eyes up and hands free for fast response in any situation. With Motorola Solutions Responder Alert, a series of actions and notifications are automated to keep officers focused on the mission at hand.

Motorola Solutions teamed up with providers of public safety equipment to integrate Responder Alert into products police officers use every day. For example, when an officer pulls his gun out of his holster, Responder Alert will immediately notify command and can automatically turn on the officer’s Motorola Solutions Si500 body-worn camera to begin recording events. Working with Safariland, a leading provider of holsters to law enforcement, helps ensure that Responder Alert technology is fully integrated into an agency’s operations from day one, without the need to retrofit or test new holsters.

Using sensors from Yardarm Technologies integrated in the officer’s weapon, Responder Alert can detect if a gun is fired and immediately notify command. This not only helps maximize officer safety, it can also be critical in establishing a timeline of events for the post-incident investigation.

Alerts are communicated automatically on an ASTRO 25 LMR system using Motorola Solutions APXTM two-way radios or on broadband networks when using Motorola Solutions LTE devices such as the LEX F10, certified for FirstNet. The FirstNet network will be a U.S. nationwide, interoperable broadband network dedicated to first responders when they need it. Working with AT&T, Motorola Solutions is helping deliver the broadband devices and solutions that public safety needs.

Using Motorola Solutions' CommandCentral Inform software for aggregated location-based data, agency commanders see events on their computer screens as they populate a timeline that includes real-time location information.

CommunityConnect: Mobile application for non-emergency community engagement

Motorola Solutions will be showcasing enhanced community engagement capabilities designed to streamline calls for service, improve crime intelligence and help agencies stay better connected with their residents.

A new mobile app, CommunityConnect, is the next evolution of engagement tools used by citizens to send non-emergency incident reports and easily track their status. They can also anonymously report all types of crimes and submit multimedia evidence such as videos and pictures. Additionally, public safety agencies can broadcast alerts to keep residents informed of emergency situations in the local area and proactively share local crime data on a map enabled by CrimeReports.

All data captured through CommunityConnect can be easily stored using CommandCentral Vault evidence management for historical reference.

FUTURE CONCEPTS HANDS-ON DEMOS

Future Incident Command: Holographic mixed-reality concept demo

Motorola Solutions is showcasing a future incident command concept demonstration that uses mixed reality for a multi-dimensional view of events as they unfold for a SWAT team. An augmented-reality headset will provide a birds-eye view into the role of an incident commander who is coordinating a tactical response away from the incident.

Drones at the scene provide videos and a holistic view of buildings. A holographic 3-D model can be viewed from any direction, similar to a physical object located on a table right in front of the commander. The location of first responders and other people at the scene is quickly seen on live diagrams and via video feeds.

In this demonstration, first responders communicate using a dedicated LMR system and real-time data is shared through a secure broadband network. Commanders see events as they unfold. They have the situational awareness needed to make the right decisions that can be quickly communicated with first responders in the field.

PSX App Suite: Mass alert notification concept demo

Motorola Solutions PSX App Suite operates seamlessly with both LMR and broadband networks, and provides a streamlined experience to help officers stay focused on the environment around them. It is an ecosystem of interoperable applications built for the needs of first responders and includes push-to-talk (PTT), messaging and mapping apps.

Demonstrating the flexible nature of PSX apps, Motorola Solutions will show a new concept demo that integrates BlueLine Grid’s mass notification alert technology for crisis communications between people and organizations. It provides simplified communications during major incidents, eliminating the need to manually contact command staff and responders one-by-one. Large-scale emergency teams can be formed instantly for fast incident response.

BlueLine Grid is a Motorola Solutions Venture Capital company.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Third-Quarter 2017 Earnings Results on Nov. 2

on Sunday, 22 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Oct. 20, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its third-quarter earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDTon Nov. 2. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

MOTOTRBO 10th Anniversary in Full Swing at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions celebrates a decade of digital business communications
  • MOTOTRBO platform powers up voice communications at international golf event
  • The latest SL2M, a sleek addition to the lineup, is joined by a new repeater and software to improve MOTOTRBO performance

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Oct. 11, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) celebrates the 10th year milestone of its MOTOTRBO™ digital radio portfolio at the CIMB Classic golf tournament, where a fleet of digital two-way radios is deployed to coordinate the 4-day golf championship 12-15 October 2017. The CIMB Classic, which is celebrating its eighth edition this year, is the only PGA TOUR tournament that is staged in Southeast Asia.

For the past decade, thousands of businesses looking for reliable and cost-effective digital radio systems have chosen the MOTOTRBO platform to better connect employees. In Malaysia, Motorola Solutions’ communications solutions are being deployed across all industries ranging from transport and manufacturing to oil and gas, hospitality and retail.

“This year, we are extremely honoured to have our digital two-way radios selected to connect operations staff and ensure the smooth running of the CIMB Classic golf tournament. At Motorola Solutions, we have a deep understanding of the importance of crisp and clear communications at large-scale events,” says Mike O’Connor, Vice President, Radio Channel Sales, Asia Pacific, Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions has been regularly investing in innovation resources at global R&D centres including Penang, to enhance the features of the digital mobile radio portfolio and improve daily operations within enterprises and organisations.

This has enabled Motorola Solutions to deliver continued improvements to the Next Generation MOTOTRBO portfolio launched in 2016, such as indoor location-tracking, longer battery life, Wi-Fi as well as integration of WAVE™ 5000 Work Group Communications software and Capacity Max digital trunking solution. Earlier enhancements include Bluetooth, job-ticketing, dispatch applications, text messaging and longer talk times.

The latest MOTOTRBO offering, the SL2M portable radio blends sophistication with a discreet, slim design that’s ideal for work in professional settings. With a virtual keypad and display, the lightweight SL2M makes it easy to navigate between functions and toggle between voice and data.

The new SLR 1000 low-power repeater also offers an ultra-flexible way to power MOTOTRBO radio networks by extending their range in a compact design. Built for indoor or outdoor settings, the repeater is easy to install and can scale up along with a company’s growing needs.

The latest MOTOTRBO software enables WAVE Work Group Communications software to link employees using push to talk services on MOTOTRBO radios with colleagues at desktop machines, mobile phones, tablets or any other communication device. WAVE-enabled communications let businesses get ahead of shop floor or management problems and keep key personnel in constant contact when needed.

As the founding member of the Digital Mobile Radio Association (DMRA), Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO platform also features one of the industry’s largest application developer programmes with a wide variety of software applications.

Motorola Solutions Expands Software Innovation with New Software Development and Deployment Leaders

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Leaders bring decades of experience in software development at scale

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced two new leaders in the company’s Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

Alam Ali, vice president, records and evidence systems, joins the company from Tersai Corporation, a startup building a self-serve display ad marketplace for small and mid-sized advertisers. Iain McDonald, vice president, software deployment and integration, comes from Microsoft. Ali and McDonald are based in Motorola Solutions’ Seattle software design center.

“Both Alam and Iain bring decades of experience in software development and deployment at scale,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions Software Enterprise. “As we continue to grow our portfolio and become a leader in software and services, they add important new dimensions of software leadership to our organization.”

Ali will lead a team focused on the data that serves as the foundation of the company’s software solutions. This includes Motorola Solutions’ digital evidence management solution consisting of the Si500 body-worn camera and CommandCentral Vault for cloud-based digital storage.

Ali brings experience in large-scale software systems development, data analytics platforms, search engine technologies and machine learning. Before his role at Tersai Corporation, Ali helped lead the transformation of Time’s media assets from print to digital, and he oversaw engineering for the company’s digital, print editorial and publisher systems.

Iain McDonald will lead deployment services and customer success for all products in Motorola Solutions’ software portfolio, and he will build an organization focused on transitioning customers to the cloud.

McDonald has a proven track record of leading large-scale software projects. He joins the company from Microsoft, where he spent significant time on Windows, Skype and Exchange Server, holding leadership roles in engineering, program management, project management and business operations.

Sinclair added, “Given Motorola Solutions’ broad footprint of customers around the globe, it’s natural that we would structure our teams, including those led by Alam and Iain, around how customers buy our products. As we expand our LMR leadership with solutions that help first responders seamlessly bridge LMR and LTE technologies, it’s critical that we have the leadership and structure we need to create state-of-the-art software and services to address our customers’ toughest problems.”

Motorola Solutions Brings Together Spillman Public Safety Software Users

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 900 customers from 370 U.S. public safety agencies attend Spillman user conference

PARK CITY, Utah – Sep. 20, 2017 – More than 900 attendees from 370 U.S. public safety agencies have gathered for Summit 2017, the annual user conference for Spillman, a Motorola Solutions company. Summit 2017 focuses on Flex, which provides records management software (RMS), computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and jail management, as well as advanced search, reporting, mapping and analytics capabilities, to U.S. public safety agencies.

Acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2016, Spillman specializes in integrated on-premises and cloud software solutions. It is now part of Motorola Solutions’ growing Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

“Flex gives U.S. public safety agencies a customizable, on-premises solution for CAD and RMS,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We are committed to Spillman Flex, which is a critical part of the integrated software suite we are building for public safety users. Flex will help us streamline the emergency response workflow and create meaningful integration between systems, including land mobile radio networks and 911 call-taking solutions.”

Sinclair and other leaders will discuss software strategy and product enhancements with Spillman Flex customers at this week's conference. The event focuses on networking, educational opportunities, hands-on workshops and previews of new software innovations. Attendees will choose from more than 100 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in 11 different tracks, including more than 30 new classes on subjects from body-worn cameras and NG9-1-1 to CJIS policy and community policing. Guest presenters include key industry partners as well as user-taught best practices courses that share how other Flex customers have optimized their systems.

“We attend this conference every year because of the networking with other seasoned users and classes for new product offerings,” said Tom Wassack, application development manager for Randolph County, North Carolina, public safety, who has attended the conference for 23 years. “Those are key values I can take back to my agency.”

Radical Systems wins Motorola Solutions 2017 New South Wales hackathon

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Northern Territory developer impresses with secure communications solution

Sydney, Australia – Sept. 20, 2017 – Radical Systems has won the 2017 Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) public safety hackathon.

The Darwin-based business systems developer won the fast-paced, 48-hour challenge with a solution designed to capture vital data for emergency services while maintaining the integrity of highly secure and covert communications.

The solution is designed to provide better connectivity and communications for public safety organisations, enabling improved decision making and response to major events such as bushfires. The application would also enable system users to capture vital data on their devices when they are not connected to the network.

Radical Systems incorporated the use of Motorola Solutions’ convergence suite of software in its solution design, enabling radio network access to be securely extended to users of smartphones and other devices.

The Northern Territory technology developer was awarded $30,000 in prizes through the competition, including AUD $15,000 in cash and credits with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to further develop its solution in the cloud. Second place went to a combined team from Mastercom and Battlerz which were awarded a combined AUD $10,000 in cash and AWS credits.

Other competing developers included DiUS, Motorola Solutions, Gridstone and a team of New South Wales university students studying engineering.

The hackathon was supported by public safety agencies including NSW Telco Authority, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service. Agencies provided challenge statements based on real operational problems faced by their frontline personnel every day.

Applying the principles of agile development, application developers worked to resolve the challenge statements by developing smart applications in a pressure-cooker environment.

The event highlighted how mobile broadband innovation could be applied to improve situational awareness and collaboration for Australia’s public safety organisations while opening up new possibilities for developers.

“This experience taught us a lot about what emergency services personnel face in their daily work,” said Iain Buchanan, senior developer with Radical Systems.

“This really stretched our thinking in terms of solutions design and forced us to consider how technology could be applied to improve safety and productivity within their environments,”

All intellectual property developed during the hackathon belongs to the competing developers, giving them the flexibility to complete their applications either on their own or with support from Motorola Solutions.​

“This win will stimulate further growth for business and we plan to expand our solution – possibly by incorporating video streaming and image sharing – to create an even more valuable product for our customers,” explained Adam Whitehead, Radical Systems’ technology director.

Motorola Solutions’ vice president of cloud infrastructure, Tom Guthrie, said his company would continue to invest in hackathons and the growing number of services available within the cloud to deliver innovation to emergency services and enterprise organisations.

“Hackathons and the rapidly-growing, common tool sets available within the cloud make a powerful combination,” Guthrie said.

“Used together, they provide a new way for us to work, share our ideas, iterate and learn from each other. This kind of collaboration is essential to developing much-needed technologies to support public safety and enterprise organisations into the future,” Guthrie said.

Planning for Motorola Solutions’ next hackathon, in Melbourne in mid-2018, is now underway.

For further information email Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand marketing director, Kym Little: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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