Keeping Miners Safe


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Nestled in the heart of the Bushveld Complex, near Rustenburg in northern South Africa, the Impala Platinum mine produces approximately one million ounces of platinum each year.

Impala Platinum had used an analogue radio system for communications between its teams. But, with some of its shafts plunging to 1,000 metres, the radio signal was unreliable at best and, at times, non-existent. Also, the radios were susceptible to failure caused by moisture and dust.

The mine will sustain current production levels for at least another three decades: its 14 existing shafts are being expanded and construction has begun on three new deep-level shafts. So with its sights set on long-term expansion, Impala Platinum needed an advanced and scalable communications network to ensure the ongoing productivity of its operations and the continued safety of its miners.


Impala Platinum
South Africa

Lazer Buwa Motorola Solutions’ products
l 6 DM 3600 base stations
l 83 DP3600 Portable radios
l 4 DR 3000 Repeaters
(8 x Talkpaths )
l TurboNet software application

Lazer Buwa, specialists in two-way communications technologies, provided the answer. It installed a MOTOTRBO professional digital two-way radio network, linked to an underground leaky feeder system. It’s providing higher capacity for calls and flawless voice and data communications between the shafts and the surface to keep users safe and improve incident response.

“We are delighted with the MOTOTRBO digital radio network installed by Lazer Buwa. Safety is our number one concern here and, with the connection to the leaky feeder system, we have the assurance of continuous and excellent quality audio between our teams above and below ground. In the past when alarms were sounded, we had to send people down to understand the nature of the issue and where it was occurring. With the radios providing reliable communication, we can now instantly locate the problem to send help if needed much faster and reduce downtime from an average of 2.5 hours to 30 minutes per incident.”

Raymond Payne, Electrical Foreman, Impala Platinum

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Impala Platinum operates over an area of 260 square kilometres. Its 14 shafts reach depths of up to 1,000 metres.

Conditions underground are demanding for communications networks and equipment. Impala Platinum had used an analogue network, but the signal below ground was notoriously unreliable and calls were barely audible against substantial background noise. Also, the radios were constantly being corroded by heat, dust and moisture and needed to be replaced frequently. With communications critical to ensuring the efficiency of operations and coordinating response in the event of emergencies, a new communications solution was needed.


Impala Platinum has a long-standing relationship with Motorola Solutions and approached the company – along with its partner Lazer Buwa– to recommend a new communications system. A comprehensive solution was presented, comprising an above-ground digital MOTOTRBO network linked to a below-ground leaky feeder system. With the promise of continuously available and clear communications, Impala Platinum went ahead with the network deployment.

The MOTOTRBO network spans 14 base stations linked to 4 repeaters below ground. Miners use 55 DP3400 and DP3600 MOTOTRBO portable two-way digital radios with TRBOnet/Windows 7-based software applications. The radios are IP57 compliant to resist dust and moisture and withstand the drops and knocks associated with use in a heavy industrial environment. A leaky feeder system (a long coaxial cable acting as an antenna) was installed underground to connect the radios and the repeaters. The repeaters send the frequency through the cable and the signal is amplified.

A MOTOTRBO Digital Telephone Interconnect solution was also installed to enable personnel to use their handsets to make and receive phone calls to/from phones. In addition, an SMS system is being set up. This will allow management to send instructions or job specs from their computers directly to workers’ radios. When miners mark these tasks as complete on their devices, the information will be instantly relayed to the control room. The mine is also planning to use the system to implement lone worker applications and personnel tracking to enhance the safety of teams.


MOTOTRBO’s TDMA technology doubles capacity from one to two talk paths per channel; with one channel per repeater and four repeaters installed in each shaft, Impala Platinum now has eight talk channels per shaft. Plus, the capacity increase has allowed the mine to designate one talk channel exclusively for emergency use to better safeguard the workforce. And if they need to make an emergency call, miners know their radios will work: in 18 months the mine has yet to see a single radio break.

The new system is improving efficiency. The handsets’ noise cancellation capability has substantially improved audio quality and voice clarity so information and job specs can be passed on to miners quickly with no risk of misunderstanding. Furthermore, control room staff can send job specs to a large group of workers at once using the SMS function, thereby reducing the time spent making individual calls.

Cost savings are being achieved too. For a set fee, Impala Platinum has an exchange contract in place with Motorola Solutions to replace faulty or damaged devices so removing the risk of rising costs relating to device management. Costs are also falling compared to the old analogue devices due to improved reliability and the fact that incidents are resolved faster to cut downtime.

  • Underground network coverage: MOTOTRBO with leaky feeder system provides clear signal to a depth of 1,000 metres
  • Voice services: Two talk paths per radio channel; designated emergency talk path; separate telephone patch
  • Data services: SMS for quick exchange of information between teams
  • Rugged devices: Handsets are IP57 compliant to withstand dust and moisture
  • Support contract: A Motorola Solutions Platinum support contract is in place to replace any faulty damaged devices next day
  • Doubled system capacity: Two talk paths per channel doubles the old analogue system’s capacity
  • Alleviation of traffic on talk channels: SMS and a telephone patch offer alternative modes of communication
  • Improved call quality: Noise cancellation on handsets improves voice clarity
  • Increased productivity: SMS function relays job specs to groups of miners simultaneously, eliminating the need to make individual calls
  • Reduced downtime: Damaged devices are instantly replaced so no miner is ever out of action

Motorola Solutions to Acquire Psion Plc.

Motorola Solutions to Acquire Psion Plc. for $200 Million in Cash

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and LONDON – June 15, 2012 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) ("Motorola Solutions") and Psion Plc. (LN: PON) ("Psion") today announced that they have agreed on the terms of a recommended offer by Motorola Solutions for all Psion shares for 88 pence (US $1.36) in cash per Psion share. It is intended that the acquisition will be effected by way of a recommended cash offer.

Psion has been a pioneer in ruggedized mobile computing products and their application in industrial segments around the world. With headquarters in London and a major operational presence near Toronto, Canada, Psion has been a leader in mobile computing solutions since 1980. Psion has approximately 830 employees, customers in more than 50 countries and delivered 2011 revenues of £176 million (approximately US $273 million).

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, said: “Psion is a compelling opportunity to strengthen our industry-leading, mobile-computing portfolio with ruggedized handheld products and vehicle-mount terminals that will deepen our presence in the global markets in which we compete.”

John Hawkins, chairman of Psion, said: "The Psion directors are pleased to unanimously recommend this offer by Motorola Solutions at a price which offers a significant cash premium to both the current and recent market prices. Psion continues to successfully deliver on its strategy of introducing exciting new products while strictly managing the cost base. The offer by Motorola Solutions provides Psion's shareholders with certainty in an environment where certainty is in short supply."

Under the terms of the acquisition, Psion shareholders will receive 88 pence (US $1.36) in cash for each Psion share through a recommended cash offer, valuing Psion's issued ordinary share capital at approximately £129 million (US $200 million). The consideration represents a premium of approximately 45 percent to the closing price of 60.5 pence per Psion share on June 14, 2012, the last trading day prior to this announcement and a premium of approximately 66 percent to the six-month average price of 52.9 pence per Psion share prior to June 15, 2012. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Motorola Solutions expects to realize cost and revenue synergies resulting in margin expansion opportunities and expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings per share on a non-U.S. GAAP basis in the first full year following completion and on a U.S. GAAP basis in the second full year following completion.

Organization and Management

Upon completion of the acquisition, Motorola Solutions will combine Psion within Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Mobile Computing (EMC) business, reporting to Girish Rishi, corporate vice president, EMC.

Terms and Approvals

Full details of the offer are contained in an announcement made today in the United Kingdom under Rule 2.7 of the U.K. Takeover Code. Each Psion director intends to recommend Psion shareholders to accept the offer, as each Psion director who holds Psion shares has irrevocably undertaken to Motorola Solutions to do so in relation to Psion shares in which he holds a beneficial interest, amounting to, in aggregate, 153,929 Psion shares and representing, in aggregate, 0.11 percent of Psion's issued share capital.

Motorola Solutions has acquired from certain Psion shareholders, in aggregate, 14,077,244 Psion shares (representing, in aggregate, approximately 9.999 percent of Psion's issued share capital).

Motorola Solutions also has received irrevocable commitments from certain Psion shareholders to accept the offer in respect of, in aggregate, 23,766,467 Psion shares (representing approximately 16.88 percent of Psion's issued share capital). These irrevocable commitments are subject to certain conditions, further details of which are described in the Rule 2.7 announcement.

In connection with today's announcement, Motorola Solutions is expected to make the recommended cash offer for all Psion shares within 28 calendar days. The transaction is conditional upon the tender of 90 percent of Psion shares, regulatory approval and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.


Goldman Sachs is serving as Motorola Solutions' financial adviser and Clifford Chance is serving as Motorola Solutions' legal counsel in relation to the transaction. Canaccord Genuity Hawkpoint Limited is serving as financial adviser to Psion and Slaughter and May is serving as legal counsel to Psion in relation to the transaction.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, including information included or incorporated by reference in this press release, may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities laws concerning each of Motorola Solutions and Psion. In respect of Motorola Solutions, these forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbour provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Generally, the words "will", "may", "should", "continue", "believes", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "estimates" or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by Motorola Solutions and/or Psion in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors they believe appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by them. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond the companies' abilities to control or estimate precisely, and include, but are not limited to: (1) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing, including (a) receipt of regulatory approvals, and (b) receipt of the requisite number of acceptances by Psion shareholders; (2) the expected timeline for completing the transaction; (3) Motorola Solutions' ability to integrate Psion with its Enterprise Mobility Computing business in an efficient and effective manner; (4) Motorola Solutions' ability to achieve expected cost savings associated with the transaction; (5) the impact on Motorola Solutions' performance and financial results deriving from the perceived benefits of the transaction; and (6) current economic conditions, particularly in Europe, where Psion has a significant amount of sales, as well as future market conditions and the behaviours of other market participants. Therefore undue reliance should not be placed on such statements which speak only as at the date of this press release and do not represent the views of Motorola Solutions or Psion as of any subsequent date. A detailed description of other risks and uncertainties affecting Motorola Solutions is contained in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions' 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These filings are available for free on the SEC's website at and on Motorola Solutions' website at Neither Motorola Solutions nor Psion assume any obligation to, and do not intend to, update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required pursuant to applicable law.

Nothing in this press release is intended, or is to be construed, as a profit forecast or to be interpreted to mean that earnings per Psion share or Motorola Solutions share for the current or future financial years, or those of the combined group, will necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per Psion share or Motorola Solutions share.

About Psion

Psion is one of the pioneers of quality mobile handheld computers and their application in industrial segments around the world. Psion has been an innovator in mobile computing since 1980 with the invention of the PDA. Teklogix, founded in 1967 and acquired by Psion in 2000, began development of rugged, wireless products in the early 80s. Today Psion helps its global customers solve their business problems through rugged mobile communications technology and applications.

Psion's core business is the design, manufacture, supply and service of rugged, handheld and vehicle-mounted devices designed to improve business efficiency and productivity for leading enterprises around the world.

Through its open innovation business model, Psion has the ability to work directly with its customers and partners to co-create new variants of its mobile hardware, software and service that meet the specific needs of the marketplace.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit For ongoing news, please visit our media center or subscribe to our news feed.

Motorola Solutions Gains System Acceptance

Motorola Solutions Gains System Acceptance by Virginia's Loudoun County for Project 25 Digital Radio System Upgrade

National Capital Region system includes first large-scale deployment of APX™ 7000 multi-band radios for fire and EMS

Schaumburg, Ill. – Sept. 30, 2010 – Virginia’s Loudoun County today announced that it has formally accepted its nine site, 11 channel ASTRO® 25 digital radio system from the Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). The system, which was installed by Motorola and operational in less than 12 months from contract signing, also marks the first large-scale deployment of APX™ 7000 multi-band portable radios for fire and EMS.

The upgraded countywide system provides improved in-building interoperable digital communications among all towns in Loudoun County. It also gives public safety agencies in the county the continued ability to communicate with surrounding counties in the National Capital Region, allowing for mutual aid capabilities on a single platform. The state-of-the-art system also includes high performance data capabilities and TDMA technology for greater frequency capacity. A second phase of the Motorola deployment will include the addition of Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 TDMA technology, expected in 2012.

“There was tremendous teamwork and cooperation between Loudoun County staff and Motorola to meet the challenging timeline for completion and installation of this major communications system upgrade to replace our aging equipment,” said Interim Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and EMS. “We are excited to have the upgraded voice and high-speed data capabilities provided by this latest Motorola ASTRO 25 technology that will keep us completely connected with other agencies within and surrounding the National Capital Region.”

The upgrade also included the replacement of a microwave system in less than two months, the replacement of a low-band paging system and the addition of 1,300 Motorola APX 7000 portable two way radios with integrated GPS. As the industry’s first P25 multi-band (700/800 MHz and VHF) family of subscriber radios, the APX communicates with P25 FDMA systems and future P25 Phase 2 TDMA systems.

“The APX 7000 radio is a tremendous addition to the communications capabilities of our law enforcement operations,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson. “The superior sound quality and loud audio of this dual-sided portable radio are a major benefit for mission critical communications. We will also benefit from the ASTRO 25 radio system’s increased in-building coverage, which is also critical in law enforcement communications.”

Supporting future data applications as they become available (e.g. biometric sensors), APX is geared for first responders with an eye on the future. The backwards and forwards compatible radio works on all P25 radio systems like ASTRO 25 plus SMARTNET™ and SmartZone™ analog systems and will continue to work as the system upgrades to the new P25 Phase 2 TDMA technology in 2012.

“Loudoun County has taken a major step forward with the implementation of the highly sophisticated ASTRO 25 radio system and the deployment of APX 7000 portable radios,” said Jackie Wasni, territory vice president, Motorola Solutions. “Motorola is committed to providing agencies like Loudoun County the latest in P25 interoperable mission critical communications, including P25 Phase 2 TDMA. We applaud Loudoun County for its technological leadership and look forward to continuing to provide the county with mission critical solutions to enhance interoperability for first responders throughout the National Capital Region.”

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit

Motorola Solutions Redefines Enterprise Communications with World’s Thinnest and Lightest Digital Radio in its Class

Taipei, Taiwan – 23 May 2012 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) unveiled the SL Series portable radio as the latest addition to its MOTOTRBO™ professional digital communications portfolio.

MOTOTRBO™ digital two-way radios deliver exceptional voice quality, extended battery life, and come with a rich set of features that are designed for increased productivity and enhanced worker safety. MOTOTRBO is ideal for organisations that need a customisable, business-critical communication solution as it is backed by the industry's largest application developer program aimed to nurture application development for radios across industries.

The SL Series is the world's thinnest, lightest Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) portable, designed to meet the communication needs of business users and executives in industries such as hospitality, services, security and airlines. The radio's slim design and unique features enhance the level of professionalism and discretion so users can provide superior customer service and faster response times.

Key Facts

  • The SL Series has a rugged, high-resolution color display with a built-in photo sensor that automatically detects ambient lighting and adjusts the display brightness for optimal viewing in all lighting conditions.
  • The radio has Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts the radio's volume to fit background noise so users will not miss calls in a high-noise environment or disturb others in quiet areas.
  • Integrated Bluetooth® audio allows users to connect Bluetooth audio accessories without an external adaptor. Motorola offers exclusive operations critical wireless earpieces specifically designed for two-way radio users, allowing employees more mobility and to converse discreetly. The radio also supports Bluetooth data connectivity to wirelessly transfer data between the radio and other devices such as barcode scanners, mobile computers or mobile printers.
  • The radio delivers loud and clear audio with voice announcement for confirmation of channels, zones and programmable buttons. The SL Series offers three programmable option buttons that allow up to nine favorite features to be programmed for easy access.
  • The SL Series supports the industry's largest portfolio of data applications, such as work order ticket management, e-mail, dispatch, network monitoring and telephone interconnect.
  • The radio also offers vibrate alert, covert mode and an integrated antenna design that optimises range performance – all of which are designed for ease of use and discreet communication.
  • For even more discretion and flexible communications, the SL Series includes a comprehensive portfolio of earpieces, single-unit and multi-unit chargers, and a flexible wrist strap or swivel belt clip carry holder for enhanced portability.


Phyllis Lin, Area Sales Director, Radio Channels – South & East Asia, Government & Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Solutions "Motorola Solutions' customers in many markets, including management and customer-facing staff, wanted a lightweight and compact radio – one that can easily be worn under a jacket for discreet use while it looks good and is easy to use. They wanted a large, simple-to-read display to help improve texting and access to applications such as work-order ticket management. We designed the SL Series to meet these needs and help customers collaborate and communicate more efficiently."

Bruce Claxton, senior director, Innovation and Design, Motorola Solutions "We are taking the MOTOTRBO platform to the next level with the SL Series – our smallest, thinnest-ever digital two-way radio – a product ideal for those users who value small size and discretion. Creating revolutionary and innovative products is a priority for Motorola Solutions. Through intensive user research, we listened to our customers’ needs and came up with a truly game-changing device with the SL Series."