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Motorola Solutions Sets the Record Straight on Recent Court Rulings Against Serial Infringer Hytera

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

U.S. International Trade Commission Found Hytera Infringed ALL Four Motorola Solutions Patents at Issue; Issued Exclusion and Cease-and-Desist Orders

Regional Court of Düsseldorf Determined Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH Infringed Motorola Solutions Patent at Issue; Issued Two Injunctions and Held Hytera Liable for Damages

Hytera Admits Any Redesigned Products it May Offer in the Future Will Not Include Key Features Protected by Motorola Solutions’ Patents

Motorola Urges Hytera to Provide Open Communications with Customers and Dealers Regarding the ITC’s Orders

CHICAGO – November 29, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today set the record straight regarding the misleading statements put forth by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”) of Shenzhen, China.

“The numerous court rulings across the globe have confirmed that Hytera is a serial infringer of Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Moreover, it has been reported in a recent interview that Hytera admitted that its new i-Series will lack important features available on Motorola Solutions’ devices. While Hytera has stated that the features are ‘minor,’ we believe Hytera is deliberately misleading its own customers and distributors as our patented technologies provide important benefits that vastly improve performance. Any products without those features, including Hytera’s supposed new ‘i-Series,’ will be severely limited in functionality. In addition, Hytera’s contention that its ‘i-Series’ has been broadly cleared by the ITC is not supported by the ITC’s public materials.”

Mr. Hacker continued, “Hytera has been fighting hard in court to keep as much as possible of the ITC’s rulings redacted and secret, and we urge Hytera to permit the rulings to be made public. Dealers and customers deserve the right to make informed decisions about the risks they run in purchasing products lacking the critical functionalities covered by Motorola’s patents, and in doing business with a company that has engaged in intentional copying, infringement and misappropriation.”

As previously announced:

  • On Nov. 16, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera products infringe all four Motorola Solutions U.S. patents, and issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for three of those patents. As a result, following the conclusion of the Presidential review period (Jan. 15, 2019), Hytera will be prohibited from importing infringing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. The ITC’s Final Determination also affirmed the Initial Determination previously issued by Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara, which found Hytera to be an intentional infringer and copyist of Motorola’s patented technologies. This decision was supported by evidence showing that certain former Motorola employees took thousands of proprietary documents and source code from Motorola when joining Hytera and later invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating themselves.
  • On Nov. 20, 2018, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf determined that Hytera’s two-way Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) subscriber radios are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. As a result, the Regional Court granted two injunctions against Hytera, preventing the company from offering the patented method in Germany, and from offering and delivering products capable of performing the patented method in Germany.

Significantly, Hytera appears to be largely avoiding questions about how its products will be functionally impacted by the ITC’s order if the infringing features are removed. That impact is significant: the infringed patents cover key innovative technologies widely used in Hytera’s DMR two-way radios and repeaters, including:

  • Motorola Solutions’ Fast Scan technology, used by nearly every Hytera subscriber when scanning channels in repeater mode, which enables a subscriber radio to more quickly scan through a list of radio frequency channels quickly to find important transmissions. Without this technology, critical messages may be partially or even completely missed;
  • Motorola Solutions’ Rapid Re-key technology, used by every Hytera repeater and every subscriber that operates in repeater mode, which provides the ability for messages to be repeated even after a repeater goes to sleep to preserve spectrum. This prevents the need for the retransmission of communications and helps keep important messages from being missed; and
  • Motorola Solutions’ TDMA Direct Mode Pseudo Trunking technology, which increases the number of calls that can take place and significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to set up a new call. In fact, Hytera publicly conceded in litigation in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf that without the functionality provided by our patents, products using that feature will take up to twice as long to find a free timeslot for communication in direct mode.

Hytera’s statements to the public are very different than those made by Hytera and its dealers to the ITC, where it confirmed the importance of the technologies Hytera says it will remove from its products. Hytera’s dealers urged the International Trade Commission not to issue the order it did, stating that “[i]f the recommended order is entered, our customers’ effectiveness in providing services essential to public health, safety, and welfare will be put at great risk.” Hytera’s customers also described how the ITC’s exclusion order would impact their use of Hytera’s products, indicating that if the ITC excluded Hytera’s products with the infringing technologies, that decision would impact Hytera’s products significantly, and noting that “our people and the public cannot afford delays caused by communication interruptions or failures. Seconds matter if we are to protect the public and save lives.”

Consistent with Hytera’s and its customers’ statements to the International Trade Commission, Hytera’s recent product announcements regarding its new i-Series are conspicuously silent as to whether those new products will deliver equivalent functionality to Motorola Solutions’ products. In addition to reportedly lacking key technologies and features, Motorola Solutions notes that it has been unable to locate any i-Series products in use or available for purchase anywhere around the world. As soon as any such newly released products become available, Motorola Solutions will promptly evaluate them to determine if they contain technologies subject to the International Trade Commission’s orders or Motorola’s patent portfolio.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Augmenting Public Safety Capabilities with Artificial Intelligence

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Real-time artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge – based on intelligent cameras
  • Digital transformation of policing – with body-worn video solutions and powerful analytics
  • Integrated TETRA and LTE broadband solutions – the best of both worlds Live demos at the Motorola Solutions booth D12, PMRExpo 2018, Germany, Nov. 27-29

COLOGNE, Germany – November 26, 2018 – Every day, governments, businesses and individuals rely on effortless and reliable communications. They call it their lifeline. In the extreme moments and the day-to-day, communication plays an increasingly critical role in protecting and connecting the world. From mission-critical services and command centre software through to secure and reliable land mobile radio solutions, Motorola Solutions technology can help to advance the communications lifelines so businesses run smoothly and cities stay safe.

At PMRExpo 2018 (Cologne, Germany, November 27-29, booth D12), Motorola Solutions will unveil mission-critical solutions which help users to tackle today’s challenges with digitised, artificial intelligence-based technology solutions that lead the way into the future.

“Society, economy and public safety are undergoing a digital transformation. We provide public safety organisations and commercial customers with the right intelligence and tools to help them enhance their operational efficiency, responsiveness and safety,” said Iain Clarke, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Motorola Solutions. “From TETRA and DMR to LTE and advanced video surveillance, visitors to our PMRExpo booth can experience one of the most comprehensive mission-critical communications portfolios as well as powerful analytics, which facilitate today’s digital transformation.”

REAL-TIME VIDEO ANALYTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE

Proactive and eventually preventative security requires advanced video surveillance and analytics technology to help public safety organisations speed up investigations. At PMRExpo 2018, Motorola Solutions will present its next-generation video analytics and network video management solution based on Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology and Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology. Appearance Search™ technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine that sorts through hours of video with ease to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. Moreover, operators can initiate a search for a person by selecting certain specific physical descriptions, including clothing colour and gender, to find a person of interest. Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology also incorporates the characteristics of a person's face, enabling the technology to search for the same person, even if items such as their clothing change over time.

UMD technology is an advanced AI technology that brings a new level of automation to surveillance, by revealing events that may have otherwise been missed. Without any predefined rules or setup, the technology is able to continuously learn what typical activity in a scene looks like, and then detect and flag unusual motion. At PMRExpo, Motorola Solutions will showcase how this future-leading technology is integrated into its CommandCentral software to provide frontline personnel with AI-based intelligence by extracting deeper insights from integrated voice, video and data.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF POLICING

The violence against first responders and the complexity of crime is increasing. To streamline evidence collection and increase the safety on duty, Motorola Solutions’ body-worn camera solutions provide frontline teams with an intuitive user interface solution that combines voice communications and voice recording as well as video and still image capture. The public safety apps suite offers them a Capture Mobile Camera App, which allows users to capture images. The images can securely be uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use. Metadata like time, date and location is automatically applied to the captured file.

At PMRExpo, Motorola Solutions will also present its LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE Device which enables first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness over broadband networks. The Motorola Solutions LTE device also offers a broad range of innovative features including a rugged, easy-to-operate design, best-in-class audio quality and performance as well as an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform. In Cologne, Motorola Solutions will also showcase the latest addition to its portfolio, the new ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio, a state-of-the art frontline device which is suitable for covert operations for the first time in Germany. The Land Mobile Radio (LMR) handheld radio combines a compact and rugged form factor with a small screen that can be used in bright sunlight, an easy-to-use keypad that can be operated even while wearing gloves, a simple user interface as well as loud and clear audio to provide police officers and emergency medical services with reliable mission-critical communications. This compact, easy-to-use and modern communications tool also allows commercial users such as public transport workers and teams in other sectors to focus on their work and not their radio.

INTEGRATED LMR AND LTE BROADBAND NETWORKS

Industry experts like Ryan Darrand from IHS Markit see a continued strong demand for LMR solutions, including TETRA and cost-optimised digital solutions such as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology, by public safety and commercial organisations. Within the LMR market, the number of TETRA deployments increased by 16 percent globally in 2017 and TETRA has proven itself the technology of choice for public safety, particularly in the EMEA region. As a technology leader in the field of TETRA and DMR innovations with a strong footprint in research, development and global implementation, Motorola Solutions will present its latest TETRA and DMR radio devices, along with LMR network technology at PMRExpo 2018.

Forward-thinking public safety network providers are planning for an extended period of TETRA coexisting with 3GPP standards-based mobile broadband networks. While TETRA remains the best technology for mission-critical voice services, mobile broadband technologies such as LTE promise cutting-edge, transformative applications that will enhance frontline personnel safety, improve situational awareness and boost productivity. At PMRExpo 2018, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how users can benefit from integrated TETRA and LTE mobile broadband networks.

Future-ready technologies like Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core and DIMETRA Express TETRA systems enable public safety organisations and commercial customers to make the most of their existing TETRA network today, while preparing for additional capabilities offered by mobile broadband tomorrow. Motorola Solutions will also showcase its WAVE broadband push-to-talk application, which forms part of its enhanced command centre software suite. The WAVE platform connects disparate networks, enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines. In a world with an increasing number of connected devices, Motorola Solutions is fostering the development of collaborative solutions that promote flexibility, simplify communications and reduce the complexity of operating multiple devices.

“Motorola Solutions is changing the experience for public safety and emergency services by providing them with software that works together through every step of an incident,” adds Iain Clarke. “We are automating tasks and equipping first responders with critical data and intelligence that enables them to focus their time and effort on protecting the communities they serve.”

Visit our PMRExpo 2018 expert sessions:

“Panel discussion: The future of mission-critical communications” with Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH November 27, 2018, at 11:00am

“Blackout secure communications: The analysis of a TETRA network!” by Dr. Andree Kang, president. Schnoor Industrieelektronik GmbH & Co. KG November 27, 2018, 3:15pm

“TETRA – Central element for communication tasks in public transportation” by Klaus Janke, CEO, INIT GmbH November 27, 2018, at 3:45pm

“Panel discussion: Secure communications and virtualisation” with Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH November 28, 2018, at 3:30pm

Police Forces in Schleswig-Holstein Continue to Trust in Digital Radio Solutions from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Schleswig-Holstein is the first federal state in Germany to equip its entire police force with the new Motorola Solutions’ MTP6000 radio series.
  • Motorola Solution digital radio have been used successfully in Schleswig-Holstein since 2010

IDSTEIN, Germany – November 21, 2018 – Motorola Solutions has been selected in the latest tender issued by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH – Gebäudemanagement Schleswig-Holstein) to provide new mission-critical radio solutions for their police. Within the framework of the contract, Motorola Solutions will supply 4,200 MTP6650 TETRA portable two-way radios, making Schleswig-Holstein the first federal state in Germany to equip all their police with the latest generation of Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radios. They especially stand out due to enhanced coverage and receiver sensitivity, built-in Bluetooth® 4.1 wireless technology, IP68 dust and water ingress protection as well as enhanced audio.

“The renewed TETRA tender award in Schleswig-Holstein reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical communication solutions to public safety organisations in Germany and worldwide,” said Axel Kukuk, head of sales for Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, Motorola Solutions. “In the digital age, technologies are changing the life and work of people. With our 90 years of experience we help our customers to successfully transform their organisations and businesses – with future-leading solutions, which connect first responders, increase efficiency and responsiveness to keep cities safe.”

The contract also includes a service agreement, that provides access to technical service and maintenance.

G4S and Motorola Solutions to deliver the UK Police’s first cloud-based, next-generation Control Room Solution to Lincolnshire

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Lincolnshire Police continues to lead adoption of innovative policing technology having already deployed Motorola Solutions’ Pronto digital mobile workforce solution
  • New Control Room Solution expands on Lincolnshire Police’s portfolio of Motorola Solutions public safety applications
  • Cloud-based solution simplifies management, reduces costs while increasing operational efficiency, flexibility for Lincolnshire Police

London, England – November 21, 2018 – G4S, a leading global integrated security company, has awarded Motorola Solutions a 10-year contract to deliver the UK’s first cloud-based, integrated CommandCentral Control Room Solution (CRS) to Lincolnshire Police. Having recently deployed Motorola Solutions’ Pronto mobile workforce application, the partnership further develops Lincolnshire’s strategy, deploying Motorola Solutions’ suite of cloud-hosted, public safety software for the control room environment. The new solution will enhance effectiveness for public and staff at lower cost by enabling the Police force to digitally transform its operations.

Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral CRS provides a unified and highly scalable platform that integrates multiple control room functions, including Integrated Communications Control System (ICCS), Contact Management, Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), mapping and call logging. Using this platform, Lincolnshire Police will benefit from a continuous workflow experience, enabling control room operators to handle calls faster, make more informed decisions, allocate resources more efficiently as well as coordinate seamlessly with other support organisations.

As the first cloud-based system of its kind used by a UK Police force, CommandCentral CRS will also significantly simplify management for Lincolnshire Police’s IT team. For example, the ‘as-a-service’ scalability and flexibility benefits of cloud mean it is no longer necessary to pre-determine how many fixed positions or data capacity is required. Additionally, there is no need for a dedicated backup in the case of a site failure. This helps Lincolnshire Police reduce costs and increase operational flexibility.

Lincolnshire Police are also current users of Motorola Solutions’ Pronto suite of mobile workforce applications that digitise all frontline operational workflows. Integrated with CRS, police officers using Pronto can now also gain direct access to command and control, and the Police National Computer from the field. The solution also sets Lincolnshire up to use enhanced data capabilities of the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

“It has been a high priority for me to ensure frontline officers can be deployed quickly, with the right equipment, and to spend as much time as possible in the field reassuring communities, preventing and fighting crime,” said Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire Police.

Jones continued: “Our drive to provide cutting-edge technology to the force is about making sure we provide the most efficient and effective service to the people of Lincolnshire. The new command and control system is one important step in that journey and will allow the Chief to get assistance to those in need quicker than ever before – and armed with the right information to handle the situation.”

“Motorola Solutions has already allowed us to become a leading force in the country in providing data access to frontline officers through the Pronto application suite on mobile data terminals. With this new control room solution, we will be even better positioned to integrate key information from many internal and external sources, enabling our control room staff to dispatch resources intelligently, meaning we get the right skills to the incident, quickly, fully prepared and supported,” said Bill Skelly, chief constable for Lincolnshire Police.

“We’re setting our force up for the future. We have entered a 10-year partnership with Motorola Solutions knowing that they are committed to making sure that we constantly stay at the leading edge of policing, as we will be able to add new innovations to our solution as soon as they become available,” Skelly continued.

John Whitwam, managing director, G4S Policing Services, commented: “We are pleased the G4S Strategic Partnership with Lincolnshire Police will enable Lincolnshire to be at the forefront of technology, supporting officers and staff to make the best decisions by being better informed. This is the best of a private and public partnership, with G4S, Motorola Solutions and Lincolnshire Police working together to provide sustainable and effective policing services to the public of Lincolnshire.”

Phil Jefferson, Motorola Solutions vice president and country manager for UK, Northern and Southern Europe and North Africa, said: “We’re very excited to extend our technology partnership with Lincolnshire Police and help them realise their long-term goals around technology to enable better policing.”

Motorola Solutions Wins Second Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH in Germany, Resulting in Injunction of All Infringing Products

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

First Judgment in Germany Against Chinese Parent Company, Hytera Communications Limited

Regional Court of Düsseldorf Determines Hytera Is Infringing Motorola Solutions’ Patent;

Injunction Prohibits Hytera from Offering Infringing Products; Hytera Held Liable for Damages

CHICAGO – Nov. 20, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the successful outcome of its latest patent infringement lawsuits in Germany against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (collectively, Hytera). This is the second time this year that a German court has ruled in favor of Motorola Solutions against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH; importantly it also applies to Hytera’s Chinese parent company, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (Hytera Communications).

These patent lawsuits took place in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, which determined that Hytera’s two-way Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) subscriber radios that use what Hytera refers to as the “pseudo-trunking” functionality in TDMA Direct Mode are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1.

The Regional Court has granted two injunctions against Hytera. The first injunction prevents Hytera from offering the patented method in Germany, and the second injunction prevents Hytera from offering and delivering products capable of performing the patented method in Germany. Additionally, it has held Hytera liable for damages. While the current judgments may be appealed by Hytera, they are immediately enforceable upon posting of a required security by Motorola Solutions, which is expected to be completed in short order.

“The Regional Court has ordered remedies that punish Hytera for its illegal conduct and infringement of our intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Significantly, today’s ruling covers additional Hytera DMR subscribers beyond those that were previously found to infringe our patented squelch technology in an earlier judgment.”

Hacker added, “Motorola Solutions embraces legitimate competition. In fact, we believe that robust, fair competition drives innovation and benefits our customers and our industry as a whole. However, Hytera’s infringement creates an uneven playing field, which ultimately stifles innovation and hurts customers and other end-users. On behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders, we are committed to defending our proprietary technologies and investments in innovation around the globe.”

This is Motorola Solutions’ second significant victory against Hytera in less than a week. On Nov. 16, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera Communications products infringe four Motorola Solutions U.S. patents. The ITC issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for three of Motorola Solutions’ patents, prohibiting Hytera Communications from importing products into the U.S. and selling or marketing those products and rejected Hytera Communications’ request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or replace those in the field. Pending a 60-day presidential review period, the ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect on approximately Jan. 15, 2019.

Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Court of Australia.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Motorola Solutions demonstrates latest features for standards-based PTT services at Comms Connect

on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Emergency alert and call features added to highly reliable, secure broadband push-to-talk services

Melbourne, Australia – November 21, 2018

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will demonstrate its advanced push-to-talk (PTT) services to Australian public safety agencies and businesses at Comms Connect Melbourne this week.

The company’s industry leading, 3GPP compliant broadband PTT technologies help businesses and public safety agencies extend secure and instant voice communication across their fleets and workforces via cellular networks. The flexible solutions can be deployed in cloud-based, on premise and carrier integrated environments.

Motorola Solutions’ broadband PTT portfolio enables hundreds of millions of PTT calls, generating more than 20 million minutes of use globally each month on some of the world’s leading wireless carrier networks. These highly scalable technologies can serve hundreds of thousands of users and come with multimedia messaging, mapping to pinpoint the location of team members and resources, emergency features and full, end-to-end support services from Motorola Solutions.

Innovation based on global standards

The technology being demonstrated by Motorola Solutions at Comms Connect is based on the 3GPP release 13 standard, mission-critical push-to-talk (MC-PTT). The solutions will complement and extend the highly secure and available mission critical LMR services that public safety agencies and businesses depend on every day.

The solutions enable seamless PTT group calls for mission-critical service users with high assurance and low latency for instant and simultaneous group communications. They also provide prioritised access for all users, meaning first responders and other critical users will have access, even during major emergencies or crises where cellular networks may be congested.

Motorola Solutions’ PTT services provide a cost-effective and seamless way to extend voice communication to a greater number of users via mobile devices and operate on any device.

Further expansion of PTT portfolio as technology standards mature

These PTT services open up a gateway for further broadband-based connectivity that can be added to over time. Motorola Solutions will continue to leverage new technologies and standards including 5G to enhance its product portfolio. This will enable users to take greater advantage of video, advanced analytics, AI and other data-based technologies to further increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for all employees.

Backed by world leading, mission critical expertise

Motorola Solutions’ broadband PTT portfolio draws on the company’s experience in deploying mission-critical communications networks and next generation software solutions for public safety and enterprise organisations globally.

Steve Crutchfield, vice president and managing director Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand says: “Customers all over the world depend on Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical solutions every day.

“Our advanced broadband PTT portfolio complements and extends essential LMR network access to a far greater number of workers across public safety and enterprise environments while delivering a range of new data-based features to support organisations in times of crisis.”

“As workforce demographics continue to change, there is a growing need to extend the reach of secure, group-based voice communications throughout organisations so more people can communicate instantly regardless of the mobile device they use.”

“We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the best mission-critical voice solutions while evolving the standards and technologies for both LMR and broadband,” Crutchfield said.

Kris Patel, Motorola Solutions’ vice president of unified communications said there is growing demand for solutions that provide customers with prioritised and preferential access for voice and data services.

“As our customers’ needs change we are working to ensure they always have access to communications to perform their essential daily work,” Patel said. “Broadband PTT is an important part of our technology roadmap for public safety and commercial customers and complements the advanced software solutions we already provide that use world-leading technology.”

The new solutions will be demonstrated at Motorola Solutions’ booth at Comms Connect with commercial trials available from early 2019.

Solution snapshot: Broadband push-to-talk from Motorola Solutions

These solutions deliver critical communications capabilities including optimised, low latency push-to-talk, flexible talk group management and call pre-emption for LTE devices such as smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers. The use of LTE allows faster call setup times, reduced PTT latency and uses efficient downlink bandwidths for group PTT calls.

Motorola Solutions Wins ITC Case; Final Determination Confirms Hytera Infringes Motorola Solutions’ Patents

on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

ITC Issues Orders Excluding Importation, Sale or Marketing of Infringing Hytera Products in United States

ITC Rejects Hytera’s Request for Repair and Replacement Exception

CHICAGO – Nov. 16, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) products are infringing four Motorola Solutions patents. The ITC has also issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patent Nos. 7,369,869, 7,729,701 and 8,279,991, prohibiting Hytera from importing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. The ITC also rejected Hytera’s request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or replace those in the field. The ruling also affirms Administrative Law Judge McNamara’s finding that Hytera “unquestionably copied certain of Motorola patented technologies.”

“The Commission’s validation of Judge McNamara’s findings is a significant victory for Motorola Solutions and another important step in holding Hytera accountable for its serial infringement of our patents,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions has invested significant resources researching, developing and delivering new and innovative products for our customers around the world. In contrast, Hytera has brazenly and repeatedly copied our proprietary intellectual property. The ITC’s Final Determination further validates our global efforts to halt Hytera’s egregious and unlawful behavior and safeguard Motorola Solutions’ technology portfolio.”

A mandatory 60-day presidential review period has now begun, during which the U.S. President may modify the ITC’s Final Determination. The ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect on approximately Jan. 15, 2019, when all Hytera products infringing Motorola Solutions’ ’869, ’701 and ’991 patents, including the following products, would be excluded from the U.S. market:

  • Radios (Subscribers): MD652, MD782, BD302, BD362, BD502, PD412, PD502, PD562, PD602, PD662, PD682, PD702, PD752, PD782, PD792, PD982, X1e and X1p; and
  • Repeaters: RD622 and RD982.

In addition to today’s ITC victory, Motorola Solutions recently prevailed against Hytera in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany in a similar patent infringement case. Motorola Solutions will also continue to vigorously pursue its patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany, the Federal Court of Australia and other jurisdictions around the world.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Motorola Solutions Chooses Microsoft Azure Government Cloud for Command Center Software

on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Enables flexibility and security as public safety agencies evolve to cloud-based software solutions

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 12, 2018 — Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has selected Microsoft Azure Government as the cloud provider for its public safety software suite. Azure Government provides the flexibility and security that public safety agencies require as they adopt cloud-based public safety software. Motorola Solutions’ comprehensive public safety software suite helps agencies work smarter and more efficiently from call to case closure helping to keep communities safe.

The relationship enables agencies to meet their unique operating requirements by running hybrid architectures that combine both on-premises and cloud solutions. A hybrid approach maximizes investments in current on-premises applications while providing a path to future cloud-based software and capabilities.

“Cloud computing is used by government agencies around the world, and we are excited to bring the benefits of cloud to our public safety customers,” said Andrew Sinclair, corporate vice president and general manager, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “By working with Microsoft, we have the right partner to enhance our customers’ current on-premises systems as we continue to develop next-generation software and capabilities for them, in the cloud.”

In addition to supporting hybrid deployments for public safety customers, Motorola Solutions also provides a number of cloud-based products today, including CommandCentral Vault for digital evidence management, CommandCentral Analytics for crime analysis and CommandCentral Aware, which brings multiple real-time data sources into a single interface for improved situational awareness and incident support.

Security is at the core of Azure Government. Azure Government provides eight geographically distributed, highly available government-only datacenter regions which host no commercial data. Only U.S. federal, the Department of Defense (DoD), state and local governments and their partners have access to this dedicated instance of Azure operated by screened U.S. persons. Azure Government also offers the deepest built-in compliance on the market, maintaining more than 70 certifications, the most of any cloud provider at every level of government.

“Microsoft Azure Government provides world-class security, protection and compliance on a dedicated, government-only cloud environment,” said Tom Keane, corporate vice president, Azure Global,Microsoft Corp. “Our work with Motorola Solutions will enable them to bring public safety agencies the flexibility and security afforded by cloud-based solutions they need to help keep citizens even safer.”

Motorola Solutions Extends TETRA Digital Radio System to Georgian Rescue Forces

on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Expansion of existing Motorola Solutions TETRA system for ministry of interior in Georgia and additional Emergency Management Service users.
  • Rescue forces will benefit from Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical hardware, software and service solutions.

TBILISI, Georgia – Nov. 12, 2018 – Motorola Solutions has signed a two-year contract with the Emergency Management Service of Georgia to expand the country’s TETRA digital radio communications network. The highly resilient and secure network, which has been used by the Georgian police authorities nationwide for over 10 years, will be opened to other emergency services such as firefighters and rescue workers.

Following recent fires and an increasing number of natural disasters in Georgia, the need for a highly available and reliable communication system for all rescue workers and public safety organizations had become critical.

“Our TETRA radio solutions will offer the Emergency Management Service of Georgia to communicate with other public safety organizations in case of an emergency and help them conduct safer missions, ultimately saving lives,” said Michael Kaae, vice president for Nordics, Eastern Europe & Russia at Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions will also be responsible for network maintenance and training of Georgian rescue forces.

Defence Research and Development Canada Completes Successful Public Safety Broadband Trial

on Monday, 05 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 5, 2018 – Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), working with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and Ericsson, have successfully completed their research trial of a dedicated public safety broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. This research trial was funded by the Canadian Safety and Security Program, a federal program led by DRDC and in partnership with Public Safety Canada. During the last several months, community safety agencies throughout the National Capital Region conducted research on this network built specifically to allow greater collaboration among those responsible for community safety and well being.

“Having immediate access to a dedicated mission-critical broadband communications network is one of the biggest game changers in public safety,” said Eric Janus, Operations Manager of the Ottawa Police Service Communications Centre, who participated in the trial. “Land-mobile radio (LMR) has been the established standard for public safety voice communications for years. By supplementing this network with dedicated LTE broadband, first responders will have the ability to share large amounts of data without interruption. This will become a vital part of day-to-day operations."

Throughout the trial, agencies tested the ability to share high-speed data, including video and advanced public safety applications, to provide situational awareness for first responders and the people they protect. For example, the RCMP could share videos of a speeding suspect crossing Provincial lines with both Gatineau and Ottawa Police Services, helping multi-agency coordination and response.

“This LTE trial successfully demonstrated the capabilities of a public safety broadband network and its value to Canada’s first responder communities” said Joe Fournier of DRDC CSS. “Without delay, first responders could access and share large quantities of critical data to provide better response during emergency incidents. This has been an important step to help us chart the course for the future of public safety.”

As part of the trial, two LTE networks were successfully connected, allowing the sharing of information through seamless roaming between public safety and commercial networks.

First responders were equipped with the Motorola Solutions LEX public safety LTE device to share videos and quickly access applications such as maps that show first responder location data. They also used Motorola Solutions’ VML 750 LTE Vehicle Modem which provides a secure Wi-Fi hotspot turning a vehicle into a wireless hub for up to 30 first responders.

“Motorola Solutions is pleased to participate with DRDC CSS on this trial of a mission-critical LTE network,” said George Krausz, Motorola Solutions Canada President. “They have been using today’s cutting-edge data applications, devices and technologies to access the critical information they need, the moment they need it.”

“Public safety users must always be able to trust their communications tools,” said Graham Osborne, President of Ericsson Canada. “Ericsson is thrilled to help the Canadian Safety and Security Program validate critical concepts such as network interoperability, session persistency and self organizing networks with a live public safety LTE network in the nation’s capital.”

About CSSP

The Canadian Safety and Security Program is a federally funded program to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.

About Ericsson

Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is a technology company that provides mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. Public safety and commercial customers globally depend on the company’s two-way radios, broadband technology, video surveillance and analytics solutions, services and software to keep them connected, from extreme to everyday moments. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com.

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2018 Financial Results

on Monday, 05 November 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year earnings outlook
 
• Sales of $1.9 billion, up 13 percent
• Backlog of $9.5 billion, up $572 million or 6 percent from a year ago
• Generated $338 million of operating cash flow, up 25 percent
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.43, up 14 percent
• Non-GAAP EPS* of $1.94, up 27 percent
 
CHICAGO – Nov. 1, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2018. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
"Q3 was another strong quarter of revenue and earnings growth,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “Our overall business performance, along with our record Q3 backlog, provides solid momentum moving forward.”
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q3 2018  Q3 2017 % Change
  Sales $1,862 $1,645 13%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $294 $347 (15)%
  % of Sales 15.8% 21.1%  
  EPS $1.43 $1.25 14%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $452 $412 10%
  % of Sales 24.3% 25.0%  
  EPS $1.94 $1.53 27%
 
Products and Systems Integration Segment
  Sales $1,288 $1,174 10%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $183 $266 (31)%
  % of Sales 14.2% 22.7%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $276 $285 (3)%
  % of Sales 21.4% 24.3%  
 
Services and Software Segment
  Sales $574 $471 22%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $111 $81 37%
  % of Sales 19.3% 17.2%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $176 $127 39%
  % of Sales 30.7% 27.0%  

  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.51 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 $217 million, or 13 percent from the year-ago quarter, driven by growth in the Americas and EMEA. Approximately $145 million of revenue growth was related to acquisitions, and $19 million was related to the adoption of accounting standard ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 10 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 22 percent with growth in all regions.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 15.8 percent of sales, compared with 21.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline was primarily due to higher operating expenses related to acquisitions and an increase to an existing environmental reserve related to a legacy business, partially offset by higher gross margins in Services and Software. Non-GAAP operating margin was 24.3 percent of sales, compared with 25.0 percent in the year-ago quarter due to higher operating expenses related to acquisitions partially offset by higher sales and favorable gross margin mix.
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 8 percent, compared with 26 percent in the year-ago quarter. The Non-GAAP effective tax rate was 18 percent compared with 30 percent in the year-ago quarter. Both the GAAP and Non-GAAP tax rates were favorably affected by the recognition of U.S. federal return to provision adjustments and the tax benefits related to share-based compensation; however, certain return to provision benefits that relate to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 were excluded from the Non-GAAP tax rate.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $338 million, compared with $270 million of operating cash generated in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow1 was $292 million, compared with $185 million of free cash flow generated in the year-ago quarter. Cash flow for the quarter increased on higher earnings, improved working capital and lower capital expenditures.
• Capital allocation - The company paid $84 million in cash dividends. From a debt perspective, the company repaid the remaining $300 million on the revolving credit facility ahead of schedule; $200 million was repaid during the quarter, and $100 million was repaid subsequent to the quarter-end. The company also repurchased 20% of the Silver Lake convertible note for $369 million; the $200 million of principal was repaid with new senior unsecured debt and the $169 million premium was paid in cash.
• Backlog - The company ended the quarter with backlog of $9.5 billion, up $572 million from the year-ago quarter. Products and Systems Integration segment backlog was up 9 percent or $277 million, and Services and Software was up 5 percent or $295 million. Land mobile radio demand led by the Americas continues to drive backlog growth.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Services and Software wins
• $19 million digital evidence management solution contract for the city of Las Vegas
• $18 million computer aided dispatch (CAD) & mobile records contract for Chesterfield County, Virginia
• $17 million multi-year services contract for Petrobras (Brazil)
 
Products and Systems Integration wins
• $50+ million Tetra system upgrade in Europe
• $21 million P25 system and device upgrade for city of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana
• $15 million P25 device order for city of Austin, Texas
• $12 million P25 system order for city of Augusta, Georgia
 

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

• Fourth-quarter 2018 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 13.5 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.50 to $2.55 per share. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 173 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.
• Full-year 2018 - The company continues to expect revenue growth of approximately 14.5 percent, and now expects non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $7.00 to $7.05, up from the prior guidance of $6.79 to $6.89. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 172 million fully diluted shares and a 22.5 percent effective tax rate.
 
 
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. 1. 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 2018 Q3 2017
Net sales $1,862 $1,645
Gross margin 901 794
Operating earnings 294 347
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

247

212
Diluted EPS $1.43 $1.25
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 172.6 169.0


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 2018.
 

(per diluted common share) Q3 2018
   
GAAP Earnings $1.43
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense $0.08
Reorganization of business charges 0.11
Intangibles amortization expense 0.21
Avigilon purchase accounting adjustment 0.04
Gain from the extinguishment of convertible debt (0.03)
Fair value adjustments to equity investments (0.03)
Loss on legal settlement 0.01
Environmental reserve expense 0.25
Sale of investments (0.03)
Return-to-provision adjustments as related to federal tax reform (0.10)
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.94

 

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
 
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 2018. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (6) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (7) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to complete acquisitions or repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
 

Motorola Solutions Provides National Energy Company HEP Croatia with Future-Leading TETRA System

on Friday, 26 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • First implementation of the Motorola Solutions DIMETRA X Core TETRA system in Croatia ensures outage-proof, mission-critical communications.
  • Next-generation TETRA system seamlessly replaced 15-year-old infrastructure of the former provider.
  • DIMETRA X Core system is built for long-term performance with enhanced cyber security and capabilities for mobile broadband migration in the future.

ZAGREB, Croatia – Oct. 24, 2018 – Motorola Solutions provides the Croatian energy company HEP with its next-generation DIMETRA X Core TETRA system. The national distribution network company HEP-Operator Distribucijskog Sustava (HEP-OSD) is the largest customer of the new TETRA solution in Croatia. Motorola Solutions has implemented the technology in collaboration with its local partner Micro-Link.

Within the framework of the project, the 15-year-old and outdated TETRA infrastructure of the former provider was replaced without any interruptions to the ongoing mission-critical communications. In order to guarantee a seamless migration to the new Motorola Solutions system, which is operating on another frequency band, an advanced interconnection between the old and the new TETRA system has been developed by the experienced team from Motorola Solutions and Micro-Link.

After the migration, Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core connects field technicians at HEP-ODS who can now communicate reliably and effectively with the dispatching centers as well as with other technicians in the field. This ensures that power outages are minimized and HEP’s distribution customers are satisfied with the delivered quality of service. In order to guarantee 24/7 operation of the TETRA system, the delivery includes a service contract which provides HEP-ODS users with access to technical support teams as well as resources for troubleshooting and maintenance.

“We always strive to provide our customers with the highest quality of service at any time,” said Ivan Periša, Director of the Power System Control Sector at HEP. “The new TETRA system from Motorola Solutions meets our high demands for 24/7 service. It enables us to guarantee outage-proof, mission-critical communications for our customers and benefit from advanced capabilities in the future.”

“Our fully scalable DIMETRA X Core is an ideal replacement of the old TETRA systems,” said Michael Kaae, Vice President Northern & Eastern Europe at Motorola Solutions. “The Motorola Solutions system enables TETRA users to get the most out of their existing communications network today, while preparing for the mobile broadband capabilities of tomorrow.”

The new TETRA network is composed of 19 sites which are equipped with Motorola MTS2 and MTS4 TETRA base stations, geographically covering about one quarter of the Croatian territory. Based on this coverage, Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core system provides group and individual push-to-talk services as well as messaging for enhanced collaboration, dynamic team management for coordinated incident response, location tracking, and voice recording.

Another key feature of DIMETRA X Core for HEP-ODS is the packed data functionality which is essential for the energy provider’s SCADA system communication. As the coverage on the new TETRA system is even better than planned, HEP-ODS benefits from added flexibility and efficiency in the process of SCADA integration on their new TETRA network sites.

The TETRA system is provided in combination with Motorola Solutions’ TRACES solution for TETRA network optimization. TRACES tracks network coverage and performance of HEP-ODS’ TETRA system and provides full real-time visibility. The new DIMETRA X Core system also features an efficient software-defined core to reduce system operating costs as well as delivering enhanced cyber security features to protect against ever increasing threats. The system has been designed to ensure highly reliable performance for the future.

Motorola Solutions Introduces First TALKABOUT Radios with Mobile App for Ultimate Off-Grid Communications

on Friday, 26 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

TALKABOUT T800 consumer radios combine messaging and location sharing capabilities with reliable two-way radio functionality
 
CHICAGO –  Oct. 23, 2018 – Just in time for the fall hunting and winter ski season, Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) introduces the TALKABOUT T800 two-way radios with mobile app, which enables outdoor enthusiasts the ability to share and track their locations and send messages with fellow travelers while off the cellular grid.
 
Location Sharing, Tracking and Silent Messaging Off-Grid
Whether preparing for an extended trek in the mountains or upcoming hunting trip, the T800 radios make it easy to track individual locations and stay in touch while exploring off-grid. Users simply download the TALKABOUT app to their iPhone or Android device, then connect their smartphones to the T800 radios over Bluetooth. The app uses the T800 as a modem to send messages and locations over the radio frequencies. This functionality makes it easy to share one’s current location and send group messages to alert others of a safety concern or potential meet-up spot.  Hunters will especially appreciate having the ability to send messages silently as noise can be obtrusive and disturb game. Additionally, users can set up a designated area and alert others when they are about to leave the area.
 
Convenient Planning and Functionality at Your Fingertips
Guides can prepare for their adventure ahead by searching area maps using the TALKABOUT app. Once the specific area is selected it can be downloaded in a variety of different map formats and shared with others in the group to help prepare for an upcoming hike or off-grid adventure. Additionally, the app enables users to control their radio settings directly from the comfort of their smartphone. From selecting channels and call tones, to adjusting weather alerts on/off, settings can be changed effortlessly using the app without ever having to pick up the radios.
 
Robust Communications that Goes the Distance
The TALKABOUT T800 provides extra power when needed with the push-to-talk power boost option that when activated can extend the radios’ transmission ranges by increasing the transmitter output, while conserving battery life when no power boost is needed. It features reliable two-way communication with a range of up to 35 miles, based on terrain and conditions. The data range is up to 20 miles.*
 
Emergency Preparedness Features for Every Adventure
The T800 radios take emergency preparedness seriously with convenient features and a rugged weatherproof design. The radios meet IPX4 weatherproof standards, withstanding splashing water from any direction. In the event of a storm, everyone in the field can be prepared for changing weather conditions with access to seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) weather channels and four VHF channels, which receive continuous broadcasts of local and regional weather updates. The radios also come equipped with an emergency alert feature that transmits an alert siren followed by transmission of any spoken or incidental sounds and allows users to send the signal to other radios and warn of impending danger. Emergency alerts can also be controlled by TAKLABOUT app. And, for night-time adventures or in the event of a power outage, the T800 radios are equipped with a handy built-in LED flashlight.

Pricing and Availability
The TALKABOUT T800 is available now. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $109.99. Packaging includes two radios, two high capacity rechargeable battery packs, a Micro-USB wall charger, 16 personalization stickers and two belt clips.  The TALKABOUT App is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App store andAndroid Play store.

For a full list of features, videos and additional information on the entire 2018 Motorola TALKABOUT series of radios, please visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com/Talkabout.  To purchase, visit shop.motorolasolutions.com/T800.

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Motorola Solutions to Issue Third-Quarter 2018 Earnings Results on Nov. 1

on Friday, 26 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Oct. 18, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its third-quarter 2018 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDT) on Nov. 1. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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