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Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Feb. 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on April 13, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2018.

The board also set May 14, 2018, as the date for its Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 16, 2018, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Motorola Solutions to Host Financial Analyst Meeting on Feb. 27

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Chicago – Feb. 14, 2018 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will host its 2018 Financial Analyst Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Motorola Solutions executives will discuss the company’s strategy, operations and financial profile. Presenters will include Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer; Jack Molloy, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales & Services; Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions; Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and others.

The meeting will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor starting at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST), on Feb. 27. An archived replay will be available on the website following the live event.

West Yorkshire Police demonstrates UK-first biometrics technology

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Fingerprint scanning added to Pronto mobile application suite that is used by a third of UK police forces
  • Real-time access to digital database streamlines workflow and improves accuracy

    London, UK – 12 February 2018 – Northern England’s West Yorkshire Police has gone live with real-time, automated, mobile biometrics technology from Motorola Solutions. Following a recent demonstration, it will now roll out to 250 frontline police officers.

    The application runs with Pronto, which delivers comprehensive and flexible mobile information solutions to police forces across the UK. West Yorkshire Police is the first to implement the biometrics solution, which will allow officers to check fingerprints against national fingerprint database records in less than a minute. It does this via handheld scanners that attach to an officer’s phone, which then accesses a new Biometric Services Gateway system.

    West Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest police service in the country, serving approximately 2.2 million people in rural areas and large metropolitan districts such as Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

    Until recently, identifying or collecting data from individuals involved costly outdated devices and paper-based processes. This new system, developed in partnership between West Yorkshire Police and the Home Office, is available via the force’s existing mobile devices and allows access to the live database from the field to get results in real time.

    This creates a seamless workflow by removing the need to travel between the field and office or station to process information. As officers are able to obtain the right information about suspects quickly, accuracy is also greatly improved.

    “Almost instantly after deployment we found how valuable rapid biometric identification can be,” said Ian Williams, Chief Inspector, Digital Policing lead for West Yorkshire Police. “We have already been able to identify a seriously injured individual, enabling medical staff to quickly offer accurate treatment and contact the family. In another case, we’ve identified a disqualified driver, summonsed him to court and seized his vehicle on the scene – all without the need to travel to the station and practically disable an Armed Response Vehicle for hours.”

    “Biometrics is an exciting addition to the Pronto offering and demonstrates the type of advancements that will see the complete digital transformation of public safety agencies. West Yorkshire Police is at the forefront of this shift, along with the other 17 forces using Pronto to work more effectively and collaboratively,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president for Western Europe and North Africa, and country manager UK and Ireland at, Motorola Solutions.

    The biometrics capability builds on the success that the force has already seen with Pronto, namely crime scene investigation applications – which was recognised at the Public Sector Paperless awards last year with a win in the “Process and Workflow – Project of the Year” category for its use of digital technology to support all frontline policing.

    About Motorola Solutions

    Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

    About Pronto

    The Pronto e-notebook and its suite of applications from Airwave deliver comprehensive and flexible mobile information solutions to sixteen police forces across the UK. Designed to help customers meet their Digital First agendas and supporting the National Vision for Policing, Pronto enables the online or offline electronic capture, use, storage and sharing of information, from initial contact with victims, witnesses and offenders through to information sharing with partners in the wider Criminal Justice System (CJS).

    Putting digital technology in the hands of officers transforms core business processes. Instead of spending hours on administrative tasks, officers can fill in forms and submit them at the scene, enabling them to spend less time in the office and longer policing the community.

Motorola Solutions to provide advanced technology for landmark rail project in Malaysia

on Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Innovative communications system will make daily transportation services smooth, safe and reliable

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will help make daily rail transport in Malaysia safe, efficient and reliable for the country’s first Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line.

The landmark rail modernisation project will bring significant benefits to Malaysia, including greatly improved transport services while reducing traffic congestion in the Greater Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area.

As a technology partner to the APLG consortium, Motorola Solutions will deliver a highly secure and reliable TETRA two-way radio communications network for the project.

The 51 kilometre SBK line comprises 31 stations including seven underground stations. It is part of an integrated mobility project that will provide seamless urban transportation for 1.2 million residents in the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley region.

Modern rail transportation systems are vital to economic growth. According to professional services firm PwC, transport infrastructure investment will grow by around 5 percent globally to 2025 with Asia Pacific being the largest transport infrastructure market.

Byung Il Park, Project Director for the APLG consortium said "Cooperating with Motorola Solutions enables our companies to combine their local and global expertise. Working together, we will deliver a highly-customised communication system providing timely and secure transportation services for the Malaysian public.”

Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir, Country President, Motorola Solutions Malaysia, said resilient and reliable communication would ensure the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line project is delivered without compromising the safety of commuters and rail workers.

“Throughout the project’s four-year construction and into its daily operational use, our communication network will provide security, safety and convenience for workers and users of the urban transportation system,” said Datuk Mohd Rauf.

Motorola Solutions will supply, design and install the complete, digital two-way radio communications network for the new MRT line, including more than 500 TETRA radio devices and base stations.

“Motorola Solutions has a strong track record of innovation and exceptional engineering talent in Malaysia. This is the first time that our all Malaysia-based team of engineers will manage an entire metro rail project from end-to-end,” said Datuk Rauf.

Public rail transportation represents a key part of Malaysia’s economic development program in the Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley area with two additional MRT lines proposed under the Klang Valley MRT project. Line 2 is expected to be completed by 2022.

As a technology leader in the rail transport sector, Motorola Solutions has supported more than 80 rail projects in the Asia Pacific region over the past 40 years. Motorola Solutions has also shipped more than 3.5 million TETRA terminals to commercial and public safety customers globally.

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

on Friday, 02 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Record 2017 sales, cash flow and backlog supported by strong fourth-quarter results
 
• Revenue of $2 billion, up 4 percent from year ago; up 6 percent for full year
• Organic1 revenue growth of 2 percent; 3 percent for full year
• Record backlog of $9.6 billion, up $1.2 billion or 15 percent from a year ago
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of ($3.56); ($0.95) for full year, on charges related to tax reform2
• Non-GAAP EPS* of $2.10, up 3 percent; $5.46 for full year, up 11 percent
• Generated $761 million in operating cash flow; $1.3 billion for full year
 
CHICAGO - Feb. 1, 2018 - Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
“We finished the year with a very strong fourth quarter, capping a record year for revenue, operating earnings, cash flow and backlog driven by continued organic growth on strength in land-mobile radio (LMR) solutions," said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We are poised for continued growth in LMR and software and services."
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2017 2016 % Change 2017 2016 % Change
Sales   $1,957 $1,883 4% $6,380 $6,038 6%
GAAP
  Operating earnings $511 $403 27% $1,282 $1,067 20%
  % of Sales 26.1% 21.4%   20.1% 17.7%  
  EPS from continuing operations $(3.56) $1.43 N/M** $(0.95) $3.24 N/M
Non-GAAP
  Operating earnings $576 $541 6% $1,552 $1,427 9%
  % of Sales 29.4% 28.7%   24.3% 23.6%  
  EPS from continuing operations $2.10 $2.03 3% $5.46 $4.92 11%
 
Products Segment
  Sales $1,233 $1,226 1% $3,772 $3,649 3%
  GAAP Operating earnings $404 $330 22% $914 $734 25%
  % of Sales 32.8% 26.9%   24.2% 20.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating earnings $425 $407 4% $1,006 $910 11%
  % of sales 34.5% 33.2%   26.7% 24.9%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $724 $657 10% $2,608 $2,389 9%
  GAAP Operating earnings $107 $73 47% $368 $333 11%
  % of Sales 14.8% 11.1%   14.1% 13.9%  
  Non-GAAP Operating earnings $151 $134 13% $546 $517 6%
  % of Sales 20.9% 20.4%   20.9% 21.6%  

  

*Q4 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $5.50 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
** N/M = Percent Change is not meaningful due to the current year net loss related to tax reform
 
OTHER SELECT FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Revenue - Revenue increased 4 percent on strength in the Americas. Products segment revenue grew 1 percent. Services segment revenue grew 10 percent with growth in every region. Managed and Support Services grew 17 percent.
• Operating margin GAAP operating margin was 26.1 percent of revenue compared with 21.4 percent in the year-ago quarter driven by higher revenue in the current quarter as well as higher restructuring charges in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 29.4 percent of revenue, compared with 28.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. Improved non-GAAP results reflect higher revenue and associated earnings. 
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 223.4 percent, compared to 32.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. Charges related to tax reform accounted for $874 million of GAAP tax expense for the quarter. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 32.8 percent compared with 30.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, resulting in higher non-GAAP tax expense of $11 million.
• Cash flow The company generated $761 million in operating cash, up $248 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow3was $740 million, up $287 million. The cash flow was driven by higher operating earnings and improved working capital performance.
• Capital Allocation - The company repurchased $125 million of its common stock and paid $76 million in cash dividends.
 
OTHER SELECT FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Revenue - Revenue increased 6 percent including acquisitions. Organic revenue growth was 3 percent led by North America organic growth of 3 percent. Products segment revenue grew 3 percent led by higher North America system revenue, while the Services segment grew 9 percent on Managed and Support Services growth in all regions.
• Operating margin For the full year, GAAP operating margin was 20.1 percent of revenue, compared with 17.7 percent for the prior year.  The increase was primarily driven by higher revenue. Non-GAAP operating margin was 24.3 percent of revenue, compared with 23.6 percent for the prior year, driven by higher revenue and lower operating expenses.
• Taxes - The 2017 GAAP effective tax rate was 114.1 percent, compared to 33.5 percent for the prior year. Charges related to tax reform accounted for $874 million of GAAP tax expense for the year. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 31.0 percent, compared with 31.2 percent in the prior year.
• Cash flow The company generated $1.3 billion in operating cash, up $181 million from the prior year. Free cash flow3 was $1.1 billion, up $225 million from the prior year. The increase was driven by higher revenue and associated earnings.
• Capital Allocation - The company repurchased $483 million of its common stock, paid $307 million in cash dividends and invested $298 million in acquisitions.
• Backlog - The company ended the year with record backlog of $9.6 billion, up $1.2 billion from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog was up 25 percent or $382 million, and Services was up 13 percent or $860 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.

STRATEGIC WINS
• $290 million LMR system in Middle Eastern country that recently deployed a private Public Safety LTE system
• $197 million seven-year LMR managed services contract extension for the Melbourne Metropolitan Radio Network in Australia
• $76 million P25 order from city of Dallas
• $53 million P25 order from city of Los Angeles
• $39 million P25 order from city of Toronto
• $18 million P25 upgrade and seven-year managed services agreement with Dow Chemical
 
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
• First-quarter 2018 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 7 percent compared with the first quarter of 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.83 to $0.88 per share.
• Full-year 2018 - The company expects revenue growth of approximately 5 percent and non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $6.50 to $6.65 per share.  This assumes current foreign exchange rates and a non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 25 percent.
 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, Feb 1. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:

  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2017 2016 2017 2016
Net sales $1,957 $1,883 $6,380 $6,038
         
Gross margin 970 928 3,024 2,869
Operating earnings 511 403 1,282 1,067
         
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders        
Net earnings (575) 243 (155) 560
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $(3.56) $1.43 (0.95) $3.24
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 161.7 170.4 162.9 173.1



COMPONENTS OF TAX REFORM HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS (presented in millions)

  Q4 2017
Re-measurement of U.S. deferred tax assets at enacted tax rate $366
Valuation allowance on foreign tax credits $471
Repatriation tax and others $37
Total $874



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

   
(per diluted common share)  Q4 2017
   
Basic GAAP Loss from Continuing Operations $(3.56)
Adjust for dilution* $0.16
Diluted Loss from Continuing Operations $(3.40)
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.07
Reorganization of business charges 0.05
Intangibles amortization expense 0.18
Gain on legal settlements (0.02)
Non-US pension settlement loss 0.01
Tax reform 5.18
Release of FIN 48 reserve (0.01)
Valuation allowance on non-U.S. deferred tax assets 0.05
Tax benefit on U.S. capital loss (0.01)
Total Highlighted Items $5.50
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $2.10

* Under U.S. GAAP, the accounting for a net loss from continuing operations results in the presentation of dilutive earnings per share equal to basic earnings per share, as any increase in basic shares would be anti-dilutive to earnings per share. As a result of the highlighted items identified during Q4 2017, the Company reported a net loss from continuing operations within our GAAP Consolidated Statement of Operations, while reporting income on a non-GAAP basis. An adjustment is shown to reflect the dilution of 7.2 million dilutive shares outstanding in Q4 2017.
 
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Organic Revenue:  Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions which can obscure period to period comparisons.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, including recently enacted tax reform legislation, 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 first quarter and full year of 2018. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on page 37 in item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2017 and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom, 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; (22) the impact of implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
1 Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters.
On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or "tax reform".  Details of the fourth-quarter charges related to tax reform are included in this news release.
3 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

Motorola Solutions to Acquire Avigilon, Leader in Advanced Video Surveillance and Analytics

on Friday, 02 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition will bring end-to-end security platform, including high-quality video and AI-based analytics, to public safety and commercial workflows

CHICAGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Feb. 1, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Avigilon (TSX: AVO) in an all-cash transaction that will enhance Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will acquire all of Avigilon’s outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion including Avigilon’s net debt.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Avigilon designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents.

“This acquisition will bring Avigilon’s advanced video surveillance and analytics platform to the rapidly evolving public safety workflow, while also expanding our portfolio with new products and technologies for commercial customers,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Video can play a powerful role in creating safer cities and thriving businesses. It can serve as highly efficient ‘eyes and ears’ for monitoring a given location, and advanced video analytics can proactively alert officials to a perimeter breach or quickly find a person who left behind an object of interest.”

As more cameras feed into public safety workflows, video surveillance and analytics will enable more public-private partnerships between local communities and law enforcement. The acquisition will also enable Motorola Solutions to extend into new segments of its commercial markets business, which provides secure, reliable communications technology to industries such as oil and gas, transportation, utilities, manufacturing and higher education. Customers will now be able to purchase advanced security and surveillance solutions as part of Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of critical communications technology for commercial markets.

Avigilon’s video surveillance platform helps transform video from reactive – looking back at what has taken place – to proactive, issuing alerts in real time when a person, object or vehicle of interest is detected. This critical intelligence enables users to take the right action more quickly.

“We’re very pleased to be joining Motorola Solutions, as their vision and strategy aligns fully with our own,” said Alexander Fernandes, Avigilon’s founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “This combination will bring new opportunities to Avigilon, allowing us to accelerate our innovation and provide even more value to our customers.”

Motorola Solutions has sufficient capital resources, including cash on hand and available commercial credit facilities, to complete the transaction. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory, shareholder and court approvals.

For more information on the acquisition rationale and market opportunity, view the investor presentation on the Motorola Solutions Investor Relations website.

Additional Transaction Details
The transaction is structured as a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. The transaction has the unanimous support of the Special Committee of the Avigilon Board, as well as Avigilon’s full Board. Shareholders representing approximately 12 percent of the issued and outstanding common shares of Avigilon have already agreed to support the transaction.

Full details of the transaction will be included in an information circular to be mailed to Avigilon shareholders in respect of an Avigilon shareholders meeting to approve the transaction. 

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

About Avigilon
Avigilon Corporation provides trusted security solutions to the global market. Avigilon designs, develops, and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. To learn more about Avigilon, visit Avigilon.com.

Motorola Solutions Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (1) Motorola Solutions’ ability to integrate the products and services into its portfolio; (2) the expected timeline for completing the transaction; and (3) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing, including receipt of required approvals and shareholder approval. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K on page 37 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on 10Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2017, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the future results of operations of Avigilon Corporation and Motorola Solutions’ ability to successfully integrate and operate Avigilon Corporation; (2) the timing to consummate the proposed transaction; and (3) whether all necessary conditions to closing of the proposed transaction will be met, including regulatory approvals and approval by Avigilon’s shareholders. 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.

Avigilon Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information and statements in this news release contain and constitute forward-looking information or forward-looking statements as defined under applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements normally contain words like ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘plan’, ‘intend’, ‘continue’, ‘estimate’, ‘may’, ‘will’, ‘should’, ‘ongoing’ and similar expressions, and within this news release include, without limitation, statements (express or implied) respecting: the steps and timeline for the completion of the transaction; and the anticipated outcomes and benefits to Avigilon of the transaction.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, actions, or developments and are based on expectations, assumptions, and other factors that Avigilon’s management currently believes are relevant, reasonable, and appropriate in the circumstances, including, without limitation, assumptions that: the transaction will complete under the terms, structure, and timeline currently contemplated; the Avigilon shareholders meeting will occur and on the timeline currently contemplated; the Avigilon shareholders will provide the requisite approval for the transaction; all other requisite third party approvals (including, without limitation, from applicable regulatory authorities, stock exchanges, and courts) will be obtained in a timely manner and on satisfactory terms; Motorola Solutions will have sufficient capital resources to complete the transaction; the parties will be able to satisfy the other conditions to the closing of the transaction and on the timeline(s) currently contemplated; Motorola Solutions’ vision and strategy will remain aligned with those of Avigilon; no significant events will occur outside of Avigilon’s normal course of business; the transaction will bring additional scale and opportunities to Avigilon; the transaction will allow Avigilon to accelerate its innovation and provide more value to its customers; and the continuation of the business and operations of Avigilon, and the integration thereof with Motorola Solutions, following completion of the transaction will occur as currently contemplated.

Although Avigilon’s management believes that the forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could be substantially different due to the risks and uncertainties associated with and inherent to Avigilon’s business, as more particularly described in the “Risk Factors” section of Avigilon’s Annual Information Form dated February 28, 2017, which is available under Avigilon’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Material risks and uncertainties applicable to the forward-looking statements set out herein include, but are not limited to: the transaction is not completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018 or at all; the Avigilon shareholders meeting is delayed due, for instance, to a delay in the preparation and/or mailing of the information circular and other meeting materials; the Avigilon shareholders do not approve the transaction on the current terms or at all; any requisite third party approval is not obtained in a timely fashion (or at all) or on satisfactory terms; Motorola Solutions does not have or obtain sufficient capital resources to complete the transaction; the announcement of the transaction and the dedication of substantial resources of Avigilon to the completion of transaction has a negative impact on Avigilon’s ongoing business operations and future financial condition and prospects; a third party makes a bid to acquire Avigilon prior to the completion of this transaction; the respective strategies and vision of Avigilon and Motorola Solutions become incongruous leading to, for instance, delays in product development and availability; unforeseen challenges in integrating Avigilon’s business and operations with Motorola Solutions; a loss of key Avigilon personnel, customers, and/or suppliers; and other unforeseen events, developments, or factors causing any of the aforesaid expectations, assumptions, and other factors ultimately being inaccurate or irrelevant. Although Avigilon has attempted to identify factors that may cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, predicted, estimated or intended. Also, many of the factors are beyond the control of Avigilon. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Avigilon undertakes no obligation to reissue or update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or events after the date hereof except as may be required by law. All forward-looking statements contained in this news release are qualified by this cautionary statement.

Motorola Solutions Recognized on Fortune's List of "World's Most Admired Companies"

on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Jan. 24, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has been named to Fortune magazine’s prestigious list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Motorola Solutions ranked No. 3 in the industry category of “Network and Other Communications Equipment.”

Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” rankings are based on a survey of 3,900 corporate executives, members of boards of directors and financial analysts asked to rate companies in their industries. Only companies ranked in the top 50 percent of their industry are included in the list.

The nine reputation attributes measured in the survey include innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.

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

Motorola Solutions also recently has been recognized on other corporate rankings including:

Thomson Reuters’ list of Top 100 Global Tech Leaders, which honors technology companies demonstrating a commitment to leadership across eight pillars of performance: financial, management and investor confidence, risk and resilience, legal compliance, innovation, people and social responsibility, environmental impact and reputation

The ​Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 list of companies successfully navigating the current business climate​, based on five dimensions of corporate performance: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength

Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Earnings Results on Feb. 1

on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Jan.  19, 2018 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Feb. 1.

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

Motorola Solutions Implements Nationwide TETRA Communications Network for the Police of Moldova

on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • The contract with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova is part of a broader program financed by the European Union to support the local police reform.
  • The collaboration aims at providing the Moldovan police with a secure and reliable mission-critical communications system according to the TETRA standard.
  • Motorola Solutions will expand and upgrade the existing TETRA system with its new DIMETRA X Core TETRA system as well as state-of-the-art TETRA infrastructure.

CHISINAU, Moldova – January 18, 2018 – Motorola Solutions has signed a contract with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova for the expansion of their mission-critical TETRA communications network. Within the framework of the contract, Motorola Solutions will extend the existing TETRA digital radio network and build a nationwide TETRA network for the Moldovan police. The project will be implemented by 2020 in collaboration with the local subcontractor Bass Systems and funded by the EU Budget Support 2 to support the Moldovan Police Reform. As part of this program, the police in the Southeastern European country will be provided with a secure, reliable and efficient communications system that can be extended to other services at a later stage.

In order to extend and upgrade the existing TETRA network in Moldova, Motorola Solutions will provide the public safety organizations with its new DIMETRA X Core TETRA system and additional TETRA infrastructure equipment including its MTS1 and MTS4 TETRA base stations as well as microwave links for IP connectivity. The future-proof TETRA digital radio system and infrastructure will enable the Moldovan police to provide increased public safety for the citizens of the Republic. The technology will be staged at Motorola Solutions’ TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany.

“We have decades of experience in delivering and implementing nationwide TETRA systems to public safety organizations in Europe and around the world,” explains Michael Kaae, Vice President MSSSI Northern & Eastern Europe at Motorola Solutions. “Our technology enables the police in Moldova to stay connected when seconds count, and to focus on their mission to make cities and communities safer.”

With its modern architecture, DIMETRA X Core is built for the future today. The advanced capabilities of the technology enable the public safety organizations in Moldova to quickly and easily expand their user base and to move to mobile broadband when the time is right. DIMETRA X Core features a software-defined core and smart interfaces, so the Moldovan police benefits of a long-term performance for the next 15 years or more.

“The mission-critical TETRA communications systems and infrastructure from Motorola Solutions will allow us to realize an important objective of our Police Reform: creating a reliable and efficient communications system for best operational practice within the police,” said Alexandru Jizdan, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Moldova. “The expansion of our TETRA system will bring great benefits to our police and our citizens.”

County Executive Steve Schuh Announces $48 Million Public Safety Radio System Upgrade

on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An Anne Arundel County press release

Annapolis, MD - January 9, 2018 – Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh today announced a $48.4 million capital construction contract to replace and improve the public safety radio system in the County.

“Three years ago, Anne Arundel County began undertaking the largest public safety infrastructure upgrade in its history,” said Schuh. “This public safety radio system upgrade is crucial to those efforts. In any emergency, effective communications between first responders is critical.”

The project will replace all first responder mobile, portable and network radio equipment and comply with P25 public safety radio industry standards, providing improved interoperability between the County and its neighboring jurisdictions.

The new radio system will address many current system radio coverage issues and will provide improved radio coverage inside of structures throughout Anne Arundel County. Once the project begins, the County anticipates the system will be built in 36 months.

In addition to improvements to voice dispatch radio performance, the new system will include state-of-the-art technology to enhance the safety and efficiency of first responders in Anne Arundel County, including real-time GPS location of first responders when they are away from their vehicles.

The contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. requires guaranteed reliable in-building portable radio coverage inside of 196 critical buildings throughout Anne Arundel County. These buildings include schools, hospitals, police stations, fire stations, and government buildings.

The capital project was made possible through the JumpStart Anne Arundel capital project financing program. Enacted in 2015, the capital plan embraces a 30-year bond financing option. This reform has allowed Anne Arundel County to expand its capital funding program and make critical public safety, school, road, and quality of life infrastructure improvements from Brooklyn Park to Pasadena to Annapolis to Odenton.

Vidsys and Motorola Solutions Launch PROTECT Series Communications Platform for Military Bases and Other Secure Federal Properties

on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A Vidsys news release

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management software to power the Protect Series, Motorola Solutions’ platform for federal crisis communications

VIENNA, Va. – December 7, 2017 – Vidsys, the global leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced that Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is implementing Vidsys CSIM through its Protect Series communications platform.

Motorola Solutions’ Protect Series is a unified platform that meets security and network compliance for military installations and other secure federal properties. It aggregates and analyzes information from multiple inputs, including video sources, computer aided dispatch, records management systems, SCADA, sensors and alerts, resource location, sirens and more. The result is meaningful and actionable data and increased situational awareness through one common operating picture.

The program is designed for key decision makers such as security directors, federal installation management commands, IT directors, military police, emergency operators and threat analysts to take advantage of real-time intelligence when responding to emergencies and to help increase the safety of an installation and those within its walls.

By allowing decision makers to instantly send out mass notifications in real-time, pull up any standard operating procedure (SOP) at the click of a button, the Protect Series provides real-time integration of disparate data sources that allows responders to stay one step ahead of any incident that could turn into an installation emergency.

Other features include threat detection and alerting, standard operating procedures (SOPS), unified voice and data collaboration, perimeter detection, video synopsis, geospatial mapping and mass notification.

“The Protect Series is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that leverages data from disparate physical and cyber security systems for heightened situational awareness and risk management,” said James I. Chong, chief executive officer and founder, Vidsys. “We’re excited to be working with Motorola Solutions, a global leader in mission-critical communications, to bring an effective solution to key decision makers and operators across all federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense and beyond.”

“Military installations and other secure federal facilities depend on access to reliable and real-time information to maintain security and operational efficiency,” said Mark McNulty, vice president, Federal Sales, Motorola Solutions. “Working together with Vidsys to provide military bases and other federal facilities with the power of the Protect Series, we are helping give their operational teams the upper hand with the most reliable, integrated data gathered from public, federal and other information sources. From interoperable mission-critical radios to other handheld technologies and the software powering them, Motorola Solutions is helping give federal security personnel the ability to react quicker, safer and smarter when it matters most.”

About Vidsys

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, USA, Vidsys provides transformational Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform that has been adopted by some of the world’s leading brands and technology partners within key verticals, including Transportation, Energy, Utility, Healthcare, and Government. Vidsys software has obtained highest levels of information security and assurance from both top-tier global corporations and the US federal government.

Vidsys is hardware, protocol, and device agnostic, and offers bi-directional, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture APIs and SDKs. The platform collects, correlates and converts vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information, based on the organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements. By leveraging mobile and web-based technology, the software can be rapidly deployed and provides real-time situational awareness and information management capabilities. For more info, please visit www.vidsys.com.

Motorola Solutions Provides Future-Proof Communications for Koelnmesse 3.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW AT PMREXPO 2017 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorola Solutions Enhances Safety and Efficiency at Leipzig/Halle Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bogotá, At the Vanguard of Public Safety Communication Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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