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Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Avigilon

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition adds video surveillance and analytics platform to Motorola Solutions’ portfolio
 
CHICAGO – March 28, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Avigilon, a leader in advanced video surveillance and analytics.
 
Avigilon designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras and access control solutions used by commercial and government customers. Avigilon holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents and manufactures its products in the U.S. and Canada.
 
The acquisition brings advanced video surveillance and analytics to Motorola Solutions’ public safety, government and commercial customers.
 
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Avigilon will operate as a separate unit of Motorola Solutions, with James Henderson, president and chief operating officer for Avigilon, reporting to Jack Molloy, executive vice president, worldwide sales and services for Motorola Solutions.
 
Motorola Solutions has acquired all of Avigilon’s issued and outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion.
 
For more information on the strategic rationale of the transaction see the investor presentation.
 
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.
 
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Red Cross Asks Public to Sound the Alarm and Help Save Lives

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An American Red Cross news release

Miami, Fla., March 21, 2018 — The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in South Florida and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

Here in South Florida, the Red Cross South Florida Region invites the public to join the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events on April 28 to May 13 from 10 am to 1pm. Participating sponsors working with the Red Cross include Allstate, Florida Power & Light, Motorola Solutions Foundation, BankUnited, Deloitte, Wells Fargo and World Fuel.

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Joanne Nowlin, Chief Executive Officer for the South Florida Region. “Here in South Florida we responded to 800 home fires so far this year. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. As of March 13, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 381 lives nationwide through the Home Fire Campaign. Here in the South Florida Region, the Red Cross has reached over 1,200 people through youth preparedness programs and installed more than 1,400 free smoke alarms.

Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100-high-risk communities. From April 28 through May 13, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. These events are related to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which since 2014 has helped save lives through smoke alarm installations and home fire safety education in thousands of communities.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign and rallied an army of volunteers, donors, and partners to canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Corporal Seth Kelly as Trooper of the Year

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) news release

Alexandria, VA – On March 16, 2018, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Corporal Seth Kelly from the Pennsylvania State Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2017 Trooper of the Year. Corporal Kelly was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to partner with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to honor the selfless work being done in police agencies every day around the world,” said Jim Mears, senior vice president, North America Market, Motorola Solutions. “Men and women in state and provincial police agencies know the situations they face can change in an instant, yet they continue to put their lives on the line to help keep their communities safe. Motorola Solutions humbly recognizes the brave efforts by Corporal Kelly and the sacrifices made by all law enforcement.”

On November 7, 2017 Corporal Seth Kelly of the Pennsylvania State Police arrived on scene to assist Trooper Ryan Seiple with a routine traffic stop. Mr. Daniel Khalil Clary, a 22-year-old male, was pulled over for speeding but after a second approach, Trooper Seiple suspected that Clary was under the influence of a controlled substance and called Corporal Kelly for backup. After failing the field sobriety test, Clary became violent as the troopers attempted to take him into custody. As the altercation ensued, both troopers deployed their electronic control weapons, but the struggle escalated onto the highway. Corporal Kelly pulled the subject back onto the shoulder of the highway to safety, but Clary managed to break free, return to his vehicle, and grab a pistol. Clary fired six shots; three of which struck Corporal Kelly. Despite being injured, Corporal Kelly managed to return fire and shield himself behind the guard rail until the threat was gone and his fellow Trooper was safe. After Clary fled the scene, Corporal Kelly assessed his injuries and gauged he’d been shot close to his femoral artery. Using a personal tourniquet he started carrying just a few months earlier; Corporal Kelly saved his own life.

“Congratulations to our 2017 Trooper of the Year Corporal Seth Kelly! IACP is proud to honor your courage, professionalism, and dedication to your community. We appreciate your continued commitment to public service. All four finalists are exceptional examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the globe. On behalf of the entire association, congratulations and thank you for your public service.” – IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police LaGrange Police Department

The other IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year finalists were Corporal Hope Hohertz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trooper Adam Whitmarsh, Nevada Highway Patrol; and Trooper Dustin Henningsen, Iowa State Patrol. Their stories can be found on the IACP website at: www.theiacp.org/trooper-of-the-year.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 30,000 members in more than 150 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on their past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

BH International Airport Renews Radio Communication System with TETRA Digital Technology

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

  • First airport in Brazil and Latin America to deploy a fully digital radio system from Motorola Solutions
  • Biggest airport in Minas Gerais, with 10 million passengers per year, now has a more efficient operational communication service

Minas Gerais, Brazil – March 14, 2018 – The behind the scenes of airport operations requires coordination of highly complex activities that entail organizing professionals, resources and infrastructure, always with a focus on security and the best travel experience for the passenger. Operational communications are essential to ensure that all stages of operations are conducted as safely and efficiently as possible. That is why BH Airport, the concessionaire of BH International Airport, adopted a DIMETRA TETRA digital radio solution from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), to enhance operations, help integrate diverse airport activities and facilitate the exchange of information in real time.

Bapi Telecomunicações, Motorola Solutions’ partner and system integrator, deployed the DIMETRA TETRA system, which brings together all critical operations at the airport, including security, operations and baggage handling activities. The system, already fully operational, is also used by outsourced personnel that provide airport parking, aircraft sourcing, cleaning and catering services.

This integration has translated into improved efficiency in customer service and in response times, and has optimized management of work teams by coordinating activities through the dispatch center. The center currently manages and registers 23,000 PTT (Push-To-Talk) calls per day and the system has a much larger capacity, allowing the airport and its partners’ users to communicate with ease and have a system ready for the future.

“Our objective is to constantly improve the travel experience of our passengers and guarantee greater efficiency and security. Thus, we have invested in upgrading the operational communications system at BH International Airport. All of these investments that BH Airport is making prove our intention to develop, in Minas Gerais, one of the best airports in Brazil, with an integrated technological ecosystem; and, as part of this evolution, efficient communication plays a key role,” stated Paulo Amarante, BH Airport Technology Director.

Initially, approximately 200 terminals were delivered, including portable (handheld) MTP3500 terminals, mobile (for vehicles and fixed terminals) MTM5200 and MTM5400 terminals with TETRA digital technology, which help to improve audio quality and a high level of information security. In addition, this new equipment allows for voice and data transmission to coordinate service orders and activities ranging from operations on the runway to the Airport Operations Center. The information provided can be used to develop statistical data and studies in order to anticipate incidents or develop predictive action plans.

For aircraft sourcing and firefighting units, modern and resistant MTP8550Ex terminals were provided, which are ATEX-certified, guaranteeing their use in inhospitable environments with risk of explosion, and which are resistant to temperatures up to 130ºC, falls, dust, as well as being water-resistant.

Their features include GPS location, which shows the command and control center the exact position of each team member, and there is an emergency button that allows a field agent to request immediate help with a simple tap of the finger. In addition, the use of the GPS system will help manage the bus fleet that circulates inside the airport transporting passengers from the aircrafts to the terminals is under analysis.

Amarante explained that “the new radios have greatly improved airport communications, especially with respect to audio quality, without interference or interruptions. Now, with the digital system, we no longer have problems with network congestion and communication has become more precise, thanks to the possibility of defining groups by order of priority.”

“Motorola Solutions has TETRA systems in major airports around the world, in countries such as China, Germany, Norway, Spain and India. This technology for airport operations is world-renowned due to its high degree of interoperability and reliability”, said Alcedir Goulart, director of business development in Transportation and Logistics for Latin America, Motorola Solutions.

Telecom CLM Seamlessly Migrates to Motorola Solutions’ Latest Critical Communication System in Castilla-La Mancha: Sets Ground to Connect Dozens of Additional Public Safety Agencies with Radio and Broadband

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

  • Users of the regional digital Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communications system transitioned to Motorola Solutions´ latest infrastructure technology seamlessly overnight
      
  • Telecom CLM will leverage Motorola Solutions’ interoperability solution - WAVE Work Group Communications - to expand the network user base, allowing dozens of public safety agencies to join the regional network

TOLEDO, SPAIN – March 14, 2018 – When crime strikes, a building catches fire or someone’s in need of medical attention, the first responders of Castilla-La Mancha will be first on the scene. In order to help public safety agencies to be their best in these critical moments, Telecom CLM has recently transitioned to Motorola Solutions’ latest DIMETRA X Core digital radio communication infrastructure in the region of Castilla-La Mancha.

The new network is a fully scalable TETRA system, built to support mission-critical communications for public safety as well as enterprise organizations. The robust infrastructure will support Castilla-La Mancha’s critical communication needs today, whilst setting the ground for expansion in the future.

The transition from an older TETRA system, of a different provider, was recently completed in a fast and seamless process, allowing public safety users across Castilla-La Mancha’s 80,000 square km to benefit from a robust, feature-rich network overnight.

The system features an efficient software-defined core to reduce system operating costs as well as enhanced cyber security features to protect from ever-increasing threats. DIMETRA X Core is built for long-term, mission-critical communications performance for years to come.

Expanding the network, on any network

Telecom CLM’s new system in Castilla-La Mancha  includes Motorola Solutions WAVE Work Group Communications, an interoperability solution that enables extending push-to-talk communication across many platforms including: radio, broadband networks, computers, smartphones and other devices. This will interface with the main TETRA infrastructure, allowing users on different networks to connect seamlessly with voice communication and other applications.  

Looking ahead at expanding the regional network, Telecom CLM will leverage the interoperability feature to connect thousands of additional critical communication users. These include: local police forces, ambulances, fire brigades, forestry agencies, factories, refineries and other customers.

Wenceslao Sanchez, general manager, Telecom CLM: “When we sought out to replace the regional radio communication network we had in mind two criteria: get the latest and greatest, and find a credible technology partner that will give us the right technology and support. With Motorola Solutions we got two added bonuses – take advantage of Motorola Solutions’ expertise in critical communications, and the ability to grow as an operator – which is a big plus on the financial side.”

Phil Jefferson, vice president Western Europe and North Africa, ‎Motorola Solutions: “We’re excited to see Telecom CLM recognize our one-stop-shop quality, cleverly leveraging it to fulfill their critical communication needs. Our close collaboration ensured a quick and seamless deployment of the new system, allowing the region to glide smoothly into a new era of smart public safety communications.”        

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Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Airbus DS Communications

on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition strengthens Motorola Solutions’ command center software portfolio

CHICAGO – March 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Plant Holdings, Inc., which holds the Airbus DS Communications business, from Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Airbus SE.

Airbus DS Communications is a leading provider in North America of command center software for emergency call-handling. The company’s VESTA® suite is a comprehensive 911 call-handling solution, operating on a flexible, open software architecture. It also delivers text-to-911, mapping, data management and analytics, providing customers a comprehensive transition strategy from legacy systems to a standards-based, unified Next-Generation 911 system.

The acquisition of Airbus DS Communications strengthens Motorola Solutions’ command center software portfolio and the company’s Software Enterprise.

Airbus DS Communications is headquartered in Temecula, California. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.</P.

Motorola Solutions Announces New Public Safety Broadband Device, High-Power Mobile Radio and Mobile App Solutions

on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions powers advanced communication capabilities with LEX L11 LTE device, APX 8500HP mobile radio, and Capture Mobile Camera app
 
ORLANDO, Fla. – March 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues to transform communications for first responders who use land-mobile radio (LMR) and dedicated long-term evolution (LTE) networks. Today, the company announces three new solutions for enhanced mission-critical communications including an app to share digital evidence.
 
“Motorola Solutions is focused on mobilizing and connecting first responders in the moments that matter regardless of network or device,” said Bruce Brda, Motorola Solutions executive vice president of Products & Solutions. “We are dedicated to growing our technology portfolio for the long-term co-existence of LMR and LTE networks, helping them work better together for years to come. We are also building software apps that are secure and easy to use by first responders and that connect automatically to Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety solutions.”
 
These technologies will be showcased March 7-8 in the Motorola Solutions booth #2539 at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2018, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE Device
The LEX L11 mission-critical LTE device is built for global broadband networks including FirstNet in the United States. It is designed specifically for the demanding environments experienced by first responders. With the LEX L11 and the power of broadband, first responders can access secure apps for increased situational awareness.
 
The LEX L11 can also be paired with an APXTM two-way portable radio, combining the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical ASTRO® 25 LMR network with public safety broadband. Ideal for officers who need to remain discreet, this pairing allows them to communicate covertly on their radio while using the LEX L11. Together, these technologies are a powerful combination of communications to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect.
 
Capture Mobile Camera App
With the new Capture app, first responders can easily capture image, video and audio evidence with the LEX L11 or Android and iOS-based smartphones. All content is securely uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use.
 
From the moment of capture, evidence is protected from tampering, and the chain of custody is verifiable so devices do not need to be subpoenaed. Metadata is also added automatically to organize evidence within CommandCentral Vault.
 
APX 8500HP Mobile Radio
The APX 8500HP is a high-power version of Motorola Solutions’ interoperable all-band Project 25 mobile radio. This 110 watt radio delivers more than twice the power of the APX 8500 for VHF and UHF Range 1 bands. It is ideal for use in rural areas or during disaster response where limited infrastructure might be available. With all-band functionality, first responders from different agencies can easily communicate with each other, regardless of what frequency band they are using.
 
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Cayman Islands Strengthens Its Mission-Critical Communications

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

First Responders will enhance their response capabilities through a modern ASTRO® 25 mission-critical communications system enhanced with broadband push-to-talk interoperability by Motorola Solutions

  • About 62,000 inhabitants of the Cayman Islands will have a more effective response to their emergencies with the implementation of the mission-critical system that will allow public safety personnel to deliver a faster response to the community.
  • In addition to allowing interoperable emergency communications between multiple agencies, the new communications system is also a platform for future enhancements of the government’s communications, including GPS tracking and text messages to radios.

Latin America – Feb. 28, 2018 – The Ministry of Home Affairs of Cayman Islands signed a contract with Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to renew the Government’s radio system with a Project 25 system with coverage throughout the country, including waterways for maritime units, helping improving its public safety agencies’ response no matter where the emergency occurs.

The country’s previous radio system is being upgraded with the next generation of APX™ radios and ASTRO 25 infrastructure. This upgrade brings new communication capabilities, such as GPS tracking, text messages, and secure and encrypted communications. With this, Cayman is the country in the Caribbean with the most modern ASTRO 25 system by Motorola Solutions.

“Whether it is a scheduled event or an unexpected disaster, the ASTRO 25 radio system by Motorola Solutions will enable a high standard of communication among stakeholder agencies within our public safety and national security framework and deliver the information required to coordinate a safe and effective response,” stated Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister for Home Affairs.

A P25 network with repeater sites, APX 2000 and APX 5000 portable digital radios, APX 1500 mobile digital radios, as well as LEX secure and rugged LTE mission-critical devices and ASTRO 25 system software upgrades, are all part of this comprehensive solution. Once it’s fully implemented, whenever a first responder needs to ask for help or set the alarm for an emergency, they can reach any public safety and emergency agency by just clicking a button on the radio. The solution will also provide the responder’s location, enhancing safety and facilitating task assignment.

“Safer cities make thriving communities, and it’s an honor for us to be able to supply this comprehensive solution for the Cayman Islands, and a great pleasure to continue contributing to enhance the country’s public safety”, said Mike deVente, vice president & general manager, Motorola Solutions Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

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