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Motorola Solutions Will Modernise and Upgrade Lithuanian Public Safety Communications Network

on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Five-year maintenance, upgrade and support contract signed with Information Technology and Communications Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

VILNIUS, Lithuania – Feb. 14, 2019 – Motorola Solutions has signed a five-year maintenance, support and TETRA digital radio system upgrade agreement with the Information Technology and Communications Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania to modernise and maintain the country’s nationwide TETRA digital radio network. The network provides Lithuania’s public safety organisations such as the State Border Guard Service police, fire and rescue departments as well as ambulances and state law enforcement agencies with efficient, secure and reliable mission-critical digital radio communications.

As part of the contract, Motorola Solutions will modernise and upgrade the redundant digital mobile radio communications network including the controller hardware and the base station software for operations. Motorola Solutions will also provide maintenance and support services for five years, including real-time network monitoring from its Network Operations Center and the delivery of technical support, repair and security services as well as end-to-end incident management based on next-generation technologies in call taking, dispatch and first responder workflows for more effective response, increased actionable intelligence in the field and improved outcomes.

“Ensuring reliable communications for our public safety and emergency organisations across the country and at our state borders are vital,” explained Evaldas Serbenta, director of the IT and Communications Department under the Ministry Of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. “We can meet the highest public safety standards only when we equip our public safety and emergency organisations with state-of-the-art, mission-critical communication solutions that meet and exceed requirements today and in the future. Thereby, our first responders can rely on their technology lifeline and focus on their day-to-day operations in the long term.”

“Motorola Solutions will modernise the Lithuanian digital mobile radio communications network by providing access to the latest functionality and security services,” said Michael Kaae, vice president Nordics, Eastern Europe & Russia at Motorola Solutions. “The best-in-class, 24/7 services will be delivered from our regional Motorola Solutions Network Operations Center, which not only provides real-time monitoring services for maximum availability but also enables proactive monitoring, allowing incidents to be addressed before they impact services whilst providing a high-quality, secure and accessible system to all users.”

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Feb. 14, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 57 cents per share payable in cash on April 15, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2019.

The board also set May 13, 2019, as the date for its Annual Shareholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 15, 2019, as the record date for determining shareholders eligible to vote at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.

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

on Friday, 08 February 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Record Q4 and 2018 revenue, earnings per share and ending backlog
 
• Revenue of $2.3 billion, up 15 percent from Q4 in the prior year; up 15 percent for full year
• Backlog of $10.6 billion, up $988 million or 10 percent from a year ago
• Operating cash flow of $812 million, up $51 million from Q4 in the prior year
• GAAP earnings (loss) per share (EPS) of $2.44, up from ($3.56); $5.62 for full year, up from ($0.95)
• Non-GAAP EPS* of $2.63, up 25 percent; $7.15 for fu ll year, up 31 percent
 
CHICAGO – Feb. 7, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2018. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
“From strong organic revenue growth and cash generation to record EPS and backlog, we delivered an outstanding 2018, capped by an excellent fourth quarter,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions.
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  Q4 2018 Q4 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
Sales   $2,254 $1,957 15% $7,343 $6,380 15%
GAAP
  Operating earnings $516 $503 3% $1,255 $1,284 (2)%
  % of Sales 22.9% 25.7%   17.1% 20.1%  
  EPS $2.44 ($3.56) N/M** $5.62 ($0.95) N/M
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $650 $566 15% $1,740 $1,506 16%
  % of Sales 28.8% 28.9%   23.7% 23.6%  
  EPS $2.63 $2.10 25% $7.15 $5.46 31%
 
Products and Systems Integration Segment
  Sales $1,670 $1,437 16% $5,100 $4,513 13%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $405 $416 (3)% $854 $969 (12)%
  % of Sales 24.3% 28.9%   16.7% 21.5%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $483 $435 11% $1,109 $1,026 8%
  % of Sales 28.9% 30.3%   21.7% 22.7%  
 
Services and Software Segment
  Sales $584 $520 12% $2,243 $1,867 20%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $111 $87 28% $401 $315 27%
  % of Sales 19.0% 16.7%   17.9% 16.9%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $167 $131 27% $631 $480 31%
  % of Sales 28.6% 25.2%   28.1% 25.7%  

  

*Q4 Non-GAAP EPS financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.19 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
** N/M = Percent change is not meaningful due to the prior year net loss related to tax reform

OTHER SELECT FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
• Revenue - Fourth-quarter sales were $2.3 billion, up $297 million, or 15 percent from the year-ago quarter, driven by growth in the Americas and EMEA. Approximately $159 million was related to acquisitions, and $25 million was related to the adoption of ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 16 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 12 percent with growth in all regions.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 22.9 percent of sales, compared with 25.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline was primarily due to costs related to the closure of certain supply chain operations in Europe and acquisition-related operating expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 28.8 percent of sales, compared with 28.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. Higher gross margins were offset by higher operating expenses related to acquisitions.
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 8.8 percent, compared with 223.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 23.5 percent compared with 32.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. Both tax rates for the fourth quarter of 2018 were favorably affected by the ongoing rate reduction and by other provisional adjustments as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $812 million, compared with $761 million of operating cash generated in the year-ago quarter driven primarily by higher earnings. Free cash flow was $743 million, compared with $740 million in the year-ago quarter on higher earnings partially offset by higher capital expenditures related primarily to the Airwave extension.
• Capital allocation - The company paid $85 million in cash dividends, repurchased $66 million of common stock and repaid the remaining $100 million on the revolving credit facility.
• Backlog - The company ended the quarter with backlog of $10.6 billion, up $988 million from the year-ago quarter inclusive of a $205 million unfavorable currency change. Services and Software backlog was up 18 percent or $1.1 billion primarily due to growth in the Americas and the Airwave contract extension through the end of 2022. Products and Systems Integration backlog was down $116 million primarily on two large system deployments in the Middle East and Africa. Products and System Integration backlog grew in the Americas and AP.
 
OTHER SELECT FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
• Revenue - Full-year sales were $7.3 billion, up $963 million, or 15 percent driven by growth in the Americas and EMEA. Approximately $507 million of revenue growth was related to acquisitions, and $83 million was related to the adoption of ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 13 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 20 percent with growth in all regions.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 17.1 percent of sales, compared with 20.1 percent in the prior year driven primarily by costs related to the closure of certain supply chain operations in Europe, an increase to an existing environmental reserve related to a legacy business and higher expenses related to acquisitions. Non-GAAP operating margin was 23.7 percent of sales, compared with 23.6 percent in the prior year due to higher revenue and gross margin partially offset by higher operating expenses related to acquisitions.
• Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate was 12.0 percent, compared with 114.1 percent in 2017. The Non-GAAP effective tax rate was 21.7 percent compared with 31.0 percent in the previous year.  Both the tax rates for the full year 2018 were favorably affected primarily by the ongoing rate reduction and by other provisional adjustments as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $1.1 billion, compared with $1.3 billion in the prior year.  Excluding the voluntary $500 million debt funded U.S. pension contribution in Q1, operating cash flow was $1.575 billion. Free cash flow was $878 million, compared with $1.1 billion in the prior year. Excluding the U.S. pension contribution in Q1, free cash flow was $1.4 billion. The higher cash flow, excluding the U.S. pension contribution, was driven primarily by higher earnings.
• Capital allocation - The company repurchased $132 million of its common stock, paid $337 million in cash dividends and invested $1.2 billion in acquisitions. From a financing perspective, the company issued $500 million in senior unsecured debt to make a $500 million voluntary contribution to the U.S. pension plan in Q1. Additionally, the company entered into a $400 million term loan and borrowed $400 million under the revolving credit facility to complete the Avigilon acquisition in Q1. The revolving credit facility was paid off throughout the year. The company also repurchased 20 percent of the Silver Lake convertible notes for $369 million in Q3, of which $200 million of principal was repaid with new senior unsecured debt in Q4.
 
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Services and Software wins
• $1.1 billion contract extension through 2022 for the Airwave network in the U.K.
• $71 million services award from Maricopa County, Arizona
• $26 million Next Gen 911 Core Services contract in North America
• $16 million services award in Australia
 
Products and Systems Integration wins
• $47 million P25 order with Snohomish County, Washington
• $24 million P25 order with Ingham County, Michigan
• $16 million P25 order with Riverside County, California


BUSINESS OUTLOOK
• First-quarter 2019 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 11 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.11 to $1.16 per share. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 174 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.
• Full-year 2019 - The company expects revenue growth of approximately 6 to 7 percent and non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $7.55 to $7.70. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 175 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.

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) on Thursday, Feb. 7. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net sales $2,254 $1,957 $7,343 $6,380
         
Gross margin $1,088 $970 $3,480 $3,024
Operating earnings $516 $503 $1,255 $1,284
         
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders        
Net earnings (loss) 423 (575) 966 (155)
Diluted EPS $2.44 ($3.56) $5.62 ($0.95)
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 173.4 161.7 172.0 162.9



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 2018.

   
(per diluted common share)  Q4 2018
   
GAAP Earnings $2.44
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.09
Reorganization of business charges 0.25
Intangibles amortization expense 0.22
Asset impairment 0.01
Acquisition-related transaction fees 0.03
Fair value adjustments to equity investments (0.02)
Investment impairments 0.02
FIN 48 reserve, valuation allowance, and other (0.03)
Adjustments to the provisional tax expense as a result of the tax reform (0.38)
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $2.63

 

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period-to-period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, asset impairments, reorganization of business charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Adjusted operating cash flow:  Adjusted operating cash flow information reflects operating cash flow under GAAP excluding a $500 million voluntary, debt-funded U.S. pension contribution in the first quarter 2018. The Company has excluded the impact of this contribution because the company believes that this item does not reflect expected future operating cash flows and does not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating cash flow performance or comparisons to the company's past operating cash flow performance.
 
Free cash flow:  Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures. We believe that free cash flow is also useful to investors as the basis for comparing our performance and coverage ratios with other companies in our industries, although our measure of free cash flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies
 
Organic Revenue: Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters and excluding the effects of ASC 606.  The Company believes non-GAAP organic revenue growth provides useful information for evaluating the periodic growth of the business on a consistent basis and provides for a meaningful period-to-period comparison and analysis of trends in the business.
 
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 2019. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (6) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (7) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to complete acquisitions or repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com.

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Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Earnings Results on Feb. 7

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Police Scotland to Deploy Motorola Solutions Pronto, a Leading Digital Policing Application Developed in Scotland

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Police Scotland to roll out cutting-edge mobile software technology to 10,000 officers across the country as part of a three-year deal

Tulliallan, Scotland – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions has been awarded a three year contract to roll-out its Pronto digital policing application software to 10,000 officers across Scotland. The contract is part of a broader deal between Police Scotland and EE, part of BT Group, to deliver its National Mobile Working Solution.

Pronto was originally developed in collaboration with police officers and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Office in the early 2000s as part of a project with the University of Glasgow. The latest version of Pronto, which has become a leading digital policing application, is now being used by 20 police forces and over 40,000 officers across England, Wales and the Channel Islands. An earlier version is also currently in use in parts of Central Scotland.

The Pronto application will replace the police officers’ traditional paper notebooks and other documentation they currently carry with them. Officers will be able to directly fill in reports on their mobile devices for incidents such as crimes, road collisions and traffic tickets, as well as record witness statements, then automatically submit them without having to go back to the station.

They will be able to record data and images in compliance with criminal justice requirements, with information auto-populated in relevant fields in multiple applications and forms to avoid duplication.

Officers will also be able to directly access local and national police databases such as the Police Command and Control system, the Scottish Criminal History System and the Police National Computer. Better and quicker access to this information will help them save valuable time in identifying suspects and offenders, helping to better protect citizens.

Overall, Pronto has allowed police forces to save between one and two hours of administration and travel time per officer, per shift. It has also enabled significant cost savings, with another UK force saying it has saved up to £7 million through this modernisation of its processes.

This deployment by Police Scotland is an important step in addressing the priorities set out in the force’s “Police 2026 – Serving a Changing Scotland” strategy, which aims to meet the changing needs of local communities and enable a more visible and efficient police force. It will also help reduce “yo-yo policing,” where officers are continually moving back and forth between the front line and the police station to complete administrative tasks.

“Our top priority is ensuring that Police Scotland officers spend as much time as possible policing in their local communities. Through deploying Pronto, we’re reducing the time officers spend on administrative tasks and paperwork, increasing time spent in the communities,” said Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Police Scotland. “Pronto allows our officers to access vital information from police systems when out of the police stations, improving their accuracy and effectiveness whilst dealing with incidents, solving crimes and assisting victims.”

“We’re extremely proud to see that we have now come full circle. This world-leading mobile data solution for Policing, which was born in Scotland, and has since expanded in wider UK, is now coming home,” said Phil Jefferson, Motorola Solutions country manager, UK & Ireland and vice president, Western Europe and North Africa. “We are delighted to extend our longstanding partnership with Police Scotland and the Criminal Justice System in Scotland and look forward to working closely with Police Scotland and BT Group to deliver this exciting project.”

Motorola Solutions Again Recognized on Fortune's List of ‘World's Most Admired Companies’

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Jan. 22, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today was named to Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” The company ranks No. 3 in the industry category of “Network and Other Communications Equipment.”

Rankings are based on a wide-reaching survey of executives, directors and financial analysts asked to rate companies in their own industry on nine reputation attributes, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global effectiveness.

“We’re honored, once again, to be one of the top companies on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ list,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Our clear focus on innovation and strong financial performance, along with our industry-leading platforms in critical communications, video and command center software, give our employees much to be proud of.”

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

Motorola Solutions also was recently included in The Wall Street Journal "Management Top 250" list of companies for the second consecutive year, rising 25 spots. The ranking, a measure of how successfully a company is navigating the current business climate, is based on five dimensions of corporate performance: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength.

Infringing Hytera Products Banned from Importation to United States

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Orders prohibiting importation, sale or marketing of Hytera products in the United States take effect today

CHICAGO – Jan. 16, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announced that the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) importation ban and cease-and-desist orders for Hytera’s products infringing Motorola Solutions’ patents take effect today following the mandatory 60-day presidential review period. Today marks a clear and final win in Motorola Solutions’ U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) case against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”).

All Hytera products infringing Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patent Nos. 7,369,869, 7,729,701 and 8,279,991 (“Patents”) are excluded from the United States. Hytera products subject to the ban include the following:

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

"The expiration of the mandatory review period marks the final step of the ITC’s investigation against Hytera, and Hytera is now prohibited from importing infringing products into the United States,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions has invested extensively in researching, developing and delivering new and innovative products for our customers around the world, while Hytera has brazenly and repeatedly copied our proprietary intellectual property.

“The commencement of the importation ban and the rejection of Hytera’s request for a repair and service exception are major steps in holding Hytera accountable for its theft and serial infringement of our patents, technology and innovation,” Hacker continued. “Motorola Solutions welcomes legitimate competition, but it is only legitimate when companies compete on the basis of their own original technologies. We will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property for the benefit of our stakeholders around the world, and we look forward to presenting our trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claims to a jury in Chicago, Illinois in November.”

As previously announced, in November 2018 the ITC issued a Notice of Final Determination confirming that certain Hytera products are infringing four Motorola Solutions patents. The ITC issued exclusion and cease-and-desist orders for Motorola Solutions’ ’869, ’701 and ’991 patents, prohibiting Hytera from importing infringing products into the United States and selling or marketing those products. At that time, the ITC also rejected Hytera’s request to allow it to import infringing products or components into the U.S. to repair or service those in the field. The ruling affirmed Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara’s finding, in her Initial Determination, that Hytera “unquestionably copied certain of Motorola patented technologies.”

Motorola Solutions notes that Hytera’s recent product announcements of its new i-Series continue to be conspicuously silent regarding when those new products will be commercially available. Motorola Solutions’ patents enable important call processing capabilities, so any modified Hytera products with Motorola Solutions’ patented technology removed will lack these key technologies and features. If and when any such newly released products become available, Motorola Solutions will promptly evaluate them to determine if they contain technologies subject to the ITC’s orders or Motorola Solutions’ patent portfolio.

In addition to the ITC victory, Motorola Solutions recently prevailed against Hytera in the Regional Courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf in Germany in similar patent infringement cases. Motorola Solutions will also continue its patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Court of Australia.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Motorola Solutions Adds Si200 Body-Worn Camera to its Digital Evidence Ecosystem

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Jan. 11, 2019 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced the launch of the Si200 body-worn camera, the newest addition to the company’s digital evidence ecosystem. The Si200 integrates seamlessly with CommandCentral Vault, the company’s software solution for digital evidence management that enables agencies to efficiently and securely manage content from in-field capture to judicial sharing, in one system.

The compact and lightweight Si200 body-worn camera captures high-definition video and features additional advanced capabilities. The importance of an integrated ecosystem for digital evidence management becomes clear when footage from the Si200 is uploaded to CommandCentral Vault. Digital evidence technologies and CommandCentral Vault sync to simplify the process of tagging video, automating redaction, correlating video with incident information in police records and maintaining chain of custody when managing evidence.

The complete digital evidence ecosystem enables agencies to securely manage files, connect public safety workflows and analyze digital evidence within one integrated platform. Motorola Solutions’ digital evidence management platform can take in and manage digital evidence from different providers.

“Many companies offer elements of digital evidence technology, but without integration across the workflow, these point solutions can create more work for law enforcement agencies that already have limited resources,” said Dan Twohig, Motorola Solutions vice president, Software Enterprise sales. “We’ve created a unified portfolio that centralizes digital evidence, records and other multimedia content in one secure location.”

The Si200 body-worn camera and CommandCentral Vault are integral components of Motorola Solutions’ consolidated digital evidence ecosystem, both available now in North America.

Motorola Solutions Announces Critical Connect for Canadian First Responders

on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Cloud-based solution enables fast inter-agency radio communications for coordinated response across cities and provinces

TORONTO — Jan. 9, 2019 — When a large-scale emergency strikes, inter-agency collaboration is key to a coordinated response across cities and provinces. With Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) cloud-based Critical Connect, Canadian public safety agencies can quickly connect their ASTRO® 25 land mobile radio (LMR) systems to communicate with each other.

Using Critical Connect, public safety agencies from different areas have the ability to connect securely to each other in minutes, regardless if it is two or 20 agencies at once. They can communicate via voice across their LMR systems or via Motorola Solutions broadband push-to-talk services. Critical Connect for Canada is available within national borders to ensure Canadian data sovereignty.

“During an emergency, such as an ice storm or a forest fire, first responders using ASTRO® 25 radio systems anywhere across the country can seamlessly interoperate with each other the moment that they begin to coordinate a response,” said George Krausz, president of Motorola Solutions Canada. “Critical Connect for Canada is designed to securely link government agencies and first responders who help keep us safe.”

Critical Connect is available to Canadian agencies as a monthly or yearly subscription.

Motorola Solutions Acquires VaaS International Holdings, Leader in Data and Image Analytics for Vehicle Location

on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition complements Motorola Solutions’ command center software suite

CHICAGO, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA and FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Jan. 7, 2019 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has acquired VaaS International Holdings, Inc. (VaaS), a data and image analytics company based in Livermore, California and Fort Worth, Texas. Motorola Solutions paid a purchase price of $445 million in a combination of cash and equity.

VaaS, a “video analysis as a service” company, is a leading global provider of data and image analytics for vehicle location. The company’s image capture and analysis platform, which includes fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, provides vehicle location data to public safety and commercial customers. Its subsidiaries include Vigilant Solutions for law enforcement users and Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for commercial customers. The company’s 2019 revenues are expected to be approximately $100 million.

“Automated license plate recognition is an increasingly powerful tool for law enforcement,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “With this acquisition, VaaS will expand our command center software portfolio with the largest shareable database of vehicle location information that can help shorten response times and improve the speed and accuracy of investigations.”

VaaS’ platform enables controllable, audited data-sharing across multiple law enforcement agencies. Vehicle location information can help accelerate time to resolution and improve outcomes for public safety agencies, particularly when combined with police records. For example, law enforcement has used VaaS’ solutions to quickly apprehend dangerous suspects and find missing persons.

“We are very excited to be joining Motorola Solutions,” said Shawn Smith, co-founder of VaaS and president of Vigilant Solutions. “This acquisition enables us to continue to serve our existing customers and expand our footprint globally, while at the same time supporting a company with a commitment to innovation and growth, guided by a common purpose that aligns with our mission and culture: ‘To help people be their best in the moments that matter.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.”

“Our extensive license plate data and AI technology have opened new commercial applications of our products,” said Todd Hodnett, co-founder of VaaS and president of Digital Recognition Network. “We believe commercialization of these new applications can be accelerated under the Motorola Solutions brand and reach, and we look forward to working together to grow and diversify our commercial business.”

License plate reading is a highly specialized practice that requires purpose-built cameras and analytics. VaaS’ fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras can capture and analyze license plate information, which differs greatly by state and country, even when vehicles are moving at high speeds or in low-visibility weather conditions.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at http://www.motorolasolutions.com.

About VaaS International Holdings, Inc.

VaaS International Holdings, Inc. (Video Analysis as a Service) is a leading global provider of AI-driven image capture and analysis technology. VaaS solutions and services are shaping communities across the globe by giving local, state and national agencies, as well as small and large businesses and corporations, the tools to better manage risk and prevent or solve crimes with real-time analysis. For more information, visit http://vaasinternational.net.

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, Motorola Solutions’ ability to integrate the products and services into its portfolio and offer to customers and the expected revenues for VaaS International Holdings. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K on page 44 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on 10Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, 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 the future results of operations of VaaS International Holdings and Motorola Solutions’ ability to successfully integrate and operate VaaS International Holdings. 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.

Motorola Solutions Files Copyright Infringement Proceedings in Australia Against Hytera Communications and Hytera Communications (Australia) Pty Limited

on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Seeks Pecuniary Relief and an Injunction Preventing Hytera
From Selling all DMR Products that Include Code

 
Motorola Solutions’ Claims Directed to Hytera’s Current and New “i-Series” Products
 
CHICAGO – December 19, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has filed a claim for copyright infringement against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Communications (Australia) Pty Limited of Australia (collectively, “Hytera”) in the Federal Court of Australia. Motorola Solutions’ application for leave to introduce the copyright infringement claim was heard on 13 December 2018 and orders were made by the Federal Court granting leave on 19 December 2018.
 
The new claim asserts that Hytera unlawfully copied Motorola Solutions’ MotoTRBO source code into Hytera’s Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) equipment, thereby infringing and continuing to infringe Motorola Solutions’ copyright in violation of Australian copyright laws. Motorola Solutions seeks damages or an account of profits for this unlawful conduct, as well as an injunction preventing the importation or sale in Australia of all Hytera products using the code, including adaptations of that code and such additional relief as the Federal Court deems appropriate. The devices that are the subject of Motorola Solutions’ claim for copyright infringement include Hytera’s so-called i-Series product line.

As previously announced in July 2017, Motorola Solutions filed patent infringement proceedings against Hytera in the Federal Court of Australia asserting that certain Hytera DMR products offered in Australia infringe three of Motorola Solutions’ Australian patents: AU2005275355, AU2006276960 and AU2009298764. The DMR products at issue include a substantial number of Hytera’s DMR portables (37 models), mobiles (6 models), and repeaters (4 models). In connection with those patent infringement claims, Motorola Solutions seeks a declaration that Hytera has infringed Motorola Solutions’ patents and an order permanently restraining Hytera from continued infringement, as well as damages or an account of profits and such additional relief as the Federal Court deems appropriate.
 
“As evidenced by our recent victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Germany, Hytera is a serial infringer and copier that has cheated its way to the market,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We will not relent in holding Hytera accountable for its egregious and illegal behavior and protecting our intellectual property for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders.” 
 
In addition to the Federal Court of Australia, Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
 
The proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia are proceeding number NSD1283/2017.
 
For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.
 

Motorola Solutions and Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network Deliver Next Generation Call Routing

on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Dec. 12, 2018 – Greater Harris County (GHC) 9-1-1 Emergency Network, Texas has completed the successful implementation of the Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) VESTA® Router Service for GHC Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP). This is a milestone step for GHC in the transition to next generation call routing.

GHC serves 49 cities and two counties in the Houston area, which is an area of approximately 5.5 million people. It is the largest 9-1-1 system in Texas and the third largest regional system in the U.S. It has been administering 9-1-1 emergency services since 1983.

The GHC/Motorola Solutions deployment fulfills a critical promise of NG9-1-1: that 9-1-1 agencies will have the opportunity to do things differently and take a bigger role in their destiny. With the approach GHC and Motorola Solutions are taking, GHC is able to leverage existing assets, such as their data centers, IP network, multiple lab environments and 24x7 Network Operations Center. The service for GHC is provided via tariff as an unbundled service, offering economies of scale to GHC and all PSAPs who join the network.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to be working with GHC in their migration from legacy to next-generation technology,” says Dan Twohig, Motorola Solutions vice president of software sales. “Our long-standing partnership has enabled a collaborative solution to better serve over 20 percent of the Texas population’s emergency needs.”

This router service is part of Motorola Solutions’ command center software suite, CommandCentral, which provides a unified experience across emergency call handling, command and control, and management of records and evidence. It includes a complete NG9-1-1 portfolio that delivers the critical elements agencies need including call routing, emergency service IP networks (ESInet), GIS services, cybersecurity and network monitoring dedicated to public safety.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As previously announced:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Augmenting Public Safety Capabilities with Artificial Intelligence

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

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

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

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

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

REAL-TIME VIDEO ANALYTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE

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

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

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF POLICING

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

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

INTEGRATED LMR AND LTE BROADBAND NETWORKS

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

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

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

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

Visit our PMRExpo 2018 expert sessions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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