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

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

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

ITC Rejects Hytera’s Request for Repair and Replacement Exception

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Motorola Solutions Chooses Microsoft Azure Government Cloud for Command Center Software

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorola Solutions Extends TETRA Digital Radio System to Georgian Rescue Forces

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defence Research and Development Canada Completes Successful Public Safety Broadband Trial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About CSSP

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

About Ericsson

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

About Motorola Solutions

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

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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

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

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

  

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

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

• Fourth-quarter 2018 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 13.5 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.50 to $2.55 per share. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 173 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.
• Full-year 2018 - The company continues to expect revenue growth of approximately 14.5 percent, and now expects non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $7.00 to $7.05, up from the prior guidance of $6.79 to $6.89. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 172 million fully diluted shares and a 22.5 percent effective tax rate.
 
 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Nov. 1. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
  Q3 2018 Q3 2017
Net sales $1,862 $1,645
Gross margin 901 794
Operating earnings 294 347
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

247

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


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the third quarter of 2018.
 

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

 

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
 
BUSINESS RISKS
 
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (6) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (7) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to complete acquisitions or repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

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

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

Victoria Police gain road safety technology edge with Motorola Solutions

on Thursday, 18 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Advanced, real-time number plate technology to help police reduce the state’s road toll

Victoria Police have gained an important advantage in protecting the state’s roads with new number plate recognition and in car video technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI).

The high-resolution, cloud-based Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology enables police to rapidly scan through thousands of vehicle number plates to identify dangerous and unauthorised drivers in real-time. This helps police to detect stolen and unregistered vehicles and crack down on offences including traffic violations, speeding and more.

The five year, state-wide managed service contract is valued at around AUD$17.3M and will fit out 220 Highway Patrol vehicles with the latest in-car video technology.

The solution will also increase protection and accountability for interactions between police and the public through the collection of high quality video and audio recordings that can be submitted as evidence in court.

The technology is vital to achieving the goals outlined in Towards Zero, the Victorian Government’s plan to make roads safer while striving for the ultimate goal of zero deaths on Victorian roads.

The mobile number plate program will complement other systems being used by Victoria Police, including its BlueConnect Mobile Technology program.

Managed services support with ongoing opportunities for innovation

The solution draws on Motorola Solutions’ proven experience in delivering state-of-the-art technology and managed services to Victorian emergency services.

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director, Steve Crutchfield, said fresh and reliable number plate data provides public safety agencies with valuable insights into road user behaviour.

“By combining ANPR detection with in-car video, this solution will provide high quality visual and audio corroboration of incidents and offences witnessed by police. Solutions like this have been proven to increase accountability and even make individuals modify their behaviour when they know they are being filmed, contributing to greater safety for all road users and police officers.”

The agreement with Motorola Solutions gives Victoria Police the flexibility to add enhancements to the program over time as vehicle and video standards and technologies mature.

In addition to the high-resolution number plate technology, Motorola Solutions manages the networks that provide Victoria Police with mission-critical radio communications and narrowband data services.

Motorola Solutions also provides Victoria Police with a mobility managed service to increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for police officers on the front line with a purpose-built mobility application to help officers manage their daily workflows.

Motorola Solutions Announces Strategic Partnership with LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

on Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Will enable U.S. public safety customers to access richer data for criminal investigations to solve cases faster

CHICAGO – Oct. 11, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced an exclusive partnership with the government division of LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a leading global provider of information and analytics. The partnership will bring LexisNexis Risk Solutions data and analytics into Motorola Solutions’ public safety software platform, enabling users to better focus investigations, detect patterns, anticipate events and deploy resources more efficiently.
 
“Our partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions enhances the intelligence capabilities available across our public safety software applications,” said Andrew Sinclair, corporate vice president and general manager, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “Our users will be able to quickly and seamlessly search across public records as well as their own agency data, and advanced analytics will generate critical insights that provide more comprehensive views of incidents, individuals and locations.”
 
Bringing LexisNexis Risk Solutions data into the public safety workflow will accelerate the process of gathering public information to support incidents and investigations, which today can be a manual process involving multiple databases and disconnected information. The partnership will allow public safety users to quickly discover, visualize and use connections between pieces of data.
 
“For almost two decades, we have served the public safety market, and we are pleased to collaborate with Motorola Solutions to create a joint solution that brings more data into public safety operations, helping solve cases faster and enhance officer safety,” said Haywood Talcove, CEO, Government Solutions, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Our first responders keep our communities safe, and we are honored to support them.”
 
The joint solution is expected to be available in the U.S. as part of Motorola Solutions’ public safety software suite in early 2019.

National Law Enforcement Museum Unveils Interactive 911 Exhibit

on Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A National Law Enforcement Museum News Release

‘911 Emergency Ops’ exhibit, sponsored by Motorola Solutions, puts visitors in the seat of a 911 dispatcher with simulated emergency scenarios 
 
WASHINGTON – The National Law Enforcement Museum — the nation’s only museum dedicated to exploring nearly every facet of U.S. law enforcement — unveiled today its 911 Emergency Ops exhibit, sponsored by Motorola Solutions. The exhibit allows visitors to take on the important role of a 911 dispatcher and learn how this communications system is essential to the work of law enforcement.
 
Visitors stepping into the exhibit will experience the real-life intensity of a public safety command center and learn about the role of a 911 dispatcher — an important connection between the caller and first responders. Visitors will take a seat at one of three stations resembling the console used by a 911 dispatcher. They are guided through a series of 911 calls — processing information, setting priorities and dispatching officers to the scene of an emergency. Once completed, the visitor will see a video showing how the actions they chose would be implemented in a real incident.
  
“To call 911 and know that help is on the way is at the heart of the relationship citizens have with law enforcement,” said David Brant, executive director at the National Law Enforcement Museum. “Encounters with officers at times of crisis help form our view of law enforcement, and 911 dispatchers play a crucial role in ensuring first responders get where they need to be as quickly as possible. It was important for us to bring this element of law enforcement to our visitors.”
 
The exhibit is sponsored by Motorola Solutions — the leading provider of mission-critical communications and video solutions for law enforcement — and uses simplified versions of real-world technology to provide an authentic experience for visitors. In addition to providing the two-way radio communications systems used by law enforcement agencies around the world, the company also designs and delivers public safety software, including emergency call-handling solutions. 
 
“911 dispatchers face extremely stressful situations each day and must make quick decisions when lives are on the line,” said Matt Blakely, executive director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We're proud to sponsor the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit, which gives citizens a look at the heart of a public safety command center and a better understanding of why the role of a 911 dispatcher is so critical."
 
Also featured next to the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit will be the red phone that received the first-ever 911 call on Feb. 16, 1968, on loan from the City of Haleyville, Ala., where the call was placed. Its inclusion in the Museum highlights the importance of the 911 system for public safety. Today more than 240 million calls are made to 911 operators in the United States and in many areas, 80 percent or more are made from a wireless device.
 
The National Law Enforcement Museum opens to the public on Saturday, October 13, 2018 — following a dedication ceremony on Thursday, October 11. The Museum is located at Judiciary Square across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and is dedicated to expanding and enriching the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, insightful programs and community partnerships.
 
For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum and updates on grand opening events, please visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
 

Florida Selects Motorola Solutions for New Public Safety Statewide Radio System

on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Florida Department of Management Services will enter final negotiations with Motorola Solutions for the state’s new mission critical P25 radio system

CHICAGO – Oct. 8, 2018 – The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) announced that it has the authority to award a contract to Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to build and manage the new statewide Project 25 (P25) public safety radio system.

Motorola Solutions will provide Florida with an interoperable ASTRO® 25 land mobile radio (LMR) system for improved coverage, reliability and audio clarity for first responders across the state. The new Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) buildout -- valued at over half a billion dollars -- is scheduled to begin in 2020.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to have been selected by the DMS to build Florida’s new mission-critical radio communications system,” said Robert Marshall, Motorola Solutions sales vice president. “The state-of-the-art ASTRO 25 network will provide interoperable, multi-agency communications between federal, state, and local governments first responders to help them protect Florida’s millions of residents and visitors.”

The DMS’ announcement reaffirms the March 13, 2018, notice of intent to award the statewide system to Motorola Solutions and the State of Florida Administrative Law Judge's Sept. 5, 2018, recommended order confirming the DMS’ selection of Motorola Solutions.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. 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.

Orlando Police Department Uses Leading-Edge Motorola Solutions Si500 Body-Worn Cameras

on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Si500 body-worn cameras and digital evidence management software provides a secure solution from capture to courtroom
 
ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 8, 2018 – Police officers from the Orlando Police Department are using Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) Si500 body-worn cameras to strengthen community trust by improving accountability and transparency. When a video is taken, built-in security protects evidence captured at the scene of incident so that it remains untouched throughout its lifecycle.
 
“Our solutions are built for the mission-critical needs of public safety,” said Robert Marshall, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “We have been working closely with the Orlando Police Department to provide them with secure solutions, such as the Si500, that help them protect residents and the millions of visitors who enjoy the city’s attractions.”
 
Cybersecurity is critical in this day and age, especially when it comes to information that can help protect communities. The Si500 and its digital evidence management software is a secure solution that safeguards evidence against tampering. Chain of custody is automatically established when a video and additional information is captured.
 
The Si500 goes beyond industry practices for cybersecurity protocols and data integrity. Videos are encrypted both on the Si500 and when being transmitted over Wi-Fi. The Si500 is also more than a body-worn camera. It includes a touch screen for evidence management and has a built-in speaker microphone that connects to Motorola Solutions APXTM two-way radios. Officers do not need to wear a separate speaker microphone, reducing the load they have to carry when on patrol.
 
The Si500 works seamlessly with Motorola Solutions’ end-to-end suite of command center software designed to improve operations from the time an emergency call is placed to after an incident is resolved.
 
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Motorola Solutions enhances communications at Christchurch Airport amid New Zealand tourism boom

on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Upgraded MOTOTRBO network provides enhanced communications and smart applications to create safer cities and thriving industries
 
CHRISTCHURCH -- New Zealand, Oct. 8, 2018 – The Orion Group has extended its advanced communications network across New Zealand with Motorola Solutions’(NYSE: MSI) state-of-the-art digital radio systems.
 
The highly flexible communications network is enabling further growth and success for New Zealand’s critical industries including the aviation sector.
 
As New Zealand’s travel boom continues, the innovative network plays a critical role in the delivery of efficient and safe operations every day at Christchurch Airport.
 
Each year, more than 6.5 million passengers travel through Christchurch, with that number expected to reach 8.5 million by 2025.
 
Key tourism statistics from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this year revealed international arrivals into Christchurch increased by 8.5 per cent, while departures rose by 5.5 per cent year on year to June 2018. The 2018 Botannic D'Lights festival in Christchurch during August attracted more than 136,000 people - more than the population of the South Island’s second-largest city, Dunedin.
 
With such heavy passenger flows through the international gateway to the South Island, Christchurch Airport relies on its communication system to keep services running on time, staff and passengers safe, and to improve the quality of the overall customer experience.
 
Christchurch Airport worked with Motorola Solutions and TL Parker - a founding member of New Zealand’s Orion Group of channel partners - to upgrade its existing communications network. This provided the airport with smart applications for seamless communication between staff using radios and other devices including smartphones and tablets.
 
“Smart applications including WAVE enable instant communication between all employees regardless of the type of device they use,” said Tim Morris, Manager of Airfield Operations at Christchurch Airport.
 
“Additionally, with GPS and messaging services we can locate and mobilise our resources instantly in an emergency. This improves situational awareness across the board so we can make better-informed and faster decisions when it matters most,” Morris said.
 
The resilience of the airport’s communications network was demonstrated during the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
 
“Cellular communications went down during the 2011 earthquake but the radio network remained operational,” said Garry Parker, Chief Executive Officer, TL Parker. “This was due to a single channel dedicated to all airline companies provided by TL Parker and Motorola Solutions. It proved its resilience through each aftershock and was used to help coordinate the safe arrival of civil defence and other emergency personnel into Christchurch within 90 minutes of the earthquake.”
 
The airport’s strong customer services philosophy, including investment in advanced communications, has enabled it to win multiple awards this year, including theprestigious SKYTRAX World Airport Award as best regional airport in Australia/Pacific.
 
Motorola Solutions sees a wider trend of New Zealand enterprises investing in advanced communications to strengthen the country’s economic growth forecasts over coming years.  This includes vital industry sectors such as transport and logistics that continue to perform well in key economic indicators including the ANZ Truckometer.
 
“Airports provide a great example of organisations with staff working in a variety of different roles and functions who need to stay connected to instant, group-based communication,” said Steve Crutchfield, Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Motorola Solutions.
 
“Radio networks are no longer being designed only with two-way voice communication in mind. As new data created by the industrial internet of things and other sources continues to grow, communication networks provide a platform for enterprises to add further innovation and new services over time,” he said.

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