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Motorola Solutions Brings Together Spillman Public Safety Software Users

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 900 customers from 370 U.S. public safety agencies attend Spillman user conference

PARK CITY, Utah – Sep. 20, 2017 – More than 900 attendees from 370 U.S. public safety agencies have gathered for Summit 2017, the annual user conference for Spillman, a Motorola Solutions company. Summit 2017 focuses on Flex, which provides records management software (RMS), computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and jail management, as well as advanced search, reporting, mapping and analytics capabilities, to U.S. public safety agencies.

Acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2016, Spillman specializes in integrated on-premises and cloud software solutions. It is now part of Motorola Solutions’ growing Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

“Flex gives U.S. public safety agencies a customizable, on-premises solution for CAD and RMS,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We are committed to Spillman Flex, which is a critical part of the integrated software suite we are building for public safety users. Flex will help us streamline the emergency response workflow and create meaningful integration between systems, including land mobile radio networks and 911 call-taking solutions.”

Sinclair and other leaders will discuss software strategy and product enhancements with Spillman Flex customers at this week's conference. The event focuses on networking, educational opportunities, hands-on workshops and previews of new software innovations. Attendees will choose from more than 100 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in 11 different tracks, including more than 30 new classes on subjects from body-worn cameras and NG9-1-1 to CJIS policy and community policing. Guest presenters include key industry partners as well as user-taught best practices courses that share how other Flex customers have optimized their systems.

“We attend this conference every year because of the networking with other seasoned users and classes for new product offerings,” said Tom Wassack, application development manager for Randolph County, North Carolina, public safety, who has attended the conference for 23 years. “Those are key values I can take back to my agency.”

Radical Systems wins Motorola Solutions 2017 New South Wales hackathon

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Northern Territory developer impresses with secure communications solution

Sydney, Australia – Sept. 20, 2017 – Radical Systems has won the 2017 Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) public safety hackathon.

The Darwin-based business systems developer won the fast-paced, 48-hour challenge with a solution designed to capture vital data for emergency services while maintaining the integrity of highly secure and covert communications.

The solution is designed to provide better connectivity and communications for public safety organisations, enabling improved decision making and response to major events such as bushfires. The application would also enable system users to capture vital data on their devices when they are not connected to the network.

Radical Systems incorporated the use of Motorola Solutions’ convergence suite of software in its solution design, enabling radio network access to be securely extended to users of smartphones and other devices.

The Northern Territory technology developer was awarded $30,000 in prizes through the competition, including AUD $15,000 in cash and credits with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to further develop its solution in the cloud. Second place went to a combined team from Mastercom and Battlerz which were awarded a combined AUD $10,000 in cash and AWS credits.

Other competing developers included DiUS, Motorola Solutions, Gridstone and a team of New South Wales university students studying engineering.

The hackathon was supported by public safety agencies including NSW Telco Authority, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service. Agencies provided challenge statements based on real operational problems faced by their frontline personnel every day.

Applying the principles of agile development, application developers worked to resolve the challenge statements by developing smart applications in a pressure-cooker environment.

The event highlighted how mobile broadband innovation could be applied to improve situational awareness and collaboration for Australia’s public safety organisations while opening up new possibilities for developers.

“This experience taught us a lot about what emergency services personnel face in their daily work,” said Iain Buchanan, senior developer with Radical Systems.

“This really stretched our thinking in terms of solutions design and forced us to consider how technology could be applied to improve safety and productivity within their environments,”

All intellectual property developed during the hackathon belongs to the competing developers, giving them the flexibility to complete their applications either on their own or with support from Motorola Solutions.​

“This win will stimulate further growth for business and we plan to expand our solution – possibly by incorporating video streaming and image sharing – to create an even more valuable product for our customers,” explained Adam Whitehead, Radical Systems’ technology director.

Motorola Solutions’ vice president of cloud infrastructure, Tom Guthrie, said his company would continue to invest in hackathons and the growing number of services available within the cloud to deliver innovation to emergency services and enterprise organisations.

“Hackathons and the rapidly-growing, common tool sets available within the cloud make a powerful combination,” Guthrie said.

“Used together, they provide a new way for us to work, share our ideas, iterate and learn from each other. This kind of collaboration is essential to developing much-needed technologies to support public safety and enterprise organisations into the future,” Guthrie said.

Planning for Motorola Solutions’ next hackathon, in Melbourne in mid-2018, is now underway.

For further information email Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand marketing director, Kym Little: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Motorola Solutions sets out a vision of Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in the UK

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The opening of Motorola Solutions’ London Innovation Centre this month will showcase how new software and services are empowering public safety

LONDON, UK – September 20, 2017 – Public safety agencies are under enormous pressure in an ever-changing world. Threats are getting more complex, populations are growing, budgets are under pressure, and constant scrutiny is leading to even greater demands for accountability.

Motorola Solutions believes the right information at the right time, supported by intelligent innovations can help relieve some of this burden. Automation can trigger a series of actions to make response times quicker, and big data can be analysed for trends and behaviours, to help identify the most significant and high priority threats. The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a public safety setting is transformative – enabling agencies to potentially predict incidents before they occur.

Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society

Motorola Solutions marks the opening of its Innovation Centre in London by setting out a vision of Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society.

The centre showcases technologies including CommandCentral Analytics, used to support decisions on areas to patrol; showing an application of AI working with Natural Language Processing software, to help officers interact with backend systems and retrieve critical intelligence; and Future Fire Incident Command Concept, demonstrating how the use of Mixed Reality technology by an Incident Commander at the scene can improve situational awareness and the safety of firefighters.

The event that took place explored how data and intelligent solutions can empower public safety organisations to more effectively predict and respond to incidents – even before they occur.

Motorola Solutions technologies showcased how innovations could free up time for public safety agencies. For example, in law enforcement these solutions span before, during and after an incident strengthening the chain of custody for evidence and ultimately helping improve the entire criminal justice system.

“Society is being transformed by technology, and public safety is too. Next-generation solutions can help public safety enhance workflow, boost efficiency and ultimately improve safety and outcomes,” explains Eduardo Conrado, EVP, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ‎Motorola Solutions.

“Public safety organisations need not only the technology and tools to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to understand their challenges, find solutions and imagine new ways to get the job done.”

50 Years of Innovation in the UK

Motorola Solutions has a rich heritage of aiding public safety in the UK over the last five decades. Its innovations span pioneering cellular phones and systems in the mid-80s, to introducing the world’s first TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) nationwide digital radio network, which is the basis for Airwave – the network went live in 2005 based on Motorola Solutions´ TETRA technology and currently powers public safety communications in the country.

In 1994, the company developed radio, cable and antenna systems for the newly opened Channel Tunnel between England and France, and in 1998 CityLink Telecommunications consortium, which included Motorola, was selected to replace and manage the radio transmission services for the entire London Underground Tube network.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Motorola Solutions was selected to provide over 30,000 MTH800 digital radios for Metropolitan Police Service officers to use on the Airwave nationwide TETRA communications network. London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s command and control system went live in May that year and Motorola Solutions supplied and implemented the system.

In 2015, Motorola Solutions was chosen to provide user services, system integration and critical functionality for the UK’s next generation LTE Emergency Services Network (ESN).

In 2016, PRONTO, a mobile applications suite provided by Airwave for workflows in the field, now underpins over a third of the UK police forces. As the technology has become more widely adopted, police forces have seen a dramatic increase in officer efficiency – from vehicle registration checks and issuing speeding tickets, to testing for the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Motorola Solutions moved its Europe, Middle East and Africa regional headquarters to the heart of London in 2017.

“Over the past 50 years, we have developed close relationships with many public safety organisations and commercial customers in the UK,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president for Western Europe and North Africa, and country manager UK and Ireland at ‎Motorola Solutions. “We are proud to support the UK users with our communications, services and applications that will help make public safety and commercial users even more effective in their work to protect and assist UK citizens.”

A Decade of Delivering Better Business Communication

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO line celebrates 10 years with new radio, repeater and enhanced capabilities

  • Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBOTM platform has powered thousands of commercial customers’ improved communications networks for more than a decade
  • The latest radio offering, the SL3500e, is a sleek addition to the lineup and is joined by a new repeater and software to improve MOTOTRBO performance
  • MOTOTRBO powers the Team Communications solution that employs WAVE Workgroup Communication software to help businesses work smarter and faster

CHICAGO – Aug. 30, 2017 – For more than 10 years, thousands of businesses looking for reliable and cost-effective digital radio systems have chosen Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) MOTOTRBOTM platform. MOTOTRBO enters its next decade in the U.S. with a new radio, repeater and enhanced software capabilities to connect employees like never before.

MOTOTRBO uses secure, always-on land mobile radio (LMR) technology trusted by commercial customers everywhere. The millions of MOTOTRBO radios sold worldwide – combined with performance-boosting Capacity Max digital trunking – create the core of our Team Communications solution for any business.

“We’re marking 10 years of MOTOTRBO, but in many ways, we’re just getting started with improving the way our commercial customers do business,” said John Kedzierski, vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Commercial Markets, Channels and Services. “Team Communications combines our best software and MOTOTRBO radios to create better ways for customers to get things done with faster, smarter communications.”

The latest MOTOTRBO offering, the SL3500e portable radio blends sophistication with a discreet, slim design that’s ideal for work in professional settings. With a virtual keypad and display, the lightweight SL3500e makes it easy to navigate between functions and toggle between voice and data.

The new SLR 1000 low-power repeater offers an ultra-flexible way to power MOTOTRBO radio networks by extending their range in a compact design. Built for indoor or outdoor settings, the repeater is easy to install and can scale up along with a company’s growing network.

The latest MOTOTRBO software enables WAVE™ Work Group Communications software to be used directly on the radio over WiFi. WAVE links any device across LMR and broadband networks and anchors the Team Communications package, letting MOTOTRBO radio use push to talk services with employees at desktop machines, mobile phones, tablets or any other communication device. WAVE-enabled communications let businesses get ahead of shop floor or management problems and keep key personnel in constant contact when needed.

The MOTOTRBO platform also features one of the industry’s largest application developer programs with a wide variety of apps ranging from work order ticket management, GPS and location tracking, Bluetooth® data, email gateways, dispatch, telephony and more.

Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Kodiak Networks

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Adds complementary, carrier-integrated push-to-talk-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ software suite

CHICAGO – Aug. 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers.

Kodiak partners with mobile network operators globally to offer its cloud-based PTT solution and management platform, which delivers clear, reliable, instant performance over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks.

“Acquiring Kodiak Networks is another step in building Motorola Solutions’ communications and collaboration software suite and establishing annual recurring revenue streams,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “Kodiak’s broadband PTT software expands our offerings for mobile network operators, especially in commercial markets, and complements our software and carrier capabilities.”

Kodiak adds a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ existing mission-critical WAVE PTT portfolio. WAVE connects disparate networks to enable communication between smartphones, radios and computers via wireless or wireline broadband.

Kodiak was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Motorola Solutions hires head of product cybersecurity

on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Former head of Cyber Intelligence Task Force for the Intelligence and National Security tapped to accelerate strategy across the portfolio   

CHICAGO – Aug. 23, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the leader of its new products and services cybersecurity team. Troy Mattern joins Motorola Solutions as the company’s head of cybersecurity for products and services and will lead a dedicated team and governance board focused on cybersecurity strategy, risk assessment, policy and prioritization across Motorola Solutions’ software, services, devices and networks. Mattern brings more than 25 years of experience in military and cyberintelligence.

“Cyber threats are growing in number, scale and sophistication, and the stakes are even higher for our public safety and commercial customers,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “Troy and his organization will help ensure our products and services – from mission-critical two-way radios to our integrated software suite for the command center – are secure from the ground up.”

Mattern was previously vice president of cybersecurity for Zurich Insurance Company. Prior to Zurich, he was technical director for cyberintelligence for Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, and he served more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he developed his expertise in cybersecurity and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). Mattern was the first chairman of the Cyberintelligence Task Force for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and remains actively involved in the industry. 

“I’m excited to build on Motorola Solutions’ strong foundation of cybersecurity,” said Mattern. “The landscape is evolving quickly, and I look forward to helping keep our customers connected and their information secure.”

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Aug. 22, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 47 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 13, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2017.

“Hackathon” to bring rapid innovation to New South Wales’ government and public safety agencies

on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions works with agencies, apps developers to create next generation solutions

Sydney, Australia – Tuesday, August 22, 2017 –  Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will host its first ever “hackathon” in New South Wales – an event that will be a fast-paced, 48-hour challenge to develop technology solutions to overcome complex operational challenges faced by the state’s government and public safety agencies.

The event will take place in Sydney from 13-15 September and starts with participating agencies and organisations, including government and public safety agencies in New South Wales, describing daily operational challenges they hope to solve with new, data-driven applications.

In response, external application developers and teams from Motorola Solutions will apply the principles of agile software development to develop new technology solutions.

The objective of the event is to develop new technologies that strengthen situational awareness, collaboration, safety and emergency response for Australia’s government and public safety organisations. This includes the development of solutions that harness and share critical information with and between first responders and the community, providing public safety agencies with better access to information, where and when they need it most.

The winning app development team will receive an AUD $25,000 prize.

All solutions developed during the hackathon will remain the intellectual property of app developers, meaning participants will be free to develop their solutions further after the hackathon, with support from Motorola Solutions if they wish.

Motorola Solutions vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said hackathons help to generate fresh ideas to overcome complex challenges.

“As a company that develops technologies to serve the emergency services sector, we have long understood how important mission-critical voice communications are to achieving the right outcomes. Now, in this new environment, we also understand that software can help to save a life or a business.

“Hackathons help us to enrich our approach to innovation, enabling us to work with a variety of experts to develop much-needed technology solutions,” Crutchfield said.

Motorola Solutions held a 2016 hackathon in Brisbane, which was won by Perth-based startup Fleetsu. The company’s founder and CEO, Jakub Felinski, said the victory was a “turning point” for his business.

“Since the win our business has grown at a phenomenal rate, almost tripling in size,” Felinski said.

“The hackathon helped us to grow and become more competent and mature as a business, and we have used the victory as a reference point to secure a number of new contracts.

“Since last year’s win, we have narrowed our focus, becoming more niche and pursuing the right business opportunities to enable our long-term growth and success,” Felinski said.

Fleetsu’s winning solution from the 2016 event, a fleet asset management app, helps organisations to optimise and coordinate the use of its vehicles, machinery and other equipment.

Motorola Solutions is actively calling for more software developers to join the event. Interested parties can find more information on the event page or contact Kym Little: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +0422 136 008.

Motorola Solutions hands over 300,000th TETRA Radio Terminal to German Public Safety Organisations

on Friday, 18 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Major milestone for TETRA digital radio implementation in Germany, delivered by Motorola Solutions’ Center of Excellence in Berlin
 

  • 300,000th TETRA digital radio terminal supplied to the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr)
  • Symbolic radio handed over to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Coblenz

 
COBLENZ/IDSTEIN, Germany – August 17, 2017 – Motorola Solutionshas delivered its 300,000th TETRA digital radio terminal to German public safety organisations. To mark this important milestone, Axel Kukuk, Head of Government and Military Sales for Motorola Solutions in Germany, handed over a specially designed MTP850 FuG radio in German army colours to Andreas Wack, Lieutenant Colonel in the German Army and Project Manager at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Motorola Solutions is supplying the German Federal Armed Forces with TETRA digital radio terminals to enable secure and reliable communications between military forces.
 
“The delivery of our 300,000th TETRA terminal in Germany underlines our position as a market leader in providing mission-critical solutions to public safety and commercial organisations worldwide. It is an important milestone for our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, which guarantees high-quality expertise and close relations with our German and European customers,” explained Axel Kukuk, Head of Government and Military Sales for Motorola Solutions Germany. “We will not stop here. We are dedicated to further investment in both TETRA and new broadband-based Smart Public Safety solutions.”
 
Motorola has invested 10 percent of its 2016 annual revenues of $6 billion in research and development (R&D) where approximately 5,000 employees are employed. The R&D programs are especially focused on the development of new public safety devices, infrastructure, software and solutions, command centre applications including voice, data and video, as well as public safety broadband solutions based on LTE technology. 
 
Motorola Solutions has sold to date more than 2.5 million TETRA terminals worldwide. Since the first TETRA tender was issued in Germany in 2009, Motorola Solutions has delivered digital radio terminals, software, accessories, services and solutions to security forces in the German federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia as well as to the nationwide public safety organisations. Motorola Solutions has also recently signed a framework contract with the Central Procurement Office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for the delivery of TETRA digital radio terminals, accessories, software and services. The mission-critical communication solutions from Motorola Solutions are also deployed by numerous businesses in sectors such as: oil and gas, manufacturing, airports, utilities and public transport.
 
In addition to the 300,000th TETRA digital radio terminal, Motorola Solutions delivered the 1,000th DIMETRA TETRA system out of its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin in April. Many of the TETRA systems that have been configured in Berlin are deployed in Germany and Europe as the basis for numerous national TETRA networks: among others, the public safety organisations in Denmark, Norway, Austria, Ireland, Portugal and the UK trust in Motorola Solutions’ technology and experience.

Motorola Solutions Continues to Transform Public Safety Communications with Innovative Broadband Solutions

on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions introduces a new suite of broadband-based applications and communication capabilities built for the mission-critical needs of first responders

CHICAGO – Aug. 14, 2017 – When every second counts, first responders need to communicate seamlessly without missing a beat. TodayMotorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is introducing the next generation of mission-critical, broadband-based solutions to help transform communications into improved safety for first responders and the people they protect.

“Motorola Solutions is creating a new generation of voice, data and messaging capabilities for interoperable communications between land mobile radio (LMR) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “From interconnected apps that make it easy for officers to communicate with radio and smartphone users, to connectivity between LMR and LTE networks, our newest solutions are designed for the unique needs of public safety.”

Motorola Solutions will showcase these new solutions Aug. 14-15 in booth #801 at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2017 show, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

PSX App Suite built for public safety

Motorola Solutions designed an integrated mobile application experience for first responders in the field. Apps share the same look and feel, context and credentials so that officers don’t have to stop and re-enter key information across apps. They operate seamlessly with both LMR and LTE networks and provide a streamlined experience to help officers stay focused on the environment around them.

For example, a police chief can create a push-to-talk (PTT) group to interact with officers that are using either a radio or smartphone. From this app, the chief can seamlessly move to a map and see where everyone is located. Information can be shared instantly with the push of a button across both LMR and LTE networks.

An officer can also create a new dynamic talkgroup on the mapping app, consisting of both radio and smartphone users, with just one tap. She can instantly switch to the PTT app and communicate with this group, or send photos, videos, location information and more using the messaging app, without losing her talkgroup or conversation thread.

ASTRO®25 Broadband Connectivity Package

With the new Broadband Connectivity Package, Motorola Solutions ASTRO® 25 digital LMR network users across North America can connect to public safety broadband networks for PTT communications across different types of devices. This fully configured and managed service will enable public safety agencies to communicate seamlessly between radio and broadband users with local city and county staff, and other extended users such as public utilities. Motorola Solutions’ Managed Services team takes care of everything from installation to management and monitoring of the connection between ASTRO 25 and broadband networks.

LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure

If a forest fire or other emergency breaks out in a remote area, fire and police commanders can use the LXN 500 to quickly establish LTE coverage where needed. The Wi-Fi and GPS equipped LXN 500 is a complete standalone LTE network that can host the software applications they need such as mapping, messaging and video streaming to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.

The LXN 500 covers a spectrum of use cases to bring broadband anywhere it needs to be. It can be carried in a backpack and deployed in a vehicle, building or a fixed site. Its compact size is designed for harsh environments and can withstand heat, cold, rain and other conditions faced by first responders.

Sr600: A new 360 degree in-car camera

Motorola Solutions will showcase the new, innovative Sr600 in-car camera that provides a 360-degree view to capture an entire scene. When an event occurs, the camera can capture not only what happens in the front of the car, but also each side and the back for a full-picture view. It captures evidence-quality video and audio recordings, and stores them securely. They can be uploaded to CommandCentral Vault over secure Wi-Fi, and stored and managed together with body worn camera evidence to streamline agency operations and video management.

CommandCentral Inform features RapidSOS 911 call data

Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Inform provides a map-based, common operating picture of events and resource locations. It will now integrate RapidSOS 911 call data to show the location of callers. It will also be capable of displaying additional information such as health details provided by a caller, demographics and even telematics from connected cars through RapidSOS. This will provide command staff with increased situational awareness for the best response in an emergency.

Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
 

  • Sales of $1.5 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago
  • Products sales up 6 percent driven by growth in every region
  • Backlog growth of $265 million from a year ago
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.78, up 28 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $1.12, up 9 percent
  • Acquiring Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening command center software portfolio

CHICAGO – Aug. 3, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the second quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
“Q2 was an outstanding quarter of revenue and EPS growth driven primarily by our land mobile radio (LMR) business,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “Additionally, I’m pleased with our strong backlog position and recent acquisitions that provide the foundation for continued success."
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Q2 2017  Q2 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,497 $1,430 5%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $257 $224 15%
  % of Sales 17.2% 15.7%  
  EPS $0.78 $0.61 28%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $328 $324 1%
  % of Sales 21.9% 22.7%  
  EPS $1.12 $1.03 9%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $848 $801 6%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $168 $129 30%
  % of Sales 19.8% 16.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $193 $176 10%
  % of Sales 22.8% 22.0%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $649 $629 3%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $89 $95 (6)%
  % of Sales 13.7% 15.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $135 $148 (9)%
  % of Sales 20.8% 23.5%  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.34 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.
 
  • Revenue – Sales increased 5 percent driven by the Americas region. Products segment sales grew 6 percent with growth in every region, driven primarily by P25 LMR systems. The Services segment grew 3 percent driven by the Americas, with global Managed & Support Services growth of 3 percent despite $20 million of Airwave currency headwinds.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 17.2 percent of sales, compared with 15.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects higher sales volume and lower other costs. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9 percent of sales, compared with 22.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the sales increase was offset by lower gross margin associated with higher systems mix in North America, as well as Airwave currency headwinds.
  • Cash flow – The company generated $173 million in operating cash, a decrease of $119 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow2 was $120 million, down $81 million. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to timing of higher working capital primarily associated with the implementation of a new ERP system. Year-to-date operating cash flow and free cash flow were higher than the prior year driven by higher earnings.
  • Capital Allocation – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $805 million and a net debt position of approximately $3.7 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $80 million of its common stock and paid approximately $77 million in cash dividends. Additionally, the company announced the acquisition of Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening its command center software portfolio.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with $8.5 billion of backlog, up $265 million from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog is up 15 percent or $204 million, and Services is up 1 percent or $61 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Strategic wins and awards
  • $160 million for a 10-year Managed & Support Services agreement in Canada
  • $43 million for P25 devices in a major U.S. city
  • $40 million for P25 system in Broward County, Florida
  • $24 million for P25 system with a large utility in the northeastern U.S.
  • $19 million for P25 system covering three Kentucky counties that includes a 10-year Managed & Support Services agreement
  • $10 million for P25 devices in Australia
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Announced acquisition of Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening the company’s command center software portfolio. Airbus DS Communications is a leading provider in North America of command center software for emergency call-handling
  • Certified Public Safety LTE device LEX F10 for the AT&T FirstNet network
  • Delivered 1,000th TETRA digital radio system and 25,000th base station
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
  • Third-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 3 to 4 percent compared with the third quarter of 2016. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.36 to $1.41 per share.
  • Full-year 2017 – The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 3 to 4 percent versus the prior outlook of approximately 2 percent, and non-GAAP earnings per share now in the range of $5.20 to $5.30 from the prior outlook of $5.08 to $5.23. This assumes current foreign exchange rates and approximately 170 million fully diluted shares for the full year.
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, Aug. 3. 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:
 
  Q2 2017 Q2 2016
Net sales $1,497 $1,430
Gross margin 690 676
Operating earnings 257 224
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

131

107
Diluted EPS $0.78 $0.61
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.0 174.8


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

(per diluted common share) Q2 2017
   
GAAP Earnings $0.78
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.07
Reorganization of business charges 0.02
Intangibles amortization expense 0.17
Non-US pension settlement loss 0.08
Legal settlement (0.01)
Sale of business 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.34
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.12

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 or 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. Specifically in regards to its restructuring plans, the company has incurred significant reorganization of business charges as it reduced operating expenses over the past four years.
 
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 third quarter and full year of 2017 and the impact of acquisitions on our business. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K 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) 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; (6) 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; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) 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; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) 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; (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 repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
1 Q2 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.34 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

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Innovative technology gives Western Australian fire and emergency services the advantage in emergency management

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ advanced dispatch system enables better, faster incident response

Perth, Australia – Wednesday, 2 August 2017 –  Western Australia’s Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) has made a long-term investment in productivity gains for its teams through an agreement with Motorola Solutions(NYSE:MSI) to provide a new computer aided dispatch (CAD) system.

Motorola Solutions' PremierOne CAD™ integrates critical information between agency databases, command centres and frontline officers working in the field.

CAD systems are the essential information hub between public safety agencies and the general public. They include critical information from Triple Zero (000) calls, one of the first points of contact for community members before information is dispatched to first responders in the field. The systems collect and collate information that is essential to a fire and emergency worker’s daily workflow.

DFES now joins Western Australia Police (WAPOL) in using the same PremierOne CAD technology platform, creating more opportunities for collaboration between the state’s fire and emergency services and police for coordinated incident response in the future.

The new CAD system will provide DFES with many enhanced features to enable greater visibility of its resources for better decision making and resource management. This includes mobility technology to provide instant and precise, mapping, dispatch and premise hazard information to crews working on emergency response vehicles. This vital information helps DFES personnel to be better informed before moving into potentially dangerous situations.

Aligned, connected technology for better results

The decision by DFES and WAPOL to invest in the same CAD platform also reflects the Western Australian Government’s State ICT Strategy to align technology and business functions to improve service delivery to the community.

The technology extension also supports the government’s ICT strategy by:

  • Simplifying technology platforms, systems and standards as part of a unified government
  • Connecting agencies and the community through digital services and system integration
  • Informing decision-makers, frontline staff and the public with quality data and analysis.

Vice president and managing director for Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the CAD systems would provide full support for daily operations for DFES and WAPOL and can be ramped up to support peak events and emergencies.

“Placing the right information into the hands of first responders leads to better, faster and more accurate decision making in critical moments,” Crutchfield said.

“The PremierOne CAD technology platform will help DFES to manage their resources more efficiently so frontline officers can be deployed quickly and effectively to protect their communities.

“In the future, having fire and emergency services and police agencies using the same CAD technology means they can collaborate more effectively during peak events including major bushfires. This creates a clear, common operating picture of what is happening in real time, helping response agencies to protect lives and property,” Crutchfield said.

The CAD platform can also support the addition of further agencies over time as well as future technological advancements to further enhance efficiency and front line support.

The new contract with DFES is valued at more than $AUD 7 million and follows WAPOL’s original investment of $AUD 11 million to upgrade its CAD platform.

To find out more about Motorola Solutions’ Mobile Intelligence solutions download the white paper.

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

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks to Restrain Hytera from Continued Infringement of Patents

Remains Committed to Protecting Valuable Patents Around the World

CHICAGO – July 31, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that it has commenced patent infringement proceedings 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 (the “Court”) by filing an Originating Application and Statement of Claim. This legal action follows the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on March 14, 2017; the patent infringement complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 29, 2017; and the patent infringement complaints filed with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany on April 18, 2017 and with the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany on July 24, 2017.

The Statement of Claim filed on July 31, 2017 asserts that certain Hytera digital mobile radios offered in Australia infringe three of Motorola Solutions’ Australian patents, AU2005275355, AU2006276960 and AU2009298764. Motorola Solutions seeks a declaration from the Court that Hytera has infringed Motorola Solutions’ patents and an order permanently restraining Hytera from continued infringement, as well as damages and such additional relief as the Court deems appropriate.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “As the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, we are committed to vigorously enforcing our valuable intellectual property rights on behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders. This filing in the Federal Court of Australia is a continuation of our global efforts to safeguard Motorola Solutions’ proven record of technological innovation and our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents. We are confident in the merits of each case and will continue to pursue legal remedies to stop Hytera’s infringing behavior.”

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.

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

Motorola Solutions Strengthens Its Next-Generation 911 Software Portfolio with Acquisition of Airbus DS Communications

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Adds to portfolio of 911 software for public safety customers of all sizes

CHICAGO – July 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced today that it has executed a definitive agreement with Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) under which the company will acquire Plant Holdings, Inc., which holds the Airbus DS Communications business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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

The acquisition of Airbus DS Communications will strengthen Motorola Solutions’ software portfolio, enabling expansion into new segments in U.S. emergency response solutions. It will create a full suite of 911 solutions, including call routing, call taking, records management and dispatch, for agencies of all sizes across segments.

“Our acquisition of Airbus DS Communications will add complementary products and services to our software portfolio, helping us meet the needs of a broader customer base and putting us at the forefront of Next-Generation 911 technology,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “We’re pleased to add these new capabilities to our Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to develop and deliver integrated software solutions that provide critical intelligence and improve operational efficiency for public safety agencies.”

Expected to be completed by the end of 2017, the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. 

Motorola Solutions Files Additional Patent Infringement Complaints in Germany Against Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk

on Friday, 28 July 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks to Enjoin Hytera from Continued Infringement of Patented Technology

Demonstrates Motorola Solutions’ Breadth of Innovation in Acoustics Technology for Two-Way Radio Devices

CHICAGO – July 24, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed new patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany (the “Mannheim Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (collectively, “Hytera”). These legal actions are in addition to the Company’s patent infringement complaints previously filed against Hytera in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf (the “Düsseldorf Court”) on April 18, 2017. With these additional patent infringement actions in Germany, Motorola Solutions now has five pending IP litigations against Hytera, including the patent infringement complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 29, 2017 and the separate patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed on March 14, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The new Mannheim Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices with improved squelch functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’s patent EP 1 139 562 B1. Significantly, the focus of the new cases differs from any of the other patents that Motorola Solutions has previously asserted against Hytera and represents the second patent covering acoustic performance of two-way radio devices. These new actions further exemplify Motorola Solutions’s long-standing innovation in the area of acoustic performance of two-way radio devices. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the accused squelch feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “Each legal action we take furthers our commitment to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. This case, in addition to the case filed in the Düsseldorf Court, demonstrates the breadth of our patent portfolio, in terms of both technology and geographic scope. We are confident that the steps we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

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.

About Motorola Solutions

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

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