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Motorola Solutions to Expand Push-to-Talk Mobile Offerings with Kodiak Networks Acquisition

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Purchase complements company’s workgroup communicationsofferings for public safety and commercial customers
                                                     
CHICAGO and PLANO, Texas – May 1, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers. The acquisition agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close later this year.

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.  

The acquisition of Kodiak adds a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ existing WAVE PTT portfolio, which today includes solutions for high-performance PTT and flexible, “over-the-top” broadband PTT. WAVE connects disparate networks to enable communication between smartphones, radios and computers via wireless or wireline broadband. It also reflects Motorola Solutions’ strategy to build its communications and collaboration software portfolio, and establish stronger annual recurring revenue streams.

“In the quickly evolving space of broadband PTT, we expect the Kodiak acquisition to expand our offerings and strengthen our ability to provide solutions to mobile network operators, especially for commercial markets,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services, Motorola Solutions. “Kodiak has a significant presence with mobile network operators and an established reputation for providing carrier-integrated solutions that complement Motorola Solutions’ software and carrier capabilities.”

“Kodiak has proven expertise in meeting the demanding security, reliability and performance needs of large mobile network operators that provide communications solutions to commercial customers,” said John Vice, chief executive officer, Kodiak. “We are excited about the opportunities that Motorola Solutions and Kodiak have to expand the reach of these PTT communications platforms and to ensure our customers benefit from the high-quality software they’ve come to expect.”

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

Motorola Solutions Announces Investigation of Hytera Communications by U.S. International Trade Commission

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

U.S. ITC to Examine Claims that Hytera Is Unlawfully Infringing Motorola Solutions’ Patents

Potential Remedies Include Enjoining Hytera from Selling and Marketing Infringing Products in the U.S.

CHICAGO – April 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (the “ITC”) has voted to institute an investigation into unfair trade practices by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”). The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Motorola Solutions on March 29, 2017.

The ITC’s investigation will examine whether Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents.

If the ITC’s investigation determines that Hytera has engaged in unlawful practices, the ITC may issue an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products, as well as a cease-and-desist order to stop the sale and marketing of the infringing products in the United States.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “We are pleased the ITC will investigate Hytera’s trade practices, as we believe they are both unscrupulous and unlawful. Motorola Solutions is known for pioneering technology innovation. As the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, we are committed to vigorously defending our valuable intellectual property on behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders. We will continue our efforts to stop Hytera’s illegal and anticompetitive behavior, and look forward to a prompt decision by the ITC.”

Motorola Solutions also filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera on April 18, 2017, and patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints on March 14, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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

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

Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS Introduce Precise Location for 911 Smartphone Calls

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Solution can accelerate time to resolution by getting emergency help to people in need more quickly

CHICAGO – April 26, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) and RapidSOStoday announced a new solution for getting emergency help to people who need it most – faster and more efficiently.

Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS, an emergency technology startup, will soon begin delivering precise location information for U.S. 911 calls made from smartphones. The solution creates end-to-end data connectivity by sharing precise location across the emergency call, from citizens in need to dispatchers to first responders.

About 70 percent of U.S. 911 calls are made from mobile phones, and knowing the precise location of an emergency caller can accelerate time to resolution. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 911 calls from mobile phones may provide a general indication of the caller’s location, but that information is not always specific enough to quickly deploy first responders.

In the coming weeks, precise location information enabled by RapidSOS will be available on Emergency CallWorks CallStation, Motorola Solutions’ software for emergency call-taking and mapping. Precise location also will be delivered to first responders in the field through Motorola Solutions’ Messaging and Mapping public safety mobile applications that will be released later this year. Precise location will be estimated based on the location of the device, using sensors on the device and WiFi access points, Bluetooth transmitters and other technology that detects indoor and outdoor location.

“This solution has the power to get emergency help to citizens more quickly and efficiently,” said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “It enables precise location to be shared across the end-to-end workflow of an emergency call, ensuring personnel at every stage have the critical information they need. The expansion of public safety broadband enables us to create solutions like this one, which allow for more information-sharing among first responders, public safety command centers and citizens.”

“RapidSOS’ technology transmits rich data from wearables, connected cars, consumer IoT, and mobile devices,” said Michael Martin, chief executive officer, RapidSOS. “Working with Motorola Solutions, we can provide unprecedented information to first responders in an emergency – having a profound impact on emergency response.”

Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the company’s strategic investment group, recently made an investment in RapidSOS. In addition to delivering precise location for emergency calls from smartphones, the companies are also exploring how third-party data collected by smartphones, connected cars, wearables and other connected devices can flow through Motorola Solutions’ integrated suite of command center software, from 911 call-takers and dispatchers to police officers and emergency medical personnel in the field.

Motorola Solutions delivers 1,000th TETRA digital radio system from its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • 1,000 TETRA systems including 25,000 base stations delivered to provide mission critical communications to millions of public safety and commercial users across the world.
  • The TETRA systems include nationwide TETRA networks as well as regional and local networks for public safety and commercial customers.
  • Motorola Solutions Berlin based TETRA Center of Excellence provides a unique competence and knowledge to customers worldwide.

BERLIN, Germany – April 25, 2017 – Motorola Solutions has delivered its 1,000th TETRA digital radio system and its 25,000th base station out of its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin. The 1,000th TETRA system was delivered to the prison in Berlin´s Tegel district and will be used to provide mission critical communications to staff. This major milestone underlines Motorola Solutions’ position as a leading supplier and operator of mission critical communications networks across the globe. The delivery also highlights Motorola Solutions’ unrivalled standing as a trusted provider of TETRA systems for more than 20 years, ever since the first TETRA network was deployed at Oslo Airport in Norway back in 1997.
 
Many of the 1,000 TETRA systems, which were staged in Berlin, are deployed across the EMEA region. These include numerous nationwide TETRA networks including: Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Ireland and the UK, where public safety organisations put their trust in Motorola Solutions. Globally, customers from more than 100 countries have been provided with mission critical communications networks from Motorola Solutions based on the TETRA standard. Many of the implementations also include the operation and management of the network as well as services. In every project, Motorola Solutions achieved the individual requirements of the customer across a range of diverse networks. In Germany alone, Motorola Solutions has implemented more than 50 TETRA systems for multiple sectors including airports, utilities and public transportation organisations such as Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne/Bonn Airport, RheinEnergie, Stromnetz Berlin and Hamburg, Rhein-Neckar Verkehrsgesellschaft and Rheinbahn Düsseldorf.
 
“Our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin plays a significant role in the successful implementation of TETRA digital radio systems worldwide”, said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are dedicated to further investing in TETRA as well as next-generation Smart Public Safety solutions for providing integrated future-proof TETRA and broadband communications.”
 
Motorola Solutions’ unique TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin delivers state-of-the-art TETRA solutions. The technology experts in the German capital design and configure tailor-made TETRA digital radio infrastructure for the global market. The services range from system design and radio network planning to technical training for customers, quality assurance, supply chain management, logistics and customer service.
 
Every year, more than 50 factory acceptance tests are conducted together with customers in Berlin with a customer satisfaction of more than 96 percent. Furthermore, a dedicated demonstration centre gives customers the opportunity to experience next generation technologies and solutions: the evolution of TETRA, DMR and LTE as well as the future of command and control solutions, network security, voice and data technology.
 
Moreover, the highly experienced and certified team in Berlin conducts more than 150,000 maintenance and repair transactions every year for infrastructure and terminals, which include providing tailored service solutions like end-to-end repair logistics, secure equipment handling and same day repair services for more than 200 reseller and distribution partners.

Motorola Solutions set to transform UK public safety with the launch of CommandCentral Vault on Amazon Web Services

on Monday, 24 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New cloud-based digital evidence management service
  • Innovative solution combines body-worn video camera, radio speaker, and microphone with UK cloud-based services
  • Adoption of cloud services across the UK public safety sector up 20%
  • UK public services to benefit from enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity
  • Use of body-worn cameras secure 36% drop in assault-on-police cases after one year and 88% reduction in number of public complaints

Basingstoke, England – April 24, 2017– Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI)todayannounced the launch of its innovative digital evidence management service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure in the UK. CommandCentral Vault will provide UK public safety organisations with a secure platform that helps streamline digital evidence management processes.
 
When used in conjunction with body-worn video camera solutions, such as Motorola Solutions’ Si500, CommandCentral Vault creates a complete solution for digital evidence management. It automates the process of uploading, editing, and tagging video content while supporting the automatic correlation of meta-data saving time and resources.
 
The use of body-worn video technology in the police has seen a 36% drop in assault-on-police cases after one year and an 88% reduction in the number of citizen complaints.1 Rich data (such as video) captured by devices like the Si500 and stored in CommandCentral Vault can integrate with record management systems, making it easier to correlate incidents to multimedia content.
 
The launch of the new UK-based cloud service comes at a critical time with UK police, fire and health services all under pressure to cut budgets and refine working practices to improve the level of service provided to the public. This in turn has driven an adoption of cloud services across the UK public safety sector, with the majority of organisations (82%) looking to embrace cloud services, up 20% from a year ago. 2 Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault meets this growing requirement and offers an end-to-end evidence management solution.
 
Using CommandCentral Vault on AWS, UK public safety agencies will benefit from a seamless cloud-based digital evidence management experience for ever increasing amounts of multimedia content, specifically body-worn camera video. This means public safety organisations can store, edit, manage, and share video evidence by providing enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity. From the second data is created or collected by a device and uploaded to AWS, to the moment it’s shared, it is cryptographically secured in compliance with the toughest of government security standards.
 
“Leveraging AWS’s new UK Region means customers now have access to our portfolio on the platform of their choice, whether in the cloud or on-premises, enabling public safety organisations to host their data where they see fit. CommandCentral Vault makes digital evidence management easy and affordable removing the need to worry about complex integration, aging infrastructure or increasing IT overheads. Workflows can be streamlined, new features added and critical support services scaled up and down instantly to meet new requirements and unforeseen incidents,” said Phil Jefferson, MSSSI vice president, sales & service UK&I at Motorola Solutions.
 
“CommandCentral Vault takes big data and makes it smart data which can then be used to deliver the transparency and accountability the public expects. While time intensive editing processes such as image redaction and chain of custody requests can now be expedited, resources can be moved from the back office to the frontline, providing a better level of service to the public,” concluded Jefferson. 
 
“With CommandCentral Vault running in the new AWS UK Region, Motorola Solutions is able meet data localisation requirements and deliver digital evidence in a much more flexible and cost-effective way, helping public safety customers to succeed in their missions,” said Max Peterson, Head of Public Sector EMEA, Amazon Web Services. “AWS is committed to securely enabling innovation through our services, features, and broad eco-system of AWS Partner Network partners, and we are delighted to work with Motorola Solutions to adopt the AWS cloud.”

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2017 Earnings Results on May 4

on Monday, 24 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO –April 20, 2017Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter earnings results after the close of the marketon Thursday, May 4.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analystsat 4 p.m. CDT(5 p.m. EDT)on May 4.The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks to Enjoin Hytera from Continued Infringement of Patented Technology

Remains Committed to Protecting Valuable Patents Around the World

CHICAGOApril 18, 2017– Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”)todayannounced that it has filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Munder, Germany (collectively, “Hytera”). This legal action follows the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commissionon March 29, 2017and the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filedon March 14, 2017in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Regional Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices that utilize “pseudo-trunking” functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the pseudo-trunking 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, “Today’s action is another important step in our efforts to protect Motorola Solutions’ long and distinguished track record of innovation. We are committed to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property, including our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. We remain confident that the legal actions we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visithttps://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.

Victoria Police go mobile to boost workforce safety, efficiency and collaboration

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Victoria Police go mobile to boost workforce safety, efficiency and collaboration

  • New managed service mobility solution for at least 10,000 police officers in Victoria, Australia
  • Solution saves time on frontline reporting and leads to more visible and effective policing
  • AUD $50 million contract to run for a minimum of five years

Melbourne, Australia – Thursday, 13 April 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will provide a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police to help increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for frontline officers.

The service will place real-time information at the fingertips of at least 10,000 police officers equipped with iPads and iPhones, helping them manage their daily work more safely, efficiently and productively. The solution will also help reduce the duplication of data entry by officers while increasing workforce collaboration by sharing vital information between frontline personnel and their colleagues working in control rooms.

The technology will also help Victoria Police to preserve its mission-critical radio communications for essential emergency communications by removing lower priority traffic from the radio network.

This investment represents a major goal within Victoria Police’s Capability Plan 2016-2025, which highlights the way the force will transform its service delivery to be more “agile, responsive, people-focussed and connected” as well the organisation’s Blue Paper: A Vision for Victoria Police in 2025, which outlines how the force is “improving capability through workforce reform and technology.”

The holistic managed service contract is valued at more than AUD $50 million and will run for a minimum of five years with the potential to extend to 11 years. The solution includes, mPol, a mobile application developed by Gridstone, the Collingwood-based mobile application developer that Motorola Solutions acquired in November, 2016.

This application platform has been successfully implemented by Queensland Police and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of Victoria Police.

Motorola Solutions will lead a consortium of service providers to deliver the contract including:

  • Optus: who will provide the carrier network solution to enable police officers to stay connected to critical information while on the move
  • CompNow: who will supply the Apple mobile devices, logistics and device repair services

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director Steve Crutchfield explained the technology solution “would provide Victoria Police with a reliable mobility solution and services to enable frontline officers to access core operational applications from mobile devices.”

“Many public safety and enterprise businesses today are looking to improve the way they manage their daily workflows through the use of mobile applications that can simplify their most complex work challenges,” Mr Crutchfield said.

“We will provide Victoria Police with a mobility managed service that is highly secure, reliable and helps to free up more time for frontline police to work in their communities where they are needed most,” he said.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business said, “Providing reliable and efficient mobile connectivity opens up a gateway of new capabilities for public safety agencies. “Optus is pleased to collaborate with Victoria Police and Motorola Solutions to support digital connectivity and improved productivity of Victorian police while on-the-go.”

Motorola Solutions to launch suite of public safety mobile applications

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company expands software that provides real-time intelligence to public safety users

CHICAGO – April 11, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced it will introduce a suite of public safety mobile applications for communication and collaboration. The public safety mobile apps suite adds to the company’s growing portfolio of integrated software solutions.

With the expansion of public safety broadband, interoperable mobile applications are a highly effective way to provide critical intelligence to officers in the field and personnel at the command center.

Leveraging years of in-depth customer research, Motorola Solutions has developed a suite of public safety mobile applications that work across different networks and devices, enabling real-time communication and collaboration that can accelerate time to resolution.

“The need for real-time intelligence has never been more important to public safety users,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Services, Motorola Solutions. “Apps for messaging, mapping and other tasks are part of daily life for citizens, but these capabilities have not yet been developed and deployed for public safety users. Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety mobile apps is purpose-built for the needs of our customers and provides an integrated, interoperable solution for sharing critical information and intelligence.”

The suite includes a core set of apps for public safety communication and collaboration, to which advanced capabilities such as apps for live video-streaming, electronic citations, database search and collaborative “whiteboarding” will be added.

The communication and collaboration suite is an integrated set of mobile apps including:

  • Messaging, which lets first responders securely share text messages and photos with individuals or talk groups across smartphones and two-way radios, enabling faster communication and collaboration. For example, Messaging enables a user to send a photo to a voice talk group.
  • Mapping, which enables location-based collaboration by showing nearby officers and quickly creating “geo-fenced” voice- or text-based communication groups with officers in the vicinity. It allows an officer to talk to another officer one block away – even if he doesn’t know the officer’s name.
  • WAVE, the company’s push-to-talk (PTT) solution that lets smartphone users securely communicate with a simple press of a button. In addition to enabling groups of smartphone users to easily communicate with one another, WAVE also provides a secure PTT bridge with the land mobile radios police use today, enabling teams to communicate using push-to-talk across networks and devices

  • Telephony, which enables users to make secure, encrypted phone calls.
  • The public safety mobile apps core suite works across networks and devices, giving users access to real-time information whether they’re using a radio on a land mobile radio network or a smartphone on a broadband network. The apps themselves are also designed to work “better together” and are connected by a capability that enables interactions between apps without requiring the user to return to the app launcher. Users can seamlessly move from app to app – for example, an officer can use Mapping to create a talk group of nearby officers, then quickly pivot to a voice conversation using WAVE.

    As with Motorola Solutions’ other broadband solutions, the public safety mobile apps suite is highly secure. It requires the authentication of users, devices and infrastructure, and all media is encrypted. The suite also features convenient single sign-on – requiring users to log in only once to access all applications – and a common address book that carries consistent groups and contact lists across apps.

    Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety mobile applications, which will be available this year, will be deployed using a flexible, cost-efficient “software-as-a-service” model.

    The suite is the latest offering in the company’s growing portfolio of integrated software solutions, which are part of Motorola Solutions’ new software enterprise led by Andrew Sinclair. Sinclair joined the company in March from the Skype division of Microsoft.

Dallas County Joins Growing Iowa Statewide Radio System

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO –April 10, 2017When an emergency strikes, first responders across Iowa need to communicate seamlessly, andtodaythat is a reality with a new ASTRO®25 statewide radio system from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI). Dallas County is now connected to the expanding Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS) and first responders are preparing to experience the benefits.

By joining the Motorola Solutions-built ISICS, Dallas County is taking advantage of a cost-efficient and technologically advanced mission-critical radio system without having to build an entirely separate system. During the next few weeks, county first responders will get ready to use the system by training on new Motorola Solutions award-winning APXTMP25 two-way portable and mobile radios, along with new dispatch consoles for the county’s emergency communications center. Dallas County is expected to be operational on ISICS in May 2017.

“Dallas County needed to upgrade its VHF communications system which has operational limitations due to narrowbanding and adjacent jurisdictions that operate on multiple other radio systems. Interoperability was impossible and it was a challenge to communicate across the county for daily operations,” said Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard. “With our new Motorola Solutions simulcast P25 700MHz trunked system and connection to ISICS, we finally have the opportunity to converse operationally countywide with law enforcement, fire and EMS services and across the state. This has been a need for many years that is now being finalized.”

ISICS has been operational since July 2016 and is built on Project 25 (P25) standards-based technology. Westcom Emergency Communications, a consolidated dispatch center for the cities of West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Norwalk and Waukee, connected their P25 system to ISICS in mid-2016.

“Westcom’s migration to ISICS is beneficial to the responders in our five communities and ultimately the citizenry we serve by improving interoperability,” said Assistant Chief of Logistics Rob Dehnert from Westcom.

Several emergency management agencies across the state are in the process of joining ISICS. The Woodbury County STARCOMM system will be operational on ISICS in June 2017, and Mills County is the latest to announce that it will join the system and be operational in early 2018.

ISICS has already played a crucial role in providing seamless communications at major events held in Des Moines, including last year’s Iowa State Fair and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) 2016 Summer Meeting. Gov. Terry Branstad welcomed 23 governors and their teams from across the country to the meeting, which required interoperable communications between state and local first responders. Security is a top priority at these events, and police, fire and EMS personnel were able to communicate securely on ISICS’ dedicated mission-critical network.

Visiting governors’ security teams could also communicate from their mobile phones with local first responders using two-way radios using Motorola Solutions WAVETMWork Group Communication technology. WAVE provides broadband push-to-talk for secure communications across any network and any device.

“The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to be a part of this interoperable solution for public safety agencies in Iowa. Finally, agencies will be able to communicate seamlessly with their mission-critical radios during emergencies,” Bureau Chief Thomas Lampe from the Iowa DPS Communications Bureau. “Having one statewide radio platform is a great solution and a clear path towards total statewide interoperability.”

“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to working with Iowa first responders as ISICS continues to expand to other emergency management agencies across the state,” said Ali Kapadia, sales vice president, Motorola Solutions. “ISICS is built with the latest P25 technology to make sure that Iowa first responders can talk with each other from one end of the state to the other in major emergencies like tornadoes or during daily traffic stops in Dallas County. Iowa is now one of 35 states across the United States with statewide radio systems built by Motorola Solutions.”

Public safety agencies in every corner of Iowa will be able to benefit from secure, interoperable communications as ISICS continues to expand throughout the state with a cost-efficient and modern mission-critical infrastructure.

The Soldier of the Future will be at the LAAD Exhibition

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions demonstrates the concept of Mobile Intelligence

  • With mobile intelligence, public safety forces improve their response and efficiency levels thanks to real-time access to critical data, applications and secure mobile communications.
  • The Soldier of the Future will wear the most advanced public safety technologies, including a tactical solution, which creates a 4G Public Safety-Long Term Evolution (PS-LTE) "bubble" anywhere in the world to share multimedia data.
  • As part of the concept of mobile intelligence, Motorola Solutions will also introduce cameras mounted on a moving drone and a sniper rifle that send real-time images to the command and control center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, April XX, 2017 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) presents at LAAD (International Exhibition for Defense, Public and Corporate Security) the concept of Mobile Intelligence, which will revolutionize the tactical actions of security forces and assistance and emergency teams around the world.  

At the company's booth, a 4G PS-LTE "bubble" (defined area of coverage) will be generated by using portable solution incorporated into the officer's backpack, to create a network that is fully autonomous and independent from common cellular networks. This solution brings together different technologies, providing greater situational awareness to security forces worldwide.  In other words, it places critical information from the command center in the hands of the field officers, using devices that act as the commanders' eyes and ears.

As an example of an integrated solution to the 4G PS-LTE network, visitors will be able to see demonstrations of cameras mounted on a mobile drone and on the sniper rifle sight transmitting images, in real time, to a simulated control center using the CommandCentral intelligence platform.

Likewise, the LEX L10 — a mission critical LTE handheld device for public safety — and the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone — a 3:1 body camera, high-quality RSM and touch screen interface — complete the concept of Mobile Intelligence with video recording, image capture and integrated communications.  Smartphone applications specially designed for public safety will also be introduced at the exhibition, such as FullFace (facial recognition), DragonForce (tactical planning) and Secure Mobile Office — an application developed in Brazil for shared registry of investigations.

Through the Mobile Intelligence concept, it is possible to deploy, in any place in the world, multimedia information such as images, videos, maps and to access Big Data analysis, databases and registries.  

"With the powerful integration of traditional voice solutions and public safety LTE environment and its multiple capacities, it is possible to send command center information to the hands of officers in action and at the same time, are the eyes of the commanders on site, "said Elton Borgonovo, general manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil.” The new technologies introduced today will help security forces save lives and improve assistance service even in the most extreme environments, through Mobile Intelligence."

By using a tactical solution, which can be carried in a backpack, an officer can instantly create a collaborative network at the scene to access information in places where communication is impossible.  In this way, transmission and reception of high-speed data as well as integration between different devices and agencies can be enabled. It can also be installed on vehicles or used fixed in a camp.  

Another innovation is the Secure Mobile Office (SMO) app, developed in conjunction with the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (PB). This tool can be installed in the LEX10 or any other smartphone, and allow multimedia collaboration, map notes, text, video and voice messaging and access to remote databases (such as vehicle and people registry) with advanced encryption. Developed for criminal investigations, Secure Mobile Office is already being tested in Brazil.  

Motorola Solutions is a pioneer in mission-critical intelligence.  Discover these solutions for Mobile Intelligence, radio communications and public safety LTE in booth Q.64 at the LAAD exhibition.  

Service:
LAAD - International Exhibition for Defense, Public and Corporate Security
Date: April 4 to 7
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue: Riocentro - Exhibition and Convention Center
Address: Av. Salvador Allende, 6.555, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Motorola Solutions’ Booth: Q.64
Further information: http://www.laadexpo.com.br

Motorola Solutions Hires First Head of Software

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Former Microsoft leader will launch and grow newly created software enterprise
 
CHICAGO – March 31, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the leader of the company’s new software organization. Andrew Sinclair, previously of the Skype division of Microsoft, joins Motorola Solutions as the company’s first-ever head of software. Sinclair will lead the company’s software organization, a critical new enterprise created to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.
 
"This is a significant step in our march to becoming a more software-centric company,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Andrew’s track record of growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses will accelerate the development of our suite of integrated software solutions."
 
As head of software, Sinclair will lead an integrated team focused on development, sales and delivery of software that provides critical intelligence to public safety and commercial users. The software enterprise will advance Motorola Solutions’ portfolios of mobile applications and related services for users in the field, as well as its integrated software suite for personnel at the command center. The team of software designers, developers and engineers also will be responsible for rapid incubation of new capabilities, with a focus on user experience design, cloud computing and analytics, including artificial intelligence.
 
Sinclair joined Motorola Solutions on March 27. He brings a proven track record of innovation and growth for SaaS businesses, having spent the last 15 years building and growing communication and collaboration SaaS solutions with Skype and Microsoft's Skype for Business.
 
“I’m thrilled to have joined a company creating software that has the power to improve safety and efficiency,” said Andrew Sinclair, corporate vice president and general manager, software enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “Delivering software for public safety and commercial users presents unique challenges, but Motorola Solutions has the expertise to get the job done, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Complaint with U.S. International Trade Commission Against Hytera Communications

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks Immediate ITC Investigation, Exclusion Order and Cease-and-Desist Order
 
Remains Committed to Protecting Its Valuable Intellectual Property
 
CHICAGO – March 29, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (the “ITC”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”) of Shenzhen, China. This legal action follows the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera on March 14, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
 
The ITC complaint asserts that Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents. Motorola Solutions seeks an immediate investigation by the ITC, an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products and a cease-and-desist order to stop the marketing and sale of the infringing devices in the United States.
 
“On behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders, Motorola Solutions will continue to aggressively defend our proprietary technology and investments in innovation,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions is the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, and we have invested billions of dollars over the last several years to achieve this position. In 2016 alone, we invested more than $500 million in research and development.”
 
Mr. Hacker continued, “Hytera asserts that it embraces legitimate competition, but there is nothing legitimate about the illegal copying and misappropriation in which it has engaged. We are committed to vigorously defending our valuable intellectual property as we continue to drive innovation for our customers across the globe. We look forward to a full and fair hearing before the ITC, as well as the Federal District Courts in Chicago, and we are confident that these legal actions will be effective in halting Hytera’s egregious and unlawful behavior.”
 
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.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police harness mobile technology to increase time officers spend on the frontline

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Regional deployment sees 3,000 officers using Airwave´s mobile Pronto e-notebook and suite of applications
  • Officers save up to two hours of admin time per shift, leading to more visible and effective policing
  • Surrey Police report efficiency savings worth up to £7 million
  • A third all of Great Britain’s police forces are now using Pronto to replace time-intensive paper-based frontline reporting
  • Basingstoke, England – March. 28, 2017 – Airwave Solutions Limited, a Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) company, in partnership with O2 today announce that over 3,000 frontline Surrey Police and Sussex Police officers are now using specialist mobile technology to improve frontline policing and reporting.
     
    The new joint project enables 1,250 officers at Surrey Police and 1,750 at Sussex Police to replace paper-based activities such as vehicle registration checks, speeding tickets, and tests for the influence of drugs or alcohol on drivers with intuitive digital forms on mobile devices. Both forces have seen substantial time and cost saving benefits. Officers have saved up to two hours per shift, time that can now be better spent policing the streets and supporting the public. This modernisation of processes has enabled Surrey Police to cut costs by £7 million.
     
    The new extended regional deployment follows a successful six year partnership with Surrey Police that has seen the Pronto e-notebook and suite of software applications deployed to frontline offers across both police forces. Pronto is a complete digital replacement for an officer's paper notebook, operational processes and forms. It provides remote, mobile access to all key policing systems, ensuring officers can capture, reuse and validate information on the frontline while reducing back office bureaucracy and inefficiency.
     
    Before Pronto, a single activity such as writing out a ticket would take back-office staff over four minutes to transfer paper-based notes onto a force’s system – now that process takes seconds as all data captured on devices is synchronised automatically.
     
    As well as productivity benefits, Pronto is enabling greater sharing of information and collaboration between the two forces. Officers can access national police systems and local databases across the two forces, such as the Records Management Systems (Niche) on the move. This allows officers to work together at an incident or crime scene, sharing data and resources in real-time rather than having to return to the station or have back-office staff locate and then upload relevant information.
     
    This new regional deployment brings the total number of forces using Pronto to 16 (33 percent of all forces in the UK).
     
    Discussing the project Gavin Stephens, Deputy Chief Constable at Surrey Police said: “We are seeing the beginnings of a fully digitised Criminal Justice System – from incident to court room. What’s aspirational in digital policing and collaboration between forces in some parts of the country is reality here.”
     
    “The deployment of Pronto has meant we’ve been able to move officers away from desks and back onto the frontline, the best place to pursue offenders and detect crime, protect vulnerable people, and prevent crime and disorder. Technology has helped us become more accessible and visible to the public we serve and it is playing an increasingly vital role in our mission to make the region as safe as it can possibly be,” said Inspector Shane Baker at Sussex Police.

    Billy D’Arcy, Managing Director, Enterprise and Public sector business at O2 UK said: “As policing budgets continue to be reduced, using resources as effectively as possible is a challenge that every UK police force is being asked to meet. We are very glad to have delivered, in conjunction with our partner Airwave, a solution that has helped both Surrey Police and Sussex Police improve efficiencies while increasing their citizen engagement. By listening to what information was needed to optimise an officer’s time on the frontline we have been able to bring connectivity, devices and information sources together in a way that keeps officers visible within the communities as well as improving speed, accuracy and ultimately the service they are able to deliver across those communities.”

    Phil Jefferson, MSSSI Vice President, Sales and Service UK and Ireland at Motorola Solutions, said: “We are delighted to partner with O2 for this regional deployment of Pronto. Surrey Police was one of the first forces to embrace Pronto and over the past six years we’ve worked closely with their officers to evolve the software to make it as useful and usable as possible. Today, forces like Surrey Police and Sussex Police are able to collaborate effectively together, and more than a third of UK police forces now reap the rewards of Pronto, driving widespread efficiency savings, something that’s more important than ever in this time of tight budgets and public demand for greater visibility.”

    Other benefits both forces now receive include: increased server capacity, improved disaster recovery, around-the-clock monitoring of key systems, and common reporting standards. A direct link between Pronto and the two forces’ records management systems will drive frontline productivity keeping officers on the streets.

Bringing Instant Connectivity to the Front Lines of Business

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ Team Communications transforms assembly lines and commercial workflows by linking employees, applications, machines and devices seamlessly

  • Motorola Solutions’ Team Communications enables groups of users to talk, text and send data via a smartphone, radio, landline phone or any other device
  • Combined with the power of workflow apps and the Industrial Internet of Things, commercial users gain ultimate flexibility to link workers quickly to save time and money
  • Team Communications and other solutions will be featured at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 29-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

CHICAGO – March 27, 2017 – When a critical machine breaks down on the factory floor, production stops, and so does revenue. Getting it fixed likely includes phone calls, inspections and a long wait to find out what’s wrong.

But what if the machine on its own could tell a group of employees that it was about to fail? And that specific employee groups could immediately talk about preventing the shutdown no matter what kind of radio, phone, computer or network they were using at the moment?

Team Communications is Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) offering that takes push-to-talk (PTT) beyond two-way radio, allowing employees to collaborate with voice, text, or app from virtually anywhere, using a smartphone, computer, landline or any other communications device. Coupled with the rise of workflow applications and the Industrial Internet of Things enabling connected machines and systems, the modern commercial landscape requires a solution that overcomes a mix of devices, networks and needs.

From assembly lines to power plants to airports, workers need communications tools to help them work smarter and make money-saving decisions in real time. Whether that means creating a push-to-talk group that can be alerted to trouble by the machines themselves or having floor supervisors with instant access to managers in another state to quickly solve production bottlenecks, the right set of software and devices can connect frontline workers like never before.

“Team Communications is all about giving workers the tools they need to get the job done,” said John Kedzierski, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Commercial Markets, Channels and Services. “The baggage handler, the utility worker repairing a power line, the housekeeper readying a room, the assembly line worker building cars or the retail associate taking care of customers -- they all need different communications tools than office workers, and we’re providing the unified solution that lets all workers be their best in moments that matter.”

Research points toward productivity gains of up to 25 percent for manufacturing, transportation and supply chain services that have the right communications solutions. Motorola Solutions’ WAVE™ Work Group Communications can combine MOTOTRBO™ or ASTRO™ 25 radio users with WiFi or Cellular users, enabling instant voice, text or app communications on any device, any network, anywhere workers have connectivity.

Team Communications enables voice, group text messaging, location and data-sharing from any device. That includes Motorola Solutions radios, other manufacturers' radios, smartphones, laptops or tablets - operating on land-mobile radio (LMR) networks, Wi-Fi or commercial 4G and 3G cellular.

The MOTOTRBO platform 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.

Visit Motorola Solutions at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 29-30 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth No. 1317 to see a Team Communications demonstration. In addition, see the company’s WAVE™ OnCloud launch demo as well as these innovations:

  • For MOTOTRBO systems, the company is introducing two new service programs provided through its Channel Partners to deliver enhanced software and technical support, priority hardware repair as well as new network monitoring for MOTOTRBO Capacity Max Systems. These new Essential and Advanced service packages provide the right level of service to help ensure system continuity and enhance productivity.
  • For customers challenged in maintaining and programming APX two-way radios, three new service packages – Essential, Advanced and Premier – are also available to minimize the complexity of radio management, support and maintenance requirements.
  • Motorola Solutions is also launching an update to the successful APX™ 1000 Single-Band P25 Portable Radio. The APX 1000+ is designed for utilities and public works organizations that need the interoperability of the global P25 standard at a low price point. The new radio has an improved user interface and adds Bluetooth LE wireless capability.
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