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Smaller Is Smarter for Newest TETRA Radio

on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ ST7000 small TETRA radio combines high-quality audio and an intuitive, touch screen user interface in a pocket-sized design for business-critical operations

  • The ST7000 small TETRA digital radio targets a fast-growing market that demands high-quality audio in a discreet size
  • It provides customer-facing professionals as well as executives with an easy-to-use device
  • The ST7000 sets a new standard with the ideal combination of form and function featuring loud and clear audio, a simple user interface, flexible connectivity and durability

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – May 31, 2016 – A crowded airport gate. A bustling hotel lobby. A noisy, overcrowded casino. Each scene calls for critical communications between customer-facing staff on reliable, modern radios that are easy-to-use and blend into professional attire. Setting a new standard for style, function and form in a fast-growing market, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the ST7000 small Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) device to its industry-leading portfolio.

“Our customer-facing staff at the airport expressed their desire for a radio that is smaller and more elegant than the highly rugged and robust radios used by the airport ground staff on the runways,” says Norio Sakai, president and CEO, Nippon Airport Radio Services Co., Ltd. “We brought that need to Motorola Solutions who listened to us and created quickly a radio based on the feedback of our users. We are very satisfied with the end result, which is a small-sized, easy-to-use and fashionable solution that our users are very happy with. It’s a discreet radio with state-of-the-art technology that is simply stylish.”

“Working closely with our customers, we uncovered their need for a communications tool that delivers our industry-leading technology in a design that’s thoroughly modern and exceptionally intuitive and can easily slip into a pocket,” said Steve Young, vice president TETRA devices at Motorola Solutions. “The ST7000 digital radio raises the bar in this business-critical market with an elegant design to create tremendous value for customer-facing professionals, executives or anyone who need a discreet, sleek form factor with radio durability and audio quality.”

The ST7000 small TETRA radio features a semi-integrated antenna so it fits easily in a pocket. Touch-sensitive buttons and integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology make the ST7000 a flexible, modern TETRA radio, including these features:

  • A reversible USB C connector for flexible charging and programming
  • A 3.5mm audio connector for maximum accessory compatibility
  • Vibration alerts and haptic feedback for discreet use
  • White organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen with a touch user interface for easy navigation
  • A weatherproof design with an Ingress Protection (IP) IP54 rating
  • Certified to withstand shock and drops with MIL-STD 810 F/G rating
  • Extended battery life of up to 19 hours
  • Low distortion, loud audio
  • A 1.8W transmission power for uncompromising coverage
  • An open speaker port and automatic gain control for clear audio against the loudest background noise
  • Tactile keys providing simple push-to-talk, volume, talkgroup and power control with an intuitive, touch screen user interface that controls other radio functions

    Available globally end of this year, the ST7000 introduces a new form factor that combines the best of intuitive and discreet design with a traditional radio’s audio quality and dependability. Whether ensuring the highest level of customer service at an airport or just making sure a hotel lobby keeps moving, both professionals and executives will see significant value in this new radio line with features that keep them focused on the task at hand and not on their devices.

Innovating Public Safety Through Mobile Intelligence

on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions helps build safer cities with latest smart public safety devices, software applications, infrastructure and virtual reality-enabled command center concept introduced at CCW 2016

  • Motorola Solutions will debut the Si Series video speaker microphone, new ST7000 small TETRA radio among many mission-critical communication solutions
  • WAVETM enables Push-To-Talk (PTT) voice and data services over any network using any device
  • Visit Motorola Solutions at Critical Communications World 2016, booth D9, May 31-June 2

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – May 31, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYI: MSI) will debut industry-leading radios, software solutions, enhanced infrastructure and a virtual reality-enabled command center concept at Critical Communications World 2016.

“We have a powerful set of tools to help make cities safer by increasing public safety’s situational awareness and capabilities through mobile intelligence,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Motorola Solutions. “We offer end-to-end interoperable solutions for broadband voice, data, multimedia and applications that enable public safety agencies can work faster, safer and more effectively.”

Around the world, public safety has begun a transition to an era of mission-critical mobile intelligence that requires smart solutions to capture, analyze and act on an exponentially expanding amount of data. While individual agencies are taking their first steps towards mobile broadband, countries and governments are building their own broadband networks that bring together the right scale and resources to deploy mission-critical mobile intelligence.

Projects such as the UK Home Office´s new Emergency Services Network (ESN), where Motorola Solutions oversees the Lot 2 portion, reflect the enormous potential for broadband networks to gather data and transform it into actionable intelligence. Building a seamless collaborative system that connects people with the right information at the right time is the new paradigm for public safety that Motorola Solutions is bringing to life, including a vision of the command center of tomorrow that leverages virtual reality technologies.

This vision of mission-critical communications will be a highlight of CCW 2016 where Motorola Solutions will showcase:

  • The Si Series body-worn radio speaker microphone and body-worn camera in one, and CommandCentral Vault end-to-end digital evidence management solution.
  • The small and elegant ST7000 TETRA portable radio that appeals to customer-facing staff, senior public safety officials and professional radio users.
  • The WAVE 7000 system that enhances work group communications with a redundant, high-availability push-to-talk capability that links millions of users regardless of device.
  • The new WAVE 5000 software update (Release 5.11) that offers enhancements for customers looking to integrate broadband PTT communications with Motorola Solutions´ Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) networks in a flexible and cost-effective way.
  • A concept for the Command Center of the Future, integrating virtual reality and augmented reality equipped with Eyefluence eye-interaction technology, to enable first responders to navigate, share and collaborate on critical information like never before.
  • MOTOTRBO Capacity Max, a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III compliant trunking solution, and the next generation of MOTOTRBO radios with enhanced features.

Connecting Teams with High Performance

on Wednesday, 01 June 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ WAVE 7000 provides a high-reliability broadband push-to-talk solution with new capabilities designed for large-scale deployments

  • WAVE 7000 is part of the delivery for the next-generation Emergency Services Network (ESN) for UK´s over 300,000 emergency and public safety users
  • The solution is part of Motorola Solutions’ Convergence Suite of applications that enable push-to-talk (PTT), mapping, messaging and other functionality to help bridge land mobile radio (LMR) and long-term evolution (LTE) networks
  • WAVE 7000 is designed with a roadmap to meet 3GPP Release 13 standards called “Mission-Critical PTT”
  • High-performance broadband PTT features such as priority and preemption can help agencies embark on a path to use LTE networks as part of their critical communications infrastructure

Basingstoke, England – May 30, 2016 – Responding to the increasing demand for reliable, nationwide, push-to-talk networks, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) introduces WAVE 7000 to a marketplace that requires high-performance PTT across broadband and land mobile radio networks to keep teams more connected than ever. The solution is now available globally.

With public safety agencies increasingly reliant on smart devices and data, many countries are looking to set up nationwide broadband PTT networks to augment their communications networks. Until now, the challenge has been creating those networks while maintaining interoperability with fully established networks such as LMR. WAVE 7000 combines Motorola Solutions’ best-in-class LMR integration with a high-performance PTT solution that supports millions of users.

LTE service providers can also use WAVE 7000 to provide a new service to their current customers, unlock new customer bases and increase their revenue by providing subscribers with high-performance PTT.

“Many of our customers expect that their networks over the next 20 years will be comprised of a combination of LMR and LTE systems,” said Jeff Spaeth, vice president of Systems and Software Enablement at Motorola Solutions. “With WAVE 7000, customers are provided a unified experience across LMR and LTE that will keep teams connected no matter the network.”

The WAVE 7000 solution will enable PTT capabilities on the new ESN public safety communications system as part of Motorola Solutions´ contract with the UK Home Office. The company is the provider of user services for the new LTE-based broadband network which 300,000 emergency and public service users at more than 300 agencies across Great Britain will rely on.

WAVE 7000 is the latest release of a wider portfolio that enables groups using any combination of smartphones, radios or other devices to communicate seamlessly. Along with unrivaled reliability and industry-leading call quality, WAVE 7000 also has high-performance features:

  • Network-level priority and preemption that ensure high-priority PTT calls get through even when an LTE network gets congested, which is critical for public safety customers
  • Emergency calls, ambient listening and hardware-based encryption, along with other features custom designed for public safety users
  • A roadmap to meet 3GPP Release 13 standards called “Mission-Critical PTT”
  • Combined with Motorola Solutions’ Convergence Suite, unified PTT, mapping, messaging and other functions across LMR and LTE
  • Support for hundreds of thousands of users on a single server and millions with server clustering
  • Unsurpassed availability through local and geo redundancy options
  • Flexible PTT call types including emergency, broadcast, group and private calls

With the increasing mobility in teams and need for constant connectivity, push-to-talk communications are more important than ever. Many customers look to leverage both LMR and LTE for enhanced coverage, reliability and flexibility. WAVE 7000 provides a clear solution, with unified, secure PTT so users can communicate across any network on any device.

Innovation partnership to drive advanced technology solutions

on Wednesday, 01 June 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Singapore - 31 May 2016 - Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will sign today a Memorandum of Understanding to co-create innovative technologies for advanced secured communications in public safety, national security and enterprise sectors.

ST Electronics brings to the partnership extensive experience in the design and implementation of large-scale, mission-critical solutions as well as cutting-edge cyber security expertise. Motorola Solutions has over 80 years of global experience and deep domain expertise in mobilising mission-critical intelligence for the public safety and enterprise markets.

The primary focus of the partnership is to help government and enterprise organisations reach new levels of security and productivity through smarter and more secure technologies. This can range from increasing situational awareness and efficiency among first responders in the field to providing essential information to enable enterprises to make speedy and accurate business-critical decisions.

The collaboration will accelerate the development of specialised technologies for high security mission-critical broadband, cyber-security solutions and purpose-built applications, all of which will be made commercially available in each company’s solution portfolio.

In particular, the companies plan to collaborate on key innovation areas including:

  • Applications utilising Motorola Solutions’ Convergence Suite environment of WAVE interoperability and Intelligent Middleware solutions which seamlessly link critical communications users across networks, regardless of the type of device they carry.
  • Security solutions to protect the integrity of sensitive communications, shield operational intelligence and defend against cyber threats.
  • Mission-critical public safety long-term evolution (LTE) solutions supporting both rapidly deployable solutions and large-scale implementations.

“This partnership lays an important foundation for both organisations to capitalise on our joined strength to benefit our customers. With shared global expertise and business dynamism, this partnership will create new technological frontiers with innovative solutions for the government and private sectors in the realms of cyber security and public safety," said Lee Fook Sun, president of ST Electronics.

“Together we will accelerate innovation and deliver advanced capabilities for government and enterprise organisations. By transforming operations and securely making available data both mobile and actionable, we will protect the security and stability of our cities and enable communities to thrive,” said Eduardo Conrado, executive vice president, Strategy and Innovation Office, Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions to Present at Sanford C. Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference on June 2

on Friday, 27 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 26, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, will present at the Sanford C. Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference on June 2 in New York.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The live webcast and replay will be available at

Detroit Gives Green Light to Real-Time Crime Center Powered by Motorola Solutions

on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Detroit Police is using Motorola Solutions’ real-time video surveillance and data analysis solution to help reduce violent crime occurring at or near gas stations, fast food restaurants and other high traffic locations

  • Project Green Light partners the Detroit Police Department with local gas stations, major fast food restaurants and other businesses to install video surveillance systems to help aide in the deterrence of crime
  • Video cameras send live feeds to Detroit’s Real-Time Crime Center allowing analysts using Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral platform to aggregate video and data and turn it into actionable intelligence, helping lead to safer communities
  • The project is one of the first public-private community partnerships of its kind, blending a mix of Motorola Solutions’ real-time crime-fighting applications and community policing aimed at improving neighborhood safety

DETROIT – May 23, 2016 – When officials with the Detroit Police Department realized 25 percent of violent crime in the city was taking place within 500 feet of gas stations, they turned to Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions to combat the problem.

As part of Project Green Light, Detroit Police initially partnered with eight gas stations to install video cameras that stream live footage to Detroit’s new Real-Time Crime Center where police analyze available data, monitor active incidents and events and deploy resources all from one location. Project Green Light has now been expanded to more than 20 locations including fast food restaurants, liquor stores and additional gas stations. Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware application aggregates the video, allowing crime center analysts to view multiple feeds on one screen and share high-definition images of suspects, vehicles, license plate numbers and other critical information to responding officers.

In the first few months of operation, analysts have been able to quickly identify suspects, leading to faster arrests. One example involves a suspect brought into custody less than two hours after being clearly identified on camera firing a weapon into a vehicle at a gas station and another where two suspects were arrested after a carjacking at a gas station. A third instance shows the cameras acting as a deterrent when two individuals in a dispute calmly leave the inside of a gas station shortly after noticing the Project Green Light signage on the station door warning of police monitoring with real-time video surveillance.

"Motorola Solutions' CommandCentral platform has become an invaluable crime fighting tool for our officers on the street," said James Craig, police chief, Detroit Police Department. "The fast pace of technological advances allows for partnerships like these to sustain safe neighborhoods for our citizens."

The project is one of the first public-private-community partnerships of its kind in the United States, blending a mix of Motorola Solutions’ real-time crime-fighting applications and community policing aimed at improving neighborhood safety. Detroit Police say the program is promoting the revitalization and growth of local businesses and strengthening the police department’s efforts to deter, identify and solve crime faster and more efficiently.


“Project Green Light demonstrates how smart public safety technology such as Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral platform can assist police departments and be an extra set of eyes on the street,” said John Zidar, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions Central Region. “The ability to stream live video to Detroit’s Real-Time Crime Center allows analysts to quickly send critical information such as a photo of a suspect or an image of a vehicle to officers in the field to help capture suspects faster and make the community safer.”

The CommandCentral platform is part of Motorola Solutions Intelligence-Led Public Safety application suite, which helps streamline the way agencies can use the enormous amounts of data coming in from sources such as 9-1-1 calls, social media feeds and nationwide databases to help increase situational awareness, reduce crime rates and close more cases.

Motorola Solutions Transforms Body-Worn Cameras for TETRA Users

on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New innovative solution combines body-worn video camera, radio speaker and microphone with cloud-based data storage and management to create a complete digital evidence management system
  • Cloud-based storage and management software enables secure content storage, management and sharing at lower costs than solutions on the market today
  • The video camera, radio microphone and speaker offered together with the management software system simplify digital evidence capture and management for public safety organisations

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – May 19, 2016 – At Critical Communications World 2016 (May 31 to June 2 in Amsterdam), Motorola Solutions announces a new combination of body-worn video camera, radio speaker and microphone, along with new, cloud-based, digital evidence management software, which is able to collaborate with TETRA digital two-way radios. The new “Smart Interface” (Si) Si500 Video Speaker Microphone (VSM) is reducing the number of devices that weigh down public safety officers in the field today, while CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management software is providing unparalleled efficiency that saves time and resources.

Public safety agencies today face an increasing demand to capture, store, properly manage and share video evidence. While use of body-worn cameras has widespread and growing acceptance with public safety agencies and the citizens they protect, the massive amounts of data cameras create needs to be managed and stored, oftentimes incurring significant costs. With its new solution, Motorola Solutions tackles all of these challenges and offers an end-to-end solution that can be used with existing TETRA radio equipment. Public safety agencies are provided with a seamless experience from video capture in the field to back office storage and content management that helps them simplify workflows and reduce administrative overheads.

“In Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), TETRA digital radio technology has become a standard for mission-critical communications,” said Steven Young, vice president TETRA devices at Motorola Solutions. “This is why we have developed a body-worn video solution that collaborates with TETRA radios. The Si500 is transforming digital evidence management by integrating our best microphone into a body-worn camera and combining it with a content management system that´s unmatched in its ease-of-use.”

Sight and Sound Simplified

Both body-worn camera and remote radio speaker microphone, the compact Si500 VSM is a unique interface that extends the mission-critical performance of Motorola Solutions TETRA digital two-way radios. The lightweight compact design includes innovative features to meet the needs of first responders:

  • The Si500 VSM is equipped with a 210-degree range-of-motion camera lens that provides optimal field-of-view and flexible wearing positions. Users can wear the VSM with the display facing in or out.
  • The Si500 VSM features a new adaptive audio engine that automatically adjusts audio settings based on the user’s wearing position and environment. With five integrated microphones and a loud 0.5-watt rated speaker, it provides the high audio quality of TETRA radios.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi dramatically improves the speed of uploading multi-media. It also makes over-the-air feature updates via Radio Management quickly and seamlessly over Wi-Fi.
  • The Si500 VSM offers a full-screen tempered-glass display with an intuitive user interface that presents only vital information within three panels. Users have the ability to control radio channels and talkgroups, view recorded video and photos, tag videos and listen to audio recordings.

Digital Evidence Management Revolutionized

The digital evidence management solution includes the cloud-based CommandCentral Vault software application to securely store, manage and share digital evidence. With an expansive base storage capacity and integration with computer aided dispatch and records management systems, CommandCentral Vault is designed to make digital evidence management easy and affordable. The digital evidence management software also:

  • Ensures end-to-end security that reduces any challenge to chain of custody for agencies
  • Pairs with the Si500 VSM and can also operate stand alone and accept evidence gathered from any device
  • Offers a highly streamlined ability to search, review, annotate and perform other evidence management, reducing administrative time and expense
  • Provides an industry-leading auto-redaction feature to help public safety agencies remove identities of individuals in videos seamlessly. Instead of having to painstakingly invest the time to review and possibly edit each video frame, technicians will be able to automatically mark objects such as faces, addresses or license plates and let the new technology blur them out automatically throughout the video, saving hours of administrative time.
  • Creates greater engagement and transparency with communities. The system enables agencies to improve evidence sharing and more easily respond to content requests.

Bringing Nigerian Industry Game-Changing Solutions

on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions offers suite of new communications tools for Nigerian market including radios, software and services

  • Next-generation MOTOTRBO™ radios feature longer battery life, indoor location tracking and integrated WiFi, allowing all radios in a system to be reprogrammed simultaneously without taking them out of users’ hands
  • New MOTOTRBO Capacity Max adds enhanced security and reliability and is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand higher capacity
  • WAVE™ 3000 connects disparate networks such as radio, cellular and WiFi to seamlessly communicate between any device
  • Products and solutions are offered across the country through Motorola Solutions’ Nigerian skilled partner network

LAGOS, Nigeria – May. 18, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of innovative mission-critical communication solutions and services, boosts Nigerian industries with the launch of next-generation communication solutions. New products including next-generation MOTOTRBO radios and interoperability communication solution WAVE 3000 will be available through Motorola Solutions’ experienced Nigerian partners. Motorola Solutions continues to build local knowledge and understanding in the Nigerian market, working with dedicated partners whilst supporting their growth.

“We are committed to providing best-in-class products, solutions and services to the Nigerian market by building upon our 40 years of doing business across Africa,” said Laurent Tribout, director of Sales Channels for Motorola Solutions Africa. “Our trusted partner network provides service and support for our high-quality products to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Increased Productivity Across Industries

Motorola Solutions’ latest MOTOTRBO digital radios use WiFi connectivity to update, savings hundreds of hours of lost productivity. For a group of 350 workers, updating devices can mean 400 lost hours. MOTOTRBO radios update seamlessly without the need to drop off devices, and coupled with 29 hours of battery life, the new line keeps workers in the field or on the job instead of waiting for new software.

“The features and functionality, as well as scalability of our products, reflect the needs of customers for enhanced productivity, efficiency and worker safety,” said Uzonna Izugbokwe, senior regional sales manager, Motorola Solutions Africa. “For example, worker safety features such as man-down alerts and indoor tracking which are crucial for working in hazardous areas.”

Collaboration Made Easy for Commercial Users

Responding to rising demand for flexible two-way radio solutions, Motorola Solutions introduces MOTOTRBO Capacity Max, a scalable solution with significant advantages in capacity, performance and manageability. Capacity Max can be scaled from single-site system to projects that demand up to 3,000 users per site for voice and data-intensive deployments. It also supports the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard for multi-vendor interoperability, including the Tier III mode of operation.

Next-generation MOTOTRBO also includes the SLR 8000 series, a high-power repeater that amplifies a signal to help extend coverage for communication networks such as Capacity Max. The SLR 8000 is built on the same platform as the popular SLR 5000 series and allows customers to deploy systems that cover wide geographical areas. SLR 8000 features a flexible architecture enabling customers to easily configure the repeater to meet their system deployment needs for extreme reliability.

Simple and Seamless Collaboration Solution

Motorola Solutions also presents Nigeria with its WAVE Work Group Communications for enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration. WAVE Work Group Communications is a broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solution that delivers real-time voice and data securely over any network, using any device. From two-way radios to smartphones, laptops to landlines, tablets to rugged handhelds, users can use the devices they already have and the networks they already subscribe to and communicate via PTT with other teams and individuals both inside and outside of their communication system.

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Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 17, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 41 cents per share payable in cash on July 15, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2016.

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

on Friday, 06 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Sales of $1.2 billion, down 2 percent from a year ago, including $22 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact and $61 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition
North America sales grew 2 percent, driven by both Products and Services segment sales
Managed & Support services grew 30 percent, or 6 percent excluding Airwave
Backlog ended at $8.3 billion, an increase of 43 percent, driven by Airwave and Managed & Support services growth
GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $0.10
Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations* of $0.52, up 37 percent
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 5, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2016. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
“We delivered strong earnings growth in the first quarter driven by our North America business and Managed & Support services,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We're encouraged by the progress in our services business and overall backlog, which positions us well for continued earnings and cash flow growth.”
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
     Q1 2016     Q1 2015    % Change
     Sales    $1,193    $1,223    (2)%
     Operating Earnings    $100    $119    (16)%
     % of Sales    8.4%    9.7%     
     EPS from continuing operations    $0.10    $0.40    (75)%
     Operating Earnings    $166    $156    6%
     % of Sales    13.9%    12.8%     
     EPS from continuing operations    $0.52    $0.38    37%
Product Segment
     Sales    $702    $758    (7)%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $51    $64    (20)%
     % of Sales    7.3%    8.4%     
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $84    $90    (7)%
     % of Sales    12.0%    11.9%     
Services Segment
     Sales    $491    $465    6%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $49    $55    (11)%
     % of Sales    10.0%    11.8%     
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $82    $66    24%
     % of Sales    16.7%    14.2%      
*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.42 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 decreased 2 percent, including $22 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact and $61 million in sales associated with the Airwave acquisition. These results include 2 percent growth in North America, which delivered increases in both Products and Services sales. Overall company product sales declined due to weakness in Latin America and Europe as well as currency headwinds. The Services business increased 6 percent due to the addition of Airwave and solid growth in organic Managed & Support results. The Services business declined 8 percent excluding the impact of Airwave, due primarily to currency headwinds and a decline in systems integration revenues associated with a large project in Europe.
Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 8.4 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015; non-GAAP operating margin was 13.9 percent of sales, compared with 12.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015, reflecting $43 million in lower operating expenses compared with the first quarter of 2015, due to the company's cost reduction initiatives and a stronger dollar.
Taxes – The first quarter of 2016 GAAP effective tax rate was 23 percent. This compares with a tax rate of 31 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter of 2016 non-GAAP tax rate was 26 percent, compared with a tax rate of 29 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The full-year non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 33 percent.
Cash flow – The company generated $13 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter, reflecting a decrease of $143 million over the prior year. Free cash flow2 was a use of $38 million in the quarter. The decrease was largely driven by incentive costs and higher tax payments during the quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.9 billion and a net debt position of approximately $3.1 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $64 million of its common stock in the first quarter of 2016 and paid approximately $71 million in cash dividends.
Significant win in the United Kingdom to provide interoperability between the nationwide land-mobile radio (LMR) network and new public safety long-term evolution (LTE) network with Motorola’s WAVE 7000 solution
$77 million with five U.S. state and local customers to upgrade their mission-critical communication networks to Motorola’s latest P25 solution
$25 million in North Africa for next-generation DMR MOTOTRBO trunking solution
$20 million with a U.S. utility customer for a multi-year Managed & Support services contract
Continued wins and expansion of the Emergency CallWorks Next Gen 9-1-1 solution that now has deployments in more than half of the U.S. states
Second quarter 2016 – Motorola Solutions expects a revenue increase of 1 to 3 percent compared with the second quarter of 2015. This assumes approximately $130 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.82 to $0.88 per share.
Full-year 2016 – The company reaffirms its full-year outlook for revenue growth of 5 to 7 percent compared to 2015. This revenue outlook includes approximately $450 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $4.45 to $4.65 per share.
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, May 5. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
     Q1 2016    Q1 2015
Net sales    $1,193    $1,223
Gross margin    502    548
Operating earnings    100    119
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax   
17    87
Net earnings    17    74
Diluted EPS from continuing operations    $0.10    $0.40
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding    177.0    217.8
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2016.
(per diluted common share)    Q1 2016
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations    $0.10
Highlighted Items:     
Share-based compensation expense    0.06
Reorganization of business charges    0.08
Intangibles amortization expense    0.06
Acquisition related transaction fees    0.07
Loss on investment in United Kingdom treasuries    0.07
Realized foreign currency loss on acquisition    0.04
Loss on sale of Malaysia facility and operations    0.04
Total Highlighted Items    0.42
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations    $0.52 
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.
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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.
Constant Currency: The company evaluates its results of operations on both an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The company calculates constant currency percentages by converting the current period local currency results using prior-period exchange rates, and then comparing these adjusted values to prior-period reported results.
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.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results 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 second quarter and full year of 2016, including the incremental revenues of Airwave. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 22 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website at, 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 operate or maintain 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, including the acquisition of Airwave; (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 outsourcing of various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
1 Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders.
2 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capex
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
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Latin American Forestry Production Becomes Integrated and More Secure Through Innovative Service Model

on Friday, 06 May 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Operations in Brazil and Chile will be connected via a single and more secure network, as a managed service operated by Motorola Solutions

  • In Brazil, the solution will help optimize operations throughout more than 53,000 km2 in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, providing better communication quality and coverage in this large area
  • The managed services agreement includes the deployment, operation and management of the digital network and TETRA mobile and portable terminals from Motorola Solutions

SÃO PAULO – May 4, 2016 –Following the announcement of the expansion of Forestal Mininco´s communication system in Chile, CMPC - one of the leaders in Latin America in the production and commercialization of forestry products, paper and cellulose — has selected Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) to help streamline its production processes and ensure reliable communications between the Brazilian subsidiary’s operations in emergency situations. With this implementation, CMPC achieves complete coverage throughout the forests, as well as in all the trucks and cranes.

The solution is part of a completely innovative managed services model, which for an initial period of 10 years will connect the communication systems of Brazil and Chile through a single, integrated network. The dispatch center of the operation in both countries will be based in Chile and will enable the advanced connectivity of services and resources in key points of the two locations. In emergency situations, workers will now have an always-available system through its own digital communications network.

The integration of the operations of the digital voice and data systems will allow the execution of different tasks such as queries to databases, the submission of reports, photos and forms and the transfer of files in real time, improving the productivity of forest management. For instance, trucks, cars and cranes will be monitored daily, allowing a better control of crops, processes and raw material transportation to reduce fuel costs and machinery downtime. Through this digital system, it will be possible to communicate from one terminal to various devices, simplifying the task of managing a group of simultaneous users.

The system will cover an area of approximately 53.000 km2 along the State of Rio Grande do Sul through 12 repeater sites and a TETRA digital communication network supported by terminals, including mobile radios installed in vehicles used by workers. Motorola Solutions will be responsible for comprehensive operation of the mission-critical communication system provided as a managed service.

“Thanks to the alliance with Motorola Solutions, we can focus on our main activity, improving flexibility and reducing communications-related problems“ said José Luiz Bazzo, forestry operations manager at CMPC.

Chile Operation

The expansion of Forestal Mininco’s system in Chile includes more radio frequency sites, applications, portable devices and two sites connected to the system via satellite links spanning an area over 70,000 km2. This system supports a number of Motorola Solutions’ high-tech innovations, such as the TETRA messaging application, which enables for instance lighthouse keepers to deliver weather data, such as air humidity, wind and rainfall, from radios in the forest to the dispatch center. The data is then analyzed to generate forecasts and statistics, predict the behavior of fires and used to develop action plans.

So far, the deployment of Motorola Solutions technology and services enabled traffic over the communication network to double, as well as integration of new services such as telephony, text messaging and mobile data. Through a new fleet management application for instance, radios in the field can be tracked, improving security in the forest while saving time and fuel, reducing the environmental impact of Forestal Mininco’s operations.

Broadband push-to-talk service boosts workforce collaboration and productivity

on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Mobility, collaboration and productivity to rise through cloud-based push-to-talk application
  • Operates as a standalone broadband service or to open access between radio and cellular networks
  • Part of Motorola Solutions’ Next Generation Mobile Intelligence technology suite

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Thursday 28 April, 2016

Motorola Solutions has today launched WAVE™ Cloud Connect in Australia, a cloud-based software application that delivers broadband-based push-to-talk (PTT) communications and seamlessly connects traditional radio networks with cellular networks.

Wave Cloud Connect will enhance collaboration and productivity for enterprises and government agencies by enabling Apple or Android smart phones and tablets to connect directly with radio devices, bringing secure mobile workforce communications to groups of up to 3,000 users.

The new service delivers real-time voice and data communications securely over any IP network, connecting teams and individuals both inside and outside of their existing communication systems. The service connects users carrying any communications device, from two-way radios to smart phones, laptops and rugged handheld devices.

Wave Cloud Connect can also be used as a standalone broadband service without radio network integration. Key features include a visual mapping tool to pinpoint the location of users in the field and a secure text messaging service.

The solution is part of Motorola Solutions’ Next Generation Mobile Intelligence suite, a mix of technologies including mobile broadband-based solutions that place the right information into the hands of users across a choice of devices, applications and networks.

Flexible, service-based approach reduces capital costs

The “software as a service” offering is accessed via flexible and affordable user subscriptions, removing costly capital investments needed to deliver broadband PTT capabilities or to enable radio networks to communicate with other devices.

Motorola Solutions Australia Technology Director, Greg Bouwmeester, said the service would provide users with the flexibility to spend only what they need to manage their daily operational requirements for broadband PTT.

“In government and business environments today, employees are communicating with a variety of mission-critical devices as well as consumer-grade devices. Wave Cloud Connect is the ideal solution for any organisation wanting to simply and affordably combine large numbers of users and teams onto a single communications platform,” Bouwmeester said.

“Wave Cloud Connect increases the capability and value that users receive from their radio networks. The application also brings the benefit of improved workforce productivity and mobility for users who do not have access to a radio network.

Users of the service will be kept up to date with cloud-based software upgrades and full service availability through Motorola Solutions’ 24/7 network operations and control centre.

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2016 Earnings Results on May 5

on Monday, 25 April 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2016 Earnings Results on May 5

 Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 21, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter 2016 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, May 5.

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

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Wildfires Spark Improved Responder Communication

on Thursday, 14 April 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Creek County, Oklahoma and Motorola Solutions solve interoperability challenges in wake of wildfires with new radios and infrastructure enhancements

  • After wildfires struck central Oklahoma in 2012 and destroyed more than 400 homes, a variety of first responders who came to aid Creek County first responders found they could not communicate because their radios weren’t interoperable.
  • A federal grant of $10 million allows the county to have Motorola Solutions build new infrastructure to put all safety agencies on the same network.
  • Motorola Solutions will also provide state-of-the-art radios with the latest features to provide interoperability with the statewide radio network.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 14, 2016 – After a series of devastating wildfires in summer 2012 that burned 60,000 acres and destroyed more than 400 homes, Oklahoma’s Creek County has joined with Motorola Solutions (NYI: MSI) to supply new communications infrastructure, command center technology and radios to connect its public safety agencies.

More than 130 different agencies ranging from fire, police, emergency medical response and specialized entities such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to the fires only to find they couldn’t talk to each other by radio.

A federal grant provided $10 million to help put Creek County agencies on the same ASTRO® 25 system using Project 25 (P25) standards– the Oklahoma Wireless Information Network (OKWIN) built by Motorola Solutions – as well as connect the county by radio to nearby first responders. The plan will even set aside extra radios for visiting public safety officials who would respond to a future wildfire threat.

“When you fight fires like the ones we faced, you can have all the manpower and the bulldozers and the tanker trucks, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t communicate,” said Creek County Commissioner Newt Stephens, who helped coordinate the firefighting effort and fought for funding to solve the interoperability problems. “Now we’ll have a robust system where we’re all going to be talking on an 800 MHz network and it’s going to make a huge difference in how we do business. We didn’t leave anybody out.”

Creek County features more than 70,000 residents spread over nearly 1,000 square miles, making the public safety challenge that much greater and amplifying the importance of reliable communications infrastructure, technology, support and devices. Over the next 14 months, Motorola Solutions will provide:

  • An ASTRO 25 system that connects Creek County to Oklahoma’s OKWIN statewide communications network used by the Department of Public Safety as well as Oklahoma’s State Patrol
  • Improvements to six transmission sites that improve coverage throughout the county CommandCentral Inform, a layered, geospatial intelligence application that helps agencies track their staff and equipment in real time.
  • APX™ 4000, APX 4500 and APX 8000 radios for state-of-the-art features and reliability

“With so many of Oklahoma’s key public safety agency players already working with us and our technology, it made perfect sense for Creek County to work with Motorola Solutions to bring its first responder community to one platform that also works seamlessly with statewide partners,” said Rick Rigsbee, territory vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions. “We want our customers to have the very best tools to improve public safety every day as well as prepare for situations where outside agencies are assisting in emergencies and need immediate interoperability.”

Calling All Public Safety Application Developers

on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions offers its Convergence Suite Developer Program to help application developers bridge LMR and broadband

  • Motorola Solutions invites software developers from around the world to build the next generation of applications to bridge land mobile radios (LMR) and long-term evolution (LTE) devices
  • The Convergence Suite Developer Program already has 100 developers and provides free easy-to-use application program interfaces (APIs) and tools to build workgroup applications that let teams communicate through any device over LMR, broadband and Wi-Fi networks
  • Program developer benefits include software development kits, testing resources and online support to help developers quickly create new offerings and add new functionality to existing products

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 23, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) invites application developers to join its Convergence Suite Developer Program and create a vibrant future for workgroup software that seamlessly links individuals using different types of devices across different public safety networks.

The program is open to all developers and will foster new applications that help improve work group communications, where teams need to share data between smartphones, radios and other networked devices.

Estimates put nearly 8 million LTE-equipped devices in public safety service by 2020 alongside an installed base of nearly 21 million LMR radios. This presents a robust opportunity for software that makes these devices work better together to improve safety and efficiency.

The Convergence Suite Developer Program helps developers take advantage of the surging number of new devices operating on different networks. With more than 100 developers already in the program, it provides the company’s developers free access to APIs and other tools they need to create and integrate workgroup communication applications running over co-existing LMR and broadband systems as well as LTE-only networks.

Partners can take Motorola Solutions’ application program interfaces to create new products or improve current ones, as well as leverage Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Middleware services that share voice and data over different networks and on different devices. They can also integrate Motorola Solutions’ messaging and mapping to their applications.

“We are inviting developers to make use of our tools and build the software that will seamlessly connect any device and create new capabilities,” said Jeff Spaeth, vice president of Systems and Software Enablement at Motorola Solutions. “As the worldwide leader in LMR for public safety and commercial use, we are uniquely positioned to partner with developers in building the next generation of workgroup applications to create a smarter, safer world.”

As well as offering a bridge between LMR and broadband networks, Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Middleware offers developers centralized data for broadband-only deployments such as common group definitions and efficient location management.

Developers who participate in the Convergence Suite program can use the APIs free of charge, test their solutions and receive online support so that they can:

  • Increase the value of their LMR applications by quickly adding smartphone and broadband network capability to extend the reach and capability of their applications
  • Take their broadband applications and quickly extend their capability to LMR networks
  • Develop a common application through the Convergence Suite tools, which they can quickly deploy to different customers regardless of network technology
  • Add new functions such as messaging or mapping to an existing application to enhance safety and efficiency to make an application more valuable to a broader audience

Interested developers can see the Convergence Suite results in person at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas at Motorola Solutions booth No. 1029 on March 23-24. Developer and Motorola Solutions partner will be on hand to demonstrate its application that was used successfully during a demonstration event of the LTE system under construction by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS).

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