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Tennessee Highway Patrol Launches New Statewide Radio Communications System On Time and Within Budget

on Thursday, 15 October 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol news release

New system enhances communications with partnering agencies, increases public safety

NASHVILLE- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott on Wednesday announced the completion of a new statewide radio communications system that will enhance the safety of the public and state troopers and increase efficiency between public safety agencies.

The statewide radio system, engineered by Motorola Solutions and Buford Goff and Associates (BGA), was completed on time and within budget.

Replacing a system that was nearly 40 years old, the new interoperable radio system provides enhanced communications between state troopers and dispatchers as well as the THP and partnering public safety agencies.

“We are proud of the implementation of the radio system and the exceptional capabilities that it provides to help make Tennessee safer,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “The radio communications system has already proven to be an invaluable tool that enables law enforcement and public safety agencies to communicate in real time.”

At the request of Gov. Bill Haslam, the General Assembly appropriated a total of $120 million for the new radio system. The original partners with the THP for the new system were the Department of Correction and the Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System in the Chattanooga area. Other partners now include Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Sullivan County, and the cities of Smyrna and Johnson City. The Department of Transportation (TDOT) has purchased the equipment and will soon join the system.

“During the horrific active shooter incident last July in Chattanooga, emergency officials from numerous public safety agencies responding to the various scenes were able to clearly and immediately communicate with one another,” Colonel Trott said. “This allowed the THP command staff to monitor the situation from Nashville and quickly deploy the necessary resources needed in Chattanooga. I believe the real time communication contributed to the swift response of first responders and possibly saved countless lives.”

Motorola Solutions and BGA worked diligently to meet the stringent requirements that were demanded of the system. Due to the careful planning and implementation of the project, Tennessee now has the most advanced radio communications system available that requires one push of a button.

“Tennessee Highway Patrol’s use of Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 mission-critical communications across all eight districts means troopers throughout the state are now able to communicate clearly and effectively with other first responders in Tennessee and neighboring states,” said Marshall Wright, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “Seamless, interoperable communications between agencies is helping improve safety and efficiency for first responders in large-scale events as well as daily emergencies in every corner of the state of Tennessee.”

In addition to the current partners, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages other agencies or jurisdictions to become members of the statewide interoperable radio communications system to even further enhance public safety in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

Motorola Solutions Joins Fight against Pirates and Smugglers in Seychelles

on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seychelles Police choose innovative mission-critical communications technology from Motorola Solutions to support public safety across 115 islands and Indian Ocean
 

MOTOTRBO radio communications network will improve real-time communications helping police respond to organized crime
New radio network is first to cover the demanding geography of the 115 islands in the Seychelles, as well as surrounding areas of Indian Ocean
Advanced location-based services improve officer safety and efficiency
Basingstoke, UK, Oct. 6, 2015 – The Seychelles islands face the threat of pirates hijacking local fishing boats and organized crime gangs using the many isolated beaches to traffic illegal drugs. To equip police with real-time information to fight against crime, the Government of the Republic of Seychelles has deployed a Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) MOTOTRBO digital radio system to enhance police communications.
 
The communications network will be the first to cover the demanding geography of the Seychelles’ 115 islands and surrounding areas in the Indian Ocean, enabling improved dispatch of officers across land and sea for rapid and effective response to criminal activities.
 
Joel Morgan, Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, The Seychelles said: “The deployment of this network is a milestone in the history of our police force, another big step forward in its quest toward modernization and a big boost to its general field operations.”
 
Patrolling the region has been an ongoing challenge for the police force where mountainous island terrain severely disrupts analogue radio and cellular communications coverage. Designed and installed by Communication Specialists Limited (Comm-Spec), the reach of the new digital radio network was extended with MOTOTRBO DR 3000 repeaters. These provide more than 30,000 square kilometers of radio coverage, blanketing the islands and surrounding ocean for the first time.
 
“By deploying a dedicated MOTOTRBO integrated digital radio network the police now have access to real-time communications that provide a seamless, reliable, scalable and secure alternative to the islands’ previously inconsistent analogue radio and cellular networks,” says Tim Clark, director, sales channel products & programmes, Europe and Africa, Motorola Solutions.

The investment in the digital radio system is also helping to reduce unplanned costs for the Seychelles Police. Previously, when analogue radios failed to connect, police officers would rely on personal cell phones to make calls to headquarters, despite often poor cellular coverage and high call costs incurred by the officers and the department. With digital radio connectivity assured throughout the Seychelles, officers can now depend on their MOTOTRBO radios to stay in contact.
 
The MOTOTRBO radio system now connects more than 800 police officers with dispatch at Police Headquarters in the Islands’ capital, Victoria. The MOTOTRBO DP3601 portable two-way radios deliver reliable integrated data communications and enhanced voice capability for Seychelles police officers. Comm-Spec also introduced the Very High Frequency (VHF) version of the MOTOTRBO DP4801 to the force’s radio fleet delivering best-in-class audio with integrated Global Positioning System (GPS). Police vehicles were installed with MOTOTRBO DM4401 mobile radios.

All radios deliver advanced location-based services, including geo-fencing, enabling the control centre to track, monitor and, should an officer’s status unexpectedly change, respond quickly throughout the islands. Using the TRBOnet Communication System, an application developed specifically for public safety dispatch centers, the Seychelles Police are also able to link multiple agencies or departments at the touch of a button, making response during emergency situations quick and effective.

Mayor Emanuel and Motorola Solutions Announce Relocation of Global Headquarters to Chicago

on Wednesday, 16 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company will have more than 1,100 employees in the city of Chicago; Motorola Solutions is the 36th company to locate its headquarters in Chicago since 2011

Chicago – Sept. 15, 2015 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), the leading global provider of innovative mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that the company will relocate its global headquarters from Schaumburg, Ill., to Chicago.

The company, which will have over 1,100 employees working in the City of Chicago, will move into 150,000 square feet of space on six floors at 500 W. Monroe St. in the summer of 2016. This move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street.

“With this move, Motorola Solutions not only returns to its Chicago roots, but the company is doubling down on Chicago’s future,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The company will add hundreds of jobs to our city’s growing technology industry and gain the access to talent that they need for the future we are all building here, in Chicago.”

Approximately 800 employees will be located at the new downtown headquarters as well as the company’s customer briefing center. The Chicago office will include a range of positions including the company’s ventures group, the chief technology office, information technology and software engineering. Motorola Solutions also will maintain its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave., occupying a 46,000-square-foot space with approximately 300 employees.

“Our company began in this city 87 years ago, and today we’re pleased to announce that our headquarters is coming home,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “This is another transformative step in ensuring a future of continued innovation, and will provide us with greater access to high-tech talent.”

The new Chicago office will provide Motorola Solutions’ Chicago-area employees with new, modern workspaces that spark innovation, collaboration and creativity. It also provides the company with direct access to software talent such as data scientists, user experience designers, interface designers and software developers, that are critical to its future success.

Motorola Solutions will continue to have a significant presence in Schaumburg, with approximately 1,600 employees on its current campus. The company’s manufacturing and delivery operations will move to Elgin, Ill., and it plans to sell the unused real estate on its 277-acre Schaumburg campus for redevelopment.

 

Motorola Solutions Announces Final Results of $2 Billion Tender Offer

on Friday, 11 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company Will Acquire 30,075,146 Shares at $66.50 Per Share

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 10, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced today the final results of its modified “Dutch Auction” tender offer, which expired at midnight, Eastern Daylight time, at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

Based on the final count by the depositary for the tender offer, Motorola Solutions accepted for payment an aggregate of 30,075,146 shares at a purchase price of $66.50 per share. Because the number of shares tendered at or below the $66.50 purchase price (or by shareholders electing to tender at the ultimate purchase price determined under the tender offer terms) exceeded the amount that Motorola Solutions offered to purchase, the resulting proration factor, after giving effect to the priority for “odd lots,” was approximately 95 percent. The depositary will promptly pay for all the shares accepted for purchase and will return all other shares tendered.

The tender offer was made pursuant to Motorola Solutions’ Offer to Purchase dated Aug. 7, 2015, and the related Letter of Transmittal, in which the company offered to purchase up to $2 billion of shares of its common stock at a price per share not less than $61.00 and not greater than $66.50, which documents were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 7, 2015.

Motorola Solutions may purchase additional shares in the future in the open market subject to market conditions and private transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Under applicable securities laws, however, Motorola Solutions may not repurchase any shares until Sept. 21, 2015. Whether Motorola Solutions makes additional repurchases in the future will depend on many factors, including but not limited to its business and financial performance, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of the shares, and other factors Motorola Solutions considers relevant.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan are the dealer managers for the tender offer and Alliance Advisors LLC is the information agent. The depositary is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is Motorola Solutions’ legal counsel for the tender offer. Any questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to the information agent toll-free at 855-737-3180.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable federal securities law, and generally includes 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 statements relating to the company’s intention to repurchase shares. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company’s products; (4) the company’s ability to 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 the company sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company’s ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company’s performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company’s manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company’s customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC; (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 business operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s enterprise legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Motorola Solutions Introduces First Radio Built to Help Families During Emergencies

on Thursday, 10 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New TALKABOUT T480 designed specifically for household emergency readiness

New TALKABOUT T480 radio offers emergency preparedness features such as a special alert button, safety whistle, weather alerts, flashlight and always-charged capability in a single device

Weatherproof T480 radios offer easily accessible, always charged two-way communications for severe weather conditions, power outages, other emergencies

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 10, 2015 – As the U.S. recognizes September as National Preparedness Month, Motorola Solutions has introduced the TALKABOUT T480 radio, its first two-way radio specifically designed to help families during emergencies.

When disaster strikes and cellphone towers are down or networks are overloaded and unavailable, the T480 gives families a way to call for help and stay easily connected to neighbors and others in the community. The radios are equipped with innovative emergency functionality and features including:

  • Access to FM and seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environment Canada (EC) weather channels, as well as four very-high-frequency (VHF) channels that receive continuous broadcasts from local and regional weather stations
  • A light-emitting-diode (LED) flashlight that automatically turns on during power outages so users can easily spot the always-charging radio
  • An emergency button that transmits an audible siren as an alert to call for help
  • A safety whistle belt clip that can be used to signal for assistance and for added security
  • A “quiet charge” feature, which means users can opt to charge and still receive weather alerts while not enabling audible two-way radio chatter
  • A wall/desk stand, so it can be placed in an easily accessible location and continuously charging so it has a full battery when needed (it also operates using three standard AA batteries)
  • An International Protection rating of 54 (IP54), a weatherproof standard that certifies the units are designed to withstand rain, snow and other weather hazards.

The T480 can be an important addition to a family’s emergency preparedness kit in the event severe weather situations or emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, wildfires or emergency evacuations should occur. While standard desktop weather radios are helpful at home to monitor National Weather Service broadcasts, they do not feature Family Radio Service and General Mobile Radio Service which are land-mobile radio services available on the T480 designed for short distance, two-way communications between families or designated groups of people in the aftermath of a storm.

Pricing and Availability

The Motorola Solutions TALKABOUT T480 is available now. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $69.99. Packaging includes one white and red radio, one wall/desk stand, one micro-USB wall charging cable, one belt clip with whistle and one nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery pack. Three AA alkaline batteries can also be used and are sold separately.

For a full list of features, videos and additional information on the entire 2015 Motorola TALKABOUT series of radios, please visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com/talkabout. 

Chilean Forests Are Safer with Expansion of Emergency Communications Technology

on Wednesday, 09 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Expansion of Chile’s largest private digital radio system will improve security, safety, operational efficiency and environmental impact of Forestal Mininco

SANTIAGO DE CHILE – Sept. 8, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the expansion of its managed services agreement supporting Forestal Mininco’s mission-critical communications system. The system improves employee safety and security, operational efficiency and Forestal Mininco’s impact on the environment.

The system supports a number of Motorola Solutions’ high-tech innovations, such as the TETRA messaging application, which enables 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.

“As the operations of Forestal Mininco are very diverse and carried out in a rugged landscape, they need to be coordinated. We had to keep improving the technology deployed some years ago. In order to extend coverage, we were looking to seamlessly cover the area between Regions 7 – 9. In addition, thanks to Motorola Solutions technology, we have been improving our communications, which will enable us to enhance operational efficiency and safety,” said Luis Rodriguez, administration manager at Forestal Mininco.

Through the fleet management application, 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.

New electronic dispatch guides are bringing another innovation to the forestry industry in Chile. The cranes located in the forest generate the guides, enabling workers to conduct online tracking of materials, from the harvesting of the raw material to the end of the process.

“The managed communication system provided by Motorola Solutions helps our customers reduce their initial capital expenses and avoid errors as it operates with different technology options,” explained Mitchel Zúñiga, services manager at Motorola Solutions for Forestal Mininco Operation. “In cases like Forestal Mininco, we can manage the entire system from initial deployment, and develop it based on their business needs.”

“One of the keys to our success with Mininco has been the investment we’ve made in learning more about forestry industry operations,” Zúñiga added. “During the course of years of collaboration, we gained extended experience in the industry, allowing us to develop innovative solutions that anticipate business needs and make operations both safer and more efficient.”

The Terrestrial Trunked radio (TETRA) system will include 10 new radio frequency sites, new applications and portable devices to increase coverage due to the rugged geography, spanning over 49,000 square kilometers in the areas of Maule, Biobío and La Araucanía. The new solutions include two sites connected to the system via satellite links. These links provide communications in difficult-to-access places and enable mobile coverage, a feature specifically designed to support harvesting tasks in the large areas of the forest.

These enhancements will provide considerable increase in signal coverage and service quality. The renewal of the agreement entered into Motorola Solutions and Forestal Mininco in 2010 includes the extension of coverage with new sites and 2,350 new terminals.

 

Motorola Solutions Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer

on Monday, 07 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 4, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced today the preliminary results of its modified “Dutch Auction” tender offer, which expired at midnight, Eastern Daylight time, at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

Based on the preliminary count by the depositary for the tender offer, a total of approximately 21.6 million shares of the company’s common stock were properly tendered and not withdrawn at or below a price of $66.50 per share. Additionally, approximately 11.4 million shares were tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery at or below the price of $66.50.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender offer and based on the preliminary count by the depositary, Motorola Solutions expects to accept for payment an aggregate of approximately 30.1 million shares of its common stock at a purchase price of $66.50 per share, for an aggregate cost of approximately $2.0 billion, excluding fees and expenses relating to the tender offer. As such, Motorola Solutions has determined that the preliminary proration factor for the tender offer is approximately 94 percent. These shares represent approximately 14.5 percent of the shares that were outstanding as of Aug. 7, 2015.

The tender offer was made pursuant to Motorola Solutions’ Offer to Purchase dated Aug. 7, 2015, and the related Letter of Transmittal, in which the company offered to purchase up to $2.0 billion of shares of its common stock at a price per share not less than $61.00 and not greater than $66.50, which documents were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 7, 2015.

The number of shares expected to be purchased in the tender offer and the purchase price per share are preliminary and subject to change. The preliminary information contained in this press release is subject to confirmation by the depositary and is based on the assumption that all shares tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery will be delivered within the three trading day settlement period. The final number of shares to be purchased in the tender offer and the final purchase price per share will be announced following the expiration of the guaranteed delivery period and the completion by the depositary of the confirmation process. Payment for the shares accepted for purchase pursuant to the tender offer, and the return of all other shares tendered and not purchased, will occur promptly thereafter. Payment for shares will be made in cash, without interest.

Motorola Solutions may purchase additional shares in the future in the open market subject to market conditions and private transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Under applicable securities laws, however, Motorola Solutions may not repurchase any shares until Sept. 21, 2015. Whether Motorola Solutions makes additional repurchases in the future will depend on many factors, including but not limited to its business and financial performance, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of the shares, and other factors Motorola Solutions considers relevant.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan are the dealer managers for the tender offer and Alliance Advisors LLC is the information agent. The depositary is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is Motorola Solutions’ legal counsel for the tender offer.

Any questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to the information agent toll-free at 855-737-3810.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable federal securities law, and generally includes 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 statements relating to the preliminary results of the tender offer and the company’s intention to repurchase shares. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company’s products; (4) the company’s ability to 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 the company sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company’s ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company’s performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company’s manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company’s customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC; (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 business operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s enterprise legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system, and (23) the final amount of the tender offer for the Company’s shares. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Motorola Solutions to Present at Sept. 9 Citi Global Technology Conference

on Wednesday, 02 September 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Sept. 2, 2015 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, will speak at the Citi Global Technology Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in New York.

The presentation will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. A replay will be available approximately one hour later at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. 

Cape Town Invests in Advanced Communications to Make City Safer

on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

City of Cape Town extends TETRA digital radio communications network with latest Motorola Solutions technology to enhance community safety

  • Largest public service and safety communications network in South Africa -- serving more than 13,500 users -- receives upgrade investment
  • Highly reliable radio communications improve response times of public safety agencies across entire municipality
  • Enables better protection for citizens as well as public safety, security and utility services workers

Cape Town, South Africa – Aug. 27, 2015 – Motorola Solutions and radio distributor Altech Alcom Matomo have completed an extension of the digital Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communications network in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. The city’s technology investment provides resilient and feature-rich communications for public safety agencies and utilities to help protect its citizens and visitors.

In 2000, the City of Cape Town commissioned a Motorola Solutions Dimetra IP digital TETRA radio system providing coverage over the Cape Metropolitan Area (CMA). It remains one of three municipalities in South Africa that operates its own TETRA network, and it is by far the largest, serving 11,000 of the City’s public safety, security and utility services. The system also provides reliable communication to 2,500 external users from surrounding municipalities, including the emergency medical services of the provincial government.

“Investment in the TETRA system serves as an enabler for improved service delivery to the citizens of the CMA,” says Councillor Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for corporate services, City of Cape Town. “This is achieved by providing reliable and effective communications and improving interoperability and response times during special events, emergencies and disasters.”

The city has upgraded the radio communications infrastructure to the latest version of the Motorola Solutions TETRA system -- Dimetra IP 8.2 -- to provide increased resilience.

“With built-in redundancy for maximum reliability and uptime, Cape Town’s TETRA network is now better able to continue operating despite power outages or major incidents such as the recent floods and mountain fires,” says Vikela Rankin, managing director, Motorola Solutions South Africa. “This enhanced TETRA system will provide clear, reliable and accurate communications to the police and other users in the field for many years to come.”

Operational efficiency, officer safety and incident response time are all improved through enhanced network management, security and new location-based capabilities.

The system is set up so that all the public safety agencies’ communications – across a range of radio groups and interconnected with the telephone network – remain secure and private. Encryption ensures those with police radio scanners cannot listen in on conversations, while real-time Global Positioning System (GPS) location tracking and mapping enables the command centre to monitor users, such as police officers, and instantly dispatch support to their exact location.

“This new TETRA technology provides sustained reliability and also the capacity to further expand to cater for the changing needs of Cape Town,” says Brett Nash, managing director, Altech Alcom Matomo. “The city can now confidently equip key stakeholders with TETRA radios to serve as an emergency communications group during incidents when all other means of communication might fail.”

Motorola Solutions Provides Secure and Efficient Communications for Milan Airports

on Tuesday, 25 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SEA Group selects Motorola Solutions’ TETRA digital radio system for Linate and Malpensa airports

  • TETRA Dimetra IP Compact solutions ensure secure and reliable communication, improving operations and customer service
  • The TETRA solution can be extended to meet evolving operational requirements

MILAN, ITALY – Aug. 25, 2015 – Airport operator SEA Group (Società Esercizi Aeroportuali S.p.A.) has selected Motorola Solutions to improve operations and ensure the highest levels of security, efficiency and effectiveness at Milan’s Linate and Malpensa airports. Deploying a TETRA Dimetra IP Compact radio communications system to connect both of Milan’s airports, SEA is able to provide enhanced customer services with rapid flight turnaround and more efficient terminal operations.

"With 1,200 operating radios and an increase in operations, SEA needed a more dynamic solution for communications," says Fabio Degli Esposti, information & communication technology director, SEA. "Faced with the need to replace an outdated system and the need to cope with an increasing demand of services, the only choice for us was to switch to digital technology, which is able to guarantee a safe and effective service."

In Malpensa - where the old and the new systems had to coexist in the migration phase - everything was fully operational within just two weeks, including the configuration of 1,000 new radios. At Linate airport, the system, supporting 400 new radios, was set up in just a week.

“SEA could not afford any inefficiency," says Giuliano Posenato, customer service manager, Motorola Solutions Italy. "The implementation had to be very fast, because the requirement was to change the engine on the machine while it was still running.”

Motorola Solutions’ high-performance TETRA base stations now deliver TETRA network coverage in both airports. Old radios used by personnel throughout the airports where also replaced with new TETRA digital handsets.

Motorola Solutions has signed a four-year managed services agreement with SEA, guaranteeing technology evolution including the replacement of its complete telecommunication system (controller, base stations and radios). Motorola Solutions will provide global integrated services infrastructure with highly qualified technical support and certified repair centres that will provide fast repair times and expert technical support for the system for many years to come.

In September 2015, Motorola Solutions will upgrade the connections at both airports with the latest generation of Motorola Solutions TETRA system Dimetra 8.2 enhancing data transmission and offering the SEA the opportunity to develop rich data services to further improve both operations and the customer experience at Milan’s airports.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 18, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2015.

No Second Guessing As 9-1-1 Calls Instantly Mapped

on Thursday, 13 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Stafford County, Virginia, deploys Motorola Solutions’ Emergency CallWorks software, instantly displaying 9-1-1 caller location to enhance dispatcher situational awareness

  • Motorola Solutions’ Emergency CallWorks platform helps police, fire and other first responders better manage critical incidents with features such as interactive maps
  • Stafford County sees improvement in call taker efficiency and effectiveness while preparing for next-generation 9-1-1 features such as text-to-9-1-1

SCHAUMBURG, Ill – Aug. 12, 2015 – When officials in Stafford County, Virginia, decided to update their emergency phone system, they wanted to lay the groundwork for implementing next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) capabilities such as text-to-9-1-1 and multimedia. County officials chose Emergency CallWorks CallStation, which is a browser-based platform acquired earlier this year by Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI).

After just a few months, Stafford County was already seeing improvement in call taker efficiency and effectiveness. As soon as a call comes in, whether it’s from a mobile device or landline, it is mapped and prioritized so emergency personnel can be on the way within minutes. Previously, call takers had to actually answer the call before obtaining a mapped location.

The Emergency CallWorks interactive map is an important feature for Stafford County due to the diverse makeup of the region. When a major incident occurs on an interstate highway, for example, it could potentially generate 10 or more calls reporting the same event. By glancing at the interactive map, the call taker can now quickly determine the caller’s location before answering, helping to enhance situational awareness and possibly determine if the calls are related.

Emergency CallWorks helps police, fire and other first responders better manage critical incidents by allowing more information to flow from the public to emergency personnel. It combines call taking, computer-aided dispatch (CAD), incident management and mapping systems into a single platform.

“The key things we looked for were features such as the interactive map and the ability to turn on additional features such as text-to-9-1-1, video, pictures and transfer of medical information as they become available,” says Carol Adams, 9-1-1 director for Stafford County. “It may be a few years before NG9-1-1 comes to fruition for Stafford County but we wanted to be ready with a solution that would provide a simple transition at an affordable price with minimal impact on our staff.”

“Stafford County wanted a system that would facilitate the handling and processing of emergency calls that would be easy to use, and simple to maintain and administer,” said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety. “The Emergency CallWorks software supports older systems and facilitates a smooth migration to NG9-1-1 without incurring a major expense."

Stafford County 9-1-1 staff attended the Emergency CallWorks Online University prior to implementing the new software. This enabled call takers, on their schedule, to become familiar with the new system before the in-class sessions with a live trainer, helping to ease the transition.

Stafford County is situated roughly half way between Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C. The county occupies approximately 270 square miles and is the fifth fastest growing area in Virginia. The Stafford County Emergency Call Center serves more than 130,000 residents, has 21 call-taking positions with six additional seats at a second location and handles more than 52,000 calls annually.

ENERGA-OPERATOR SA Trusts TETRA Communications to Ensure Power Stays On for Millions in Poland

on Tuesday, 11 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Solutions’ Dimetra TETRA technology selected by ENERGA-OPERATOR SA, one of Poland’s largest energy distributors, to upgrade critical radio communications

  • Digital radio communications to increase safety and reliability of power distribution
  • Cost effective integration with customer’s existing control infrastructure
  • Motorola Solutions’ largest utility communications contract in Poland

KRAKOW, Poland – Aug. 11, 2015 – To ensure power stays on 24/7, the biggest power distribution company in Northern Poland, with more than 2.9 million private and business customers, has chosen to migrate to digital radio communications. To enable best-in-class communications for employees and control rooms, ENERGA-OPERATOR SA will use a comprehensive Dimetra IP Terrestrial Trunked Radio system (TETRA) from Motorola Solutions. It is Motorola Solutions’ largest contract win to date with a utility company in Poland.

According to the agreement, Motorola Solutions will deliver and implement a TETRA radio system including Dimetra IP TETRA switches, TETRA base stations, TETRA mobile radios, TETRA portable radios and TETRA radio modems.

Motorola Solutions will also integrate third-party solutions including a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system from Elkomtech and Mikronika to control power distribution equipment at remote sites. Motorola Solutions will also provide network integration services, dispatch console solutions plus post-sale service and maintenance.

“By choosing our Dimetra IP TETRA system, ENERGA-OPERATOR SA has selected a truly sustainable communications solution that can be upgraded and expanded to support Smart Metering, Smart Grid applications and LTE evolution when needed,” said Axel Rettig, MSSI vice president of Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Motorola Solutions.

More than 900,000 to benefit from grant-funded science and math programs as they head back to the classroom

on Tuesday, 11 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Foundation provides $3.35 million for Innovation Generation Grants

  • Organizations that received 2015 Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation grants will use the funds for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming, especially for women and minorities
  • In its eighth year, the grant program totaled $3.35 million and benefits 88 organizations in North America
  • More than 900,000 students and teachers will receive an average of 100 programming hours

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 10, 2015 – Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, announced today that it will grant $3.35 million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, with a focus on women and minorities.

More than 900,000 students and teachers will receive an average of 100 programming hours from the foundation’s partner non-profit organizations this school year. Programs will support students of all backgrounds with a special emphasis on special populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

“These grants support educational experiences that inspire students to create the innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We want to show the leaders of tomorrow that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach.”

The Innovation Generation grant program, in its eighth year, was awarded through a competitive review process to 88 organizations.

Here are just a few examples of the impact the grants have had so far this year:

  • The Center for Neighborhood Technology's apps competition, based in Chicago, tasked students with creating and presenting innovative and fully functioning prototypes to benefit local Chicago communities.
  • DiscoverE's Global Marathon engaged more than 1,000 participants and featured White House science advisor Megan Smith as well as other successful female STEM leaders who helped connect the dots between STEM concepts and real-world applications.
  • FIRST Robotics, which provides students mentor-based programming that builds STEM skills increased participation across all of its programs, which foster well-rounded professional skills such as self-confidence, communication and leadership.
  • The Ryerson University ROPE program, located in Ontario, Canada, provided a unique opportunity for 16 non-traditional engineering students to engage in research activities in engineering through a one-on-one mentor relationship with graduate students and faculty.
  • The Brentwood STEM Enrichment camp, located in Long Island, NY, encouraged its 300 participants to improve their initial rocket designs to gain a better understanding of the iteration process, fostering creativity and innovation.
  • The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) supported nine STEM projects throughout Florida, supporting more than 2,000 students with a robust network of more than two dozen STEM education providers and businesses.
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, Calif., increased the number of female participants and its nearly 3,000 participants reported a significant increase in the following areas: STEM knowledge, collaboration, creativity and ability to solve real-world problems using STEM.

See the full list of grant recipients at http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/

Motorola Solutions Commences Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer to Repurchase up to $2 Billion of Its Common Stock

on Friday, 07 August 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 7, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced today that it has commenced a modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer to repurchase shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of up to $2 billion (subject to a customary increase if the tender offer is oversubscribed).

Motorola Solutions stockholders may tender all or a portion of their shares (1) at a price specified by the tendering stockholder of not less than $61.00 per share and not more than $66.50 per share or (2) without specifying a purchase price, in which case their shares will be purchased at the purchase price determined in accordance with the tender offer. When the tender offer expires, Motorola Solutions will determine the lowest price within the range of prices specified above that allows it to purchase up to an aggregate of $2 billion of its common stock.

The company will fund the tender offer with a combination of existing cash on the company’s balance sheet and proceeds from the previously announced $1 billion strategic investment from Silver Lake.

Stockholders will receive the purchase price in cash, subject to applicable withholding and without interest. The stockholders’ shares must have been tendered at prices equal to or less than the purchase price determined after the tender offer window closes, subject to conditions of the offer. These conditions include provisions related to proration, “odd lot” priority and conditional tenders in the case that the total cost to purchase all of the shares tendered at or below the purchase price is more than $2 billion.

These provisions are described in the “Offer to Purchase” and the “Letter of Transmittal” relating to the tender offer that are being filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Motorola Solutions also reserves the right to purchase up to an additional 2 percent of its shares outstanding without extending the tender offer. All shares purchased by Motorola Solutions will be purchased at the same price. All shares tendered at prices higher than the purchase price will be promptly returned to stockholders at Motorola Solutions’ expense.

The tender offer will not be conditioned on any minimum number of shares being tendered; however, the tender offer will be subject to a number of other terms and conditions specified in the Offer to Purchase. The tender offer and withdrawal rights will expire at midnight, at the end of the day on Sept. 3, 2015, unless extended or terminated by Motorola Solutions.

Tenders of shares must be made prior to the expiration of the tender offer and may be withdrawn at any time prior to the expiration of the tender offer. Stockholders wishing to tender their shares but who are unable to deliver them physically or by “book-entry transfer” prior to the expiration of the tender offer, or who are unable to make delivery of all required documents to the depositary prior to the expiration of the tender offer, may tender their shares by complying with the procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase for tendering by notice of guaranteed delivery. Alliance Advisors is serving as information agent for the tender offer. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as dealer managers. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is acting as the depositary for the tender offer.

Motorola Solutions’ board of directors has authorized the tender offer. However, none of the company, the company's board of directors, the dealer managers, the information agent, the depositary or any of their affiliates makes any recommendation to stockholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their shares or as to the price or prices at which stockholders may choose to tender their shares. No person is authorized to make any such recommendation. Stockholders must make their own decision as to whether to tender their shares and, if so, how many shares to tender and the price or prices at which their shares should be tendered. In doing so, stockholders should read carefully the information in, or incorporated by reference in, the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal (as they may be amended or supplemented), including the purposes and effects of the offer. Stockholders are urged to discuss their decisions with their own tax advisors, financial advisors and/or brokers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law, and generally includes 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 statements relating to the investment by Silver Lake and the use of proceeds from that investment, including through the intended tender offer. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to 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 the company sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC; (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 business operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s enterprise legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system; (23) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the investment by Silver Lake, and (24) the ability of Motorola Solutions to commence and complete the intended tender offer for its shares, including the amount of such tender offer. 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.

Additional Information for Investors

This communication is for informational purposes only, is not a recommendation to buy or sell Motorola Solutions common stock, and does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation to sell shares of Motorola Solutions common stock. The tender offer will be made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and related materials to be filed contemporaneously by Motorola Solutions with the Securities and Exchange Commission. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE OFFER TO PURCHASE, LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND RELATED MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE VARIOUS TERMS OF, AND CONDITIONS TO, THE TENDER OFFER, THAT STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING TENDERING THEIR SHARES. Stockholders will be able to obtain a free copy of the tender offer statement on Schedule TO, the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other documents that Motorola Solutions will be filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Commission’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for free by contacting Motorola Solutions at 1303 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, Illinois, 60196, Attn: Investor Relations, or Alliance Advisors, LLC, the information agent for the tender offer, at (855) 737-3180.

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