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Nebraska County Goes Beyond Call of Duty with Highly Affordable 9-1-1 Deployment

on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Douglas County puts Motorola Solutions’ computer-aided dispatch on virtual platform allowing dispatchers easy access to centrally shared resources

  • Douglas County reduced costs 67 percent by using a virtual platform to implement Motorola Solutions’ PremierOne™ computer-aided dispatch (CAD)
  • Virtual CAD deployments allow centrally located hardware and software to be shared between agencies, helping save taxpayers money by not requiring expensive technology at each position
  • Call takers and dispatchers using PremierOne CAD have access to a full suite of applications and features from any virtual workstation running the software, helping save time in an emergency

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 30, 2015 – Douglas County, Nebraska, officials were faced with the same public safety communications challenges as many other communities across the country – how to do more with fewer resources while efficiently using taxpayer dollars. When it came time to replace an old 9-1-1 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system that handles approximately 600,000 calls each year, Douglas County chose to have Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) PremierOne™ CAD deployed on a virtual platform, allowing dispatchers simple access to centrally shared resources, saving time and money.

A virtual platform centralizes CAD hardware and software resources, creating virtual workstations within the dispatch center where all existing dispatch positions can use the same resources. This set-up resulted in a 67 percent reduction in equipment costs for Douglas County. Instead of purchasing expensive equipment for each of the 32 dispatch positions, the virtual platform allows technology such as high-end video cards and data processing applications to be stored on one server and shared between multiple users and dispatch centers.

“As we’ve migrated through the technology and virtualized Motorola Solutions’ software, the cost savings and ability to share resources has been exceptional,” said Mark Conrey, communications director, Douglas County. “Instead of installing a $2,000 computer at every CAD operator’s workstation, the county can spend $400 on a virtual machine and get better technical capabilities and performance while saving taxpayers’ money.”

Call takers and dispatchers using PremierOne CAD are able to access the system from any virtual workstation running the software, helping save time in an emergency. Having consistent user configurations requires less set up and management for each workstation, making it easier for support staff to manage each position. The virtual platform also provides a boost to Douglas County’s network by giving users access to high-speed Ethernet connections that may have been too expensive for the county to purchase on its own.

“The three dispatch centers using Motorola Solutions’ PremierOne CAD in a virtualized environment have seen an immediate improvement in collaboration between agencies,” said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions. “For the dispatcher it means a quicker response to callers, access to information from virtually anywhere and seamless integration with surrounding county systems.”

At the same time, Douglas County officials added additional Smart Public Safety Solutions by integrating PremierOne Records into its CAD and Premier Mobile Data Computer for officers in the field. PremierOne Records simplifies the capture, storage and retention of data, which can further improve the county’s ability to securely share information with other agencies. Premier Mobile Data Computer gives users access to CAD information about a situation while en route to the scene.


Combat Radio Brings Tactical Military Communications To The Front Line

on Friday, 27 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ SRX 2200 two-way radio is specially designed for missions requiring highly confidential, secure voice and data communications

  • Radio is compliant with U.S. Department of Defense and Federal Information Security standards, allowing for deployment in the most sensitive operations
  • The radio's characteristic coyote brown color is an advantage for soldiers when it comes to camouflaging themselves
  • The radio also has exclusive tactical voice and data features that allow safe and reliable remote communications

MIAMI – Nov. 26, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is launching in Latin America and the Caribbean the professional SRX 2000 two-way radio designed around military requirements and with unique characteristics that make it ideal for any mission in the line of fire.

Soldiers, regardless of location, challenging topographies or absence of communication networks, can rely on the SRX 2200 combat radio, which features a full set of tactical voice and data capabilities to support operations.

Its exclusive coyote brown color is ideal when soldiers need to camouflage themselves, and it is designed to meet the most demanding military standards and to exceed the International Protection IP67 ratings for dust and water protection. The radio features enhanced coverage and improved audio quality compared to other radios in its class, allowing every order to be heard clearly and understood.

Combat-tested for military forces, the SRX2200 has big and easy to use controls and innovative applications like usage profile for night-vision goggles. It is compatible with earlier versions of all Motorola Solutions radio systems for critical missions and is Project 25 (P25) compliant.

Ernesto Gonzalez, sr. business development manager at Motorola Solutions, said: "Military operations in the line of fire require communication solutions with features that provide troops the communication and confidentiality they need to carry out their complex missions. The SRX 2200 is an advanced communication solution with unparalleled capabilities to help soldiers wherever they are.”

Additional features of the SRX 2200:

  • This radio offers unique tactical security functions, such as individual location information (ILI), text messaging between radios, tactical over-the-air rekeying (OTAR), and tactical radio inhibit to remotely disable radios.
  • Over-the-air programming (OTAP) makes it possible to change any of the programming parameters on the device, including the possibility of enabling or disabling the radio.
  • The radio has Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 encryption, meaning it provides secure voice and data communications between the leader and troops.
  • It is highly water resistant and can be submerged in 2 meters of water for up to two hours.
  • The multi-unit charger enables users to charge the radio at higher temperatures than standard chargers – a capability imperative in desert conditions.
  • The SRX 2200 combines Motorola Solutions' experience in Integrated Intra-Squad Radios (IISR) with the powerful performance and easy-to-use ergonomics of the advanced APX™ portables.

More information can be found here regarding the SRX 2200.

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Motorola Solutions to Present at Dec. 8 Raymond James Technology Investors Conference

on Friday, 27 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Nov. 24, 2015 — Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Systems & Products, will speak at the Raymond James Technology Investors Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in New York.

The presentation will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be webcast live at, with a replay available approximately three hours later.

Motorola Solutions enables safer cities and communities through Smart Public Safety solutions

on Monday, 23 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Next generation of intelligence-led public safety solutions helps to predict and prevent events before they turn into major incidents
  • Improved information flow between citizens, responders and agencies helps build safer environments
  • Motorola Solutions shows live demos at PMRExpo 2015, stand C13, November 24-26

COLOGNE/IDSTEIN, GERMANY – Nov. 23, 2015 – Motorola Solutions shows at PMRExpo 2015 its cutting-edge ecosystem of devices, software and services that is creating an intelligence-led future for public safety. Whether the priority is to keep emergency responders and the command centre constantly connected and informed, or to ensure reliable communications with employees on-site or off-site: By combining intelligent solutions like body-worn cameras with next-generation analytics methods, Motorola Solutions provides end-to-end solutions for first responders that are unmatched in the marketplace.

“Our Smart Public Safety solutions transform ever-growing data sources into a force multiplier, enabling fast, accurate emergency response and crime prevention,” said Christoph Thomas, chairman, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “By harnessing data from numerous sources such as live video footage from unmanned aerial vehicles, social media, sensors or body-worn cameras, we enable first responders to keep workflows simple and intuitive while improving situational awareness and officer safety.”


Motorola Solutions is showcasing its comprehensive CommandCentral portfolio for increased pre-, mid- and post-event awareness in the command centre and on the street. With advanced analytics, agencies and departments can aggregate data and visualize it in several ways, including location and heat mapping, charting or simplifying complex historical data into well-arranged dashboards.


Motorola Solutions offers a full set of public safety LTE solutions that provide the speed, priority, control and security that public safety, government agencies and other critical services require. With on-demand TETRA and LTE connectivity, emergency service personnel can stay connected with an easily transportable infrastructure that operates as stand-alone or as an extension to the main network. Motorola Solutions has teamed up with Ericsson, the world’s leading provider of technology and service to telecom operators, to deliver market-leading LTE technology to public safety.


Expanding the capabilities of connected police officers, Motorola Solutions demonstrates a full range of wearable solutions that combines voice communications, video, images and emergency alerting into compact and easy-to-use devices. As recently announced at the IACP conference, the Si300 and Si500 body-worn cameras integrated with radio speaker microphones present an innovative interface that extends the performance of the connected police officer. When paired with a Motorola APX P25 portable radio, the solution enables users to control radio channels and talkgroups, view and tag recorded videos and photos as well as listen to audio recordings. The Si Series smart devices combine with the Motorola CommandCentral Vault storage system to form an end-to-end digital evidence management solution for law enforcement agencies that is unmatched in the marketplace.


At PMRExpo, Motorola Solutions also presents 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.


Across many industries like utilities, energy or manufacturing there is growing customer demand for highly secure, reliable and cost-efficient professional two-way radio communications solutions that provide users with the flexibility to expand networks and applications. Motorola Solutions is exceeding these requirements and introduces its new feature-rich, next-generation trunking solution called MOTOTRBO™ Capacity Max, delivering significant advances in capacity, performance and manageability. MOTOTRBO Capacity Max is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications 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.

Motorola Solutions to Delist from Chicago Stock Exchange

on Thursday, 19 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company retains New York Stock Exchange listing

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 18, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it plans to voluntarily withdraw the listing of its common stock from the Chicago Stock Exchange.

The company’s common stock will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The change will eliminate the duplicative costs of being listed on two stock exchanges.

Motorola Solutions to Present at Dec. 2 Credit Suisse Conference

on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Nov. 18, 2015 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will speak at the Credit Suisse 19th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The presentation will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) and will be webcast live at, with a replay available approximately three hours later.

Motorola Solutions Increases Quarterly Dividend 20 Percent

on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 17, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly dividend by 20 percent to 41 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Jan. 15, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 15, 2015.

Grid operator rides powerful WAVE to connect communications between TETRA radios and mobile devices

on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • EWR Netz GmbH of Germany expands 39-site TETRA network with WAVE Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions
  • First WAVE utilities deployment in Germany provides enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration by extending the reach of TETRA to LTE push-to-talk (PTT) smartphone communications

IDSTEIN, GERMANY – Nov. 17, 2015 – The German power grid operator EWR Netz GmbH is using innovative WAVE™ Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration to its entire communications network.

IMotorola Solutions’ WAVE technology extends the reach of EWR’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) digital radio system to already deployed Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. When control room and office-based personnel can use their own smart devices to securely communicate on TETRA voice channels, collaboration with radio-equipped field teams is faster, leading to improved response times and more successful event outcomes.

I“WAVE is a powerful business tool that allows us to create a unified push-to-talk environment where everyone can participate in business-critical communications, even if they are not using a TETRA radio,” explained Johannes Krämer, CEO EWR Netz GmbH. “This capability enables us to systematically extend our existing 39-site Motorola Solutions TETRA network to meet future requirements.”


IThe biggest distributor of electricity, gas and water in the Rhinehessen region has been successfully using Motorola Solutions’ TETRA infrastructure since 2007 to provide a secure and independent communications platform for their employees.

IWAVE now allows EWR Netz GmbH to extend its highly available TETRA network to its partners such as public utility companies, municipalities and local distributors in the region. In cases of emergency or breakdowns, employees can access pre-defined TETRA communications channels using their mobile devices equipped with the WAVE Mobile Communicator application. The internal and external users are still able to leverage the benefits of their TETRA technology, but can also connect and set up group calls with their employees via public radio networks. This is enabled by MOTOBRIDGE, which is a scalable, cost-effective IP-based solution for quickly establishing communications between different systems.


"Our WAVE technology enables EWR and their local partners to communicate flexibly and reliably at any time, no matter which network or device they are using,” said Klaus Dieter Drossel, sales director for key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “We provide a hybrid solution that extends the reach of EWR’s network beyond the current radio system, enabling connectivity to established mobile devices or even broadband networks in the future.”

IFor further interoperability and performance enhancements, EWR will deploy Motorola Solutions’ LTE PTT devices like the Motorola LEX L10 mission-critical handheld device.

Motorola Solutions offers innovative expansion of professional radio solutions

on Monday, 16 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New MOTOTRBO “Capacity Max” trunking* solution expands capacity and capabilities
  • Provides customers with easy and cost-effective migration path from existing systems
  • Extensive portfolio of applications offer capabilities far beyond traditional voice communications

IDSTEIN, GERMANY – Nov. 16, 2015 – Across public services, utilities, energy, manufacturing and transportation industries, there is growing customer demand for highly secure, reliable and cost-efficient professional two-way radio communications solutions that provide users with the flexibility to expand networks and applications. Motorola Solutions is exceeding these requirements with the introduction of the new feature-rich, next-generation MOTOTRBO trunking solution called Capacity Max.

“Capacity Max builds upon our innovative MOTOTRBO digital two-way radio solutions to deliver enhanced capability and expanded capacity,” said Tim Clark, director, Sales Channel Products and Programs, Europe and Africa. “The rich feature set and increased resilience equips our customers with dependable, mission-critical mobile communications.”

MOTOTRBO Capacity Max also supports the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard for multi-vendor interoperability, including the Tier III mode of operation.


Capacity Max supports the industry-leading MOTOTRBO Application Developer Program where Motorola Solutions has created the largest ecosystem of in-house and third-party applications on the market. The application portfolio offers customers true value-add solutions that have expanded the capabilities of two-way radio far beyond traditional voice communications. Examples include control room solutions that enable efficient management of mobile workforces and automated alarm management that enhances safety and improved response times.


The new MOTOTRBO solution is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications deployments. Customers also gain greater control through sophisticated management and monitoring tools that optimize the performance of the MOTOTRBO radio communications system.

The simple and efficient system architecture utilises a standard Internet protocol (IP) network with a centralized server – further reducing cost of ownership. Multiple levels of fault tolerance ensures that there is no single point of failure and the system is extremely secure, with optional Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. To minimize cost and operational impact for existing customers, Motorola Solutions has enabled a smooth migration path from legacy analogue and MOTOTRBO solutions to Capacity Max.


Motorola Solutions has a long and successful history in the DMR market:

  • First to market with a product certified to the DMR standard
  • Launched MOTOTRBO DMR-compliant products in 2007
  • Delivered millionth MOTOTRBO radio in 2011
  • Deployed over 3,000 MOTOTRBO trunked systems by 2014
  • The company’s comprehensive DMR portfolio of MOTOTRBO solutions includes portable and mobile radios, repeaters, data applications and accessories, as well as software and services.

Motorola Solutions has made major contributions to the DMR standards and is the only member of the DMR Association that contributed intellectual property to the standard.

* trunking is a method used to increase radio system efficiency. Instead of permanently allocating radio channels to a specific purpose, a trunked system temporarily allocates a channel from a pool of available channels, and only when it is needed. After use, the channel is returned to the pool. Using this method, it is possible to operate a large system with a small number of channels, saving cost and resources.

Mall of America® Goes Digital with Secure, Always-Available Communications from Motorola Solutions

on Friday, 13 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Largest mall in United States is expanding and Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO™ digital two-way radios are replacing old analog system to meet mall’s growing needs

  • MOTOTRBO system provides continuous coverage over a large area, coverage that can be increased as the mall expands
  • Motorola Solutions’ digital technology helps eliminate dead zones, static and call interference which plagued the mall’s older, analog system
  • Motorola Solutions and partner Infinity Wireless upgraded the radio system to serve more than 12,000 employees and 40 million annual visitors to Mall of America

SCHAUMBURG, Ill – November 12 –Mall of America®, the largest mall in the U.S. and one of the most visited destinations in the world, is expanding and has chosen Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) MOTOTRBO™ digital two-way radio system to help improve communications and provide flexibility for additional capacity to accommodate future growth.

The mall, located outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, is already the size of some cities and home to 520 stores, more than 50 restaurants, the largest indoor theme park and other attractions. The mall needed to enhance security with instant, always-available communications as the older, analog system experienced coverage and frequency issues, as well as static and interference which hindered employees’ ability to communicate.

“Mall of America operates like a municipality in that our operational entity is vast and our employees can be anywhere and everywhere at any time,” says Chad Martin, communications manager, Mall of America Security Department. “We need to know that our radio communications are seamless and that as technology advances, we can integrate our radios with other systems such as those used by local public safety agencies. MOTOTRBO provides that reliability for all departments, from security and engineering to housekeeping and grounds keeping.”

The four-level mall, with 5.5 million square feet of retail space and punctuated with concrete walls, parking ramps and service corridors, uses a MOTOTRBO system to help eliminate potential dead zones and allow mall staff to communicate clearly at any moment.

Unique features of MOTOTRBO radios were crucial to Mall of America officials’ decision to switch to Motorola Solutions. In the past, radio interference made it difficult for mall dispatchers to know who was calling or to understand messages. Now with a radio caller ID feature, users know where a call originates, such as an exterior maintenance vehicle, patrol officer or housekeeper. MOTOTRBO’s “transmit interrupt” feature allows users to send priority transmissions so they can immediately break into radio traffic and convey instant information.

“Visitors to Mall of America expect an enjoyable and secure environment,” said Claudia Rodriguez, vice president, Devices Product Management, Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO digital radio system and Infinity Wireless are helping mall officials create that environment with the latest digital radio communications for security and other mall personnel.”

Mall of America staff worked with Motorola Solutions’ partner Infinity Wireless to upgrade the analog radios to MOTOTRBO digital communications. MOTOTRBO XPR 7550, XPR 5500 and SL 7500 Series two-way radios were distributed to employees in security and other departments to provide loud, clear and reliable communications in more rugged, slimmer and lightweight devices.

A multi-million dollar expansion of Mall of America, which will likely include additional retail, attractions, hotel and office buildings, is planned during the life of the contract with Infinity Wireless and Motorola Solutions. The flexibility of the MOTOTRBO system will allow additional radios to be deployed, and coverage and capacity can be expanded using MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus to accommodate new users.

Motorola Solutions opens Australian Innovation Centre

on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New centre to show the leading edge of mission-critical communications technology, fostering collaboration and co-creation of innovative solutions with customers

  • Innovation Centre to incubate broadband innovation for the public safety and enterprise sectors
  • Displays smart public safety vision to transform how technology supports first responders

Melbourne, Australia – Nov. 9, 2015 – Motorola Solutions opened its new Australian Innovation Centre today, creating a centre for collaboration and technology co-creation with its customers and partners to solve everyday challenges faced by the public safety sector and heavy industries.

Motorola Solutions also unveiled its vision for the future of public safety at the event, Next Generation Mobile Intelligence (NGMI), which harnesses a mix of mobile broadband technologies to place the right information into the hands of Australia’s first responders so they can make better and faster decisions to keep communities safe.

Technology demonstrations based on everyday events helped to bring the NGMI vision to life and highlight the difference that greater infield intelligence will have in enabling public safety agencies and industries reach new levels of safety and performance.

This included the use of the latest software applications developed with Motorola Solutions’ smart public safety solutions partners to analyse criminal patterns within ‘big data’ to solve crimes faster and more efficiently, as well as intelligence-led public safety and citizen engagement solutions which help law enforcement agencies anticipate and respond to incidents with the best information available.

The latest, mission-critical public safety devices are also on display – from body worn cameras used to capture, store and manage vast amounts of video evidence, to field deployable public safety LTE units to create instant broadband access in emergencies and drones designed specifically for public safety use.

The centre was officially opened by Victorian Innovation Minister, Philip Dalidakis, who challenged Victorian businesses and entrepreneurs to continue to drive innovation in the state.

Motorola Solutions’ US-based chief technology officer, Paul Steinberg, also spoke at the launch, highlighting the importance of broadband innovation for the future of public safety and enterprise industries.

“It’s a critical time for public safety and industry in Australia when constrained resources, costs and growing expectations from stakeholders and customers are adding pressure on performance,” Steinberg said.

“Sustained, mobile broadband innovation is the way forward for public safety organisations and businesses to capture the data sources that that are growing rapidly all around us - putting it to better use to reach higher levels of safety and productivity. That’s the challenge that Motorola Solutions and its growing community of technology partners will be collaborating on together at our new Australian Innovation Centre.”

Schleswig-Holstein moves to digital communications technology to keep cities safe

on Monday, 09 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

25,000 Motorola Solutions digital TETRA radios for fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies will “keep cities safer”

IDSTEIN, GERMANY – Nov. 6, 2015 – The German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein has started the migration to TETRA digital, mission-critical communications radio technology for 1,500 non-police public-safety organizations. Used by fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies, the new Motorola Solutions devices will enable users to respond faster and more effectively to keep cities safe.

To mark this important milestone, Christoph Thomas, managing director, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH, personally delivered a specially designed MTP850FuG radio emblazoned with the crest of Schleswig-Holstein to the representatives of the regional authorities of the state.

Motorola Solutions was awarded the order by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH). The company will deliver and deploy approximately 25,000 TETRA devices including MTP850FuG TETRA portable radios and MTM800FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radios, as well as accessories such as antennas, headsets and protective holsters.

The robust and reliable TETRA digital radio solutions have been developed for mission-critical users and support end-to-end encryption in accordance with the requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to ensure highest security standards. Encryption protects radio communications from being heard by people for which they aren’t intended, including criminals. The radios also have an intuitive user interface for ease of use in moments when every second counts.

“The TETRA digital radios from Motorola Solutions succeeded during the EU-wide mobile radio tender for our non-police public safety authorities in Schleswig-Holstein,” explained Hans-Adolf Bilzhause, managing director of the GMSH, which conducted the tender for the communal state associations of Schleswig-Holstein. “The comprehensive assessment revealed that the radios are the best solution for secure communications of fire departments, emergency services and civil protection in Schleswig-Holstein.”

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

on Wednesday, 04 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Sales of $1.4 billion, down 1 percent from a year ago, including $54 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact
  • North America sales grew 5 percent, driven by both Products and Services segment sales
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $0.63
  • Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations* of $0.82, resulting in growth of 32 percent
  • Generated $300 million in operating cash flow and $250 million in free cash flow2
  • Returned more than $2.1 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends, including the repurchase of approximately $2.1 billion of stock in the quarter

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Nov. 4, 2015 - Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2015. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
“Our business showed resilience in the third quarter despite a mixed global economic environment and significant currency headwinds,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We delivered a strong quarter of 32 percent earnings per share growth, additional cost reductions and more than $2 billion of capital return. We believe we are well positioned for significant growth in operating earnings and free cash flow per share."
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q3 2015  Q3 2014 % Change
  Sales $1,422 $1,436 (1)%
  Operating Earnings $231 $207 12%
  % of Sales 16.2% 14.4%  
  EPS from continuing operations $0.63 $0.27 133%
  Operating Earnings $292 $259 13%
  % of Sales 20.5% 18.0%  
  EPS from continuing operations $0.82 $0.62 32%
Product Segment
  Sales $925 $921 —%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $178 $141 26%
  % of Sales 19.2% 15.3%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $221 $175 26%
  % of Sales 23.9% 19.0%  
Services Segment
  Sales $497 $515 (3)%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $53 $66 (20)%
  % of Sales 10.7% 12.8%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $71 $84 (15)%
  % of Sales 14.3% 16.3%  


*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.19 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 1 percent, including $54 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact. Sales grew 3 percent in constant currency terms. These results reflect 5 percent growth in North America, which delivered improvements in both Products and Services sales in state and local governments along with strong performance in the U.S. Federal business. Overall company product sales were flat due to currency headwinds and weakness in the Latin America region. The Services business declined 3 percent primarily due to currency headwinds, lower iDEN revenue and a decline in systems integration revenues in Norway.
  • Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 16.2 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2015, compared with 14.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014; non-GAAP operating margin was 20.5 percent of sales, compared with 18.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014, reflecting $39 million in lower operating expenses compared with the third quarter of 2014, due to the company's cost reduction initiatives, lower pension expense and a stronger dollar.
  • Taxes - The third quarter of 2015 GAAP effective tax rate was 36 percent. This compares with a tax rate of 56 percent in the third quarter of 2014, which included a $55 million tax expense related to a valuation allowance. The third quarter of 2015 non-GAAP tax rate was 35 percent, compared with a tax rate of 33 percent in the third quarter of 2014. The full-year non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 33 percent. The full-year cash tax rate3 is expected to be approximately 15 percent.
  • Cash flow - The company generated $300 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter, reflecting an increase of $415 million over the prior year. Free cash flow was $250 million in the quarter. The increase was largely driven by $397 million in lower pension contributions and improved earnings performance.
  • Cash and cash equivalents - The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.2 billion and a net debt position of approximately $2.2 billion4. The company repurchased approximately $2.1 billion of its common stock in the third quarter of 2015 and paid approximately $70 million in cash dividends.

Strategic wins

  • $50 million for a nationwide Project P25 digital land mobile radio (P25) system for the state police force in northern Africa covering approximately 50 sites and more than 5,000 subscribers
  • $45 million extension to complete the build-out and final phase of a multiyear, statewide network upgrade in the eastern United States
  • $24 million contract for a P25 system that provides a combined, inter-operable radio solution for the Texas cities of Mesquite, Garland, Rowlett and Sachse covering nearly 400,000 people
  • Multiple U.S. Smart Public Safety Solutions wins including computer-aided dispatch, Next Gen 911, and expansion of Intelligence Led Public Safety solutions 

Innovation and investments in growth

  • Launched the company’s first three-in-one combination body-worn video camera, radio speaker and microphone, and new, cloud-based content management system. The end-to-end video solution, the Si500/Si300 and CommandCentral Vault, combines the company’s secure, digital evidence management software with voice communications, body-worn video, voice recording and emergency alerting delivered in one compact device.
  • Growing new product revenue well ahead of expectations with the launch of the APX 8000 radio.  The enhanced functionality of being a multiband device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enables personal area networks that access the Internet of Things and serves as a platform for future APX devices.
  • Leading public safety LTE trials with multiple international police forces in every region to provide high-speed broadband capabilities and securely distribute situational-aware content to and from officers on the front lines with command centers, utilizing interoperability between LTE and land-mobile radio (LMR) networks enabled by Motorola Solutions WAVE technology, third-party mobile applications, broadband devices and video.

Fourth quarter 2015 - Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 6 to 8 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2014. This assumes a $65 million5 unfavorable currency impact, which translates to a revenue decline of 3 to 5 percent in constant currency. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $1.45 to $1.50 per share. This outlook is driven primarily by further weakness in Latin America and incremental currency pressure.
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday, Nov. 4. 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:

  Q3 2015 Q3 2014
Net sales $1,422 $1,436
Gross margin 685 685
Operating earnings 231 207
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax


Net earnings 115 147
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $0.63 $0.27
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding (see footnote 6) 201.3 248.2

The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the third quarter of 2015.

(per diluted common share) Q3 2015
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations $0.63
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.06
Reorganization of business charges 0.05
Intangibles amortization expense
Impairment of corporate aircraft 0.08
Total Highlighted Items $0.19
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $0.82


In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to the company’s past operating performance.
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: We evaluate our 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. We calculate constant currency percentages by converting our 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’ expected full-year non-GAAP tax rate, full-year cash tax rate and financial outlook for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015, including the impact of currency rates. 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 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 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 our partners or suppliers or those we sell to or operate or maintain for our 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 manufacturing 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; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of the 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 Cash tax rate represents taxes paid divided by pre-tax income
4 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
5 Based on currency rates as of Nov. 2, 2015
6 $1B convertible notes issued in Q3 are expected to be settled in cash, and therefore the diluted shares are calculated on only the number of shares which would be issuable, based on the amount by which the average stock price exceeds the conversion price of $68.50
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Technology and citizen participation are transforming public safety in Latin America

on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Public safety study conducted by the University of Santiago, Chile and supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation identifies the most innovative and effective public safety practices in Latin America

  • Twenty-six experts participated in study analyzing public safety policies in eight countries
  • Use of social networks to report crime is increasing citizen participation and inclusion
  • New technology is improving public safety

SANTIAGO, Chile – Oct. 29, 2015 – A new study from the University of Santiago, Chile  and supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation assessing public safety in Latin America has found that technology and citizen participation are transforming public safety.
The study, "Technological Innovation for Public Safety in Latin America: Situation and Innovation in Public Policies” identifies positive changes following modernization and investment, mainly in public safety technology, combined with increasing citizen participation in crime prevention and timely alerts in case of emergencies.
The first part of the research included assessing the general public safety situation, and the second part focused on identifying the most innovative and effective practices implemented in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru.
For example, in Canoas, Brazil, the installation of surveillance cameras on public streets and weapon detection sensors successfully reduced the homicide rate by almost 50 percent during the last years.
“New technologies are being used to coordinate response efforts and allow family and friends to connect more quickly,” said Lucía Dammert, associated professor of the humanities department at the University of Santiago, Chile. “In particular, the study found a growing awareness of public safety LTE technology for emergency communications. Some countries, such as Panama, Brazil and Chile, have already defined dedicated spectrum for this technology with a focus on public protection and disaster management."
Dammert added, "We're seeing a growing use of technology to minimize the consequences of emergency situations caused by natural disasters. Some major consequences include a lack of basic supplies and anxiety produced by uncertainty and misinformation.”
The growing use of technology has exposed the need for better information systems and greater intra- and inter-institutional coordination. It also highlighted the importance of providing training for the different public safety agencies to capitalize on the use of new technological tools and resources, and suggested that citizen participation is more efficient when it is supported by integrated management practices and new technologies.
Although the region is equipped with a series of early alert systems, opportunities exist to further reduce vulnerabilities. The study shows that natural disasters increase the probability of violent social conflict by 30 percent. From all kinds of natural disasters, floods were responsible for the most casualties in the region between 2000 and 2013 (5,685), and earthquakes caused the most economic damage. During the same period, the economic impact of natural disasters to South America was $31 billion.
This study recommended that public policies be flexible enough to respond to new crime dynamics and incorporate new technologies. It also detected the need for greater response coordination between different emergency and safety organizations. At the same time, it found that larger investments in technological innovations are required in order to bolster their use in public safety. Constant monitoring and evaluation of the implementation and impact of these initiatives is also needed.
The study contributes to information sharing and the dissemination of the most innovative prevention, crime control and emergency response practices in Latin America.

An executive summary of the study can be downloaded here, or watch the following video presenting the study.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the philanthropic and charitable arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging our stakeholders. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its efforts on public safety and education, especially on science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation, visit:

Police Go Above and Beyond to Serve Communities

on Monday, 26 October 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions and IACP announce recipients of 2015 Webber Seavey award for policing excellence

  • Three police departments from Canada and the United States are recognized for innovative programs that have improved community services
  • Awards to be presented today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in Chicago

CHICAGO – Oct. 26, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) are shining the spotlight on three law enforcement agencies for their innovative community outreach programs that have helped reduce organized shoplifting, increased supportive outreach to residents with mental health issues and provided early-intervention services to community members in need.

The 2015 IACP-Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement will be presented at 10 a.m. today during the IACP Annual Conference first general assembly to the Leesburg, Virginia Police Department; Vancouver, British Columbia Police Department; and the Waterloo, Ontario Regional Police Service.

“These three law enforcement agencies have gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in each of their communities,” said John Zidar, vice president, Motorola Solutions. “Recipients of this award are held in high esteem as exemplary models of effective law enforcement programs that can be mirrored by agencies from around the globe.”

Leesburg, Virginia Police Department: Organized Retail Crime
Using evidence-based policing, the department identified an increase in organized shoplifting and losses exceeding those reported to law enforcement. Using a three-prong approach including high-visibility patrols, education and theft prevention operations, Leesburg has experienced a sustained reduction in organized retail crime, and an increase in the reporting of shoplifting and associated losses.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Police Department: Assertive Outreach Team
In part of the city’s downtown area, 3 percent of the population accounted for 25 percent of all reported mental health calls to the department. Both health and police data highlighted that residents with repeated admission to hospital emergency departments also had increased interactions with police prior to obtaining treatment. To address these issues, police officers teamed up with nurses and other healthcare professionals to transition residents from local emergency departments to appropriate community services. As a result of their efforts, there has been a 77 percent reduction in violent offences by these residents.

Waterloo Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada: Connectivity Waterloo Region
More than 80 percent of calls for service in the Waterloo Region are non-criminal in nature and are about residents impacted by poverty, addiction and mental health issues. To address these calls, the Waterloo Regional Police Service created an early-intervention program with multiple agencies to connect high-risk individuals and families to services and support within 24 to 48 hours. Since implementation, 139 individuals and families have been connected with the right service professionals to help meet their needs, and there has been a significant reduction in the repeated use of expensive emergency and crisis response services.

"We're proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of the three winners of this year's IACP-Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement," said IACP’s President, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary. "The IACP-Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement exemplifies the best qualities of public servants – identifying a need in the community and taking action to address it.”
About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 25,000 members in more than 121 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on their past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

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