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Motorola Solutions rates highest in Frost & Sullivan analysis of competitive strategy

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions rates highest in Frost & Sullivan analysis of competitive strategy

Company receives award for strategy innovation and leadership in Europe Motorola Solutions seen as making investments to bring “smart public safety to fruition”

BASINGSTOKE, UK – March 24, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has been awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 European Critical Communications Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award.

“Three technology providers, all at the forefront of the transformation of the public safety sector, were considered for this award, with Motorola Solutions scoring consistently higher overall,” said Sheridan Nye, senior analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “We believe Motorola Solutions is making the market leading investments in strategy and innovation that are needed to bring the ‘smart public safety’ market to fruition.”

For the “Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award,” Frost and Sullivan evaluated strategy innovation and customer impact. Strategy innovation was rated according to effectiveness, execution, competitive differentiation and stakeholder integration. Customer impact was rated according to price/performance and brand equity.

Frost and Sullivan, a global industry analyst and consulting firm, highlights that Motorola Solutions offers its mission critical communications customers a path to converged voice and data, while helping them leverage technology investments and manage the cost of migration.

“Frost & Sullivan has identified a new urgency within mission critical communications, driven by the promise of mobile data and the increasing need to process real time information for improved decision-making,” said Kelly Mark, corporate vice president for strategy at Motorola Solutions. “With a focus on mission critical communications, data and information solutions, Motorola Solutions is driving new thought in the market as well as taking a dynamic approach to developing and delivering intelligence-led smart public safety. In doing so, we have achieved best-practice levels in competitive strategy that led to this latest recognition by Frost & Sullivan.”

Motorola Solutions was also recognized by Frost & Sullivan analysts for its ability to understand the short and long-term needs of its customers, assess the competitive marketplace, chart a vision for the future and then transform that vision into a comprehensive, value-driven product and service portfolio.

Frost & Sullivan cited Motorola Solutions’ broadening portfolio and sales strategy with leadership positions in:

  • Mobile broadband-Professional Mobile Radio integration (WAVE Push-to-Talk (PTT)
  • Heads-up smart glasses and the “Connected Police Officer” concept
  • Collaboration tools (command & control, Intelligent Data Portal, secure applications, Computer Aided Dispatch and evidence collection)
  • Venture capital investments (SceneDoc, Vocalzoom and ShotSpotter).

Some of Motorola Solutions recent investments in its smart public safety portfolio include:

  • CyPhy Works, a leading developer of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones.
  • Emergency CallWorks, a leading provider of Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) call-taking software for public safety.
  • VocalZoom, a developer of sensors for speech enhancement.
  • SceneDoc, maker of "public safety’s trusted digital notebook."

Motorola Solutions adds technology to MTP3000 Series TETRA radios to meet mission-critical demands

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

  • Enhanced two-way radio portfolio brings improved ruggedness, coverage and connectivity
  • New MTP3500 & MTP3550 equipped with more public safety functionality such as a “man down” sensor, end-to-end encryption and vibrate alert
  • Advanced audio ensures users can communicate clearly in noisiest environments

    BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND, 19th Mar. 2015 – The entire MTP3000 Series of Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA) from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) are now more durable, with greater audio clarity, and improved coverage and connectivity for mission-critical users who depend on two-way radios for their communications, even in the most extreme environments.

    For those in demanding public safety roles, the new MTP3500 and MTP3550 are packed with additional functionality including vibrate alert, end-to-end encryption, and a “man down” sensor to enhance the user’s safety and security.

    “The many improvements to the entire MTP3000 Series show our ongoing commitment to TETRA users around the globe,” said Steven Young, vice president, general manager TETRA Subscribers, Motorola Solutions. “From the lone worker to the police officer giving chase, these radios bring the assurance of industry leading audio quality, coverage and performance in a tough, user friendly design that meets a wide variety of operational needs.”

    NEW FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY ADDED INCLUDE:

    • All MTP3000 Series radios are now rated IP65/66/67 offering long term durability.
    • Better coverage, even at extremes of range and inside buildings, is provided through excellent receiver sensitivity and Class 3L (1.8W) transmit power. In addition the MTP3000 Series now operates in all TETRA regions with the extension of the UHF model to cover 350 – 470MHz as well as 800MHz.
    • Exceptional audio ensures users can communicate clearly in the noisiest of working environments.
    • Location based services have been enhanced – in addition to improved GPS performance, the MTP3000 Series now provides optional support for the Beidou navigation system for Asian markets and Glonass global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for Eastern European markets.
    • Optional RFID tag delivers enhanced inventory and asset tracking. Enables indoor location tracking.
    • Should the radio or user fall, the MTP3500/MTP3550 “man down” sensor and application activates to summon immediate aid to the location.
    • Bluetooth 2.1 pairing between the radio and an accessory or companion device, such as a barcode scanner or smartphone, enables creation of new collaborative solutions.
    • Fast, secure Bluetooth 2.1 can replicate the experience of hardwired push-to-talk (PTT) Motorola Solutions wireless connected accessories. All MTP3000 Series radios can limit access to the Bluetooth link for added security.
    • MTP3500 and MTP3550 add highly secure, tamper resistant hardware based end-to-end encryption for users who need enhanced protection of information.
    • For discreet or covert communications for public safety operations, the MTP3500 / MTP3550 vibrate call alert function ensures attention is not drawn to the user.
    • The new MTP3500 is available in a limited keypad configuration and the MTP3550 offers users the alternative of a full keypad.

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates Smart Public Safety at IWCE 2015

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

LAS VEGAS - March 18, 2015 – Motorola Solutions will be demonstrating its latest public safety and commercial communications solutions at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), being held March 16-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The solutions will help Motorola Solutions’ customers face the combined challenges of new threats to safety and the increasing expectations of the communities they serve. Whether managing public safety or critical infrastructure, organizations require more than the best tools to effectively respond to incidents. First responders also need the ability to capture and process large quantities of data, turn it into intelligence that can help resolve an incident quickly, or even prevent it from happening in the first place.

Demonstrating new technology through customer workflows

Motorola Solutions’ public safety and commercial customers consider the workflows of their employees when evaluating new technology and solutions to help them carry out their mission. Motorola Solutions’ approaches its innovative solutions in the same way, and the company will demonstrate its products at IWCE through customer-focused workflows:

Many first responders carry two devices in the field: their radio and a smartphone. The Mission Critical Collaboration workflows show Project 25 (P25) devices such as the new APX 8000 radio working with LTE devices like the LEX L10 Mission Critical Handheld, combining top-notch voice capabilities with mission-critical data delivery on a smartphone purpose-built for public safety. With WAVE Work Group Communications, personnel have reliable voice communications between their P25 and LTE devices.

Whether they maintain critical infrastructure or drive the local manufacturing economy, customers can see how Motorola Solutions’ innovations address their business-critical needs at the Professional & Commercial Solutions and Manufacturing Solutions workflow stations. The latest radios and accessories, including the award-winning MOTOTRBO™ SL300, data applications over private networks, and proactive monitoring of MOTOTRBO systems work together to help drive worker safety and efficiency.

Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure customers around the world have come to depend on Motorola Solutions ASTRO 25 networks for voice and data communications when it matters most. At the Mission Critical Network Operations workflow station, customers can see the full breadth of capabilities these networks provide: from delivering text messages between P25 radios and instant messaging applications, to real-time monitoring of deployment of a back-up system, to a geographically redundant core. Visitors can also learn about the full range of Managed Services Motorola Solutions offers our ASTRO 25 customers, designed to offload the operational risk, cost and management responsibilities for improved system performance.

Receiving the right information, at the right time, in the right way is vital to public safety personnel. At the Intelligence Led Public Safety Solutions station, visitors will see voice, location, sensor and video data shared between the command center and the field. Motorola products such as our Real-Time Intelligence Client, Intelligent Data Portal, and LEX L10 Mission Critical Handheld work with products from partners like the PARC UAV from CyPhy Works to help ensure all personnel have the critical information they need to respond to an incident – or to help prevent one.

When an incident does happen, dispatchers organize the response and serve as the link between the public and first responders. Recognizing their critical nature, Motorola is showing our dispatch communications solutions at multiple workflow stations. Call-Taking & Incident Management Solutions display PremierOne CAD and call control in action; Field Queries & Citations show how PremierOne Handheld is used to respond to incidents in the field; and Mission Critical Dispatch Communications demonstrate unique data and geofencing capabilities of our ASTRO 25 mission critical networks. The recent acquisition of Emergency CallWorks gives customers more options for cloud-based next-generation 9-1-1 and call control, which they can see in BOOTH # 941. In addition to the workflow stations, visitors will find a wealth new products and capabilities throughout the booth:

WAVE Work Group Communications lets customers deliver critical voice and data communications across multiple different networks, helping to ensure that everyone involved in an incident can communicate, whether they use radios, smartphones, PCs or other devices.

The APX Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM) features enhanced security, quick pairing and fast push-to-talk capabilities. With this RSM, for the first time ever, we offer an end-user removable battery that enables multi-shift usage, and a vehicular charger or dual-unit desk charger for more flexible charging options. Pairing with Motorola Solutions’ line of Bluetooth-enabled APX radios helps ensure seamless and reliable coverage. By completely removing the microphone cord, public safety users no longer need to worry about tangled cords and can now work fast, safe and more efficiently.

Motorola Solutions’ new Digital Tone Signaling Software will allow APX two-way radios to serve as a digital pager, operating on conventional and trunked P25 systems. This software feature allows firefighters to use their APX as a radio by day and as a digital pager by night. They can mute the radio when they need to rest, and the digital paging features will automatically un-mute the radio, alerting them to action through traditional quick call tones sent over the digital ASTRO 25 radio system.

APX Portable Two-Way Radios can now be retrofitted with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) volume knob so that radio service shop managers can easily track the devices and manage inventory with applications such as Motorola Solutions’ Asset Management. This cost-effective solution will allow customers to keep better tabs on their APX portable inventory as it is checked in for service and checked out for field usage along with other communications equipment.

Public safety agencies and utilities looking to enhance portable radio coverage can now rely on the affordable, software-scalable VRX 1000 Vehicle Radio Extender. It offers a compact design with 3 watt simplex operation with in-band and cross-band configurations across analog and P25 conventional and trunked systems in 700/800MHz, VHF and UHF bands.

Best Voice Radio for First Responders Now Even Better

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

Motorola Solutions announces first all-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX Project 25 portable two-way radio

LAS VEGAS – March 18, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) unveiled its first all-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX Project 25 (P25) portable radio today at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas. The APX 8000, which offers the clearest and loudest audio in the industry, features an adaptive audio engine and ultra-loud 1 Watt speaker to bring clarity to every conversation. The latest addition to the award-winning APX portfolio automatically adjusts its noise suppression, microphone boost and speaker equalization based on the user’s environment.

Equipping first responders with the APX 8000 advances the safety and efficiency of communities. First responders must be ready to communicate at a moment’s notice in any situation. All band interoperability on the radios ensures constant, clear voice communication with colleagues from multiple agencies in neighboring counties who many using different bands and systems. APX 8000 ASTRO 25 radios will be able to receive code plug updates in seconds rather than needing preplanned time out of the field.

KEY FACTS

  • The APX 8000 is Motorola Solutions’ first all-band P25 portable radio featuring integrated Wi-Fi for more efficient radio management allowing the radio to receive new settings (codeplug), firmware, and feature updates over the air in seconds, while the user continues to talk without interruption. The radio will automatically access pre-provisioned Wi-Fi networks at secure locations and download pending updates approximately 30,000 times faster than P25 data rates. This means a faster deployment of new radios and critical radio updates, with fewer radios pulled out of service for maintenance.
  • The new adaptive audio engine builds on the adaptive dual-sided operation featured in every APX portable radio, but enhances the experience by providing simpler audio management for radio programmers and better speech clarity for end users. Although the APX 8000 retains its ability to be fully customized, the adaptive audio engine will automatically adjust the audio quality algorithm on-the-fly in order to cancel out background noise and wind as it varies within user’s environment. This added intelligence means that APX 8000 radio users will be able to hear and be heard more clearly.
  • The all-band access allows APX 8000 public safety customers to communicate across borders and between systems using a single device that operates in analog and digital P25 mode, conventional or trunked systems, SmartNet and SmartZone legacy systems and across 700/800MHz, VHF and UHF bands.
  • Interoperability improves response times and collaboration between agencies and responders during planned and unplanned events so APX 8000 users will no longer need multiple radios to access each particular system. Agencies won’t need to issue new radios when deploying officers to a new region.
  • The APX8000 collaborates with other devices, specifically the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld via mission-critical Bluetooth. The LEX L10 can remotely control the radio so users can monitor and control information such as radio signal strength, battery life, zone, channel and volume without unholstering their radio.
  • The APX 8000 continues Motorola Solutions’ tradition of ruggedness and reliability. It features the aluminum alloy endoskeleton that protects the radio's interior from water intrusion even if the outer housing is breached. A thick tempered glass protects the radio's color display from scratches, impact and pressure. A dual-latch battery design protects the radio from resetting, powering off or ejecting the battery upon impact from drops.

Ron Derderian, Special Projects Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department, Beverly Hills, California

“In the areas surrounding Beverly Hills, first responders from different agencies are currently operating on every public safety frequency band available since we do not have a common radio system. An all-band radio means that we will have enhanced interoperability and mutual aide capabilities. We can now eliminate cross-band patches and give our officers a single, compact radio that’s easy to use and carry and integrated Wi-Fi would help keep officers on patrol instead of incurring downtime at the radio shop.”

Claudia Rodriguez, vice president, Devices Product Management, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions’ APX portfolio of mission-critical communication solutions continues to grow to meet the ever-increasing needs of our public safety customers. With the introduction of the APX 8000, Motorola Solutions’ first all-band radio, users can rely on its interoperability and clear voice communications to stay connected when it matters most. From best-in-class audio and industry-leading ergonomics to advanced features, the APX 8000 allows first responders to focus on the task at hand, not the technology.”

Las Vegas Metro Police Switch to Motorola Solutions

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

Forty-two million residents, tourists now covered by state-of-the-art, interoperable communications system

LAS VEGAS – March 17, 2014 – Ensuring public safety in one of the top tourist destinations in the world with a dispersed resident population, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) faces a unique set of challenges in protecting 42 million people each year. A new $26 million Project 25 (P25) communications system from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has now been implemented by LVMPD to help officers communicate clearly and reliably in any situation, whether it’s an issue in the rugged outlying areas of Clark County, a crowded casino or in one of 150,000 guest rooms in Las Vegas.

With more than 3,400 LVMPD personnel serving 7,900 square miles of Clark County, implementation of the new system needed to be done carefully, thoroughly and quickly. The Motorola Solutions team set a strategy for the 33-site ASTRO® 25 network and worked through several challenging technical issues -- including interference mitigation, radio configuration, system optimization and coverage testing -- in order to get the system up and running on an aggressive timetable and on budget. More than 5,000 Motorola Solutions APX™ two-way radios have been deployed to LVMPD officers, Clark County Detention officers and officers in the city of Mesquite, Nevada, who have recently joined the network. The system includes Motorola Solutions radio dispatch consoles and data capabilities for radio fleet management.

LVMPD implemented PremierOne™ records management software for in-house personnel and field reporting. Additionally they plan to upgrade their current Motorola Solutions computer aided dispatch (CAD) system to PremierOne CAD and Mobile to help streamline their end-to-end public safety workflows.

LVMPD also signed an 11-year, $31 million lifecycle management and support services agreement for systems and equipment. The additional services help maintain security compliance and network performance, as well as ensure the system is current and refreshed, giving personnel the benefit of having the latest in public safety technology.

KEY FACTS

  • Motorola Solutions APX series radios are rugged, easy to operate and deliver loud and clear audio as LVMPD users deal with the loud sounds of casinos, concerts and sporting events in addition to day-to-day activities in the community.
  • Motorola Solutions’ radio consoles and desk sets deliver quality audio, reliable communication and ease of use for personnel in the field or in one of the eight LVMPD command centers.
  • The PremierOne suite of applications is designed to help streamline public safety workflows and improve response times from incident creation to resolution. LVMPD will be switching to the integrated solution which allows users to seamlessly share and reuse information across applications, increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and allowing for safer incident resolutions.
  • Motorola Solutions’ lifecycle management and support services will help ensure LVMPD systems are leveraging the latest technologies and tools while providing the level of support needed to maximize system and device performance, availability and keep costs under control.
  • LVMPD is a joint city-county police force for the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. Staff includes more than 2,400 police officers plus 750 correctional officers operating the Clark County Detention Center. LVMPD serves a resident population of almost 2 million people and 42 million tourists.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Joseph Lombardo, sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

“The addition of Motorola Solutions’ reliable communications system greatly assists us in providing professional service to our citizens and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas each year. The last thing an officer should be worrying about while doing their job is whether or not someone will hear their call for assistance.”

Michael Barnbeck, director, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Radio Systems Bureau

“As a police officer in the line of duty, intermittent radio traffic is unacceptable. Motorola Solutions has proven to be a trusted partner by installing a reliable public safety-grade communication system, six months ahead of schedule. The network is interoperable and helps us better meet the needs of our community with more efficient communication methods and faster response times.”

Larry Mabry, vice president, Motorola Solutions

“Transmissions over police radios can be the difference between life and death. Motorola Solutions worked closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to rapidly implement and deploy a communications system designed specifically for the unique and dangerous situations their officers face every day. Officers can now communicate clearly and can have confidence that their voice is being heard in an emergency situation.”

Motorola Solutions Invests in Drone Maker CyPhy Works

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

Innovative solution puts eyes and ears in hard-to-reach locations

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — March 16, 2015 — Motorola Solutions has made a strategic investment in CyPhy Works, a leading developer of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Founded by Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot, CyPhy Works has developed a drone technology and business roadmap that pioneers use of “microfilament tether” technology that enables long-duration or persistent flight with secure streaming of high-speed data and high-definition video.

“Real-time information is a powerful tool for our public safety and commercial customers,” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola Solutions. “A tethered drone collecting situational awareness in large or hard-to-reach locations quickly puts eyes and ears on the scene, enabling our customers to read the moment, know what’s relevant and help them make fast decisions about how to deploy resources. This can help not only resolve incidents faster but also provide information to help prevent critical situations from happening in the first place.”

CyPhy Works’ easy-to-operate flying robots are well suited for use in public safety and commercial applications. The company offers “no-pilot” hardware systems, autopilot and control software, uninterrupted high-definition and infrared imaging, and laser measurement sensors. Its microfilament technology can be used for long-term, long-duration operation in the field without charging batteries, which enables real-time secure data transfer to the ground station.

Motorola Solutions’ investment in CyPhy Works is part of its strategy to advance mission-critical communications by connecting public safety and commercial customers with real-time data and intelligence like never before. CyPhy Works is part of Motorola Solutions’ growing network of investments in technologies that are contributing to the smart public safety solutions that enable the safer cities of the future. Earlier this year, the company announced investments in VocalZoom, a developer of sensors for speech enhancement, and SceneDoc, maker of “public safety’s trusted digital notebook.”

“The opportunity to offer flying robots, or UAVs, to the public safety and commercial sectors for imaging, mapping, monitoring and other applications is truly exciting,” said Greiner, CyPhy Works CEO. “Our robust platform is specifically designed for field operations in rough real-world conditions.”

Terms of the investment by Motorola Solutions Venture Capital were not disclosed.

Motorola Solutions Announces Speakers at IWCE 2015

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

LAS VEGAS – March 16, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will share its thought leadership throughout numerous speaking engagements during the weeklong event. Motorola Solutions experts will participate in a variety of panels addressing key public safety topics. The speaker session details are below; all speaking times are Pacific Standard Time.

SPEAKER LINE-UP:

Monday, March 16: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Developing Apps for the Enterprise and Critical Communications

James Wolfinbarger, Intelligence-Led Public Safety Solutions Consultant, Motorola Solutions

Applications on mobile devices, whether on a smartphone or two-way radio, are becoming more prolific, providing services that previously were not available. Learn concepts of applications and application development, what tools are available today and which mobile applications are useful in an enterprise or critical environment.

Monday, March 16: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Project 25 Foundations and System Technology Updates for 2015

Andy Davis, Senior Resource Manager, Motorola Solutions

Gain a deeper understanding and updated awareness of the established P25 standards, the matching equipment capabilities, and the continued evolution of system technologies and interfaces. Direct references to the completed P25 standards as published are emphasized to provide a full comprehension of the completed P25 phases.

Monday, March 16: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Next-Generation Command and Surveillance Centers

Thomas Gross, Director, Command Center Solutions, Motorola Solutions

Command and surveillance centers are the hub of many communications systems. Explore new technologies for the center itself such as big data and video storage concerns, solutions for real-time analysis and analytics and new options for dispatch consoles such as CSSI and DMR. Also review the potential of virtual dispatch centers that use high-speed IP access to connect virtually instead of physically.

Monday, March 16: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Next-Generation Wireless Networks: 4G, LTE and Broadband

Gary Schluckbier, Director, Secure Systems, Motorola Solutions

With the national broadband plan now a reality, review all the major 4G and broadband options, while discussing availability, build out, cost, applications, access and partnerships. 4G wireless networks promise an unprecedented opportunity for agencies and other organizations to improve their effectiveness and communications capabilities. But what makes a network 4G? How does broadband make it all work? What is hype and what is real? And when will it all become a reality?

Wednesday, March 18: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Concern

Gary Schluckbier, Director, Secure Systems, Motorola Solutions

Cybersecurity threats are rising every year at an alarming rate and becoming very disruptive to day-to-day operations. Organizations can’t afford to wait for something to happen; they need to be proactive in addressing potential threats. From patient health records to corporate espionage to public safety data, understand how to analyze strengths and weaknesses of your enterprise’s Cybersecurity system and tools. Review identity management, known vulnerabilities, malware and Denial of Service (DOS) attacks as you analyze and predict the security level of your system.

Wednesday, March 18: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - A New Era in Manufacturing

Glen Davis, NA Automotive Systems, Motorola Solutions

As global competitiveness increases, domestic US manufacturer’s face new challenges operationally that today’s digital radio platforms address in compelling ways. Explore the top trends in manufacturing technology, learn about the top 3 concerns manufacturers have that digital radio answers, and identify digital radio sales opportunities in the manufacturing space.

Wednesday, March 18: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - A Communications Strategy That Makes Sense for Critical Utilities

Mike Koch, Energy & Utility Principal, Motorola Solutions

With critical utilities in need of upgrades to existing networks, new solutions are available to increase coverage and efficiency for mobile users in need of clear voice and data connections. Review the challenges utilities face as they modernize their communication systems, move from analog to digital systems and enable modern grid functionality such as distribution automation, charging electric vehicles and integrating renewable energy sources.

Wednesday, March 18: 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Next-Generation Push-to-Talk Roundtable: Cellular, Satellite, Wireless LAN and LTE

James Mustarde, WAVE Product Marketing Manager, Motorola Solutions

LTE, Wireless LAN, satellite, commercial broadband and managed cloud services can extend the reach and value of two-way radio systems. Examine carrier-deployed LTE PTT, satellite-based PTT‘s reach, extending LMR PTT into an organization’s wireless LAN and cellular applications for interoperability for workforce and fleet management. Cover key topics about converging networks, including standards, infrastructure, devices, applications, cost, delivery mechanisms, performance, reliability and ecosystem.

Wednesday, March 18: 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Estudios de Caso: TETRA, LTE y P25

General Antonino dos Santos Guerra Neto, Chief of IT and Communication of Brazilian Army

Thursday, March 19: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – General Session Manufacturers/Carriers Roundtable: An Industry’s Perspective on Everything Wireless

Rishi Bhaskar, Vice President, Motorola Solutions

Join leading manufacturers and carriers as they share their viewpoints on the changing landscape in communications technology. Hear the industry’s perspective on FirstNet, its RFP, LTE, the Cloud, Cybersecurity and other issues in this no-holds barred discussion.

Thursday, March 19: 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. - An Update on P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP)

Andy Davis, Senior Resource Manager, Motorola Solutions

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest news about the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP), where P25 equipment suppliers formally demonstrate their compliance with the suite of P25 standards. CAP provides assurance the P25 equipment you are purchasing meets P25 standards for performance, conformance and interoperability. P25 CAP enables better planning for agency interoperability and procurement in addition to assured interoperability between competing manufacturers.

Thursday, March 19: 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. - Latest Advances in Firefighter Communications

Mark Krizik, Principal Staff Engineer, Motorola Solutions

Firefighting is a tough job. Unfortunately, many line-of-duty Death Reports (LODD) and Near Miss reports point to communications failures as one of the causes. While operational issues play another role, technology has improved to the point that a number of advances are now available to improve firefighter safety. Additionally, a number of industry standards groups, and government funded research projects, are working on advances to push the envelope of firefighter safety even more. Examine hardened radios and accessories, in-building communications, body vitals telemetry and firefighter location technologies.

Thursday, March 19: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Wearable Technology for Critical Infrastructure, Public Safety and the Enterprise

Bert Van Der Zaag, Senior Manager User Experience Design, Motorola Solutions

Networked sensors, devices and monitors, better known as “wearable technology” has gone beyond public safety use in the past few years. Broadband and cellular have created some very interesting new wearable technologies, from biometric trackers that the NFL uses to Google Glass. Examine how these and other wearable technologies can be used by critical infrastructure, public safety and enterprises to track motion, location, biometrics and environmental conditions, and even for two-way alerting.

Thursday, March 19: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - M2M Communications and the IP Transition for Utilities

Mike Koch, Energy and Utility Principal, Motorola Solutions

Utilities are at a crossroads. At the same time that they face increasing demands for communications to support smart grid and cybersecurity requirements, they are challenged by the threat that as part of the IP Transition carriers will discontinue providing analog circuits that currently provide communications connectivity to many of their substations and other mission critical assets. In turn, this has forced utilities to find communications alternatives, including unlicensed broadband services. The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) has been working through its Smart Networks Council (SNC) and with The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and its Public Safety Related Applications Task Force (PSRATF) to develop solutions for utilities and carriers to manage the IP Transition. Assess the options for utilities to find alternatives, and review the work of the SNC and the PSRATF as they discuss next steps for going forward.

Thursday, March 19: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - The Future of Drones in Public Safety

Ryan Seick, Product Manager, Motorola Solutions

Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) or drones have been successfully used by the military for years, for investigations and surveillance. And recently big name tech companies have made high-profile investments in UAS technology. Address practical legal, regulatory, and technical questions including the process for getting authority to use UAS and how does an agency deploy/integrate drone control in its communications infrastructure, as well as public sentiment toward drones.

Thursday, March 19: 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - An International Roundup of Next-Generation Communication

Francisco Urdaz, Motorola Solutions

Friday, March 20: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - Next-Generation Smart Devices for Public Safety

Bruce Oberlies, Motorola Solutions

The use of smart devices is a growing trend across all organizations. Discuss the different devices that can be used including smart phones, tablets and handhelds, the benefit of using public-safety grade technology or commercial- grade technology and what is the impact of having instant information in the field. Examine form factor, hardening and the economics of smart devices for public safety.

Friday, March 20: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Future of Video Communications

Michael Fox, Senior Director, Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola Solutions

Examine different aspects of utilizing video on devices, for surveillance and for situational awareness. Also evaluate the bandwidth, analytics and storage options for video files.

Nødnett recognised with two International TETRA Awards

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

Motorola Solutions and DNK win ‘Best use of TETRA in Public Safety’ and ‘Green TETRA’ for Norway’s nationwide public safety network

BASINGSTOKE, England – March 12, 2015 – Shortlisted in five categories, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has won two 2015 International TETRA Awards.

Together with Norway’s Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK), Motorola Solutions has won ‘Best use of TETRA in Public Safety’ for Nødnett, the country’s first nationwide Public Safety network. From the polar north to Norway’s urban centres, Nødnett is one of the most innovative, challenging Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) based public safety digital voice and data communications networks in the world. The infrastructure not only encompasses the rollout of TETRA Enhanced Data Services (TEDS) for improved data transmission capabilities, it also integrates cross border communication with the neighbouring Swedish TETRA network.

Motorola Solutions and its customer DNK also won the ‘Green TETRA’ category for deploying TETRA in adherence to strict environmental regulations with Norway’s national parks. With responsibility for operations and support of the Nødnett network until 2026, Motorola Solutions took the award-winning decision to select a sustainable approach early on in the building process to support performance and maintenance.

The awards, now in their fourth year, were judged by: David Chapiro, chairman, Intema Communications SA, Argentina; Roger Dowling, former director of Sepura and TCCA, now an independent industry consultant; Robin Davis chair, TCCA Transport Group and civil business development director, Actica Consulting; Tony Gray, TETRA advocate currently working for P3 in Germany; Adrian Grilli, Managing Director, JRC UK and board member of EUTC (European Utilities Telecom Council); Jolly Wong, Hong Kong Police and the TETRA Association’s Ambassador in China; Kevin Graham, managing director, Global Digital Solutions Pty Ltd; and Richard Lambley, Consultant Editor, TETRA Today Magazine.

Nødnett is the multi-agency digital radio communication system owned by DNK, which leads the development of the communication network for emergency and public safety services in Norway and is subordinated to the Ministry of Justice.

“TETRA is a vital communications technology that continues to evolve capability to support voice and data for mission-critical operations,” said Derek Phipps, vice president Solutions & Services for Europe & Africa, Motorola Solutions. “These awards reflect excellence in this field and highlight the close working partnership we have with our customers, bringing further innovation to TETRA and the way it is used by public safety in the moments that matter.”

The judges also recognised Motorola Solutions’ in three additional categories:

  • Best use of TETRA for Transport’ for Norway’s Avinor Oslo Airport which depends on its TETRA radio communication services for efficient maintenance and vital flight operations.
  • ‘Best Integration of Future Broadband with TETRA’ for WAVE Work Group Communications.
  • ‘Best TETRA Innovation’ for the successful deployment of the Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) system over TEDS on the Nødnett network

Motorola Solutions Marks 1 Million APX Radio Sales in Past 5 Years

on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Extreme durability and best-in-class audio quality fuel appeal even during tight budgets

The daughter of a Texas government fleet mechanic found something on the ground last year: A Motorola Solutions APX two-way radio. At the time, she had no idea it had fallen more than 2,000 feet from a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter that had been providing air support for a search warrant operation.

After the fleet mechanic returned the radio, the only repair needed was a new belt clip to get the unit back into service. The tough and reliable APX two-way radio continues to be the first choice of many public safety departments and their first responders around the world.

While radio technology has continued to evolve over the years and can now support multiple data features, the No. 1 feature remains voice communications. Intelligent lighting, noise suppression, loudness, clarity and customizable radio profiles combine to meet the evolving needs of first responders.

Motorola Solutions’ award-winning APX two-way radios have been refined and perfected by years of feedback from first responders, which gives them continuing appeal even when agency budgets have been lean. The radio’s rugged design is built to resist drops, water damage and extreme pressure. Each two-way radio undergoes Motorola Solutions’ Accelerated Life Test, which includes exposure to solar radiation, drops, extreme temperatures and submersion tests. The testing ensures customers receive the best products for everyday operations.

Some key features differentiating Motorola Solutions’ APX two-way radios include Mission Critical Wireless Bluetooth®, Enhanced Data rates for GPS and Personnel Accountability for fireground operations. Over the last five years, Motorola Solutions has customized radios for different groups of mission critical users. There is a complete portfolio of APX portable and mobile radios, for every user at every price point.

The fire community partnered with Motorola to design the APX XE Series, which has exaggerated controls for easy use when wearing gloves and more powerful audio to keep lines of communication clear even in environments with ongoing sirens and heavy fire suppression equipment. The million-selling APX portfolio has evolved to meet the various and demanding needs of public safety customers while keeping its durability, reliability and powerful core features.

Fortune Recognizes Motorola Solutions on ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ List

on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 24, 2015 – Fortune magazine has named Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) to its prestigious list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” For the second consecutive year, Motorola Solutions is ranked No. 3 in the industry category of “Network and Other Communications Equipment.”

Described as the definitive report card on corporate reputations, “Most Admired” rankings are based on a survey of more than 4,000 corporate executives, members of boards of directors and financial analysts asked to rate companies in their industries. Only companies ranked in the top 50 percent of their industry are included in the list.

The survey measures nine reputation attributes, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.

The full list and related stories appear online and in Fortune magazine (March 1 issue date and on newsstands Feb. 23).

Motorola Solutions extends and transforms management of Victorian Government emergency services data network

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

Melbourne, Australia. – Tuesday, 17 February 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), has signed an agreement with the Victorian Government valued at AUD$41.5 million to extend the management of Victoria’s Metropolitan Data Network (MDN) for an additional two years from March 2015, with an option for two additional one year extensions.

MDN, the first emergency communications network to be procured under a build, own and operate public-private services model in Australia, was first deployed in 2005 and provides secure data communications for Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria, primarily across the greater Melbourne metropolitan region with roaming capability on to a commercial network to provide coverage beyond the metropolitan area. The agreement enables Motorola Solutions to support the agencies to stay at the forefront of technology innovation, eventually allowing for a wider choice of devices and applications, including the option to integrate Bring Your Own Device and Application solutions (BYOD and BYOA). This would be managed without compromising MDN’s highly secure and reliable performance. The contract also positions the Victorian Government to deliver against a key goal outlined in its Emergency Management Long Term Communications Plan to “Establish a statewide, sector-wide broadband capability.”

Key Facts

  • Motorola Solutions originally signed a groundbreaking five-year contract with the Victorian Government in 2003 to design, build and manage the MDN network, providing agencies across the greater Melbourne metropolitan area with direct access to data in the field for the first time.
  • Since then, the network has consistently met and exceeded service levels, including stringent availability targets. This level of performance ensures an ‘always available’ service to emergency services agencies.
  • This is the second time the contract for MDN has been extended with Motorola Solutions, following a decade of successful service delivery.
  • The new agreement will see Motorola Solutions maintain MDN to its current mission critical standards while trialling new and emerging technologies including 4G broadband data and a range of new terminal devices.
  • The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority supports the delivery of MDN through managing the contract and monitoring delivery on behalf of the Victorian Govenrment
  • In addition to MDN, Motorola Solutions manages the Metropolitation Mobile Radio network for ESTA and the emergency services agencies it supports. Motorola Solutions designed and built this network and has managed it for the Victorian Government since 2004.

Supporting quotes

Steve Crutchfield, Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand

“We’re delighted that the State of Victoria has once again turned to Motorola Solutions as its partner of choice to help manage MDN to its current, mission critical standards while preparing the service for transformation to a next generation solution.

This agreement further demonstrates our committment to equipping Australian emergency services agencies and personnel with the latest public safety technology solutions, significantly improving their ability to communicate with each other during an incident or disaster. In delivering MDN, we are drawing upon our strong services heritage to provide a highly reliable service that has met stringent levels of service over the past decade. MDN is an essential service for the state that enhances capability in the field and ultimately helps to protect and save lives across the state.”

Motorola Solutions Supports New Cybersecurity Policies

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

Company joins policy discussion at President Obama’s cybersecurity summit

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois – Feb. 13, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) was invited by the White House to participate in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection today at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

“Moving forward, it is essential that public and private sectors adopt a coordinated approach to achieving shared goals to improve cybersecurity,” said Motorola Solutions’ Robert Hoffman, corporate vice president of government affairs, who attended on behalf of the company. “Motorola Solutions supports efforts by the White House and the U.S. Congress to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence, and better improve cybersecurity capabilities throughout government and industry. Through greater public and private engagement, we can raise awareness and empower stakeholders to understand and act.”

The Summit brought together major stakeholders on cybersecurity, including senior leaders from the White House and federal government, executives from a broad range of industries including technology and communications companies as well as law enforcement officials, consumer advocates and technical experts.

Participants met to discuss key cybersecurity policy topics such as increasing public-private partnerships, improving cybersecurity information sharing and creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies.

The President’s Executive Order on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity led to the development of the Cybersecurity Framework. Motorola Solutions participated alongside government and industry partners to help develop the National Institute of Standard’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. The company incorporated the framework within its overall risk management process and continues to conduct outreach to encourage wider use.

Policy and political attention to cybersecurity continues to increase around the world to address a variety of threats from terrorist networks, malicious programmers and organized crime. The federal government can provide support to industry by enacting legislation that strengthens critical information sharing and advances operational measures to enhance cybersecurity.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

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

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 12, 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 April 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 13, 2015.

The board also set May 18, 2015, as the date for its 2015 Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 20, 2015, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Motorola Solutions Acquires Emergency CallWorks for Smart Public Safety Innovation

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

Transaction allows Motorola Solutions to equip command centers with web-based 911 call-answering software solution

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Feb. 12, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that it has acquired Emergency CallWorks, a privately held leading provider of Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) call-taking software for public safety. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Smart public safety starts with accurately routing and addressing emergency calls from the community,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions. “Emergency CallWorks’ solution provides an advanced, next-generation version of 911 that will be capable of moving beyond voice-only calls by processing multimedia information into the call flow. Its browser-based workstation architecture eliminates proprietary 911 switching hardware, simplifies operations and provides cost-effective system implementation, allowing for remote monitoring, service and support, with continuous delivery of innovative new features.”

NG9-1-1 systems help police, fire and emergency medical teams better manage critical incidents by allowing more information to flow seamlessly from the public, through a 911 network and command center, to emergency personnel. Transforming situational awareness for officers on the front line can ultimately improve safety for both the public and first responders.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Emergency CallWorks is tackling some of the toughest public safety dilemmas by pioneering the consolidation of NG9-1-1 call-taking into a single, simplified software solution. It can be deployed either as an on-site implementation or as a remote hosted solution, making it scalable to even the smallest public safety agencies, which enables access to the latest technology at a predictable price point.

“Together, Motorola Solutions and Emergency CallWorks have a clear, shared vision for the potential of NG9-1-1, and we are excited about the opportunity to accelerate adoption in the marketplace through Motorola Solutions,” said Craig Parker, CEO of Emergency CallWorks, who will continue to lead the Emergency CallWorks team at Motorola Solutions. “Our combined portfolio will provide unmatched incident-to-resolution capabilities for 911 operators and emergency responders.”

Motorola Solutions’ acquisition of Emergency CallWorks is part of its strategy to advance mission-critical communications by connecting public safety and commercial customers with real-time data and intelligence like never before.

“The acquisition of Emergency CallWorks reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to helping its customers – from the largest state government to the smallest municipality – realize the full potential of NG9-1-1,” said Schassler. “We are excited to expand Motorola Solutions’ thought leadership in this important segment with Emergency CallWorks’ proven technology and talent.”

Motorola Solutions continues to deliver command-and-control capabilities that enable public safety agencies to focus on their mission and not the technology. The company will continue to offer hardware-based 911 management through its partners to its customers who prefer that solution. The acquisition of Emergency CallWorks provides Motorola Solutions’ customers with a new option for evolving the technology in their command centers and helps public safety answering points prepare for the next phase of NG9-1-1 services.

Emergency CallWorks now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Financial Results

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

FOURTH-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Fourth-quarter sales flat from a year ago, including $27 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact
  • North America sales grew 4 percent from a year ago, driven by record Product sales
  • Completed $4.2 billion U.S. pension de-risking transaction, including a $1.9 billion non-recurring charge, resulting in fourth-quarter GAAP loss per share from continuing operations* of $4.02
  • Non-GAAP** earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.25 driven by North America sales growth and lower overall operating expenses
  • Returned $1.5 billion to shareholders in share repurchases and dividends in the quarter; $2.9 billion for the full year
SCHAUMBURG, Ill.  Feb. 4, 2015  Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
 
“Our fourth-quarter results demonstrate a solid finish to a transformational year,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “The business continues to show signs of improvement, driven by growth in North America and significantly higher backlog. Our ongoing progress to simplify our organization and rationalize our cost structure will further position us for long-term success.”
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2014 2013 Change 2014 2013 Change
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  Sales ($M) $1,823 $1,817 0% $5,881 $6,227 -6%
GAAP
  Operating earnings (loss) ($M) -$1,459 $325 -549% -$1,006 $947 -206%
 
Percent of sales
-80.0% 17.9%   -17.1% 15.2%  
  EPS from continuing operations -$4.02 $1.12 -459% -$2.84 $3.45 -182%
Non-GAAP
  Operating earnings ($M) $483 $396 22% $1,069 $1,156 -8%
 
Percent of sales
26.5% 21.8%   18.2% 18.6%  
  EPS from continuing operations $1.25 $1.37 -9% $2.58 $3.86 -33%
 
Segments
Products
  Sales ($M) $1,246 $1,212 3% $3,807 $4,109 -7%
  GAAP operating earnings (loss) ($M) -$944 $237 -498% -$667 $639 -204%
 
Percent of sales
-75.8% 19.6%   -17.5% 15.6%  
  Non-GAAP operating earnings ($M) $394 $283 39% $754 $775 -3%
 
Percent of sales
31.6% 23.3%   19.8% 18.9%  
 
Services
  Sales ($M) $577 $605 -5% $2,074 $2,118 -2%
  GAAP operating earnings (loss) ($M) -$515 $88 -685% -$339 $308 -210%
 
Percent of sales
-89.3% 14.5%   -16.3% 14.5%  
  Non-GAAP operating earnings ($M) $89 $113 -21% $315 $381 -17%
 
Percent of sales
15.4% 18.7%   15.2% 18.0%  
 
Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax charges of approximately $5.27 per diluted share related to share-based compensation and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
 
OTHER SELECTED FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue – Fourth-quarter sales were flat, including $27 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact, primarily reflecting growth in North America. Fourth-quarter Product sales grew 3 percent driven primarily by an improvement in devices, while Services declined 5 percent driven by lower iDEN and system integration sales.
  • Operating margin  Fourth-quarter GAAP operating margin was -80 percent of sales. GAAP operating earnings were impacted by a $1.9 billion non-recurring charge related to the U.S. pension de-risking activity. Non-GAAP operating margin was 26.5 percent of sales reflecting $86 million in lower operating expenses compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily due to staff reductions across all functions and lower pension and variable compensation expense.
  • Taxes  The fourth-quarter 2014 GAAP effective tax rate from continuing operations resulted in a benefit of 38 percent, driven by the loss from continuing operations, as well as other benefits recorded throughout the year. The fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP tax rate from continuing operations was 35 percent. This compares with a negative GAAP effective tax rate of 7 percent and a non-GAAP tax rate of 5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates in the fourth quarter of 2013 include the favorable impact of $113 million or $0.42 per share of net tax benefits associated with the recognition of certain foreign tax credits as a result of the implementation of a holding company structure for certain non-U.S. subsidiaries.
  • Cash flow – The company used $700 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter largely driven by incremental pension contributions of $846 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents – The company completed the sale of its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion and ended the year with total cash of $4 billion. The company returned $1.5 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends during the quarter and $2.9 billion for the full year.
OTHER SELECTED FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue – Full-year sales declined 6 percent to $5.9 billion. The decrease in sales reflects a $302 million, or 7 percent, decrease in the Products segment driven by first-half declines in North America and lower Asia Pacific results.
  • Operating margin  For the full year, GAAP operating margin was -17.1 percent of sales, driven by a $1.9 billion non-recurring charge related to the U.S. pension de-risking activities. Non-GAAP operating margin was 18.2 percent of sales, driven by $208 million in operating expense reductions for the full year. Pension expense and variable compensation were lower compared to the previous year.
  • Taxes  The 2014 non-GAAP effective tax rate from continuing operations was 32 percent, compared with a non-GAAP effective tax rate from continuing operations of 2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The 2013 GAAP and non-GAAP full-year tax rates include the favorable impact of $337 million or $1.25 per share of net tax benefits associated with the recognition of certain foreign tax credits as a result of the implementation of a holding company structure for certain non-U.S. subsidiaries.
  • Cash flow – The company used $685 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the year largely driven by pension contributions of $1.3 billion.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 
Sales Growth
 
  • Secured significant projects that demonstrate strength in core products and services, including a $148 million statewide public safety network, radios and services agreement with the state of Michigan
  • Demonstrated growing demand for services offerings with a 10-year, $62 million services agreement with Prince George’s County in Maryland; a two-year, $36 million managed services contract extension with the Victorian Mobile Data Network in Australia; a 10-year, $31 million lifecycle services agreement with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada; and a multi-year, $15 million managed services contract with Forestal Mininco in Chile
  • Showed strength in commercial markets with a multimillion dollar TETRA digital radio system for Dow Chemical Netherlands, a $12 million ASTRO® digital radio system for a U.S. chemical company, and a $2 million WAVE® push-to-talk over broadband contract with a Mexico petroleum company
Innovation and Product Growth
 
  • Expanded Public Safety LTE portfolio with LEX L10 mission-critical handheld device, which comes equipped with Motorola Solutions’ new Public Safety Experience that provides first responders with the right information at their fingertips
  • Introduced ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service offering, which enables public safety agencies to access the latest Project 25 land mobile radio technology as well as provide a communications platform for long-term growth and new capabilities
  • Expanded MOTOTRBO™ digital portable radio portfolio with slim, lightweight SL300 and SL1600 models ideal for everyday use in industries such as education, retail, hospitality, event management and private security

BUSINESS OUTLOOK***

  • First quarter 2015 – Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 2 to 4 percent compared with the first quarter of 2014. This assumes a $40 million**** unfavorable currency impact, which translates to revenue growth of -1 to 1 percent in constant currency. The company’s outlook assumes growth in North America, contraction in Europe and a decline in iDEN revenues. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.22 to $0.27 per share.
  • Full-year 2015 – The company expects revenue to be flat to down 2 percent compared to 2014. This assumes a $160 million**** unfavorable currency impact, which translates to revenue growth of 1 to 3 percent in constant currency. The company’s outlook assumes growth in North America, contraction in Europe and a decline in iDEN revenues. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $3.15 to $3.35 per share.
****Based on currency rates as of Feb. 2, 2015.
 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
 
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday, Feb. 4. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS
 
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Net sales ($M) $1,823 $1,817 $5,881 $6,227
Gross margin ($M) 912 901 2,831 3,109
Operating earnings (loss) ($M) -1,459 325 -1,006 947
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations ($M) -926 293 -696 939
Net earnings ($M) 201 343 1,299 1,099
         
Diluted EPS from continuing operations -$4.02 $1.12 -$2.84 $3.45
         
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 230.5 261.2 245.6 270.5
 
HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE 
 
The table below includes highlighted items and share-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2014.
   
Fourth Quarter
(per diluted common share) 2014
   
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations  -$4.02
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.05
Reorganization of business charges 0.04
Tax expense on legal entity reorganization 0.04
Reduction in net deferred tax liability for undistributed earnings (0.06)
Revaluation of deferred taxes for change in effective state tax rates 0.05
Pension settlement loss, including related expenses 5.15
Total Highlighted Items 5.27
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $1.25
 
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
 
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (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.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.

BUSINESS RISKS 
 
This 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 toMotorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the first quarter and full year of 2015, the impact of currency rates, regional growth or contraction, iDEN revenues, and the impact of simplifying our organization and rationalizing our cost structure. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 10 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on Page 31 in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 29, 2014, 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 level of demand for the company's products; (3) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (4) 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; (5) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (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 Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain 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; and (23) the company’s ability to return proceeds of the sale of the Enterprise business to shareholders and the timing thereof. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
DEFINITIONS 
 
* Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders.
** Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items.
*** Business outlook excludes share-based compensation, intangible amortization and charges associated with items typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.

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