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Motorola Solutions Conducts Chile’s First Demonstration of Public Safety LTE Technology

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Public Safety LTE marks a turning point in how communications technology can improve safety, crime and emergency management
  • Demonstration shows innovative tools that provide data and information to speed response to natural disasters, criminal searches and more

SANTIAGO, CHILE - May 18, 2015 – For the first time ever in Chile, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications on public safety LTE networks. The demonstration features different critical situations that first responders may face to illustrate the benefits that public safety LTE technology offers to improve prevention, management and resolution of crime and emergency events.

The demonstration illustrates how quickly a missing child, for example, can be found by immediately distributing photos to mobile phones or to screens in patrol cars. It also shows how public safety command centers can access video from security cameras and vehicles in an area and distribute that video to officers assigned to the event.

During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions also explains how information sent in advance from a command center to officers en route can help them respond to crime and save lives. The demonstration shows how images can be sent from the scene to assigned units so that they have more information when they arrive.

In the case of natural disasters – which often require the support of national and provincial security forces, armed forces, fire-fighters, medical first responders and civil defense organizations – interoperability solutions, as well as public safety LTE technology, make it possible for many different agencies to communicate, even if they use different communications technology. And, public safety LTE technology will enable public safety agencies that regularly use cellular devices to be given access to coordinated radio communications through an application.

With Public Safety LTE technology, information can be turned into life-saving mission-critical intelligence in real time through the high-speed transmission of data, images and video, improving the effectiveness of preventive measures and actions taken by security and emergency agencies. These solutions provide first responders with a purpose-built network that meets their needs for reliability, quality and security.

KEY FACTS:

  • The demonstration includes the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 Mission Critical handheld smart computer, which provides personnel with information when and where they need it, with the security and control of its own network, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information. It also features the Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) application, which allows users to view live video broadcasts on LTE devices and, when integrated with the Motorola Solutions MVX1000recording system, allows officers to broadcast live video from their vehicles to other users connected to the same application.
  • Finally, the demonstration includes Motorola Solutions’ WAVE Push-To-Talk Solution (interoperability and secure communications) which allows users to easily select a conversation group, push a button and talk to users of other LTE devices or devices with other communication standards. This solution enables the establishment of quick and safe communications between the different systems, frequencies and devices used by different security forces and emergency agencies.

SUPPORTING QUOTE:

Alberto Valdivieso, Country Manager, Motorola Solutions Chile

"Chile has taken an important first step by dedicating 4G spectrum to emergency communications. Security agencies are seeking tools that can withstand the rigorous, day-to-day use of responding to a variety of incidents. The public safety community wants to be able to capture and process large volumes of data and turn it into intelligence that helps first responders deal with incidents quickly, or even prevent them from happening. Government agencies are also looking for systems that provide reliable communications between public agencies at all times. Motorola Solutions can meet those needs with our LTE broadband technology dedicated to Public Protection and Disaster Relief."

Norway´s nationwide public safety network to expand connectivity between LTE and TETRA

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ WAVE 5000 technology chosen to provide secure communication for national emergency network between any device regardless of network

BARCELONA, Spain – May 18, 2015 – The Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK) has chosen WAVE™ Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration for Nødnett, Norway’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio system (TETRA) nationwide public safety network.

Motorola Solutions’ innovative WAVE technology extends the reach of land mobile radio (LMR) and offers radio-like “push-to-talk” (PTT), making it possible for teams of people, in the field or in the office, to effectively communicate and collaborate through voice and data regardless of network, carrier or device, whether deployed on-site or delivered as a service.

DNK has signed a contract with Motorola Solutions for 1,000 licenses and has begun testing the technology, which can be accessed by authorized users with internet connectivity anywhere in the world. The pilot project in Norway will run for selected user groups through 2015 to evaluate use case, features, quality and security.

“Deploying WAVE enables us to take the first steps towards public safety Long-Term Evolution (LTE) integration, extending the voice and data services for efficient collaboration via Nødnett.” said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General DNK. “We are particularly focused on secure transmission of mission-critical voice and data, and security will be a special focus during our pilot testing.”

The Norwegian TETRA system which delivers instant, resilient and secure public safety grade communications will remain the primary system for the mission critical users. WAVE’s smartphone and computer interoperability over LTE is planned as an additional service. Nødnett is being deployed across Norway by Motorola Solutions with planned completion by the end of 2015. The number of public safety and rescue professionals added to the nationwide TETRA network is growing rapidly, and the system already handles over one million calls per month.

“WAVE is a comprehensive communication solution that will help extend the reach of the Nodnett network beyond the current radio system, enabling connectivity to both broadband networks and other radio systems,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Africa and Latin America, Motorola Solutions “This will increase the number of options for those users, such as support operations personnel and managers, who require interoperability but do not use a radio as their primary communications device.”

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • WAVE connects disparate land mobile radio systems and removes barriers to interoperability and mutual aide, enabling better collaboration across public safety agencies using different systems, including analogue, digital, conventional and trunked.
  • WAVE extends communications beyond radio to include smartphones, connected- tablet devices and broadband carrier networks ensuring greater workforce connectivity and interoperability with seamless collaboration from any location.
  • WAVE replaces carrier PTT by providing secure, over-the-top PTT applications over public or private broadband networks. This provides customers with greater device, network and use-case flexibility. Non-radio users gain access to mission-critical communications from a greater choice of devices that reflect the needs of their regular operational role.
  • The user interface for a WAVE communications system is provided by a series of client applications called WAVE Communicators. WAVE Communicators are available for Android and iOS devices, PCs and as plug-ins for Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • IP PBX voice ports also enable PTT channel access from desk phones.
  • WAVE is secure, with AES 256 bit encryption on voice and data. Audio, control and credentials are all encrypted over the broadband network.

Motorola Solutions Foundation provides scholarships to children of Caribbean police officers

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Program will help 10 sons and daughters of police officers and staff realize their dreams

St. Kitts – May 13, 2015 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, awarded 10 new scholarship recipients from its Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Scholarship Fund.

The ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Program is focused on providing resources for students to continue their college or university studies. The program is making it possible for students who would otherwise not have the necessary resources to pursue an education.

Children of current police officers and police support staff will be able to use scholarship to continue their education in engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology or forensic science. These areas of study are essential to the successful day-to-day operations of police organizations and communities in general.

The ACCP and Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to promote public safety in the 24 countries in the program, as well as support youth and community development programs.

KEY FACTS:

  • The ACCP and the Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to assist police departments in each of the 24-member countries to support youth and community development programs.
  • The winners will be able to continue their education at certified colleges or universities, either within the Caribbean region or at colleges or universities that are associated with the member countries in the Caribbean such as the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States.
  • The program has granted a total of 65 scholarships since its inception eight years ago.
  • The staff of the ACCP reviews all applications for scholarships and makes decisions on which students receive support.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

David Baines, commissioner of the Cayman Islands and president of ACCP

“Over the years, we have seen how the ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program has helped the children of our police officers gain better access to a college education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation's support to the scholarship program year after year confirms its commitment with our future generations”.

Matthew Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation

“Education is one of the key pillars on which Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses it support. This ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program is aligned to our aim on education which is support programs that prepare workforce of tomorrow”.

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

on Friday, 08 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Sales of $1.2 billion, flat from a year ago, including $40 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact
  • North America sales grew 6 percent, driven by Product segment sales
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $0.40
  • Non-GAAP2 earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $0.38 driven by lower overall operating expenses
  • Generated $151 million in operating cash flow
  • Returned $728 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends, including the repurchase of $653 million of stock in the quarter

 

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. May 6, 2015 Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2015. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.

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SUPPORTING QUOTE

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  • “The company delivered strong double-digit profitability growth in the first quarter, driven primarily by strength in our North America business and a leaner cost structure,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We remain committed to driving growth through innovation as well as improving operating leverage and cash flow generation.”
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KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

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Q1 2015

 Q1 2014

% Change

 

Sales

$1,223

$1,228

0%

 

GAAP

 

Operating earnings

$119

$107

11%

 

% of Sales

9.7%

8.7%

 

 

EPS from continuing operations

$0.40

$0.33

21%

 

Non-GAAP

 

Operating earnings

$156

$126

24%

 

% of Sales

12.8%

10.3%

 

 

EPS from continuing operations

$0.38

$0.28

36%

 

Product Segment

 

Sales

$758

$752

1%

 

GAAP Operating Earnings

$64

$39

64%

 

% of Sales

8.4%

5.2%

 

 

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings

$90

$52

73%

 

% of Sales

11.9%

6.9%

 

 

Services Segment

 

Sales

$465

$476

-2%

 

GAAP Operating Earnings

$55

$68

-19%

 

% of Sales

11.8%

14.3%

 

 

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings

$66

$74

-11%

 

% of Sales

14.2%

15.5%

 

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  • Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.02 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.
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OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS

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  • Revenue – Sales were flat, including $40 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact. These results reflect 6 percent growth in North America. Product sales grew 1 percent driven primarily by an improvement in device sales, while Services declined 2 percent driven by lower iDEN and system integration sales.
  • Operating margin GAAP operating margin was 9.7 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2015, compared with 8.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014; non-GAAP operating margin was 12.8 percent of sales, compared with 10.3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting $60 million in lower operating expenses compared with the first quarter of 2014, due largely to cost reduction and simplification initiatives across all categories as well as lower pension expense and a stronger dollar.
  • Taxes The first-quarter GAAP effective tax rate was 31 percent. This compares with a tax rate of 4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, which included $30 million of net tax benefit associated with the net reduction in previously unrecognized tax benefits. The first-quarter non-GAAP tax rate was 29 percent, compared with a tax rate of 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The full-year non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 33 percent. The full-year cash tax rate is expected to be approximately 15 percent.
  •  Cash flow The company generated $151 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter, reflecting an increase of $139 million over the prior year. The increase was largely driven by working capital improvements.
  •  Cash and cash equivalents – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $3.4 billion, reflecting a net debt position of $43 million3.  The company repurchased $653 million of its common stock in the first quarter and paid $75 million in cash dividends.

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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Strategic wins 

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  • $135 million system upgrade and multi-year managed services contract for the South Australia Government Radio Network that integrates voice and data capabilities, and covers more than 20 first responder agencies
  • $46 million contract with $32 million of services for multi-year software upgrades and maintenance services with Hamilton County, Ohio
  • $20 million contract for both expansion services and core products in Columbus, Georgia, that incorporates Smart Public Safety Services and P25 equipment and software
  • $19 million contract to provide 25,000 digital TETRA radios, accessories, training and logistics services to the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH) Germany
  • A Real Time Crime Center win with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to deploy an intelligence-led policing solution that integrates video management systems with computer-aided dispatch and public safety applications
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Innovation and investments in growth

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  • Completed two acquisitions in the Smart Public Safety business: Emergency CallWorks and PublicEngines, leading providers of software-based solutions that solidify Motorola Solutions’ offerings in command and control, next-generation 9-1-1 call center and intelligence-led policing solutions that enable predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement and government entities
  • Invested in three businesses that complement the company’s Smart Public Safety technology portfolio, through the company’s venture capital arm
  • Announced the APX8000, the first all-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX P25 portable two-way radio
  • Upgraded the MTP3000 Series TETRA radios to meet mission-critical demands for improved ruggedness, coverage, encryption and other public safety-specific functionality
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BUSINESS OUTLOOK4

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  • Second quarter 2015 – Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 3 to 5 percent compared with the second quarter of 2014. This assumes a $45 million5 unfavorable currency impact, which translates to revenue of flat to down 2 percent in constant currency. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.51 to $0.56 per share.
  • Full-year 2015 – The company revenue outlook remains unchanged as revenue is expected to be flat to down 2 percent compared to 2014.  This outlook translates to revenue growth of 1 to 3 percent in constant currency. The company now expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $3.20 to $3.40 per share.

 

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

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  • Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) Wednesday, May 6. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
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CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)

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  • A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
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Q1 2015

Q1 2014

Net sales

$1,223

$1,228

Gross margin

548

577

Operating earnings

119

107

Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders

Earnings from continuing operations

 

87

 

85

Net earnings

74

127

Diluted EPS from continuing operations

$0.40

$0.33

Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding

217.8

258.3

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HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE 

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  • The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2015.
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(per diluted common share)

Q1 2015

 

 

GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations

$0.40

 

 

Highlighted Items:

 

Share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization

0.06

Reorganization of business charges

0.05

Gain on Sale of equity investment

(0.13)

Total Highlighted Items

(0.02)

 

 

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations

$0.38

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USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

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  • In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
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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.

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Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.

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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.

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  • 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.
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BUSINESS RISKS 

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  • 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 second 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 www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (6) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of 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.
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DEFINITIONS 

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1 Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders.

2Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items.

3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion

4 Business outlook excludes share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and charges associated with items typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.

 

5 Based on currency rates as of May 4, 2015.

Motorola Solutions Simplifies Mission-Critical Communications Support with New Service

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New “Managed Core” option expands service portfolio to keep ASTRO 25 systems running at peak performance

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 21, 2015 – When choosing new communications technology, public safety and commercial organizations must consider how resource challenges and future technology changes will affect day-to-day management and long-term use. Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) new Managed Core service for ASTRO® 25 communications systems help customers manage the servers, software and applications that make up the core of their mission-critical communications. Motorola Solutions employs a team of dedicated professionals with ASTRO 25 network and radio expertise to proactively manage the core at all times to help customers minimize risk and prevent downtime.

“Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of successfully operating some of the largest and most complex mission-critical communications systems in the world,” said Gary Aitkenhead, vice president, Managed Services. “That expertise carries over to the responsibility of guaranteeing system reliability and performance through contracts that meet customers’ objectives.”

The ASTRO 25 core helps control voice and data networking across the entire system and is designed to meet mission-critical demands. A systematic approach is required to successfully manage and optimize performance, which helps customers get the most out of their investments. Motorola Solutions experts utilize an innovative suite of tools and standardized processes to identify and promptly act on potential faults, using analytics to help predict and proactively prevent them from occurring.

At the heart of the Managed Core service is Motorola Solutions’ Managed Services Network Operations Center (NOC) located in Schaumburg, Illinois, and staffed at all times by experienced technologists to help ensure customer networks are consistently operating at peak performance. The services provided by the NOC allow customers to entrust their network operations and management responsibilities to expert specialists and let them focus on their primary mission.

St. Louis Police Deploys Real-Time Crime Center Backed by Motorola Solutions Technology

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions will help St. Louis Police identify and distribute incident-relevant information to first responders in the field

ST. LOUIS – April 16, 2015 – Police departments across the country are looking for smarter ways to capture, analyze and correlate the large amounts of crime and potential crime data they receive to gain a common operating picture. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department now uses Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s (NYSE: MSI) Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions in its real-time crime center to help identify and distribute information to officers before crimes occur, during active incidents and in support of investigations. Giving officers better information can help improve response times, increase citizen engagement and maximize the use of taxpayer dollars for an overall safer community.

Motorola Solutions’ Real-Time Intelligence Client helps aggregate and correlate data from multiple sources such as video, sensors, alarms, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management systems. Crime center analysts and officers can then seamlessly send that information out to first responders on the scene, providing actionable intelligence and comprehensive situational awareness where it is needed most.

“The Intelligence-Led Public Safety capabilities being implemented by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will help increase situational awareness while helping to keep officers and citizens safe.” said Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety Vice President Tom Guthrie. “These tools will help the department unlock additional value in its existing technology investments while getting the right information to the right people at the right time to help officers avert, respond to and resolve incidents.”

As part of the initial deployment, Motorola Solutions will install two Real-Time Intelligence Client positions, a video wall with eight displays (expandable to 32 displays), existing video management systems integrated with CAD and third-party applications such as gunshot detection solution ShotSpotter®. The department plans to staff the real-time crime center with analysts 24 hours a day.

"Technology is part of police officers lives and Motorola Solutions technology is providing a platform that interfaces with existing systems and provides officers with more information than ever before," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson. “In today's technological world officers and citizens are demanding it. Ultimately we have a safer community and focused resources because of the technology."

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is also a customer of PublicEngines, which was recently acquired by Motorola Solutions. The combination of PublicEngines’ analytics technology such as CommandCentral with Motorola Solutions’ situational awareness tools will give St. Louis an unmatched platform for delivery of Intelligence-Led Public Safety capabilities.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has approximately 1,350 officers and 520 civilian employees serving more than 62 square miles and more than 300,000 residents. The city has been a Motorola Solutions customer for more than 35 years with approximately 4,000 two-way radios deployed.

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2015 Earnings Results on May 6

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 16, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter 2015 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday, May 6.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT) on May 6. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

From ‘React and Respond’ to ‘Predict and Prevent’: Motorola Solutions Mobilizes Critical Intelligence for Safer Cities at Interpol World 2015

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Singapore, 14 April 2015 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) presents technological advances to change the way cities respond to global safety challenges at INTERPOL World’s Safe Cities Congress 2015. Developed with an expert panel of industry leaders, the solutions presented will chart an innovation roadmap to strengthen global security.

“Forums such as INTERPOL World serve as fertile ground for fostering the development of versatile solutions for mission critical organisations to help them to adapt to the most demanding of situations. Our ability to extract and operationalize critical intelligence from immediate raw data will transform the way public safety and security organisations leverage information for effective and swift responses,” said Peter Goulding, Public Safety Specialist, Motorola Solutions.

According to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), more than 60% of the world’s population is expected to be urban by 2030 which is likely to increase the strain on critical infrastructure. This is an important contributing factor to urban poverty and which might lead to a rise in crime rates. Across the globe, with debt-to-GDP ratios almost doubling in the past 5 years, public services will have to strike a delicate balancing act, coping with limited resources while policing increasingly complex criminal activity.

Therefore, the single greatest advantage to public safety organisations, is the ability to operationalize data like never before, employing everything from public safety sensor networks, to city-wide video surveillance, and social media. With the innovations presented by Motorola Solutions, vast volumes of data can be aggregated and operationalized, and threats can be identified in advance, guiding personnel on the ground and preventing events from becoming major incidents. The product of this strategic partnership between Motorola Solutions and industry experts, demonstrates the capability to integrate real-time surveillance and data analytics to refine predictive policing, which is an emerging trend amongst public safety departments across the globe.

This is showcased through Motorola Solutions’ presence at INTERPOL World 2015 which incorporates a complete technology immersion where participants will be able to experience this technology first-hand at four interactive zones, featuring live demonstrations of intelligence-led decision making, integrated command and control, connected first responder solutions and mobile incident command operations:

  • Turning Data into Intelligence: Visitors can observe how data analysis enables intelligence agencies to be better prepared to anticipate threats, make intelligent predictions, offer more targeted counteractions and plan optimal strategies.
  • One Unified Operating Picture: The demonstrations will also run command centre simulations for a glimpse into how command operations scale in an instant from local, multi-agency response to mass coordination across every level of government with one unified, real-time operating picture, for responses that are both efficient and prompt.
  • Mobilizing Intelligence: Visitors can experience first-hand how next generation responder communications are mobilizing intelligence, delivered through intuitive human-computer interfaces and augmenting an officers’ capability to deal with issues when in the field.
  • Eliminating Blind-spots: Motorola Solutions is also showcasing next generation vehicle communications, which are providing updated real time intelligence and information thereby increasing in-field situational awareness and tactical collaboration as well as enabling mobile incident command operations for planned and unplanned events.

“Leveraging our expertise in mission-critical communications technology and global perspective on urban security issues, we aim to change the way public safety services around the globe respond to threats and incidents,” said Balbir Singh, Vice President, Asia, Motorola Solutions. “Be it acts of terrorism, accidents, or natural disasters, we want to help drive that shift from ‘React and Respond’ to ‘Predict and Prevent’, and pave the way for precise, intelligence-driven strategies.”

Motorola Solutions to upgrade and manage South Australian Government’s radio network

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Melbourne, Australia – 7 April 2015 – The South Australian Government has selected Motorola Solutions Australia to deliver a major project and ongoing services valued at more than AUD$175 million to upgrade and manage its government radio network (SAGRN) for seven years with an option to extend for up to five years.

The upgrade and management services will deliver considerable, long-term benefits to more than 20 public agencies that depend on the network to keep South Australian communities safe, including country and metropolitan fire services, police, ambulance and state emergency services.

The network will provide 99.999% availability to emergency services and ensure teams can communicate reliably to coordinate responses, whether managing day-to-day operations or in times of crises.

The contract allows the South Australian Government to continuously focus on innovation. Motorola Solutions is integrating technologies to deliver the total solution, with complete lifecycle management services to ensure equipment stays current with a full programme of support to manage any technology changes.

This approach provides a foundation from which the South Australian Government can more effectively pursue its progressive introduction of intelligence-led public safety strategies, as technology improvements continue to make new and enhanced capabilities possible.

The new network will be an open standard, Project 25 network supported by integrated voice and data capabilities. Complex system integration works for the SAGRN will deliver new infrastructure for voice, dispatch consoles, call logging and network linking. It will be one of the largest of its kind in Australia, supporting more than 20,000 users with more than 200 transmission sites covering 220,000 square kilometres throughout South Australia.

Motorola Solutions will lead the project with support from specialised service partners with a strong, local presence in South Australia, helping generate local economic growth and long-term employment opportunities.

Motorola Solutions’ management services include service desk facilities, real-time operational reporting, statewide field services, and proactive network monitoring and stakeholder engagement for major incidents from its Network Operations Control Centres (NOCCs), which operate 24 hours per day, every day of the year. During the past 10 years, customers across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have depended on Motorola Solutions’ “always on” NOCC services to achieve the highest levels of safety and productivity.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Tony Piccolo, South Australia Emergency Services Minister

South Australia’s Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said the greatest benefit of the radio network upgrade was increased safety for both the community and emergency service personnel.

“The South Australian Government is making a significant investment to give our emergency services secure and reliable voice communications,” Mr Piccolo said.

“This will support them from their day-to-day operational activities through to times of emergency or crisis.

“Not only will the SAGRN upgrade deliver a safer community for all South Australians, but also provide local economic and employment benefits.”

Steve Crutchfield, managing director, Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand

Steve Crutchfield, Motorola Solutions managing director, said his team would rely on its strong knowledge of the communications needs of South Australian agencies as it builds and manages the SAGRN.

“Motorola Solutions is delivering a new SAGRN that draws from our experience working closely with local public safety agencies for more than 30 years. We’re applying that knowledge in a way that enables agencies to concentrate on keeping South Australian communities safe, while we meet their needs for highly secure and reliable communications.”

Motorola Solutions Advances Smart Public Safety Innovation with PublicEngines Acquisition

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Transaction adds crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement applications to cloud-based solutions

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SALT LAKE CITY – April 1, 2015 – Motorola Solutions has acquired PublicEngines, a privately held provider of cloud-based solutions that deliver crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement agencies, governments and other organizations.

“The acquisition of PublicEngines reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to helping our customers implement intelligence-led strategies that deter crime and improve outcomes,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions. “As agencies work with an increasing amount of data from videos, photos, social media, sensors and other sources, our Smart Public Safety Solutions help harness that data to gain key intelligence and integrate it seamlessly into their operations. This helps law enforcement anticipate and respond to incidents with the best information available.”

PublicEngines’ intelligence-led public safety and citizen engagement products include:

  • CommandCentral Analytics, which provides public safety customers with the ability to make better decisions by visualizing data in analytical dashboards or on maps and sharing information between jurisdictions
  • CommandCentral Predictive, with leading-edge predictive policing technology, which makes tactical recommendations about where to allocate resources, when to patrol and what to watch for to best prevent crime
  • CrimeReports, the most popular online crime-mapping solution available, which makes it easy to share crime information and alerts with citizens through a customer-branded website or app
  • TipSoft, the industry's most widely adopted tip management platform, which allows organizations to receive tips and respond to them while maintaining the source’s anonymity throughout the investigation

This acquisition advances Motorola Solutions’ strategy to revolutionize public safety's use of available data to gain actionable intelligence to support its mission. The combination of CommandCentral with Motorola Solutions’ situational awareness offerings will establish an unmatched platform for delivery of intelligence-led public safety capabilities. Additionally, the citizen engagement products bolster the company’s ability to help agencies openly and transparently interact with citizens to create safer and better-informed communities.

“PublicEngines complements Motorola Solutions’ business, and we look forward to working together to leverage its strengths as a global industry leader in enhancing crime analysis and citizen engagement for public safety,” said William Kilmer, CEO of PublicEngines.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, PublicEngines serves more than 2,000 customers, primarily in North America. All PublicEngines capabilities are delivered as cloud-based applications, scalable to even the smallest public safety agencies. No additional hardware is required and setup typically is completed remotely in just a day.

This is Motorola Solutions’ second acquisition this year of software-based Smart Public Safety Solutions providers. In February, the company acquired Emergency CallWorks, a provider of web-based Next-Generation 9-1-1 call-taking software for public safety.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Public Engines now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions wins TETRA radio tender in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • 25,000 TETRA radios will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations
  • Contract includes TETRA digital radios, accessories, training and logistics services

IDSTEIN, Germany – April 1, 2015 – Motorola Solutions has been selected as the provider of 25,000 digital Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), accessories, training and logistics services by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH).

The Motorola Solutions devices, accessories and services will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations, including all emergency services, public and private fire departments, and civil protection agencies in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time,” said Lars Ohse, divisional head of GMSH. “The results of comprehensive evaluations, as well as economic reasons and the ease–of-use of Motorola Solutions’ radios, led to this important decision.”

The contract includes the delivery of MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios, MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable radios and MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radios and accessories. Within the scope of the four-year contract framework, Motorola Solutions is responsible for on-site training and guidance, engineering support, software updates and a help desk function.

“Winning the latest competitive tender for supplying Schleswig-Holstein with TETRA radios and support underlines the confidence, trust and reputation for technological leadership we have earned by successfully providing mission-critical solutions to public safety agencies in Germany and worldwide,” said Christoph Thomas, vice president, Western Europe & North Africa Region, Motorola Solutions. “This project will equip fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies in Schleswig-Holstein with the best tools available to respond to mission-critical situations quickly, reliably and effectively.”

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios for mission-critical communications deliver fully integrated voice and data services providing up-to-date intelligence for informed decision-making for users such as fire fighters and rescue forces.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portables support the highest level of end-to-end encryption in accordance with the requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for highly secure communication. They also support GPS with a “man down” sensor, ensuring that life-threatening situations are automatically identified, located and resources quickly deployed.
  • The MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable terminal from Motorola Solutions provides high- quality communication with comprehensive user safety and class-leading ATEX specifications for use in potentially explosive environments.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radio offers five different variations to suit specific operational requirements.
  • The police in Schleswig-Holstein have been using TETRA digital radios from Motorola Solutions since 2010.
  • Motorola Solutions also supplies TETRA digital radios, equipment and management to German security forces in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and federal security organisations.

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.”

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