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Clouds Enhance Public Safety For British Cities

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions partners with Skyscape Cloud Services to deliver cloud-based public safety solutions to UK government agencies

  • Faster to market deployment of smart public safety solutions
  • Cloud-based communications interoperability and command collaboration for public safety
  • Low to no CAPEX and planned operational expenses widens opportunities for smaller agencies

Basingstoke, England, July 29, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has partnered with Skyscape Cloud Services to significantly accelerate the cost-effective delivery of smart public safety solutions to UK government agencies via the cloud. Cloud computing solutions use a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data, using shared resources to achieve economies of scale. This agreement is set to advance mission-critical capabilities through cloud-delivered software as a service (SaaS) model, enhancing the abilities of public safety agencies of all sizes.

“We see the delivery of cloud-based public safety services as an absolute imperative,” said Andrew Gill, vice president, growth and alliances, Europe & North Africa, Motorola Solutions. “This partnership places us in a leading position to support government policy and initiatives such as Cloud First and the G-Cloud Framework, bringing secure communications interoperability, command and control collaboration, and a wealth of next-generation services to the front line where it is needed most.”

The UK government-operated G-Cloud program is an established mechanism for the delivery of cloud-based services. Partnering with Skyscape Cloud Services delivers immediate credibility and unmatched experience to establish a leading presence as a supplier of cloud-based products to government agencies. Motorola Solutions envisions the controlled operational expense of cloud-based delivery, with low to no upfront capital expenditure of multiple products and services such as:

WAVE Work Group Communications providing communications interoperability and broadband push-to-talk (PTT), delivering real-time voice and data securely over any network using any device

DragonForce for collaborative command and control, shared situational awareness and incident managementv

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Motorola Solutions, a like-minded organisation that is striving to bring innovative and cost-effective services to the UK public sector,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “With pressure on public finances set to continue, we look forward to supporting Motorola Solutions in delivering agile services to the public sector market and, ultimately, better value for British citizens and taxpayers.”

Skyscape’s extensive partner ecosystem will also be of value in further developing Motorola Solutions’ future offerings, both for use on G-Cloud and in future regional offerings.

About Skyscape Cloud Services

Skyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.

Skyscape’s full range of services are Pan Government Accredited (PGA) up to IL3, hence suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres.

Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Second-Quarter 2015 Earnings Results on Aug. 5

on Wednesday, 22 July 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 22, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its second-quarter 2015 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 5. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at
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Public Safety Communications Wins Gold at Island Games

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

Motorola Solutions provided enhanced TETRA communications for games management and public safety during the Jersey 2015 Island Games

  • Island of Jersey’s public safety network specially extended to accommodate needs of major sporting competition
  • Communications coverage for 900 events across multiple venues on land and at sea Event management teams connected to volunteers and emergency services

Basingstoke, England, July 14, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) provided enhanced operational and public safety communications to Jersey 2015, the XVI Island Games. The company extended support from the island of Jersey’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) network to more than 200 organizers and 400 volunteer ‘Games Makers’ who assisted the Island Games events.

The most important event of the year for Jersey, the Island Games attracted thousands of visitors to support young sportsmen and women from 24 smaller islands communities such as Rhodes, Greenland, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Menorca, Froya, Gotland, Gibraltar, Guernsey and Jersey, competing in events at an international level. This year more than 3,000 athletes took part in more than 900 events, encompassing 14 sports at more than 13 separate venues, with more than 1,500 medals being awarded.

From archery to volleyball, cycling to sailing, the wide range of sports created a demanding challenge for the games committee, where dependable communications were critical to the success of this unique competition.

“The Jersey 2015 Games required a reliable operational communications network for the organizers that can also be accessed by police, fire and ambulance,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president Northern Europe, Motorola Solutions. “The existing public safety TETRA radio network, used by the emergency services and Island agencies, was specially extended to encompass the volunteer Games Makers.”

Motorola Solutions donated tough, reliable TETRA MTH800 two-way radios and multi-unit battery chargers to the Island of Jersey to equip the Games Makers with dependable communications to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for the attending islanders and approximately 5,000 visiting fans.

Operating on their own distinct radio channel with integration delivered by Motorola Solutions, the Games Makers could be instantly located anywhere around the Island. Radio calls were also monitored by emergency services for rapid response, with a select talk group established to enable the games committee to communicate directly with the emergency services when necessary.

“The technical excellence from Motorola Solutions has provided our Games Makers with a robust, easy to understand and use communications network that links events and organizers around the Island. This was Jersey’s Olympics and we were very pleased to receive this unparalleled communications support for such an important event,” said Steve Bailey, games director, Jersey 2015.

Jersey’s TETRA public safety communications network connects the Island’s emergency services. It is also accessed by a wide range of agencies and organizations including parking control, harbors, customs, prison, honorary police officers and parish halls. In addition to the Games Makers’ radios, the Island currently deploys more than 1,300 Motorola Solutions portable and mobile radios on the TETRA network.

Customers in more than 100 countries trust Motorola Solutions’ expertise in successfully implementing communication solutions at major sporting events, including the Santander2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and major soccer tournaments around the world. For more information on the Island Games visit:

Managing 9-1-1 Calls Without the Second-Guessing

on Monday, 29 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Prince William County, Virginia dispatchers get exact location, real-time updates to share with first responder agencies with Motorola Solutions’ innovative technology

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  • Motorola Solutions PremierOne™ solution is another lifeline for first responders, allowing dispatchers to reliably communicate with police, fire and other emergency services in real time
  • Prince William County citizens benefit from dispatchers having better communications with neighboring agencies and priority information for first responders

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 29, 2015 – When seconds can mean lives, public safety dispatchers in Prince William County, Virginia are often the first contact citizens have in an emergency. Details obtained during sometimes frantic 9-1-1 calls can be crucial for first responders on the way to help. Motorola Solutions PremierOne™ computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system is another lifeline for first responders. It allows dispatchers to reliably communicate with police, fire and other emergency services so they can get to the exact location, in the shortest time possible, with all the critical information they need, to serve the citizens who rely on them.

The latest PremierOne technology takes interoperability, or the ability to communicate between different radio systems, to a new level with “CAD to CAD” functionality. It enables Prince William County dispatchers to manage an incident and share information with the other public safety agencies that support the region. Dispatchers can continuously update and send notifications while simultaneously entering information into the CAD system. PremierOne Mobile now allows first responders, dispatchers and call takers to prioritize information and make sure sometimes life-saving details are communicated to the right people at the right time.

“We didn’t want to simply implement a new computer aided dispatch system, we wanted to change how we operate on a day-to-day basis” said Scott Boggs, Battalion Chief, Prince William County. “Motorola Solutions’ latest improvements to PremierOne provide efficient communications and can be customized to fit our unique demands to help improve the safety of our officers and the citizens we serve.”

Prince William County’s PremierOne CAD system automatically verifies a caller’s address and displays a route on a map, giving the dispatcher the exact location. First responders en route to an incident use PremierOne Mobile to receive precise directions, background information about an address, nearby resources and other details that can help save lives.

Prince William County is one of more than 3,000 agencies nationwide served by Motorola Solutions’ innovative public safety software. The county handles about 400,000 emergency calls per year ranging from fire, emergency medical services and law enforcement. The dispatchers oversee the flow of information and provide aid, comfort and instructions to the public before the arrival of police, fire and rescue personnel.

“Managing staffing rosters, duty assignments and staff capabilities across multiple systems can be a challenge for public safety agencies,” said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Smart Public Safety Solutions. “Motorola Solutions’ latest PremierOne technology will assist Prince William County with this challenge and allow commanders and staff to maintain this information in one location while sharing it when and where it’s needed most.”

Motorola Solutions conducts Colombia’s first demonstration of public safety LTE Technology

on Sunday, 21 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

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

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - June 18, 2015 – For the first time ever in Colombia, 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 will feature different 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.

For example, the demonstration will illustrate how:

  • A missing child can be found more quickly by immediately distributing photos to mobile phones or to screens in patrol cars
  • 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
  • Information sent in advance from a command center to officers en route can help them respond to crime and save lives
  • Images can be sent from the scene to assigned units so they have more information and can better prepare before 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 – the combination of interoperable solutions and 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 have 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.

The demonstration will also include:

  • 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 a mobile solution, allows officers to broadcast live video from their vehicles to other users connected to the same application.
  • 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.

"Public safety forces need to capture and process large volumes of data every day and convert this data into intelligence to quickly solve or even prevent incidents,” said Fernando Bonilla, country manager for Motorola Solutions in Colombia. “They also need to be sure that their communications will not fail in critical moments. Motorola Solutions LTE technology dedicated to public protection and disaster relief was precisely designed to meet their needs."

EWR Netz GmbH powers future technology and cost predictability with Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Largest distributor of electricity, gas and water in Rhine-Hessen region to receive the latest in hardware and software innovation, as well as predictable operating costs
  • “Managed services” contract ensures reliable and secure operations of future-proof technology and communications infrastructure under service level agreement
  • Service contract covers network installation and operation, maintenance, technical support as well as the latest software and hardware upgrades for five-years

IDSTEIN, GERMANY– 17 June 2015 – Motorola Solutions has signed a “managed services” agreement with the German power grid operator EWR Netz GmbH. The comprehensive agreement will provide reliable and high performance communications for the biggest distributor of electricity, gas and water in the region of Rhine-Hessen. As part of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will install, run and maintain the radio network, provide technical support and provide hardware and software updates during a five-year period.

It is Motorola Solutions’ largest contract with a utility company in Europe or Africa.

EWR Netz GmbH will rely on a consistent and robust “service level agreement” with transparent fixed operating costs, eliminating the need to manage network complexity, hardware and software upgrades. Motorola Solutions will also conduct a refresh of the existing operator infrastructure with the latest hardware and software update of its Dimetra IP Compact platform.

“With the TETRA Dimetra IP Compact system we offer our customers future-oriented new services such as smart metering. Signing the managed services contract was very crucial for us to ensure that our mission-critical systems are always available. We do not have to worry about complexity and system upgrades anymore,” said Johannes Krämer, CEO of EWR Netz GmbH.

“Mission-critical infrastructures require highly specialized service to guarantee a secure and reliable operation. By choosing our managed services offering, EWR Netz GmbH again demonstrates that we are a trusted partner in the utilities sector,” said Klaus Dieter Drossel, sales director key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “With our TETRA infrastructure solutions we enable energy providers to offer optimized services to their customers at any time.


  • EWR Netz GmbH has been successfully using Motorola Solutions’ TETRA infrastructure since 2007 to provide a secure and independent communication platform for its employees. The TETRA digital two-way radio system is based on a Dimetra IP Compact platform with 37 antenna sites, Dimetra IP switches and MTP850 TETRA terminals. Through Motorola Solutions, their TETRA infrastructure has been expanded to a smart metering solution with a potential smart grid application in the future.
  • The managed services offering from Motorola Solutions covers infrastructure repair, remote technical support, planned maintenance, regular system updates and field service on call:
  • Infrastructure repair includes hardware repair or exchange for all Motorola Solutions and third party devices provided by highly skilled experts in Motorola Solutions’ EMEA Systems Support Centre in Berlin, Germany.
  • Remote technical support: EWR Netz GmbH can rely on a 24/7 remote technical support service for ensuring highly available systems.
  • Planned maintenance: With the preventive maintenance, Motorola Solutions checks infrastructure components before any disruptions can occur and enables an optimized system operation.
  • System update agreement: As part of the service update agreement, Motorola Solutions will also implement a refresh of the existing operator infrastructure with latest hardware and software updates of Dimetra TETRA Release 8.0 platform within the five-year contract. This will further enhance the performance and operation of the system through all technology components, and secures the investment of the system, allowing it to be extended to the next generation of TETRA and broadband systems.
  • Field service on call: Experienced technical engineers support the EWR Netz GmbH on site if issues occur within the communications infrastructure.
  • Motorola Solutions has longstanding expertise in designing and implementing TETRA communications systems for utilities, including RheinEnergie and Vattenfall.

Advanced Crime Analytics Means Bad News for Criminals

on Sunday, 14 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions, Wynyard Group partner on big data analysis to help solve crimes faster, more efficiently

  • Wynyard Group software helps identify criminal patterns and find connections in different data sources such as criminal databases and case files in minutes rather than days
  • Integration of Wynyard Group’s software into Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety platform enables agencies of all sizes to share data and solve crime with fewer resources

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 11, 2015 – Increased data from video, social media and other sources has public safety turning to advanced technology to help make data actionable for faster-than-ever crime detection, prevention and resolution. Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is partnering with Wynyard Group (NZX:WYN)to integrate next-generation crime analytics to help law enforcement agencies connect disparate data sources such as criminal history, social media networks, property records, field notes and other types of evidence. The software helps identify criminal patterns and explore relationships by analyzing data in minutes rather than days, freeing up agency resources to investigate leads and solve cases.

Earlier this year, Motorola Solutions acquired PublicEngines and its “CommandCentral Predictive” and “CommandCentral Analytics” products to expand its innovative Smart Public Safety Solutions. The Wynyard Group software enhances CommandCentral by connecting the dots between multiple databases and evidence libraries to help investigators quickly prevent and solve crime.

“The acquisitions, partnerships and investments Motorola Solutions continues to make this year are significantly strengthening our customers’ ability to prevent, detect and solve crimes with more information at their fingertips than ever before,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions and Wynyard Group’s analytics software will help public safety quickly gain actionable intelligence from an increasing volume of available data.”

Public safety agencies of all sizes will be able to do more with less by upgrading their intelligence and investigative capabilities at a fraction of the cost with this “Software as a Service” (SaaS) solution. Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety platform makes it fast and easy for agencies to share data regionally or nationally to help deter crimes that extend across jurisdictions.

“Wynyard Group provides advanced crime analytics solutions to national security and large law enforcement agencies around the world,” said Craig Richardson, chief executive officer, Wynyard Group. “The partnership with Motorola Solutions creates new capabilities to help law enforcement identify persons, relationships and events of interest and provide a single view of the criminal environment to help stop criminals and protect victims.”

Motorola Solutions employees back U.S. trade legislation

on Friday, 12 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 1,000 U.S. employees sign letters backing Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

  • Motorola Solutions employees from Illinois, Florida and Maryland signed letters urging their respective Congressional delegations to pass a trade legislation bill
  • To grow, multinational companies require policies that promote access to global markets, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown said

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 10, 2015 – More than 1,000 U.S. employees at Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) have signed letters urging Congress to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).

The trade legislation, passed by the U.S. Senate last month and pending a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, is critical for the growth of any global business. The legislation would establish concrete rules for international trade negotiations that would promote growth.

“Our ability to sell innovative products and services in markets abroad and create jobs depends, in large part, on global trade policies that promote market access,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown. “With 95 percent of the world's consumers and 80 percent of its purchasing power outside of U.S. borders, expansion of trade is essential to the future growth of any multinational company.”

The trade legislation would help with ongoing negotiations on two trade pacts currently under consideration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These agreements would advance and solidify market access rules across the Asia-Pacific and European markets for U.S. businesses.

Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, has more than 100,000 customers in more than 100 countries, with employees working in 60 countries. In the first quarter of 2015, almost 40 percent of its revenue came from outside North America.

Motorola Solutions has operations in Illinois, Florida and Maryland, where employees signed letters to their respective Congressional delegations, asking them to pass the trade legislation.

Measurable progress on corporate sustainability

on Tuesday, 09 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights investments in employees and communities; details reduced environmental impact

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 8, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report today and marked significant progress in its investments in employees and communities and in reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint. The report reflects the company’s commitment to responsible practices and continuous improvement to become a more sustainable company.

“Our measurable progress on many environmental metrics reflects the dedication and professionalism of all Motorola Solutions employees,” said Terry Bell, vice president, Environment, Health and Safety Solutions. “The 2014 report gives us a report card on the progress made in managing our environmental impact and being a positive force in the communities where we do business around the world.”

The report shows that in 2014, the company:

  • Reduced its carbon footprint by 36 percent, used 30 percent less water and cut total waste by 17 percent compared with 2013 totals
  • Collected 572 metric tons of electronic equipment waste for recycling through “take-back” programs
  • Used renewable energy sources for 47 percent of its power in the U.S., as it continues to aim for a global goal of 30 percent of power coming from green sources
  • Encouraged more than 3,500 employees to participate in 275 volunteer projects that resulted in more than 80,000 hours of volunteer work for schools and other charitable organizations
  • Along with the Motorola Solutions Foundation, contributed more than $14.5 million in cash and product donations, including $6 million in grants supporting educational programs
  • Invested $9.2 million in development of its employees compared with $7.5 million in 2013
  • Continued its leadership in building solutions surrounding mineral sourcing that funds illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other central Africa countries, working with industry peers to double the number of smelters in its supply chain that are verified as conflict free
  • Received accolades from multiple corporate responsibility rankings organizations, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens

“Through our charitable giving and our employee volunteers, we make a positive impact in schools and cities,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The foundation’s investments in education encourage the innovators of tomorrow, and our grants for public safety make the world safer through cooperation with hundreds of charitable partners, many of them supported by our employee volunteers.”

Innovative Capabilities and Design Make SL500 Two-Way Radio Ideal for Managing Safety Operations

on Thursday, 28 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Ultra slim, rugged radio with innovative LED display advances public safety in Latin America

Plantation, Florida – May 26, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announces Latin America launch of the MOTOTRBO SL500™, a lightweight digital portable radio that provides superior audio quality and unique MOTOTRBO™ features that meet the essential communications needs of businesses.

With a slim and ergonomic design, this radio features an energy-conserving smart display that makes it easy for users to carry it at all times. These attributes contributed to winning the “GOOD DESIGN Award 2014,” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The SL500 two-way radio includes characteristics that make it the ideal device for coordinating safety and security operations. For quick one-handed access, it includes a side volume control, a dedicated power button and a prominent push-to-talk (PTT) button. For example, a school teacher can carry the SL500 to coordinate with first responders in case of an extreme emergency in the school, knowing that help is just one button click away.


  • Using digital and analog radio technology, the SL500 seamlessly works with existing communication systems, while providing access to the capabilities of modern digital two-way radios.
  • The SL500 features “Range Max” technology, an advanced radio design and patented antenna that deliver enhanced range while maintaining a slim profile and long battery life.
  • The SL500’s smart shatterproof “Active View” display uses the SL series’ matrix of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which provides radio information and shuts off when not in use to conserve battery life.
  • Its excellent shielding minimizes dust and particle buildup to help keep the radio cleaner for longer.
  • The SL500 has an Ingress Protection rating of IP54, providing reliable communications even in harsh environments, proving it is designed to last.


Enrique Rojas, product manager, Latin America, Motorola Solutions

“The SL500 is portability and simplicity redefined. This slim and light two-way radio is easy to use and rugged enough for everyday communications. It has advanced technology for industries such as education, hospitality and security, which significantly enhances the value of the MOTOTRBO two-way radio portfolio.”

TETRA Radio System Used in Chinese Nuclear Power Plant for First Time

on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radio system has been rigorously tested for its durability during the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s anti-seismic tests. The customer becomes China's first nuclear power plant to use a TETRA communications system able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake. All two-way radios and mobile radios provided by Motorola Solutions are intrinsically safe for use in hazardous environments.

Beijing, May 25, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that, after a series of rigorous anti-seismic tests, its TETRA digital radio trunking system has won the digital communications project bid from Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in Lianyungang. This is the first time this type of TETRA communications system will be used in China's nuclear power industry. In the future, Motorola Solutions will also serve as Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s partner for all important command/dispatch and emergency communications network systems thanks to its equipment’s safe and stable operations as well as the company’s emergency handling.

As the largest per-unit capacity plant in China, Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant has the safety performance of a third-generation plant with a high operations management level. As China’s nuclear power plants grow in number and technologies undergo continuous upgrades, work safety has become especially important in their construction and operation. A digital communications system covering the entire Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant will ensure efficient and stable operation of the command/dispatch and emergency response systems, and also lay a foundation for the future upgrade and expansion of the TETRA system to accommodate each reactor. The TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions offers the richest command/dispatch features and highest reliability in the industry as well as a strong anti-interference performance. It is the primary choice for customers who seek peace of mind.

The stable operation of a nuclear power plant is critical, especially in emergencies such as natural disasters. Even during the power plant design phase, all the products included must be equipped with stellar anti-seismic performance. During Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s equipment selection process, the TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions successfully passed the anti-seismic tests organized by the customer, making Motorola Solutions China the first TETRA supplier to have passed these tests in the country.

To meet requirements of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, Motorola Solutions provided high-reliability system equipment and a large number of highly stable TETRA two-way radios and mobile radios. The entire communications system offers powerful functions and is able to handle routine command/dispatch operations as well as large volumes of emergency communications with ease. Among them, the MTP850Ex radio is intrinsically safe, meeting the international ATEX (ATmosphere EXplosible) and IEC-Ex (International Electrotechnical Commission Scheme for Certification to Standards for Electrical Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres) standards. It can still be used safely in a hazardous environment with explosive gases and dust.

In addition, the TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions is scalable and can be easily further developed to accommodate new applications. For example, backup communications plans can be developed for various emergency scenarios to realize the interconnection of the digital communications system with the internal communications system as well as with the public network system. Other possible applications include locating personnel, digital alarms, monitoring, dispatch and reporting. This not only improves user safety and resource management levels but also helps the nuclear power plant's staff realize efficient command/dispatch and handle emergencies in timely, effective manner.

Highlights of the MTP850Ex:

  • Outstanding audio performance for industry users in a typically noisy environment
  • ATEX and IEC-Ex certified for use in hazardous environments containing explosive gases and dust
  • Internal "Man Down" emergency alert, fully integrated solution that triggers an emergency procedure when the radio carrier remains motionless for a set period of time or falls down
  • Integrated WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) browser and multi-slot packet data, which enable rapid access to critical information in the field

Michael Jiang, chairman and president of Motorola Solutions China, said, "We are very honored to be able to participate in the construction of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, demonstrate the advantages of Motorola Solutions in TETRA digital radio trunking system and provide highly reliable digital communications system. Motorola Solutions will continue to provide stable and reliable professional communications solutions and services for users in a variety of fields."

Motorola Solutions to Present at May 29 Sanford B. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference

on Friday, 22 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to Present at May 29 Sanford B. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — May 21, 2015 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, will speak at the Sanford B. Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference on Friday, May 29 in New York.


The presentation will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be webcast live at A replay will be available approximately three hours later at


About Motorola Solutions


Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit or subscribe to a news feed.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 19, 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 July 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2015.

Motorola Solutions puts life-saving data in the palm of your hand

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New LEX L10 LTE handheld device built for dedicated, mission-critical roles in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and majority of Asia
  • Rugged smart device offers a dedicated push-to-talk button and enhanced audio
  • “Public Safety Experience” and applications designed for emergency services

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical roles, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE handheld device.

Within the LEX L10’s rugged hardware lies a secure, dedicated software platform and user interface (UI) that supports capabilities that are above and beyond consumer-grade smartphones. The LEX L10 was conceived and designed for real-world front-line policing, where day-to-day use scenarios differ vastly from those of the consumer. It features a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) button and enhanced audio that delivers an excellent PTT experience and ensures that communications being transmitted and received by officers on the beat are loud and clear.

Created by Motorola Solutions, the LEX L10’s “Public Safety Experience” (PSX) is a unique user experience that transforms the Android operating system to enhance safety and efficiency for front-line officers. “With the combination of the LEX L10 and PSX, we can harness the power of broadband mobile data, smartly adapting and streamlining information so that officers receive only information that is relevant to them in a critical moment,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “By smartly mirroring the activity of an officer and automatically prioritizing what is presented on the screen, the LEX L10 helps increase an officer’s responsiveness, while enhancing situational awareness to increase both his and the public’s safety.”

When equipped with specialized applications, the LEX L10 becomes a powerful tool that enhances everyday activities and critical incidents alike. With Motorola Solutions' innovative WAVE™ Work Group Communications, the LEX L10 provides instant voice interoperability with any broadband device or land mobile radio (LMR) system. Users can gain access to dynamic resource mapping with the Intelligent Data Portal, take remote control of a two-way radio, securely stream real time video for situational awareness, or fly a drone, and the options continually expand.


The LEX L10 provides:

  • Extra loud, dual 1-watt speakers for best-in-class audio quality
  • An ergonomic design for one-handed operation, a no-slip grip, textured push-to-talk button and 4.7-inch touch screen
  • IP67/MIL 810 G-compliant design ensure it is ready for tough environments, able to withstand a drop onto concrete from more than a meter, or be immersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • A removable, long-lasting battery for extended shift work and high-rate charger for a quick charge of 0 percent to 80 percent in just 60 minutes
  • Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS) 140-2 hardware encryption, a Security Enhanced Android operating system and Secure Boot to deter cyber threats
  • Support of 4G LTE bands 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 26 & 28, plus 3G UMTS bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and quad band GSM (2G)
  • A constantly expanding portfolio of Android-based software applications

Work safer, smarter and anywhere with Motorola Solutions’ redesigned ATEX radio

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New MTP8500Ex and MTP8550Ex TETRA ATEX radios unveiled at Critical Communications World conference in Barcelona, 19 - 21 May
  • Built for safety, new radios deliver loud and clear communications under extreme working conditions
  • Enhanced power, receiver sensitivity and battery life provide best coverage possible
  • V.6 ATEX and IECEx-certified for safe operation in potentially explosive working environments

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is radically improving safe communications under hazardous working conditions with the launch of the MTP8000Ex Series TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) ATEX digital two-way radios. Designed for intuitive use in potentially explosive environments - such as those found in the oil & gas industry, fire and rescue, mining and airports - these intrinsically safe, rugged radios deliver best in class transmit power, receiver sensitivity, audio and connectivity for safer, smarter work anywhere.

“With a distinct, easy to handle T-bar grip, the latest MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver safe operation in the most challenging working environments, where dependable coverage and the ability to clearly communicate are critical for users,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “Both form and function has been completely redesigned and optimized so that the communications experience is not only the safest, but can be tailored to meet a wide variety of roles in hazardous working conditions.”

As the only ATEX radio with powerful Class 3L transmission and enhanced receiver sensitivity, the MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver the best possible coverage in hazardous locations where other radios would struggle. The distinct color changing signal indicator that circles the base of the handset antenna provides the user with an immediate visual indication if there is coverage in an area, shifting from red to green as radio signal coverage improves. The radios provide the loudest, clearest communications that makes conversation possible, even with constant background noise exceeding 85 decibels.

The MTP8000Ex Series support wired and wireless connectivity to easily adapt to the wide variety of missions encountered in ATEX environments.

Alongside the MTP8000Ex Series radios, Motorola Solutions will also launch a portfolio of ATEX accessories including the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM). This RSM provides a physical NEXUS jack connection to extend an ATEX solution with approved earpieces, headsets and breathing apparatus in an end-to-end communications package fit for a multitude of extreme operations.

The addition of classic Bluetooth (2.1) and secure and energy-efficient Smart Ready Bluetooth (4.0) enables further connectivity and new applications via wireless link to a host of devices including: audio accessories such as push-to-talk (PTT) buttons and RSMs; data collection tablets and smart devices; biometrics including heart rate monitors; location sensors; and environmental sensors that can monitor for, and alert the worker when, dangerous gas levels are detected. This enhanced flexibility, brought about by wired and wire-free connectivity options, helps to redefine ATEX radio systems and add intelligence, dramatically improving workers’ operational capabilities while ensuring the highest level of personal safety.


  • MTP8500Ex provides a limited keypad. The MTP8550Ex offers a full keypad
  • MTP8000Ex Series is engineered to be durable and ultra rugged, rated, IP65, IP66, IP67
  • Ergonomic T-bar shaped design with dual display (front and top) and textured PTT makes use easier when wearing protective clothing and heavy gloves
  • Emergency button with hot mic and emergency messaging function
  • Text and status messaging
  • Extended battery performance in excess of 16 hours for long shifts and unplanned situations
  • Unique nameplate for simple radio identification
  • Meets V.6 ATEX and IECEx standards
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