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Motorola Solutions’ New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO® 25 Technology

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 27, 2014

Consistent, predictable cost helps agencies implement latest mission-critical communications while meeting budget requirements and reducing complexity

Motorola Solutions’ New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO® 25 Technology

Orlando, Fla. – (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 27, 2014 – In today's continually changing environment where criminals are adopting more sophisticated technology and public safety faces increasing needs for interoperability, it is more important than ever for agencies to stay current with the very latest mission-critical communications. ASTRO® 25 Cloud Core Managed Service from Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) enables agencies to access the latest Project 25 (P25) land mobile radio (LMR) technology as well as provide a communications platform for long-term growth and new capabilities. Agencies can benefit from economies of scale and save on the overall cost of building and maintaining a P25 core solution allowing public safety personnel to focus on their day-to-day mission.

ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service is designed for agencies needing options for P25 migration or those looking for cost-effective alternatives to owning and operating their own LMR P25 Core. With a Cloud Core agreement, Motorola Solutions owns and operates the LMR core and refreshes components to keep the system enhanced with the latest releases and features. Participating agencies benefit from sharing a common ASTRO 25 core with access to a full set of capabilities they select and immediate agency interoperability.

KEY FACTS

  • Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that provides a predictable operating expense model, with a subscription fee, for access to a shared P25 core operated and managed by Motorola Solutions.
  • The ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service can serve as a hub to create regional P25 connectivity to standalone systems, enabling users to roam onto other P25 systems and providing network-to-network interoperability.
  • Cloud Core customers maintain visibility into the core with the Motorola Solutions' MyView Portal which tracks real-time network performance status, historical performance reports, real-time coverage predictions and more.
  • Motorola Solutions provides operational expertise and support to hundreds of public safety networks around the globe through a portfolio of Managed Services; including technology access through Cloud Core, Network Operation services leveraging partnerships and alliances as well as managing large fleets of subscriber devices.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Gary Aitkenhead, vice president, Motorola Solutions Managed Services

“Government agencies are challenged with budget restrictions and managing the complexities of a mission-critical communications network while they work to keep communities safe. The ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service allows public safety staff to focus on their day-to-day mission rather than technology management. Agencies gain access to the latest P25 digital technology and industry-leading experts that can help increase operational flexibility while creating a smooth migration path that protects their current investments.”

Motorola Solutions’ New Purpose-Built LEX L10 Mission-Critical Handheld Redefines the LTE Experience for Public Safety

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 23, 2014

New Public Safety Experience software prioritizes information giving users the right intelligence when it’s needed most

Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 23, 2014 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is expanding its Public Safety LTE device portfolio by introducing a new mission-critical handheld device. The LEX L10 features a new hardware and software platform that addresses the unique requirements of public safety personnel by providing greater durability, high performance audio and enhanced security features that are not available on consumer-grade smartphones.

The LEX L10 device features Motorola Solutions' new Public Safety Experience (PSX) user interface that intelligently prioritizes information to only present what is the most critical for the responder based on the individual’s current status and activity. The device can be equipped with Motorola Solutions' WAVE™ Work Group Communications solution for broadband interoperability with land mobile radio (LMR) systems, Real-time Video Intelligence for two-way streaming of live video, PremierOne™ Handheld for access to incident data, and the Intelligent Data Portal for dynamic resource mapping. A suite of other specialized public safety applications include scene documentation, tactical incident command and custom field reports.

The sleek LEX L10 is ergonomically designed for one-handed operation with a no-slip grip, a textured push-to-talk (PTT) button and a 4.7-inch touch screen. It features a removable, long-lasting battery and is ruggedized to withstand 4-foot drops to concrete and 1-meter water immersion. The LEX L10 can operate in covert mode and can be securely touch-paired with Motorola Solutions' APX™ASTRO® 25 radios via mission-critical Bluetooth™ to remotely manage the Project 25 radio’s contacts, channels and messages as well as provide a backup route for emergency signaling during undercover missions. The device can be secured with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 hardware encryption, Security Enhanced Android OS and Secure Boot to deter cyber threats. All features and capabilities of the device are designed to enhance situational awareness, collaboration, productivity and safety.

KEY FACTS

  • The LEX L10 will support commercial carrier 3G/4G LTE (Band 13 and Band 4) and public safety LTE (Band 14), ensuring optimal coverage and performance at all times.
  • The LEX L10 includes best-in-class audio with dual 1-watt, front-facing speakers (producing 106 decibels), triple-microphone noise and echo cancellation, and a dedicated PTT button for fast voice collaboration, so first responders never miss a call and communication is clear.
  • Motorola Solutions is currently planning several pilot programs in North America, including with Harris County, Texas. The LEX L10 is expected to be ready to ship to customers in early 2015.
  • The LEX L10 will be Motorola Solutions' first Public Safety LTE device to feature the new Public Safety Experience user interface, which also is launching at IACP.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Bruce Brda, senior vice president, Government Solutions, Motorola Solutions

“LTE continues to gain traction as the public safety mobile broadband standard. The purpose-built LEX L10 LTE device will help first responders work faster, smarter and safer during routine tasks or their most challenging missions. The Public Safety Experience user interface, combined with the ergonomics, audio and durability of the LEX L10, creates a specialized device not seen in today’s consumer smartphones.”

New Public Safety Experience from Motorola Solutions Gives First Responders the Right Information at Their Fingertips

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 23, 2014

Customizable user interface delivers prioritized, contextual intelligence to public safety devices

Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 23, 2014 – According to the Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) 2014 Public Safety Survey, 70-percent of first responders say successful data transmissions can be as important as receiving voice communications. Motorola Solutions' new Public Safety Experience (PSX) uses a dedicated mission-critical user interface, real-time context management and a suite of applications to help deliver the right data to a user’s device at the right time, based on the individual’s status and activity.

The Public Safety Experience allows personnel to monitor multiple data feeds that adapt to the high-stress situations often faced by first responders. It reacts to the current situation and officer status to enable rapid access to vital information without distracting from the mission. The home screen presents relevant data from the most used applications such as mapping, messaging and search engines. The activity screen reveals key information during events such as traffics stops or emergencies. The overlay screen is designed for quick, anywhere access to core applications such as WAVE™ Work Group Communications for broadband push-to-talk, covert mode, emergency activation, phone and contact list.

KEY FACTS

  • The Public Safety Experience allows agencies to configure and customize the PSX user interface based on their agencies’ workflow and operating procedures, helping to provide a uniform and safer experience.
  • The PSX user interface presents the data on a device in a concise way that allows first responders to multitask, while still maintaining situational awareness. On patrol, a user’s location is shared and potential threats and available resources are highlighted for maximum awareness. When an officer is dispatched, it highlights incident information and the best route to the scene to help improve response time. On the scene, customized workflows appear on the screen so a first responder knows exactly what procedures to follow. Information such as date, time and location automatically appear in the report to help enhance safety, efficiency and accuracy.
  • PSX incorporates context management that keeps track of users across Project 25, LTE and other networks, maintaining user attributes such as identity, credentials, priority, presence, location, group membership and environmental context. These attri­butes are securely managed and shared with data applications used by the agency to improve awareness and collaboration across all users.
  • PSX applications deliver mission critical data in the form of push-to-talk voice, query responses, mapping, incident details, field reports and real-time video streaming. Broadband push-to-talk also is available for instant group communications. These applications help agencies deter crime and connect with citizens. By automating manual processes, they help reduce error rates and the time to process misdemeanors.
  • The first Motorola Solutions device to feature the PSX user interface is the new LEX L10 Mission-Critical LTE handheld, which also is being launched at IACP.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions’ Public Safety Experience uses innovative software to deliver mission-critical data that users need on their devices, whether they are in the office, responding to an incident or in an emergency. The PSX user interface streamlines data to help officers arrive on the scene quicker and better prepared. The instant a situation changes from routine to life threatening; it adapts to the officer’s needs, enabling focus on the threat rather than the technology.”

Motorola Solutions’ Unleashes Its Most Rugged, Powerful Enterprise Mobile Computer Built on the AndroidTM Operating System

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 21, 2014

TC70 touch computer enables employees on the front line of business to work more efficiently and better serve customers

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled the Symbol TC70 touch computer - the industry’s first enterprise-class mobile computer running the Android KitKat operating system - combining the ease of use of a smartphone with the purpose-built durability, reliability and performance that businesses demand. Designed to boost efficiency and customer service in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries, the TC70 is supported by more than 50 certified applications including price and inventory checks, line busting, assisted selling, workforce management and inventory management.

KEY FACTS

  • The TC70’s large 4.7-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 high-resolution display can automatically adjust to changing conditions so it can be used with wet fingers, gloves or a stylus.
  • Every TC70 is Voice over IP (VoIP)-ready and equipped with Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions, providing an added layer of security, manageability, data capture and wireless software features.
  • Mx Data Capture makes it easy for application developers to integrate bar code scanning, signature capture, image capture and payment processing.
  • In addition to supporting all standard Wi-Fi security protocols, Mx Security helps protect business data and network access with URL filters, communication management and sensor lock down.
  • Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine and innovative data capture technology help mobile workers quickly capture signatures, photos, videos and virtually any 1D/2D bar code at an extended range.
  • Motorola’s new Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) Express enables the device to serve as a two-way radio right out of the box via Wi-Fi.
  • With exclusive PowerPrecision batteries, fully submersible IP67 sealing and the ability to withstand high drops to concrete, the TC70 is built for all-day use on the retail store floor and in the backroom or any warehouse, distribution center or manufacturing plant.
  • The TC70 is available with a comprehensive family of accessories including holsters, a magnetic stripe reader (MSR) for mobile payment and trigger-handles ideal for scan-intensive applications. It can also be used with Motorola’s new ShareCradle, a multi-slot charging system that accommodates multiple battery charge options and future Motorola mobile computers, making backroom management easy and cost-effective.
  • Motorola also offers application design and porting services for Android and RhoMobile Suite, which provides powerful development tools built from the ground up for enterprise mobility applications.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Girish Rishi, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Solutions

“Customers who have tried consumer products have found that it has cost them more money in the long run as the total cost of ownership (TCO) does not compare to enterprise-class devices. The TC70 delivers the mobile experience that customers desire with smartphone usability, optimized voice and data capture functionality, durability and longer lifecycles. By combining the industry-leading features of the TC70 with Android’s KitKat operating system and the expanding library of enterprise applications, mobile workers have the mobile computer necessary to accomplish more than ever.”

Motorola Solutions to Issue Third-Quarter 2014 Earnings Results on Nov. 4

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 21, 2014

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its third-quarter 2014 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CST (7 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7 a.m. CST (8 a.m. EST) on Nov. 4. 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.

Motorola Solutions Reaches New Milestone with 3,000th Trunked DMR Radio System

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 14, 2014

Motorola Solutions announced today the 3,000th deployment of its digital trunked MOTOTRBO™ radio system. Businesses in over 100 countries around the world are now using the capabilities of MOTOTRBO trunked systems to enhance safety, efficiency and accountability by connecting their employees better.

The 3,000 MOTOTRBO trunked radio systems are in service worldwide, with customers such as Tan Cang - Cai Mep International Seaport Terminal in Vietnam; Yangzhou Taizhou Airport in China; South-Western City School District in Ohio; Nation Pizza and Foods in Illinois; JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in Texas and the Plein Disposal in Canada. Businesses such as Fisher Wireless in California are even using MOTOTRBO trunking systems to build digital two-way radio networks for public use.

In 2007, Motorola was the first to market with digital radio products based on the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) DMR standard, and in 2010, the first to offer a trunked radio solution based on the DMR standard. By 2011, the company had announced the shipment of the first million DMR radios.

MOTOTRBO DMR-BASED TRUNKING SOLUTIONS:

  • Our top-tier MOTOTRBO trunking solution, Connect Plus, has a dedicated control channel, and multi-site capacity with thousands of subscriber radios per site. It was launched in 2010 and has expanded its capacity by more than 700 percent from the initial release.
  • Always innovating, Motorola used the transition to digital two-way radio as an opportunity to rethink traditional trunking – resulting in the development of Capacity Plus. Launched in 2011, using innovative “distributed trunking” architecture, the system allows the co-location of multiple repeaters on one site.
  • Widening the benefits of Capacity Plus, Linked Capacity Plus provides distributed trunking on multiple repeaters at many sites. Capacity Plus and Linked Capacity Plus also allow customers to implement “data revert” channels, so that voice and data can be managed using separate resources.
  • All three trunking solutions offer full data capability, with advanced features and functionality. They are compatible with the extensive portfolio of voice and data applications available from the Motorola PartnerEmpower™ program, which enable customers to build a tailored solution to meet their business needs.

Motorola Solutions Learning Organization receives the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 9, 2014

Motorola’s New Hire ‘First Moments Guide’ wins gold in the Best Onboarding Program category

Motorola Solutions’ global sales New Hire Learning Guide, created in collaboration with Strategy to Revenue, has received recognition from the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program. Brandon Hall Group is a pre-eminent global research and analyst firm made up of thought leaders who provide world-class research, data and expertise in learning development, talent management and leadership skills. Motorola will be receiving the gold award in the Best Onboarding Program category at the Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference Jan. 28-30, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Motorola’s “First Moments Guide” was selected based on its innovative format and compelling content. The First Moments Guide is an interactive electronic document that virtually leads newly hired sales professionals and their managers to the tools required from day one and beyond through an interactive roadmap. It offers a single location for finding and completing all of the required sales learning, including the Motorola sales methodology and support tools applicable to the global sales team on all levels.

KEY FACTS

  • Motorola Solutions’ Learning Organization has built its reputation for providing the most innovative, advanced curriculums focusing on the results necessary to increase productivity, team performance and profitability
  • Motorola Solutions Learning Organization trained more than 50,000 employees, customers and partners in 2013 with a mix of online and classroom instruction delivered around the world.
  • Now entering its 20th year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is one of the most prestigious awards program in the learning industry and recognizes organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems and tools that have achieved measurable results.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Emily Cates, Head of Global Enterprise Learning Center of Excellence, Motorola Solutions

“Sales force transformation has been a major initiative at Motorola Solutions. Couple that with an influx of new hires and the need to consistently ramp a global workforce and the theme quickly becomes one of change management. The First Moments program was able to deliver a new set of expectations, aligning everyone with an on-boarding tool that brings together global processes, tools and core business knowledge on-demand for speed to productivity. We now have a collaborative approach with multiple touch points and embedded support resources that provide flexibility to align with future business priorities.

Dan Johnson, Head of Global Government Employee Learning, Motorola Solutions

“On-boarding staff in today’s environment has always been a challenge. This award is an exciting achievement for the Motorola Solutions Learning organization. The Learning team strives to create valuable resources that educate our employees, partners and customers and the Sales First Moments Guide is an example of a strong collaborative effort between the Learning and Sales teams which shortens the time to productivity by making it easy for new hires to navigate through the many learning options we have.”

Motorola Solutions Unveils Slim, Lightweight MOTOTRBO™ SL300 Two-Way Radio

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 7, 2014

Providing simple, reliable communications from the classroom and beyond

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Oct. 7, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the stylishly designed MOTOTRBO SL300™ digital portable radio, a reliable push-to-talk communication device designed by the company’s award-winning SL Series product team. This new solution provides superior audio quality and provides MOTOTRBO features necessary for essential day-to-day, two-way radio communications. The ergonomic design allows for one-handed radio operation, and a versatile accessory portfolio gives users the freedom to focus on the job at hand.

For example, a school teacher carries her SL300 two-way radio to coordinate with school administration and first responders in times of emergency. The slim form factor and energy-conserving Active View display allow her to comfortably and easily carry her radio at all times. Whether faced with a fire, severe weather or lost child, she knows help is one button click away.

KEY FACTS

  • The SL300’s shatterproof Active View display uses a matrix of LEDs behind the radio housing to communicate 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.
  • For quick one-handed access, the SL300 two-way radio includes a side volume control, a dedicated power button, a prominent push-to-talk button, and a top toggle channel switch.
  • The SL300 features Range Max technology, an advanced radio design and patented antenna, which deliver enhanced range while maintaining a slim profile and long battery life.
  • Using digital and analog radio technology, the SL300 seamlessly works with existing communication systems, while providing access to the capabilities of modern digital two-way radios.
  • The SL300 has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, providing reliable communications even in harsh environments, proving it is designed to last.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Randy Helm, director, product management professional, commercial & business radio, Motorola Solutions

“The SL300 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.”

Motorola Solutions to Reduce Pension Plan Liability by $4.2 Billion While Preserving Benefits

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 25, 2014

Actions will reduce pension funding volatility; Prudential to provide same benefits to retirees

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and NEWARK, N.J. – Sept. 25, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) today announced that it has reached an agreement with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a Prudential Financial, Inc. company (NYSE:PRU), under which Prudential will assume responsibility for the monthly pension benefits for retirees. Motorola Solutions also will offer eligible U.S. pension plan participants the opportunity to apply for lump-sum pension payments. In total, these actions are expected to reduce Motorola Solutions’ ongoing U.S. pension obligation by $4.2 billion. The company plans to contribute $1.1 billion in cash to its U.S. pension plans in 2014.

“We have substantially reduced the funding volatility associated with our pension plans while protecting benefits for retirees,” said Gino Bonanotte, Motorola Solutions chief financial officer. “Our retirees’ benefits are not changing, just who provides them.”

In the third-largest transaction of its kind, the Motorola Solutions Pension Plan intends to purchase a group annuity contract from Prudential under which Prudential will pay and administer future benefits to the approximately 30,000 retirees who currently receive payments. The transaction is expected to be completed in 2014, with Prudential assuming responsibility for making the benefit payments beginning in early 2015. Prudential is entrusted with managing the pension benefits of 1.6 million participants at more than 5,700 companies.

In addition, approximately 32,000 pension plan participants will be able to apply to receive a lump-sum payment of their accrued, vested pension benefit. To be eligible, participants must have left the company before June 30, 2014, and accrued a pension benefit but have not yet started receiving benefit payments. Participants must apply for the opportunity during the application period of Oct. 2, 2014 to Nov. 7, 2014. Total lump-sum payments will be capped at $1 billion, with the smallest amounts qualifying first.

“We are pleased to be selected to help Motorola Solutions continue to deliver on its pension obligations to retirees while also reducing risk and volatility for the company,” said Phil Waldeck, senior vice president and head of Pensions and Structured Solutions for Prudential Retirement. “Guaranteeing benefits has been a part of Prudential’s core business for more than 85 years. We look forward to welcoming these retirees to Prudential and providing them with retirement income security.”

There are no changes for active employees who participate in the plan. Motorola offered the pension plans to U.S. employees hired before Jan. 1, 2005, with no additional benefits accrued for participants as of March 1, 2009.

Affected pension participants will receive detailed mailings regarding these changes in the following days, with call centers opening next week. For more information, pension plan participants not yet receiving payments can call (866) 656-8918 starting Sept. 29, 2014. Retirees currently receiving pension payments can call (866) 697-0181 starting Oct. 2, 2014.

Motorola Solutions Investor Conference Call

Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of the Motorola Solutions conference call discussing the announcement. The conference call will be held at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the call, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. Additional information regarding the transaction also will be made available on the company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release and from Motorola Solutions and Prudential management about the expected timing, completion and effects of the closing of the purchase of the group annuity contract from Prudential and the payment of lump-sum distributions to certain pension plan participants, and all other statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, these forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” or “believe,” or the negative of those words or other comparable words. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, are not guarantees of future events or results, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties inherent in regulatory reviews, market conditions and general and international economic conditions, and other factors that could affect the timing or the ability of the parties to close the transactions referenced in this press release. Forward-looking statements included in this press release or made by management are made as of the date they are made only, and Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. A detailed description of other risks, uncertainties and other factors affecting Motorola Solutions are included in its news releases and filings with the SEC, including but not limited to the factors under the heading “Risk Factors” in its Form 10-K for the year-ended Dec. 31, 2013 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 29, 2014 and June 28, 2014.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit www.motorolasolutions.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

About Prudential

Prudential Retirement delivers retirement plan solutions for public, private, and non-profit organizations. Services include defined contribution, defined benefit and non-qualified deferred compensation record keeping, administrative services, investment management, comprehensive employee education and communications, and trustee services, as well as a variety of products and strategies, including institutional investment and income products, pension risk transfer solutions and structured settlement services. With over 85 years of retirement experience, Prudential Retirement helps meet the needs of over 4 million participants and annuitants. Prudential Retirement has $330.5 billion in retirement account values as of June 30, 2014.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1.1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2014, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

Retirement products and services are provided by Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company (PRIAC), Hartford, Conn., or its affiliates. Insurance products are issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America (PICA), Newark, N.J., a Prudential Financial company solely responsible for its financial condition and contractual obligations.

Oregon State University Beaver Store Tackles Rush Hour Checkouts with DS4800 2D Handheld Point-of-Sale Bar Code Imaging Scanners

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 24, 2014

Stylish, fast and accurate checkouts enhance the shopping experience for fans and alumni

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 24, 2014 – When the Oregon State University (OSU) Beaver Store upgraded its point-of-sale (POS) scanners, store management chose the Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) DS4800 series imager for its personalized high-tech ergonomic design, scan speed, accuracy and efficiency during demanding rush periods.

The OSU Beaver Store, located across the street from Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, processes tens of thousands of transactions at its 50 cash registers during a typical game-day rush. When lines reach out the door, even just a few seconds saved on each transaction can help maximize sales and keep shoppers happy as they check out. The DS4800 series met all of the OSU Beaver Store’s expectations in a new bar code scanner and store associates benefit from the ergonomic, lightweight design and capacitive-touch trigger.

KEY FACTS

  • The OSU Beaver Store customized the sleek DS4800 imager with the OSU logo and colors.
  • vRetailers can personalize the “brandable” bezel with unique colors, designs or logos.
  • Plug-and-play integration, featuring Motorola’s 123Scan2 2D configuration command code, made it easy for the OSU Beaver Store to install the DS4800 imagers with its existing POS system.
  • With the ability to capture 1D and 2D bar codes on paper or screens, the DS4800 imager helps the OSU Beaver Store save time by taking digital photos of codes with a phone or tablet and then scanning the screen to update inventory or capture rebate information.
  • Motorola Solutions is the leader in 2D handheld scanning and the DS4800 series is the industry’s first scanner to include a capacitive trigger that allows retailers to select the scanning input modality (tap/swipe/press) that will provide optimal productivity and an enhanced customer experience.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Steve Eckrich, CEO, Oregon State University Bookstores

“With the Motorola Solutions DS4800 imagers, we’re able to scan 1D and 2D bar codes with the highest level of performance for our high-volume checkout lanes. They’re fast and easy to use and look sharp with our beaver logo. We look forward to supplying our other stores with the DS4800.”

Torsten Pihl, IS coordinator, OSU Beaver Store

“Can you imagine, customers noticing and commenting about a scanner? But they do talk about the DS4800. They’re very impressed with this state-of-the-art, high-tech, sophisticated-looking device carrying our colors and branding in our store.”

Pat Glennon, MSSSI Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Motorola Solutions

“The OSU Beaver Store is creating a cohesive customer experience with the contemporary design of the DS4800 branded with OSU’s colors and logo. The leading-edge technology of the DS4800 enables them to quickly and accurately complete transactions at the POS during rush periods.”

MOTOTRBO SL Series Portable Two-Way Radio Named a Chicago Innovation Awards Finalist

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 22, 2014

Don’t forget to cast your vote for SL Series for the 2014 People’s Choice Award

The MOTOTRBO SL Series Portable Two-Way Radio was selected as one of the top 100 Chicago Innovation Awards finalists from this year’s 552 nominees. It’s a contender in both the Innovation Award and the People’s Choice award categories. The winners will be announced at the Chicago Innovation Awards reception held on Oct. 30, 2014 at the Harris Theatre in Chicago.

While the Innovation Award is decided by a panel of 13 judges from across Chicago-area companies with a sustained commitment to innovation, the People’s Choice Award is voted on by the public, and voting is open until Oct. 3. The SL Series is located in the B2B Products category. You are not required to submit a vote in each industry, but you should scroll through all the pages to reach the end so your vote is cast.

About the SL Series

The SL Series is the world's thinnest, lightest Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) portable, designed to meet the communication needs of business users and executives in industries such as hospitality, services, security and airlines.

The radio's slim design and unique features enhance the level of professionalism and discretion so users can provide superior customer service and faster response times. To provide an optimum discreet experience, the SL Series incorporates features such as hands-free, covert mode and intelligent audio where the radio’s volume automatically adjusts to compensate for background noise.

The Chicago Innovation Awards were created to make Chicago a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for the region, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of innovation throughout the community.

Motorola Solutions Bluetooth® Compatible MU350R Consumer Radios and PTT Button Offer Outdoor Enthusiasts Wireless Hands-Free Communication

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 15, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 15, 2014– Just in time for the fall hunting season, Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) offers its TALKABOUT™ consumer two-way radios and separate push-to-talk button (PTT) allowing hunters to communicate wirelessly by pairing with a Bluetooth headset. The Motorola Talkabout MU350R two-way radios also feature enhanced audio clarity and battery life capabilities, making it a powerful communication device for serious hunting and outdoor enthusiasts.

Wireless Clear Connections For Hands-Free Communication

Hunters can communicate wirelessly without having to worry about getting tangled up with bulky cords by simply coupling the Bluetooth-enabled Motorola MU350R radio with a Bluetooth headset. They can easily monitor their radio channel and press the built-in PTT button when they need to share important information. For situations where greater flexibility and unrestricted communication is needed, the Motorola 1693 Bluetooth PTT button is also available. The oversized button can be rotated to face any direction and easily clipped on a vest or discreetly tucked into a pocket. It connects wirelessly to the MU350R radio and headset, allowing hunters to easily communicate, while staying focused on their game for maximum convenience. The Bluetooth headset and 1693 Bluetooth PTT button are sold separately.

The MU350R also features “Talkabout Clear,” which enhances sound quality for clearer transmissions at a higher volume by reducing distortion with a Class D amplifier. Hunters will also enjoy greater audio clarity, making it easier to communicate with others in the field or at camp. For those moments when silence is especially important, hunters will appreciate the “VibraCall™” function, which silently alerts them to incoming transmissions by vibrating without disturbing game.

Enhanced Battery Life, Flexible Charging For Every Adventure

Serious outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the MU350R radio’s extended battery life capabilities, doubling the amount of battery capacity with the use of two 1300 mAh NiMH battery packs. Additionally, the radios provide the convenience of flexible charging options. They can be charged utilizing a desktop charger, from a PC when no power outlet is available using a mini-USB PC cable, or with standard alkaline batteries. The unique design of the radios uses a high-efficiency wall adapter, which consumes less power during idle conditions making them Eco smart. The desktop charger, mini-USB car and PC cables are sold separately.

Key MU350R Features:

  • Bluetooth compatible
  • 22 Channels each with 121 privacy codes for 2,662 combinations for clear, uninterrupted connections
  • Weatherproof (IP-54 rating), for protection against dust and wet conditions
  • Extended life batteries, two (included) NiMH rechargeable 1300 mAh battery packs offer users double the talk time
  • SC filter + 1 Watt Class D amplifier, offers improved audio performance for excellent clarity
  • Soft rubber overmold, allows for an easier grip and extended outdoor durability
  • Emergency alert button, when activated, the radio transmits an alert siren followed by transmission of spoken sounds to warn of impending danger
  • Built-in LED flashlight, for emergency lighting needs and nighttime tree stand safety
  • Dual watch receiver, simultaneously monitors activity on two channels
  • PTT Power Boost, when activated allows users to extend transmission range by increasing power output while saving battery life when no power boost is necessary
  • VibraCallÔ – this should be deleted, is it supposed to be TM? silent vibrating ringer
  • Mini-USB charging port with fast charge capabilities
  • Audio accessory jack
  • Advanced priority scan
  • Seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration channels, providing uses weather alerts with warnings of incoming storms and weather conditions and continuous local and regional weather weather updates 1
  • iVOX/VOX for speech-activated, hands-free communication
  • QT (Quiet Talk) interruption filter, which helps to ensure private communication
  • 20 call tones
  • Eco Smart

Pricing and Availability

Now available, the Motorola Talkabout MU350R has an MSRP of $149.99 per pair, which includes two radios, two belt clips, one wall charging adapter with y-cable, two 1300 mAH NiMH rechargeable battery packs and an emergency preparedness checklist sheet. It is available in silver. The Motorola Talkabout 1693 Bluetooth PTT pod has an MSRP of $129.99, which includes one PTT pod, mini-USB charging adaptor and user guide.

For a full listing of features and additional information on the 2014 Motorola TALKABOUT series of products, please visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com/talkabout.

Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO™ digital radio network lets sailing enthusiasts race safely at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships

on Monday, 15 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 11, 2014

Delivers clear communication between event organisers on land and sea during the regatta

Santander, SPAIN – Sept. 11, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, one of the most important events organised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), relies on a dedicated MOTOTRBO™ professional digital two-way radio system for clear communications to enhance event management and the safety of competitors at sea.

With Santander 2014 acting as the opening qualification regatta for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, high numbers of ships and sailors are attending, and competition is fierce. In total almost 100 nations and 1,500 sailors are expected to take on the big swell challenge of the Bay of Biscay.

Motorola Solutions has collaborated with the ISAF, to provide the most comprehensive, custom radio network for a sailing competition. Deploying Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system with digital two-way radios, the organisers at Santander 2014 are provided with an integrated voice and data communication network able to meet the complex, simultaneous communications demands of this large-scale international event.

From a central control and dispatch centre, organisers can stay in constant contact with all teams with high-quality coverage throughout the eight coastal zones that contain the sailing circuits, encompassing almost 90 km² of sea centred on the Bay of Santander. The system offers increased capacity and via SmartPTT, an enhanced control room solution, the provision of Global Positioning System (GPS) integration, text messaging and voice recording of six simultaneous boat crew calls to safely manage the sailing events.

The network incorporates 140 MOTOTRBO DP4400 and DP4401 radios supplied to the ISAF management teams, which are organised across 15 radio Talkgroups. Providing best-in-class audio and unrivalled co-ordination capabilities, the radios help provide an effective management and control solution. The radios deliver exceptional voice quality, which is important in high winds and the rugged waterproof design means they can survive being immersed in the sea.

The deployed network is not only unique; it is also the most effective in the Cantabria region, ensuring that the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, an event of global importance, will be well managed and as safe as possible for all taking part.

Key Facts

  • The MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system created and installed for the ISAF Sailing World Championship is a single-site digital trunking system that maximises the capacity, speed and flexibility of the MOTOTRBO system. This enables a high volume of voice and data communication, capable of supporting more than 1,000 users, providing an effective management and control solution without needing to add new frequencies.
  • The network deploys three DR 3000 Repeaters to ensure high-quality communications over wide areas of sea. It supports 15 radio Talkgroups to optimise communications between ISAF management teams and boat crews, delivering greater efficiency and improving race operations. Seven Talkgroups are associated with the competition areas and the rest are deployed for event services managing security, logistic and maintenance.
  • The networks support 120 MOTOTRBO DP4400 two-way radios for use by the organisers, with a further 20 MOTOTRBO DP4401 with GPS radios distributed to crews of the organiser’s boats. The radios offer noise reduction software, incorporate an emergency button and are IP57 specified for submergibility.
  • For enhanced race management and safety of yacht crews, SmartPTT enables the position of boats to be graphically represented in real time across the eight sailing zones by using the GPS on the DP4401.
  • Racing commences in Santander, Spain, on Friday September 12.

Quotes

Javier Pérez, sales director, South Europe, Motorola Solutions

“Creating a radio network for the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships has been a challenging task. Delivering on time and to specification was made possible by the close collaboration between the ISAF and Motorola. The organisers now have the best tools to deliver critical tasks more efficiently, communicate better with the teams on land and at sea and make faster, better decisions if incidents happen.”

José Ángel Rodriguez Santos, RFVE president, Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, director and member of the Organising Committee

“Effective radio communications are essential for the successful operation of the 2014 Championships being held at Santander. We are dealing with hundreds of competing yachts, and thousands of competitors, team members and supporters. The Motorola system exceeds our expectations, and we are very pleased to have the support of the market leader for this event.”

Motorola Solutions Announces Pricing for Redemption of $400 Million of Outstanding 6.0% Senior Notes Due Nov. 15, 2017

on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 9, 2014

- Redemption was originally announced to holders on Aug. 12, 2014; settlement date is Sept. 11, 2014

- Total consideration to be paid for each $1,000 principal amount of notes, including accrued interest, is $1,160.48

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 9, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the consideration to be paid in the previously announced redemption of its outstanding $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.0% Notes due Nov. 15, 2017 (the "Notes").

 

Security Reference 
U.S. Treasury Security
Reference Yield Fixed Spread
(basis points)
Purchase Price 
per $1,000 
principal amount 
of Notes
Accrued Interest per $1,000 principal amount of Notes Total Consideration per $1,000 
principal amount
of Notes
6.0% Notes due 
Nov. 15, 2017 
(CUSIP # 620076AZ2)
4.25% U.S. Treasury Note due 
Nov. 15, 2017
1.13 30.0 $1,141.15 $19.33 $1,160.48

 

The settlement date for Notes redeemed is Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The redemption price was determined at 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Sept. 8, 2014, pursuant to the terms of the Notes. The price for the Notes is based on the yield to maturity of the 4.25% U.S. Treasury securities due Nov. 15, 2017, plus a fixed spread of 30 basis points. In addition, Motorola Solutions will pay accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount from May 15, 2014 to, but not including, the redemption date of Sept. 11, 2014. The total consideration, including accrued interest, for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes redeemed is $1,160.48.

For additional information regarding the redemption, please contact: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. at (800) 254-2826 (toll free).

This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase, or solicitation of an offer to sell, with respect to the Notes.

New Motorola Solutions Imagers Make Data Capture Fast and Easy from Near, Far or Wherever You Are

on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

September 9, 2014

Intuitive, high-performance DS4308 imager meets the varied business needs in multiple industries

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 9, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today introduced the next-generation Symbol DS4308 2D imager that redefines the performance and flexibility expected from a bar code scanner. The DS4308 series of imagers is easy to use and offers an extraordinary read range, enabling users to scan bar codes of any density nearer and farther than any other scanner in its class.

KEY FACTS

  • To meet the differing needs of customers, the lightweight DS4308 imager is available in four unique models:
  • The DS4308-SR imager can scan electronic bar codes on the screen of mobile phones, drivers’ licenses and UPC codes out to 28 inches, making it easy to scan large or heavy items in a shopping cart from the opposite side of the counter.
  • The DS4308-HD imager offers a 16.5-inch read range that is ideal for general point-of-sale (POS) scanning and can also capture small, high-density bar codes found on electronics, jewelry and other small items.
  • For bar code scanning at the patient bedside, the DS4308-HC imager provides haptic feedback so patients are not disturbed as well as IP42 sealing and a specially designed, disinfectant-ready plastic housing that can be safely wiped down with a variety of harsh chemicals that help prevent the spread of germs. This scanner can also capture bar code data from curved reflective surfaces, such as vials, syringes and IV bags.
  • The DS4308P imager offers the versatility of a handheld and presentation scanner with a built-in adjustable stand that enables workers to switch instantly between handheld and hands-free mode simply by picking up or putting down the scanner.
  • Retailers, hoteliers, logistics and light manufacturing organizations can also use the DS4308 series for mobile loyalty, mobile coupons, event check-in, quality control and inventory tracking applications.
  • The DS4308 series can quickly capture virtually any bar code with Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine and PRZM intelligent imaging - whether it is a high-density bar code, displayed on the screen of a mobile phone, or printed on paper and damaged, scratched or dirty. Green and red light indicators can also be mixed and matched with audio to provide scanning feedback in any environment whether it is a noisy manufacturing production line or a quiet hospital room.
  • Service from the Start is available for the DS4308 series and can provide coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental breakage preventing unexpected repair costs.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Bob Sanders, senior vice president of Data Capture Solutions, Motorola Solutions

“The new Symbol DS4308 series of imagers provides the advanced performance, ergonomics and versatility that organizations rely on to meet their business needs whether it is in a retail store, hospital or manufacturing plant. With the brightest LED aiming dot and omnidirectional scanning – the sweet spot for can’t miss point-and-shoot scanning, we made the DS4308 our most intuitive and easy-to-use scanner so more items get scanned and less time is spent prepping for a scan.”

Richard J. Bissonnette, president, Strategic Systems & Technology Corporation

“Our customers could not be more impressed with the DS4308 series. From the longer read range and more aggressive scanning on smaller codes to the brighter aiming beam in a lighter form factor, the DS4308 will be the new standard in scanning.”

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