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Motorola Solutions, NAWLEE Announce 2014 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year

on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

August 7, 2014

Chief Saundra Rhodes recognized for excellence in service, community involvement and education

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 7, 2014 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) is proud to announce that the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) has selected Chief Saundra Rhodes of the Horry County Police Department (HCPD) for the “Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year (WoLEEY) Award.” The award is jointly sponsored by NAWLEE and Motorola.

The award was established twelve years ago by Jackie Wasni, vice president of Sales and Services for Motorola, to recognize women in law enforcement who have succeeded in their own careers and dedicated themselves to mentoring and helping develop other female law enforcement professionals.

Over the past 21 years, Chief Rhodes has worked in various roles, starting her career with the HCPD in 1993 as an undercover narcotics agent at night, while working as a substitute teacher during the day. She then served as a plain-clothes narcotics detective for three years, working her way through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant and captain with the HCPD.

Of all the positions she has held, community policing has been Chief Rhodes’ favorite. Rhodes believes it is important that police departments have a strong relationship with the communities they serve, and that they assist the community in solving problems.

One of the first things that she did after taking office was to change the mission statement of the department to be community-focused. She recognized that officers were overwhelmed with high call volumes and could not focus on problem-solving, so she spearheaded an initiative to realign precinct lines to give officers more time between calls. She also created a street crimes unit to address gang violence and street level crimes. These changes boosted the morale of officers and dispatchers and continues to allow officers to get to know local citizens better.

Chief Rhodes is currently leading the HPCD through the process of becoming an accredited law enforcement agency in South Carolina. She knew that it would not be an easy task but wanted to ensure that department policies are in line with the best practices in law enforcement. As part of Chief Rhodes’ commitment to creating a workforce that reflects the people they serve, she revamped the recruiting program to aggressively recruit qualified minority and female candidates.

Chief Rhodes also restructured the Community Outreach Team (COT), which is dedicated to bridging the gap between the community and the HCPD. The COT attends numerous community events and develops creative ways for the HCPD to have a positive impact in the community. One of the programs is an annual event in which police officers take children, identified by the school district as at-risk or underprivileged, to shop at local Walmart stores during the Christmas season.

The first African-American and female Police Chief of the HCPD, Chief Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, she has been a Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor since 2009 at Horry Georgetown Technical College.

Chief Rhodes will receive the award at the annual NAWLEE conference held in Tucson, Arizona on Aug. 7, 2014, with more than 200 public safety leaders from across the U.S. in attendance.


Chief Saundra Rhodes, Horry County Police Department

"It is a great pleasure to serve the community in my current role within law enforcement. I feel extremely honored to be selected for the NAWLEE award. Community policing is something very near and dear to my heart and requires our agency to work closely together to bridge the gap between the community and HCPD. I am privileged to work daily alongside a team of such talented individuals.”

Jackie Wasni, vice president of Sales and Services, Motorola Solutions

"Chief Rhodes’ has worked closely with the people of Horry County to improve police training, response times and opportunities for minorities and women within the HCPD. We thank her for her commitment to law enforcement as she continues to help keep cities safer. It is with our deepest gratitude that Chief Rhodes receives this well-deserved award."


The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement. NAWLEE is a non-profit organization sponsored and administered directly by law enforcement practitioners. Its mission is to serve and further the interests of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement. For more information, please visit

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 For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

August 5, 2014

• Sales of $1.4 billion, down 7 percent from a year ago
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations* of $0.30
• Non-GAAP** EPS from continuing operations of $0.47
• Generated $118 million in operating cash flow
• Repurchased $416 million in shares; recently announced 10 percent increase to quarterly cash dividend
• Cost-reduction target increased from $200 million to approximately $300 million by end of 2015

– Aug. 5, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the second quarter of 2014. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables. 

Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business now is reflected in discontinued operations for both the current quarter and prior periods due to its planned divestiture by the end of 2014. All financials cited reflect the company’s ongoing operations, including iDEN, with its new reporting segments: Products and Services. 


Sales declined 7 percent to $1.4 billion primarily reflecting lower sales in North America state and local markets as well as in Asia Pacific & the Middle East. Europe & Africa and Latin America sales grew double-digits. Product sales declined 10 percent driven primarily by lower subscriber and systems revenues, while Services declined 1 percent. 


“Second quarter results were in line with our expectations. Additionally, we made significant progress toward simplifying our operations and accelerating our cost reduction efforts,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “We believe our continued focus on execution, targeted investments and capital return positions us well to grow and create long-term value for our shareholders.”




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Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax charges of approximately $0.17 per diluted share related to share-based compensation and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release. 



  • Operating margin — GAAP operating margin was 9.9 percent of sales; non-GAAP operating margin was 14.4 percent. These results include $49 million in lower operating expenses compared with the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to ongoing cost-reduction initiatives. In the second quarter, the company achieved $75 million in cost reductions.
  • Taxes — The 2014 GAAP effective tax rate was 20 percent compared with a negative effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2013. The 2014 non-GAAP effective tax rate was 25 percent compared with a negative tax rate in the second quarter of 2013. The GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rates in the second quarter of 2013 were favorably impacted by benefits largely associated with excess foreign tax credits on undistributed foreign earnings in that quarter.
  • Cash flow — The company generated $118 million in operating cash flow from continuing operations during the quarter. This is a $140 million improvement from the second quarter of 2013 primarily driven by improved collections and other improvements in working capital account.
  • Cash and cash equivalents — The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.9 billion while returning $495 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends. The company repurchased $416 million of its common stock in the second quarter, reflecting only two months of repurchase. On July 31, the company announced it would increase its quarterly cash dividend by 10 percent to 34 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Oct. 15, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2014.




  • Secured significant Product wins such as a $23 million contract with the Ecuador Ministry of Interior for its nationwide public safety system, a $10 million system contract with Denton County in Texas and a $10 million system contract with Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery
  • Continued progress in Services with multiyear lifecycle support wins including a $19 million contract with Montgomery County in Maryland and a $19 million contract with Butler County in Ohio, as well as an $8 million multiyear managed services contract with Queensland Gas Company in Australia
  • Launched the Intelligent Data Portal, which gives first responders in the field instant access to enhanced situational awareness through mobile apps




  • Third quarter 2014 — Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 7 to 9 percent compared with the third quarter of 2013, with non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.35 to $0.41 per share.
  • Full year 2014 — The company still expects a revenue decline of low- to mid- single digits, excluding IDEN, with non-GAAP operating margins from continuing operations of approximately 18.5 percent of sales, consistent with the previous outlook.
  • The company has increased its target for cost reductions from $200 million to approximately $300 million by the end of 2015. This will result in a total reduction in operating expenses from $2 billion in 2013 to approximately $1.7 billion for 2015.



On April 15, Motorola Solutions announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies in a $3.45 billion all-cash transaction, subject to customary closing conditions. The Enterprise business is reflected as discontinued operations. 

Sales from discontinued operations were $560 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $610 million in the year-ago quarter. The sales decline reflects some supply chain and IT execution issues related to transitioning business processes as well as weaker demand in Asia. 


Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) Tuesday, Aug. 5. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides 


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

Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to the company’s past operating performance.

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

Intangible assets amortization expense:
 The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements, primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but can be affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.

Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release. 


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the third quarter and full year of 2014, and cost reduction targets and statements regarding the proposed transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 10 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on Page 31 in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 29, 2014, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website at, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industries; (2) the level of demand for the company's products, particularly if businesses and governments defer or cancel purchases in response to tighter credit or as a result of the pending transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies; (3) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (4) negative impact on the company's business from global economic conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (5) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company when competing for business in foreign markets; (6) the outcome of currently ongoing and future tax matters; (7) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions; (8) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (9) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures, including the sale of the Enterprise business and those that may occur in the future; (10) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (11) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (12) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (13) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (14) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (15) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (16) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (17) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (18) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (20) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain business operations, information technology and administrative functions; (21) the impact of the company’s multi-year phased upgrade and consolidation of its enterprise resource planning systems into a single global platform; (22) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies; (23) the expected timeline for completing such transaction; and (24) the ability of Motorola Solutions to return proceeds of the transaction to its shareholders and the timing thereof. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


* Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders. 
** Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items.
*** Business outlook excludes share-based compensation, intangible amortization and charges associated with items typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.


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 For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.



Good Things Come in Small Packages: Motorola Solutions Introduces Pocket-Sized Companion Scanner for Consumer Mobile Devices

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

August 4, 2014

New CS4070 wireless scanner brings enterprise-grade scanning to Android, iOS and Windows smartphones and tablets

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2014 – Mobile workers are often challenged with using consumer-grade cameras for scan-intensive enterprise-grade applications, resulting in lost productivity for the worker and organization. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today introduced the new Symbol CS4070 wireless handheld Bluetooth® scanner that can easily pair with any Bluetooth-enabled tablet, smartphone or laptop to provide enterprise-class 1D and 2D bar code scanning. The CS4070 works with all of today’s popular Android, iOS and Windows tablets, laptops and smartphones. And the integrated MFI chip and Apple certification ensure compatibility with all Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.


  • The pocket-sized CS4070 scanner is one of the smallest and lightest devices in its class and is ergonomically designed to be worn on a lanyard around the neck or fit naturally in the hand for all-day comfort, ensuring no-fatigue scanning for even the most scan-intensive applications. The field-replaceable battery also holds enough power for a full 12-hour shift and an LED indicator lets workers know how much charge is left.
  • The CS4070 can scan bar codes both near and far and omni-directional scanning eliminates the need to align the scanner with the bar code.
  • The affordable CS4070 companion scanner can quickly capture virtually any bar code with Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine - whether it is 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.
  • Retailers, transportation and logistics and field service organizations can use the durable CS4070 companion scanner for mobile point-of-sale (MPOS), merchandising, end-to-end track and trace, real-time ordering, route accounting, inventory management, and repair service.
  • Motorola’s Service from the Start Advance Exchange support provides coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental breakage and can prevent unexpected repair costs.


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

“Integrated consumer-grade camera bar code scanning found in mobile devices is not only slow and cumbersome but it also requires a perfect label – reducing the scanning productivity of employees and diminishing the return on investment. Now, businesses can get the best of both worlds with the new CS4070 companion scanner – using the mobile device that their organization requires with true enterprise-class scanning that meets the needs of real business applications.”

Richa Gupta, senior analyst, VDC Research

“VDC’s research shows that enterprises are ramping up their adoption of consumer-grade mobile solutions for everyday operations, particularly in retail and field service environments. However, their built-in cameras are not designed to support scan-intensive applications. With its CS4070 companion scanner, Motorola Solutions is directly addressing a clear need in the marketplace for ergonomic, purpose-built scanners that fit in with these intuitive and aesthetically appealing devices.”

New Motorola Solutions’ VML750 LTE Modem Offers Enhanced Features, Future-readiness Across Public Carrier LTE and Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Networks

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

August 4, 2014

Enhanced LTE mobile broadband device seamlessly falls back from 4G to 3G commercial carrier network , quickly reselects to Public Safety Band 14 for optimal coverage at all times

New Orleans – (APCO, Motorola Solutions, Booth #435) - Aug. 4, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today launched the enhanced VML750 LTE Vehicle Modem, the newest LTE modem supporting commercial carrier 3G/4G LTE (Band 13 and Band 4) as well as public safety LTE (Band 14). Now public safety, government service and utilities have an even more powerful and versatile in-vehicle, broadband tool to enable high-speed data with the priority, control, security and performance required to do their mission-critical jobs more efficiently and effectively.


  • The VML750 LTE modem, which has begun shipping, enables automatic fallback from 4G to 3G on public carrier Band 13 LTE along with Band 14 private LTE roaming, ensuring optimal coverage and performance at all times.
  • The newest solid-state LTE modem is “ruggedized,” built to withstand heat, cold, rain, humidity, dust and vibration, making it the right choice for public safety, utility and government users looking for an enhanced broadband modem to meet current and future needs.
  • With flexible mounting options, the VML750 can be installed in any government or public safety vehicle, including patrol cars, fire apparatuses, ambulances, utility trucks, transit and school buses.
  • Applications enabled by the VML750 include video streaming, mobile computer-aided dispatch (CAD), automatic vehicle location (AVL), resource mapping, mobile Wi-Fi access, incident command, license plate recognition, vehicle diagnostics and device management. Other key data applications include photos, blueprints, biometrics, GPS location, reports, email, and record searches.
  • The modem can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 32 clients, turning the vehicle into a wireless hub. The built-in GPS can be used for location tracking and route optimization.
  • The range and performance of the VML750 can be extended with roof-mounted external antennas with Multiple-In Multiple-Out (MIMO) configuration.
  • Motorola’s “Service from the Start” for LTE devices gives customers fast repair turnaround times, increased help desk support and normal wear and tear coverage. Training courses are also available.


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

“The introduction of the VML750 is another example of Motorola Solutions’ continued dedication to the national public safety broadband network and our relentless commitment to providing mission-critical broadband communications for public safety, government services and utilities. This new LTE modem harnesses the power of commercial carrier 3G/4G LTE and public safety LTE to deliver fast, reliable data to these users. They are at the forefront of our minds, and they inspire our most advanced thinking and solutions.”

Motorola Solutions Increases Quarterly Dividend by 10 Percent

on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 31, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 31, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly dividend by 10 percent to 34 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Oct. 15, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 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 For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

New RhoMobile Suite 5.0 Offers Developer-Friendly Pricing

on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 29, 2014

Cloud-based, cross-platform mobile app development tools address enterprise needs for less

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 29, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announces the release of RhoMobile Suite 5.0, a powerful set of application development tools for creating OS- and device-agnostic enterprise-class mobile apps, featuring per-developer subscription pricing. In an effort to align application developer needs with budget pricing, the new price structure allows developers to compare plans and use RhoMobile’s framework to deliver enterprise-class mobile applications without restrictions.

Using their existing web skills to build native mobile apps, developers can deploy RhoMobile Suite to write an app once and run it on any mobile device, any operating system. It is comprised of a complete set of tools for building, testing, debugging, integrating, deploying and managing enterprise apps. Developers can easily create apps using familiar web technologies, such as CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript and Ruby. These mobile development services are offered in the cloud and include hosted build, synchronization and application management.


  • RhoMobile 5.0’s new streamlined service model offers multi-tier transparent pricing including a free level and two paid subscription levels, Silver and Gold.
  • Rhodes, the basic app framework and RhoStudio are free to use. Both paid levels includes Rhodes and RhoStudio as well as RhoElements (enhanced enterprise features such as barcode reading and automatic data encryption), Cloud Build and the Visual Studio plug-in.
  • The new licensing has been rolled out along with the release of RhoMobile Suite 5.0 and is now available. Developers can purchase licensing through and receive one month of free services. See the website for details.


Mark Kirstein, senior director of Enterprise Software, Motorola Solutions

“As enterprises are all too aware, pricing for mobile development platforms has long been frustrating. With RhoMobile Suite 5.0, we’re making it much easier to evaluate our cross-platform tools and determine costs. Our core open-source framework, Rhodes, is free and if you choose advanced value-added features, you can easily upgrade and know your exact costs.”

Motorola Solutions Advanced Bar Code Scanning Benefits Healthcare Workers and Patients

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 28, 2014

New pocket-sized CS4070-HC wireless enterprise-class bar code scanner helps improve patient safety and the patient experience

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 28, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled the new disinfectant-ready Symbol CS4070-HC wireless handheld Bluetooth® scanner which provides nurses and lab technicians with the ability to scan both 1D and 2D bar codes at the patient bedside to help prevent errors in medication administration and specimen collection. The CS4070-HC bar code scanner can easily pair with in-room computers, laptops, tablets and workstations-on-wheels (WOWs). Healthcare workers can improve the patient experience by easily adjusting the scanner to “night” mode - limiting the lights and sounds emanating from the CS4070-HC to avoid disturbing resting patients.


  • The CS4070-HC companion scanner can quickly capture virtually any bar code with Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine - whether it is displayed on a screen or on curved reflective surfaces, such as vials, syringes and IV bags.
  • The ergonomic CS4070-HC scanner is one of the smallest and lightest devices in its class and can be worn on a lanyard around the neck or tucked in a pocket. The field-replaceable battery holds enough power for a full 12-hour shift and an LED indicator lets healthcare workers know how much charge is left.
  • Healthcare organizations can use the CS4070-HC scanner for medication administration, asset tracking, lab specimen labeling and processing along with transfusion administration.
  • The durable CS4070-HC scanner comes with IP52 sealing and a specially designed, disinfectant-ready plastic housing allowing it to be safely wiped down with a variety of harsh chemicals that help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Motorola’s Service from the Start Advance Exchange support provides coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental breakage and can prevent unexpected repair costs.


David J. Dean, president, ACS MediHealth - a Motorola Solutions PartnerEmpower Gold Partner

"Motorola Solutions' pocket-sized CS4070-HC companion scanner is a powerful tool that can benefit nurses for their daily scanning needs and are often challenged with carrying multiple products as they conduct medication verification and distribution."

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

“Motorola Solutions designed the disinfectant-ready CS4070-HC wireless bar code scanner to meet the needs of both patients and healthcare workers. By providing an easy-to-use, pocket-sized bar code scanner that offers superior ergonomics, omnidirectional scanning and ’do not disturb’ modes, Motorola is helping hospitals improve patient safety and the patient experience.”

Motorola Solutions Unveils WiNG Express, Offering Small and Mid-size Businesses a High-performance Enterprise-class WLAN

on Thursday, 24 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 24, 2014

New offering provides the benefits of a high-performance Enterprise-class WLAN without added complexity and cost

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 24, 2014 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is unveiling a new wireless local area network (WLAN) offering that is easy to manage and deploy without sacrificing best-in-class technology. The new WiNG Express is specifically priced to meet the needs of small and mid-size businesses and is designed for simplicity without compromising on the Motorola WLAN enterprise-class features and functions used by Fortune 500 companies.

WiNG Express requires virtually no IT department support with an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand graphical user interface that simplifies end-to-end WLAN management. The WiNG Express offering provides a competitive pricing model while still creating a fully network-aware WLAN that has the intelligence required to route every transmission as efficiently and securely as possible for unsurpassed wireless performance.

WiNG Express enables one access point (AP) to manage an entire network of 25 APs, eliminating the need for a controller appliance and thus simplifying deployments and helping control costs. With zero-touch deployment, the APs automatically discover each other, connect and are loaded with a customer’s network profile, allowing a network to be up and running in minutes.


  • WiNG Express AP portfolio consists of two dual radio 802.11ac access points (AP 7502E and AP 7522E) and four 802.11n APs (AP 6511E, AP 6521E, AP 6522E and AP 6562E) that are aggressively priced relative to similar offerings in the market.
  • All Express APs come with built-in tools to monitor, manage and troubleshoot APs and connected devices along with powerful analytics which allow users to drill down into any specific AP to view its history for the last 30 minutes, past two hours or last 24 hours.
  • WiNG Express is backed by Motorola Enterprise Mobility Services which offer support to keep products and solutions operating at peak performance throughout their lifecycle.
  • The WiNG Express system is a state-of-the-art wireless offering that uses distributed intelligence; increasing the performance and resilience of the wireless network without performance bottlenecks or single points of failure.


Nick Shoemaker, director, Genesta - a Motorola Solutions PartnerEmpower Gold Partner

“The simplified graphical user interface for Motorola Solutions’ WiNG Express will help meet the needs of smaller IT shops that may not have the expertise and manpower to manage a large network implementation. WiNG Express gives us the flexibility to deliver the power of Motorola’s WLAN with a competitive and simplified management platform.”

Imran Akbar, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Networks & Communications, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions’ WiNG Express gives users all the benefits of high-performance wireless connectivity at a cost that small and mid-size businesses can afford. The ease of deployment and scalability allows customers to grow their network as their business grows, all while maintaining best-in-class operational efficiency and delivering outstanding customer service.”

Motorola Solutions to Issue Second-Quarter 2014 Earnings Results on Aug. 5

on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 22, 2014

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 22, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its second-quarter 2014 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7 a.m. CDT (8 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

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 For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

Speaktoit Announces $2.6 Million Series B Funding

on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 18, 2014

Natural Language Understanding Platform Developer Expanding Into Internet of Things and Connected Devices in the Enterprise

PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 22, 2014 – Speaktoit, developer of human-computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations and creator of the Assistant, today announced it closed a $2.6 million Series B growth investment round from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Intel Capital, Alpine Technology Fund, and Plug and Play Ventures. The round comes as Speaktoit expands its Natural Language Understanding platform, moves its corporate headquarters to Palo Alto, and ramps up its engineering team at the 30+ person company.

Speaktoit continues to grow the user base of its flagship Assistant application for Android, iOS, Windows and Google Chrome. The app, which can be interconnected across all platforms, has more than 12 million registered users. Assistant is now available in nine languages, is the highest grossing lifestyle app for Android in the United States, and has consistently been evaluated as the top-rated virtual assistant available.

Speaktoit is also actively partnering with automotive, smart home, smart TV, wearable technology, and robotics companies to add voice interaction capabilities to their apps and devices. By embedding cross-platform, voice-activated and predictive assistance, newly connected devices in the Internet of Things era will be able to contextually understand users in their natural language for a more meaningful, seamless experience.

“We believe that ‘intelligent companions’ will become more important in the vertical markets we serve,” said Reese Schroeder, managing director for Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. “Since many of our customers are using their fingers and eyes for other tasks, voice has become a more important user interface to access critical information rapidly. The solution provided by Speaktoit can help that interface to really ‘understand’ the user request in the proper context and generate meaningful replies.”

“We’re in the midst of an exciting time for human-gadget interaction technology,” said Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit. “As the Internet of Things helps people reimagine what’s possible with the objects around us, we’re continuing to expand how users interact with their connected devices and gadgets. Our investors share our vision of the connected future, and we’re excited to work with them to ensure natural language understanding becomes a seamless, instinctive and helpful part of our daily lives.”

About Speaktoit

Speaktoit is a developer of human-computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations. Its first product is the Speaktoit Assistant for mobile phones and tablets, which answers questions in natural language, performs tasks and efficiently connects users to popular web services.

About Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Motorola Solutions Venture Capital is the strategic equity investment arm of Motorola Solutions. Its diversified portfolio is focused on “new-idea” companies and opportunities that complement Motorola Solutions’ business strategy. Motorola Solutions Venture Capital invests at all stages in developing companies to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talent. For more information, visit

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel's global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,339 companies in 54 countries. In that timeframe, 206 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 344 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit or follow @Intelcapital.

About Alpine Technology Fund

Alpine Technology Fund is the strategic investment arm of Alpine Electronics. The investments are all equity based, focusing on innovative technology companies in software and services. Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading auto makers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies.

Motorola Solutions Unveils Next Generation Voice-Directed Solution for Industrial Environments

on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 15, 2014

Flexible TekSpeech® Pro can be customized to meet needs of both partners and customers with warehouses and distribution centers

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 15, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled TekSpeech® Pro, an enhanced voice-directed solution that improves the productivity and efficiency of mobile workers in warehouses, distribution centers and other logistics environments. Motorola has bolstered the TekSpeech platform first introduced 10 years ago with a number of technical advancements including a zero-training speaker-independent speech recognition engine and a flexible architecture that enables companies and PartnerEmpower partners to design an end-to-end supply chain solution that meets their specific business needs with a wide selection of mobile computers.

Picking and replenishment processes account for up to 70 percent of operating costs in a warehouse and remain the top priority for warehouse professionals to address with advanced technology solutions that help reduce order fulfillment costs and increase worker efficiency and productivity. Motorola Solutions’ Future of Warehousing Survey found that picking and replenishment solutions during the next five years will see a significant shift (142 percent increase) toward true multi-modal operation and workflows.


  • TekSpeech Pro is ideal for core warehouse management applications such as picking, packing, receiving, cross-docking, put-away, replenishment, loading and quality inspection.
  • With voice-directed picking solutions, companies can benefit from hands-free mobile workers focused on the task at hand, which can increase productivity and reduce errors leading to flawless fulfillment and improved customer service.
  • Motorola’s voice-directed solution provides best-in-class recognition accuracy and requires no speaker training – providing for fast and easy deployments. Users can speak naturally regardless of accent or speed of speech.
  • The TekSpeech Pro platform delivers state-of-the-art performance that can be tailored to meet partner and customer needs easily with a rich set of tools that allow users to customize their application, seamlessly integrate into warehouse management systems (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and analyze voice-directed processes to improve workflows.
  • Motorola has the widest range of multi-modal devices and accessories that enable speech applications in the warehouse. Multi-modal support enables a more natural and efficient communication environment that allows users to interact through multiple modes of speech, scan, touchscreen, and keyboard input.
  • The TekSpeech Pro platform enhances Motorola’s voice picking solution ecosystem, which gives customers the most choice in selecting the solution that is right for them.


Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions

“Voice-directed solutions in the warehouse traditionally have been costly and complex to implement and required proprietary hardware and software. Motorola Solutions is reinforcing its 10-year commitment to this market with TekSpeech Pro - bringing flexibility and performance to a completely open, multi-modal solution that will help partners and customers deploy voice-enabled applications that can improve worker productivity and business profitability.”

Laurent Rouly, logistics director, RETIF

“The real driver behind our business is technology and we have relied on our voice system for production and order preparation operations since 2006. Hardis and Motorola Solutions were able to rapidly deploy and implement the TekSpeech Pro solution during our pilot and the speech recognition system exceeded performance expectations. The production operators that utilized the solution were able to save significant time and maintain their productivity because they did not need to repeat their orders to their wearable mobile computers.”

Motorola Solutions Receives International Design Award for TLKR Consumer Two-Way Radios

on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 14, 2014

DS4800 Series and TC55 touch computer recognized as IDEA finalists

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 14, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) received the Bronze International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for the TLKR consumer two-way radio series. Motorola’s DS4800 Series bar code scanner and the TC55 touch computer also were selected as finalists in this competition hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

The IDEA program fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence. IDEA is considered one of the most preeminent design competitions in the U.S. with a global reach.


  • With a range of up to 10 kilometers, the TLKR consumer two-way radio series enables powerful connections for extreme sports, outdoor activities and wherever reliable communication is needed for consumers.
  • The DS4800 Series of 2D array imagers offers enterprise-class scanning capabilities in a modern industrial design that enhances the ambiance and branding of the retail point of sale environment. It 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 customer experience.
  • The TC55 merges the features of a traditional enterprise-class mobile computer with the form factor and functionality of a smartphone running the Jelly Bean version of the AndroidTM-based operating system (OS). It is a complete business solution that features a thin design without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from an enterprise mobile device.


Tom Bianculli, senior director of Emerging Business, Motorola Solutions

“We are honored to be recognized with the Bronze IDEA for the TLKR consumer two-way radio series – packed with features for outdoor adventurers. In the finalist category, the DS4800 Series provides a stylistic and customizable way for stores to express their brand and enhance the shopper experience, and the TC55 touch computer was designed to enhance our customers’ productivity at the point of activity.”

Motorola Solutions Issues 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 2, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 2, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) has issued its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report. This annual report highlights Motorola Solutions’ performance as a responsible corporate citizen, dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities where it does business.


  • Motorola Solutions continues to support the Solutions for Hope project, a closed-supply system of mining conflict-free tantalum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries through our actions and industry-wide engagement.
  • About 23 percent of the electricity Motorola Solutions used globally in 2013 came from renewable sources.
  • Motorola Solutions has a goal to reduce total waste by 10 percent in 2015 from 2011 levels (normalized by headcount), as well as increase its recycling rate to 90 percent by 2015.
  • Motorola Solutions and The Motorola Solutions Foundation contributed $16.4 million from Motorola Solutions cash and in-kind product donations, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants, and employee giving that helped 1.2 million students, first responders and community members in 40 countries. By the end of the year, employees around the world donated 71,000 hours of volunteer time – exceeding the company’s 65,000-hour goal.
  • The company’s corporate responsibility performance was recognized by a number of external rankings, including: Corporate Knights’ Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies and CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens.


Jodi Shapiro, vice president, Environment, Health and Safety, Motorola Solutions

“At Motorola Solutions, we are proud of our strong environmental performance, our track-record as a leader in sustainability and our global commitment to corporate responsibility. Our 2013 report highlights both the progress we’ve made with our current initiatives and how we continue to identify and implement new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”

Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation

“As the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes that the expertise, solutions and services we provide extends beyond our innovative communications and technology solutions. We’re proud of the positive impact we continue to make in our communities and we encourage our employees to be generous with their time and talents so they can be their best in someone’s moment that matters.”

Motorola Solutions Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants to Improve Public Safety

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

July 2, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 2, 2014 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), is now accepting applications for grants to support education and training programs improving public safety in the United States and Canada.


  • Nonprofit organizations can apply for programs that provide training to first responders, support the families of fallen first responders, or educate the general public on safety issues.
  • Requests can be for grants between $1,000 and $15,000 for local-level programs in the United States and Canada, implemented in late 2014 or the 2015 calendar year.
  • Organizations are invited to submit applications online by August 1, 2014. Grant awards will be announced in late September 2014.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Foundation staff and the Public Safety Advisory Committee comprised of Motorola Solutions volunteers who have experience with public safety and officer training.
  • The grant program is competitive and, due to the large volume of anticipated applications, not all organizations that apply will receive grants.


Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation

“We are proud that Motorola Solutions’ products and solutions help improve the safety and security of communities around the world. This grant program continues our long history of partnering with the public safety community to help fund programs that improve first responder effectiveness, support the families of fallen first responders and improve safety education for the general public.”

Troy Design & Manufacturing Company Improves Real-Time Visibility, Automation with RFID Technology

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 30, 2014

Solution exceeds expectations with time savings of almost three hours a day

Schaumburg, Ill. – June 30, 2014 – Troy Design & Manufacturing Company (TDM), a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, turned to Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) when it needed an automated RFID tracking system to monitor and guide each step of its more than 150 daily vehicle conversions at its new Chicago Modification Center.

Using Motorola FX9500 fixed RFID readers and AN200 RFID antennas integrated with Lowry Solutions work-in-process (WIP) manufacturing software, TDM’s “hands-off” RFID solution tracks vehicles from the moment they enter their cells. Plant floor operations are much more fluid with reliable automated data capture, which has provided further insights into the facility’s conversion capabilities. As a result, TDM has set a higher standard for facility efficiency and benefitted from more precise real-time visibility, data collection and consistency.


  • Using Motorola’s FX9500 and AN200, TDM time studies showed RFID scans, when compared to bar code scans, shave five to seven seconds off each car’s conversion, which adds up to time savings of almost three hours a day.
  • Operators are more focused on performing their tasks, and workflow is streamlined with less paper-based documentations and manually dependent tracking duties.
  • The complete RFID solution is able to generate RFID tags with complex work instructions, bill of materials and tracking numbers tied to vehicle identification numbers as they enter the facility.


Chris Morgan, IT manager, Troy Design & Manufacturing Company

“With Motorola Solutions’ RFID technologies, we are able to see where vehicles are during the modification process inside and outside of our facility, which provides us with a higher level of efficiency than anticipated. Based on data capture and the information in our system, traffic flow decisions are made automatically in real time. We’d like to add RFID to even more of our workstations to increase visibility across all of our vehicle conversions.”

Mike Lowry, president and CEO, Lowry Solutions

“TDM is on the cutting edge of innovation with its implementation of RFID. Lowry Solutions and Motorola worked closely with TDM to develop this custom RFID solution, where operators can direct vehicles through production cells with real-time guidance solely from automated RFID scans.”

Mike Wills, vice president, North America Manufacturing Sales, Motorola Solutions

“RFID solutions can help manufacturers increase asset visibility and operational efficiencies across their supply chains. With the Motorola-Lowry RFID solution, TDM can automatically track and verify every step of its vehicle conversions in real time, from receipt to completion, and has gained further insight into the Chicago facility’s capabilities.”

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