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Portsmouth, VA Selects Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 Radio System to Increase Coverage Capabilities and Network Interoperability

on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New Public Safety Communication Upgrades Offer Enhanced Communications and Location Awareness Features

Portsmouth, VA – June 11, 2018 – The City of Portsmouth will deploy Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 radio system to provide state-of-the-art mission critical communications technology and interoperable coverage to its first responders. This multi-million-dollar contract builds on Motorola Solutions’ more than three-decade relationship with Portsmouth to modernize the City’s emergency communications platform and integrate with its approximately one-thousand P25 APX radios currently deployed. With more than 500 implementations of the ASTRO 25 complete, Motorola Solutions has extensive experience and proven results in completing installation on time and on budget.

Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 system is a software-defined platform that converges radio and broadband services with additional functionality through the integration of voice and data, to provide features like group services, advanced text messaging and location awareness via time and distance reports as well as push-to-talk. This system also enhances security with radio verification and encryption to prevent third-parties from accessing conversations that includes mission-critical and/or personal information.

"For more than 30 years, Motorola Solutions has teamed up with the City of Portsmouth to equip first responders with reliable communications equipment to perform their mission critical work," said Mike Leonard, Mid-Atlantic Territory Vice-President at Motorola Solutions. "We are honored to continue that relationship with the deployment of the ASTRO 25 radio system. This deployment represents Portsmouth’s continued investment in not just the latest in critical communications technology, but also in maintaining the highest levels of safety in its community."

Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 radio system also offers interoperability with other P25 compliant systems, radios and dispatch consoles. As a result, the ASTRO 25 LMR system ensures that alerts are communicated automatically when using Motorola Solutions’ APX two-way radios or on broadband networks, for maximum coverage. This interoperability also enables a smooth transition marked by continued service between the new and existing systems.

"The safety and security of Portsmouth will always be priority one, and it’s essential that we equip our first responders with unparalleled technology for mission critical communications.” said Daniel Jones, chief information officer of Portsmouth. “Based on our long history together, we knew that Motorola Solutions was the right partner to understand the weight and importance of our investment in these systems. Together, we’re empowering our first responders to communicate quickly and effectively in those emergency situations when every second counts.”

Motorola Solutions Provides Command Center Software to Springfield, Mass. Police for Advanced Crime Analysis

on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Springfield Real-Time Analysis Center Enables Proactive Incident Response

Chicago – May 24, 2018 – After a multi-year effort to bring additional advanced technology resources to its police force, the City of Springfield, Mass., recently launched its Real-Time Analysis Center with command center software from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI). Using advanced software analytics, first responders have a complete operating picture taken from multiple data sources to help them better respond, prevent and limit criminal activity.

Springfield police use Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware software, which aggregates real-time information from computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems, emergency alerts and other data sources. Seconds after an emergency is reported and entered into the CAD system, Springfield crime analysts can help coordinate response by confirming the exact location of first responders and providing them with the critical information they need, such as footage from local cameras and alerts of past criminal activity.

Over the four-year period since the city committed to using advanced analytics software, Springfield has seen a 40 percent decline in its crime rate, something officials have attributed to the growing capabilities of the Real Time Analysis Center.

“The use of CommandCentral Aware has allowed us to make smarter, faster decisions in incident response,” said Bill Schwarz, crime analysis director at Springfield’s Real Time Analysis Center. “We can now equip our first responders with real-time information to help them prepare for whatever situation they face.”

Using CommandCentral Aware with BriefCam allows for the analysis of public and private video with search functions that identify specific descriptors. For example, if analysts are looking for a red car that fled the scene of an incident, the software will help them identify red cars on the road, removing all other cars from their video footage. This reduces time spent analyzing videos from several hours to just a few minutes.

“CommandCentral Aware represents the future of policing, with Springfield setting the bar for how cities can use analytics to keep communities safer,” said Jim Charron, Motorola Solutions senior project manager and former police commander. “As more communities look to integrate data analytics into their public safety efforts, Motorola Solutions continues to push the needle in developing cutting-edge software. These analytics not only save police time and money, but also improve the safety of officers and the people they protect.”

Swinburne University wins Motorola Solutions 2018 Public Safety Hackathon

on Monday, 21 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Student developer team claims $25,000 prize with extreme weather reporting application

Melbourne, Australia – May 18, 2018 – A team of university students have won the Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) hackathon for the first time.

A developer team from Swinburne University claimed top honours with an app concept designed to improve the quality and accuracy of public reports about landslides, fallen trees and other dangers.

The challenge was provided by the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), one of four public safety organisations participating in the event.

In 2016-2017, VICSES recorded its second busiest year on record, responding to more than 31,000 incidents and providing more than 302,600 hours of operational support time to Victorians in need.

Having accurate data is essential to managing such an enormous volume of emergency support requests safely and efficiently. Swinburne’s app concept enables citizens to use their smart phones to capture images of fallen trees and other obstacles and leverages other software tools to accurately measure the size of hazards. It also enables real-time reporting of road conditions.

Providing emergency services with this vital information helps them to send the right resources and skills to a job and to determine the best and safest route to get there.

The fast-paced, 44-hour app development challenge brought together a large and dynamic mix of app developers and emergency service organisations to solve the most diverse set of problem statements in the event’s three-year history.

One of the strongest themes that emerged from this year’s hackathon was the growing need for technologies to enhance citizen engagement with public safety organisations.

From mitigating the impact of shoplifting for Australian retailers to broadcasting mass communications for major public order events and improving the quality and accuracy of emergency reports – app development teams rose to the challenge.

“It is becoming increasingly important for emergency services to access more of the vital data that Australian citizens can capture using smart phones,” said Steve Crutchfield, Vice President and Managing Director for Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand.

“Citizens have an important role to play in protecting their communities, and by providing first responders with the right data at the right time, we can all have a profound impact on the future of public safety,”

“As Motorola Solutions celebrates 50 years in Australia, hackathons, agile development practices and partnerships are helping us to develop new skills and capabilities while accelerating innovation and service delivery for our customers,” added Mr Crutchfield.

Nami Shah from the winning Swinburne team said “Before the hackathon we had no idea that we could apply the skills we are developing at university in this way. “It has been so rewarding to learn that our apps can help public safety agencies to work more efficiently while making our communities safer.

“We have gained great confidence from the hackathon and now plan to develop our app further by adding multimedia and social media components to it.

“It would be a dream come true if we could put our app into the hands of public safety agencies and citizens across the country.”

Narita International Airport excels with advanced radio system from Motorola Solutions

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Fit-for-purpose ST7000 radios increasing daily efficiency and productivity 
  • User survey highlights benefits of upgrading to digital TETRA radio system 
  • Japan’s busiest airport plans further system enhancements 

Berlin, Germany – May 16,  2018 - With more than 39 million passengers and Japan’s largest volume of international cargo flowing through Narita International airport annually, advanced technology is essential to maintaining safety and efficiency for daily operations.

Japan’s busiest airport deployed a highly advanced TETRA digital radio communications system one year ago and is experiencing the benefits of exceptional voice quality, fast call times and significantly expanded coverage.

The upgraded system from Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) connects secure and reliable communications across both Narita and Okinawa Naha airports. The highly scalable, single system connects critical functions across the airports including security, operations and baggage handling activities.

The airport has also deployed a number of Motorola Solutions’ ST7000 TETRA radio devices for Narita airport’s ground staff, helping them to work more efficiently while delivering higher levels of customer service.

The slim, TETRA radio was developed in response to feedback from the airport’s ground staff who wanted an easy-to-use, compact radio suited to the needs of frontline customer service staff.

Behind the scenes of any major airport operation is a carefully coordinated and highly complex set of activities to manage passenger flows, support on-time performance of aircraft and maintain security, safety and customer satisfaction.

Following the success of the radio network upgrade, Narita International airport plans to add additional features to the network over time. Among features available for the TETRA system are smart location services to pinpoint the location of team members in the field and software-defined push-to-talk services to seamlessly connect radios with smart phones, tablets and other devices.

Yoshikazu Takahashi, president and CEO, Nippon Airport Radio Services Co., Ltd said the upgraded radio network and new ST7000 radios had far exceeded expectations.

“Reliable and instant communications are essential for connecting many different parts of an airport’s daily operations,” he said.

“Our upgraded radio network and smart new radio handsets are making a real difference every day - helping airport employees to work as safely and efficiently as possible.”

Survey highlights radio network success
A recent survey more than 50 companies using the network found their overall satisfaction with the service was at 95 per cent. Survey respondents also rated their satisfaction with Motorola Solutions’ ST7000 TETRA radio device at higher than 90 per cent for its audio quality, easy-to-use design, call connection speed and long lasting battery life.

Motorola Solutions vice president and general manager Asia and Japan, Prabhakar Rajagopal, said the successful solution was developed through close collaboration with the customer and by ensuring the chosen technology met the customer's specific, daily operations needs.

“Any environment which requires highly secure and reliable communications can benefit from advanced TETRA radio solutions,” Rajagopal said.
                                                               
“Businesses can also choose from a variety of radio solutions – including rugged devices and more compact designs - to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees working in different roles.
“Our ST7000 radio is suited to the needs of customer-facing professionals, executives or anyone who wants a highly durable radio with excellent audio quality packaged within a discreet and sleek form,” he said.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on July 13, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2018.
 
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Motorola Solutions To Showcase Industry-leading Innovations for the Digital Age at Critical Communications World 2018, Germany

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Disaster Relief 2.0 – leveraging technology to build resilient communities
  • Digital transformation of policing – with body-worn video and powerful analytics
  • Integrated TETRA and Public Safety broadband networks – the best of both worlds
  • Seamless mission-critical communications through collaborative devices

BERLIN, Germany – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions will unveil highly advanced mission-critical solutions for creating a powerful state of safety for a digital society at Critical Communications World 2018 (May 15-17, Berlin, Germany, booth C10). CCW 2018 highlights will include solutions for both public safety and commercial organisations in the area of digital transformation of public safety, disaster relief 2.0 and network modernisation.

Mission-critical communication is more important than ever before. In times of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, mass demonstrations and increasing violence, public safety organisations need cutting-edge smart public safety solutions for fast and effective action. Moreover, in the digital age, rapid developments in digital technology have a profound impact on our lives, enabling a digital economy and fundamentally reshaping the public safety landscape.

“Society, economy and public safety are undergoing a digital transformation. We provide public safety organisations and commercial customers with the right intelligence and tools to help them enhance their operational efficiency, responsiveness and safety,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “From TETRA and DMR to LTE, visitors to our CCW booth can experience one of the most comprehensive critical communications device portfolios as well as powerful analytics, which facilitate today’s digital transformation.”

NEW AT CCW 2018 

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The complexity of crime is increasing and the need for efficient information sharing within and between different agencies has never been greater. With the increasing adoption of body-worn video and the growing number of information sources supporting public safety, a tipping point has been reached. If this valuable data cannot be utilised in real time, public safety organisations risk not knowing that critical piece of information that could change the outcome of an incident.

Motorola Solutions will also give exclusive insights into its newly acquired end-to-end security platform from Avigilon, which brings high-resolution video and Al-based analytics to public safety and commercial workflows. Avigilon will be previewing the latest enhancement to Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology, its AI search engine that helps to dramatically improve incident response times by enabling operators to quickly search through hours of footage to locate a person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. Avigilon will also be featuring some of its advanced camera lines including the H4 Thermal camera which helps user see beyond the visible spectrum, the H4 Infrared Pan-Tilt-Zoom (IR PTZ)  camera which can see up to 250 meters (820 feet) in complete darkness, as well as the industry’s first 7K (30 MP) HD Pro camera that provides wide area coverage while still delivering exceptional image detail to zoom in.

Other CCW highlights include Motorola Solutions’ public safety apps suite featuring new applications like the Capture Mobile Camera app, which allows frontline teams to securely capture images, video and audio with a verifiable chain-of-custody from the moment of capture.

DISASTER RELIEF 2.0
When disasters strike and critical communication is limited or non-existent, public safety and commercial users such as utility providers can rely on easy-to-carry full power broadband networks: The Motorola Solutions LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Infrastructure enables users to take their network with them. Covering a spectrum of use cases from backpack to in-vehicle to in-building and fixed site, LTE coverage can be quickly and securely established anywhere and anytime. Weighing less than 6 kilograms and with activation time frames of less than five minutes from power on, the LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Infrastructure is Motorola Solutions’ smallest and lightest full power broadband network.

The fully functional LTE network is built on a platform that combines an eNodeB (eNB) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The portable infrastructure creates an LTE bubble with coverage of up to one kilometer and can host up to 100 subscribers. Coverage and capacity on demand deliver mission-critical video and other rich media application information at the point of engagement. The Wi-Fi and GPS equipped LXN500 can also host software applications such as mapping, messaging and video streaming to pinpoint in-field resources in cases of emergency and enable seamless collaboration. The IP54-rated solid-state ruggedized design withstands heat, cold, rain as well as humidity, dust and vibration. 

NETWORK MODERNISATION AS A FIRST STEP TO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Forward-thinking public safety network providers are planning for an extended period of TETRA coexisting with LTE. While TETRA remains the best technology for mission-critical voice services, LTE promises cutting-edge, transformative applications that will enhance frontline personnel safety, improve situational awareness and boost productivity. At CCW 2018, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how users can benefit from integrated TETRA and LTE broadband networks.

Future-ready technology like Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core systems enable public safety organisations and commercial customers to make the most of their existing TETRA network today, while preparing for additional LTE broadband capabilities offered by mobile broadband tomorrow.

Moreover, Motorola Solutions will present updates to its DIMETRA Express TETRA system, which now offers enhanced modularity and geographic redundancy, and will showcase how users can improve the security and resilience of their critical communications networks today and in the future. Motorola Solutions will also showcase its enhanced public safety portfolio at CCW 2018 with a new WAVE on-premise offer. The WAVE platform connects disparate networks, enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines.

COLLABORATIVE DEVICES
At CCW 2018, Motorola Solutions will also present its vision of collaborative public safety and commercial workflows based on dedicated TETRA and LTE broadband devices. In a world with an increasing number of connected devices Motorola Solutions fosters the development of collaborative solutions because it believes it promotes flexibility, simplifies communications and reduces the risk of complex multipurpose devices. Therefore Motorola Solutions sees a clear market demand for interconnected devices, which support either TETRA or LTE broadband networks and communicate between themselves and with other equipment around them creating seamless communications across technologies.
  
A key component of Motorola Solutions’ collaborative solution portfolio is the new LEX L11 Mission Critical LTE device. In addition to offering a broad range of innovative features including an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform, the LEX L11 collaborates seamlessly with other Bluetooth-enabled devices as part of a secure personal area network. This collaborative function allows users to get the best of both worlds – for example, users can benefit from the combined coverage of TETRA and Public Safety Broadband networks or use the LEX L11 as their primary user interface for both TETRA and LTE-based communications.

Visit our CCW 2018 expert sessions:

“The human factor: How technology will support tomorrow’s first responders” with Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions 
May 17, 2018, from 11:30-12:00pm

“Experiences from the biggest ITCS public transport implementation in Europe: the German Rheinbahn” with Reinhard Renja, Project Manager System Planning and System Administration at Rheinbahn AG
May 17, 2018, from 2:00-2:30pm

Motorola Solutions Presents New Mission-Critical Broadband Device at CCW 2018

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions powers advanced communication capabilities with LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE device as well as a new multimedia evidence capture mobile app.
  • The LEX L11 can be paired with TETRA two-way portable radios, combining the power of mission-critical TETRA networks with public safety broadband.
  • Motorola Solutions showcases new solutions at Critical Communications World (CCW) 2018, May 15 to 17 in Berlin/Germany at booth C10.

BERLIN, Germany – May 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions continues to transform communications for first responders who use land-mobile radio (LMR) and public safety broadband networks for public protection and disaster relief. At Critical Communications World 2018 (May 15-17, Berlin, Germany), the company will showcase new solutions for enhanced mission-critical communications including an app to share digital evidence. Motorola Solutions will present its latest innovations in Europe for the first time.

LEX L11 MISSION-CRITICAL LTE DEVICE
The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE device is designed with first responders in mind. Developed for global broadband networks, the LEX L11 will enable first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness. The Motorola Solutions LTE device offers a broad range of innovative features including a rugged, easy-to-operate design, best-in-class audio quality and performance as well as an advanced end-to-end secure mobile platform and enhanced accessibility provided by a suite of accessories:

  • Intuitive operation: For natural operation and immediate response, the Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is equipped with a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) and an emergency button as well as a talk group rocker switch and two programmable buttons. These features enable first responders to blindly access mission-critical capabilities while keeping their eyes up, their hands free and focus forward.
  • Best-in-class audio quality: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is designed to let first responders hear and be heard clearly. It provides features for reduced distortion, background noise canceling, and suppressing feedback caused from other devices when in close proximity of each other uses the Howling Suppression technology as deployed in Motorola Solutions’ TETRA handheld devices. The device also optimises audio quality even when holstered.
  • Reliable performance in the harshest environments: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 is made for constant use in tough, unforgiving environments, so first responders do not have to worry about rain, dust, extreme temperatures, battery life or drops. The device meets the MIL-STD-810G standard for drop and shock and is IP67 rated.
  • Extended reach with radio collaboration: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 can also be paired with portable TETRA two-way radios, combining the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical TETRA networks with public safety broadband. Ideal for police officers who need to remain discreet, this pairing allows them to communicate covertly on their radio while using the LEX L11. Together, these technologies are a powerful combination of communication solutions to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect. 
  • End-to-end secure mobile platform: The Motorola Solutions LEX L11 provides high-assurance security features to safeguard public safety communications. Its Secure Mobile Platform utilises a defense-in-depth approach to security, combining multiple layers of advanced defensive walls that stop adversaries from accessing mission-critical voice and data communications

CAPTURE MOBILE CAMERA APP
The new Motorola Solutions Capture Mobile Camera App enables first responders to easily capture image, video and audio evidence with the Motorola Solutions LEX L11 or Android and iOS-based smartphones. All content is securely uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use. Metadata like time, date and location is automatically applied to the captured file. Tags can also be added to the file after capture from the app, or later, within CommandCentral Vault. From the moment of capture, all evidentiary data is isolated from personal data, making it inaccessible for tampering by other apps. The chain of custody is established at the moment of capture, so devices do not need to be subpoenaed. Metadata is also added automatically to organise evidence within CommandCentral Vault.

“High-speed data is driving the communication landscape and penetrating every part of the world. Motorola Solutions is focused on mobilising and connecting first responders in the moments that matter regardless of network or device,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “We are dedicated to growing our technology portfolio for the long-term co-existence of LMR and LTE networks, helping them work together better for years to come. We are also building software apps that are secure and easy to use by first responders and that connect automatically to Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety solutions.”

Broadband, Drones and AR: Motorola Solutions Sets Technological Vision for Disaster Response

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

When disaster strikes, technology is first responders’ critical partner  

BERLIN, Germany – May 14, 2018 – In recent years, rapid urbanisation trends are accompanied by global climate changes and a dramatic increase of natural disasters. As government agencies and first responders strive to provide the best response, it’s becoming clear that technology will play a greater role in building more resilient communities. Motorola Solutions will share its vision for the future of disaster response technologies at Critical Communications World 2018 (May 15-17, Berlin, Germany, booth C10).

The number of natural disasters has dramatically increased in the past decades, as the world today sees three times as many disasters than three decades ago[i]. Public safety agencies around the world know that when disaster strikes, communication is often limited or non-existent, so they must rely on the most resilient and deployable communications solutions. For the past 90 years, Motorola Solutions has been providing customers these robust land mobile radio (LMR) solutions that are built to remain operational during large-scale natural events and provide interoperability between responding agencies.

Broadband and software solutions providing a bigger, clearer picture
Purpose-built public safety LTE solutions of recent years are providing more and more data critical for the understanding of complex situations typical in large-scale natural disasters, allowing better coordination between agencies. Motorola Solutions’ latest ultra-portable LTE infrastructure, LXN 500, enables agencies to quickly deploy a data-rich LTE network virtually anywhere. With just less than 6 kilograms of weight, LXN 500 can be carried in a variety of forms, including backpacks or light vehicles. It also boasts a mesh feature, allowing extension of coverage by deploying several units.

Motorola Solutions envisions a near future where more and more data is fed into Command Center solutions, providing decision makers a wider view of events before, during and after an incident. Historical data will be analysed to help predict which areas can be more susceptible to floods or other incidents, while aggregated live video feeds provide a view of what is happening at various sites. Events and responses built into a timeline will be reviewed after the incident to determine best courses of action in the future.

Make way for augmented reality, drones and data sensors
The abundance of data available from various sources - such as earthquake and flood sensors, weather data and even social media - can clearly provide critical information before, during and after a natural disaster, helping decision-makers make the right call and get the right first responders in on time. However, it’s becoming clear that this abundance of data poses great challenges, namely analysing and presenting the information in a relevant and actionable manner.

With this in mind Motorola Solutions is investing in companies and technologies that can greatly impact the future of disaster response and management. The company’s latest investment in Edgybees, presents a great opportunity in visualising real-time data for decision makers. Motorola Solutions and Edgybees will demonstrate at CCW in Berlin how augmented reality integrated with live drone footage can provide an immersive experience for control room and incident managers.    

Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions CTO: “As leaders in public safety technology, we are committed to exploring technology-driven solutions to our customers’ challenges. Smart sensors and data sources, broadband capabilities as well as new technologies like AR and drones can help us deliver rich, real-time intelligence to public safety users during the moments that matter.”

Motorola Solutions Unveils New Ultra-Portable Broadband Network Infrastructure at CCW 2018

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure is the smallest, lightest full power broadband network of Motorola Solutions.
  • Groundbreaking portable LTE network solution for fast deployment wherever needed.
  • Motorola Solutions showcases new solutions at Critical Communications World (CCW) 2018, May 15 to 17 in Berlin/Germany at booth C10.

BERLIN, Germany – May 14, 2018 – When every second counts, first responders need to communicate seamlessly without missing a beat. Motorola Solutions has developed a groundbreaking portable LTE network solution, which enables first responders to establish high-speed public safety LTE coverage within minutes, everywhere. At Critical Communications World 2018, Motorola Solutions will present this next-generation broadband solution: The new LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure.
 
Emergency operations demand continuous high-speed broadband coverage, yet traditional cell sites cannot always reach everywhere first responders need it. Inadequate capacity, coverage gaps and lack of network prioritisation can weaken first responders’ overall efficiency and safety.

Motorola Solutions’ LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure is an easy-to-carry, miniaturised, full-power site that fits in a briefcase, backpack or vehicle so public safety organisations can bring the broadband network with them or install it at a fixed location.
 
Motorola Solutions’ smallest, lightest and fully functional LTE network is built on a platform that combines an eNodeB (eNB) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The Motorola Solutions LXN 500 creates an on-demand LTE bubble with a reach of up to one kilometer, which scales up to 100 subscribers. With an activation duration of approximately five minutes, first responders will instantly get the secure LTE coverage and capacity they need – anywhere, anytime.
 
The Wi-Fi equipped LXN 500 is a complete standalone LTE network that can host software applications such as mapping, messaging and video streaming to pinpoint in-field resources in cases of emergency and enable seamless collaboration. Its compact, IP54-rated design is made for harsh environments and can withstand heat, cold, rain and other conditions faced by first responders. Roof-mounted external antennas with Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) configuration provide extended range and performance. Moreover, built-in GPS enhances personnel safety and route optimisation.
 
At CCW 2018, Motorola Solutions will also present a new integrated solution provided by its partner RED Technologies for the Motorola Solutions LXN 500: The TREM solution enables an efficient deployment of mission-critical mobile radio coverage for public safety and military. TREM provides real-time radio coverage maps, supervises connectivity and manages radio interferences during crisis situations. It will also integrate Licensed Shared Access for deployment of public safety radio networks within commercial networks when extra spectrum and service priority access are required.
 
“If a forest fire or other emergency breaks out in a remote area, police and fire brigade commanders can use the LXN 500 to quickly establish LTE coverage where needed,” explained Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “We have designed the LXN 500 to cover a wide spectrum of use cases to bring broadband anywhere it needs to be. With our next generation of mission-critical, broadband-based solutions we want to help transform communications towards improved safety for first responders and the people they protect.”

Motorola Solutions Wins TETRA Radio Tender in Brandenburg, Germany

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company will provide TETRA digital two-way radio solutions, accessories, software and services to police and non-police authorities and organisations in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

BERLIN, Germany – May 9, 2018 – Motorola Solutions has been selected in the latest tender of the German federal state of Brandenburg and will supply TETRA digital radio solutions to security authorities and organisations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). The TETRA digital two-way radios plus accessories and supporting services will be used by the police, emergency services, as well as public and private fire departments in Brandenburg.

The multi-year frame contract covers the supply of approximately 2,600 TETRA digital radios including Motorola MTP6650 and MTP8000Ex series TETRA portable two-way radios, Motorola Solutions ST7000 small TETRA radios as well as MTM800 ET TETRA mobile radios. In addition to the delivery of TETRA terminals, Motorola Solutions will also supply the police and non-police public safety users in Brandenburg with a broad range of accessories. With the new radio solutions, Motorola Solutions will update and expand the existing TETRA radio equipment, which has been successfully used by public safety organisations in Brandenburg since their introduction in 2013. Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radio solutions were specially developed in accordance with the requirements of German security authorities and organisations, and will ensure secure and reliable voice and data communication for all police and non-police users.

The delivery to police and non-police forces in Brandenburg also includes the Integrated Terminal Management (iTM) solution from Motorola Solutions for the entire vehicle fleet with up to 50,000 deployed devices. iTM automates the TETRA radio programming process including fleet management and software upgrades, making the process of auditing radio assets and implementing software version control much more efficient. In addition, Motorola Solutions will provide its TETRA RF Automated Coverage and Evaluation Solution (TRACES). TRACES has been designed to track network coverage and performance to provide full visibility of the TETRA network.  

“The renewed TETRA tender win in Brandenburg reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical communication solutions to public safety organisations in Germany and worldwide,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “With customers in more than 100 countries, more than 3.5 million delivered TETRA radio terminals and more than 1,000 TETRA systems, which have been supplied by our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany, the tender win in Brandenburg is a further important milestone for us. Motorola Solutions will continue its investment in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based smart public safety solutions to lead the way into a safe future for our customers.”

Emergency services and app developers unite for Motorola Solutions 2018 hackathon

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Public safety-focused event to ignite creativity, spur creation of advanced software solutions

Melbourne, Victoria – May 8, 2018 – Australia’s public safety agencies will describe some of their greatest operational challenges and application developers will respond, racing the clock to build much needed technologies to make our communities safer.

That’s what to expect when public safety agencies and developers come together for the Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) 2018 hackathon in Melbourne from May 14-16.

Now in its third year, the fast-paced event is designed to stimulate agile development and innovation with software developers creating new applications to help Australian emergency services work faster, safer and more productively.

Public safety organisations including Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service, Ambulance Victoria and Crime Stoppers Tasmania will collaborate closely with developer teams on real world challenges they face in their daily work.

Developer teams will have just 44 hours to develop software applications to support first responders and other emergency workers. Participating app developers this year include online social impact firm BattlerzMastercom as well as student teams from Melbourne University, RMIT and Swinburne.

The winning team will be awarded AUD $25,000 in prize money and support to grow their business and further develop their solutions to make them commercially available.

Development firms will own all IP rights in any applications they develop at the hackathon.

Amazon Web Services are providing training and technical support to help developers access cloud-based tools and enhance their app development capabilities. 

A new approach to innovation

When a major incident occurs, emergency services need dependable technologies and tools to securely share and receive real-time updates with other public safety agencies and tap into broader information from the public and other sources.

This year’s event will utilise software development tools provided by Motorola Solutions’, including its CommandCentral Aware platform to integrate a variety of voice, video and data intelligence sources that provide deeper insights for emergency services organisations.

The cloud-based platform is designed to provide agencies with a common, real-time operating picture of critical incidents as they unfold, drawing on multiple information sources from radio networks, CCTV, resource and location data and social media feeds.

CommandCentral Aware will also be used by competing teams at the hackathon to showcase the apps they have developed and to highlight the benefits of sharing the right information at the right time between public safety operatives working in control room and first responders in the field.

Competition stimulates growth for Australian developers

Previous winners have used their triumphs in Motorola Solutions hackathons as a springboard for further growth and momentum. Among past winners are Western Australian developer, Fleetsu, which accelerated its entry into new markets, increased its staffing levels and opened a satellite office in Brisbane. Last year’s winner, Northern Territory-based business system developer Radical Systems, also experienced considerable growth since winning the event.

“Our hackathons have really helped to drive growth and new opportunities for all participants,” said Steve Crutchfield, Vice President and Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand.

“Even more importantly, these events have helped Australia’s emergency services and developer teams to realise how much they can achieve together to address real world needs within the rapidly-changing public safety and security landscape.

“Working closely with developers through the hackathon also injects fresh energy into our business and complements the growing investment we are making with our graduate recruitment program.”

“Through the use of advanced command centre technologies including CommandCentral, this year’s event will take collaboration and solutions development between public safety agencies and developers to new heights,” Crutchfield said.

The 2018 Public Safety Hackathon will take place at PwC Melbourne on Riverside Quay from May 14-16. For further information please contact Aditi Sabnis on +61 451 211 386 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2018 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 08 May 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
  

  • Sales of $1.5 billion, up 15 percent from a year ago 
  • Organic revenuegrowth of 10 percent; North America organic growth of 8 percent
  • Backlog of $9.6 billion, up $1.1 billion or 13 percent from a year ago 
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69, up 53 percent 
  • Non-GAAP EPS* of $1.10, up 55 percent 
  • Completed $500 million debt-funded U.S. pension contribution 
  • Completed acquisitions of Avigilon and Airbus DS Communications 

CHICAGO – May 3, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2018. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.

“Q1 was outstanding,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “Our record Q1 backlog position and acquisition of Avigilon provide a strong foundation for continued revenue and earnings growth.”

KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q1 2018  Q1 2017 % Change
  Sales $1,468 $1,281 15%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $171 $173 (1)%
  % of Sales 11.6% 13.5%  
  EPS $0.69 $0.45 53%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $260 $212 23%
  % of Sales 17.7% 16.5%  
  EPS $1.10 $0.71 55%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $801 $703 14%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $89 $88 1%
  % of Sales 11.1% 12.5%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $127 $94 35%
  % of Sales 15.9% 13.4%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $667 $578 15%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $82 $85 (4)%
  % of Sales 12.3% 14.7%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $133 $118 13%
  % of Sales 19.9% 20.4%  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.41 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
 
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue – Sales increased 15 percent from the year-ago quarter driven by growth in all regions.  Approximately $49 million of revenue growth was related to acquisitions, including $22 million from the acquisitions of Airbus DS Communications and Avigilon. In addition, $15 million was related to the adoption of accounting standard ASC 606. Products segment sales grew 14 percent with growth in every region. The Services segment grew 15 percent with growth in every region led by Managed & Support Services. 
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 11.6 percent of sales, compared with 13.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline reflects higher transaction costs related to acquisitions and a $52 million collection of a legal judgement in the prior year, offset by higher sales volume and higher gross margin. Non-GAAP operating margin was 17.7 percent of sales, compared with 16.5 percent in the year-ago quarter driven primarily by higher sales and higher gross margin.
  • Cash flow – Operating cash flow was negative $500 million, versus $142 million of operating cash generated in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow2 was negative $541 million, versus $74 million of free cash flow generated in the year-ago quarter. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to a $500 million debt-funded U.S. pension contribution, higher cash tax payments, higher incentive payments and a $52 million collection of a legal judgement in the prior year offset by lower capital expenditures associated with the company's ERP implementation in the prior year.
  • Capital allocation – The company paid $1.1 billion for acquisitions, repurchased $66 million of its common stock and paid $84 million in cash dividends.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with backlog of $9.6 billion, up $1.1 billion from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog was up 11 percent or $166 million, and Services was up 14 percent or $973 million. Land mobile radio demand led by the Americas continues to drive backlog growth. 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Strategic wins
  • Selected by the state of Florida to build and manage a new statewide public safety network
  • $20 million for additional Managed & Support Services for the state of Indiana
  • $15 million for a P25 system in Miami-Dade County, Florida 
  • $15 million for a four-year Managed & Support Services contract for the state of Maryland
  • $6 million for a two-year Managed & Support Services contract for Petrobras, a large petroleum company in Latin America
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Announced the LEX L11 Mission Critical LTE handheld device for global broadband networks, including FirstNet in the U.S.
  • Announced the Capture mobile camera app, which allows first responders to capture image, video and audio evidence on any Android or iOS-based smartphone
  • Completed the acquisitions of Avigilon, a leader in advanced video surveillance and analytics, and Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), a leading provider in North America of command center software for emergency call-handling

BUSINESS OUTLOOK
 
  • Second-quarter 2018 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 15 percent, with organic growth of approximately 4 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.34 to $1.39 per share. 
  • Full-year 2018 - The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 14 percent, up from the prior outlook of 10 to 11 percent provided at the Financial Analyst Meeting on Feb. 27. The company now expects non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $6.70 to $6.85, up from the prior outlook of $6.50 to $6.65. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 172 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, May 3. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.


CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
  Q1 2018 Q1 2017
Net sales $1,468 $1,281
Gross margin 669 570
Operating earnings 171 173
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

117

77
Diluted EPS $0.69 $0.45
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 170.6 169.9


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2018.

(per diluted common share) Q1 2018
   
GAAP Earnings $0.69
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.08
Reorganization of business charges 0.06
Intangibles amortization expense 0.19
Loss on legal settlements 0.01
Loss on Avigilon derivative instruments 0.06
Release of FIN 48 reserve (0.01)
Sale of investments (0.05)
Acquisition-related transaction fees 0.07
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.10

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Organic revenue:  Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters, and excludes the affects of ASC 606. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions and accounting adjustments which can obscure period to period comparisons.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, 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. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges 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 earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
 
BUSINESS RISKS

This news 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 second quarter and full year of 2018. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) 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; (6) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (7) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to complete acquisitions or repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters and excluding the effects of ASC 606.
2  Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

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Collahuasi Mine Aims to Be 100% Safe

on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The fourth largest copper operation in the world has put its trust in Motorola Solutions to manage and supervise its communications system 
  

  • More than 5,500 mining employees, many of whom communicate using Motorola Solutions ASTRO P25 radios, will be able to better focus on their mission and no longer worry about the control and operation of their communications network.
  • Full-service management of its critical communications system by Motorola Solutions will ensure availability 24x7, including predictive troubleshooting that helps improve safety. 

SANTIAGO, Chile – April 24, 2018 –Collahuasi Mine in Chile – one of the largest copper extraction deposits in the world – requires 24x7x365 support, and seamless communications are critical. That is why it has decided to entrust Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) with full control of the operation of its mission-critical communications system.

Assuring and managing the communications system is a major challenge, especially for an operation involving 5,500 company employees and collaborators dispersed across 3,500 Km2 in the Andean Mountains in the region of Tarapacá, Chile, entailing a variety of additional complexities for the mining business related to climate and geographic altitude.

Collahuasi is overcoming radio communications service availability issues by taking a proactive approach to mitigating risks to workers and mining operations that can reduce accidents and partial or total shutdowns.

The company has chosen the Motorola Solutions Premier communications system control and management service package, which includes local technical support, network monitoring from the Motorola Solutions Network Operations Center (NOC) in Illinois (USA), ongoing radio hardware maintenance, cyber security monitoring, and prevention and diagnosis.

“Every minute without communication puts our workers in the field at risk and affects the efficiency of the entire business. By entrusting the management of our communications network to Motorola Solutions, we can rest assured that we have a synchronized network with the latest technology that can operate seamlessly and reliably, and we are confident that we will see tangible benefits in the efficiency, profitability and safety of our operations,” said Gerardo Herrero, Collahuasi IT Manager.

System management will include 24x7 monitoring by expert professionals that can conduct predictive analyses of potential issues using statistical studies on traffic, failure occurrence and patch installation control, among others.

In addition to keeping the communications and safety protection system updated with the latest versions, this service will allow for installed radio and hardware repairs to ensure stable communications as well as safer and enhanced mining operations.

Victorian emergency services extend investment in advanced, mission-critical communications

on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to enhance Metropolitan Mobile Radio network for first responders

MELBOURNE, Australia, 24 April – Motorola Solutions Australia (NYSE: MSI) will expand and upgrade the mission-critical radio network serving Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The Partnerships Victoria managed service contract has been extended for seven years (valued at AUD $261 million) with an opportunity to extend for a further five years. This will extend Motorola Solutions’ delivery of mission-critical voice communications to the State of Victoria beyond 20 years.

In addition to upgrading the Metropolitan Mobile Radio network (MMR), Motorola Solutions will provide enhanced data services and incremental safety features including GPS and location services, enabling agencies to better manage their vehicles and personnel. The service will also provide customised online reporting, giving agencies valuable information about their radio network usage.

Motorola Solutions will continue to deliver new innovation to the service, including a trial of its software-defined push-to-talk solution to extend radio network access to more users via broadband.

The upgrade will also provide public safety agencies with a strategic interface to their Triple Zero emergency call and dispatch systems, enabling them to access more services and data-based capabilities over time.

Strong reliability and performance to continue

The MMR network commenced operation in 2005, providing mission-critical, digitally encrypted voice communication for emergency services throughout greater metropolitan Melbourne.Since then the network has consistently met and exceeded service levels, including stringent availability targets to provide Victorian public safety agencies with a highly secure and reliable service.

Victorian first responders depend on the mission-critical MMR service every day. They made more than 40 million push-to-talk voice transmission calls across the network in 2017.

The network enables the three agencies to communicate seamlessly with one another for enhanced emergency response and 24/7 support from Motorola Solutions’ Melbourne-based control centre. Later this year, Victoria State Emergency Service, Corrections Victoria and Life Saving Victoria will also join the network.

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director, Steve Crutchfield, said the MMR network would continue to provide Victoria’s emergency services with the best technology to meet their daily operational needs while enabling them to be more responsive to major emergencies.

“Emergency services depend on having ‘always on’, secure and reliable communications for their daily work,” Crutchfield said.

“For the past 13 years the MMR network has provided essential communications for Victoria’s first responders when they have needed it most. This includes uninterrupted coverage during Victoria’s tragic Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and reliable performance during many other major emergencies.”

Crutchfield said the upgrade will also keep Victoria’s emergency services at the forefront of technology innovation with access to the latest software and radio equipment and full-lifecycle support to keep technology up-to-date.

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2018 Earnings Results on May 3

on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – April 19, 2018 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter 2018 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, May 3.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDT) on May 3. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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

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