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Motorola Solutions Unveils New MC3200 Mobile Computer: 3 Generations, 2 Operating System Choices, 1 Industry-Leading Solution

on Wednesday, 25 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 24, 2014

New enterprise mobile computer is first to offer Android™ and Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 24, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) is offering the third generation of the industry’s most successful mid-range mobile computer to retailers, manufacturers and distributors to help improve customer satisfaction through more efficient and accurate inventory management. The new, lightweight MC3200 mobile computer is ideal for inventory-related tasks on the store sales floor, in the warehouse aisle and on the loading dock where mobile workers need to rapidly and accurately pick orders to ensure customers receive the right items on time.

The cost-effective MC3200 is the industry’s first enterprise-class mobile device available with support for both the AndroidTM and Windows Embedded Compact (CE) 7 operating system (OS) – enabling businesses to standardize on one OS for all of their enterprise applications. With Premium models of the MC3200, companies can swap between Android and Windows CE7, enabling them to purchase the OS that best meets the needs of their businesses and workers today and in the future.

KEY FACTS

  • The MC3200 retains the superior flexibility of the MC3000 series, allowing customers to mix and match three unique form factors and three keypads to create the right device for different jobs. In addition, all existing peripherals and accessories for the MC3000 series will be compatible with the new MC3200 including cradles and battery chargers – providing additional investment protection for customers.
  • With a fast dual core 1GHz processor, high-speed 802.11n WLAN radio, expanded memory options and Motorola’s latest 1D and 2D scan engines, the MC3200 helps improve application performance, decrease cycle times and increase productivity.
  • The MC3200 offers the most features for superior voice-directed application support – providing the voice quality necessary to maximize worker efficiency.
  • Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions allows businesses to activate optional features that transform Android into a true enterprise-class OS capable of delivering security, device management and support for enterprise data capture capabilities.
  • Motorola’s new Enterprise Mobility Developers Kit (EMDK) for Android gives application developers complete control over the enterprise value-added features available on Motorola’s Android-based mobile computers.
  • With Motorola’s RhoMobile Suite, developers can write, integrate, host and manage applications with the next generation of cross-platform tools. RhoMobile 4.1 is now available and includes improvements to both printing and application communications.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

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

“During the last decade, MC3000 mobile computers have been successfully deployed around the world in both large and small organizations, and the new MC3200 will continue that tradition as an investment that customers can count on to help improve worker productivity. With the MC3200 expanding the industry’s largest portfolio of Android-based mobile computers, only Motorola Solutions can provide companies with the ability to deploy Android-based mobile computing solutions across the enterprise – from the front of the store, back into the warehouse and out in the field.”

Motorola Solutions Delivers One of the World’s Smallest Enterprise-Class 802.11ac Access Points Designed for Hospitality

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 23, 2014

Purpose-built Gigabit wireless wallplate AP hides in plain sight while offering guests high-speed wireless for multiple devices

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 23, 2014 – Providing high-speed wireless Internet access in hotels and resorts can be challenging with numerous rooms, walls, floors, doors and other barriers potentially impeding high-quality coverage. Today’s hotel guests also are carrying more mobile devices and running data-hungry applications such as video in their rooms. Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is introducing an enterprise-class, dual radio 802.11ac access point (AP) designed specifically for hotels and resorts to provide reliable high-performance wireless connectivity. The AP 7502 hides in plain sight, or blends in with the room décor, and can be installed in just a few minutes by snapping the wallplate AP over existing cabling and utilizing WiNG 5 zero-touch automatic configuration. With comprehensive micro-locationing support, including Bluetooth® SMART beacon technology, the AP 7502 enables enhanced interaction and engagement to provide guests with the information they want when they need it most.

Motorola also is introducing two additional dual radio 802.11ac access points that provide customers with unparalleled price-to-performance ratio. The AP 7522 and AP 7532 are affordable yet come with a full suite of enterprise-class performance and security features providing high-speed wireless to all mobile users on all devices and applications. The sleek design allows for deployment in common areas and customer-facing public spaces with optional antennas to help ensure maximum range when needed. The AP 7522 and AP 7532 also can serve as a dedicated sensor for robust indoor locationing functionality.

KEY FACTS

  • The AP 7502 is a new 802.11ac, dual radio access point with five internal antennas, four Ethernet ports and Bluetooth SMART technology, plus a host of Motorola features such as SmartRF to help ensure connection continuity and quality for every user and every mobile device in the room.
  • The AP 7502 has flexible deployment options: centralized management via a wireless service platform for large scale and multi-facility deployments, autonomous AP 7502 environment supporting up to 25 APs with no controller appliance, or as a standalone hotspot.
  • The dual radio AP 7522 offers 2x2 multiple-input and multiple output (MIMO) technology with two streams, while the dual radio AP 7532 offers 3x3 MIMO and three streams on both radios; thus providing cost effective options for medium or high density Wi-Fi deployment.
  • The WiNG 5 operating system is a state-of-the-art wireless operating system that uses distributed intelligence, increasing the performance and resilience of the wireless network without performance bottlenecks or single points of failure.
  • Motorola’s WLAN Management Service assures performance and availability of business-critical WLAN networks. The service encompasses security and compliance, including rogue identification and threat mitigation; network assurance, which includes troubleshooting, proactive testing and forensic analysis; support for centralized management; and policy configuration of Motorola WiNG 5 infrastructure.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

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

“The AP 7502 from Motorola Solutions was built with the challenging hospitality environment in mind. The compact design makes it virtually invisible to guests while still providing the high-speed connection visitors look for when choosing a hotel or resort. Coupled with the AP 7522 and AP 7532, Motorola’s suite of 11ac access points gives customers value while maintaining the highest industry standards necessary for deploying a network in the hospitality market. Additionally, the portfolio is powered by WiNG 5, which remains an industry leader for highly distributed, intelligent, flexible and manageable enterprise-class Wi-Fi.”

Motorola Solutions Receives Three Good Design Australia Awards

on Friday, 20 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 19, 2014

DS4800 Series, MP6000 scanner/scale and TC55 touch computer recognized for design excellence

Schaumburg, Ill. – June 19, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) was recently recognized with the Good Design Award® for the DS4800 Series bar code scanner and the Good Design® Selection for the MP6000 scanner/scale and the TC55 touch computer. These awards, presented by Good Design Australia, are among the most respected and recognized global design endorsements. They are indicators of good design principles and a commitment to design excellence.

KEY FACTS

  • The DS4800 Series of 2D array imagers offer enterprise-class scanning capabilities in a modern industrial design that enhances the ambiance 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 MP6000 is a multi-plane scanner/scale that uses 2D imaging technology to scan both traditional paper-based bar codes and those generated by smartphones with the highest level of performance for high-volume retail checkout lanes and self checkout systems.
  • 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 Android 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.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Tom Bianculli, senior director of Emerging Business, Motorola Solutions

“Our design approach starts with customers – we work with them to develop meaningful solutions that elevate the user experience and help them be their best at what they do. The Good Design Award winning DS4800 Series provides a stylistic and customizable way for stores to express their brand and enhance the customer experience. The MP6000 scanner/scale and TC55 touch computer, recognized with the Good Design Selection, are targeted at enhancing our customers' productivity at the point of activity.”

Motorola Solutions Upgrades North Carolina's Burke County with Latest 9-1-1 Dispatching Technology

on Thursday, 19 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 18, 2014

New dispatch console provides faster response regardless of network demand

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 18, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and Intrado announced the future implementation of an Advanced 9-1-1® (A9-1-1®) system in Burke County, N.C. This system includes MCC 7500 Dispatch Console’s and enables a migration path to the NG9-1-1 emergency call taking solution being developed alongside Intrado. It also sets in motion the eventual migration to a full NG9-1-1 system to support text-to-9-1-1 capabilities.

The new A9-1-1 system gives Burke County the ability to transfer 9-1-1 calls, along with associated location information and other data, between different county systems seamlessly over an IP system and implement a back-up call center from multiple locations in case of an emergency. The system will effectively cut down response times by minimizing the time it takes for a call to come in to the dispatch center while giving the Burke County dispatch operations center a technological upgrade.

The long-term benefit of the A9-1-1 purchase comes in the form of a new system architecture to support the NENA i3 standard of NG9-1-1. This represents the transition to the next technological breakthrough in 9-1-1 call taking through bridging the gap between legacy wireline and wireless networks by integrating them in an end-to-end IP system. Burke County’s A9-1-1 system includes an upgrade to call routing and automated location information, the first step in bridging that gap. With the May 15 text-to-9-1-1 agreement in place, the four predominant carriers in the United States will support text-to-9-1-1, which is the next stepping stone to a full NG9-1-1 system.

KEY FACTS

  • IP call set up times reduces set up time over analog calls, providing faster response.
  • Burke County 9-1-1 serves a population of approximately 90,000 and covers more than 515 square miles. The 9-1-1 center manages more than 97,000 calls for service each year through 10 dispatch positions and provides dispatch services for 7 police departments and 19 fire departments.
  • Burke County is the first county in Western North Carolina to migrate to the MCC 7500 and A9-1-1, thus allowing for increased network security in emergency situations by gaining the ability to implement back-up call centers from multiple locations.
  • Intrado and Motorola Solutions’ continued collaboration builds on this change in 9-1-1 call taking by implementing better, faster, more reliable technologies to keep customers on the cutting edge of this new dispatch evolution. Intrado’s leading technology in the text-to-9-1-1 capability provides the necessary architecture for the advancement of Burke County to the possibility of a full NG9-1-1 system.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Candy Strezinski, 9-1-1 Director, Burke County Dispatch Center

“The current 9-1-1 infrastructure was designed more than 50 years ago and has reached its capacity for transitioning in to the next phase of 9-1-1 technology. Motorola Solutions’ MCC 7500 Dispatch Console provides us with a number of benefits, including direct access to the VIPER master site providing additional information to the dispatchers leading to improving delivery of emergency services in the county with a faster response time.”

Tim Boyle, vice president, Applications Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions’ work with Intrado has put us in a position to develop the very best technology for NG9-1-1. With the incorporation A9-1-1 routing and automatic location identification (ALI) functionality, we have enabled Burke County to take another step closer to a fully integrated NG9-1-1 call control solution.”

Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Data Portal Gives First Responders in the Field Instant Access to Enhanced Situational Awareness

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 16, 2014

Motorola, 3rd party mobile apps for public safety & commercial use combine to make accessing critical information easier

Motorola, 3rd party mobile apps for public safety & commercial use combine to make accessing critical information easierSCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 16, 2014 – Research shows that 89% of public safety decision-makers believe data is just as critical as voice communications. The new Intelligent Data Portal from Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) can help public safety agencies and commercial services that need a simple way to access their data in the field from multiple databases across different mobile devices and networks. Intelligent Data Portal is a mobile, cloud-based application that gathers contextual information from existing databases. It then organizes and maps it using role-based layers to show the location and context of people, resources, events and developing situations. Users in the field can see near real-time updates of data from sensors, surveillance cameras and other events to provide warnings of escalating and evolving situations.

Motorola is launching this end-to-end solution with technology from five vendors using one simple interface to help give Intelligent Data Portal users full visibility to information that can influence decision making in the field. AccuWeather uses real-time, high-resolution radar to track local storms, lightning strikes, wildfire reports, hurricanes and other environmental factors along with watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Blueforce Tactical provides a secured exchange of information, giving users a shared awareness and extended presence of people, sensors and services. Drakontas’ DragonForce Team Collaboration application provides real-time personnel tracking, text messaging, reporting and collaborative whiteboarding on maps and images for tactical planning. Intrado Beware® provides advanced information on people, places and things and dramatically increases first responder safety by alerting them to potentially dangerous situations while en route or at the location of a scene. The Omega Group’s CrimeView Dashboard, which operationalizes a public safety agency’s command process from priority identification to patrol design, has been enabled to make its incident, offender and mission-critical data available to field personnel through Intelligent Data Portal’s interactive map display. Motorola is also actively collaborating with new vendors to deliver services for future releases of Intelligent Data Portal.

KEY FACTS

  • Motorola’s Intelligent Data Portal enables officers, incident commanders and investigators to access critical information from multiple data bases and provides a single, easy-to-use interface for one operating view. Information can also be shared with other agencies and across jurisdictions.
  • The mobile application integrates with existing computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems and the browser-based software is compatible with in-vehicle workstations, smart phones and tablets. On-demand information obtained from Intelligent Data Portal is displayed in an integrated view of data, alerts, incidents, personnel and resources and is layered to allow the user to decide what information to display or hide.
  • Motorola’s Professional Services help guide departments through visioning, training and needs assessments. Design and planning will also assist departments in preparation for implementing new technologies such as the Intelligent Data Portal.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Tim Boyle, vice president, Application Products and Solutions, Motorola Global Solutions and Services

“Public safety agencies want the ability to deliver relevant information about developing situations to personnel in the field, no matter what smart device or mobile broadband network they’re using. Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Data Portal displays an up-to-the minute view of location-based alerts and events such as shots fired, current weather conditions and fire alarms to give users active, strategic and on-demand information.”

Manufacturers Are Up and Running Faster With Digital Radios

on Friday, 13 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 11, 2014

See why leaner operations are built with digital radios

Motorola Solutions’ new 2014 Top Trends in Plant Communications white paper shows how to overcome the biggest challenges cell phone users face within manufacturing plants, including poor noise suppression, spotty reception and much more. The results of this nationwide survey provide valuable insight to improve productivity and enhance worker safety. As manufacturers strive for leaner processes, it’s critical to see what is working and what’s not in plant communications.

Participate in our digital radio survey, and this interactive tool will show you the best radio options in our MOTOTRBOT search tool based on your needs. Also, watch this Manufacturing video to find out which communication technology has the biggest impact on reducing worker downtime.

Learn more about Motorola’s Plant Communications and be sure to follow the latest enterprise news from Motorola Solutions on Twitter and Facebook.

Motorola Solutions Redefines Self-Service Shopping Experience with Next Generation Personal Shopper

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 10, 2014

MC18 Personal Shopper helps consumers save time and money

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 10, 2014 – With the majority of shoppers agreeing that self-help technologies improve their shopping experience, Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled the industry’s most advanced personal shopping device, which will help shoppers save time and money as they quickly scan items and experience faster checkouts. The MC18 Personal Shopper is Motorola’s fifth generation personal shopping device and bridges the gap between convenient technology and personal service – providing shoppers with relevant real-time discount coupons for items they are purchasing and suggestions for complementary merchandise.

Motorola personal shopping devices have been installed in more than 2,000 stores globally, accounting for nearly 1 million transactions per day. Retailers using this solution have reported an increased basket size of up to 30 percent, while receiving real-time visibility into what customers are buying. Shoppers benefit from the technology as they scan items as they shop, allowing for faster checkout. The MC18 is designed for grocery stores, department stores, hypermarkets, wholesale membership clubs and mass merchandisers.

KEY FACTS

  • The MC18 brings five industry firsts to the personal shopping device market:
  • A new large, all-touch, 4-inch high-resolution display that is easy to use and navigate with pinch-and-zoom capability, which provides easy viewing of shopping lists and promotional items.
  • Motorola’s advanced imaging engine enables the instant capture of virtually any 1D or 2D bar code whether it is printed on paper or displayed on the screen of a mobile phone. And with omnidirectional scanning, both shoppers and store associates benefit from point-and-shoot simplicity without needing to orient the bar code and scanner.
  • The MC18 comes with Bluetooth® Low-Energy (BLE) technology enabling retailers to deploy applications that help shoppers find products with indoor maps and receive special offers based on their location in the store.
  • The new PowerPrecision+ battery powers nine hours of continuous use, and delivers faster charging and advanced state-of-health measurements to maximize device usage and ensure shoppers are provided with ready-to-use personal shopping devices.
  • A new flexible space-saving cradle design can be configured in three ways depending on the retailer’s needs both on the store floor and in the back room.
  • The MC18 also can be used for gift registry applications and product picking by store associates processing online orders.
  • Store associates can use the MC18 for price audits, inventory management and price checks to further improve productivity and store efficiency.
  • The MC18 is rugged and ready for all-day everyday use in the aisles as well as in the backroom.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

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

“The MC18 Personal Shopper represents the fifth generation of our retail solution that has been deployed in more than 65 retail chains and has transformed the shopping experience of customers around the world. The MC18 can help retailers minimize shoppers’ frustration with long lines at checkout, and more efficiently deploy staff to focus on customer service tasks – helping boost customer satisfaction, basket size and sales.”

Motorola Solutions’ Juliann Larimer and Karen Olson Named to CRN’s Women of the Channel Power 100

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 9, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 9, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Juliann Larimer, vice president of North America marketing, and Karen Olson, global PartnerEmpower program manager, have been named to the CRN 2014 Women of the Channel list, and have been recognized as two of this year’s Power 100. The annual Women of the Channel list highlights the accomplishments of female executives within vendor, distribution and solution provider organizations, and the impact they are having on the advancement of the IT Reseller industry. This year, the Power 100 spotlights those female executives at vendor and distributor organizations whose insight and influence in their respective companies help drive channel success.

Motorola’s PartnerEmpower™ program rewards channel partners for their investment in developing the highly specialized skill sets needed to sell, design, implement and deploy innovative mobility and communications solutions. Last year, Larimer and Olson led efforts to streamline and simplify the PartnerEmpower program so that partners could more easily understand the program and grow with Motorola. Olson instituted new partner enablement tools to help partners gain better visibility into their relationship with Motorola and drive better business discussions. Larimer launched a new website that made it easier for customers to identify the best partners available for specific applications and vertical markets.

“It is our privilege to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of the women in this year’s Power 100,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We are committed to raising the visibility of the contributions of women in the channel, and we applaud the far-reaching influence of these executives who are defining today’s channel and helping to shape its future.”

“Karen and I are honored to be recognized by CRN as Power 100 Women of the Channel. We have been fortunate to have strong alignment and internal support for our vision of the channel, and this award is a reflection of Motorola’s commitment to our partner ecosystem,” Larimer said.

A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the June issue of CRN magazine and expanded coverage of the Power 100 will be featured online at www.crn.com.

CHICAGO SKY HOSTS “POLICE AND FIRE NIGHT” PRESENTED BY MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS

on Friday, 06 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

June 5, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Sky will host “Police and Fire Night” presented by Motorola Solutions on Friday, June 6. The evening will feature the Sky taking on the Los Angeles Sparks at 7:30 p.m. CT and a pregame Safety Expo on the concourse of the Allstate Arena beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.

“We’re proud to join forces with Motorola Solutions to make ‘Police and Fire Night’ an annual event honoring the brave men and women who serve and protect our communities,” said Adam Fox, Chicago Sky president and CEO. “We look forward to thanking these everyday heroes for their hard work and dedication.”

Fans are encouraged to come join the Sky in honoring the men and women of the police and fire services who serve the Chicagoland area. Tickets start as low as $15 and include access to the Sky’s Safety Expo prior to the game. Activities at the expo will include: fingerprinting, a distracted driving simulator, a cyber bullying presentation, internet safety advice, First Aid for kids, an emergency preparedness seminar and home alone safety tips.

“Motorola Solutions is honored to work with the Chicago Sky and greater community to honor our local heroes and their families. Keeping our cities safe requires a great deal of manpower and a tireless effort from first responders. We look forward to recognizing them on this special evening,” said Juliann Larimer, vice president, North America Marketing, Motorola Solutions.

A portion of the proceeds from every ticket purchased through this offer for the Sky’s “Police and Fire Night” presented by Motorola Solutions will be donated to Police and Fire affiliated charities in the Chicagoland area. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET.

The 7:30 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Sparks will air locally on The U Too and WNBA LiveAccess.

About the Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky (4-1) is off to the best start in franchise history. Now in their ninth season, the Sky is coming off a 2013 season where the team finished atop the Eastern Conference with a 24-10 record and earned the first WNBA Playoff berth in franchise history. For information on 2014 ticket packages to see the Sky play at Allstate Arena, call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit www.chicagosky.net.

About Motorola Solutions

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

Motorola Solutions RhoMobile Suite Enables Grass Roots to Bring Delegates, Guests Experience to the Next Level

on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 27, 2014

Rapid development to deliver customized applications for event management

London, 27 May, 2014 - Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announces that Grass Roots, the world’s leading provider of employee and engagement services, is using RhoMobile Suite to easily and cost-efficiently create mobile scanning applications to more effectively manage the movement of delegates and interact better with them at conferences.

Grass Roots manages employee and customer engagement conferences for some of the world’s biggest brands. Its Meetings and Events division facilitates the smooth running of conferences and develops a range of mobile applications. The applications are used to help register people on entry to events and provide conference customers with new ways to interact with their delegates. Key applications include an attendance scanner to scan delegates’ badges and collect real-time data on who is at the event, access control scanning to ensure only authorised people gain access to sessions, and a lead retrieval tool. The lead retrieval tool is a highly valuable service for exhibitors. When delegates come to exhibitors’ stands, their badge is scanned using a Motorola MC40 rugged handheld computer and they can be asked a list of questions stored on the device. The data is weighted against a range of variables (e.g. the length of time spent on the stand) and helps exhibitors accurately qualify sales leads.

Grass Roots uses RhoStudio to develop, debug and test its applications. And it’s planning to use RhoHub to easily store, retrieve and amend applications and upload changes to mobile devices. Grass Roots cites the applications it created for a recent conference on Continuing Professional Development to underline the value of RhoMobile Suite. Its IT team developed a scanning application for MC40 mobile computers to validate that delegates had attended sessions and how long they were there. The data was used to issue training certificates. Using an element of pre-created code, the application took just two days to develop.

RhoMobile Suite enables the efficient development of mobile applications that are OS agnostic and able to support enterprise and consumer-class operating systems to more easily write, integrate, deploy and manage applications that work across platforms. In addition to RhoStudio and RhoHub, RhoMobile Suite includes Rhodes, an open source Ruby-based framework to rapidly develop native applications; RhoGallery, an enterprise application store to easily store and distribute applications to mobile devices; RhoElements to create flexible applications that look and feel the same on every device; and RhoConnect, a simple way to connect mobile applications to business data.

KEY FACTS

  • Grass Roots uses RhoMobile Suite to more efficiently develop scanning applications for the MC40 rugged handheld computers that it uses at conferences and events.
  • The applications are used to register delegates when they arrive, checking people are allowed to enter into sessions, and confirming delegates’ IDs before asking their opinions for surveys.
  • RhoStudio enables Grass Roots to develop applications more quickly; the pre-developed scanning module especially saves time.
  • Grass Roots selected RhoMobile as it provides a simple and cost-efficient way to develop mobile applications.
  • In the future, Grass Roots plans to use RhoHub to store its applications code to easily refine existing and create new applications by reusing past development efforts.
  • RhoMobile Suite provides a comprehensive set of development tools to write an application once and publish it on a device regardless of device brand, screen size or major operating system.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Jamie Lamport, senior developer, Grass Roots

"Developing mobile applications can be a long, costly and iterative process, especially when managing the large number of events that we oversee each year. We used to outsource our application development but this was expensive. We wanted to be more versatile and create more bespoke applications in-house. We looked at a range of development tools before choosing RhoMobile. We like RhoMobile because it’s based on Ruby and JavaScript so it’s very easy to use ­and the supporting documentation is very simple. We can also access pre-developed features such as a scanning engine, which massively reduces our development time.”

Adam Blum, global product manager, Motorola Solutions

“We created RhoMobile Suite to help IT teams deliver compelling mobile applications to their growing user bases. The Grass Roots team is showing how RhoMobile development suite can create some innovative scanning applications to improve the services they provide to their conference customers. And by storing their applications in RhoHub, they will continue to drive efficiencies every time they refine an existing or create a new application.”

 

Motorola’s WLAN Solution Improves Collaboration, Increases Mobility for Wisconsin School District

on Friday, 23 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 22, 2014

Centrally managed network makes high-speed wireless connectivity available in Kenosha school buildings

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 22, 2014 – WLAN technology offered by Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is helping transform the learning experience for students, teachers and faculty at the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) in Wisconsin. The district supports nearly 7,000 mobile tablets and 12,000 desktops and laptops on the network which serves more than 26,000 students and staff. Additionally, they are planning a bring-your-own-device program, which could add an additional 10,000 devices to the system. KUSD wanted to implement a standardized, centrally managed solution across all of its schools. Motorola was selected after a comprehensive network test and technical evaluation against its competitors.

KUSD worked with Motorola PartnerEmpower Platinum partner Advanced Wireless Inc. to survey all of its buildings to find the best possible placement for the WLAN equipment. In addition to installing the wireless access points, the district wired all of the buildings and moved to a Gigabit switching system to support the new wireless infrastructure. The Motorola high-speed wireless network has allowed for better equipment options and enhanced educational tools in addition to increased mobility and efficiency. Students and staff are empowered to use information more effectively and collaborate through online programs.

KEY FACTS

  • The WiNG 5 operating system provides the advanced brainpower required to create network awareness for the WLAN, allowing every piece of infrastructure in a wireless network to work together to route every transmission as efficiently as possible.
  • Motorola’s centralized controllers provide comprehensive, hierarchical management enabling both robust security and site-survivability at the edge of the network and seamless roaming between sites.
  • Motorola access points deployed in school buildings deliver high-performance, lower cost of deployment, and the speed required to support the most demanding applications, including voice and video.
  • KUSD is the third largest school district in the state of Wisconsin with 40 schools covering 3.5 million square feet.
  • Advanced Wireless, Inc. (AWI) worked with Motorola on the design, staging, installation and support of the KUSD project. AWI was founded in 1995 and provides enterprise mobility solutions changing the way associates capture data, access resources and collaborate throughout their "Sphere of Mobility". AWI has customer installations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico as well as Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Jim Hanrahan, support coordinator, Operations and Applications, Kenosha Unified School District

“Motorola Solutions’ WLAN equipment allowed us to manage 1,000 access points through a single pane of glass and did not require numerous controllers and other devices. We needed something that was simple, easy-to-use and would not require a lot of IT manpower. This WLAN solution is the right answer.”

Kris Keckler, executive director, Information and Accountability, Kenosha Unified School District

“Many school districts aren’t just viewing themselves as school districts anymore. They are approaching education as a business, where they care for the customers and their needs. Motorola Solutions’ WLAN technology is providing us with the tools that allow our students to develop the technological capabilities they need to succeed.”

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

“The high-speed wireless network from Motorola Solutions enables educators to give their students the most advanced learning environment possible. Teachers are able to access more educational tools and have the freedom to teach in new and creative ways. The speed, reliability and cost effectiveness of the solution also allows for a broader selection of equipment choices which in turn leads to lower costs for the school district.”

Motorola Solutions Marks an Enterprise First by Providing Customers a Choice with Google Mobile Services on AndroidTM Mobile Computer

on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 21, 2014

TC55 touch computer now also available on the Verizon network

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 21, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the expansion of the largest portfolio of AndroidTM-based enterprise mobile computers with the availability of the TC55 touch computer for the Verizon network, along with new options for Google Mobile Services (GMS).

Enterprise smartphone customers have unique requirements and, while some businesses will value the additional benefits of GMS, others will need to minimize user access and network interaction to just enterprise applications. Recognizing these needs, Motorola Solutions is the first, and only, manufacturer to offer an Android smartphone in both variants – giving customers the choice.

Designed for field service, field sales, merchandising, logistics and postal applications, the TC55 is a complete business solution, featuring a thin design without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from an enterprise mobile device. Available now with three radio platforms (global HSPA+/GSM, Americas LTE/HSPA+, and Verizon LTE), the TC55 provides global coverage to meet the 4G communication needs of enterprises. By capturing bar codes, signatures, documents, photos and videos with the TC55’s suite of high-performance data capture features, mobile workers can better serve their customers and improve efficiency.

KEY FACTS

  • To meet the differing needs of customers, the TC55’s operating system (OS) is available in two unique products built on Android:
  • The Standard TC55 comes with Google Mobile Services (GMS), a suite of integrated applications such as Google MapsTM, GmailTM, Google PlayTM store, Google Search, Google Talk, and the ChromeTM browser standard on most smartphones.
  • The Professional TC55, which does not include GMS, prevents data gathering of user location, keypad entries and search activities by GoogleTM while providing customers with control of application and OS upgrades. Enterprise-built applications are provided through the Motorola certification process and are made available through Motorola’s AppGallery app store.
  • The TC55 offers an advanced capacitive 4.3-inch high-resolution touch screen that is brighter both indoors and outdoors, supports multi-touch capability, consumes less energy and dynamically adjusts to the environment enabling input with a bare or gloved finger or a stylus – even if the screen is wet.
  • With IP67 sealing and the longest battery life in its class for dependable full-shift power, the rugged TC55 is built for a full day in the field. The TC55 comes with a rugged charging cable and is available with a rubber boot for increased durability.
  • Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions provides an added layer of security, manageability, data capture and wireless features on top of the standard Android OS and is included at no additional charge on both the Standard and Professional configurations.
  • The TC55 supports the option to run applications built with Motorola’s RhoMobile Suite 4.0, which provides powerful development tools built from the ground up for enterprise mobility applications.
  • Service from the Start is included with the purchase of the TC55 in most regions and provides free software upgrades when available and normal wear and tear repair coverage with a dependable three-day turnaround time.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

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

”Motorola Solutions has the industry’s broadest portfolio of mobile computers built on the Android operating system. While some customers prefer the foundational Android open source operating system, others have requested a solution with integrated Google Mobile Services (GMS) - enabling capabilities such as Google Maps, Google Cloud Messaging and direct access to Google Play store applications. To serve their requirements, we are launching a configuration of the TC55 with GMS so customers now have the option of Android-based solutions with or without GMS. Motorola is proud to be serving our customer’s specific use cases to optimize their operations.”

Motorola Solutions, 3M™ Peltor™ to Offer Technology That Protects Workers’ Hearing, Improves Communication

on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 20, 2014

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY ENGLISH NORTH AMERICA

3M collaborating with Motorola to provide full portfolio of heavy- duty headsets for two-way radios

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 20, 2014 - Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) announced today the joint collaboration between 3M and Motorola on the 3M Peltor Heavy-Duty Headset Portfolio. Motorola is now the sole distributor of the MT7H79 Direct Radio Connect Headsets, optimized and certified to meet Motorola’s performance standards for APX and MOTOTRBO™ two-way radios. The initial launch will include 15 new headset products from the Peltor HT, MT and Tactical Pro Series which serve as complementary accessories to Motorola’s digital two-way radios. Ideal for noisy work environments, this portfolio will help customers meet hearing conservation program requirements. Hearing conservation programs are mandated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers with significant exposure to occupational noise from hearing impairment.

Since 2004, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing. These protective communication products provide hearing protection for noise levels above 82 decibels (db) while allowing users to hear their surrounding environment and communicate. The portfolio of solutions is ideal for manufacturing, public safety, public works and utility workers.

KEY FACTS

  • The 3M Peltor heavy-duty headset portfolio comes in a variety of styles, providing flexibility and comfort for extended wear including over-the-head, neckband and hard-hat attached options.
  • It also has a 22 – 26dB noise reduction rating which is key for hearing conservation. The portfolio includes field replaceable parts and repair service after the 12-month warranty period.
  • The companies will continue to build-out a suite of unique protective communication headsets for Motorola two-way radios.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Doug Moses, 3M Marketing Manager, Protective Communications

“3M and Motorola Solutions are globally recognized solution providers, and 3M is excited to work closely with a company that offers premium products in the radio market. The 3M brand has been dedicated to providing hearing conservation solutions for noisy environments for years. Through this joint relationship, we are able to complement Motorola’s radio expertise for enhanced communication in high noise environments.”

Nick Candotti, director, Accessories & Energy Business, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions is pleased to collaborate with 3M Peltor to better equip workers and help improve their safety. This positive working relationship, in addition to the expanded two-way radio accessories portfolio, creates an extensive array of hearing protective communication solutions for our customers.”

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates Mission Critical Technology at UTC Telecom 2014

on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 7, 2014

CORPORATE ENGLISH NORTH AMERICA

Motorola to demo latest technology including IRM1500 and ACE100

Motorola Solutions (Booth #507) is showcasing its latest technology at the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) Telecom Conference May 6-9 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. Motorola continues to help critical infrastructure markets by leveraging investments in ASTRO® 25 and other radio networks with new high-performance data products targeting Machine to Machine (M2M), SCADA and other fixed telemetry applications.

The reliability and redundancy of Motorola’s ASTRO digital platform works with critical fixed data/ M2M type applications that are not latency sensitive or do not require large data needs. The IRM1500 and the ACE1000, combined with enhanced data features added to our 7.14 release, provides an effective combination of technology advancements to support both voice and M2M demands.

KEY FACTS

  • The IRM1500 is an intelligent modem for critical infrastructure markets using ASTRO 25.
  • The IRM 1500 is flexible and offers multiple application ports including Ethernet, RS232/485 and USB for supporting both IP and non-IP / legacy utility based protocols over the ASTRO 25 Network.
  • The IRM has been designed to meet IEEE1613 standards so it can be used to communicate with key distribution assets on the grid, and the IEEE1613 rating allows it to be used at substations.
  • The ACE1000 is a compact, smart remote terminal unit (RTU) for all communications media and offers multiple communication ports including IP, RS232/485, USB and WLAN, along with high-quality digital and analog signal handling. The ACE 1000 also provides an integrated, self-contained, DIN rail-mountable modem with an integrated 3W radio supporting Motorola ASTRO 25 data and enhanced data systems.
  • Both products offer innovative design, increased flexibility and performance with stronger environmental standards.

Join Motorola for the following UTC Presentation:

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. MST: Mike Koch, Energy & Utility Principal, will participate in a session titled, “You Can’t Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been – Next Generation Communications.” This session provides an overview on today’s radio standards for utilities that are considering migrating from their analog radio system to a new digital platform. This presentation will help utilities better understand the top radio standards in the market today by taking a look at their origins and their keys attributes as well as provide some insight into the challenges and opportunities that VoLTE will offer.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 07 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 6, 2014

CORPORATE ENGLISH NORTH AMERICA

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 6, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 31 cents per share payable in cash on July 15, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 13, 2014.

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