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LA-RICS Selects Motorola Solutions

on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

LA-RICS Selects Motorola Solutions to Develop Public Safety Broadband Network for the Los Angeles Region

March 6, 2014


Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology will give first responders high-speed, wireless access to mission-critical data for routine, emergency and catastrophic events

LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2014 – The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS) has selected Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to develop a wireless Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) based on 4G LTE to provide mission-critical data communications for the region’s more than 34,000 law enforcement, fire service and health service professionals and more than 80 public safety agencies.

LA-RICS awarded a $175 million contract to Motorola, if all options are exercised, for a five-phase project to design, construct, implement and maintain the LTE network. Motorola will deliver the PSBN solution operating on Public Safety LTE Band Class 14 of the 700 MHz spectrum to provide a shared, region-wide data system throughout the 4,000-square-mile area. LA-RICS is funding the 231-site project primarily with federal grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Motorola’s Public Safety LTE solution supports a host of public safety applications, such as integrated command center applications and other computer-aided dispatch (CAD) solutions, real-time video streaming, tactical collaboration, dynamic mapping and routing, and in-field reporting, as well as optional push-to-talk and location services. The new LTE network will connect the region’s first responders to regional, state and federal agencies during natural disasters and other widespread emergencies.


  • The high-speed LTE PSBN will provide mission-critical, public safety data communications for the entire Los Angeles region, enabling first responders to use the latest video, data and other broadband tools to execute their missions more efficiently and safely.
  • The PSBN consists of an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with 231 eNodeB sites operating on Band Class 14, as well as a highly-reliable backhaul network and redundant Network Operation Centers (NOC).
  • Motorola is providing 1,000 VML 700 LTE Vehicle Modems for the initial testing of the PSBN. In addition to supporting Band Class 14, the VML700 will provide connectivity to commercial carrier 4G LTE Band Class 13 and to 3G EVDO networks for nationwide wireless data coverage.
  • In August 2013, LA-RICS awarded a contract to Motorola to develop an ASTRO®25 radio system that will provide mission-critical voice communications for the Los Angeles region. The Project 25 radio system will provide real-time interoperable communications for the Los Angeles area, as well as with regional, state and federal agencies. Combined with the LTE network, LA-RICS will provide state-of-the-art wireless voice and data communications for the entire region of more than 10 million people.


Patrick Mallon, executive director, LA-RICS

“Proceeding with this wireless Public Safety Broadband Network for the Los Angeles region will assist LA-RICS in fulfilling its goal of providing the finest public safety grade mission-critical communications to the region’s public safety professionals.”

Mark Moon, executive vice president and president, Sales & Product Operations, Motorola Solutions

“Public safety agencies throughout the Los Angeles region will benefit tremendously from a new LTE broadband network delivering mission-critical data every day. The region places a high priority on its first responders and this broadband public safety network will help them communicate more effectively with advanced video and data capabilities. Motorola Solutions knows the importance of public safety communications and we greatly appreciate being chosen by LA-RICS to use our experience to build an advanced data network as well as an interoperable radio system to serve the entire region.”

10 Ohio Schools Now Connect Directly to First Responders

on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

10 Ohio Schools Now Connect Directly to First Responders with Interoperable Radio System from Motorola Solutions, SchoolSAFE Communications

March 6, 2014


Ohio school administrators, staff to be equipped with radios linking them to police, fire and EMS instantaneously

CHARDON, Ohio – March 6, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and Chardon Area Schools today announced the launch of the SchoolSAFE Solution, providing school district staff with an instantaneous link to first responders in the event of an emergency. Officials from Motorola and SchoolSAFE are conducting interoperable radio training today with Chardon Schools’ staff and local public safety officials to review communications procedures and best practices in incident control.

The SchoolSAFE Solution software enables interoperable radio communications between school personnel and first responders and is in compliance with guidelines set by the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The area schools’ new system will automatically link the Motorola ASTRO™25 and MOTOTRBO™ radios used by school personnel with 9-1-1 dispatch center and public safety radios used by local and state first responders on their Project 25 interoperable network. This mission-critical communications link will help Chardon Schools implement comprehensive school safety planning and training, along with a quicker and more efficient response by school safety personnel to all emergencies.


  • Approximately 250 radios equipped with the SchoolSAFE Solution have been provided to personnel at 10 Chardon Area Schools. Additionally, the system will allow individual schools to communicate with each other for inter-school and district-wide interoperable radio communications.
  • This level of communications interoperability with local first responders enables Chardon Area Schools to meet and exceed current school safety requirements.
  • The State of Ohio uses the statewide MARCS public safety radio system, developed by Motorola, for interoperable communications throughout the state. In collaboration with Motorola, MARCS developed what is known as the MARCS In-School Radio System providing mission critical voice and data services to over 700 user agencies. More than 40,000 subscribers benefit with highly reliable, shared communications services from the 218 radio tower sites deployed statewide.


Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent, Chardon Local Schools

“School districts continue to identify methods that can improve the flow of information between first responders and on-site school personnel in case of an emergency. The Chardon Local Schools are pleased to have been selected by Motorola Solutions and SchoolSAFE for the implementation of this program, and appreciate the strong relationship we have with our local government officials and first responders. This positive working relationship and the addition of the newly-developed SchoolSAFE technology will enhance our ability to offer a safe and secure school environment within the Chardon Schools.”

Mark Kroh, vice president, North America Channels, Motorola Solutions

“Schools are an instrumental part of our communities and Motorola Solutions is pleased to be working with Chardon Area Schools and SchoolSAFE on this innovative communications solution to help build an even safer environment for teachers, students and staff. Chardon schools will benefit from an interoperable radio system providing direct contact and instantaneous communication between school staff and first responders, leading to a well-coordinated rapid response.”

About Chardon Area Schools

Located in Northeast Ohio, approximately thirty miles east of Cleveland in Geauga County. Approximately 3,200 students attend Chardon Local Schools, which is home to six school buildings: one high school, one middle school and four elementary schools. Additionally, four private schools reside in district including: St. Mary’s School (K-8), Notre Dame Elementary School, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School and Notre Dame Educational Center.

About SchoolSAFE Communications

SchoolSAFE Communications is a web-enabled, two-way radio based solution, it allows for mission critical communications interoperability between school radios and public safety radio systems, utilizing existing radios. Remote activation and de-activation software enables and controls all bridging and notification functions. Specialized NIMS/ICS based training is part of the solution to ensure highly effective communications between public safety and school/district-based personnel.

About MARCS In-School Radio

Governor Kasich signed HB59 on June 30, 2013. One of the provisions in the bill establishes the School Security Grant Program, which includes $12 million in capital funds allocated to enhance security in public schools. MARCS is the State of Ohio’s statewide public safety radio/communications network. MARCS provides network connectivity and coverage throughout the State of Ohio. MARCS in collaboration with Motorola developed what is known as the MARCS In-School Radio. MARCS In-School Radio offers state of the art, mission critical devices for school communications. The radios operate on MARCS as a shared service, providing instant communication and rapid response in moments that matter.

The SchoolSAFE Solution can tie directly into the MARCS In-School Radio to provide interoperability between schools, cities, counties, along with State and Federal Agencies.

About Motorola Solutions

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

Fortune Recognizes Motorola Solutions on World’s Most Admired Companies List

on Friday, 28 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 27, 2014


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 27, 2014 – Fortune magazine has named Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to its prestigious list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Motorola Solutions is ranked No. 3 in the industry category of Network and Other Communications Equipment.


  • Described as the definitive report card on corporate reputations, the Most Admired list is the result of a survey of 3,920 executives, directors and analysts asked to rate companies in their industries.
  • The nine evaluation attributes include innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
  • The list and related stories appear in Fortune magazine (March 17 issue date; March 3 on newsstands) and at
  • In January, Motorola Solutions was named to the Global 100 index of the world’s most sustainable corporations, one of only 18 U.S. companies to earn a spot on the list.

Greensboro and Guilford County Simplifying Public Safety Network Migration in North Carolina

on Wednesday, 26 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 26, 2014


Migration Assurance Program delivers optimal system performance with predictable costs

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 26, 2014 – A well-designed lifecycle management program can help community leaders plan and control spending on public safety technology while guaranteeing performance levels over a multi-year time frame. The city of Greensboro, N.C., and Guilford County, N.C., are working with Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to design a comprehensive management strategy that enables them to maintain optimum system performance and interoperability while adapting to evolving standards and changing technologies. Motorola’s Migration Assurance Program (MAP) gives customers an effective lifecycle planning solution to help deal with long-term budget needs and concerns while delivering consistent network performance and enhancing community safety no matter how extensively the system changes over time.

The goal of MAP is to deliver a migration and management solution that customers can use as an operational business plan and technology roadmap for their ASTRO® 25 network software and hardware. This includes annual guaranteed, fixed costs for product updates, system expansions, future feature enhancements and high-level implementation and management plans jointly created and based on customer input. By simplifying ongoing system maintenance and future upgrades to the Greensboro-Guilford County, N.C., Triad Regional Operability Network (TRON), officials can focus on their mission of protecting citizens and less time on the technology that helps them carry it out. MAP also allows Greensboro and Guilford County to build a roadmap for an expanded regional public safety system that will include other municipalities joining the TRON network. The expansion project will be clearly defined for new and existing TRON users with long-term goals and predictable expectations on costs.


  • MAP provides a customized plan based on the goals and needs of the TRON in a predictable and budgeted manner.
  • MAP allows customers to build an operating-style funding structure that ensures predictability, eliminates surprises and lets them control their network evolution in terms of migration, operations, upgrades and expansion.
  • The Greensboro-Guilford County, N.C. TRON is a regional ASTRO 25 System that currently supports the North Carolina cities of Greensboro, High Point and Burlington as well as Guilford County. The system consists of numerous remote sites, dispatch positions and more than 6,000 public safety radio users.


Wesley Reid, interim assistant city manager, City of Greensboro

“Motorola Solutions has worked closely with us to establish a customized migration program based entirely on our specific needs. By eliminating the variable, unpredictable capital expenditures involved with upgrading our public safety radio network, the Migration Assurance Program helps ensure delivery of maximum performance over the life of the contract.”

Jim Albright, director of emergency services, Guilford County

“The Migration Assurance Program from Motorola Solutions provided us with the best plan for making upgrades to our public safety network smoother, faster and less costly. The flexibility of the program allows us to focus on the business of the county while reducing or eliminating inconvenient, costly surprises in both system architecture and funding plans.”

Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Motorola Global Solutions and Services

“Motorola Solutions’ Migration Assurance Program gives customers the flexibility to modify their existing networks over a period of years, allowing them to adjust to changes in business priorities, technologies, standards requirements and the political environment. Guilford County and Greensboro, N.C. are joining other communities across the United States that see a need for long-term planning to ensure their public safety officials have the latest technology to keep cities safe.”

Motorola Solutions Foundation to Provide Grants for Science and Engineering Education

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 25, 2014


Non-profit organizations invited to apply for Innovation Generation grants to support science, technology, engineering and math education

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 25, 2014 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), today announced that it will again provide funding to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs through its Innovation Generation grants. Innovation Generation grants support STEM education programs in Motorola Solutions communities in the U.S. and Canada. The annual program has distributed more than $34 million in grants since 2007 and hundreds of Motorola Solutions employees have volunteered with the recipient programs every year. 2013 Innovation Generation grants have or will provide more than 170,000 teachers and students with an average of 90 hours of high-quality STEM education programming each.

Interested organizations can apply online through the Motorola Solutions Foundation website. The application deadline is April 11, 2014, and the awards will be announced by June 30, 2014.

Eligible organizations can apply for two categories of grants:

Local Impact Grants

  • These grants will target innovative and hands-on STEM education programs in a Motorola Solutions community.
  • Requests must be between $15,000 and $60,000 for projects that start after June 2014.

National Partnership Grants

  • Grants will support large-scale, multi-regional STEM education programs that impact at least 150 primary participants.
  • The maximum request for National Partnership Grants is $250,000 and the minimum request is $50,000.
  • Projects must start after June 2014 and may last up to two years.


  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation promotes STEM education by awarding Innovation Generation grants. The Innovation Generation grant program helps students learn more about career opportunities in STEM-related fields through hands-on, interactive experiences.
  • Grants will support programs in the United States and Canada that engage elementary through university students and teachers in hands-on or creative STEM programming – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
  • Programs that focus on vocational skills and support for employment in technology- and engineering-related industries are also eligible for funding in both categories.

Priority is placed on programs that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Targets Motorola Solutions communities in and around the greater metropolitan areas of: Schaumburg, Ill.; Plantation, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Columbia, Md.; San Jose, Calif.; and Toronto, Ontario
  • Engages students in innovative, hands-on activities
  • Helps teachers improve their teaching of STEM subjects
  • Teaches innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Focuses on girls and underrepresented minorities
  • Provides opportunities for Motorola Solutions employees to volunteer
  • Demonstrates measurable change in STEM awareness, skills or education through the use of evaluation systems and appropriate measurement tools
  • Collaborates with other STEM education providers or institutions
  • Demonstrates the ability to move students through the pipeline to more advanced STEM education or careers
  • Focuses on vocational skills and certifications in engineering technology


Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation

“Study after study shows that there is a huge demand for students and a workforce that are competent in STEM disciplines. As a company with a long history of technological innovation and partnering with the cities and states where we live and work, we are thrilled to open the applications for this program for the sixth consecutive year. Our network of grantees, often in partnership with our employee volunteers, has made unbelievable strides in encouraging American youth to succeed in science and engineering education and pursue careers in engineering and technology.”

Motorola Solutions’ Bill Cate and Mike deVente Recognized as CRN 2014 Channel Chiefs

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 24, 2014


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 24, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, announced today that Bill Cate, senior director of global channel strategy, programs and sales operations, and Mike deVente, vice president of enterprise channels, mid-market and emerging vertical sales, have been named two of CRN’s 2014 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organizations, while evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

CRN Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT channel sales.

Bill Cate strengthened Motorola’s worldwide PartnerEmpower™ program through initiatives that standardized partner participation criteria globally, increased access to more technologies and streamlined certification requirements. He also launched a new program designed to drive a joint sales and growth strategy to penetrate new accounts and markets with partners. In addition, he led the successful integration of approximately 1,200 Psion channel partners into a new Industrial Mobile Computing segment within PartnerEmpower.

Mike deVente helped create sales teams focused on the identification and development of emerging verticals and applications while aligning business development and technical resources to increase channel adoption and partner profitability. He also introduced more comprehensive value for vertically focused partners and was instrumental in forging an ecosystem of enterprise applications for the Android™ operating system through Motorola’s RhoElements application development framework – enabling partners to offer choice and alternatives in a multi-operating system world.

“We are pleased to highlight the many executives throughout the industry who work tirelessly to advance the standing of the channel community within their organizations. The CRN Channel Chief honorees lead, inspire and engage peers and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the channel within the IT industry. We applaud their efforts and look forward to their continued success,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

“On behalf of the entire Motorola Solutions channel organization, Bill and I are honored to be recognized as Channel Chiefs,” said deVente. “We remain committed to making it easier than ever for partners to build their relationships with Motorola, and PartnerEmpower will continue to evolve to help our partners gain traction in the market and grow their businesses.”

The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN, and online at

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at

About Motorola Solutions

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

Voalte and Motorola Solutions to Offer Android-Based Mobile Communication to Hospital Caregivers

on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 18, 2014


Durable MC40-HC Healthcare-Grade Device Includes Integrated Barcode Scanner for Medication Administration

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb.18, 2014) – Voalte, the leader in healthcare communication technology, today announced a strategic relationship with Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to support the Android™ version of Voalte One™, the company’s mobile communication platform for hospital caregivers.

Voalte will offer customers the Motorola MC40-HC, the first multi-purpose mobile computer for healthcare. The device improves care coordination while incorporating inventory management capabilities in a touch-based, consumer-like device running on the Android operating system. Voalte chose Motorola’s MC40-HC healthcare-grade mobile computer for its stability, enterprise durability and built-in barcode scanner. The device provides a sustainable platform for the healthcare environment, including robust Wi-Fi connections that keep staff connected, security features that help meet patient privacy requirements, and remote management of devices and applications. The MC40-HC will support the Voalte One application, which combines voice calls, alarm and alert integration, and secure text messaging.

“Our strategic relationship with Motorola Solutions and expansion to the Android client are a testament to the growing demand for secure communication in healthcare,” said Trey Lauderdale, Founder and President of Voalte. “We’re thrilled to take the next step with Motorola to continue improving care coordination and enhancing the overall patient experience.”

In addition to an increasing demand for smartphones, hospitals are adopting barcode medication administration (BCMA) in an effort to reduce medical errors, improve patient safety and comply with government regulations. The MC40-HC is equipped with a 2D barcode scanner for point-and-scan simplicity when administering medication, eliminating the need for multiple devices.

“Secure communication is a vital part of hospitals’ efforts to improve patient care and the patient experience,” said Randy Briley, Director of Healthcare Sales at Motorola Solutions. “With its ergonomic design, integrated barcode scanner, disinfectant-ready housing and tightly integrated alert and notification features, Voalte One on the MC40-HC creates a secure and manageable solution at the point of care for healthcare facilities.”

Voalte One and the MC40-HC will be on display in the Voalte Booth (#2793) and Motorola Solutions Booth (#5545) at HIMSS14, February 23-27, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

About Voalte

Voalte is the only company to provide a fully integrated and dependable clinical communication system that healthcare professionals want, enjoy and effectively use. Voalte products are designed to be intuitive, high-value, mission-critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones. For more information, visit or call 941.312.2830.

About Motorola Solutions

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

Motorola Solutions Invests in Revionics

on Friday, 14 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 13, 2014


Investment to accelerate Revionics’ global expansion and research and development of its End-to-End Merchandise Optimization Solutions

AUSTIN, Texas and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 13, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI), through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, has invested in Revionics, a global provider of proven End-to-End Merchandise Optimization solutions that enable retailers to transform from product-centricity to shopper-centricity and make data-driven merchandise planning decisions. This investment will be used to further accelerate Revionics’ global growth into new markets and expand research and development efforts.

“Revionics has a compelling suite of retail software solutions that provide quantifiable returns on investment for retailers,” said Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. “The company has a solid business model and a world-class list of global customers and partners. In addition, I see strong continued momentum in the growth of its business. These are all the key elements we look for in an investment.”

Extreme competition along with value-oriented and informed consumers that shop at-home, in-store and on-the-go are driving retailers globally to better understand and respond to shopper behavior by channel, store, touch point and product. Revionics’ optimization solutions fulfill this unmet need and enable retailers to make data-driven, shopper-centric price, promotion, markdown, assortment and space allocation decisions for improved financial performance and customer loyalty.

“Revionics is delighted to have Motorola Solutions as an investor,” said Marc Hafner, Revionics president and CEO. “The global market for end-to-end merchandise optimization is growing rapidly. This relationship validates our strong leadership team and the positive financial impact our solutions have on our incredible portfolio of clients around the world.”

About Revionics, Inc.

Revionics delivers the industry’s most powerful End-to-End Merchandise Optimization solution, enabling retailers of all sizes to execute a fact-based Omni-channel merchandising strategy utilizing the most comprehensive set of shopper demand signals to enhance financial performance with improved customer satisfaction. Revionics’ solutions leverage advanced predictive analytics and demand-based science to ensure retailers have the right product, price, promotion, placement and space allocation for optimal results across all touch points in the Omni-channel shopping episode – online, in-store, social and mobile. Offered on a scalable, high performance Cloud-based SaaS platform, these solutions future-proof retailers from Big Data/Fast Data challenges, while providing speed-to-ROI. Over 37,000 retail locations and $150+B in annual revenue across grocery, drug, building materials, convenience, general merchandise, discount, sporting goods stores and eCommerce sites optimize with Revionics’ solutions. Revionics has been recognized as a 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™, Red Herring Top 100 Global, Red Herring Top 100 Americas and JMP Securities’ Hot 100 Software Company. For more information, please visit

About Motorola Solutions

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

About Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

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

Motorola Solutions Supports Cybersecurity Framework

on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Improve the Nation’s Defense from Cyber Attacks

February 12, 2014

Government & Public Safety English North America

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 – Today at the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary collaboration between government and industry to improve the nation’s defense against the increasing threat of cybersecurity attack. Since last year when the president tasked NIST to build the framework, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has supported and participated in the process to develop and promote best practices to protect the nation from cyber attacks.


  • As a leading provider of mission-critical communications, Motorola Solutions plays an important role in supporting the nation’s ability to plan for, prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from all hazards, including man-made and natural incidents. Motorola’s participation in the development of the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework underscores the collaborative approach for the establishment of industry-led standards, guidelines and best practices.
  • When it was issued last year, Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, tasked NIST with convening the private sector to develop a new Cybersecurity Framework. Since then, Motorola and other companies have worked with NIST to develop voluntary, industry-led standards, methodologies, procedures and processes to address cyber risks.
  • During the development of the Cybersecurity Framework, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has led an interagency cybersecurity task force, acting as a centralized resource and program manager. DHS continues to encourage and advocate for industry-driven approaches to implement both the framework and the updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
  • As a supplier of more than 10,000 systems deployed in more than 100 countries, Motorola Solutions has dedicated significant resources to protect our global enterprise systems, as well as secure our product design, development, deployment, operations and maintenance capability.


Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Solutions

“The efforts to develop the Cybersecurity Framework already have made our nation safer because of the extensive collaboration that is taking place between the public and private sectors. We encourage companies across all industries that are responsible for supporting critical infrastructure to elevate the importance of cybersecurity by applying the framework to their overall business risk management process.”

Looks Like a Smartphone But Built For the Enterprise

on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Looks Like a Smartphone But Built For theMotorola Solutions’ New TC55 Touch Computer Now Available in North America

February 12, 2014

Enterprise English North America

Pocket-Sized, All-Touch Computer Delivers Smartphone Ergonomics, Good Looks and Business Durability

Motorola Solutions’ new, pocket-sized TC55 touch computer 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). Designed for the field service, merchandising, and direct store delivery (DSD) markets, the TC55 is a complete business solution, featuring a thin design without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from an enterprise mobile device.


The TC55 offers an advanced capacitive 4.3-inch high-resolution touch screen that is brighter both indoors and outdoors, 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.

Mobile workers can better serve their customers and improve efficiency by capturing bar codes, signatures, documents, photos and videos with the TC55’s suite of high-performance data capture features.

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’s speakerphone is four times louder than traditional smartphones and offers dual microphones with noise-cancelling technology that delivers outstanding clarity at both ends of a call.

The TC55 is also pre-installed with Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions providing an added layer of security, manageability and performance features on top of the standard Android OS to meet enterprise-class requirements. 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.

Now Open: The 2014 Public Safety Survey

on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Share Your Predictions for the Public Safety Industry

By Tom Miller

I recently drove past a car pulled over along the side of the highway by a state trooper. As I passed them, I thought, “Just a routine traffic stop.” But then I put myself into the shoes of the trooper who had just gotten out of his vehicle. Is there such a thing as a “routine traffic stop”? Does this trooper have access to the right technology to know everything he can about this vehicle, the driver and its passengers? Does he know what dangers he could be facing?

In the public safety industry, we know that the lives of first responders and those of civilians are on the line each and every day. New technologies are emerging that are enabling the industry to communicate and respond like never before, increasing safety and effectiveness for us all.

The annual 2014 Public Safety Industry Survey gives you an opportunity to share your opinions on where you stand with current and future voice and data technology for our industry. The survey results, which will be available this spring, will help you benchmark and compare your systems and plans with those of your peers. As a survey participant, you will be among the first recipients of the results, which will be emailed directly to you.

I urge you to spend a few minutes to take the survey. Your opinion can make a difference.

Start the 2014 Motorola Public Safety Industry study here.

Please respond by March 31, 2014. Individual responses are confidential, subject to Motorola Solutions Privacy Policy and will not be shared.

Tom Miller is the director of Government and Public Safety markets for the North America Customer Solutions division of Motorola Solutions. Read additional blogs by Tom Miller here.

Largest Ski Resort in Alaska Achieves 100 Percent Guest Satisfaction Using Motorola Solutions’ WLAN Technology

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

High-speed Wi-Fi guest access covers Alyeska Resort from guest rooms to public areas

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 11, 2014 – The largest ski area in Alaska is using Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) components to implement a cost-effective, reliable high-speed wireless service for guests. The Alyeska Resort responded to customers who complained about Wi-Fi connection and troubleshooting issues. Motorola’s T5 Wi-Fi over VDSL2 system has resulted in 100 percent guest satisfaction with the Wi-Fi service and a dramatic reduction in wireless network management time and cost for hotel staff.

The T5 system allowed the Alyeska Resort to easily provide every guest room with high-speed wall-to-wall Wi-Fi coverage, with plenty of bandwidth to ensure superior wireless performance, regardless of how many devices may be in use in a room — or in the hotel. The VDSL2 architecture uses the existing telephone wiring and is compatible with the existing telephony and data network equipment, allowing for an easy and cost-effective deployment.


The T5 Wi-Fi over VDSL2 solution was designed specifically to provide high-speed, in-room Wi-Fi service. The flexibility of the technology also allowed for deployment in the first three floors of the hotel, providing high-speed Wi-Fi service to guests and hotel staff in the pool area, spa, restaurant, retail shops and banquet rooms as well as administrative offices.

Motorola’s rugged AP7161 802.11n outdoor access points were deployed to provide the point-to-point link to the resort maintenance shop and its buildings and grounds department.

The Alyeska Resort is located 30 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, and is a year-round destination featuring a 304-room hotel.


Martin Cassens, director of Information Technology, Alyeska Resort

“Before we implemented Motorola Solutions’ WLAN technology, everyone was talking about the lack of wireless connectivity in the guest rooms. Now, no one is talking about it. Not only does it work flawlessly, but we can also guarantee that all guests will have the bandwidth required for a superior wireless experience, regardless of whether they are in the lobby or in their rooms, how many devices are in use in each room — or how many devices are on the network.”

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

“Motorola Solutions’ WLAN technology has taken an overwhelmed Wi-Fi network and turned it into a superior wireless experience for every mobile device being used by Alyeska guests and staff. The T5 Wi-Fi over VDSL2 solution has resulted in 100 percent guest satisfaction while increasing staff productivity. In addition to the obvious advantages of the in-room wireless coverage, the T5 hides in plain sight, easily blending with the room décor.”

Motorola Solutions Wins Three 2014 iF Product Design Awards

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 10, 2014


The MC40, MP6000 and TLKR Series were recognized for their design excellence

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 10, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) has won three renowned iF product design awards for 2014. The MC40 handheld mobile computer, MP6000 multi-plane scanner/scale and TLKR Series radios were recognized out of more than 3,245 entries submitted in this year’s competition.

For 60 years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label for award-winning design and the iF brand has become a symbol for outstanding achievements in design. Motorola’s award-winning products will be on display at the iF design exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, opening March 1, 2014.


MC40 handheld mobile computer: The MC40, built on the AndroidTM operating system, transforms the way retailers engage with customers with features such as inventory look up, mobile payment and checkout, and assisted selling, while doubling as a communication and productivity tool.

MP6000 scanner/scale: This multi-plane device uses fast 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.

TLKR consumer two-way radios: With a range of up to 10 km, the TLKR Series radios enable powerful connections for extreme sports, outdoor activities and wherever reliable communication is needed for consumers.


Curt Croley, managing director of Innovation & Design, Motorola Solutions “At Motorola Solutions, we work with our customers to design business-essential and mission-critical solutions to meet their unique enterprise or government needs. We’re privileged to have been recognized with three iF product design awards this year. These awards honor well-designed products that offer economic benefits to their users.”

Motorola Solutions to Present at Feb. 12 Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 5, 2014


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will speak at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in San Francisco.

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

Motorola Solutions Names Robert Hoffman to Lead Government Affairs

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

February 5, 201


Schaumburg, Ill. – Feb. 5, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc., (NYSE :MSI) has named Robert Hoffman, a seasoned public policy expert, as corporate vice president and leader of its global Government Affairs organization. He will join the company early next month and be based at its office in Washington, D.C., reporting to Mark Hacker, general counsel and senior vice president of Legal & Government Affairs.

Hoffman joins Motorola from the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy and policy association, where he is senior vice president of government relations. Previously, he was vice president of global public policy at Cognizant Technology Solutions and started its public policy advocacy operation. Prior to Cognizant, he was vice president of government and public affairs at Oracle.

Before entering the private sector in 2001, Hoffman worked in government for more than 13 years as a policy adviser and speechwriter for four U.S. senators and the governor of California. His tenure on Capitol Hill included serving as legislative director and national security advisor for Sen. Larry Pressler of South Dakota, who was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio.

Hoffman graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received a master’s in public policy, with highest honors, from the University of Maryland.


Mark Hacker, general counsel and senior vice president of Legal & Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions:

“Robert is an accomplished, senior-level executive with extensive experience in developing and implementing public policy agendas for innovative companies in the technology industry. We are looking forward to the insight and advocacy he will provide as the leader of Motorola’s Government Affairs organization in the United States and around the world.”

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