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Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable in cash on July 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2015.

Motorola Solutions puts life-saving data in the palm of your hand

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New LEX L10 LTE handheld device built for dedicated, mission-critical roles in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and majority of Asia
  • Rugged smart device offers a dedicated push-to-talk button and enhanced audio
  • “Public Safety Experience” and applications designed for emergency services

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical roles, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE handheld device.

Within the LEX L10’s rugged hardware lies a secure, dedicated software platform and user interface (UI) that supports capabilities that are above and beyond consumer-grade smartphones. The LEX L10 was conceived and designed for real-world front-line policing, where day-to-day use scenarios differ vastly from those of the consumer. It features a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) button and enhanced audio that delivers an excellent PTT experience and ensures that communications being transmitted and received by officers on the beat are loud and clear.

Created by Motorola Solutions, the LEX L10’s “Public Safety Experience” (PSX) is a unique user experience that transforms the Android operating system to enhance safety and efficiency for front-line officers. “With the combination of the LEX L10 and PSX, we can harness the power of broadband mobile data, smartly adapting and streamlining information so that officers receive only information that is relevant to them in a critical moment,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “By smartly mirroring the activity of an officer and automatically prioritizing what is presented on the screen, the LEX L10 helps increase an officer’s responsiveness, while enhancing situational awareness to increase both his and the public’s safety.”

When equipped with specialized applications, the LEX L10 becomes a powerful tool that enhances everyday activities and critical incidents alike. With Motorola Solutions' innovative WAVE™ Work Group Communications, the LEX L10 provides instant voice interoperability with any broadband device or land mobile radio (LMR) system. Users can gain access to dynamic resource mapping with the Intelligent Data Portal, take remote control of a two-way radio, securely stream real time video for situational awareness, or fly a drone, and the options continually expand.


The LEX L10 provides:

  • Extra loud, dual 1-watt speakers for best-in-class audio quality
  • An ergonomic design for one-handed operation, a no-slip grip, textured push-to-talk button and 4.7-inch touch screen
  • IP67/MIL 810 G-compliant design ensure it is ready for tough environments, able to withstand a drop onto concrete from more than a meter, or be immersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • A removable, long-lasting battery for extended shift work and high-rate charger for a quick charge of 0 percent to 80 percent in just 60 minutes
  • Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS) 140-2 hardware encryption, a Security Enhanced Android operating system and Secure Boot to deter cyber threats
  • Support of 4G LTE bands 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 26 & 28, plus 3G UMTS bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and quad band GSM (2G)
  • A constantly expanding portfolio of Android-based software applications

Work safer, smarter and anywhere with Motorola Solutions’ redesigned ATEX radio

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New MTP8500Ex and MTP8550Ex TETRA ATEX radios unveiled at Critical Communications World conference in Barcelona, 19 - 21 May
  • Built for safety, new radios deliver loud and clear communications under extreme working conditions
  • Enhanced power, receiver sensitivity and battery life provide best coverage possible
  • V.6 ATEX and IECEx-certified for safe operation in potentially explosive working environments

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is radically improving safe communications under hazardous working conditions with the launch of the MTP8000Ex Series TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) ATEX digital two-way radios. Designed for intuitive use in potentially explosive environments - such as those found in the oil & gas industry, fire and rescue, mining and airports - these intrinsically safe, rugged radios deliver best in class transmit power, receiver sensitivity, audio and connectivity for safer, smarter work anywhere.

“With a distinct, easy to handle T-bar grip, the latest MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver safe operation in the most challenging working environments, where dependable coverage and the ability to clearly communicate are critical for users,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “Both form and function has been completely redesigned and optimized so that the communications experience is not only the safest, but can be tailored to meet a wide variety of roles in hazardous working conditions.”

As the only ATEX radio with powerful Class 3L transmission and enhanced receiver sensitivity, the MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver the best possible coverage in hazardous locations where other radios would struggle. The distinct color changing signal indicator that circles the base of the handset antenna provides the user with an immediate visual indication if there is coverage in an area, shifting from red to green as radio signal coverage improves. The radios provide the loudest, clearest communications that makes conversation possible, even with constant background noise exceeding 85 decibels.

The MTP8000Ex Series support wired and wireless connectivity to easily adapt to the wide variety of missions encountered in ATEX environments.

Alongside the MTP8000Ex Series radios, Motorola Solutions will also launch a portfolio of ATEX accessories including the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM). This RSM provides a physical NEXUS jack connection to extend an ATEX solution with approved earpieces, headsets and breathing apparatus in an end-to-end communications package fit for a multitude of extreme operations.

The addition of classic Bluetooth (2.1) and secure and energy-efficient Smart Ready Bluetooth (4.0) enables further connectivity and new applications via wireless link to a host of devices including: audio accessories such as push-to-talk (PTT) buttons and RSMs; data collection tablets and smart devices; biometrics including heart rate monitors; location sensors; and environmental sensors that can monitor for, and alert the worker when, dangerous gas levels are detected. This enhanced flexibility, brought about by wired and wire-free connectivity options, helps to redefine ATEX radio systems and add intelligence, dramatically improving workers’ operational capabilities while ensuring the highest level of personal safety.


  • MTP8500Ex provides a limited keypad. The MTP8550Ex offers a full keypad
  • MTP8000Ex Series is engineered to be durable and ultra rugged, rated, IP65, IP66, IP67
  • Ergonomic T-bar shaped design with dual display (front and top) and textured PTT makes use easier when wearing protective clothing and heavy gloves
  • Emergency button with hot mic and emergency messaging function
  • Text and status messaging
  • Extended battery performance in excess of 16 hours for long shifts and unplanned situations
  • Unique nameplate for simple radio identification
  • Meets V.6 ATEX and IECEx standards

Motorola Solutions lays the foundation for safer cities

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New smart public safety innovations put mobile intelligence into hands of first responders
  • Cities kept safer by predicting and preventing events before they turn into major incidents
  • Visit Motorola Solutions at Critical Communications World 2015, stand A301, May 19-21

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) unveils an innovative technology ecosystem of devices, software and services that is creating an intelligence-led future for public safety at Critical Communications World 2015.

“The growth of data and the introduction of analytics to organize that data is driving the global trend in public safety and other mission-critical organizations towards increasingly sophisticated intelligence-led operations,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “Smart data gathering, analysis and interpretation enable not only the shortening of response times, but also the potential to actually change the very nature of the incident itself. Instead of reacting, we can begin to predict and then prevent, so that our cities become safer places to live, work and thrive.”

According to Frost & Sullivan, more than 60 percent of the world population is expected to live in urban cities by 2025, and rapid generation of digital information will need to be measured in zettabytes (each equivalent to a billion terabytes). As a result, ”Big Data” and urbanization demonstrate the rapidly approaching need to transition from relying on mission-critical communications to more comprehensive mission-critical intelligence.

Motorola Solutions is developing innovative ways to take this vast volume of data – including photos, video, social media, sensor networks and more - and transform it into real-time intelligence that gives public safety and mission-critical commercial organizations a new advantage. The application of smart analytics that enhance the value of data from sensors and generate intelligence led response, and the creation of a seamless collaborative environment that connects people, allow access to the right information at the right time, independent of device or network.

This transformation of mission-critical communications can be experienced first-hand at Critical Communications World 2015 where Motorola Solutions is showcasing:

  • Turning data into intelligence: Extracting data to create actionable information for effective and proactive incident management with a smart analytics platform and the Motorola Real-Time Intelligence Client, a single, intuitive interface.
  • Seamless collaboration: Regardless of the type of end user device or network, vital intelligence is placed into the hands of the right person at the right time with WAVE Work Group Communications, a dynamic, collaborative communications environment.
  • Shortened response time: Fast, precise and effective Emergency Response demands real-time situational awareness. Motorola Solutions seamlessly brings together Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), LEX LTE mission critical devices, with the Intelligent Data Portal and solutions from venture partners such as CyPhy Works’ PARC unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • The evolution and transformation of networks: The Dimetra IP 8.X system platform provides enhanced security, increased capacity, TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS) and unified application services for TETRA and Public Safety LTE networks. With a full range of Services for End-to-End Systems TETRA customers can offload the operational risk, cost and management responsibilities while improving system performance.

At Critical Communications World 2015 Motorola Solutions also announces:

  • A complete redesign of safe radios with the launch of the MTP8500Ex and MTP8550Ex TETRA ATEX delivering loud and clear communications with the best coverage under the most extreme working conditions.
  • The launch of the rugged LEX 10 LTE handheld with Public Safety Experience (PSX) interface and applications tailored for mission critical roles in the European and African market.

Motorola Solutions Conducts Chile’s First Demonstration of Public Safety LTE Technology

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Public Safety LTE marks a turning point in how communications technology can improve safety, crime and emergency management
  • Demonstration shows innovative tools that provide data and information to speed response to natural disasters, criminal searches and more

SANTIAGO, CHILE - May 18, 2015 – For the first time ever in Chile, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications on public safety LTE networks. The demonstration features different critical situations that first responders may face to illustrate the benefits that public safety LTE technology offers to improve prevention, management and resolution of crime and emergency events.

The demonstration illustrates how quickly a missing child, for example, can be found by immediately distributing photos to mobile phones or to screens in patrol cars. It also shows how public safety command centers can access video from security cameras and vehicles in an area and distribute that video to officers assigned to the event.

During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions also explains how information sent in advance from a command center to officers en route can help them respond to crime and save lives. The demonstration shows how images can be sent from the scene to assigned units so that they have more information when they arrive.

In the case of natural disasters – which often require the support of national and provincial security forces, armed forces, fire-fighters, medical first responders and civil defense organizations – interoperability solutions, as well as public safety LTE technology, make it possible for many different agencies to communicate, even if they use different communications technology. And, public safety LTE technology will enable public safety agencies that regularly use cellular devices to be given access to coordinated radio communications through an application.

With Public Safety LTE technology, information can be turned into life-saving mission-critical intelligence in real time through the high-speed transmission of data, images and video, improving the effectiveness of preventive measures and actions taken by security and emergency agencies. These solutions provide first responders with a purpose-built network that meets their needs for reliability, quality and security.


  • The demonstration includes the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 Mission Critical handheld smart computer, which provides personnel with information when and where they need it, with the security and control of its own network, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information. It also features the Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) application, which allows users to view live video broadcasts on LTE devices and, when integrated with the Motorola Solutions MVX1000recording system, allows officers to broadcast live video from their vehicles to other users connected to the same application.
  • Finally, the demonstration includes Motorola Solutions’ WAVE Push-To-Talk Solution (interoperability and secure communications) which allows users to easily select a conversation group, push a button and talk to users of other LTE devices or devices with other communication standards. This solution enables the establishment of quick and safe communications between the different systems, frequencies and devices used by different security forces and emergency agencies.


Alberto Valdivieso, Country Manager, Motorola Solutions Chile

"Chile has taken an important first step by dedicating 4G spectrum to emergency communications. Security agencies are seeking tools that can withstand the rigorous, day-to-day use of responding to a variety of incidents. The public safety community wants to be able to capture and process large volumes of data and turn it into intelligence that helps first responders deal with incidents quickly, or even prevent them from happening. Government agencies are also looking for systems that provide reliable communications between public agencies at all times. Motorola Solutions can meet those needs with our LTE broadband technology dedicated to Public Protection and Disaster Relief."

Norway´s nationwide public safety network to expand connectivity between LTE and TETRA

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ WAVE 5000 technology chosen to provide secure communication for national emergency network between any device regardless of network

BARCELONA, Spain – May 18, 2015 – The Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK) has chosen WAVE™ Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration for Nødnett, Norway’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio system (TETRA) nationwide public safety network.

Motorola Solutions’ innovative WAVE technology extends the reach of land mobile radio (LMR) and offers radio-like “push-to-talk” (PTT), making it possible for teams of people, in the field or in the office, to effectively communicate and collaborate through voice and data regardless of network, carrier or device, whether deployed on-site or delivered as a service.

DNK has signed a contract with Motorola Solutions for 1,000 licenses and has begun testing the technology, which can be accessed by authorized users with internet connectivity anywhere in the world. The pilot project in Norway will run for selected user groups through 2015 to evaluate use case, features, quality and security.

“Deploying WAVE enables us to take the first steps towards public safety Long-Term Evolution (LTE) integration, extending the voice and data services for efficient collaboration via Nødnett.” said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General DNK. “We are particularly focused on secure transmission of mission-critical voice and data, and security will be a special focus during our pilot testing.”

The Norwegian TETRA system which delivers instant, resilient and secure public safety grade communications will remain the primary system for the mission critical users. WAVE’s smartphone and computer interoperability over LTE is planned as an additional service. Nødnett is being deployed across Norway by Motorola Solutions with planned completion by the end of 2015. The number of public safety and rescue professionals added to the nationwide TETRA network is growing rapidly, and the system already handles over one million calls per month.

“WAVE is a comprehensive communication solution that will help extend the reach of the Nodnett network beyond the current radio system, enabling connectivity to both broadband networks and other radio systems,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Africa and Latin America, Motorola Solutions “This will increase the number of options for those users, such as support operations personnel and managers, who require interoperability but do not use a radio as their primary communications device.”


  • WAVE connects disparate land mobile radio systems and removes barriers to interoperability and mutual aide, enabling better collaboration across public safety agencies using different systems, including analogue, digital, conventional and trunked.
  • WAVE extends communications beyond radio to include smartphones, connected- tablet devices and broadband carrier networks ensuring greater workforce connectivity and interoperability with seamless collaboration from any location.
  • WAVE replaces carrier PTT by providing secure, over-the-top PTT applications over public or private broadband networks. This provides customers with greater device, network and use-case flexibility. Non-radio users gain access to mission-critical communications from a greater choice of devices that reflect the needs of their regular operational role.
  • The user interface for a WAVE communications system is provided by a series of client applications called WAVE Communicators. WAVE Communicators are available for Android and iOS devices, PCs and as plug-ins for Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • IP PBX voice ports also enable PTT channel access from desk phones.
  • WAVE is secure, with AES 256 bit encryption on voice and data. Audio, control and credentials are all encrypted over the broadband network.

Motorola Solutions Foundation provides scholarships to children of Caribbean police officers

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Program will help 10 sons and daughters of police officers and staff realize their dreams

St. Kitts – May 13, 2015 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, awarded 10 new scholarship recipients from its Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Scholarship Fund.

The ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Program is focused on providing resources for students to continue their college or university studies. The program is making it possible for students who would otherwise not have the necessary resources to pursue an education.

Children of current police officers and police support staff will be able to use scholarship to continue their education in engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology or forensic science. These areas of study are essential to the successful day-to-day operations of police organizations and communities in general.

The ACCP and Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to promote public safety in the 24 countries in the program, as well as support youth and community development programs.


  • The ACCP and the Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to assist police departments in each of the 24-member countries to support youth and community development programs.
  • The winners will be able to continue their education at certified colleges or universities, either within the Caribbean region or at colleges or universities that are associated with the member countries in the Caribbean such as the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States.
  • The program has granted a total of 65 scholarships since its inception eight years ago.
  • The staff of the ACCP reviews all applications for scholarships and makes decisions on which students receive support.


David Baines, commissioner of the Cayman Islands and president of ACCP

“Over the years, we have seen how the ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program has helped the children of our police officers gain better access to a college education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation's support to the scholarship program year after year confirms its commitment with our future generations”.

Matthew Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation

“Education is one of the key pillars on which Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses it support. This ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program is aligned to our aim on education which is support programs that prepare workforce of tomorrow”.

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

on Friday, 08 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Sales of $1.2 billion, flat from a year ago, including $40 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact
  • North America sales grew 6 percent, driven by Product segment sales
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $0.40
  • Non-GAAP2 earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $0.38 driven by lower overall operating expenses
  • Generated $151 million in operating cash flow
  • Returned $728 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends, including the repurchase of $653 million of stock in the quarter


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. May 6, 2015 Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2015. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.



  • “The company delivered strong double-digit profitability growth in the first quarter, driven primarily by strength in our North America business and a leaner cost structure,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We remain committed to driving growth through innovation as well as improving operating leverage and cash flow generation.”

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



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  • Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.02 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.


  • Revenue – Sales were flat, including $40 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact. These results reflect 6 percent growth in North America. Product sales grew 1 percent driven primarily by an improvement in device sales, while Services declined 2 percent driven by lower iDEN and system integration sales.
  • Operating margin GAAP operating margin was 9.7 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2015, compared with 8.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014; non-GAAP operating margin was 12.8 percent of sales, compared with 10.3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting $60 million in lower operating expenses compared with the first quarter of 2014, due largely to cost reduction and simplification initiatives across all categories as well as lower pension expense and a stronger dollar.
  • Taxes The first-quarter GAAP effective tax rate was 31 percent. This compares with a tax rate of 4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, which included $30 million of net tax benefit associated with the net reduction in previously unrecognized tax benefits. The first-quarter non-GAAP tax rate was 29 percent, compared with a tax rate of 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The full-year non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 33 percent. The full-year cash tax rate is expected to be approximately 15 percent.
  •  Cash flow The company generated $151 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter, reflecting an increase of $139 million over the prior year. The increase was largely driven by working capital improvements.
  •  Cash and cash equivalents – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $3.4 billion, reflecting a net debt position of $43 million3.  The company repurchased $653 million of its common stock in the first quarter and paid $75 million in cash dividends.




Strategic wins 

  • $135 million system upgrade and multi-year managed services contract for the South Australia Government Radio Network that integrates voice and data capabilities, and covers more than 20 first responder agencies
  • $46 million contract with $32 million of services for multi-year software upgrades and maintenance services with Hamilton County, Ohio
  • $20 million contract for both expansion services and core products in Columbus, Georgia, that incorporates Smart Public Safety Services and P25 equipment and software
  • $19 million contract to provide 25,000 digital TETRA radios, accessories, training and logistics services to the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH) Germany
  • A Real Time Crime Center win with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to deploy an intelligence-led policing solution that integrates video management systems with computer-aided dispatch and public safety applications

Innovation and investments in growth

  • Completed two acquisitions in the Smart Public Safety business: Emergency CallWorks and PublicEngines, leading providers of software-based solutions that solidify Motorola Solutions’ offerings in command and control, next-generation 9-1-1 call center and intelligence-led policing solutions that enable predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement and government entities
  • Invested in three businesses that complement the company’s Smart Public Safety technology portfolio, through the company’s venture capital arm
  • Announced the APX8000, the first all-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX P25 portable two-way radio
  • Upgraded the MTP3000 Series TETRA radios to meet mission-critical demands for improved ruggedness, coverage, encryption and other public safety-specific functionality


  • Second quarter 2015 – Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 3 to 5 percent compared with the second quarter of 2014. This assumes a $45 million5 unfavorable currency impact, which translates to revenue of flat to down 2 percent in constant currency. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.51 to $0.56 per share.
  • Full-year 2015 – The company revenue outlook remains unchanged as revenue is expected to be flat to down 2 percent compared to 2014.  This outlook translates to revenue growth of 1 to 3 percent in constant currency. The company now expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $3.20 to $3.40 per share.



  • Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) Wednesday, May 6. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at

CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)

  • A comparison of results from operations is as follows:


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  • The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2015.

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

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


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


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

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


  • This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ expected full-year non-GAAP tax rate, full-year cash tax rate and financial outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2015, including the impact of currency rates. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website at, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (6) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of our partners or suppliers or those we sell to or operate or maintain for our customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain business operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s enterprise legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system; and (23) the company’s ability to return proceeds of the sale of the Enterprise business to shareholders and the timing thereof. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



1 Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders.

2Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items.

3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion

4 Business outlook excludes share-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and charges associated with items typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.


5 Based on currency rates as of May 4, 2015.

Motorola Solutions Simplifies Mission-Critical Communications Support with New Service

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New “Managed Core” option expands service portfolio to keep ASTRO 25 systems running at peak performance

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 21, 2015 – When choosing new communications technology, public safety and commercial organizations must consider how resource challenges and future technology changes will affect day-to-day management and long-term use. Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI) new Managed Core service for ASTRO® 25 communications systems help customers manage the servers, software and applications that make up the core of their mission-critical communications. Motorola Solutions employs a team of dedicated professionals with ASTRO 25 network and radio expertise to proactively manage the core at all times to help customers minimize risk and prevent downtime.

“Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of successfully operating some of the largest and most complex mission-critical communications systems in the world,” said Gary Aitkenhead, vice president, Managed Services. “That expertise carries over to the responsibility of guaranteeing system reliability and performance through contracts that meet customers’ objectives.”

The ASTRO 25 core helps control voice and data networking across the entire system and is designed to meet mission-critical demands. A systematic approach is required to successfully manage and optimize performance, which helps customers get the most out of their investments. Motorola Solutions experts utilize an innovative suite of tools and standardized processes to identify and promptly act on potential faults, using analytics to help predict and proactively prevent them from occurring.

At the heart of the Managed Core service is Motorola Solutions’ Managed Services Network Operations Center (NOC) located in Schaumburg, Illinois, and staffed at all times by experienced technologists to help ensure customer networks are consistently operating at peak performance. The services provided by the NOC allow customers to entrust their network operations and management responsibilities to expert specialists and let them focus on their primary mission.

St. Louis Police Deploys Real-Time Crime Center Backed by Motorola Solutions Technology

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions will help St. Louis Police identify and distribute incident-relevant information to first responders in the field

ST. LOUIS – April 16, 2015 – Police departments across the country are looking for smarter ways to capture, analyze and correlate the large amounts of crime and potential crime data they receive to gain a common operating picture. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department now uses Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s (NYSE: MSI) Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions in its real-time crime center to help identify and distribute information to officers before crimes occur, during active incidents and in support of investigations. Giving officers better information can help improve response times, increase citizen engagement and maximize the use of taxpayer dollars for an overall safer community.

Motorola Solutions’ Real-Time Intelligence Client helps aggregate and correlate data from multiple sources such as video, sensors, alarms, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management systems. Crime center analysts and officers can then seamlessly send that information out to first responders on the scene, providing actionable intelligence and comprehensive situational awareness where it is needed most.

“The Intelligence-Led Public Safety capabilities being implemented by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will help increase situational awareness while helping to keep officers and citizens safe.” said Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety Vice President Tom Guthrie. “These tools will help the department unlock additional value in its existing technology investments while getting the right information to the right people at the right time to help officers avert, respond to and resolve incidents.”

As part of the initial deployment, Motorola Solutions will install two Real-Time Intelligence Client positions, a video wall with eight displays (expandable to 32 displays), existing video management systems integrated with CAD and third-party applications such as gunshot detection solution ShotSpotter®. The department plans to staff the real-time crime center with analysts 24 hours a day.

"Technology is part of police officers lives and Motorola Solutions technology is providing a platform that interfaces with existing systems and provides officers with more information than ever before," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson. “In today's technological world officers and citizens are demanding it. Ultimately we have a safer community and focused resources because of the technology."

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is also a customer of PublicEngines, which was recently acquired by Motorola Solutions. The combination of PublicEngines’ analytics technology such as CommandCentral with Motorola Solutions’ situational awareness tools will give St. Louis an unmatched platform for delivery of Intelligence-Led Public Safety capabilities.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has approximately 1,350 officers and 520 civilian employees serving more than 62 square miles and more than 300,000 residents. The city has been a Motorola Solutions customer for more than 35 years with approximately 4,000 two-way radios deployed.

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2015 Earnings Results on May 6

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 16, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter 2015 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday, May 6.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT) on May 6. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at

From ‘React and Respond’ to ‘Predict and Prevent’: Motorola Solutions Mobilizes Critical Intelligence for Safer Cities at Interpol World 2015

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Singapore, 14 April 2015 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) presents technological advances to change the way cities respond to global safety challenges at INTERPOL World’s Safe Cities Congress 2015. Developed with an expert panel of industry leaders, the solutions presented will chart an innovation roadmap to strengthen global security.

“Forums such as INTERPOL World serve as fertile ground for fostering the development of versatile solutions for mission critical organisations to help them to adapt to the most demanding of situations. Our ability to extract and operationalize critical intelligence from immediate raw data will transform the way public safety and security organisations leverage information for effective and swift responses,” said Peter Goulding, Public Safety Specialist, Motorola Solutions.

According to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), more than 60% of the world’s population is expected to be urban by 2030 which is likely to increase the strain on critical infrastructure. This is an important contributing factor to urban poverty and which might lead to a rise in crime rates. Across the globe, with debt-to-GDP ratios almost doubling in the past 5 years, public services will have to strike a delicate balancing act, coping with limited resources while policing increasingly complex criminal activity.

Therefore, the single greatest advantage to public safety organisations, is the ability to operationalize data like never before, employing everything from public safety sensor networks, to city-wide video surveillance, and social media. With the innovations presented by Motorola Solutions, vast volumes of data can be aggregated and operationalized, and threats can be identified in advance, guiding personnel on the ground and preventing events from becoming major incidents. The product of this strategic partnership between Motorola Solutions and industry experts, demonstrates the capability to integrate real-time surveillance and data analytics to refine predictive policing, which is an emerging trend amongst public safety departments across the globe.

This is showcased through Motorola Solutions’ presence at INTERPOL World 2015 which incorporates a complete technology immersion where participants will be able to experience this technology first-hand at four interactive zones, featuring live demonstrations of intelligence-led decision making, integrated command and control, connected first responder solutions and mobile incident command operations:

  • Turning Data into Intelligence: Visitors can observe how data analysis enables intelligence agencies to be better prepared to anticipate threats, make intelligent predictions, offer more targeted counteractions and plan optimal strategies.
  • One Unified Operating Picture: The demonstrations will also run command centre simulations for a glimpse into how command operations scale in an instant from local, multi-agency response to mass coordination across every level of government with one unified, real-time operating picture, for responses that are both efficient and prompt.
  • Mobilizing Intelligence: Visitors can experience first-hand how next generation responder communications are mobilizing intelligence, delivered through intuitive human-computer interfaces and augmenting an officers’ capability to deal with issues when in the field.
  • Eliminating Blind-spots: Motorola Solutions is also showcasing next generation vehicle communications, which are providing updated real time intelligence and information thereby increasing in-field situational awareness and tactical collaboration as well as enabling mobile incident command operations for planned and unplanned events.

“Leveraging our expertise in mission-critical communications technology and global perspective on urban security issues, we aim to change the way public safety services around the globe respond to threats and incidents,” said Balbir Singh, Vice President, Asia, Motorola Solutions. “Be it acts of terrorism, accidents, or natural disasters, we want to help drive that shift from ‘React and Respond’ to ‘Predict and Prevent’, and pave the way for precise, intelligence-driven strategies.”

Motorola Solutions to upgrade and manage South Australian Government’s radio network

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Melbourne, Australia – 7 April 2015 – The South Australian Government has selected Motorola Solutions Australia to deliver a major project and ongoing services valued at more than AUD$175 million to upgrade and manage its government radio network (SAGRN) for seven years with an option to extend for up to five years.

The upgrade and management services will deliver considerable, long-term benefits to more than 20 public agencies that depend on the network to keep South Australian communities safe, including country and metropolitan fire services, police, ambulance and state emergency services.

The network will provide 99.999% availability to emergency services and ensure teams can communicate reliably to coordinate responses, whether managing day-to-day operations or in times of crises.

The contract allows the South Australian Government to continuously focus on innovation. Motorola Solutions is integrating technologies to deliver the total solution, with complete lifecycle management services to ensure equipment stays current with a full programme of support to manage any technology changes.

This approach provides a foundation from which the South Australian Government can more effectively pursue its progressive introduction of intelligence-led public safety strategies, as technology improvements continue to make new and enhanced capabilities possible.

The new network will be an open standard, Project 25 network supported by integrated voice and data capabilities. Complex system integration works for the SAGRN will deliver new infrastructure for voice, dispatch consoles, call logging and network linking. It will be one of the largest of its kind in Australia, supporting more than 20,000 users with more than 200 transmission sites covering 220,000 square kilometres throughout South Australia.

Motorola Solutions will lead the project with support from specialised service partners with a strong, local presence in South Australia, helping generate local economic growth and long-term employment opportunities.

Motorola Solutions’ management services include service desk facilities, real-time operational reporting, statewide field services, and proactive network monitoring and stakeholder engagement for major incidents from its Network Operations Control Centres (NOCCs), which operate 24 hours per day, every day of the year. During the past 10 years, customers across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have depended on Motorola Solutions’ “always on” NOCC services to achieve the highest levels of safety and productivity.


Tony Piccolo, South Australia Emergency Services Minister

South Australia’s Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said the greatest benefit of the radio network upgrade was increased safety for both the community and emergency service personnel.

“The South Australian Government is making a significant investment to give our emergency services secure and reliable voice communications,” Mr Piccolo said.

“This will support them from their day-to-day operational activities through to times of emergency or crisis.

“Not only will the SAGRN upgrade deliver a safer community for all South Australians, but also provide local economic and employment benefits.”

Steve Crutchfield, managing director, Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand

Steve Crutchfield, Motorola Solutions managing director, said his team would rely on its strong knowledge of the communications needs of South Australian agencies as it builds and manages the SAGRN.

“Motorola Solutions is delivering a new SAGRN that draws from our experience working closely with local public safety agencies for more than 30 years. We’re applying that knowledge in a way that enables agencies to concentrate on keeping South Australian communities safe, while we meet their needs for highly secure and reliable communications.”

Motorola Solutions Advances Smart Public Safety Innovation with PublicEngines Acquisition

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Transaction adds crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement applications to cloud-based solutions

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SALT LAKE CITY – April 1, 2015 – Motorola Solutions has acquired PublicEngines, a privately held provider of cloud-based solutions that deliver crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement agencies, governments and other organizations.

“The acquisition of PublicEngines reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to helping our customers implement intelligence-led strategies that deter crime and improve outcomes,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions. “As agencies work with an increasing amount of data from videos, photos, social media, sensors and other sources, our Smart Public Safety Solutions help harness that data to gain key intelligence and integrate it seamlessly into their operations. This helps law enforcement anticipate and respond to incidents with the best information available.”

PublicEngines’ intelligence-led public safety and citizen engagement products include:

  • CommandCentral Analytics, which provides public safety customers with the ability to make better decisions by visualizing data in analytical dashboards or on maps and sharing information between jurisdictions
  • CommandCentral Predictive, with leading-edge predictive policing technology, which makes tactical recommendations about where to allocate resources, when to patrol and what to watch for to best prevent crime
  • CrimeReports, the most popular online crime-mapping solution available, which makes it easy to share crime information and alerts with citizens through a customer-branded website or app
  • TipSoft, the industry's most widely adopted tip management platform, which allows organizations to receive tips and respond to them while maintaining the source’s anonymity throughout the investigation

This acquisition advances Motorola Solutions’ strategy to revolutionize public safety's use of available data to gain actionable intelligence to support its mission. The combination of CommandCentral with Motorola Solutions’ situational awareness offerings will establish an unmatched platform for delivery of intelligence-led public safety capabilities. Additionally, the citizen engagement products bolster the company’s ability to help agencies openly and transparently interact with citizens to create safer and better-informed communities.

“PublicEngines complements Motorola Solutions’ business, and we look forward to working together to leverage its strengths as a global industry leader in enhancing crime analysis and citizen engagement for public safety,” said William Kilmer, CEO of PublicEngines.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, PublicEngines serves more than 2,000 customers, primarily in North America. All PublicEngines capabilities are delivered as cloud-based applications, scalable to even the smallest public safety agencies. No additional hardware is required and setup typically is completed remotely in just a day.

This is Motorola Solutions’ second acquisition this year of software-based Smart Public Safety Solutions providers. In February, the company acquired Emergency CallWorks, a provider of web-based Next-Generation 9-1-1 call-taking software for public safety.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Public Engines now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions wins TETRA radio tender in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • 25,000 TETRA radios will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations
  • Contract includes TETRA digital radios, accessories, training and logistics services

IDSTEIN, Germany – April 1, 2015 – Motorola Solutions has been selected as the provider of 25,000 digital Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), accessories, training and logistics services by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH).

The Motorola Solutions devices, accessories and services will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations, including all emergency services, public and private fire departments, and civil protection agencies in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time,” said Lars Ohse, divisional head of GMSH. “The results of comprehensive evaluations, as well as economic reasons and the ease–of-use of Motorola Solutions’ radios, led to this important decision.”

The contract includes the delivery of MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios, MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable radios and MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radios and accessories. Within the scope of the four-year contract framework, Motorola Solutions is responsible for on-site training and guidance, engineering support, software updates and a help desk function.

“Winning the latest competitive tender for supplying Schleswig-Holstein with TETRA radios and support underlines the confidence, trust and reputation for technological leadership we have earned by successfully providing mission-critical solutions to public safety agencies in Germany and worldwide,” said Christoph Thomas, vice president, Western Europe & North Africa Region, Motorola Solutions. “This project will equip fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies in Schleswig-Holstein with the best tools available to respond to mission-critical situations quickly, reliably and effectively.”


  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios for mission-critical communications deliver fully integrated voice and data services providing up-to-date intelligence for informed decision-making for users such as fire fighters and rescue forces.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portables support the highest level of end-to-end encryption in accordance with the requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for highly secure communication. They also support GPS with a “man down” sensor, ensuring that life-threatening situations are automatically identified, located and resources quickly deployed.
  • The MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable terminal from Motorola Solutions provides high- quality communication with comprehensive user safety and class-leading ATEX specifications for use in potentially explosive environments.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radio offers five different variations to suit specific operational requirements.
  • The police in Schleswig-Holstein have been using TETRA digital radios from Motorola Solutions since 2010.
  • Motorola Solutions also supplies TETRA digital radios, equipment and management to German security forces in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and federal security organisations.
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