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Motorola Solutions Invests in VocalZoom

on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

January 7, 2015

Collaboration to bring new level of voice clarity and support for voice-enabled public safety technology

Schaumburg, Illinois, USA and Yokneam, Israel — Jan. 7, 2015 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, through its investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital has invested in VocalZoom Ltd., a leading developer of sensors for speech enhancement. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VocalZoom has developed a unique optoelectronic microphone able to substantially enhance a speaker’s voice over any background noise. The technology creates a “virtual cube” in space, sensing sound from only within the cube. This enables highly significant speech enhancement and precise speaker isolation, which are the key elements missing today to enable mass-usage of voice-driven applications for devices such as radios and smartphones.

Motorola Solutions’ investment in VocalZoom is part of its strategy to advance mission-critical communications by connecting public safety and commercial customers with real-time data and intelligence like never before. As part of its ongoing effort to push the boundaries of innovation, the company believes VocalZoom’s technology can establish a new frontier in voice commands and sharing of intelligence with public safety personnel through devices, even in a noisy environment or in the heat of the moment with a perpetrator. Voice-enabled technology is one of many ways that Motorola Solutions is defining the future of mission-critical public safety communications.

“VocalZoom has the potential to be the difference of whether a firefighter can communicate at a dangerous fire scene or if a transportation or utility worker can give or receive information in a noisy work environment,” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola Solutions. “For police officers, for example, turning their heads to communicate can be the difference between life and death for them or the people they are protecting, or the difference between whether a criminal is apprehended or escapes.”

“VocalZoom’s optical microphone is the only technology of its kind that is not affected by any background noise, and has the potential to provide disruptive voice clarity in any condition,” said VocalZoom’s Chairman, Yechiel Kurtz, “We are excited with the partnership with Motorola Solutions, which provides us with new opportunities in a large and strategic market.”

Other VocalZoom investors in this series of funding include existing investors 3M and OurCrowd, as well as new investor FueTrek (Japan).

Cobb County, Georgia, Doubles Radio Capacity, Increases Data Capabilities with New Public Safety Radio System from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

December 10, 2014

New public safety communications system enables faster, more informed responses to emergencies

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Dec. 10, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc (NYSE: MSI) announced today that it has implemented a new public safety radio system in Cobb County, Georgia, that allows multiple public safety agencies to effectively communicate with each other to quickly resolve emergency situations. With the Motorola Solutions ASTRO® 25 Phase 2 time-division multiple access (TDMA) system, Cobb County has doubled its radio channels and expanded its reach beyond the county’s borders, so its law enforcement, fire and emergency medical teams can coordinate responses with first responders in other counties when needed.


  • One of the driving needs for first responders is the ability to communicate seamlessly with one another. Sharing critical information during day-to-day operations and responses to emergency situations can be challenging when the number of calls escalates.
  • By using radio spectrum more efficiently, Cobb County’s new system doubles the channels from 18 to 36, which allows more users to operate the system at one time. It also is interoperable with the Motorola Solutions’ systems used by first responders in three other neighboring counties.
  • While voice communications are essential, first responders increasingly use live video and other images in the field to analyze and share information. The new network enables use of this data as well as other mission-critical applications that help to improve efficiency, safety and decision-making for Cobb County first responders such as over-the-air programming, fire station alerting and weather siren alerts.
  • Cobb County 9-1-1 serves a population of approximately 750,000 people and covers more than 340 square miles. The 9-1-1 center manages more than 900,000 calls for service each year through 34 dispatch positions and provides dispatch services to four law enforcement agencies and two fire departments.
  • The Cobb County system is the first ASTRO 25 Phase 2 TDMA system, allowing several users to share the same frequency channel by dividing the signal into different time slots, in the State of Georgia. This updated system is considered a “regional core” system, meaning it serves an entire county as well as neighboring counties.
  • The ASTRO 25 Phase 2 TDMA system is part of Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications that is transforming public safety operations and providing Cobb County first responders with a highly reliable communications network to respond to day-to-day operations as well as emergencies. The system can be easily upgraded to incorporate future technology.


Ann Flynn, 9-1-1 emergency communications director, Cobb County, Georgia

“Our recent deployment of Motorola Solutions Phase 2 TDMA technology in Cobb County has provided our users with additional radio channel resources and additional radio system networks. While the enhanced system will dramatically improve inter-agency communications and the ability to coordinate local and regional first responders, the real benefit will be the improved communications between those in the field, thereby ensuring a higher standard of first responder safety.”

Jim Mears, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola understands the importance of providing our customers with innovative solutions that enhance information sharing and deliver a unified operational view of incidents to ensure a well-orchestrated and coordinated response. Our robust, regional ASTRO 25 Phase 2 TDMA System will enable Cobb County to handle calls faster, allocate resources more efficiently and coordinate seamlessly within its operation and with other departments and agencies in the region.”

Motorola Solutions Announces Redemption of All Remaining $3.449 Million Outstanding of Its 8.4 Percent Debentures Due Aug. 15, 2031

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

November 25, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 25, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has issued a notice to redeem all of the remaining $3,449,000 outstanding of its 8.4 percent debentures due Aug. 15, 2031 (CUSIP No. 620076AC3). In accordance with the terms of the indenture under which the debentures were issued, the debentures will be redeemed in full on Dec. 26, 2014, at a redemption price equal to 100 percent of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest (based on the annual rate of 8.4 percent) from the most recent interest payment date, Aug. 15, 2014 to, but not including, the redemption date.

A notice of redemption is being delivered by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee for the debentures, to all registered holders. Copies of the notice of redemption and additional information relating to the procedure for redemption may be obtained from The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. by calling (800) 254-2826.

This announcement is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase with respect to any debentures.

Motorola Solutions to Present at Dec. 2 Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference

on Friday, 21 November 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

November 20, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Nov. 20, 2014 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will speak at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

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

November 13, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 13, 2014 – 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 Jan. 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 15, 2014.

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

November 4, 2014

Announces $5 billion increase to share repurchase program



  • Sales of $1.4 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations* of $0.27
  • Non-GAAP** EPS from continuing operations of $0.62
  • Returned $728 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends, including the repurchase of $650 million of stock in the third quarter

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 4, 2014 –
 Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2014. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.




Today, the company also announced that its board of directors has approved a $5 billion increase to the share repurchase program following receipt of $3.45 billion from the sale of its Enterprise business, raising the total authorization since July 2011 to $12 billion. Under the company’s previously authorized $7 billion share repurchase program, $600 million remained as of the end of the third quarter of 2014. The company may continue to repurchase shares from time to time in the open market or in other privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions.


“We are encouraged by third-quarter revenues and earnings as the business continues to show signs of improvement,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Additionally, our actions to simplify our operations and remove costs continue to yield sustainable operating expense reductions, which will further position us for long-term success.”




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Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax charges of approximately $0.35 per diluted share related to share-based compensation and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.



  • Revenue – Sales declined 5 percent to $1.4 billion primarily reflecting lower sales in North America and Asia-Pacific. Product sales declined 8 percent driven primarily by lower devices revenues, while Services declined 1 percent.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 14.4 percent of sales; non-GAAP operating margin was 18.0 percent. These results include $43 million in lower operating expenses compared with the third quarter of 2013 primarily due to ongoing cost-reduction initiatives.
  • Taxes – The 2014 GAAP effective tax rate was 56 percent driven by a one-time $55 million adjustment. This compares with a favorable tax rate of -4 percent in the third quarter of 2013. The 2014 non-GAAP tax rate was 33 percent, compared with a favorable tax rate of -3 percent in the third quarter of 2013. The GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates in the third quarter of 2013 were favorably impacted by benefits largely associated with excess foreign tax credits on undistributed foreign earnings in that quarter.
  • Cash flow – The company used $115 million in operating cash from continuing operations during the quarter largely driven by a $397 million contribution related to the U.S. pension plan transactions announced on Sept. 25, 2014.




  • Reduced funding volatility associated with U.S. pension plan while preserving benefits for retirees through actions that cut pension liability by one-half, or $4.2 billion; the company expects no U.S. pension plan cash contribution requirements for the next five to six years
  • Secured significant projects including a $33 million statewide public safety system expansion with the state of Maryland, and two command and control solutions that include multi-year lifecycle services: $16 million with Loudoun County, Virginia, and $8 million Spartanburg County, South Carolina
  • Extended leadership in two key growth areas, including:
    • Public safety long-term evolution (LTE): a $21 million services project for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) network, as well as a $10-15 million project resulting from an agreement that Harris County, Texas, reached with FirstNet to move forward with the expansion of its public safety LTE deployment
    • Smart public safety: project with the city of Elgin, Illinois, for a Real-Time Crime Center solution that enables access to existing video feeds, computer-aided dispatch records and other systems to drive proactive policing and improve situational awareness at the command center
  • Demonstrated commitment to U.S. national public safety broadband LTE network with introduction of enhanced VML750 LTE Vehicle Modem, which enables roaming between public and private networks for enhanced interoperability




  • Fourth quarter 2014 – Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 1 to 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, with non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $1.13 to $1.19 per share. This is consistent with the company’s prior full-year outlook of low- to mid-single digit revenue decline, excluding iDEN.
  • Cost reductions – The company is ahead of schedule with operating cost reductions, expecting to achieve more than $200 million in savings in 2014 and on track to achieve approximately $300 million by the end of 2015. This will result in a total reduction in operating expenses from $2 billion in 2013 to approximately $1.7 billion for 2015.



On Oct. 27, Motorola Solutions closed the sale of its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies, and the Enterprise business is reflected as discontinued operations. Sales from discontinued operations were $605 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared with $595 million in the year-ago quarter. The sales increase reflects strength in both North America and Europe, while supply chain and IT execution issues that had an unfavorable impact on second-quarter 2014 sales were addressed during the quarter.


Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Tuesday, Nov. 4. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides


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The table below includes highlighted items and share-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2014.


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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.

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


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014, cost reduction targets and the reduction of U.S. pension plan cash contributions. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 10 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on Page 31 in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industries; (2) the level of demand for the company's products, particularly if businesses and governments defer or cancel purchases in response to tighter credit; (3) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (4) negative impact on the company's business from global economic conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (5) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company when competing for business in foreign markets; (6) the outcome of currently ongoing and future tax matters; (7) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions; (8) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (9) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (10) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (11) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (12) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (13) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (14) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (15) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (16) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (17) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (18) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (20) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain business operations, information technology and administrative functions; (21) the impact of the company’s multi-year phased upgrade and consolidation of its enterprise resource planning systems into a single global platform; and (22) 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.


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

Responsible Sourcing “Solutions for Hope” Program to Expand in the Congo, Colombia and Beyond with Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 28, 2014

Grant to RESOLVE Supports Development and Capacity-Building in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and WASHINGTON – Oct. 28, 2014 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), today announced a grant to RESOLVE to help expand the Solutions for Hope platform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Colombia and other countries. Through Solutions for Hope, companies, civil society organizations and governments partner to build responsible minerals supply chains from regions where due diligence and market access are limited by both armed conflict and supply chains with limited transparency.

The Solutions for Hope model has proven effective in providing electronics companies with the first supplies of verified conflict-free tantalum used in their products. It aligns downstream companies’ needs for transparency and reporting compliance with regional stakeholders’ needs for development and capacity-building. Responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict regions can allow companies to support and contribute to peacebuilding, reducing armed conflict and violence while meeting their businesses’ supply chain needs.

Solutions for Hope was first piloted in the DRC by Motorola Solutions and AVX, which publicly committed to establishing a responsible “closed pipe” tantalum supply chain from mine to smelter to component manufacturer to original equipment manufacturer. In the DRC, the Solutions for Hope approach was designed to work within developing regional systems, such as the framework of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region Regional Certification Mechanism, and utilized proven systems such as the Conflict-Free Smelter Program to support due diligence and a traceable, auditable supply chain.

The newly expanded Solutions for Hope platform will seek to pilot the Solutions for Hope approach with other minerals and regions. With support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, RESOLVE initiated a program in Colombia to support transparency in that nation’s gold, tantalum and tungsten sectors in tandem with peacebuilding and economic development efforts.

“RESOLVE is excited to continue to support and expand the Solutions for Hope platform,” said Stephen D’Esposito, RESOLVE president. “Solutions for Hope is a leadership platform for companies and NGOs. Participants who join are anxious for results, and they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and engage in trial-and-error to get results. Motorola Solutions, AVX and the Enough Project have demonstrated leadership in the DRC. Ongoing expansion of the platform with participation from actors across the supply chain will advance responsible sourcing in conflict and high risk areas.”

“The support and participation by companies like Motorola Solutions sends clear signals of downstream interest in verifiable conflict-free minerals,” said Tim Martin, former Canadian ambassador to Colombia, and a RESOLVE strategic partner. “Solutions for Hope is an asset. It supports Colombia’s interest in OECD membership, builds valuable global partnerships, and seeks to build tools that are right for Colombia.”

“We are very pleased to be part of the expansion of the Solutions for Hope platform,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The Solutions for Hope model demonstrates that companies can make a meaningful contribution to peace building while improving certainty of supply and cost, as well as increased supply chain transparency. With this grant to RESOLVE, we are supporting the expansion of this proven model to other minerals in the DRC’s Great Lakes region and to other geographies affected by conflict.”

Pilots will focus on testing validation approaches with local refineries, supporting formalization programs, providing a sourcing opportunity for artisanal scale miners and cooperatives meeting conflict-free standards; and capacity-building at all levels of the supply chain.

Zebra Technologies Completes Acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 27, 2014

Combination creates the leading global provider of end-to-end solutions to help simplify operations and empower mobile workers

Motorola Solutions to become singularly focused on mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers

LINCOLNSHIRE and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 27, 2014 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Zebra has completed the acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in cash. The transaction was funded with $200 million of cash on hand and $3.25 billion in new debt.

“This transformative acquisition creates one company with unparalleled capabilities and leading global brands in our industry,” stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive officer. “Our scope and scale make us a more strategic business partner to our customers. We are well positioned to serve our businesses with solutions and services that help them achieve greater visibility for better enterprise asset intelligence. Our efforts are supported by superior global go-to-market channels and the most talented people in the industry. Together, we can provide the building blocks of Internet of Things solutions, as customers worldwide increasingly take advantage of data analytics and mobility to improve business performance.”

“With the successful close of this transaction, Motorola Solutions is now singularly focused on the very core that our company was founded and built upon – a business that continues to help build safer cities and thriving businesses around the world through innovative mission-critical communications solutions,” stated Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “Motorola Solutions is well-positioned for growth and success, building on our industry leadership, unrivaled brand, product development and customer relationships.”

As part of the sale, approximately 4,500 Motorola Solutions employees from locations throughout the world will transfer to Zebra.

Strategic Fit for Zebra

The transaction significantly expands and strengthens Zebra’s product portfolio, geographic reach, go-to-market channels and industries served. The combined organization has about 20,000 channel partners in more than 100 countries, and approximately 4,300 U.S. and international patents issued and pending. The combination of Zebra and Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business will allow Zebra to offer its shareholders and customers the following benefits:

  • Industry-leading data capture, mobile computing, specialty printing and asset tracking solutions and services
  • Stronger combined platform with multiple growth opportunities
  • New and comprehensive product, technology and IP portfolio
  • Leading end-to-end solutions across key industries with global reach
  • Highly diversified business mix
  • Synergies by maximizing efficiencies and scale
  • Attractive growth and free cash flow profile

Strategic Divestiture for Motorola Solutions

With the close of the transaction, Motorola Solutions will be exclusively focused on making its public safety and commercial customers’ operations faster, smarter and more efficient by providing innovative, industry-leading mission-critical communications, data and information solutions.

The company has 50,000 public safety and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and a number of attributes that the company believes will fuel future growth including:

  • An extraordinarily committed workforce that consistently delivers innovative solutions and is unmatched in expertise and experience
  • A growing solutions and services business
  • Leadership in next-generation technologies, such as public safety LTE
  • Investment in product and systems development
  • An unrivaled brand
  • Go-to-market and channel strength
  • A unique portfolio of intellectual property

The company plans to discuss its capital return plan as part of its third-quarter earnings news release and analyst conference call on Nov. 4, 2014.

About Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business

With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion, Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies that serve customers in retail, transportation & logistics, and manufacturing. The sale includes Motorola Solutions’ wireless local area network (WLAN), Rhomobile and MESH businesses.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical solutions and services for public safety and commercial 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 Zebra

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams businesses need in order to simplify operations, know more about their business, and empower their mobile workforce. For more information, visit

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company’s forward-looking statements. When used in this release and documents referenced herein, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” and “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Similarly, statements herein that describe the transaction between Zebra and Motorola Solutions, including its financial impact, and other statements of managements’ beliefs, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in both Zebra’s and Motorola Solutions’ respective industries, including the Enterprise business, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors also include the successful integration of the operations by Zebra, and Zebra’s ability to implement plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to the Enterprise business and the ability of Motorola Solutions to return proceeds of the transaction to its shareholders and the timing thereof. Customer acceptance of Zebra’s products and solutions and competitors’ product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes are inherent risks associated with the ongoing combined business. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit and capital markets volatility may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in Zebra’s ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra’s ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of a large investment portfolio, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of Zebra’s international sales. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra’s sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of Zebra’s financial results. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect Zebra’s future operations and results can be found in Zebra’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A detailed description of other risks and uncertainties affecting Zebra is contained in Item 1A of Zebra’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A detailed description of other risks and uncertainties affecting Motorola Solutions, is contained in Item 1A of Motorola Solution’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K , in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 29, 2014 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available for free on the SEC’s website at, on Zebra’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website at The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date hereof and none of Zebra, Motorola Solutions or any of their respective affiliates assumes any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Motorola Solutions, International Association of Chiefs of Police Honor Top Community Law Enforcement Programs

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 27, 2014

Three programs recognized for anti-violence, relationship building and body-worn camera initiatives

Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 27, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), announced today the recipients of the 22nd annual IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. The top three programs, based in the United States and Canada are being recognized for initiatives that include an anti-violence volunteer police initiative, a student and police relationship-building campaign, and lastly, a first responder body-worn camera initiative.


  • Hamilton Police Service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is being recognized for the “ACTION Strategy Initiative.” Studies showed an immediate need to restore safety and security in the city’s downtown core, which had become a hot spot for violent crime. Analysis revealed that officers were encountering repeat offenders and at-risk individuals. The ACTION Strategy Initiative involved deploying uniformed volunteer auxiliary officers downtown for over 1,400 hours in a successful effort to help break the cycle of arrests. This strategy helped lead to a decrease in crime as well as increased safety and security, and the downtown area is already in the process of revitalization.
  • Milwaukee Police Department has been selected for its “Students Talking it Over with Police (STOP) Program,” that addresses the relationship between police and young leaders, ages 12 to 17, with the goal of fostering positive relationships and decreasing negative initial interactions between the two. Analysis indicates that STOP has been successful in improving general knowledge of first responders’ responsibility and proper behavior during a police stop, as well as fostering a better perception of the police for 94 percent of participants.
  • Rialto Police Department in Rialto, California, was honored for its “Body-Worn Camera Program,” which evaluated the impact of body-worn video cameras used by front-line officers on police use-of-force and officer complaints. Use-of-force incidents declined by 87.5 percent and officer complaints were reduced by 59 percent. Additionally, public contacts by officers increased by 3,200 showing that this scientific approach to dealing with police misconduct introduces a new concept of testing and evaluating new police officer initiatives.


Yost Zakhary, IACP president, Alexandria, Virginia

“We’re excited to recognize the three winners of this year’s Webber Seavey Award. The recipients of this award are held in high esteem as they exemplify the dedication of IACP’s 1st President, Chief Webber S. Seavey, who sought to improve the quality of life in local communities through innovation and problem solving.”

Inspector W. Scott Rastin, Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

“We encourage our officers to take a team approach in collaborative problem-solving, along with partnering with our community. The police service is continuing to work with several partners to develop a street-level proactive wrap-around social service solution to help break the cycle of arrests. We are now in a restorative phase and look forward to the future as we continue to keep our cities and communities safe from violent crime.”

Police Sergeant Denmark Morrison, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“The goal of this project was to improve the relationships between today’s youth and the police department, resulting in further cooperation and collaboration surrounding their knowledge, behavior and perception of law enforcement. We have taken great strides by creating a two-way accountability mechanism that will not only help youth today, but also shape them for the future.”

Chief Tony Farrar, Rialto Police Department, Rialto, California

“The Body-Worn Camera Program was created after an increasing number of reports of police violence were recorded. The results of the experiment showed significant reductions in the number of use-of-force incidents, as well as officer complaints, thus not only protecting the first responders but also creating an evidence-based approach that generates better police response.”

Jim Mears, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions

“We extend our congratulations and are proud to recognize the 2014 Webber Seavey award winners for their dedication to law enforcement and creativity in problem-solving in our communities. Motorola Solutions applauds their efforts and commends the men and women who daily meet the challenges of law enforcement head on with creativity and resolve.”

Motorola Solutions’ New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO® 25 Technology

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 27, 2014

Consistent, predictable cost helps agencies implement latest mission-critical communications while meeting budget requirements and reducing complexity

Motorola Solutions’ New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO® 25 Technology

Orlando, Fla. – (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 27, 2014 – In today's continually changing environment where criminals are adopting more sophisticated technology and public safety faces increasing needs for interoperability, it is more important than ever for agencies to stay current with the very latest mission-critical communications. ASTRO® 25 Cloud Core Managed Service from Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) enables agencies to access the latest Project 25 (P25) land mobile radio (LMR) technology as well as provide a communications platform for long-term growth and new capabilities. Agencies can benefit from economies of scale and save on the overall cost of building and maintaining a P25 core solution allowing public safety personnel to focus on their day-to-day mission.

ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service is designed for agencies needing options for P25 migration or those looking for cost-effective alternatives to owning and operating their own LMR P25 Core. With a Cloud Core agreement, Motorola Solutions owns and operates the LMR core and refreshes components to keep the system enhanced with the latest releases and features. Participating agencies benefit from sharing a common ASTRO 25 core with access to a full set of capabilities they select and immediate agency interoperability.


  • Motorola Solutions' ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that provides a predictable operating expense model, with a subscription fee, for access to a shared P25 core operated and managed by Motorola Solutions.
  • The ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service can serve as a hub to create regional P25 connectivity to standalone systems, enabling users to roam onto other P25 systems and providing network-to-network interoperability.
  • Cloud Core customers maintain visibility into the core with the Motorola Solutions' MyView Portal which tracks real-time network performance status, historical performance reports, real-time coverage predictions and more.
  • Motorola Solutions provides operational expertise and support to hundreds of public safety networks around the globe through a portfolio of Managed Services; including technology access through Cloud Core, Network Operation services leveraging partnerships and alliances as well as managing large fleets of subscriber devices.


Gary Aitkenhead, vice president, Motorola Solutions Managed Services

“Government agencies are challenged with budget restrictions and managing the complexities of a mission-critical communications network while they work to keep communities safe. The ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service allows public safety staff to focus on their day-to-day mission rather than technology management. Agencies gain access to the latest P25 digital technology and industry-leading experts that can help increase operational flexibility while creating a smooth migration path that protects their current investments.”

Motorola Solutions’ New Purpose-Built LEX L10 Mission-Critical Handheld Redefines the LTE Experience for Public Safety

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 23, 2014

New Public Safety Experience software prioritizes information giving users the right intelligence when it’s needed most

Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 23, 2014 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is expanding its Public Safety LTE device portfolio by introducing a new mission-critical handheld device. The LEX L10 features a new hardware and software platform that addresses the unique requirements of public safety personnel by providing greater durability, high performance audio and enhanced security features that are not available on consumer-grade smartphones.

The LEX L10 device features Motorola Solutions' new Public Safety Experience (PSX) user interface that intelligently prioritizes information to only present what is the most critical for the responder based on the individual’s current status and activity. The device can be equipped with Motorola Solutions' WAVE™ Work Group Communications solution for broadband interoperability with land mobile radio (LMR) systems, Real-time Video Intelligence for two-way streaming of live video, PremierOne™ Handheld for access to incident data, and the Intelligent Data Portal for dynamic resource mapping. A suite of other specialized public safety applications include scene documentation, tactical incident command and custom field reports.

The sleek LEX L10 is ergonomically designed for one-handed operation with a no-slip grip, a textured push-to-talk (PTT) button and a 4.7-inch touch screen. It features a removable, long-lasting battery and is ruggedized to withstand 4-foot drops to concrete and 1-meter water immersion. The LEX L10 can operate in covert mode and can be securely touch-paired with Motorola Solutions' APX™ASTRO® 25 radios via mission-critical Bluetooth™ to remotely manage the Project 25 radio’s contacts, channels and messages as well as provide a backup route for emergency signaling during undercover missions. The device can be secured with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 hardware encryption, Security Enhanced Android OS and Secure Boot to deter cyber threats. All features and capabilities of the device are designed to enhance situational awareness, collaboration, productivity and safety.


  • The LEX L10 will support commercial carrier 3G/4G LTE (Band 13 and Band 4) and public safety LTE (Band 14), ensuring optimal coverage and performance at all times.
  • The LEX L10 includes best-in-class audio with dual 1-watt, front-facing speakers (producing 106 decibels), triple-microphone noise and echo cancellation, and a dedicated PTT button for fast voice collaboration, so first responders never miss a call and communication is clear.
  • Motorola Solutions is currently planning several pilot programs in North America, including with Harris County, Texas. The LEX L10 is expected to be ready to ship to customers in early 2015.
  • The LEX L10 will be Motorola Solutions' first Public Safety LTE device to feature the new Public Safety Experience user interface, which also is launching at IACP.


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

“LTE continues to gain traction as the public safety mobile broadband standard. The purpose-built LEX L10 LTE device will help first responders work faster, smarter and safer during routine tasks or their most challenging missions. The Public Safety Experience user interface, combined with the ergonomics, audio and durability of the LEX L10, creates a specialized device not seen in today’s consumer smartphones.”

New Public Safety Experience from Motorola Solutions Gives First Responders the Right Information at Their Fingertips

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 23, 2014

Customizable user interface delivers prioritized, contextual intelligence to public safety devices

Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 23, 2014 – According to the Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) 2014 Public Safety Survey, 70-percent of first responders say successful data transmissions can be as important as receiving voice communications. Motorola Solutions' new Public Safety Experience (PSX) uses a dedicated mission-critical user interface, real-time context management and a suite of applications to help deliver the right data to a user’s device at the right time, based on the individual’s status and activity.

The Public Safety Experience allows personnel to monitor multiple data feeds that adapt to the high-stress situations often faced by first responders. It reacts to the current situation and officer status to enable rapid access to vital information without distracting from the mission. The home screen presents relevant data from the most used applications such as mapping, messaging and search engines. The activity screen reveals key information during events such as traffics stops or emergencies. The overlay screen is designed for quick, anywhere access to core applications such as WAVE™ Work Group Communications for broadband push-to-talk, covert mode, emergency activation, phone and contact list.


  • The Public Safety Experience allows agencies to configure and customize the PSX user interface based on their agencies’ workflow and operating procedures, helping to provide a uniform and safer experience.
  • The PSX user interface presents the data on a device in a concise way that allows first responders to multitask, while still maintaining situational awareness. On patrol, a user’s location is shared and potential threats and available resources are highlighted for maximum awareness. When an officer is dispatched, it highlights incident information and the best route to the scene to help improve response time. On the scene, customized workflows appear on the screen so a first responder knows exactly what procedures to follow. Information such as date, time and location automatically appear in the report to help enhance safety, efficiency and accuracy.
  • PSX incorporates context management that keeps track of users across Project 25, LTE and other networks, maintaining user attributes such as identity, credentials, priority, presence, location, group membership and environmental context. These attri­butes are securely managed and shared with data applications used by the agency to improve awareness and collaboration across all users.
  • PSX applications deliver mission critical data in the form of push-to-talk voice, query responses, mapping, incident details, field reports and real-time video streaming. Broadband push-to-talk also is available for instant group communications. These applications help agencies deter crime and connect with citizens. By automating manual processes, they help reduce error rates and the time to process misdemeanors.
  • The first Motorola Solutions device to feature the PSX user interface is the new LEX L10 Mission-Critical LTE handheld, which also is being launched at IACP.


Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer, Motorola Solutions

“Motorola Solutions’ Public Safety Experience uses innovative software to deliver mission-critical data that users need on their devices, whether they are in the office, responding to an incident or in an emergency. The PSX user interface streamlines data to help officers arrive on the scene quicker and better prepared. The instant a situation changes from routine to life threatening; it adapts to the officer’s needs, enabling focus on the threat rather than the technology.”

Motorola Solutions’ Unleashes Its Most Rugged, Powerful Enterprise Mobile Computer Built on the AndroidTM Operating System

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 21, 2014

TC70 touch computer enables employees on the front line of business to work more efficiently and better serve customers

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled the Symbol TC70 touch computer - the industry’s first enterprise-class mobile computer running the Android KitKat operating system - combining the ease of use of a smartphone with the purpose-built durability, reliability and performance that businesses demand. Designed to boost efficiency and customer service in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries, the TC70 is supported by more than 50 certified applications including price and inventory checks, line busting, assisted selling, workforce management and inventory management.


  • The TC70’s large 4.7-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 high-resolution display can automatically adjust to changing conditions so it can be used with wet fingers, gloves or a stylus.
  • Every TC70 is Voice over IP (VoIP)-ready and equipped with Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions, providing an added layer of security, manageability, data capture and wireless software features.
  • Mx Data Capture makes it easy for application developers to integrate bar code scanning, signature capture, image capture and payment processing.
  • In addition to supporting all standard Wi-Fi security protocols, Mx Security helps protect business data and network access with URL filters, communication management and sensor lock down.
  • Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine and innovative data capture technology help mobile workers quickly capture signatures, photos, videos and virtually any 1D/2D bar code at an extended range.
  • Motorola’s new Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) Express enables the device to serve as a two-way radio right out of the box via Wi-Fi.
  • With exclusive PowerPrecision batteries, fully submersible IP67 sealing and the ability to withstand high drops to concrete, the TC70 is built for all-day use on the retail store floor and in the backroom or any warehouse, distribution center or manufacturing plant.
  • The TC70 is available with a comprehensive family of accessories including holsters, a magnetic stripe reader (MSR) for mobile payment and trigger-handles ideal for scan-intensive applications. It can also be used with Motorola’s new ShareCradle, a multi-slot charging system that accommodates multiple battery charge options and future Motorola mobile computers, making backroom management easy and cost-effective.
  • Motorola also offers application design and porting services for Android and RhoMobile Suite, which provides powerful development tools built from the ground up for enterprise mobility applications.


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

“Customers who have tried consumer products have found that it has cost them more money in the long run as the total cost of ownership (TCO) does not compare to enterprise-class devices. The TC70 delivers the mobile experience that customers desire with smartphone usability, optimized voice and data capture functionality, durability and longer lifecycles. By combining the industry-leading features of the TC70 with Android’s KitKat operating system and the expanding library of enterprise applications, mobile workers have the mobile computer necessary to accomplish more than ever.”

Motorola Solutions to Issue Third-Quarter 2014 Earnings Results on Nov. 4

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 21, 2014

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its third-quarter 2014 earnings results at approximately 6 a.m. CST (7 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 7 a.m. CST (8 a.m. EST) on Nov. 4. 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

Motorola Solutions Reaches New Milestone with 3,000th Trunked DMR Radio System

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

October 14, 2014

Motorola Solutions announced today the 3,000th deployment of its digital trunked MOTOTRBO™ radio system. Businesses in over 100 countries around the world are now using the capabilities of MOTOTRBO trunked systems to enhance safety, efficiency and accountability by connecting their employees better.

The 3,000 MOTOTRBO trunked radio systems are in service worldwide, with customers such as Tan Cang - Cai Mep International Seaport Terminal in Vietnam; Yangzhou Taizhou Airport in China; South-Western City School District in Ohio; Nation Pizza and Foods in Illinois; JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in Texas and the Plein Disposal in Canada. Businesses such as Fisher Wireless in California are even using MOTOTRBO trunking systems to build digital two-way radio networks for public use.

In 2007, Motorola was the first to market with digital radio products based on the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) DMR standard, and in 2010, the first to offer a trunked radio solution based on the DMR standard. By 2011, the company had announced the shipment of the first million DMR radios.


  • Our top-tier MOTOTRBO trunking solution, Connect Plus, has a dedicated control channel, and multi-site capacity with thousands of subscriber radios per site. It was launched in 2010 and has expanded its capacity by more than 700 percent from the initial release.
  • Always innovating, Motorola used the transition to digital two-way radio as an opportunity to rethink traditional trunking – resulting in the development of Capacity Plus. Launched in 2011, using innovative “distributed trunking” architecture, the system allows the co-location of multiple repeaters on one site.
  • Widening the benefits of Capacity Plus, Linked Capacity Plus provides distributed trunking on multiple repeaters at many sites. Capacity Plus and Linked Capacity Plus also allow customers to implement “data revert” channels, so that voice and data can be managed using separate resources.
  • All three trunking solutions offer full data capability, with advanced features and functionality. They are compatible with the extensive portfolio of voice and data applications available from the Motorola PartnerEmpower™ program, which enable customers to build a tailored solution to meet their business needs.
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