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Manufacturers Are Up and Running Faster With Digital Radios

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

June 11, 2014

See why leaner operations are built with digital radios

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

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

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

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

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

June 10, 2014

MC18 Personal Shopper helps consumers save time and money

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

June 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

June 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Chicago Sky

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

About Motorola Solutions

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

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

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

May 27, 2014

Rapid development to deliver customized applications for event management

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

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

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

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


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


Jamie Lamport, senior developer, Grass Roots

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

Adam Blum, global product manager, Motorola Solutions

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


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

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

May 22, 2014

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 21, 2014

TC55 touch computer now also available on the Verizon network

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

May 20, 2014


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

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

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


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


Doug Moses, 3M Marketing Manager, Protective Communications

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

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

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

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates Mission Critical Technology at UTC Telecom 2014

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

May 7, 2014


Motorola to demo latest technology including IRM1500 and ACE100

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

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


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

Join Motorola for the following UTC Presentation:

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

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

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

May 6, 2014


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

Communicate to Shoppers at the Right Time with First-of-its-Kind, Location-Based Platform from Motorola Solutions

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

May 6, 2014


MPact helps turn browsers into buyers by engaging them in the aisle with the ultimate in-store experience

NEW YORK – May 6, 2014 – With 45% of shoppers already using their mobile devices for mobile coupons, Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is announcing a new unified indoor locationing platform to help organizations better meet the demand for customer engagement. Motorola’s MPact Platform for Mobile Marketing is the first of its kind to offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Smart technology to engage with shoppers in the aisle when buying decisions are being made. The solution enables shoppers to opt-in and receive customized offers and personal assistance via a Bluetooth Smart-triggered loyalty app and access Wi-Fi to locate products in store, read reviews, compare prices and look up information.

Locationing technology translates into relevant discounts and special offers for shoppers as well as attentive service that can enhance the overall in-store experience. MPact offers three levels of location services: Presence, Zone and Position using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart to pinpoint the exact location of customer devices in relation to the merchandise they are looking at. The combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart technology gives insight and visibility to a shopper’s journey in the store while eliminating the need for retailers to deploy, integrate and manage two separate technologies.

Motorola is collaborating with four technology vendors to help make MPact an end-to-end locationing solution providing benefits to retailers and customers who opt in. Aisle411 makes shopping in-store easier, allowing users to find products with inventory searchable indoor maps while receiving special offers based on their location in the aisle. Digby’s Localpoint location marketing platform allows retailers to engage shoppers and measure performance at every step of the customer journey from neighborhood to front door to the aisle. Phunware provides turn-key, multi-screen solutions integrated with the MPact platform that engage, manage and monetize users. Swirl’s beacon marketing platform allows retailers to deliver highly relevant mobile content and experiences to customers while they shop.


  • By offering both Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi as underlying technologies to provide a comprehensive indoor locationing engine, MPact can enable customer engagement to a whole new level with the right offers, right assistance and right information at the moment of decision.
  • MPact’s comprehensive suite of components include:
  • Bluetooth Smart beacons, which transmit radio signals to smart phones/tablets, can operate in various modes including Apple’s iBeacon®.
  • Apple® iOS and Android® client software development kits (SDK) for integration into loyalty applications for shopper smart phones/tablets.
  • An installation application and cloud-based server software with floor plan views, shopper traffic flow insight with analytics and Bluetooth Smart beacon management capabilities.
  • Motorola provides WLAN solutions to support in-store Wi-Fi networks powered by the WiNG 5 operating system. WiNG 5 provides the advanced brainpower required to create network awareness for the WLAN, allowing every piece of infrastructure in a wireless network to work together to route every transmission as efficiently as possible.


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

“A majority of consumers are already using their smart phones for shopping-related activities. MPact helps retailers interact with shoppers in-store, adding valuable engagement through technology. The solution can help shoppers request in-store assistance and receive customized offers to their mobile devices at the right time, potentially increasing total sales and providing an optimized shopping experience.”

Motorola Solutions Wins 2014 Edison Award for HC1 Headset Computer

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 5, 2014


HC1 was recognized for its innovation in enterprise wearable computers

Schaumburg, Ill. – May 5, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) has been recognized with a Bronze Edison Award for the HC1 headset computer. The HC1 is the first in a new class of Motorola hands-free enterprise mobile computers that leverages advanced voice recognition, head gestures and video streaming to enable users to access and navigate business-critical documents and applications.

The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity. The awards were presented at the Edison Awards & Gala held on April 30, 2014 in San Francisco.


The HC1 can be used in harsh environments and most remote locations where access to complex graphical data or text is needed and using a laptop or handheld device is impractical without obstructing vision.

Designed for field services and the defense, utilities, telecommunications, aerospace and aviation markets, the HC1 can be used for maintenance, repair, operations/overhaul (MRO) and training and simulation applications that improve inspection time and accuracy, reduce labor rates and increase safety.

It leverages innovative technologies such as a micro-display equivalent to that of a virtual 15-inch screen, advanced voice recognition, head gesture controls and video streaming to navigate applications that access and view business-critical documents and schematics.


Tom Bianculli, senior director of Emerging Business, Motorola Solutions

“The Motorola Solutions HC1 headset computer, recognized with the Bronze 2014 Edison Award, represents a paradigm shift in wearable computing. We have seen devices migrate from textual to graphical and now to natural user interfaces. Utilizing gestures, speech recognition and a blending of the digital and physical worlds, the HC1 quickly and simply provides end users with access to the right information at the right time in a wearable, hands-free form factor.”

Motorola Solutions to Present at May 7 Jefferies 2014 Technology, Media and Telecom Conference

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

May 1, 2014


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — May 1, 2014 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Mark Moon, executive vice president and president, sales & product operations, will speak at the Jefferies 2014 Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday, May 7 in Miami.

The presentation will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be webcast live at A replay will be available approximately three hours later at

About Motorola Solutions

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

Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Sales of $1.8 billion, down 9 percent from a year ago
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS)* of $0.49
  • Non-GAAP** EPS of $0.50
  • Generated $46 million in operating cash flow
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 1, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2014. Click here for printable press release and financial tables. 


  • Government segment sales declined 11 percent to $1.2 billion reflecting lower aged backlog in the quarter and a challenging year-ago comparison in the Federal business. In addition, North America sales were weaker than expected due to lower ASTRO and professional commercial radio subscriber volume. Global sales were strong in TETRA, and the Services business grew single-digits for the quarter.
  • Enterprise segment sales declined 4 percent to $600 million primarily due to the expected decline in iDEN. Excluding the impact of iDEN, Enterprise revenues declined less than 1 percent primarily driven by the delay of several deals late in the quarter, primarily in North America.

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions
“First quarter sales results were below expectations due to lower order volume in both Enterprise and North America Government,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “The long-term fundamentals of our Government business remain solid and, with the announced sale of the Enterprise business, we will accelerate ongoing cost actions to improve our competitiveness and operating leverage going forward.”



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Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax net loss of approximately $0.01 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible amortization and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this press release. 


  • Operating margin — GAAP operating margin was 9.4 percent of sales; non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 11.8 percent. These results include $45 million in lower expenses compared to the first quarter of 2013 primarily due to cost initiatives undertaken in late 2013.
  • Taxes — The GAAP effective tax rate was 16 percent, compared to 6 percent for the first quarter of 2013. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 33 percent, compared to 30 percent for the first quarter of 2013. The increase in the non-GAAP effective tax rate is due to the expiration of 2013 research and development credits.
  • Cash flow — The company generated $46 million in operating cash flow during the quarter. This is a $77 million improvement from the first quarter of 2013 primarily driven by the timing of long-term contract milestone billings and return of cash that was seized by India tax authorities in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents — The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $3.1 billion while returning $136 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends.
  • Share repurchase program — The company repurchased $57 million of its common stock in the first quarter reflecting lower activity as a result of the discussions leading to the Enterprise sale announced on April 15.

  • Secured $175 million contract with the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority to provide a public safety LTE network.
  • Secured $113 million contract with the state of Indiana to upgrade its statewide infrastructure system including $78 million for 20 years of services.
  • Introduced three new model families to industry-leading APX P25 portfolio.
  • Continued to demonstrate leadership in retail and transportation and logistics by securing contracts with key customers such as retailers CVS and Tesco (UK) and couriers FedEx, Correos (Spain) and GLS (Germany).
  • Introduced DS4800 series of 2D array imagers offering enterprise-class scanning capabilities in a modern industrial design that enhances the ambiance of the retail point of sale (POS) environment.

  • Second quarter 2014 — Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 5 to 8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2013, with non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.58 to $0.64 per share.
  • Full year 2014 — The company expects a revenue decline of low single digits compared with 2013, with non-GAAP operating margins of approximately 18.5 percent of sales, consistent with the previous outlook.

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) on Thursday, May 1. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides 


A comparison of results from operations is as follows: 


First Quarter




Net sales ($M)



Gross margin ($M)



Operating earnings ($M)



Net earnings ($M)




Diluted EPS




Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding




The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible assets amortization expense for the first quarter of 2014.


First Quarter

(per diluted common share)



GAAP Net Earnings



Highlighted Items:


Reorganization of business charges


Gain on sale of building and land


Recognition of previously unrecognized income tax benefits


Total Highlighted Items



Share-based compensation expense


Intangible assets amortization expense


Share-Based Compensation Expense and Intangible Assets Amortization Expense



Total Non-GAAP Adjustments



Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings per Common Share



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 GAAP.

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 income measurements, primarily because it represents a significant 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’ financial outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2014 and statements regarding the proposed transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies. 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 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 and enterprise 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 or as a result of the pending transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies; (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, including the sale of the Enterprise business and those that may occur in the future; (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; (22) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing (including receipt of regulatory approvals) the transaction to sell the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies; (23) the expected timeline for completing such transaction; and (24) the ability of Motorola Solutions to return proceeds of the transaction to its 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.


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

Motorola Solutions Named To 2014 CR Magazine 100 Best Corporate Citizens™ List

on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

April 28, 2014


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 28, 2014 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is ranked No. 40 on the CR Magazine 100 Best Corporate Citizens™ list. Companies selected to the list are predominately chosen from the Russell 1000 Index.


  • The 100 Best List documents 298 data points of disclosure and performance measures drawn from publically available information.
  • The prestigious 100 Best Corporate Citizens list ranks companies in seven categories including environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance and philanthropy.


  • Motorola Solutions helped initiate the Solutions for Hope project, a closed-pipe system of mining conflict-free tantalum from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also helped launch the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI) to source conflict-free tin from the DRC as an end-user.
  • About 23 percent of the electricity Motorola Solutions purchased globally in 2013 was from renewable sources. The company’s goal is to increase its global use of electricity from renewable sources to 30 percent by 2020.
  • The company’s global recycling rate was 68 percent in 2013.
  • In 2013, the Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $13.9 million in grants that helped 1.2 million students, first responders, and community members in 40 countries around the world.
  • Motorola Solutions is one of only 18 U.S. companies to earn a spot on the 2014 Global 100 index of the world’s most sustainable corporations, earning the rank of No. 50.
  • Since 2012, Motorola Solutions has been included in a number of socially responsible investment indices, including: Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index, FTSE4Good, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Newsweek Green Rankings, and the oekom Corporate Rating.


Jodi Shapiro, vice president, environment, health and safety, Motorola Solutions

“It is an honor to be named to the CR Magazine 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. At Motorola Solutions, we are proud of our corporate responsibility programs and set challenging goals to continue to be a leader in sustainability. Through a continued focus on these programs, we are able to demonstrate our purpose – helping people be their best in the moments that matter – for our customers, our suppliers, our employees, our shareholders and our communities around the world.”

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