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Motorola Solutions to Purchase 20% of Silver Lake’s Investment

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Managing Partners Egon Durban and Greg Mondre to Remain on Motorola Solutions’ Board of Directors

Silver Lake to Retain a Significant Position in Motorola Solutions

CHICAGO and NEW YORK – Sept. 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), the leading global provider of innovative mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, today announced that Motorola Solutions is purchasing 20 percent of Silver Lake’s convertible notes.

Silver Lake will retain a significant position in Motorola Solutions valued at approximately $1.5 billion. Egon Durban and Greg Mondre, Silver Lake managing partners and managing directors, will remain on the Motorola Solutions board of directors.

“We are excited to continue our partnership and remain enthusiastic long-term shareholders with Motorola Solutions and its leader Greg Brown,” said Durban and Mondre. “The management team has delivered extraordinary shareholder value driven by a relentless focus on customers, product innovation and operational excellence. We are strong believers in the company’s expansion growth strategy focused on managed services, software and video analytics.”

“Since making its $1 billion investment in 2015, Silver Lake has been an outstanding partner,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I look forward to continuing the relationship with Egon and Greg as we continue to grow the company and drive shareholder returns.”

Additional information may be found in the Form 8-K that Motorola Solutions will file today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Motorola Solutions Helps Make Airports Safer in Mediterranean Tourist Destinations

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company Deploys Digital Radio Systems in Ibiza, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche and 13 Greek Islands

  • High season of summer tourism brings millions of air travelers to the sunny beaches of Spain and Greece
  • Motorola Solutions is deploying new digital radio communications systems across Mediterranean airports for improved safety and coordination

London, England – Sept. 6, 2018 – The high season of summer holidays brings millions of tourists out to the sunny Mediterranean basin. With the increase of air travelers and heightened security measures, airports are under immense pressure to move passengers through terminals and onto their flights in the most efficient and safest way possible. Under this framework, Motorola Solutions is deploying state-of-the-art radio communications systems across the Mediterranean for improved security and efficiency.

Airports around the world work hard to achieve flawless, precise coordination and provide the best passenger experience. For this matter, it is essential to optimize information and resource allocation, which requires reliable communication solutions. Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of systems and devices offers complete flexibility to enable a safe airport: from TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) to DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) two-way radios.

Motorola Solutions has already deployed a new MOTOTRBO™ Capacity Plus Multi-Site DMR system across 13 airports in Greece. This was achieved following a well coordinated preparation process, resulting in a quick transition to the new digital radio system in less than two hours at airports in Aktion, Chania, Kavala, Corfu, Kos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos.

In Spain, the airports of Ibiza, Malaga-Costa del Sol and Alicante-Elche will benefit from Motorola Solutions’ public safety-grade DIMETRA TETRA systems. These new systems will help increase travelers’ safety as well as the efficiency of ground operations. The advanced radio systems will bring enhanced voice and data communications to ground staff, security personnel, maintenance and operations teams.

Phil Jefferson, vice president Western Europe and North Africa at ‎Motorola Solutions, said the company is seeing growth in airports’ interest for advanced critical communications systems. “Airports across Europe have long been traditional users of our reliable radio communication solutions. Growing numbers of passengers in airports across the region means security and quality of service becomes a more challenging task. With advanced mission-critical radio systems, airport staff are better equipped to provide a safe and smooth travel experience for passengers.”

The BES Police Force Uses Intelligent Communications as a Service for a Safer Dutch Caribbean

on Sunday, 02 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

KPCN, Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland, completed a successfully trial of a hosted turnkey solution by Motorola Solutions in collaboration with their partner Critical Communication Caribbean (C3) that provides access to public safety mobile applications
  

  • Inhabitants of the Dutch Caribbean Islands of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius have benefited from this suite of public safety applications used by more than 30 police officers
  • Intelligent Communications as a Service is designed for public safety and emergency response teams who need specialized public safety communications over broadband networks, using purpose-built and traditional smart devices
  • LEX L10 is the public safety LTE handheld device selected by this public safety force to get the services that rely on secure and interoperable-capable voice, messaging, mapping and whiteboarding group communications

Latin America – Aug. 30, 2018– Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) announces that the Dutch Caribbean Police completed a trial of Intelligent Communications as a Service, proving real benefits for its mission-critical communications. This service model has given the public force access to public safety mobile applications that are easy to deploy, so they can respond more effectively to the needs of the community.
 
“We started the trial seven months ago and within this very short period of time, we have been witness of the good impact of Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Communications as a Service (ICaaS) for our mission. Without the need for an initial capital investment on servers and data centers, this model allowed us to have always up to date public safety solutions, ready to provide intelligence in real time by accessing and sharing critical information in an extremely secure way, over existing broadband networks,” said W. Baker, KPCN Saba.
 
The company’s public safety mobile applications are a highly effective way to share critical intelligence data among officers in the field and personnel at the command center. They work across different networks and devices, enabling real-time communication and collaboration that can accelerate time to resolution.
 
The service package included mobile apps such as:
 

  • Broadband PTT, Motorola Solutions’ broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solution that lets Smartphone users securely communicate with a simple press of a button. In addition to enabling groups of smartphone users to easily communicate with one another. This application also can provide a PTT bridge with the land mobile radios police use today, enabling teams to communicate using push-to-talk across networks and devices.
  • Mapping, which enables location-based collaboration by showing nearby officers and quickly creating “geo-fenced” voice- or text-based communication groups with officers in the vicinity. It allows an officer to talk to another officer one block away – even if he doesn’t know the officer’s name. 
  • Messaging, which lets first responders securely share text messages and photos with individuals or talk groups across smartphones, enabling faster communication and collaboration. For example, Messaging enables a user to send a photo to a voice talk group.   
  • Whiteboarding, which enables in-field, interactive media-based collaboration and information-sharing. It allows officers to graphically share operations, response plans and areas of interest through drawings on a shared map on their devices.

This service ran on the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 – public safety LTE handheld device. Thirty devices have being used by police officers of the BES Dutch Caribbean Police deployed across the Caribbean islands Bonaire, St, Eustatius and Saba. Device and services have been integrated so they were able to work together and strengthen their connected capabilities, generating quick interactions among them.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Sunday, 02 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Aug. 28, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 15, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 14, 2018.

Motorola Solutions enhances Polish army communications with TETRA radio system

on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions will reconfigure and expand the army’s digital radio system
  • New TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system will be the third largest in Poland

Warsaw, Poland – August 28, 2018 – The IT Resources Center of The Polish Armed Forces awarded Motorola Solutions with a new contract to extend and redesign the army’s encrypted digital radio system. The redesigned Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) system will provide the army with critical communications in military compounds, navy units, air bases and land forces throughout Poland.

The deployed system will include dozens of base stations connected to a geo-redundant Mobile Switching Office (MSO), thousands of digital radio devices (mobile, portable and ATEX certified), dispatcher positions, training and a five-year warranty.

“The Polish Armed Forces have been a long-time customer of Motorola Solutions in Poland, and we are thrilled by this new opportunity to be working together on another strategic project,“ said Michael Kaae, Vice President Sales, Nordics, Eastern Europe & Russia at Motorola Solutions. “Building on our decades of experience in deploying nationwide, mission-critical communications systems across Europe and globally, we trust this newly designed system will support the military’s communication needs in keeping the peace and safety of Polish citizens.”

ITC Judge Releases Initial Determination in Favor of Motorola Solutions Against Hytera Communications

on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Judge Finds “Persuasive Evidence” Hytera Copied Motorola Solutions’ Technology and Calls Hytera’s Arguments “Disingenuous”
 
3 Senior Hytera Employees Plead Fifth Amendment to Avoid Self-Incrimination
 
CHICAGO – Aug. 27, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released the Notice of Initial Determination from the ITC’s investigation of the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) on March 29, 2017. In the complaint, Motorola Solutions alleged that Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe four of Motorola Solutions’ patents.
 
On July 3, 2018, Judge McNamara found that all four of Motorola Solutions’ patents are valid and that Hytera infringed them. An exclusion order, preventing the importation of infringing products into the United States for three of the patents, as well as a cease-and-desist order (preventing the further sale and marketing of certain infringing products imported into the United States), continues to be Judge McNamara’s recommendation. The release of the detailed 260 page Initial Determination was ordered by the Judge notwithstanding Hytera’s efforts to redact it extensively.
 
Relevant highlights from the Notice of Initial Determination are below. All quotations are verbatim from Judge McNamara (emphasis added in certain places). The full Initial Determination is available at https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/content/1107/files/InitialDeterminationSection337.pdf.
 
There Is “Persuasive Evidence” Hytera Copied Motorola Solutions’ Technology

  • Motorola Solutions presented “persuasive circumstantial and direct evidence” that the Hytera employees “wrongfully copied certain of Motorola [Solutions’] patented technologies.”
  • “Finally, and perhaps the most problematic for Hytera, the evidence includes the extent to which each of these Hytera Employees plead the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions during their depositions in this InvestigationThe questions the Hytera Employees were asked clearly were designed to document whether they copied and took with them to Hytera any of Motorola [Solutions’] proprietary and patented Motorola [Solutions] technology.”
  • “In each case, the Hytera Employees refused to answer questions and instead invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves. Mr. Y.T. Kok invoked his Fifth Amendment right to more than 70 questions. Mr. Chia also invoked his Fifth Amendment right to more than 70 questions. Mr. G.S. Kok invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to more than 60 questions.” 

Hytera Employees’ Timeline Is “Compelling and Telling”

  • “While Hytera may be correct that there is no direct evidence that the three Hytera employees copied the more than 7,000 documents they accessed, it is logical to infer that the Hytera Employees accessed these documents with the intent of acquiring information about Motorola [Solutions’] DMR products for Hytera. The timing and circumstances of their actions are unequivocal and uncontested.” 
  • That figure bears repeating simply to let sink in the sheer magnitude of the number of confidential Motorola documents that the Hytera Employees accessed, just before they left Motorola: more than 7,000 documents. This could not have been coincidental.

Hytera Was “Willfully Blind” to Motorola Solutions’ Patent Portfolio

  • “Despite knowing about Motorola [Solutions’] patents, and while Hytera unquestionably copied certain of Motorola [Solutions’] patented technologies, Hytera acknowledged that it did not take any steps to avoid infringing Motorola [Solutions’] patents.”

Hytera’s Arguments Are “Disingenuous”

  • “It is difficult to understand why Hytera continued to maintain positions throughout this Investigation that were disingenuous, and not supported either factually or legally.”

“Hytera has built its business by copying the hard work and innovation of Motorola Solutions. Judge McNamara’s findings categorically validate the merits of Motorola Solutions’ global litigation against Hytera to stop its improper and illegal behavior,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We thank Judge McNamara for both her diligence and the strong, clear language she used to condemn Hytera’s actions. We remain committed to vigorously protecting Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property in the United States and internationally, and look forward to the final determination by the ITC.”
 
As the next step in the process, the ITC will conduct a mandatory review of the Initial Determination. A Final Determination is scheduled to be issued by Nov. 6, 2018. After the Final Determination is issued, there is a 60 day presidential review, during which the U.S. President may modify the ITC’s Final Determination. Upon the expiration of that review period (approximately Jan. 7, 2019), the ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect. At such time, at least the following Hytera products would be excluded from the U.S. market: 
 

  • Subscribers: MD652, MD782, BD302, BD362, BD502, PD412, PD502, PD562, PD602, PD662, PD682, PD702, PD752, PD782, PD792, PD982, X1e, X1p, and all variants thereof; and
      
  • Repeaters: RD622, RD982, and all variants thereof. 

In addition to the ITC, Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, trade secret theft and copyright infringement lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Court of Australia and the Regional Courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf in Germany.
 
Motorola Solutions’ complaint filed with the ITC, as well as information on Motorola Solutions’ other actions against Hytera, can be accessed athttps://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.
 
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates mission-critical communications solutions, including devices, networks, software and video, that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.
 
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“Connected by Safety” Teaches Latin American Children How to Contribute to Making the Region Safer

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

With the support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this social responsibility program is being implemented this year in 7 countries of Latin America

  • In the second half of 2018, more than 5,750 Latin American children from ages 8 to 10 will learn how to communicate with public safety agencies and act in emergency situations
  • In its seventh year – and following its success in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – the program is also being launched in Brazil and Mexico

Latin America –Aug. 15, 2018 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charity and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, reaffirmed its commitment to Latin American children and communities through its “Connected by Safety” program for the seventh year in a row. Developed in collaboration with the Organization of Ibero-American States and the educational content producer FORO 21, this education program encourages children from the region to play an active role in making their communities safer.
 
Last year’s, “Connected by Safety” taught children between the ages of 8 and 10 from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru how to act in emergency situations and about the roles of the different public safety agencies. Now, the program is expanding its scope to include children from Brazil and Mexico, thus offering active citizen and early alert workshops in 7 Latin American countries.
 
“This project, which began seven years ago in Argentina, teaches children through games that bring them closer to their heroes and letting them know they can count on these public safety officers in difficult times. This strategy has been key for the growth of this program and has led it to win several awards, including three Eikon Awards for excellence in communication and the Latin American Corporate Responsibility Award presented by the Social Ecumenical Forum, and to be nominated as a finalist for the Co-Responsible Award in Spain,” said Diego Manusovich, director of Foro 21.
 
Thanks to the participation of different public safety agencies and institutions from the region – including police officers, fire fighters, public health service workers, government ministries and others – over 5,750 children will become more familiar with public safety agencies through playful games that turn them into active citizens at a young age and make them capable of collaborating and communicating quickly to ask for help in critical moments.
 
“Contributing to a safer society involves more than providing technological solutions to help public safety agencies do their jobs better. It also entails providing the community with tools that make them better prepared for emergency situations, and that is precisely what 'Connected by Safety' does. We are proud to support this initiative and to be able to strengthen this educational program with a regional impact year after year,” explained Matthew Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
 
Key Facts about Connected by Safety:

  • The fun-filled workshops began in Brazil June 4-8 and will continue Sept. 4-11 and Sept. 17-21 in Colombia, Sept. 10-21 in ArgentinaSept. 25-28 in Peru and BoliviaOct. 2-10 in Chile and Oct. 15-26 in Mexico
  • The program is endorsed by the Argentine Ministry of Education, the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior, the Ecuadorian Security Coordinating Ministry, the Metropolitan District of Quito's Undersecretary of Education, the Colombian Ministry of Defense and the Chilean Ministry of Education, among others. 
  • To learn more about the program, visit http://www.conectadosporlaseguridad.com/
  • This program will run in 2018 based on a grant that was awarded in 2017. 

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About Motorola Solutions Foundation 
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. To learn more about Motorola Solutions’ corporate giving and its Foundation, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving
 
About the Organization of Ibero-American States
The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (abbreviated as OEI in Spanish) is an international governmental organization that promotes cooperation between Ibero-American countries in the fields of education, science, technology and culture in the context of integral development, democracy and regional integration.
www.oei.org.ar
 
About FORO 21
FORO 21 Experts in Social Transformation in Latin America is a Buenos Aires-based production company that has been creating and implementing social transformation campaigns in different Latin American communities for over 25 years. It uses a variety of educational and communication resources to bring about significant changes in communities that have a positive impact on their development and way of life.
www.foro21.com.ar

Thailand to receive advanced, nationwide digital communications network

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to connect government and commercial organisations with state-of-the-art TETRA system

BANGKOK – 15 August 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will connect Thailand’s commercial and government organisations to instant and secure voice communication by deploying a highly advanced, nationwide communications system.

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, operator of Thailand’s telecommunications infrastructure, will provide Thailand’s government agencies, emergency services and other critical enterprises with access to the mission-critical radio communications network.

The highly scalable, shared operator system will be based on the modern TETRA standard that provides reliable, flexible and secure communications access to public safety and enterprise organisations across the world.

Deployment of the network is well underway. When complete, it will have capacity to serve more than 200,000 users including government departments, oil and gas companies, transportation operators and other critical organisations.

The system will utilise Motorola Solutions’ broadband enabled push-to-talk platform, enabling seamless communication between radio users and other workers using smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and other devices.

It will also provide next-generation capabilities including location services to pinpoint radio users and other resources in the field, providing improved response to large scale events.

Supporting Thailand’s continued economic growth

Investment in the communications network comes as Thailand is experiencing its fastest economic growth rate since 2012 and as The World Bank considers raising the country’s economic growth projections for the year.

Marcel Verdonk, Motorola Solutions General Manager for Emerging Asia, said the system is designed to support the country’s continued growth and expansion with the flexibility to add large numbers of users over time.

“Any country experiencing significant growth in infrastructure, innovation, education and skills requires an advanced communications system,” Verdonk said. “This TETRA system will support Thailand’s continuing investment in infrastructure modernisation as well as job creation through its construction.”

“The network will give emergency services and businesses improved coverage and capacity to support their everyday needs as well as having the capacity and resilience to support major events,” Verdonk said.

Governor Reynolds Celebrates Deployment of Iowa Statewide Radio System

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25® mission-critical radio network implemented on-time and on-budget

DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 14, 2018 – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds celebrated the deployment of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS), built on Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) ASTRO 25® mission-critical radio communication technology. ISICS is being implemented on-time and on-budget, and is successfully being used by government and public safety agencies across the state including first responders, hospitals and schools.

On Monday, Aug. 13, Governor Reynolds placed a ceremonial “first call” on ISICS at the Iowa State Fair. Using a Motorola Solutions APX™ Project 25 (P25) two-way radio, she demonstrated the power of interoperable communications between state agencies, local county sheriffs, emergency management departments, schools and hospitals from anywhere across the state.

“We built ISICS to help keep all Iowans safe,” said Governor Reynolds. “No matter where an emergency happens, first responders and partnering agencies using the Motorola Solutions system can communicate with each other seamlessly to coordinate a response and help those who need their assistance.”

ISICS is built on the latest standards-based interoperable P25 technology and provides enhanced radio communication coverage across the state’s cities, hills and plains. It has been constructed to be resilient against extreme weather conditions and other potential disruptions. It provides clear audio where first responders can be heard in noisy environments, even with sirens blaring behind them.

“The recent tornados that have swept through the central and south-central portions of the state reaffirm the importance of a strong communication network in our decision to join ISICS,” said Brian Hamman, Montgomery County Emergency Management Coordinator. “By opting into ISICS, we’ll be using a radio system that is built with multiple levels of physical redundancies to minimize disruptions, which ultimately ensures better outcomes for our citizens and first responders.”

“Motorola Solutions and our team of Iowa-based business partners are proud to have reached this milestone,” said Chris Lonnett, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “The opportunity for local government agencies across Iowa to leverage the network for communication and cost savings is tremendous, and is already in motion in more than a dozen counties."

Motorola Solutions’ FirstNet Ready™ LTE Device Enables Secure Real-Time Data Sharing

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

LEX L11 supports first responders through easy sharing of real-time data, video and images

CHICAGO – August 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) continues to support the rollout of FirstNet with the FirstNet Ready™ LEX L11 handheld device. The company’s public safety LTE device is designed for use on FirstNet – the nationwide public safety LTE communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders – or similar global public safety networks.

FirstNet is being built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Motorola Solutions is a core member of the AT&T team selected by the FirstNet Authority to deliver FirstNet. Motorola Solutions is working with AT&T to provide first responders with the next generation of software capabilities, including voice, data, image and message sharing across a secure network to enable them to quickly access and coordinate action based on vital information.

As a FirstNet Ready LTE device, the LEX L11 allows first responders access to secure apps for increased situational awareness. The LEX L11 is designed for use with the FirstNet Certified AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) application. In addition, the LTE device can be paired to APXTM two-way radios for interoperability between ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) networks and FirstNet. The device’s unprecedented noise canceling capabilities allows users to operate in high-noise environments typical for public safety, while also enabling situational awareness back to dispatch centers.

"FirstNet is transforming how our first responders operate on a day-to-day basis and coordinate incident management. Motorola Solutions is dedicated to providing the cutting-edge solutions first responders require to take advantage of FirstNet’s capabilities through technology like the LEX L11,” said Mary Doherty, vice president of sales and services at Motorola Solutions. “The LEX L11 marries traditional push-to-talk communications reliability between first responders with software applications that allow them to share multimedia information with one another.”

In addition to the LEX L11 device, Motorola Solutions has delivered a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically to address public safety needs. The company is focused on creating cohesion between mission-critical LMR voice networks and dedicated public safety LTE broadband for data sharing.

“The more advanced tools public safety has access to on their network, the more we can help them achieve their mission,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T-FirstNet. “With the FirstNet Ready designation, first responders can be confident that Motorola Solutions’ LEX L11 is a trusted solution that meets FirstNet’s standards for relevancy, high security and performance.”

Motorola Solutions Unifying its Command Center Software with Avigilon Video Surveillance

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CommandCentral Aware will bring the power of Avigilon advanced video and AI-based analytics to first responders

CHICAGO – Aug. 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) is integrating Avigilon Control CenterTM (ACC) video management software into CommandCentral Aware. This will provide an unparalleled solution for the rapidly evolving needs of public safety.

CommandCentral Aware is part of Motorola Solutions’ end-to-end suite of command center software that works together to seamlessly improve operations from the time a 9-1-1 call is placed to after an incident is resolved. With the integration of ACC, dispatchers and intelligence analysts will have one source for real-time intelligence that includes video feeds, incident details, alerts, data mapping and responder location.

“We have completed the first major step of this integration which brings Avigilon video feeds into CommandCentral Aware. Analysts now have the ability to see ACC video in this one central source,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We are also integrating ACC’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based analytics. This will transform video surveillance from reactive monitoring to automated proactive alerts when a person, object or vehicle of interest is detected.”

With ACC’s AI-based analytics, intelligence analysts using CommandCentral Aware will be automatically alerted when unusual activities are detected. Less time will be spent monitoring video and more time will be available to help first responders in the field.

Motorola Solutions acquired Avigilon in March 2018. Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions.

Motorola Solutions Announces New Mission-Critical Devices and Software for First Responders

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New ASTRO® software and APX™ 8000 hazloc radio enable seamless communications for any rescue operation

LAS VEGAS – Aug. 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues to develop advanced communication technologies built for the needs of public safety. The company’s first responder devices and its end-to-end suite of software solutions work together to improve command center operations from the time a 9-1-1 call is placed to after an incident is resolved.

“Motorola Solutions is paving the way for interoperable mission-critical communications across land-mobile radio (LMR) and broadband networks,” said Bruce Brda, Motorola Solutions executive vice president of Products & Solutions. “Our Command Center software suite provides a unified experience across emergency call handling, command and control, and management of records and evidence. Information is shared seamlessly to help protect those who protect us.”

These technologies will be showcased at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2018 expo, Aug. 6-7 in Las Vegas. Motorola Solutions will be in booth #1015 and their NG9-1-1 solutions will be showcased in booth #1325.


NEW MISSION-CRITICAL DEVICES

APX™ 8000H and APX 8000HXE
When first responders are surrounded by explosive gases and flammable vapors, they need to know that it's safe to communicate. Motorola Solutions is introducing two new hazardous location (hazloc) versions of its popular APX 8000 all-band P25 radio, both certified to the Class 1 Div 1 standard by Underwriters' Laboratory (UL). The APX 8000H is built for law enforcement, military and federal agencies. The APX 8000HXE is designed for firefighters and disaster management teams.


LEX L11 – AT&T Certified and FirstNet Ready
The LEX L11 public safety LTE device is AT&T certified and designed for the U.S. broadband First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) or similar global public safety networks. Motorola Solutions is working with AT&T to provide first responders with the next generation of software capabilities, including voice, data and message sharing across a secure network to enable them to quickly access and coordinate action based on vital information.

NEW SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Critical Connect
When a large-scale emergency strikes, fast inter-agency collaboration is key to a coordinated response. Critical Connect is a cloud-based solution that enables any agency connected to this service to communicate between Motorola Solutions’ LMR systems and mission-critical applications. System interoperability and data sharing is fast and secure. Agencies can communicate via voice or Motorola Solutions push-to-talk services while sharing broadband data information such as pictures, videos, location and other intelligence information.

ASTRO® 25 Location on Receive
It is critical for command center dispatchers to know the location of first responders – especially when call traffic is high. The new ASTRO 25 Location on Receive feature enables APX radios to automatically report their coordinates to a mapping application, even while receiving voice calls. It provides dispatchers with enhanced situational awareness to help them respond to calls more effectively and keep personnel safer. 

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About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates mission-critical communications solutions, including devices, networks, software and video, that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter 2018 Financial Results

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
 
• Sales of $1.8 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago
• Organic revenuegrowth of 6 percent
• Backlog of $9.4 billion, up $919 million or 11 percent from a year ago
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.05, up 35 percent
• Non-GAAP EPS* of $1.46, up 30 percent
 
CHICAGO – Aug. 2, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the second quarter of 2018. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
"Our outstanding second-quarter results highlight the continued strength of our land-mobile radio business and momentum in services and software," said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. "With our strong earnings, cash generation and highest Q2 backlog position ever, we are well positioned for continued growth."
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q2 2018  Q2 2017 % Change
  Sales $1,760 $1,497 18%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $273 $261 5%
  % of Sales 15.5% 17.4%  
  EPS $1.05 $0.78 35%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $378 $316 20%
  % of Sales 21.5% 21.1%  
  EPS $1.46 $1.12 30%
 
Products and Systems Integration Segment
  Sales $1,189 $1,047 14%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $175 $190 (8)%
  % of Sales 14.7% 18.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $226 $204 11%
  % of Sales 19.0% 19.5%  
 
Services and Software Segment
  Sales $571 $450 27%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $98 $71 38%
  % of Sales 17.2% 15.8%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $152 $112 36%
  % of Sales 26.6% 24.9%  

  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.41 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
                           
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Revenue - Sales increased $263 million, or 18 percent from the year-ago quarter, driven by growth in all regions. Approximately $154 million of revenue growth was related to acquisitions, and $24 million was related to the adoption of accounting standard ASC 606. The Products and Systems Integration segment grew 14 percent driven by the Americas and EMEA. The Services and Software segment grew 27 percent led by the Americas and EMEA.
• Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 15.5 percent of sales, compared with 17.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline reflects higher operating expenses related to acquisitions, partially offset by higher gross margins in Services, the adoption of ASC 606 and favorable mix. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.5 percent of sales, compared with 21.1 percent in the year-ago quarter driven by higher gross margin partially offset by higher operating expenses related to acquisitions.
• Cash flow - Operating cash flow was $425 million, compared with $173 million of operating cash generated in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow2 was $384 million, compared with $120 million of free cash flow generated in the year-ago quarter. Cash flow for the quarter was higher on improved working capital and higher earnings.
• Capital allocation - The company paid $84 million in cash dividends. From a debt perspective, the company repaid $100 million on the revolving credit facility ahead of schedule, leaving an outstanding balance of $300 million. The company also repaid the remaining $40 million revolver balance assumed in the Avigilon acquisition and closed this credit facility.
• Backlog - The company ended the quarter with backlog of $9.4 billion, up $919 million from the year-ago quarter. Products and Systems Integration segment backlog was up 13 percent or $367 million, and Services and Software was up 10 percent or $552 million. Land mobile radio demand led by the Americas continues to drive backlog growth.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Services and Software wins
• $50 million for a multi-year services agreement for a county wide P25 system in North America
• $41 million for command center software and 10-year services award in Asia
• $16 million multi-year services renewal in Chile
 
Products and Systems Integration wins
• $71 million P25 system upgrade in Northern Africa
• $35 million P25 expansion for New South Wales Telco Authority in Australia
• $15 million P25 system replacement for Flagler County, Florida
• $495 million five-year IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) P25 radio upgrade for U.S. Army
 
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
• Third-quarter 2018 - Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 13 percent compared with the third quarter of 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.67 to $1.72 per share. This assumes 173 million fully diluted shares.
• Full-year 2018 - The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 14.5 percent, up from the prior outlook of 14 percent including $40 million of unfavorable currency impact since our prior guidance. The company now expects non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $6.79 to $6.89, up from the prior guidance of $6.70 to $6.85. This assumes current foreign exchange rates, approximately 172 million fully diluted shares and a 25 percent effective tax rate.
 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Aug. 2. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
  Q2 2018 Q2 2017
Net sales $1,760 $1,497
Gross margin 822 690
Operating earnings 273 261
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

180

131
Diluted EPS $1.05 $0.78
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 171.7 169.0


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the second quarter of 2018.

(per diluted common share) Q2 2018
   
GAAP Earnings $1.05
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.08
Reorganization of business charges 0.10
Intangibles amortization expense 0.23
Avigilon purchase accounting adjustment 0.04
Sale of investments 0.01
Loss on foreign currency related to Avigilon purchase 0.01
FIN 48 reserve 0.01
State audit settlement (0.07)
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.46

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
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.
 
Organic revenue:  Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters, and excludes the affects of ASC 606. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions and accounting adjustments which can obscure period to period comparisons.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, 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. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
 
BUSINESS RISKS
 
This news 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 third quarter and full year of 2018. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 8 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) 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; (6) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (7) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (8) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (9) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (10) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (11) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (12) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (13) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to complete acquisitions or repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (22) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. 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
 
DEFINITIONS
Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters and excluding the effects of ASC 606.
2  Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates mission-critical communications solutions, including devices, networks, services, software and video, that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.
 
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Motorola Solutions Files Copyright Infringement Complaint Against Hytera Communications in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New Complaint is in Addition to the Company’s Ongoing Litigation Against Hytera in the Northern District of Illinois and Other Jurisdictions Related to Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation 

Company Remains Committed to Protecting its Valuable Intellectual Property
 
CHICAGO – July 30, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has filed a motion to add a claim for copyright infringement to its litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (the “District Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583), Hytera America, Inc. and Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. The new claim asserts that Hytera has unlawfully copied Motorola Solutions’ source code into the source code used in Hytera products in violation of U.S. copyright laws, which only became known to Motorola Solutions during hearings related to the trade secret litigation.
 
As previously announced, in March 2017 Motorola Solutions filed complaints against Hytera in the District Court asserting that Hytera’s two-way radios, base stations, repeaters and dispatch systems, as well as its related commercialization and sales activities, are infringing patents owned by Motorola Solutions and utilizing stolen Motorola Solutions trade secrets.
 
Motorola Solutions’ new claim asserts that Hytera illegally obtained Motorola Solutions’ source code for its software computer programs—among the most confidential and carefully guarded of Motorola Solutions’ proprietary technology—and copied portions of it verbatim into Hytera’s digital two-way radio products. Motorola Solutions believes this claim represents clear additional evidence that Hytera’s employees copied Motorola Solutions’ proprietary technologies. As a result, Motorola Solutions is bringing this new claim against Hytera for copyright infringement as part of its efforts to protect its valuable intellectual property from Hytera’s copying and theft.
 
“In addition to its egregious patent infringement and trade secret theft, it is now clear that Hytera also committed copyright infringement by illegally copying our original source code developed by Motorola Solutions’ world-class engineers,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We are confident the District Court will agree that Hytera is a serial infringer and misappropriator of Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property. Motorola Solutions has long been a pioneering leader in technology innovation, as evidenced by the approximately 5,000 patents we have developed. We remain committed to vigorously and fully protecting our intellectual property in the United States and internationally through all available legal remedies.”
 
For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.
 
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.
 
Media Contact
Andrew Siegel / Aura Reinhard / Aiden Woglom
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
+1-212-355-4449
 
Investor Contact
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Motorola Solutions and Avigilon Help Secure and Revitalize ‘The District’ Detroit

on Wednesday, 25 July 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Ilitch Holdings, Inc. selects a complete security and critical communications solution to enhance community safety

VANCOUVER, CANADA, July 24, 2018 – Ilitch Holdings, Inc. has selected Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and Avigilon Corporation, a Motorola Solutions company, to help enhance customer experience and safety at its landmark properties in Detroit.

Ilitch Holdings, Inc. sought to reinvigorate its home city, Detroit, by investing in public infrastructure and local businesses, and by promoting public safety in and around its state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, offices and retailers throughout “The District” Detroit, a $1.4B sports and entertainment destination located in downtown Detroit.

Ilitch Holdings, Inc., in partnership with security integrator Identify, Inc., installed a complete Avigilon security solution powered by video analytics that includes more than 1,600 Avigilon cameras, Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software and Avigilon’s Access Control Manager (ACM) system. The complete solution enables security operators to quickly detect, search and verify critical events to save valuable time and effort during investigations.

Ilitch Holdings, Inc. uses Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBOTM professional two-way radios to communicate across its properties including Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park and Fox Theater. When a suspicious activity is flagged using the Avigilon solution, security staff can quickly contact each other using MOTOTRBO radios and take immediate action to keep visitors to The District Detroit safe.

“We’re proud to see downtown Detroit thriving and our top priority is to create a safe and welcoming environment for our guests and local community,” said Tim Sopha, Director of Corporate Security for Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We chose Avigilon and Motorola Solutions because, together, they provide us with a unique system for public safety that allows us to monitor, communicate and respond more effectively.”

“The District Detroit is making an incredible impact on the city of Detroit by attracting new visitors from throughout the region where they can take part in this immersive sports and entertainment experience,” said James Henderson, Avigilon’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This project is an excellent example of how Avigilon and Motorola Solutions’ technologies work together to provide a new level of public safety.”

Little Caesars Arena and Comerica Park are U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act certified. As part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY) encourages the creation and use of anti-terrorism technologies and practices. To enhance fan experience and safety, as well as to comply with SAFETY Act certification, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. selected Avigilon for its SAFETY Act designated technologies.

To learn more about Avigilon’s solutions for city surveillance, please visit the following link: http://avigilon.com/case-studies/#city-surveillance.

For more information on product availability, please contact:

http://avigilon.com/contact-sales.

About Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates mission-critical communications solutions, including devices, networks, software and video, that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

About Avigilon

Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, provides trusted security solutions to the global market. Avigilon designs, develops and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras and access control solutions. To learn more about Avigilon, visit avigilon.com.

© 2018, Avigilon Corporation. All rights reserved. AVIGILON, the AVIGILON logo, AVIGILON CONTROL CENTER, ACC, ACCESS CONTROL MANAGER, and ACM are trademarks of Avigilon Corporation. MOTOROLA, MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC and are used under license. Other names or logos mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Ilitch Holdings, Inc., was established in 1999 to provide professional services to certain businesses that were founded or purchased by Detroit entrepreneurs Mike and/or Marian Ilitch. The Ilitch companies represent leading brands in the food, sports and entertainment industries, including Little Caesars, Blue Line Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Champion Foods. The organization also has a joint venture interest in 313 Presents. Additionally, Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone — a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.

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