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Motorola Solutions Invests in BriefCam

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Video Synopsis Technology

Motorola Solutions Invests in BriefCam

Investment to Support BriefCam's Global Marketing and Sales Expansion for Video Synopsis Technology TEL AVIV – March 13, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, has announced its investment in BriefCam, the developer and provider of Video Synopsis solutions for the rapid review, analysis and indexing of surveillance video. The funds will be used to expand BriefCam’s worldwide marketing and sales activities.

BriefCam's patented Video Synopsis technology enables the rapid review of captured video – with an index to the original source, whether video feed or archival footage – for on-the-spot event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery.

BriefCam fulfills the global unmet need to browse video, investigate and identify incidents rapidly, and take action. Its award-winning Video Synopsis technology gives users the ability to review rapidly, compacting hours of events into a “brief” that takes minutes to view. The company’s customers include police, military, border control and other Homeland Security agencies, as well as security operations at municipalities, transportation authorities, building and campus security offices, retail loss prevention and more.

This investment is Motorola Solutions’ second in the Israeli market and third in the surveillance video space since 2011.

“We have been looking into various companies in the Israeli hi-tech industry, specifically in the area of public safety technologies,” said Boaz Or-Shraga, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. “We were happy to find a great investment like BriefCam to expand our exposure in the growing video space. The substantial growth in the amount of surveillance videos created each year provides new opportunities for public safety and other industries, and we're glad to seize such an opportunity." "BriefCam is delighted to welcome Motorola Solutions Venture Capital as an investor and strategic partner,” said Dror Irani, CEO and president of BriefCam. “It is our hope that Motorola Solutions’ experience and global presence opens new opportunities for BriefCam in areas such as public safety, safer cities and law enforcement, as well as enterprise and retail. We expect Motorola Solutions’ global presence will also assist BriefCam greatly in accelerating penetration of new geographic regions where we have not been active to date.”

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center Solution

on Wednesday, 13 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Proactive Policing

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center Solution Keeps Public Safety One Step Ahead of Criminals through Proactive Policing

New approach helps operationalize the data that surrounds us to turn noise into information and information into intelligence

LAS VEGAS – (IWCE, Motorola Solutions, Booth #527) – March 12, 2013 – Information is everywhere, but capturing and filtering the right information and turning it into intelligence continues to be a challenge for cities across the country. With the Real-Time Crime Center solution from Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI), law enforcement officers can now approach an incident armed with more operational intelligence than ever before. Inputs from multiple data sources such as video, sensors, alarms, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records are processed with real-time analytics to deliver one operational view. This enables better situational awareness and allows for more proactive responses resulting in smarter and safer decisions.

Situational awareness made available with Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution is made actionable with our integration of a radio console to enable real-time direct voice communications with officers in the field and real-time video streaming to a vehicle or handheld device over existing carrier or private wireless networks. Our solution also enables the integration of existing public and private sector cameras to provide additional, live views.

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution offers a flexible architecture that can be tailored to suit each agency’s operating requirements while also allowing for future expansion. Expert Integration Services help connect CAD events, record queries, mapping and video applications. Additional resources such as criminal complaints as well as incident, parole and national crime databases could be connected to this Real-Time Crime Center solution. Professional Services help guide departments through visioning, training and needs assessments. Design and planning also will ensure that departments are well prepared for the organizational transformation ahead and can demonstrate measurable improvements to their communities.

According to the Police Executive Research Forum as cited in a recent Motorola white paper, 90 percent of police departments plan to increase their use of predictive policing over the next five years. The Motorola Real-Time Crime Center solution sets the foundation for agencies to operationalize these predictive policing strategies and realize the full promise of their video surveillance investments by turning video into a real-time crime fighting tool. With the Real-Time Crime Center solution, Motorola is helping public safety agencies across the country harness relevant data and move from reacting at a moment’s notice to more intelligent predictions and targeted counteractions.

Real Time Crime Solution Motorola


  • Advanced public safety analytics deliver intelligent data and video to anticipate crowd formations, recognize faces, or detect gunshots to help agencies become more proactive, shortening response times and optimizing resource strategies.
  • Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution integrates existing agency records and databases with additional resources such as parole, national crime and inspections databases along with court systems and evidence management to magnify the impact of the analytics engines.
  • Motorola’s end-to-end video capabilities help agencies to move beyond basic monitoring. Streaming video can be shared between communications centers and responders with Real-Time Video Intelligence. This advanced software announced yesterday enables interoperability across public safety, public service and private enterprise video systems as well as analytics to trigger real-time alerts to significantly improve situational awareness.
  • The MCC 7100 IP Dispatch Console enables full command of situations directly from the Real- Time Crime Center solution through encrypted, mission-critical dispatching capabilities.
  • The Real-Time Crime Center solution works alongside Motorola’s Command and Control technology which provides complete incident management, streamlining the entire call intake and dispatch workflow process from the moment a NG9-1-1 call is received to when the call is dispatched to field personnel and updated as new real-time information is received.
  • Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution provides full onsite support services including 24x7 response and Motorola Solution Support Center (SSC) monitoring of the networks, applications, devices and security, helping ensure the mission-critical communications are always online.


Bruce Brda, senior vice president, Global Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions “Motorola Solutions’ innovations in next generation public safety technology helps further develop the capabilities of law enforcement. The Real-Time Crime Center solution captures information with analytics and turns it into actionable intelligence that can be used by everyone involved in fighting crime.”

Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Government Solutions, Motorola Solutions “From design, to deployment, to managing the complete communication system, our people and our technology are dedicated to helping the public safety community overcome the challenges they face every day. By processing inputs from multiple data sources with real-time analytics, we can help our customers see one operational view that enables more proactive responses to help build safer cities and thriving communities.”

Motorola Solutions Re-Envisioning Point of Care at HIMSS 13

on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Showcasing healthcare mobility solutions

NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, will be showcasing its latest healthcare mobility solutions in Booth #6013 during HIMSS 13, March 3-7, 2013 at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Traditionally, patient care in a hospital begins and ends with one thing – access to the chart. While this system continues to provide value, its drawbacks are significant. Nothing can happen downstream in the flow of patient data without the chart being physically present. Updating the most current information is controlled by whoever currently has the chart. For the medical staff, the process works because their focus is patient care. For an IT professional, the process is viewed as highly inefficient and filled with the potential for human error. Deploying a suite of mobile technology solutions can help transform these procedures and deliver real-time data directly to the point of care.


Motorola Solutions’ MC40 HC handheld mobile computer and SB1 smart badge will be on display for the first time at HIMSS 13.

The MC40 HC provides a mobility experience that meets the critical needs of medical staff, while broadening their access to real-time updates to patient data. With this sleek device in hand, nurses can scan a bar code on a wrist band to access patient records, check medication, update vital information and even call others in the hospital for help without ever leaving the patient’s bedside. Plus, the MC40 HC is outfitted in a polycarbonate, disinfectant-ready material specifically designed to provide each unit with a housing that can meet chemical sanitization protocols and withstand other physical stresses unique to a healthcare environment and the nurses’ workflow.

The SB1 smart badge is part of a new category of mobile devices ready for use out-of-the-box by clinical and non-clinical staff alike. This smart, wearable device gives associates access to personalized task lists, the ability to scan a barcode, and connect via push-to-talk (PTT) with other workers carrying practically any other PTT-enabled mobile device already deployed in the hospital. The result is a powerful, always-connected workforce that can access the people and information they need to maximize productivity and improve patient care.

In addition, the Motorola booth will feature demonstrations focused on many of the situations being faced today within the healthcare community, including:

Creating a secure IT environment for healthcare mobility using Motorola’s WiNG 5 Wireless LAN, Secure Access, and AirDefense Services Platform that address the unique challenges in healthcare to be always on, always secure, scalable and reliable. Motorola has a rich history of delivering mission-critical environments, and this infrastructure portfolio provides IT administrators the tools they need to plan, deploy and manage the network while proactively detecting and mitigating rogue devices. Motorola’s Secure Access addresses two provisioning challenges for healthcare IT today: secured guest access and bring your own device (BYOD) to support zero-touch on-boarding of the widest range of consumer smartphones.

Connecting the mobile, clinical workforce with nurse call demonstrations using Enterprise Voice Solutions with devices including the Enterprise Voice-over WLAN Smartphone and MOTOTRBO™ product families. HIPAA-ready Voice-over WLAN devices communicate seamlessly with two-way radios and even personal smartphones to create a collaborative environment for clinical workers to share patient data in a secure manner.

Providing healthcare workers access to real-time patient data in their moments that matter through enterprise-ready devices such as the MC75A0-HC mobile computers, DS6878-HC cordless bar code scanner and DS4208-HC corded bar code scanner to complement the Workstations on Wheels (WOW). Providing medical device manufacturers with embedded technologies like wireless cards, bar code scan engines, and mobile bar code scanning devices to help them get to market faster in partnership with a leading technology company like Motorola.


Vivian Funkhouser, director, healthcare solutions, Motorola Solutions

“We are eager to demonstrate the true power and capabilities of the MC40 HC and the SB1 at HIMSS 13. These innovative technologies, coupled with industry-specific partner solutions, help validate that enterprise-grade mobile solutions are no longer cost-prohibitive propositions for today’s hospitals. With Motorola Solutions, health systems can develop and achieve end-to-end mobility that is reliable, scalable and secure to help caregivers focus on the moments that matter – patient care.”

Fortune Names Motorola Solutions

on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Fortune Names Motorola Solutions to World’s Most Admired Companies List

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 1, 2013 – Fortune magazine has named Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to its prestigious list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Motorola Solutions is ranked No. 4 in the industry category of Network and Other Communications Equipment.


  • Described as the definitive report card on corporate reputations, the Most Admired list is the result of a survey of 3,800 executives, directors and analysts asked to rate companies in their industries.
  • The nine evaluation criteria include innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
  • The list and related stories appear in the March 18 issue of Fortune, available on newsstands and at
  • In January, Motorola Solutions was named to the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations, one of only 10 U.S. companies to earn a spot on the list.

Ofcom announces winners of the 4G mobile auction

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Five winning bidders to deliver future mobile competition in the UK
  • 4G services from a range of operators expected within six months
  • Research measuring 4G speeds to be conducted at the end of 2013

Ofcom has today announced the winners of the 4G mobile spectrum auction.

After more than 50 rounds of bidding, Everything Everywhere Ltd, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc), Telefónica UK Ltd and Vodafone Ltd have all won spectrum. This is suitable for rolling out new superfast mobile broadband services to consumers and to small and large businesses across the UK.

The auction has achieved Ofcom’s purpose of promoting strong competition in the 4G mobile market. This is expected to lead to faster mobile broadband speeds, lower prices, greater innovation, new investment and better coverage. Almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end of 2017 at the latest.

A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.

The lower-frequency 800 MHz band is part of the ‘digital dividend’ freed up when analogue terrestrial TV was switched off, and is ideal for widespread mobile coverage. The higher-frequency 2.6 GHz band is ideal for delivering the capacity needed for faster speeds. The availability of the two will allow 4G networks to achieve widespread coverage as well as offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “This is a positive outcome for competition in the UK, which will lead to faster and more widespread mobile broadband, and substantial benefits for consumers and businesses across the country. We are confident that the UK will be among the most competitive markets in the world for 4G services.

“4G coverage will extend far beyond that of existing 3G services, covering 98% of the UK population indoors – and even more when outdoors – which is good news for parts of the country currently underserved by mobile broadband.

“We also want consumers to be well informed about 4G, so we will be conducting research at the end of this year to show who is deploying services, in which areas and at what speeds. This will help consumers and businesses to choose their most suitable provider.”

Widespread 4G coverage

Ofcom has attached a coverage obligation to one of the 800 MHz lots of spectrum. The winner of this lot is Telefónica UK Ltd. This operator is obliged to provide a mobile broadband service for indoor reception to at least 98% of the UK population (expected to cover at least 99% when outdoors) and at least 95% of the population of each of the UK nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – by the end of 2017 at the latest.


A breakdown of what was won, who won it and the base prices payable is detailed below:   

Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price
Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and
2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz £225,000,000
Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc) 2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz
(coverage obligation lot)
Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz,
2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
Total   £2,341,113,000


The following bidders were not winning bidders:

MLL Telecom Ltd

HKT (UK) Company Ltd

The winning bidders now have until 23:59 on 21 February 2013 to pay any outstanding
sums to Ofcom for the spectrum they have won. All proceeds from the auction will go to HM Government.

Value for consumers

In 2012, Ofcom conducted an assessment of future mobile competition in the UK. This concluded that consumers were likely to benefit from better services at lower prices if there were at least four credible national wholesalers of 4G mobile services.

However, going into the auction, Ofcom took the view that there were only three operators (EE, O2 and Vodafone) with sufficient spectrum to support such services. Therefore, in the interests of competition, spectrum was reserved in the auction for a fourth national wholesaler. That spectrum has been won by Hutchison 3G UK Ltd.

The value of the benefits which 4G services will provide to UK consumers over the next 10 years (the ‘consumer surplus’) is likely to be at least £20bn, according to Ofcom estimates.

The UK’s communications networks will become more advanced as 4G is rolled out over the coming months. This new infrastructure, together with software development, employment opportunities and new mobile revenues, means 4G is likely to make a significant contribution to UK economic growth.

Next steps

While the main part of the auction has concluded, there is a final stage in the process to determine where in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands each winning bidder’s new spectrum will be located. Bidding in this final stage – called the ‘assignment stage’ – will take place shortly.

Following that stage, once bidders have paid their full licence fees, Ofcom will grant licences to the winners to use the spectrum. Operators will then be able to start rolling out their networks, with consumer services expected in spring or early summer 2013.

3G and 4G mobile broadband speeds research

Ofcom will also be carrying out research to measure the performance of 3G and 4G networks.

This will be broken down by operator and will assess the average mobile broadband speeds received by 3G and 4G customers. It will be designed to help consumers understand the performance benefits of 4G over 3G mobile services and assist them in making informed purchasing decisions.

Ofcom expects to conduct this research around December 2013 and publish the results in spring 2014.

Planning for the future

By 2030, demand for mobile data could be 80 times higher than today. To help meet this demand and avert a possible ‘capacity crunch’, more mobile spectrum is needed over the long term, together with new technologies to make mobile broadband more efficient. Ofcom is planning now to support the release of further spectrum for possible future ‘5G’ mobile services.

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Impact of radio spectrum on the UK economy and factors influencing future spectrum demand

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Spectrum is a valuable resource that enables growth and innovation.

This report has been prepared by Analysys Mason as part of a study of the impact of radio spectrum on the UK economy and factors influencing future spectrum demand, undertaken on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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More Than 2 Million Users Worldwide Trust TETRA Radio Terminals from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Global landmark paves way for continued growth and expansion for 2013 and beyond

Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a world leader in the development and deployment of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communication solutions, today announced that it has shipped its 2 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal. This milestone was reached in less than four years, half the time it took to reach the first milestone of 1 million units bought by customers.

The increasing rate of shipment for TETRA terminals highlights the accelerating growth of the worldwide user base depending on reliable TETRA digital radio technology and the continued market recognition of Motorola’s pioneering position in the development of innovative TETRA solutions.

The strength and maturity of this market also is reflected in the pace of innovation brought to users. In recent months Motorola has introduced the MTM5200 and MTM5500 TETRA mobile radios as well as the new MTP6550, one of the most advanced TETRA portable radio in the world. The new additions are all capable of supporting TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS), a mission-critical resilient and secure data service compliant with the ETSI TETRA standard. The new devices will ensure that investments made in TETRA today will be able to support data services in the future, which through TEDS provide up to 20 times faster access to back-office applications, such as business intelligence and databases.

The latest customers from around the world who have chosen TETRA radio terminals from Motorola Solutions include Metro Service in Denmark and Bangalore International Airport Limited in India.

The new radios (TEDS)

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola announces new high-tech mobile radios (MTM 5200 and MTM 5500)

Motorola has unveiled the MTM 5200 and MTM 5500 TETRA mobile radios and the MTP6550 TETRA portable radio. The new additions are all capable of supporting TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS).

The MTP 6550 is a TEDS-ready TETRA handheld radio, delivering real-time data access in the field. Key features include push services to allow dispatchers to deliver messages directly to radio screens, radio call out requiring a mandatory acknowledgement of message delivery, and built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio and connectivity to collaborative data devices, for example – using a Personal Data Assistant (PDA) for more complex forms or using scanners for ID checks.

The MTM 5200 and MTM 5500 complement the existing MTM 5400 TETRA mobile radio. The series offers a choice of different form factors and capabilities to suit different operational environments today and device-readiness to exploit the higher speed data services provided by TEDS networks.

The MTM 5500 also includes integrated Direct Mode Operations (DMO) Gateway and DMO Repeater capabilities, allowing radio and data coverage to be temporarily extended to provide coverage to portable radios inside nearby buildings. This allows police forces to extend their patrol ranges and officers and paramedics in the field to stay connected in hazardous situations.

Tom Quirke, from Motorola Solutions, commented: “TEDS meets the needs of the next evolution of critical data applications as it derives from TETRA and offers the resilience and security required for public safety operations. With our latest additions of TEDS-ready handheld and mobile radios, users can be assured that their long-term investment into TETRA today will be future proof.

“The solutions are helping to increase operational efficiency and transform user safety, equipment ease of use, and ruggedness of mission-critical operations. The increased receiver sensitivity will further boost flexibility of operations and help to connect users wherever needed.”

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