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Dallas County Joins Growing Iowa Statewide Radio System

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO –April 10, 2017When an emergency strikes, first responders across Iowa need to communicate seamlessly, andtodaythat is a reality with a new ASTRO®25 statewide radio system from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI). Dallas County is now connected to the expanding Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS) and first responders are preparing to experience the benefits.

By joining the Motorola Solutions-built ISICS, Dallas County is taking advantage of a cost-efficient and technologically advanced mission-critical radio system without having to build an entirely separate system. During the next few weeks, county first responders will get ready to use the system by training on new Motorola Solutions award-winning APXTMP25 two-way portable and mobile radios, along with new dispatch consoles for the county’s emergency communications center. Dallas County is expected to be operational on ISICS in May 2017.

“Dallas County needed to upgrade its VHF communications system which has operational limitations due to narrowbanding and adjacent jurisdictions that operate on multiple other radio systems. Interoperability was impossible and it was a challenge to communicate across the county for daily operations,” said Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard. “With our new Motorola Solutions simulcast P25 700MHz trunked system and connection to ISICS, we finally have the opportunity to converse operationally countywide with law enforcement, fire and EMS services and across the state. This has been a need for many years that is now being finalized.”

ISICS has been operational since July 2016 and is built on Project 25 (P25) standards-based technology. Westcom Emergency Communications, a consolidated dispatch center for the cities of West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Norwalk and Waukee, connected their P25 system to ISICS in mid-2016.

“Westcom’s migration to ISICS is beneficial to the responders in our five communities and ultimately the citizenry we serve by improving interoperability,” said Assistant Chief of Logistics Rob Dehnert from Westcom.

Several emergency management agencies across the state are in the process of joining ISICS. The Woodbury County STARCOMM system will be operational on ISICS in June 2017, and Mills County is the latest to announce that it will join the system and be operational in early 2018.

ISICS has already played a crucial role in providing seamless communications at major events held in Des Moines, including last year’s Iowa State Fair and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) 2016 Summer Meeting. Gov. Terry Branstad welcomed 23 governors and their teams from across the country to the meeting, which required interoperable communications between state and local first responders. Security is a top priority at these events, and police, fire and EMS personnel were able to communicate securely on ISICS’ dedicated mission-critical network.

Visiting governors’ security teams could also communicate from their mobile phones with local first responders using two-way radios using Motorola Solutions WAVETMWork Group Communication technology. WAVE provides broadband push-to-talk for secure communications across any network and any device.

“The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to be a part of this interoperable solution for public safety agencies in Iowa. Finally, agencies will be able to communicate seamlessly with their mission-critical radios during emergencies,” Bureau Chief Thomas Lampe from the Iowa DPS Communications Bureau. “Having one statewide radio platform is a great solution and a clear path towards total statewide interoperability.”

“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to working with Iowa first responders as ISICS continues to expand to other emergency management agencies across the state,” said Ali Kapadia, sales vice president, Motorola Solutions. “ISICS is built with the latest P25 technology to make sure that Iowa first responders can talk with each other from one end of the state to the other in major emergencies like tornadoes or during daily traffic stops in Dallas County. Iowa is now one of 35 states across the United States with statewide radio systems built by Motorola Solutions.”

Public safety agencies in every corner of Iowa will be able to benefit from secure, interoperable communications as ISICS continues to expand throughout the state with a cost-efficient and modern mission-critical infrastructure.

The Soldier of the Future will be at the LAAD Exhibition

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions demonstrates the concept of Mobile Intelligence

  • With mobile intelligence, public safety forces improve their response and efficiency levels thanks to real-time access to critical data, applications and secure mobile communications.
  • The Soldier of the Future will wear the most advanced public safety technologies, including a tactical solution, which creates a 4G Public Safety-Long Term Evolution (PS-LTE) "bubble" anywhere in the world to share multimedia data.
  • As part of the concept of mobile intelligence, Motorola Solutions will also introduce cameras mounted on a moving drone and a sniper rifle that send real-time images to the command and control center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, April XX, 2017 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) presents at LAAD (International Exhibition for Defense, Public and Corporate Security) the concept of Mobile Intelligence, which will revolutionize the tactical actions of security forces and assistance and emergency teams around the world.  

At the company's booth, a 4G PS-LTE "bubble" (defined area of coverage) will be generated by using portable solution incorporated into the officer's backpack, to create a network that is fully autonomous and independent from common cellular networks. This solution brings together different technologies, providing greater situational awareness to security forces worldwide.  In other words, it places critical information from the command center in the hands of the field officers, using devices that act as the commanders' eyes and ears.

As an example of an integrated solution to the 4G PS-LTE network, visitors will be able to see demonstrations of cameras mounted on a mobile drone and on the sniper rifle sight transmitting images, in real time, to a simulated control center using the CommandCentral intelligence platform.

Likewise, the LEX L10 — a mission critical LTE handheld device for public safety — and the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone — a 3:1 body camera, high-quality RSM and touch screen interface — complete the concept of Mobile Intelligence with video recording, image capture and integrated communications.  Smartphone applications specially designed for public safety will also be introduced at the exhibition, such as FullFace (facial recognition), DragonForce (tactical planning) and Secure Mobile Office — an application developed in Brazil for shared registry of investigations.

Through the Mobile Intelligence concept, it is possible to deploy, in any place in the world, multimedia information such as images, videos, maps and to access Big Data analysis, databases and registries.  

"With the powerful integration of traditional voice solutions and public safety LTE environment and its multiple capacities, it is possible to send command center information to the hands of officers in action and at the same time, are the eyes of the commanders on site, "said Elton Borgonovo, general manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil.” The new technologies introduced today will help security forces save lives and improve assistance service even in the most extreme environments, through Mobile Intelligence."

By using a tactical solution, which can be carried in a backpack, an officer can instantly create a collaborative network at the scene to access information in places where communication is impossible.  In this way, transmission and reception of high-speed data as well as integration between different devices and agencies can be enabled. It can also be installed on vehicles or used fixed in a camp.  

Another innovation is the Secure Mobile Office (SMO) app, developed in conjunction with the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (PB). This tool can be installed in the LEX10 or any other smartphone, and allow multimedia collaboration, map notes, text, video and voice messaging and access to remote databases (such as vehicle and people registry) with advanced encryption. Developed for criminal investigations, Secure Mobile Office is already being tested in Brazil.  

Motorola Solutions is a pioneer in mission-critical intelligence.  Discover these solutions for Mobile Intelligence, radio communications and public safety LTE in booth Q.64 at the LAAD exhibition.  

Service:
LAAD - International Exhibition for Defense, Public and Corporate Security
Date: April 4 to 7
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue: Riocentro - Exhibition and Convention Center
Address: Av. Salvador Allende, 6.555, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Motorola Solutions’ Booth: Q.64
Further information: http://www.laadexpo.com.br

Motorola Solutions Hires First Head of Software

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Former Microsoft leader will launch and grow newly created software enterprise
 
CHICAGO – March 31, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the leader of the company’s new software organization. Andrew Sinclair, previously of the Skype division of Microsoft, joins Motorola Solutions as the company’s first-ever head of software. Sinclair will lead the company’s software organization, a critical new enterprise created to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.
 
"This is a significant step in our march to becoming a more software-centric company,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Andrew’s track record of growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses will accelerate the development of our suite of integrated software solutions."
 
As head of software, Sinclair will lead an integrated team focused on development, sales and delivery of software that provides critical intelligence to public safety and commercial users. The software enterprise will advance Motorola Solutions’ portfolios of mobile applications and related services for users in the field, as well as its integrated software suite for personnel at the command center. The team of software designers, developers and engineers also will be responsible for rapid incubation of new capabilities, with a focus on user experience design, cloud computing and analytics, including artificial intelligence.
 
Sinclair joined Motorola Solutions on March 27. He brings a proven track record of innovation and growth for SaaS businesses, having spent the last 15 years building and growing communication and collaboration SaaS solutions with Skype and Microsoft's Skype for Business.
 
“I’m thrilled to have joined a company creating software that has the power to improve safety and efficiency,” said Andrew Sinclair, corporate vice president and general manager, software enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “Delivering software for public safety and commercial users presents unique challenges, but Motorola Solutions has the expertise to get the job done, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Complaint with U.S. International Trade Commission Against Hytera Communications

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks Immediate ITC Investigation, Exclusion Order and Cease-and-Desist Order
 
Remains Committed to Protecting Its Valuable Intellectual Property
 
CHICAGO – March 29, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (the “ITC”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”) of Shenzhen, China. This legal action follows the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera on March 14, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
 
The ITC complaint asserts that Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents. Motorola Solutions seeks an immediate investigation by the ITC, an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products and a cease-and-desist order to stop the marketing and sale of the infringing devices in the United States.
 
“On behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders, Motorola Solutions will continue to aggressively defend our proprietary technology and investments in innovation,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions is the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, and we have invested billions of dollars over the last several years to achieve this position. In 2016 alone, we invested more than $500 million in research and development.”
 
Mr. Hacker continued, “Hytera asserts that it embraces legitimate competition, but there is nothing legitimate about the illegal copying and misappropriation in which it has engaged. We are committed to vigorously defending our valuable intellectual property as we continue to drive innovation for our customers across the globe. We look forward to a full and fair hearing before the ITC, as well as the Federal District Courts in Chicago, and we are confident that these legal actions will be effective in halting Hytera’s egregious and unlawful behavior.”
 
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.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police harness mobile technology to increase time officers spend on the frontline

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Regional deployment sees 3,000 officers using Airwave´s mobile Pronto e-notebook and suite of applications
  • Officers save up to two hours of admin time per shift, leading to more visible and effective policing
  • Surrey Police report efficiency savings worth up to £7 million
  • A third all of Great Britain’s police forces are now using Pronto to replace time-intensive paper-based frontline reporting
  • Basingstoke, England – March. 28, 2017 – Airwave Solutions Limited, a Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) company, in partnership with O2 today announce that over 3,000 frontline Surrey Police and Sussex Police officers are now using specialist mobile technology to improve frontline policing and reporting.
     
    The new joint project enables 1,250 officers at Surrey Police and 1,750 at Sussex Police to replace paper-based activities such as vehicle registration checks, speeding tickets, and tests for the influence of drugs or alcohol on drivers with intuitive digital forms on mobile devices. Both forces have seen substantial time and cost saving benefits. Officers have saved up to two hours per shift, time that can now be better spent policing the streets and supporting the public. This modernisation of processes has enabled Surrey Police to cut costs by £7 million.
     
    The new extended regional deployment follows a successful six year partnership with Surrey Police that has seen the Pronto e-notebook and suite of software applications deployed to frontline offers across both police forces. Pronto is a complete digital replacement for an officer's paper notebook, operational processes and forms. It provides remote, mobile access to all key policing systems, ensuring officers can capture, reuse and validate information on the frontline while reducing back office bureaucracy and inefficiency.
     
    Before Pronto, a single activity such as writing out a ticket would take back-office staff over four minutes to transfer paper-based notes onto a force’s system – now that process takes seconds as all data captured on devices is synchronised automatically.
     
    As well as productivity benefits, Pronto is enabling greater sharing of information and collaboration between the two forces. Officers can access national police systems and local databases across the two forces, such as the Records Management Systems (Niche) on the move. This allows officers to work together at an incident or crime scene, sharing data and resources in real-time rather than having to return to the station or have back-office staff locate and then upload relevant information.
     
    This new regional deployment brings the total number of forces using Pronto to 16 (33 percent of all forces in the UK).
     
    Discussing the project Gavin Stephens, Deputy Chief Constable at Surrey Police said: “We are seeing the beginnings of a fully digitised Criminal Justice System – from incident to court room. What’s aspirational in digital policing and collaboration between forces in some parts of the country is reality here.”
     
    “The deployment of Pronto has meant we’ve been able to move officers away from desks and back onto the frontline, the best place to pursue offenders and detect crime, protect vulnerable people, and prevent crime and disorder. Technology has helped us become more accessible and visible to the public we serve and it is playing an increasingly vital role in our mission to make the region as safe as it can possibly be,” said Inspector Shane Baker at Sussex Police.

    Billy D’Arcy, Managing Director, Enterprise and Public sector business at O2 UK said: “As policing budgets continue to be reduced, using resources as effectively as possible is a challenge that every UK police force is being asked to meet. We are very glad to have delivered, in conjunction with our partner Airwave, a solution that has helped both Surrey Police and Sussex Police improve efficiencies while increasing their citizen engagement. By listening to what information was needed to optimise an officer’s time on the frontline we have been able to bring connectivity, devices and information sources together in a way that keeps officers visible within the communities as well as improving speed, accuracy and ultimately the service they are able to deliver across those communities.”

    Phil Jefferson, MSSSI Vice President, Sales and Service UK and Ireland at Motorola Solutions, said: “We are delighted to partner with O2 for this regional deployment of Pronto. Surrey Police was one of the first forces to embrace Pronto and over the past six years we’ve worked closely with their officers to evolve the software to make it as useful and usable as possible. Today, forces like Surrey Police and Sussex Police are able to collaborate effectively together, and more than a third of UK police forces now reap the rewards of Pronto, driving widespread efficiency savings, something that’s more important than ever in this time of tight budgets and public demand for greater visibility.”

    Other benefits both forces now receive include: increased server capacity, improved disaster recovery, around-the-clock monitoring of key systems, and common reporting standards. A direct link between Pronto and the two forces’ records management systems will drive frontline productivity keeping officers on the streets.

Bringing Instant Connectivity to the Front Lines of Business

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ Team Communications transforms assembly lines and commercial workflows by linking employees, applications, machines and devices seamlessly

  • Motorola Solutions’ Team Communications enables groups of users to talk, text and send data via a smartphone, radio, landline phone or any other device
  • Combined with the power of workflow apps and the Industrial Internet of Things, commercial users gain ultimate flexibility to link workers quickly to save time and money
  • Team Communications and other solutions will be featured at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 29-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

CHICAGO – March 27, 2017 – When a critical machine breaks down on the factory floor, production stops, and so does revenue. Getting it fixed likely includes phone calls, inspections and a long wait to find out what’s wrong.

But what if the machine on its own could tell a group of employees that it was about to fail? And that specific employee groups could immediately talk about preventing the shutdown no matter what kind of radio, phone, computer or network they were using at the moment?

Team Communications is Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) offering that takes push-to-talk (PTT) beyond two-way radio, allowing employees to collaborate with voice, text, or app from virtually anywhere, using a smartphone, computer, landline or any other communications device. Coupled with the rise of workflow applications and the Industrial Internet of Things enabling connected machines and systems, the modern commercial landscape requires a solution that overcomes a mix of devices, networks and needs.

From assembly lines to power plants to airports, workers need communications tools to help them work smarter and make money-saving decisions in real time. Whether that means creating a push-to-talk group that can be alerted to trouble by the machines themselves or having floor supervisors with instant access to managers in another state to quickly solve production bottlenecks, the right set of software and devices can connect frontline workers like never before.

“Team Communications is all about giving workers the tools they need to get the job done,” said John Kedzierski, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Commercial Markets, Channels and Services. “The baggage handler, the utility worker repairing a power line, the housekeeper readying a room, the assembly line worker building cars or the retail associate taking care of customers -- they all need different communications tools than office workers, and we’re providing the unified solution that lets all workers be their best in moments that matter.”

Research points toward productivity gains of up to 25 percent for manufacturing, transportation and supply chain services that have the right communications solutions. Motorola Solutions’ WAVE™ Work Group Communications can combine MOTOTRBO™ or ASTRO™ 25 radio users with WiFi or Cellular users, enabling instant voice, text or app communications on any device, any network, anywhere workers have connectivity.

Team Communications enables voice, group text messaging, location and data-sharing from any device. That includes Motorola Solutions radios, other manufacturers' radios, smartphones, laptops or tablets - operating on land-mobile radio (LMR) networks, Wi-Fi or commercial 4G and 3G cellular.

The MOTOTRBO platform features one of the industry’s largest application developer programs with a wide variety of apps ranging from work order ticket management, GPS and location tracking, Bluetooth® data, email gateways, dispatch, telephony and more.

Visit Motorola Solutions at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 29-30 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth No. 1317 to see a Team Communications demonstration. In addition, see the company’s WAVE™ OnCloud launch demo as well as these innovations:

  • For MOTOTRBO systems, the company is introducing two new service programs provided through its Channel Partners to deliver enhanced software and technical support, priority hardware repair as well as new network monitoring for MOTOTRBO Capacity Max Systems. These new Essential and Advanced service packages provide the right level of service to help ensure system continuity and enhance productivity.
  • For customers challenged in maintaining and programming APX two-way radios, three new service packages – Essential, Advanced and Premier – are also available to minimize the complexity of radio management, support and maintenance requirements.
  • Motorola Solutions is also launching an update to the successful APX™ 1000 Single-Band P25 Portable Radio. The APX 1000+ is designed for utilities and public works organizations that need the interoperability of the global P25 standard at a low price point. The new radio has an improved user interface and adds Bluetooth LE wireless capability.

Motorola Solutions launches advanced, industrial-focused features for Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Thriving partner community of 800 participants united for conferences across Asia Pacific
 
Singapore – March 22, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) announced a comprehensive set of industrial communications solutions at a recent series of Channel Partner Conferences in Australia, China and Vietnam.

The focus on advanced communications solutions comes at a crucial time when enterprise sectors are faced with new challenges, from growing pressure on costs and resources to greater customer expectations. Innovative technology solutions combining voice and data will enable organisations to work more effectively while reaching higher levels of safety and productivity.

Today, Motorola Solutions’ communications solutions are being deployed throughout the region in sectors including transportation, oil and gas, mining, forestry, hospitality and retail. The MOTOTRBO portfolio will be further customised to help these sectors achieve their business performance and growth objectives. Solutions will be tailored to suit companies of different sizes as well as the needs of technology users working in different roles.

“Motorola Solutions understands that addressing the needs of local customers is about much more than providing communications devices alone,” says Mike O’Connor, Vice President, Radio Channel Sales, Asia Pacific, Motorola Solutions.

“Our approach starts with understanding the specific needs of each customer and ends with providing tailored solutions to help businesses increase their safety and efficiency. This can include a range of services, from entreprise software applications, to after-sales support and collaborating with our large and experienced community of partners and end users,” Mr O’Connor said.

New and advanced features of Next Generation MOTOTRBO™ solutions presented at this year’s conferences include:
 

A small radio with an enhanced colour display for easy reading of messages and workflow functions. The Bluetooth-enabled XiR E8628i is especially suited to retail and hospitality sectors where sleek radios are easier for service staff to handle and carry; as well as for certain roles in heavy industries where slim radios provide greater convenience.
The integration of WAVE™ 5000 Work Group Communications software with Capacity Max (a MOTOTRBO digital trunking solution) to enable more efficient management of radio frequency channels while extending secure radio network access to users of smart phones and other devices.
A single frequency repeater to extend the range of two-way radios, especially for indoor coverage. Using a single frequency reduces operating costs for end users. This is especially beneficial in hospitality, retail, manufacturing and construction sectors, where there are often multiple sites to manage with low spectrum resources.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the MOTOTRBO portfolio. Motorola Solutions is the founding member of the digital mobile radio association (DMRA) and a market leader in the DMR standard.

Taking Workgroup Communications Software to New Heights

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions WAVE OnCloud service connects mobile phones, computers and radios virtually anywhere through push-to-talk
 

WAVE OnCloud brings industry-leading push-to-talk to a cloud-hosted offering that makes it easier than ever to deploy, maintain and improve workgroup communications.

MOTOTRBO customers can use WAVE OnCloud to integrate their radio systems with broadband networks, extending their reach to mobile users.

Software as a Service offering with low-cost subscription scales easily to connect users in the same building or thousands of miles away.

CHICAGO – March 21, 2017 – An angry customer in the lobby needs a part fixed that’s stuck in a service bay, but a technician can’t repair it unless a manager 1,000 miles away quickly approves the work order.
 
Experience the power of the right workgroup communications software. Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) WAVE™ OnCloud can instantly link the mobile phone of the customer agent in the lobby, the two-way radio being used in the repair shop and the desktop computer for the manager in another time zone. In a seamless push-to-talk group call using WAVE OnCloud, the repair is authorized, the problem is swiftly solved and the satisfied customer is on his way.
 
Created to connect workgroups in manufacturing, hospitality, utility, education and other teamwork-intensive industries, WAVE OnCloud provides reliable, instant voice communications. The quickly downloadable application provides push-to-talk (PTT) service across radios, mobile phones and desktop computers with the push of a button – no dialing, swiping or typing. WAVE OnCloud also delivers key features such as presence, messaging and location sharing without having to switch to another app.
 
WAVE OnCloud uses cloud computing power to provide PTT, meaning solution deployment time is measured in minutes, usage costs are predictable and affordable and software updates are seamless.
 
“WAVE OnCloud adds a new dimension to our portfolio of push-to-talk solutions for work groups that depend on communications to get the job done,” said Jeff Spaeth, corporate vice president of Systems and Software Enablement, Motorola Solutions. “We’ve added a cost-effective choice to our WAVE lineup that will appeal to a broad commercial audience with its ease of use and dependability.”
 
MOTOTRBO customers can enjoy WAVE OnCloud benefits by connecting their systems to a broadband network, extending reach to mobile users. As a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, WAVE OnCloud customers can choose an affordable subscription that can scale up or down as business needs change.
 
WAVE OnCloud is the latest addition to Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of software designed to provide teams with critical communications that enhance safety and efficiency. WAVE customers can step into the world of Motorola Solutions Team Communications to enable success through all communications devices.
 
WAVE OnCloud will be available for purchase and download March 27. See WAVE OnCloud, along with other advanced communications solutions, in action at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 29-30, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth No. 1317.

Women in engineering power up innovative technology at Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Embracing diversity and inclusion across Asia Pacific
 
Singapore – March 20, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) launched a series of events recently to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). In line with the company’s continued commitment to diversity of people and ideas, a discussion about inclusion, culture and leadership was held in Chicago, featuring Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown and ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore.
 
At the global research and development (R&D) centre in Penang which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, 40% of the employees is made up of  “women in engineering”, developing next-generation devices and solutions for customers worldwide as part of the company’s “borderless” approach to technology innovation.
 
This includes solutions to help public safety and enterprise sectors overcome new challenges, from complex security threats to growing pressure on costs, resources and meeting greater customer expectations. Innovative technology solutions can enable organisations to work more effectively while reaching higher levels of safety and productivity.
 
“Diversity at all levels of our workplace is critical, helping us to see different perspectives and bring new ideas to any discussion. This definitely helps us to move towards our vision of becoming a premier design centre, in order to provide our customers with advanced communications solutions,” says Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia.
 
“The objective of the global Women’s Business Council at Motorola Solutions is to create an inclusive, flexible culture to connect and empower female employees to grow, maximising their results for positive impact to the business. We also work in the community to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education among female students globally,” says Claudia Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President, Devices, Motorola Solutions.
 
Over the past 10 years, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided more than $45 million in education grants through its “Innovation Generation” program, which supports STEM education-focused initiatives. Throughout 2017, Motorola Solutions’ global Women’s Business Council will continue to offer female-focused activities in the U.S., U.K., Israel, Poland, Australia and Malaysia.
 
In Australia for instance, the Council enjoys close ties with Females in Technology & Telecommunications, a non-profit organisation through which employees can participate in tailored mentoring and development programs, as well as regular networking events. While software coding workshops are organised in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers in Malaysia, to introduce software programming to young girls.

Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation Complaints Against Hytera Communications

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation Complaints Filed in U.S. District Court
 
Motorola Solutions is Committed to Protecting its Valuable Intellectual Property Against Illegal Infringement and Copying
 
CHICAGO – March 14, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced it has filed complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”) of Shenzhen, China. The complaints assert 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 believes that Hytera is intentionally infringing its intellectual property and misappropriating its trade secrets, which has enabled Hytera to compete unfairly by bypassing investment in innovation.
 
Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “Motorola Solutions has a long and distinguished track record of developing industry-leading products and technologies, reflecting our significant investments in research and our commitment to innovation. We are proud to have built an extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, including the patents at issue in these lawsuits, which were developed by Motorola Solutions’ world-class engineers.”
 
Mr. Hacker continued, “We believe it is clear, and we are confident the Courts will agree, that Hytera's product portfolio and marketing materials are based on Motorola Solutions’ proprietary intellectual property. Brazen copying and blatant, willful infringement of this sort create an unfair playing field and threaten the industry’s ability to innovate. We will use every means available to vigorously defend the Company’s valuable intellectual property, while continuing to drive innovation and technical excellence for the benefit of our customers around the world.”
 
Hytera’s illegal behavior was assisted by three engineers who resigned from the Company to join Hytera, where they had key roles in developing Hytera’s infringing products using misappropriated Motorola Solutions technologies and continue in senior-level positions today. In the period leading up to their resignations, through a series of serious misrepresentations and carefully planned illegal acts, these engineers maliciously accessed, downloaded and transferred more than 7,000 highly confidential files related to Motorola Solutions’ technologies, including confidential technical, marketing, sales, legal and other types of trade secret materials. Subsequently, Hytera began illegally manufacturing and marketing a line of products and technologies containing technologies invented, designed, developed and in some cases patented by Motorola Solutions.
 
Motorola Solutions is seeking to enjoin Hytera’s continued infringement and misappropriation by stopping its sales of key products in the United States and importation of those infringing products into the United States. The Company is committed to ensuring that its intellectual property rights are protected around the world.
 
The complaints can be accessed at 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.

Motorola Solutions Expands Managed & Support Services with Chile Acquisition

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Interexport delivers communications managed and support services for public safety, government and enterprise customers across Chile
  • Acquisition brings a proven network and service delivery platform to expand and diversify Motorola Solutions’ Managed & Support Services business
  • The company’s first acquisition in Latin America demonstrates its commitment to the region

CHICAGO and SANTIAGO, CHILE – March 13, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has acquired Interexport, a company that provides managed and support services for communications systems to government agencies, public safety and enterprise customers in Chile.
 
Motorola Solutions has been a long-term communication partner with Interexport in Chile. This acquisition builds on Motorola Solutions proven track record of delivering, managing and operating large-scale and complex public safety networks around the world.
 
“Acquiring Interexport helps us deliver on our strategy to drive growth for our global Managed & Support Services business,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We will build on Interexport’s proven network and service delivery platform to expand and diversify our Managed & Support Services business in Chile and throughout Latin America.”
 
“Interexport has invested significantly in the development of a secure, resilient and interoperable network for our Chilean customers,” said Nicolas Anastassiou, president of Interexport, which was founded in 1953 by Raul Rojas Baltra. “Our customers will continue to benefit from the high-quality service they have come to expect while adding new expertise from Motorola Solutions, the global leader in mission-critical communications.”
 
Motorola Solutions expects Interexport to add approximately $50 million in revenue for 2017. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
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Motorola Solutions and ComEd join forces to ‘Be Bold for Change,’ diversity in the workplace

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Chicago-based tech companies encourage inclusion, leadership in celebration of International Women’s Day
 

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Motorola Solutions hosted a discussion between the company’s Chairman and CEO Greg Brown and ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore about inclusion, culture and leadership
Both Chicago-based technology companies continue to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for young women and underrepresented groups to inspire the tech leaders of the future
Motorola Solutions remains committed to fostering an environment and culture that thrives on the diversity of its people and their ideas
CHICAGO – March 8, 2017 – This week, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is hosting a series of events to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), observed today globally. As part of the company’s continued commitment to diversity of people and ideas, a discussion about inclusion, culture and leadership was held March 7 featuring the leaders of two Chicago-based technology companies: Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown and ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore.
 
“As a technology company growing our offerings in software and services, we know the importance of diversity – of both people and ideas – in creating new solutions and accelerating innovation,” said Brown. “Motorola Solutions is committed to fostering an environment and culture that thrives on the diversity of our people and their ideas.”
 
A cornerstone of Brown’s conversation with Pramaggiore, which was attended by Motorola Solutions employees in-person and virtually, was the importance of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women and other underrepresented groups. Both Motorola Solutions and ComEd invest in STEM education to inspire the next generation of technology workers as part of their respective philanthropic and corporate responsibility programs.
 
“With technology and innovation at the core of our business, it is important to encourage a diverse, future workforce that will help us solve the creative and technical challenges of tomorrow,” said Pramaggiore. “We are committed to creating opportunities to offer hands-on experiences to interest and educate young women in the STEM subjects.”
 
Over the past 10 years, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided more than $45 million in education grants through its “Innovation Generation” program, which supports STEM education-focused initiatives such as Girls Who Code. Since 2014, ComEd’s nationally recognized, award-winning Icebox Derby has paired young women with ComEd engineers to build solar-powered cars out of old refrigerators in an educational and fun competition.
 
In addition to Brown’s conversation with Pramaggiore, Motorola Solutions’ global Women’s Business Council will offer International Women’s Day activities throughout the week at locations in the U.S., U.K., Israel, Poland, Australia and Malaysia, where about 40 percent of engineers are women. Events include panel discussions, fundraising events and networking opportunities around this year’s theme for International Women’s Day: #BeBoldForChange.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Feb. 16, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 47 cents per share payable in cash on April 14, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2017.
 
The board also set May 15, 2017, as the date for its Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 17, 2017, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.
 
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Broadband Tools Strengthen Rose Parade Security

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System and Motorola Solutions deploy broadband infrastructure, software and devices to protect Rose Parade

CHICAGO– Feb. 16, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) joined law enforcement, fire and emergency response personnel in using the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System’s (LA-RICS) private 4G broadband network during the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, adding new communications capabilities and elevating situational awareness for first responders.
 
Motorola Solutions built the network for LA-RICS, and it remains the largest U.S. broadband network dedicated for public safety. During the parade the network provided the latest long term evolution (LTE)-empowered tools for many of the 1,500 responders who protected more than 750,000 onlookers in Pasadena, California, spread over a 5.5-mile parade route.
 
Building on last year’s successful broadband demonstration during the parade, LA-RICS and Motorola Solutions deployed a wide range of technology for this year’s parade. High-definition camera feeds, broadband-equipped handheld devices and software applications  worked together to enable improved information sharing and communication through voice, data, pictures and video.
 
“Protecting this parade brought together public safety agencies from around the Los Angeles County region, and our broadband network provided a strong backbone to let them do their jobs even more effectively,” said John Radeleff, interim executive director, LA-RICS. “This deployment helped public safety teams stay in touch no matter what type of radio or device they used, helped the command center staff keep close track of resources and personnel, and ultimately kept the parade-watching public safer than ever before.”
 
Motorola Solutions supported LA-RICS, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department along with other local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies that jointly deployed to protect one of the region’s largest public events. LA-RICS noted the successful deployment in its own news release.
 
Participants used Motorola Solutions APX™-series radios on an ASTRO® 25 land mobile radio (LMR) network along with the broadband functions of LA-RICS to establish interoperable communications and seamless data sharing. Public safety responders also used Motorola Solutions’ LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld devices, VML 750 trunk-mount modems and a variety of software tools on the network to enhance situational awareness at the parade.
 
Deputies and officers on the parade route communicated quickly and clearly in specific talkgroups using WAVE™ 5000 Work Group Communications software that seamlessly and securely linked LMR and LTE devices across the LA-RICS network. WAVE’s push-to-talk function allowed agencies to easily customize talkgroups for each parade security zone, whether responders were using broadband smartphones, LMR radios or other devices.  
 
“As the country moves closer to starting construction on a national broadband public safety network, we understand the advantages public safety agencies can achieve using broadband technology during events such as LA-RICS deploying at the Rose Parade,” said Travis Boettcher, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “Our software, managed services and LTE-enabled devices help public safety agencies realize the immense potential broadband has to both keep first responders safe and help them do their jobs even more effectively.”
 
The current LA-RICS system, built with Motorola Solutions strategic partner Ericsson, has more than 70 LTE towers and will have a growing number of LMR sites to boost the overall system’s appeal to public safety agencies as more towers are added. LA-RICS represents the largest of the Early Builder projects that are part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). As the prime contractor for LA-RICS, Motorola Solutions continues its global leadership in creating public safety broadband networks that complement existing LMR infrastructure.

Nordic Countries Expand Cross-Border TETRA Communication

on Monday, 13 February 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Inter System Interoperability (ISI) initiative for improved mission-critical communications

  • Finland and Norway sign Letter of Intent at Critical Communications Europe in Copenhagen to connect national public safety networks using Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Inter-System Interface (ISI).
  • Project follows first cross-border TETRA ISI, established between Norway and Sweden in 2016 with the support of Motorola Solutions.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – February 9, 2017 – Motorola Solutions is one of the driving forces behind the new cross-border collaboration project in the Nordic countries, which will enable public safety organisations to communicate across borders. As TETRA supplier of Norway’s nationwide public safety communications network Nødnett, Motorola Solutions contributes its comprehensive expertise in implementing ISI between Norway and Finland.

The representatives of the Norwegian Nødnett and Finnish VIRVE network signed a Letter of Intent at the Critical Communications Europe event in Copenhagen on February 8. The signing marks an important milestone for cross-border communication between both countries where the two fully independent national public safety networks can be connected.

Motorola Solutions has already proven its expertise by successfully supporting the connection between the national security networks in Norway and Sweden, which was established in 2016. In both countries, public safety group members are now able to communicate across borders and join forces with their colleagues on the other side of the border using their TETRA systems.

The initiative for enhanced co-operation between national public safety networks goes back to an EU-funded Inter Systems Interoperability initiative (ISITEP) for improved response in natural disasters and security threats. As one partner of this project, Motorola Solutions has supported the goal of modernizing the ISI standard to ISI over IP connections, based on its vast experience in the implementation of nationwide TETRA systems for mission-critical communications in public safety.

“During our longstanding collaboration with the Norwegian public safety organizations, we have been working closely with the Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK)”, said Michael Kaae, MSSSI vice president Northern Europe, Motorola Solutions. “Together, we have established a robust connection between the mission-critical communications systems in Norway and Sweden based on ISI. The new cross-border connection between Norway and Finland is a further milestone for us, especially in our role as a member of the ISITEP consortium.”

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