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Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company completes Interexport acquisition, raises full year EPS outlook
 
HIGHLIGHTS
• Sales of $1.3 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago
• Americas growth of 3 percent on strength in Services
• Backlog growth of $129 million from a year ago
• Generated $142 million of operating cash flow, up $129 million
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.45
• Non-GAAP EPS1 of $0.71, up 37 percent
 
CHICAGO – May 4, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
“Q1 was a strong quarter and an excellent start to the year,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m very pleased with our momentum going forward.”
                                   
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Q1 2017  Q1 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,281 $1,193 7%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $176 $100 76%
  % of Sales 13.7% 8.4%  
  EPS $0.45 $0.10 350%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $224 $166 35%
  % of Sales 17.5% 13.9%  
  EPS $0.71 $0.52 37%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $703 $702 --%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $89 $51 75%
  % of Sales 12.7% 7.3%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $101 $84 20%
  % of Sales 14.4% 12.0%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $578 $491 18%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $87 $49 78%
  % of Sales 15.1% 10.0%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $123 $82 50%
  % of Sales 21.3% 16.7%  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.26 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.
  • Revenue – Sales increased 7 percent in total, and 3 percent excluding Airwave. The increase reflects growth in EMEA and the Americas.  Product segment sales were up $1 million. The Services segment grew 18 percent, including $58 million of incremental Airwave revenue. Excluding Airwave, Services grew 7 percent.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 13.7 percent of sales, compared with 8.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects higher sales and gross margin. Non-GAAP operating margin was 17.5 percent of sales, compared with 13.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher sales and gross margin as well as lower operating expenses.
  • Cash flow – The company generated $142 million in operating cash, an increase of $129 million from the year-ago quarter on higher revenue and earnings. Q1 also included a $52 million legal settlement. Free cash flow2 was up $112 million to $74 million, driven by higher revenue and earnings.
  • Capital Allocation – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of$829 million and a net debt position of approximately $3.6 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $178 million of its common stock, paid approximately $77 million in cash dividends, and invested $55 million in acquisitions.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with $8.5 billion of backlog, up $129 million from the year-ago quarter. Products backlog is up $285 million, while Services backlog is down $156 million, driven by a reduction of approximately $650 million in Airwave backlog over the prior 12 months.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Strategic wins
  • $80 million to upgrade and manage a nationwide TETRA network in Europe
  • $38 million for Managed Services with Victoria Police in Australia
  • $34 million P25 network with multi-year services in California
  • $10 million P25 system with Central Louisiana Electric Company (CLECO)
  • Double-digit growth for Command Center software driven by Spillman, Emergency CallWorks, and PremierOne solutions
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Announced the planned acquisition of Kodiak Networks, a leading provider of broadband push-to-talk for commercial customers, which adds a carrier-integrated, cellular push-to-talk solution for mobile operators around the world
  • Acquired Interexport, a provider of managed services for communications systems to public safety and commercial customers in Chile
  • Announced new head of software, Andrew Sinclair, to lead a new integrated Software Enterprise team focused on the development, sales and delivery of software
  • Launched WAVE OnCloud, which provides instant communications between various devices and networks with a new subscription-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that reduces adoption barriers
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
  • Second-quarter 2017  Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 2 to 3 percent compared with the second quarter of 2016.  The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $0.98 to $1.03 per share.
  • Full-year 2017  The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 2 percent versus the prior outlook of 1 to 2 percent, and raises non-GAAP earnings per share to $5.08 to $5.23 versus the prior outlook of $5.05 to $5.20.
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, May 4. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Q1 2017 Q1 2016
Net sales $1,281 $1,193
Gross margin 570 502
Operating earnings 176 100
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings, net of tax

77
17
Net earnings 77 17
Diluted EPS $0.45 $0.10
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.9 177.0


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the first quarter of 2017.
 

(per diluted common share) Q1 2017
   
GAAP Earnings $0.45
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.06
Reorganization of business charges 0.09
Intangibles amortization expense 0.16
Gain on legal settlement (0.15)
Building impairment 0.05
Non-US pension settlement loss 0.05
Sale of investments (0.01)
Acquisition-related transaction fees 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.26
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.71

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.
 
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. Specifically in regards to its restructuring plans, the company has incurred significant restructuring charges as it reduced operating expenses in the past four years.
 
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.
 
Constant Currency: The company evaluates its results of operations on both an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The company calculates constant currency percentages by converting its current period local currency results using prior-period exchange rates, and then comparing these adjusted values to prior period reported results.
 
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 second quarter and full year of 2017 and the enhancement of the company’s offerings through acquisitions. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 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) 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; (6) 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; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) 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; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures, including the acquisition of Airwave; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) 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; (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 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; (22) the impact of the sale of the company’s legacy information systems, including components of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the implementation of a new ERP system; and (23) 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
1 Q1 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.26 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 in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion

Cancun, Mexico Emergency Response Gets Boost with Motorola Solutions Radio Donation

on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Tourists can expect quick response as Red Cross Mexico now has digital radios to aid ambulance communications
 

  • Residents and more than 20 million tourists visiting this popular vacation destination annually can rest assured the Red Cross will be able to respond quickly in case of a medical emergency.
  • The new digital radiocommunication solution will make it possible to establish ongoing communication among members of the rescue team, hospitals and public safety agencies, even in remote areas.

Cancun, Mexico – May 3, 2017 –The Mexican Red Cross announced the donation of a digital communication solution for the medical unit in Cancun by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) in order to reinforce the unit's emergency and rescue work in the area.
 
The unit in Cancun is made up of 350 volunteers, 25 ambulances and a dispatch center, and provides service to the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as the airport area. In 2016, this unit provided 17,400 emergency services, both on land and on the water; this averages to about 45 services on most days and up to 170 services on holidays.

The high demand for services necessitated a quicker and more effective response capability.  With this donation, which involved migrating analog communications to digital through a solution comprised of 25 mobile radios for ambulances and 15 portable radios for rescue workers, the unit is better prepared to respond to emergencies.

“The benefits from Motorola Solutions’ donation to the timely fulfillment of our mission translates into time we save that can be put towards saving more lives,” said Amilcar Manuel Galaviz Aguilar, general director of the Red Cross in Cancun. “In addition to the multiple capabilities of this digital solution, including its flexibility and compatibility with the analog system, it allows us to maintain communication with the Institution."

The digital solution offers greater coverage and private communication with each ambulance during each emergency call. As a result, paramedics will have direct communication with support personnel, whether they are from the same rescue unit, hospitals or other emergency services, such as firefighters, patrol police and others.

"We are honored that our solutions helped improve Red Cross response capacity. At Motorola Solutions México, our commitment to public safety and the welfare of the community goes beyond our business offer and gives our work a real sense of purpose.This certainly proves that we are there in the moments that matter in Mexico," said Héctor Luna, general manager, Motorola Solutions México.

The digital radios integrate unlimited voice and data. These are easy-to-use radios, offering enhanced features and boast the benefits of critical enterprise operations, such as integrated Bluetooth® and Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts the radio volume based on background noise.These radios operate in day/night mode, making it easier to see contacts, text messages and work-order tickets, even in direct sunlight.
 
This digital solution is enhanced with two repeaters, donated by Exprescom and Comsa, and the TrboNet Enterprise console donated by Neocom Software.

Motorola Solutions to Expand Push-to-Talk Mobile Offerings with Kodiak Networks Acquisition

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Purchase complements company’s workgroup communicationsofferings for public safety and commercial customers
                                                     
CHICAGO and PLANO, Texas – May 1, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers. The acquisition agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close later this year.

Kodiak partners with mobile network operators globally to offer its cloud-based PTT solution and management platform, which delivers clear, reliable, instant performance over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks.  

The acquisition of Kodiak adds a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ existing WAVE PTT portfolio, which today includes solutions for high-performance PTT and flexible, “over-the-top” broadband PTT. WAVE connects disparate networks to enable communication between smartphones, radios and computers via wireless or wireline broadband. It also reflects Motorola Solutions’ strategy to build its communications and collaboration software portfolio, and establish stronger annual recurring revenue streams.

“In the quickly evolving space of broadband PTT, we expect the Kodiak acquisition to expand our offerings and strengthen our ability to provide solutions to mobile network operators, especially for commercial markets,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services, Motorola Solutions. “Kodiak has a significant presence with mobile network operators and an established reputation for providing carrier-integrated solutions that complement Motorola Solutions’ software and carrier capabilities.”

“Kodiak has proven expertise in meeting the demanding security, reliability and performance needs of large mobile network operators that provide communications solutions to commercial customers,” said John Vice, chief executive officer, Kodiak. “We are excited about the opportunities that Motorola Solutions and Kodiak have to expand the reach of these PTT communications platforms and to ensure our customers benefit from the high-quality software they’ve come to expect.”

Kodiak was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Motorola Solutions Announces Investigation of Hytera Communications by U.S. International Trade Commission

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

U.S. ITC to Examine Claims that Hytera Is Unlawfully Infringing Motorola Solutions’ Patents

Potential Remedies Include Enjoining Hytera from Selling and Marketing Infringing Products in the U.S.

CHICAGO – April 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”) today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (the “ITC”) has voted to institute an investigation into unfair trade practices by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) (“Hytera”). The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Motorola Solutions on March 29, 2017.

The ITC’s investigation will examine whether Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents.

If the ITC’s investigation determines that Hytera has engaged in unlawful practices, the ITC may issue an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products, as well as a cease-and-desist order to stop the sale and marketing of the infringing products in the United States.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “We are pleased the ITC will investigate Hytera’s trade practices, as we believe they are both unscrupulous and unlawful. Motorola Solutions is known for pioneering technology innovation. As the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, we are committed to vigorously defending our valuable intellectual property on behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders. We will continue our efforts to stop Hytera’s illegal and anticompetitive behavior, and look forward to a prompt decision by the ITC.”

Motorola Solutions also filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera on April 18, 2017, and patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints on March 14, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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.

Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS Introduce Precise Location for 911 Smartphone Calls

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Solution can accelerate time to resolution by getting emergency help to people in need more quickly

CHICAGO – April 26, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) and RapidSOStoday announced a new solution for getting emergency help to people who need it most – faster and more efficiently.

Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS, an emergency technology startup, will soon begin delivering precise location information for U.S. 911 calls made from smartphones. The solution creates end-to-end data connectivity by sharing precise location across the emergency call, from citizens in need to dispatchers to first responders.

About 70 percent of U.S. 911 calls are made from mobile phones, and knowing the precise location of an emergency caller can accelerate time to resolution. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 911 calls from mobile phones may provide a general indication of the caller’s location, but that information is not always specific enough to quickly deploy first responders.

In the coming weeks, precise location information enabled by RapidSOS will be available on Emergency CallWorks CallStation, Motorola Solutions’ software for emergency call-taking and mapping. Precise location also will be delivered to first responders in the field through Motorola Solutions’ Messaging and Mapping public safety mobile applications that will be released later this year. Precise location will be estimated based on the location of the device, using sensors on the device and WiFi access points, Bluetooth transmitters and other technology that detects indoor and outdoor location.

“This solution has the power to get emergency help to citizens more quickly and efficiently,” said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “It enables precise location to be shared across the end-to-end workflow of an emergency call, ensuring personnel at every stage have the critical information they need. The expansion of public safety broadband enables us to create solutions like this one, which allow for more information-sharing among first responders, public safety command centers and citizens.”

“RapidSOS’ technology transmits rich data from wearables, connected cars, consumer IoT, and mobile devices,” said Michael Martin, chief executive officer, RapidSOS. “Working with Motorola Solutions, we can provide unprecedented information to first responders in an emergency – having a profound impact on emergency response.”

Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the company’s strategic investment group, recently made an investment in RapidSOS. In addition to delivering precise location for emergency calls from smartphones, the companies are also exploring how third-party data collected by smartphones, connected cars, wearables and other connected devices can flow through Motorola Solutions’ integrated suite of command center software, from 911 call-takers and dispatchers to police officers and emergency medical personnel in the field.

Motorola Solutions delivers 1,000th TETRA digital radio system from its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • 1,000 TETRA systems including 25,000 base stations delivered to provide mission critical communications to millions of public safety and commercial users across the world.
  • The TETRA systems include nationwide TETRA networks as well as regional and local networks for public safety and commercial customers.
  • Motorola Solutions Berlin based TETRA Center of Excellence provides a unique competence and knowledge to customers worldwide.

BERLIN, Germany – April 25, 2017 – Motorola Solutions has delivered its 1,000th TETRA digital radio system and its 25,000th base station out of its TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin. The 1,000th TETRA system was delivered to the prison in Berlin´s Tegel district and will be used to provide mission critical communications to staff. This major milestone underlines Motorola Solutions’ position as a leading supplier and operator of mission critical communications networks across the globe. The delivery also highlights Motorola Solutions’ unrivalled standing as a trusted provider of TETRA systems for more than 20 years, ever since the first TETRA network was deployed at Oslo Airport in Norway back in 1997.
 
Many of the 1,000 TETRA systems, which were staged in Berlin, are deployed across the EMEA region. These include numerous nationwide TETRA networks including: Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Ireland and the UK, where public safety organisations put their trust in Motorola Solutions. Globally, customers from more than 100 countries have been provided with mission critical communications networks from Motorola Solutions based on the TETRA standard. Many of the implementations also include the operation and management of the network as well as services. In every project, Motorola Solutions achieved the individual requirements of the customer across a range of diverse networks. In Germany alone, Motorola Solutions has implemented more than 50 TETRA systems for multiple sectors including airports, utilities and public transportation organisations such as Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne/Bonn Airport, RheinEnergie, Stromnetz Berlin and Hamburg, Rhein-Neckar Verkehrsgesellschaft and Rheinbahn Düsseldorf.
 
“Our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin plays a significant role in the successful implementation of TETRA digital radio systems worldwide”, said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are dedicated to further investing in TETRA as well as next-generation Smart Public Safety solutions for providing integrated future-proof TETRA and broadband communications.”
 
Motorola Solutions’ unique TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin delivers state-of-the-art TETRA solutions. The technology experts in the German capital design and configure tailor-made TETRA digital radio infrastructure for the global market. The services range from system design and radio network planning to technical training for customers, quality assurance, supply chain management, logistics and customer service.
 
Every year, more than 50 factory acceptance tests are conducted together with customers in Berlin with a customer satisfaction of more than 96 percent. Furthermore, a dedicated demonstration centre gives customers the opportunity to experience next generation technologies and solutions: the evolution of TETRA, DMR and LTE as well as the future of command and control solutions, network security, voice and data technology.
 
Moreover, the highly experienced and certified team in Berlin conducts more than 150,000 maintenance and repair transactions every year for infrastructure and terminals, which include providing tailored service solutions like end-to-end repair logistics, secure equipment handling and same day repair services for more than 200 reseller and distribution partners.

Motorola Solutions set to transform UK public safety with the launch of CommandCentral Vault on Amazon Web Services

on Monday, 24 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New cloud-based digital evidence management service
  • Innovative solution combines body-worn video camera, radio speaker, and microphone with UK cloud-based services
  • Adoption of cloud services across the UK public safety sector up 20%
  • UK public services to benefit from enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity
  • Use of body-worn cameras secure 36% drop in assault-on-police cases after one year and 88% reduction in number of public complaints

Basingstoke, England – April 24, 2017– Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI)todayannounced the launch of its innovative digital evidence management service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure in the UK. CommandCentral Vault will provide UK public safety organisations with a secure platform that helps streamline digital evidence management processes.
 
When used in conjunction with body-worn video camera solutions, such as Motorola Solutions’ Si500, CommandCentral Vault creates a complete solution for digital evidence management. It automates the process of uploading, editing, and tagging video content while supporting the automatic correlation of meta-data saving time and resources.
 
The use of body-worn video technology in the police has seen a 36% drop in assault-on-police cases after one year and an 88% reduction in the number of citizen complaints.1 Rich data (such as video) captured by devices like the Si500 and stored in CommandCentral Vault can integrate with record management systems, making it easier to correlate incidents to multimedia content.
 
The launch of the new UK-based cloud service comes at a critical time with UK police, fire and health services all under pressure to cut budgets and refine working practices to improve the level of service provided to the public. This in turn has driven an adoption of cloud services across the UK public safety sector, with the majority of organisations (82%) looking to embrace cloud services, up 20% from a year ago. 2 Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault meets this growing requirement and offers an end-to-end evidence management solution.
 
Using CommandCentral Vault on AWS, UK public safety agencies will benefit from a seamless cloud-based digital evidence management experience for ever increasing amounts of multimedia content, specifically body-worn camera video. This means public safety organisations can store, edit, manage, and share video evidence by providing enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity. From the second data is created or collected by a device and uploaded to AWS, to the moment it’s shared, it is cryptographically secured in compliance with the toughest of government security standards.
 
“Leveraging AWS’s new UK Region means customers now have access to our portfolio on the platform of their choice, whether in the cloud or on-premises, enabling public safety organisations to host their data where they see fit. CommandCentral Vault makes digital evidence management easy and affordable removing the need to worry about complex integration, aging infrastructure or increasing IT overheads. Workflows can be streamlined, new features added and critical support services scaled up and down instantly to meet new requirements and unforeseen incidents,” said Phil Jefferson, MSSSI vice president, sales & service UK&I at Motorola Solutions.
 
“CommandCentral Vault takes big data and makes it smart data which can then be used to deliver the transparency and accountability the public expects. While time intensive editing processes such as image redaction and chain of custody requests can now be expedited, resources can be moved from the back office to the frontline, providing a better level of service to the public,” concluded Jefferson. 
 
“With CommandCentral Vault running in the new AWS UK Region, Motorola Solutions is able meet data localisation requirements and deliver digital evidence in a much more flexible and cost-effective way, helping public safety customers to succeed in their missions,” said Max Peterson, Head of Public Sector EMEA, Amazon Web Services. “AWS is committed to securely enabling innovation through our services, features, and broad eco-system of AWS Partner Network partners, and we are delighted to work with Motorola Solutions to adopt the AWS cloud.”

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2017 Earnings Results on May 4

on Monday, 24 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO –April 20, 2017Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter earnings results after the close of the marketon Thursday, May 4.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analystsat 4 p.m. CDT(5 p.m. EDT)on May 4.The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Complaints in Germany Against Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Seeks to Enjoin Hytera from Continued Infringement of Patented Technology

Remains Committed to Protecting Valuable Patents Around the World

CHICAGOApril 18, 2017– Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) (“Motorola Solutions” or the “Company”)todayannounced that it has filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Munder, Germany (collectively, “Hytera”). This legal action follows the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commissionon March 29, 2017and the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filedon March 14, 2017in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Regional Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices that utilize “pseudo-trunking” functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the pseudo-trunking feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “Today’s action is another important step in our efforts to protect Motorola Solutions’ long and distinguished track record of innovation. We are committed to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property, including our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. We remain confident that the legal actions we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visithttps://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.

Victoria Police go mobile to boost workforce safety, efficiency and collaboration

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Victoria Police go mobile to boost workforce safety, efficiency and collaboration

  • New managed service mobility solution for at least 10,000 police officers in Victoria, Australia
  • Solution saves time on frontline reporting and leads to more visible and effective policing
  • AUD $50 million contract to run for a minimum of five years

Melbourne, Australia – Thursday, 13 April 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will provide a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police to help increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for frontline officers.

The service will place real-time information at the fingertips of at least 10,000 police officers equipped with iPads and iPhones, helping them manage their daily work more safely, efficiently and productively. The solution will also help reduce the duplication of data entry by officers while increasing workforce collaboration by sharing vital information between frontline personnel and their colleagues working in control rooms.

The technology will also help Victoria Police to preserve its mission-critical radio communications for essential emergency communications by removing lower priority traffic from the radio network.

This investment represents a major goal within Victoria Police’s Capability Plan 2016-2025, which highlights the way the force will transform its service delivery to be more “agile, responsive, people-focussed and connected” as well the organisation’s Blue Paper: A Vision for Victoria Police in 2025, which outlines how the force is “improving capability through workforce reform and technology.”

The holistic managed service contract is valued at more than AUD $50 million and will run for a minimum of five years with the potential to extend to 11 years. The solution includes, mPol, a mobile application developed by Gridstone, the Collingwood-based mobile application developer that Motorola Solutions acquired in November, 2016.

This application platform has been successfully implemented by Queensland Police and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of Victoria Police.

Motorola Solutions will lead a consortium of service providers to deliver the contract including:

  • Optus: who will provide the carrier network solution to enable police officers to stay connected to critical information while on the move
  • CompNow: who will supply the Apple mobile devices, logistics and device repair services

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director Steve Crutchfield explained the technology solution “would provide Victoria Police with a reliable mobility solution and services to enable frontline officers to access core operational applications from mobile devices.”

“Many public safety and enterprise businesses today are looking to improve the way they manage their daily workflows through the use of mobile applications that can simplify their most complex work challenges,” Mr Crutchfield said.

“We will provide Victoria Police with a mobility managed service that is highly secure, reliable and helps to free up more time for frontline police to work in their communities where they are needed most,” he said.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business said, “Providing reliable and efficient mobile connectivity opens up a gateway of new capabilities for public safety agencies. “Optus is pleased to collaborate with Victoria Police and Motorola Solutions to support digital connectivity and improved productivity of Victorian police while on-the-go.”

Motorola Solutions to launch suite of public safety mobile applications

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

Company expands software that provides real-time intelligence to public safety users

CHICAGO – April 11, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced it will introduce a suite of public safety mobile applications for communication and collaboration. The public safety mobile apps suite adds to the company’s growing portfolio of integrated software solutions.

With the expansion of public safety broadband, interoperable mobile applications are a highly effective way to provide critical intelligence to officers in the field and personnel at the command center.

Leveraging years of in-depth customer research, Motorola Solutions has developed a suite of public safety mobile applications that work across different networks and devices, enabling real-time communication and collaboration that can accelerate time to resolution.

“The need for real-time intelligence has never been more important to public safety users,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Services, Motorola Solutions. “Apps for messaging, mapping and other tasks are part of daily life for citizens, but these capabilities have not yet been developed and deployed for public safety users. Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety mobile apps is purpose-built for the needs of our customers and provides an integrated, interoperable solution for sharing critical information and intelligence.”

The suite includes a core set of apps for public safety communication and collaboration, to which advanced capabilities such as apps for live video-streaming, electronic citations, database search and collaborative “whiteboarding” will be added.

The communication and collaboration suite is an integrated set of mobile apps including:

  • Messaging, which lets first responders securely share text messages and photos with individuals or talk groups across smartphones and two-way radios, enabling faster communication and collaboration. For example, Messaging enables a user to send a photo to a voice talk group.
  • 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.
  • WAVE, the company’s 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, WAVE also provides a secure PTT bridge with the land mobile radios police use today, enabling teams to communicate using push-to-talk across networks and devices

  • Telephony, which enables users to make secure, encrypted phone calls.
  • The public safety mobile apps core suite works across networks and devices, giving users access to real-time information whether they’re using a radio on a land mobile radio network or a smartphone on a broadband network. The apps themselves are also designed to work “better together” and are connected by a capability that enables interactions between apps without requiring the user to return to the app launcher. Users can seamlessly move from app to app – for example, an officer can use Mapping to create a talk group of nearby officers, then quickly pivot to a voice conversation using WAVE.

    As with Motorola Solutions’ other broadband solutions, the public safety mobile apps suite is highly secure. It requires the authentication of users, devices and infrastructure, and all media is encrypted. The suite also features convenient single sign-on – requiring users to log in only once to access all applications – and a common address book that carries consistent groups and contact lists across apps.

    Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety mobile applications, which will be available this year, will be deployed using a flexible, cost-efficient “software-as-a-service” model.

    The suite is the latest offering in the company’s growing portfolio of integrated software solutions, which are part of Motorola Solutions’ new software enterprise led by Andrew Sinclair. Sinclair joined the company in March from the Skype division of Microsoft.

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.

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