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Collahuasi Mine Aims to Be 100% Safe

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

The fourth largest copper operation in the world has put its trust in Motorola Solutions to manage and supervise its communications system 
  

  • More than 5,500 mining employees, many of whom communicate using Motorola Solutions ASTRO P25 radios, will be able to better focus on their mission and no longer worry about the control and operation of their communications network.
  • Full-service management of its critical communications system by Motorola Solutions will ensure availability 24x7, including predictive troubleshooting that helps improve safety. 

SANTIAGO, Chile – April 24, 2018 –Collahuasi Mine in Chile – one of the largest copper extraction deposits in the world – requires 24x7x365 support, and seamless communications are critical. That is why it has decided to entrust Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) with full control of the operation of its mission-critical communications system.

Assuring and managing the communications system is a major challenge, especially for an operation involving 5,500 company employees and collaborators dispersed across 3,500 Km2 in the Andean Mountains in the region of Tarapacá, Chile, entailing a variety of additional complexities for the mining business related to climate and geographic altitude.

Collahuasi is overcoming radio communications service availability issues by taking a proactive approach to mitigating risks to workers and mining operations that can reduce accidents and partial or total shutdowns.

The company has chosen the Motorola Solutions Premier communications system control and management service package, which includes local technical support, network monitoring from the Motorola Solutions Network Operations Center (NOC) in Illinois (USA), ongoing radio hardware maintenance, cyber security monitoring, and prevention and diagnosis.

“Every minute without communication puts our workers in the field at risk and affects the efficiency of the entire business. By entrusting the management of our communications network to Motorola Solutions, we can rest assured that we have a synchronized network with the latest technology that can operate seamlessly and reliably, and we are confident that we will see tangible benefits in the efficiency, profitability and safety of our operations,” said Gerardo Herrero, Collahuasi IT Manager.

System management will include 24x7 monitoring by expert professionals that can conduct predictive analyses of potential issues using statistical studies on traffic, failure occurrence and patch installation control, among others.

In addition to keeping the communications and safety protection system updated with the latest versions, this service will allow for installed radio and hardware repairs to ensure stable communications as well as safer and enhanced mining operations.

Victorian emergency services extend investment in advanced, mission-critical communications

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

Motorola Solutions to enhance Metropolitan Mobile Radio network for first responders

MELBOURNE, Australia, 24 April – Motorola Solutions Australia (NYSE: MSI) will expand and upgrade the mission-critical radio network serving Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The Partnerships Victoria managed service contract has been extended for seven years (valued at AUD $261 million) with an opportunity to extend for a further five years. This will extend Motorola Solutions’ delivery of mission-critical voice communications to the State of Victoria beyond 20 years.

In addition to upgrading the Metropolitan Mobile Radio network (MMR), Motorola Solutions will provide enhanced data services and incremental safety features including GPS and location services, enabling agencies to better manage their vehicles and personnel. The service will also provide customised online reporting, giving agencies valuable information about their radio network usage.

Motorola Solutions will continue to deliver new innovation to the service, including a trial of its software-defined push-to-talk solution to extend radio network access to more users via broadband.

The upgrade will also provide public safety agencies with a strategic interface to their Triple Zero emergency call and dispatch systems, enabling them to access more services and data-based capabilities over time.

Strong reliability and performance to continue

The MMR network commenced operation in 2005, providing mission-critical, digitally encrypted voice communication for emergency services throughout greater metropolitan Melbourne.Since then the network has consistently met and exceeded service levels, including stringent availability targets to provide Victorian public safety agencies with a highly secure and reliable service.

Victorian first responders depend on the mission-critical MMR service every day. They made more than 40 million push-to-talk voice transmission calls across the network in 2017.

The network enables the three agencies to communicate seamlessly with one another for enhanced emergency response and 24/7 support from Motorola Solutions’ Melbourne-based control centre. Later this year, Victoria State Emergency Service, Corrections Victoria and Life Saving Victoria will also join the network.

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director, Steve Crutchfield, said the MMR network would continue to provide Victoria’s emergency services with the best technology to meet their daily operational needs while enabling them to be more responsive to major emergencies.

“Emergency services depend on having ‘always on’, secure and reliable communications for their daily work,” Crutchfield said.

“For the past 13 years the MMR network has provided essential communications for Victoria’s first responders when they have needed it most. This includes uninterrupted coverage during Victoria’s tragic Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and reliable performance during many other major emergencies.”

Crutchfield said the upgrade will also keep Victoria’s emergency services at the forefront of technology innovation with access to the latest software and radio equipment and full-lifecycle support to keep technology up-to-date.

Motorola Solutions to Issue First-Quarter 2018 Earnings Results on May 3

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

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – April 19, 2018 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its first-quarter 2018 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, May 3.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDT) on May 3. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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

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Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Avigilon

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition adds video surveillance and analytics platform to Motorola Solutions’ portfolio
 
CHICAGO – March 28, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Avigilon, a leader in advanced video surveillance and analytics.
 
Avigilon designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras and access control solutions used by commercial and government customers. Avigilon holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents and manufactures its products in the U.S. and Canada.
 
The acquisition brings advanced video surveillance and analytics to Motorola Solutions’ public safety, government and commercial customers.
 
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Avigilon will operate as a separate unit of Motorola Solutions, with James Henderson, president and chief operating officer for Avigilon, reporting to Jack Molloy, executive vice president, worldwide sales and services for Motorola Solutions.
 
Motorola Solutions has acquired all of Avigilon’s issued and outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion.
 
For more information on the strategic rationale of the transaction see the investor presentation.
 
About Motorola Solutions                                                                                                         
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.
 
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Red Cross Asks Public to Sound the Alarm and Help Save Lives

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An American Red Cross news release

Miami, Fla., March 21, 2018 — The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in South Florida and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

Here in South Florida, the Red Cross South Florida Region invites the public to join the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events on April 28 to May 13 from 10 am to 1pm. Participating sponsors working with the Red Cross include Allstate, Florida Power & Light, Motorola Solutions Foundation, BankUnited, Deloitte, Wells Fargo and World Fuel.

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Joanne Nowlin, Chief Executive Officer for the South Florida Region. “Here in South Florida we responded to 800 home fires so far this year. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. As of March 13, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 381 lives nationwide through the Home Fire Campaign. Here in the South Florida Region, the Red Cross has reached over 1,200 people through youth preparedness programs and installed more than 1,400 free smoke alarms.

Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100-high-risk communities. From April 28 through May 13, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. These events are related to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which since 2014 has helped save lives through smoke alarm installations and home fire safety education in thousands of communities.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign and rallied an army of volunteers, donors, and partners to canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Corporal Seth Kelly as Trooper of the Year

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) news release

Alexandria, VA – On March 16, 2018, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Corporal Seth Kelly from the Pennsylvania State Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2017 Trooper of the Year. Corporal Kelly was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to partner with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to honor the selfless work being done in police agencies every day around the world,” said Jim Mears, senior vice president, North America Market, Motorola Solutions. “Men and women in state and provincial police agencies know the situations they face can change in an instant, yet they continue to put their lives on the line to help keep their communities safe. Motorola Solutions humbly recognizes the brave efforts by Corporal Kelly and the sacrifices made by all law enforcement.”

On November 7, 2017 Corporal Seth Kelly of the Pennsylvania State Police arrived on scene to assist Trooper Ryan Seiple with a routine traffic stop. Mr. Daniel Khalil Clary, a 22-year-old male, was pulled over for speeding but after a second approach, Trooper Seiple suspected that Clary was under the influence of a controlled substance and called Corporal Kelly for backup. After failing the field sobriety test, Clary became violent as the troopers attempted to take him into custody. As the altercation ensued, both troopers deployed their electronic control weapons, but the struggle escalated onto the highway. Corporal Kelly pulled the subject back onto the shoulder of the highway to safety, but Clary managed to break free, return to his vehicle, and grab a pistol. Clary fired six shots; three of which struck Corporal Kelly. Despite being injured, Corporal Kelly managed to return fire and shield himself behind the guard rail until the threat was gone and his fellow Trooper was safe. After Clary fled the scene, Corporal Kelly assessed his injuries and gauged he’d been shot close to his femoral artery. Using a personal tourniquet he started carrying just a few months earlier; Corporal Kelly saved his own life.

“Congratulations to our 2017 Trooper of the Year Corporal Seth Kelly! IACP is proud to honor your courage, professionalism, and dedication to your community. We appreciate your continued commitment to public service. All four finalists are exceptional examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the globe. On behalf of the entire association, congratulations and thank you for your public service.” – IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police LaGrange Police Department

The other IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year finalists were Corporal Hope Hohertz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trooper Adam Whitmarsh, Nevada Highway Patrol; and Trooper Dustin Henningsen, Iowa State Patrol. Their stories can be found on the IACP website at: www.theiacp.org/trooper-of-the-year.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 30,000 members in more than 150 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on their past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

BH International Airport Renews Radio Communication System with TETRA Digital Technology

on Friday, 16 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • First airport in Brazil and Latin America to deploy a fully digital radio system from Motorola Solutions
  • Biggest airport in Minas Gerais, with 10 million passengers per year, now has a more efficient operational communication service

Minas Gerais, Brazil – March 14, 2018 – The behind the scenes of airport operations requires coordination of highly complex activities that entail organizing professionals, resources and infrastructure, always with a focus on security and the best travel experience for the passenger. Operational communications are essential to ensure that all stages of operations are conducted as safely and efficiently as possible. That is why BH Airport, the concessionaire of BH International Airport, adopted a DIMETRA TETRA digital radio solution from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), to enhance operations, help integrate diverse airport activities and facilitate the exchange of information in real time.

Bapi Telecomunicações, Motorola Solutions’ partner and system integrator, deployed the DIMETRA TETRA system, which brings together all critical operations at the airport, including security, operations and baggage handling activities. The system, already fully operational, is also used by outsourced personnel that provide airport parking, aircraft sourcing, cleaning and catering services.

This integration has translated into improved efficiency in customer service and in response times, and has optimized management of work teams by coordinating activities through the dispatch center. The center currently manages and registers 23,000 PTT (Push-To-Talk) calls per day and the system has a much larger capacity, allowing the airport and its partners’ users to communicate with ease and have a system ready for the future.

“Our objective is to constantly improve the travel experience of our passengers and guarantee greater efficiency and security. Thus, we have invested in upgrading the operational communications system at BH International Airport. All of these investments that BH Airport is making prove our intention to develop, in Minas Gerais, one of the best airports in Brazil, with an integrated technological ecosystem; and, as part of this evolution, efficient communication plays a key role,” stated Paulo Amarante, BH Airport Technology Director.

Initially, approximately 200 terminals were delivered, including portable (handheld) MTP3500 terminals, mobile (for vehicles and fixed terminals) MTM5200 and MTM5400 terminals with TETRA digital technology, which help to improve audio quality and a high level of information security. In addition, this new equipment allows for voice and data transmission to coordinate service orders and activities ranging from operations on the runway to the Airport Operations Center. The information provided can be used to develop statistical data and studies in order to anticipate incidents or develop predictive action plans.

For aircraft sourcing and firefighting units, modern and resistant MTP8550Ex terminals were provided, which are ATEX-certified, guaranteeing their use in inhospitable environments with risk of explosion, and which are resistant to temperatures up to 130ºC, falls, dust, as well as being water-resistant.

Their features include GPS location, which shows the command and control center the exact position of each team member, and there is an emergency button that allows a field agent to request immediate help with a simple tap of the finger. In addition, the use of the GPS system will help manage the bus fleet that circulates inside the airport transporting passengers from the aircrafts to the terminals is under analysis.

Amarante explained that “the new radios have greatly improved airport communications, especially with respect to audio quality, without interference or interruptions. Now, with the digital system, we no longer have problems with network congestion and communication has become more precise, thanks to the possibility of defining groups by order of priority.”

“Motorola Solutions has TETRA systems in major airports around the world, in countries such as China, Germany, Norway, Spain and India. This technology for airport operations is world-renowned due to its high degree of interoperability and reliability”, said Alcedir Goulart, director of business development in Transportation and Logistics for Latin America, Motorola Solutions.

Telecom CLM Seamlessly Migrates to Motorola Solutions’ Latest Critical Communication System in Castilla-La Mancha: Sets Ground to Connect Dozens of Additional Public Safety Agencies with Radio and Broadband

on Friday, 16 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Users of the regional digital Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communications system transitioned to Motorola Solutions´ latest infrastructure technology seamlessly overnight
      
  • Telecom CLM will leverage Motorola Solutions’ interoperability solution - WAVE Work Group Communications - to expand the network user base, allowing dozens of public safety agencies to join the regional network

TOLEDO, SPAIN – March 14, 2018 – When crime strikes, a building catches fire or someone’s in need of medical attention, the first responders of Castilla-La Mancha will be first on the scene. In order to help public safety agencies to be their best in these critical moments, Telecom CLM has recently transitioned to Motorola Solutions’ latest DIMETRA X Core digital radio communication infrastructure in the region of Castilla-La Mancha.

The new network is a fully scalable TETRA system, built to support mission-critical communications for public safety as well as enterprise organizations. The robust infrastructure will support Castilla-La Mancha’s critical communication needs today, whilst setting the ground for expansion in the future.

The transition from an older TETRA system, of a different provider, was recently completed in a fast and seamless process, allowing public safety users across Castilla-La Mancha’s 80,000 square km to benefit from a robust, feature-rich network overnight.

The system features an efficient software-defined core to reduce system operating costs as well as enhanced cyber security features to protect from ever-increasing threats. DIMETRA X Core is built for long-term, mission-critical communications performance for years to come.

Expanding the network, on any network

Telecom CLM’s new system in Castilla-La Mancha  includes Motorola Solutions WAVE Work Group Communications, an interoperability solution that enables extending push-to-talk communication across many platforms including: radio, broadband networks, computers, smartphones and other devices. This will interface with the main TETRA infrastructure, allowing users on different networks to connect seamlessly with voice communication and other applications.  

Looking ahead at expanding the regional network, Telecom CLM will leverage the interoperability feature to connect thousands of additional critical communication users. These include: local police forces, ambulances, fire brigades, forestry agencies, factories, refineries and other customers.

Wenceslao Sanchez, general manager, Telecom CLM: “When we sought out to replace the regional radio communication network we had in mind two criteria: get the latest and greatest, and find a credible technology partner that will give us the right technology and support. With Motorola Solutions we got two added bonuses – take advantage of Motorola Solutions’ expertise in critical communications, and the ability to grow as an operator – which is a big plus on the financial side.”

Phil Jefferson, vice president Western Europe and North Africa, ‎Motorola Solutions: “We’re excited to see Telecom CLM recognize our one-stop-shop quality, cleverly leveraging it to fulfill their critical communication needs. Our close collaboration ensured a quick and seamless deployment of the new system, allowing the region to glide smoothly into a new era of smart public safety communications.”        

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Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Airbus DS Communications

on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Acquisition strengthens Motorola Solutions’ command center software portfolio

CHICAGO – March 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Plant Holdings, Inc., which holds the Airbus DS Communications business, from Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Airbus SE.

Airbus DS Communications is a leading provider in North America of command center software for emergency call-handling. The company’s VESTA® suite is a comprehensive 911 call-handling solution, operating on a flexible, open software architecture. It also delivers text-to-911, mapping, data management and analytics, providing customers a comprehensive transition strategy from legacy systems to a standards-based, unified Next-Generation 911 system.

The acquisition of Airbus DS Communications strengthens Motorola Solutions’ command center software portfolio and the company’s Software Enterprise.

Airbus DS Communications is headquartered in Temecula, California. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.</P.

Motorola Solutions Announces New Public Safety Broadband Device, High-Power Mobile Radio and Mobile App Solutions

on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions powers advanced communication capabilities with LEX L11 LTE device, APX 8500HP mobile radio, and Capture Mobile Camera app
 
ORLANDO, Fla. – March 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues to transform communications for first responders who use land-mobile radio (LMR) and dedicated long-term evolution (LTE) networks. Today, the company announces three new solutions for enhanced mission-critical communications including an app to share digital evidence.
 
“Motorola Solutions is focused on mobilizing and connecting first responders in the moments that matter regardless of network or device,” said Bruce Brda, Motorola Solutions executive vice president of Products & Solutions. “We are dedicated to growing our technology portfolio for the long-term co-existence of LMR and LTE networks, helping them work better together for years to come. We are also building software apps that are secure and easy to use by first responders and that connect automatically to Motorola Solutions’ suite of public safety solutions.”
 
These technologies will be showcased March 7-8 in the Motorola Solutions booth #2539 at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2018, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

LEX L11 Mission-Critical LTE Device
The LEX L11 mission-critical LTE device is built for global broadband networks including FirstNet in the United States. It is designed specifically for the demanding environments experienced by first responders. With the LEX L11 and the power of broadband, first responders can access secure apps for increased situational awareness.
 
The LEX L11 can also be paired with an APXTM two-way portable radio, combining the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical ASTRO® 25 LMR network with public safety broadband. Ideal for officers who need to remain discreet, this pairing allows them to communicate covertly on their radio while using the LEX L11. Together, these technologies are a powerful combination of communications to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect.
 
Capture Mobile Camera App
With the new Capture app, first responders can easily capture image, video and audio evidence with the LEX L11 or Android and iOS-based smartphones. All content is securely uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use.
 
From the moment of capture, evidence is protected from tampering, and the chain of custody is verifiable so devices do not need to be subpoenaed. Metadata is also added automatically to organize evidence within CommandCentral Vault.
 
APX 8500HP Mobile Radio
The APX 8500HP is a high-power version of Motorola Solutions’ interoperable all-band Project 25 mobile radio. This 110 watt radio delivers more than twice the power of the APX 8500 for VHF and UHF Range 1 bands. It is ideal for use in rural areas or during disaster response where limited infrastructure might be available. With all-band functionality, first responders from different agencies can easily communicate with each other, regardless of what frequency band they are using.
 
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Cayman Islands Strengthens Its Mission-Critical Communications

on Wednesday, 07 March 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

First Responders will enhance their response capabilities through a modern ASTRO® 25 mission-critical communications system enhanced with broadband push-to-talk interoperability by Motorola Solutions

  • About 62,000 inhabitants of the Cayman Islands will have a more effective response to their emergencies with the implementation of the mission-critical system that will allow public safety personnel to deliver a faster response to the community.
  • In addition to allowing interoperable emergency communications between multiple agencies, the new communications system is also a platform for future enhancements of the government’s communications, including GPS tracking and text messages to radios.

Latin America – Feb. 28, 2018 – The Ministry of Home Affairs of Cayman Islands signed a contract with Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to renew the Government’s radio system with a Project 25 system with coverage throughout the country, including waterways for maritime units, helping improving its public safety agencies’ response no matter where the emergency occurs.

The country’s previous radio system is being upgraded with the next generation of APX™ radios and ASTRO 25 infrastructure. This upgrade brings new communication capabilities, such as GPS tracking, text messages, and secure and encrypted communications. With this, Cayman is the country in the Caribbean with the most modern ASTRO 25 system by Motorola Solutions.

“Whether it is a scheduled event or an unexpected disaster, the ASTRO 25 radio system by Motorola Solutions will enable a high standard of communication among stakeholder agencies within our public safety and national security framework and deliver the information required to coordinate a safe and effective response,” stated Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister for Home Affairs.

A P25 network with repeater sites, APX 2000 and APX 5000 portable digital radios, APX 1500 mobile digital radios, as well as LEX secure and rugged LTE mission-critical devices and ASTRO 25 system software upgrades, are all part of this comprehensive solution. Once it’s fully implemented, whenever a first responder needs to ask for help or set the alarm for an emergency, they can reach any public safety and emergency agency by just clicking a button on the radio. The solution will also provide the responder’s location, enhancing safety and facilitating task assignment.

“Safer cities make thriving communities, and it’s an honor for us to be able to supply this comprehensive solution for the Cayman Islands, and a great pleasure to continue contributing to enhance the country’s public safety”, said Mike deVente, vice president & general manager, Motorola Solutions Latin America and the Caribbean.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Feb. 15, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on April 13, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2018.

The board also set May 14, 2018, as the date for its Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 16, 2018, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Motorola Solutions to Host Financial Analyst Meeting on Feb. 27

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Chicago – Feb. 14, 2018 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will host its 2018 Financial Analyst Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Motorola Solutions executives will discuss the company’s strategy, operations and financial profile. Presenters will include Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer; Jack Molloy, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales & Services; Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions; Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and others.

The meeting will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor starting at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST), on Feb. 27. An archived replay will be available on the website following the live event.

West Yorkshire Police demonstrates UK-first biometrics technology

on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Fingerprint scanning added to Pronto mobile application suite that is used by a third of UK police forces
  • Real-time access to digital database streamlines workflow and improves accuracy

    London, UK – 12 February 2018 – Northern England’s West Yorkshire Police has gone live with real-time, automated, mobile biometrics technology from Motorola Solutions. Following a recent demonstration, it will now roll out to 250 frontline police officers.

    The application runs with Pronto, which delivers comprehensive and flexible mobile information solutions to police forces across the UK. West Yorkshire Police is the first to implement the biometrics solution, which will allow officers to check fingerprints against national fingerprint database records in less than a minute. It does this via handheld scanners that attach to an officer’s phone, which then accesses a new Biometric Services Gateway system.

    West Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest police service in the country, serving approximately 2.2 million people in rural areas and large metropolitan districts such as Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

    Until recently, identifying or collecting data from individuals involved costly outdated devices and paper-based processes. This new system, developed in partnership between West Yorkshire Police and the Home Office, is available via the force’s existing mobile devices and allows access to the live database from the field to get results in real time.

    This creates a seamless workflow by removing the need to travel between the field and office or station to process information. As officers are able to obtain the right information about suspects quickly, accuracy is also greatly improved.

    “Almost instantly after deployment we found how valuable rapid biometric identification can be,” said Ian Williams, Chief Inspector, Digital Policing lead for West Yorkshire Police. “We have already been able to identify a seriously injured individual, enabling medical staff to quickly offer accurate treatment and contact the family. In another case, we’ve identified a disqualified driver, summonsed him to court and seized his vehicle on the scene – all without the need to travel to the station and practically disable an Armed Response Vehicle for hours.”

    “Biometrics is an exciting addition to the Pronto offering and demonstrates the type of advancements that will see the complete digital transformation of public safety agencies. West Yorkshire Police is at the forefront of this shift, along with the other 17 forces using Pronto to work more effectively and collaboratively,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president for Western Europe and North Africa, and country manager UK and Ireland at, Motorola Solutions.

    The biometrics capability builds on the success that the force has already seen with Pronto, namely crime scene investigation applications – which was recognised at the Public Sector Paperless awards last year with a win in the “Process and Workflow – Project of the Year” category for its use of digital technology to support all frontline policing.

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Motorola Solutions to provide advanced technology for landmark rail project in Malaysia

on Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Innovative communications system will make daily transportation services smooth, safe and reliable

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will help make daily rail transport in Malaysia safe, efficient and reliable for the country’s first Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line.

The landmark rail modernisation project will bring significant benefits to Malaysia, including greatly improved transport services while reducing traffic congestion in the Greater Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area.

As a technology partner to the APLG consortium, Motorola Solutions will deliver a highly secure and reliable TETRA two-way radio communications network for the project.

The 51 kilometre SBK line comprises 31 stations including seven underground stations. It is part of an integrated mobility project that will provide seamless urban transportation for 1.2 million residents in the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley region.

Modern rail transportation systems are vital to economic growth. According to professional services firm PwC, transport infrastructure investment will grow by around 5 percent globally to 2025 with Asia Pacific being the largest transport infrastructure market.

Byung Il Park, Project Director for the APLG consortium said "Cooperating with Motorola Solutions enables our companies to combine their local and global expertise. Working together, we will deliver a highly-customised communication system providing timely and secure transportation services for the Malaysian public.”

Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir, Country President, Motorola Solutions Malaysia, said resilient and reliable communication would ensure the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line project is delivered without compromising the safety of commuters and rail workers.

“Throughout the project’s four-year construction and into its daily operational use, our communication network will provide security, safety and convenience for workers and users of the urban transportation system,” said Datuk Mohd Rauf.

Motorola Solutions will supply, design and install the complete, digital two-way radio communications network for the new MRT line, including more than 500 TETRA radio devices and base stations.

“Motorola Solutions has a strong track record of innovation and exceptional engineering talent in Malaysia. This is the first time that our all Malaysia-based team of engineers will manage an entire metro rail project from end-to-end,” said Datuk Rauf.

Public rail transportation represents a key part of Malaysia’s economic development program in the Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley area with two additional MRT lines proposed under the Klang Valley MRT project. Line 2 is expected to be completed by 2022.

As a technology leader in the rail transport sector, Motorola Solutions has supported more than 80 rail projects in the Asia Pacific region over the past 40 years. Motorola Solutions has also shipped more than 3.5 million TETRA terminals to commercial and public safety customers globally.

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