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

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

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

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

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

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

Bringing Instant Connectivity to the Front Lines of Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taking Workgroup Communications Software to New Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women in engineering power up innovative technology at Motorola Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

Nordic Countries Expand Cross-Border TETRA Communication

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German Federal Ministry of the Interior Continues to Trust in Motorola Solutions

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

Motorola Solutions will supply the federal public safety organisations in Germany with cutting edge TETRA digital radio solutions for three more years.

  • Contract includes the delivery of approximately 30,000 TETRA digital radio terminals, accessories, software and services.
  • Motorola Solutions’ technology further optimises responsiveness and security of German federal public safety users in cases of emergency.
  • Solutions and services delivered by Motorola Solutions’ TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, enabling Motorola Solutions to more closely collaborate with its German and European customers.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – February 9, 2017 – Motorola Solutions will continue to supply the Central Procurement Office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern – BMI) with an estimated 30,000 TETRA digital two-way radios as well as suitable accessories, software and services. The technology will be used by German federal public safety users, which include the federal police (Bundespolizei), the federal criminal police (Bundeskriminalamt), the German federal agency for technical relief (Technisches Hilfswerk) and the German customs.

This significant contract signature for Motorola Solutions continues to build the company’s reputation as an important supplier for TETRA systems, solutions and terminals for mission-critical communications. The agreement includes the delivery of the MTP6750 TETRA portable two-way radio, which is easy-to-use, secure, and robust and delivers high receiver sensitivity, a high-quality audio and features for evidence capture and authentication. The TETRA handheld also provides features to comply with German public safety authority standards and requirements.

Another key element of the framework contract is the supply of Motorola Solutions’ MTM800 TETRA mobile radio for enhanced and reliable communications in public safety vehicles. With its ease of operation, high audio quality, intuitive keypad and high-definition colour display, the MTM800 was developed for areas where rugged and versatile mobile radios are essential. Within the scope of the contract, Motorola Solutions will also supply software and services including training, engineering and repair.

“At Motorola Solutions, we are dedicated to further invest in our TETRA technology which will lead into the future of mission-critical communications”, said Mark Schmidl, vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “With our future-oriented solutions and our international TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin we continue to invest in the field of TETRA digital radio solutions and guarantee close collaboration with our German customers.”

“One-box” TETRA digital radio system from Motorola Solutions reduces set-up time to less than 15 minutes

on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA™ Express TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system saves valuable time to increase performance, reliability and responsiveness.
  • Integrated system provides all the high-quality voice, short data and telephony services of TETRA in a small form factor.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – February 8, 2017 - Motorola Solutions launches DIMETRA Express, an expandable single-site TETRA digital radio system that can be deployed within 15 minutes, at Critical Communications Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The “one-box” system, which integrates base radios and a switch, was developed in response to demand from customers and partners for a product that was easy to deploy and cost effective enough to be used for smaller projects. DIMETRA Express enables smaller organizations from sectors such as: manufacturing, public transport, hospitality, events and oil & gas.

“Where other TETRA systems can take time to get up and running, and require the support of an engineer, DIMETRA Express can literally be deployed in less than 15 minutes. For businesses, this means increasing performance, reliability and responsiveness of critical communication services while cutting costs,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Services at Motorola Solutions.

DIMETRA Express is a fully integrated DIMETRA TETRA system and provides all the voice, short data services (SDS) and telephony services users require in a small physical footprint. The system is both light-weight and energy efficient, allowing quick, easy deployment and cost effective communications. It can be set up and configured by a Windows or Android laptop or tablet. The system is then managed and operated through intuitive web-based applications and tools. It also requires just a single IP address reducing setup and ongoing maintenance costs and making it easier to integrate into your own IT network.

“TETRA is the robust and reliable communications backbone of businesses and organizations around the world. As one of the driving forces behind the technology, Motorola Solutions is continuously working with customers to enhance and invest in future leading TETRA solutions that enable customers to do their work, and to transform their business services,” said Brda. “DIMETRA Express is an exciting product to bring to market as it meets the ‘5 Cs’ of land and professional mobile radio – coverage, capacity, cost, control and capabilities – in a way that meets the evolving needs of users.”

The launch of the DIMETRA Express follows the popular DIMETRA IP Micro, DIMETRA IP Compact and DIMETRA IP Scalable, which offer local, regional and nationwide coverage. This new addition to the DIMETRA portfolio of products underlines Motorola Solutions’ position as a leading provider of TETRA digital radio communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers.

The Future of Mission Critical Communication Solutions

on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions helps to build safer cities with intelligence-led policing solutions and unified TETRA and broadband networks.

  • Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral portfolio and the evolving Connected Police Officer enable increased situational awareness and next generation law enforcement.
  • Unified TETRA and broadband networks provided through WAVETM Work Group Communications.
  • ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA pager and new DIMETRATM Express system presented at CC Europe 2017, booth A11, Feb. 8-9, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – February 8, 2017 – The operational landscape of public safety organisations is changing. One of the biggest challenges that public safety professionals face is being forced to deal with the unknown. At Critical Communications Europe 2017, Motorola Solutions will present a set of solutions that are optimized for the requirements of public safety and commercial customers – today and into the future. Motorola Solutions’ mobile intelligence framework features a set of software and services, platforms and devices that span multiple networks and enable interoperability as well as seamless information sharing and collaboration.

INTELLIGENCE-LED POLICING SOLUTIONS

At CC Europe, Motorola Solutions will present its CommandCentral portfolio and the evolving Connected Police Officer concept. CommandCentral software applications enable agencies to transform and use data as a force multiplier for increasing situational awareness by unifying it into a real-time, common operating picture. CommandCentral Aware is able to aggregate multiple data sources such as live video feeds, social media activity or national databases in order to deliver a single, real-time operational view to command centre personnel.

For sophisticated law enforcement, Motorola Solutions has further developed the Connected Police Officer concept: When equipped with advanced and future-oriented technology like the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone and the LEX L10 handheld devices, police officers are always connected to the control room and benefit from increased safety and efficiency during operation. The cloud-based CommandCentral Vault application completes the solution by providing enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity.

UNIFYING TETRA AND BROADBAND NETWORKS

Using its WAVE™ Work Group Communications interoperability platform, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how to connect any device to any network and enable seamless workgroup collaboration. The display at CC Europe demonstrates how new push-to-talk technology helps to unify the capabilities of TETRA and public safety LTE systems through voice and data integration.

“We have developed a powerful set of tools to help make cities safer by increasing public safety’s situational awareness and capabilities through mobile intelligence”, said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “With our end-to-end interoperable solutions for broadband voice, data, multimedia and various other applications, we are enabling public safety agencies to work faster, safer and more effectively.”

NATIONWIDE PUBLIC-SAFETY NETWORKS LEAD THE WAY INTO THE FUTURE

Projects like Nødnett, Norway’s nationwide TETRA radio communications system, or SINE, Denmark’s public safety network, reflect the enormous potential for broadband networks to gather data and transform it into actionable intelligence. Building a seamless collaborative system that connects people with the right information at the right time is the new paradigm for public safety that Motorola Solutions is exploring at CC Europe.

PURPOSE-BUILT SOLUTIONS

At CC Europe 2017, Motorola Solutions will also showcase the recent additions to its portfolio of purpose-built solutions, including the ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager. A special highlight is the new DIMETRA Express solution, which will be presented to an international expert audience for the very first time at CC Europe 2017.

ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA TWO-WAY PAGER

To effectively respond to fires, natural disasters and other dangerous incidents, control room, dispatch and medical staff need to know who will be arriving on the scene. With its enhanced wide coverage and extended battery life, the new ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager ensures that firefighters, emergency service personnel and healthcare workers can be reached when they are needed most. For higher efficiency, the TPG2200 pager is simple to use, even with one hand, and allows first responders to quickly read messages on the bright 2-inch colour display. Moreover, it can be carried anywhere thanks to its lightweight, compact and robust design.

DIMETRA EXPRESS ‘ONE-BOX’ TETRA SOLUTION

Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA Express is a single-site TETRA digital radio system that can be deployed within 15 minutes, saving valuable time, and helping to increase performance, reliability and responsiveness. Motorola Solutions DIMETRA Express was developed to meet the demand from customers and partners for a product that is easy to deploy and cost efficient enough to be used for smaller projects. It also enables smaller organisations from across sectors like manufacturing, public transport, hospitality, events or oil and gas, to benefit from high-quality audio, short data services (SDS) and telephony services. The ‘one box’ system integrates base radios and a switch and can be set up and configured by a single Windows or Android laptop or tablet. The entire centralised architecture is then managed and operated through intuitive web-based applications and tools.

Visit our Motorola Solutions expert presentations at CC Europe 2017 on Feb. 8:

  • 12:15 p.m.: “Are industry players meeting the demands of the end user?” by Ricardo Gonzalez, EMEA Strategy Director at Motorola Solutions
  • 2:50 p.m.: “Should cross-border interoperability be replicated across other countries?” by Jeppe Jepsen, Director of International Business Relations at Motorola Solutions
  • 4:55 p.m.: “How can we ensure closer collaboration between countries’ networks?” by Steen Petersen, Director – TETRA Infrastructure Customer Solutions

Motorola Solutions Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 07 February 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company achieves full-year record operating earnings, free cash flow1 and backlog
 
FOURTH-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
• Sales of $1.9 billion, up 12 percent from a year ago, including $124 million from Airwave
• Products sales of $1.2 billion, up $101 million or 9 percent
• GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.43
• Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations2 of $2.03, up 28 percent
• Generated $513 million in operating cash flow; $1.2 billion for the full year
• Generated $453 million in free cash flow1; $894 million for the full year
• Acquired Spillman Technologies, expanding command center software capabilities
 
CHICAGO – Feb. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE  
“We ended the year with an outstanding fourth quarter, and I am very encouraged with our strong competitive position and record backlog entering 2017,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions.
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

     Fourth Quarter    Full Year
     2016    2015    % Change    2016    2015    % Change
Sales         $1,883    $1,682    12%    $6,038    $5,695    6%
GAAP
     Operating earnings    $403    $389    4%    $1,067    $994    7%
     % of Sales    21.4%    23.1%         17.7%    17.5%    
     EPS from continuing operations    $1.43    $1.56    (8)%    $3.24    $3.17    2%
Non-GAAP
     Operating earnings    $541    $458    18%    $1,427    $1,166    22%
     % of Sales    28.7%    27.2%         23.6%    20.5%    
     EPS from continuing operations    $2.03    $1.58    28%    $4.92    $3.33    48%
 
Products Segment
     Sales    $1,226    $1,125    9%    $3,649    $3,676    (1)%
     GAAP Operating earnings    $330    $291    13%    $734    $704    4%
     % of Sales    26.9%    25.9%         20.1%    19.2%    
     Non-GAAP Operating earnings    $407    $340    20%    $910    $827    10%
     % of sales    33.2%    30.2%         24.9%    22.5%    
 
Services Segment
     Sales    $657    $557    18%    $2,389    $2,019    18%
     GAAP Operating earnings    $73    $98    (26)%    $333    $290    15%
     % of Sales    11.1%    17.6%         13.9%    14.4%    
     Non-GAAP Operating earnings    $134    $118    14%    $517    $339    53%
     % of Sales    20.4%    21.2%         21.6%    16.8%      
OTHER SELECT FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Revenue – Sales increased 12 percent, including $124 million in sales from Airwave. Sales grew in every region. The Products segment sales grew 9 percent, with growth in every region. The Services segment grew 18 percent including Airwave, while Managed and Support Services grew 5 percent excluding Airwave.
• Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 21.4 percent of sales, compared to 23.1 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 28.7 percent of sales, compared with 27.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement is primarily the result of higher sales.
• Taxes – The GAAP effective tax rate was 33 percent, compared with 26 percent in the year-ago quarter. The prior year’s favorable rate was driven primarily by several discrete one-time items. The non-GAAP tax rate was 31 percent, compared with 31 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
• Cash flow – The company generated $513 million in operating cash from continuing operations, up $98 million from the year-ago quarter primarily driven by earnings from higher revenue. Free cash flow1 was up $82 million to $453 million.  
• Capital allocation – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.0 billion and a net debt position of approximately $3.4 billion3. The company repaid the $675 million term loan associated with the Airwave acquisition, repurchased $114 million of common stock, paid $68 million in dividends and invested $246 million in acquisitions.
 
OTHER SELECT FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Revenue – Sales increased 6 percent, including $462 million in Airwave sales. These results reflect growth in North America and Asia Pacific in both Products and Services. Growth of 33 percent in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region was driven by Airwave and partially offset by lower revenue in Norway associated with completing the implementation phase of the nationwide project. Latin America was down 20 percent, primarily on iDEN declines and first-half weakness. Products segment sales were down 1 percent compared to the prior year, while the Services segment grew 18 percent on Managed and Support Services strength.
• Operating margin – For the full year, GAAP operating margin was 17.7 percent of sales, compared with 17.5 percent for the prior year. Non-GAAP operating margin was 23.6 percent of sales, compared with 20.5 percent for the prior year, driven by higher revenue and lower operating expenses.
• Taxes – The 2016 GAAP effective tax rate was 33 percent, compared to 30 percent for the prior year. The non-GAAP tax rate was 31 percent, compared with 33 percent in the prior year.
• Cash flow – The company generated $1.2 billion in operating cash from continuing operations, reflecting an increase of $144 million from the prior year. Free cash flow1 was $894 million, up $48 million from the prior year. The increase was driven by higher sales and lower operating costs, partially offset by higher capital expenditures.
• Capital allocation – The company invested $1.3 billion in acquisitions, repurchased approximately $842 million of its common stock and paid $280 million in dividends.
 
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 
Fourth-quarter strategic wins
 
• $140 million P25 system deployment for the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Transit Authority
• $60 million P25 system replacement and multiyear services for San Francisco
• $40 million P25 system and devices upgrade unifying eight cities in Argentina
• $17 million Smart Public Safety Solutions sale of computer-aided dispatch equipment, software and multiyear services to Indianapolis
 
Fourth-quarter innovation and investments in growth
 
• Acquired Spillman Technologies, a leading provider of comprehensive law enforcement and public safety software solutions, which bolsters the command center portfolio
• Released new P25 and TETRA devices that provide unmatched features and functionality. In addition to form factor enhancements, the radios provide Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and enhanced location services that enable future software and services opportunities
• Following more than three years of collaboration, emergency services in Norway and Sweden conducted their first major cross-border emergency response exercise supported by fully inter-operable multi-vendor radio communications. This land mobile radio (LMR) to LMR cross-border collaboration using different vendor equipment is spurring additional interest from neighboring countries and illustrates the power of the LMR communications platform
 
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
 
• First-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 3 to 5 percent compared with the first quarter of 2016. This includes approximately $115 million from Airwave versus $61 million in the year-ago quarter. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.52 to $0.57 per share.
• Full-year 2017 – The company expects revenue to be up 1 to 2 percent. Airwave revenue is expected to be flat compared with the prior year due to foreign exchange rates. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $5.05 to $5.20 per share.
 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
 
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, Feb. 2. 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:
 
     Fourth Quarter    Full Year
     2016    2015    2016    2015
Net sales    $1,883    $1,682    $6,038    $5,695
                    
Gross margin    928    838    2,869    2,719
Operating earnings    403    389    1,067    994
                    
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders                   
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax    243    277    560    640
Net earnings    243    279    560    610
Diluted EPS from continuing operations    $1.43    $1.56    $3.24    $3.17
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding    170.4    177.5    173.1    201.8
HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
 
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the fourth quarter of 2016.
     
(per diluted common share)     Q4 2016
     
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations    $1.43
     
Highlighted Items:    
Share-based compensation expense    $0.06
Reorganization of business charges    $0.31
Intangibles amortization expense    $0.14
Loss on pension plan settlement    $0.15
Release of unrecognized tax benefit from audit settlement    ($0.06)
Total Highlighted Items    $0.60
     
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations    $2.03
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 approximately $700 million of 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 first quarter and full year of 2017 and incremental revenues of Airwave. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 22 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2015 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 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
2 Q4 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.60 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
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