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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
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.

Motorola Solutions elects Ken Denman to its board of directors

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

CHICAGO – Feb. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Ken Denman has been elected to its board of directors.

Denman was previously president and chief executive officer of Emotient, Inc., a startup acquired by Apple in January 2016 that uses artificial intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions. He also held CEO positions at two Silicon Valley software companies – Openwave Systems, Inc., and iPass, Inc. – and was Chief Operating Officer – Wireless, for London-based MediaOne International.

“I’m pleased that Ken has joined our board,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “With his experience in driving innovation across mobile, broadband and software, Ken will provide our board with valuable technology insights.”

Denman currently serves on the board of ShoreTel, Inc., and Mitek, Inc., and serves as an advisory board member at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University and an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Washington.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Earnings Results on Feb. 2

on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Jan. 23, 2017 –Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. ESTon Feb. 2. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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 and RapidSOS join forces to deliver data from connected devices to first responders

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Technology to enhance emergency calls with precise location, health information and more

  • Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS announced they will join forces to make data from connected devices available to public safety agencies and first responders
  • This relationship creates end-to-end emergency data connectivity, enabling third-party data collected by smartphones, connected cars, wearables and Internet of Things to flow through Motorola Solutions’ emergency response systems to personnel in the field
  • RapidSOS adds a new dimension to Motorola Solutions’ command center software solutions

CHICAGO – Jan. 17, 2017 – Motorola Solutions and RapidSOS announced they will work together to increase the data available to public safety agencies and first responders, providing critical information to accelerate response times and improve emergency outcomes.

Imagine if first responders arrived at an incident armed with precise location information, real-time medical information for those involved and live video of the scene. Yet today, the estimated 500,000 mobile 911 calls coming into U.S. public safety answering points (PSAPs) daily provide only the basics about the caller’s location and nature of the emergency.

With RapidSOS, third-party data collected by smartphones, connected cars, wearables and other connected devices will flow through Motorola Solutions’ emergency response systems, from 911 call-takers and dispatchers to police officers and emergency medical personnel in the field, creating end-to-end emergency data connectivity.

"We believe in technology that gets the right information to the right person, at the right time and in the right way," said Eduardo Conrado, executive vice president, Strategy & Innovation Office, Motorola Solutions. "Our work with RapidSOS adds a new dimension to our software solutions for the command center, enabling critical information to be shared with the people who need it most."

RapidSOS’ technology takes in information from any properly credentialed connected device and transmits it in a way that is compatible with existing 911 and emergency response systems. It can transmit data related to voice, location, multimedia including photos and videos from scene, type of emergency, medical and demographic data, real-time health information from wearables (heart rate, blood oxygen level, glucose) and vehicle telematics (airbag deployment, occupancy, speed before impact).

Data delivered by RapidSOS will be available as modules across Motorola Solutions’ command center software solutions, allowing PSAP personnel and first responders to choose the data they want, including wireless location, multimedia or health information.

“RapidSOS has advanced information about users in an emergency, and working with Motorola Solutions makes all of this rich data actionable,” said Michael Martin, chief executive officer, RapidSOS. “Our combined efforts provide the public safety community with the option for what, when, and how data is conveyed to them in an emergency to save lives.”

This relationship enhances Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of Smart Public Safety Solutions, which enables public safety agencies to turn data into intelligence.

Motorola Solutions network upgrade to provide major boost for New South Wales public safety agencies

on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Sydney, Australia – Dec. 15, 2016
 
First responders in New South Wales will benefit from greater communication and officer safety through a major upgrade to the state’s radio network.
 
NSW Telco Authority (NSW TA) is partnering with Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to upgrade 150 radio sites used by public safety organisations, as well as expanding network coverage with 23 new sites in the state’s north west.
 
The network upgrade will improve the communications technology used by New South Wales’ emergency services every day while also ensuring the state is better prepared to deal with major emergencies and natural disasters.
 
The AUD $30 million project will provide emergency services and other New South Wales agencies with access to enhanced voice and data communications, extensive coverage, interoperability and resilience to support their daily operations.
 
The upgrade also represents a key milestone within the NSW Operational Communications Strategy and Critical Communications Enhancement Program, which is providing improved technology to frontline personnel and improving the quality and efficiency of radio communications across the state.
 
Motorola Solutions’ Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the upgraded radio network has been designed for reliable performance in the harshest conditions with built-in failover capabilities to support peak events and emergencies.
 
“The project will provide New South Wales agencies with trusted voice communications and resilient performance so they can perform their essential daily work safely and efficiently,” Mr Crutchfield said.
 
“User agencies will also receive up-to-date radio technology for the next five years and beyond, as well as the flexibility to introduce next generation capabilities over time. This includes digital radios that provide a richer set of features including location and mapping data, improved security, extended coverage and new and emerging applications to keep New South Wales agencies at the forefront of innovation.”
 
The project will also benefit New South Wales’ economy, with additional third party resources employed by Motorola Solutions, both directly and indirectly, helping to deliver the upgrade.
 
In addition to the radio network upgrade, NSW TA has deployed Motorola Solutions’ WAVE application within its radio network, giving first responders more ways to stay connected.
The application enables New South Wales public safety agencies to securely extend the reach and capability of their radio communications to team members carrying smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Motorola Solutions updates and extends TETRA digital two-way radio network of RheinEnergie

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Higher responsiveness and efficiency in mission-critical communications at RheinEnergie and the Municipal Public Order Office of the City of Cologne

  • Refresh of sites and antenna systems enhances TETRA digital two-way radio capacity as well as voice and data communications at RheinEnergie.
  • Motorola Solutions equips Municipal Public Order Office of the City of Cologne with rugged TETRA radios and IP Dispatch Consoles.
  • Application for user location guarantees higher security when the emergency button is pushed.

IDSTEIN, Germany – December 5, 2016 – Motorola Solutions will update and extend the Motorola Dimetra™ TETRA digital two-way radio system of the energy utilities provider RheinEnergie in order to guarantee future-proof operations of the radio system. The network implemented by Motorola at RheinEnergie in 2005 was the first IP-capable TETRA system in Germany.

Within the framework of the order, Motorola Solutions will conduct a software and hardware refresh of the existing TETRA digital two-way radio infrastructure across 28 sites. This will enable the energy utilities provider to further increase the performance, reliability and responsiveness of its mission critical communications and will give its external subscribers and cooperative partners more powerful communications.

Since 2005, the TETRA digital two-way radio network has also been used as a communications platform by the Municipal Public Order Office of the City of Cologne for its approximately 200 employees. Motorola Solutions will now expand this platform with additional MCC 7500 IP Dispatch Consoles for enhanced response and team coordination. Additionally, parking enforcement officers in Cologne will be equipped with 450 Motorola MTP3250 TETRA radios. This enables them to prevent potential regulatory offenses in a more efficient way.

To further enhance capabilities and user safety at the Municipal Public Order Office of the City of Cologne, Motorola Solutions will provide a new application for user location, which will be implemented in the control room with eight workstations. This enables the dispatchers to work quickly and efficiently on their tasks.

“For more than ten years now, Motorola Solutions’ TETRA two-way digital radio system has allowed us to communicate efficiently and safely,” said Björn H. Friedrich, head of information technology network & network security at RheinEnergie. “With the modernized infrastructure and the new TETRA radios, we will be well prepared for future requirements.”

“The TETRA digital two-way radio network gives RheinEnergie a security platform, which helps to provide unrestricted communications even in the case of serious technical faults,” said Klaus-Dieter Drossel, sales director for key accounts at Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “With our TETRA infrastructure, solutions and devices, we help energy providers to offer optimized and reliable services to their customers and partners.” 

Motorola Solutions’ Digital Two-Way Radio Technology Enhances Mission-Critical Communications at Munich Airport

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Optimization and modernization of existing Motorola TETRA digital two-way radio system for reliable voice and data communications.
Pilot project for introduction of broadband push-to-talk platform WAVE™ Work Group Communications to enable higher efficiency in traffic and better airport coordination.
COLOGNE, Germany – November 23, 2016 – Motorola Solutions has received an order to implement a comprehensive update and extension of its existing TETRA digital two-way radio system at Munich Airport.
 
The newly modernized communications infrastructure ensures greater connectivity, interoperability and collaboration between various business and operational functions at Germany’s second largest airport. Motorola Solutions will also provide services for ensuring smooth operations.
 
Within the framework of the TETRA radio network refresh, Motorola Solutions is equipping the airport with a new MCC 7500 IP Dispatch Console. The comprehensive, scalable solution enhances the IP architecture to ensure optimum call set up and availability. It will also allow Munich Airport to expand its communications infrastructure in the future without interrupting existing services. As well as this, Motorola Solutions will implement two TETRA base stations for improved TETRA radio coverage in the terminal buildings.
 
Alongside the improvements to the TETRA system, the airport has started a pilot project for the potential introduction of Motorola Solutions’ broadband push-to-talk (PTT) platform WAVE. The goal of the installation is to ensure that airport staff can communicate, no matter which device or infrastructure is being used. The powerful PTT solution WAVE™ Work Group Communications provides airport authorities with secure and reliable communications beyond TETRA radio – including broadband devices and networks – to enable greater workforce connectivity, interoperability and collaboration. WAVE connects the TETRA system used by administrative staff with service management employees who join the broadband platform via smartphones, computers, other radios or telephones, meaning that staff across the airport can communicate with one another from virtually any location.
 
“We have been working with Motorola Solutions’ TETRA two-way digital radio system since 2007,” said Michael Zaddach, head of the IT service division at Flughafen München GmbH. “The update of our TETRA infrastructure enables us to further improve our communications in airport operations and make our processes even more efficient.”
 
“We are collaborating closely with Munich Airport to provide a future-proof TETRA digital two-way radio network,” said Klaus-Dieter Drossel, sales director for key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “We are also pleased that Munich Airport is testing our broadband push-to-talk platform WAVE, and we are certain that it will enable airport staff to work together more closely, no matter which device or network they use.”

Motorola Solutions to Present at Nov. 30 Credit Suisse Conference

on Monday, 21 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Nov. 18, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Gino Bonanotte, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will speak at the Credit Suisse 20th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The presentation will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) and will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor, with a replay available approximately three hours later. 

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates How Public Safety Broadband Solutions Can Contribute to a Safer Mexico

on Monday, 21 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • As a part of the "Meeting of Leaders in Security and Innovation," the company will demonstrate solutions that through a broadband network could expand voice and data communications in public safety and emergency response.
  • With this demonstration, the company will exhibit its abilities to be the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) for mission critical communications.

Mexico City - Nov. 17, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions, applications and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications for public safety on a broadband network at today’s Meeting of Leaders in Security and Innovation in Mexico City.

During the demonstration, the company will highlight some of the innovative solutions it has developed to boost the contribution that a broadband network for public safety can make in preventing, managing and mitigating problems that affect citizen safety. The meeting is aimed at authorities from public and private organizations, public safety and innovation experts and opinion leaders -- all key players in the construction to a safer Mexico.

In the case of natural disasters – which usually call for cooperation between national and regional public safety forces, armed forces, fire fighters and medical first responders – the combination of interoperable solutions and specialized public safety solutions on a broadband network allows different agencies to communicate, even if they use different communication technologies. In addition, authorities that regularly use cellular devices can be added to the group through an application and be given access to coordinated radio communications.

"Public safety and emergency response agencies need to collect and process large volumes of data every day from multiple sources in a fast way and convert it into intelligence that allows them to deal with incidents quickly," says Héctor Luna, general manager of Motorola Solutions in Mexico. “Through public safety broadband networks like the MVNO Motorola is proposing, national security agencies and police forces would easily send and receive large volumes of data and video to the field anticipating the officer needs before they get to the conflict scene”. These solutions, created especially for the needs of public safety and emergency agencies, offer quality, reliability and security to the agents involved.

Broadband network solutions also make it possible, for the first time, to incorporate multiple applications and smart and robust devices that offer public safety forces access to high-definition images and data in real time that can be captured with different types of cameras. Also, thanks to the features of this technology, public safety agencies can immediately and remotely access any information stored in their databases, make real-time queries, locate field agents, track suspects and more.

During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions will also present:

  • The LEX L10 Mission Critical device
  • The WAVE Push-To-Talk Solution, which makes it possible to communicate any type of LTE devices, smartphones, radios or cellular phones.
  • Other applications and platforms: CommandCentral Aware, CommandCentral Social, Command Central Analytics & Predictive, Command Central Streaming and tactical collaboration tools </p

Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Spillman Technologies

on Monday, 14 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Significantly expands Motorola Solutions’ Command Center capabilities to a broader base of public safety agencies of every size

CHICAGO – Nov. 10, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Spillman Technologies, a leading provider of comprehensive law enforcement and public safety software solutions for computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management systems (RMS).

“The acquisition of Spillman demonstrates Motorola Solutions’ continued commitment to expand our smart public safety portfolio and provide agencies of all sizes with a full suite of solutions for the command center,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services, Motorola Solutions. “We are advancing mission-critical intelligence with a fully integrated command center offering that connects public safety customers to real-time data and insights like never before.”

Spillman, headquartered in Salt Lake City, provides public safety software to more than 1,700 agencies throughout the United States. In addition to CAD and RMS, Spillman offers an integrated suite of comprehensive software solutions and next-generation tools for jail management systems, fire, mobile data, data sharing, field reporting, mapping and geographic information systems.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Spillman Technologies is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions and will be integrated into Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions business.

Motorola Solutions Penang engineers the future of “borderless” innovation

on Wednesday, 09 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Made in Malaysia, used around the world - next-generation devices and services to boost safety and productivity

Penang, Malaysia – Nov. 9 2016 – From mission-critical digital radio solutions, to next generationpolicing technologies and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities, Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE:MSI)Penang research and development (R&D) centre is at the forefront of “borderless” innovation.

The global R&D centre celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, reflecting four decades of continuous innovation while planning for new opportunities for its 1,000 highly-skilled engineers to develop next-generation devices and solutions for customers worldwide.

Technology innovation is essential in helping public safety and enterprise sectors overcome new challenges – from complex threats including cyber terrorism to growing pressure on costs and resources and greater customer demands and expectations.

Over the past four decades, Motorola Solutions’ Penang R&D facility has designed technology solutions to enable organisations to work more effectively while reaching higher levels of safety and productivity. This includes mobile broadband technologies designed to help organisations extract greater value from data and reach higher levels of performance.

Innovative technology to keep public safety officials safe

Among the advanced solutions developed at the Penang R&D facility is the revolutionary Connected Police Officer concept, a collection of technologies that help to keep first responders safe by instantly sending and receiving critical information from their immediate environments. This concept includes, future-oriented technologies including smart belts, body-worn cameras, LTE devices, and sensors that provide location and biometric readings.

A Connected Police Officer is protected by these devices capturing and transmitting vital information without any need for human intervention – for example, activating a bodyworn video camera to record a potentially dangerous situation if an officer reaches for his or her gun.

“Malaysia is a strategic R&D site for Motorola Solutions. We are proud to have applied local skills and capabilities over the past 40 years to drive R&D and innovation all over the world,” says Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia. “This has enabled Penang to become the largest developer of devices for Motorola Solutions globally and to become the company’s largest investment in R&D outside of North America.”

“As Motorola Solutions continues its evolution into a software and services business, collaboration and growth are essential to riding the next wave of innovation. That’s why we have developed strong local partnerships with innovative, local R&D companies while continuing to build a healthy ecosystem of skilled talent and resources in Malaysia,” he said.

New Network Operations Centre launched

In parallel to Penang’s 40th anniversary of R&D, a new Network Operations Centre (NOC) will also be unveiled at the facility to monitor and manage customers’ essential communications. Staffed 24/7 by a skilled and dedicated team, the centre will provide guaranteed reliability and availability to keep communications networks operating at peak performance while customers focus on their core operations.

In addition to its product design and development facilities, Penang has laboratories fitted with advanced testing equipment to conduct rigorous compliance testing of radio products. Known as the “Innoplex”, this is a one-stop design centre comprising highly skilled teams from disciplines including industrial design, software, electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering and programme management. 

Motorola Solutions extends reach and capability of smart mobile applications with acquisition of Gridstone

on Wednesday, 09 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Nov. 9, 2016

Motorola Solutions has acquired Gridstone, a privately held technology company that develops mobility solutions for public safety agencies, governments and enterprise./p>

The acquisition builds on Motorola Solutions’ experience in delivering essential communications and workflow solutions and services throughout Asia Pacific, adding expertise to develop highly customised mobility applications for the region./p>

Gridstone develops mobile applications across many platforms, with a specialist capability for native applications on Apple’s iOS./p>

Iain Clarke, Motorola Solutions corporate vice president Asia Pacific, said his company’s expertise in developing advanced mobile solutions and services would complement Gridstone’s ability to simplify complex workflow challenges through smart technology./p>

“In today’s public safety and enterprise environments, technologies that increase mobility are delivering enormous benefit by helping people to work more safely and efficiently,” Clarke said./p>

“Gridstone develops mobile applications that are well-designed, easy-to-use and proven in helping organisations overcome their most complex workflow management problems. Its applications provide clear and immediate benefits for customers - from reducing manual administration tasks so police officers can spend more time in the field to automating processes to increase efficiency within industrial environments./p>

“Acquiring Gridstone complements our Convergence Suite of software, which enable seamless communication and enhanced awareness for teams by combining the best of digital radio networks with broadband data capabilities.’’/p>

Gridstone CEO Jon Grant said combining the companies would provide immediate benefits and a strong foundation for growth./p>

“Motorola Solutions develops technology solutions for vertical markets that are naturally aligned to Gridstone’s. Through our collective strengths and expertise we will instantly enhance the quality and range of services and products we both provide.”/p>

“We look forward to working with Motorola Solutions and building on our success in Australia with the backing of a global industry leader in the public safety and enterprise markets,” he said./p>

The acquisition represents another key step towards Motorola Solutions’ vision to deliver smart public safety solutions via its Next Generation Mobile Intelligence (NGMI) architecture. NGMI delivers secure and actionable mobile data into the hands of first responders so they can make intelligent decisions to protect communities./p>

Gridstone will continue to deliver its existing contracts and grow its portfolio of products, including its public safety mobility platforms./p>

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Gridstone is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions. /p>

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