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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.

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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>

Bravo Expands Strategic Partnership with Motorola Solutions to Unify Communications and Enhance Public Safety in Saudi Arabia

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

  • DIMETRA TETRA-based digital radio solution to ease network demand and enable different agencies to communicate in a unified manner
  • Services to benefit and enhance public safety for government, law enforcement, border control, immigration, military and defence and other enterprise sectors such as oil and gas and transportation
  • WAVE 7000 high-performance broadband push-to-talk to extend critical communications to broadband devices

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Nov. 8, 2016 – Bravo, the critical communications arm of Saudi Telecom Company, has selected Motorola Solutions as one of its partners to build a nationwide public safety network based on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) across the Kingdom.

Motorola Solutions will be working with Bravo to provide critical unified communications between the different public safety and government agencies. The enhanced network is designed to address the ever-increasing demand from end users across the Kingdom for reliable, critical communications, extending the current communications infrastructure with the latest DIMETRA TETRA based digital radio solutions.

Mission-critical communications are essential for public safety agencies, especially at times of high network traffic. Even in situations like natural disasters or major emergencies, Motorola Solutions´ public safety solutions are designed to provide seamless and secure communications not available on commercial networks. As a leader in mission-critical solutions, Motorola Solutions has been part of the development of the TETRA Standard. This commitment continues with new products and initiatives designed to meet the ever changing needs of customers around the world.

The nationwide DIMETRA TETRA network will allow unified communications amongst the Kingdom’s numerous government and public safety agencies - many of which operate on individual networks - as well as offering enhanced services for the oil and gas industries.

“Our vision is to create one nationwide network, and this is a major step toward that. Bravo has an excellent, decade-long partnership with Motorola Solutions, the network provider and integrator of our iDEN network. We look forward to continuing this strategic relationship,” said Dr Fahad Bin Hussain Bin Mushayt, Bravo CEO.

Motorola Solutions will also provide Bravo with WAVE 7000, the public safety-grade broadband push-to-talk (PTT) offering, used for projects that require highly critical communications such as the UK Home Office´s new Emergency Services Network (ESN). WAVE 7000 allows for PTT (Push-to-Talk) communications across broadband and land mobile radio networks, which allows teams to keep connected.

In addition to push-to-talk, WAVE 7000 can offer a rich broadband experience when integrated with Motorola’s Public Safety Experience (PSX). The integrated messaging client allows users to share images, video, voice clips and location. PSX also includes integrated mapping that shows where talk group members are located and offers immediate ways to communicate with them.

“In times of emergency, all emergency services must work together to protect and serve the public. In these situations time can mean lives, so clear and reliable communications is critical. This system, used by emergency services around the world, will allow us to unite public safety agencies and provide clear and reliable coverage across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola Solutions in EMEA.

Bravo currently supplies critical communications to more than 180,000 users, including Push-to-Talk with iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network). Motorola Solutions has had a long-term partnership with Bravo as the network provider and integrator of the iDEN system back in 2005. The new TETRA project is an extension of this strong relationship, continuing to provide Bravo’s customers with best-in-class critical communications solutions. 

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 08 November 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Announces dividend increase of 15 percent to 47 cents per share

  • Sales of $1.5 billion, up 8 percent from a year ago, including $131 million from Airwave
  • Managed and Support Services up 55 percent; up 5 percent excluding Airwave
  • North America up 4 percent on strength in both Products and Services
  • Operating cash flow of $348 million, up 16 percent
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $1.13, up 79 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations* of $1.37, up 67 percent

CHICAGO – Nov. 3, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2016. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.

The company also today announced that its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly dividend by 15 percent to 47 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Jan. 13, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 15, 2016.

“Q3 was an excellent quarter,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m pleased with our revenue growth and continued strong performance in earnings and cash flow generation.”

KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 
     Q3 2016     Q3 2015    % Change
     Sales    $1,532    $1,422    8%
 
GAAP
     Operating Earnings    $341    $231    48%
     % of Sales    22.3%    16.2%    
     EPS from continuing operations    $1.13    $0.63    79%
 
Non-GAAP
     Operating Earnings    $396    $292    36%
     % of Sales    25.8%    20.5%    
     EPS from continuing operations    $1.37    $0.82    67%
 
Products Segment
     Sales    $920    $925    (1)%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $225    $178    26%
     % of Sales    24.5%    19.2%    
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $243    $221    10%
     % of Sales    26.4%    23.9%    
 
Services Segment
     Sales    $612    $497    23%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $116    $53    119%
     % of Sales    19.0%    10.7%    
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $153    $71    115%
     % of Sales    25.0%    14.3%      
*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.24 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
 
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
Revenue – Sales increased 8 percent, including $131 million in Airwave sales. Products segment sales declined 1 percent due to softness in Africa and China. The Services segment grew 23 percent including Airwave, while Managed and Support Services grew 5 percent excluding Airwave.
Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 22.3 percent of sales, compared with 16.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects higher sales and gross margin associated with Airwave, as well as lower operating expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.8 percent of sales, compared with 20.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher sales and gross margin as well as $27 million in lower operating expenses compared with the year-ago quarter.
Taxes – The GAAP effective tax rate was 34 percent, compared with a tax rate of 36 percent in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP tax rate was 33 percent, compared with a non-GAAP tax rate of 35 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Cash flow – The company generated $348 million in operating cash from continuing operations, reflecting an increase of $47 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow2 was up $29 million to $280 million, driven by higher earnings.
Cash and cash equivalents – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.7 billion and a net debt position of approximately $3.4 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $109 million of its common stock and paid approximately $70 million in cash dividends.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 
Strategic wins
 
$37 million to expand a nationwide TETRA network in North Africa
$34 million in two P25 contracts with the U.S. federal government
$28 million for a P25 network in Latin America
$20 million for a P25 network with U.S. utility provider Xcel Energy
$12 million for call-taking and computer-aided dispatch (CAD) solutions, including five-year service contract with Los Angeles Police Department
Innovation and investments in growth
 
Announced plans to acquire Spillman Technologies, a provider of comprehensive law enforcement and public safety software solutions for computer-aided dispatch and records management systems.  Spillman complements our high tier command center software offerings, which will help us meet the needs of a broader customer base
Announced new APXTM 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio, updated P25 network features and IMPRESTM 2 energy management system
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
Motorola Solutions expects fourth quarter revenue growth of 9 to 10 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2015. This includes approximately $120 million of Airwave revenue. The company expects fourth-quarter non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $1.82 to $1.87 per share.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Nov 3. 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:
     Q3 2016    Q3 2015
Net sales    $1,532    $1,422
Gross margin    762    685
Operating earnings    341    231
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax    
192    126
Net earnings    192    115
Diluted EPS from continuing operations    $1.13    $0.63
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding    169.6    201.3
HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the third quarter of 2016.
 
(per diluted common share)    Q3 2016
     
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations    $1.13
     
Highlighted Items:    
Share-based compensation expense    0.07
Reorganization of business charges    0.03
Intangibles amortization expense    0.14
Total Highlighted Items    0.24
     
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations    $1.37
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 (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) 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.
 
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.
 
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 fourth quarter 2016 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/investor, 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 outsourcing of 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 Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders
2 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion

Motorola Solutions Has Been Selected to Modernize Paraiba’s Radio Communication Network

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • The new system will integrate all the public safety forces' communications, expand coverage, and will improve safety of more than 3.9 million people.
  • This deployment will cover the Brazilian State of Paraiba and includes 40 sites that will bring a clear, reliable signal to all of Paraiba’s public safety forces.

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil- October 21, 2016 – The Paraiba Secretariat of Social Safety and Defense signed a contract with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) for the upgrade of its mission-critical communication system with TETRA-digital radio technology to provide interoperable communications among the state’s public safety agencies.

The system will integrate, in a unified platform, the communications of all its public safety agencies – the Military Police, Civil Police, Fire Brigade, Penitentiary System, and State Transportation Department (DETRAN). The new system is expected to help improve the efficiency of their operations throughout the state, which covers an area of about 57,000 km2. All communications among users will be encrypted, thereby preventing unauthorized persons from listening in while also protecting the police involved in potentially dangerous operations.

The upgrade to a DIMETRA IP solution is part of a series of investments made by the Paraiba State Government to improve the service provided by its public safety agencies. "This is a structuring measure to consolidate the Integrated Public Safety System that will help our agencies perfect their response and offer citizens a quality service," said Cláudio Lima, Paraiba’s secretary of social safety and defense.

Initially, the TETRA system will include 40 sites that will bring a clear, reliable signal available to public safety agencies throughout the state. The system also includes 35 dispatch consoles, which will be used to receive, prioritize, and make calls to quickly respond to citizens' needs. There are additional antennas and base stations designed to guarantee statewide radio system coverage. The contract also provides for the delivery of approximately 5,600 radios, including 4,000 portable, 1,300 mobile and 332 fixed radios.

"Paraiba’s old system was analog and communication among the agencies wasn't possible. With the new system, we will be able to integrate the communications of all our public safety agencies and increase coverage so that none of our responders lose their connection if they go to another city or areas where there is no radio signal," Cláudio Lima explained.

Digital technology also allows for the development of a wide range of technological applications for public safety, such as GPS. "All the terminals that were purchased have built-in GPS and can be tracked by the digital network, which has a very powerful host computer. That computer provides the exact location of every terminal, whether it is a vehicle terminal or HT (handheld terminal) carried by the police officer," the Secretary pointed out. He added that the new system will also make it possible to identify the public safety officer closest to an incident, in order to provide a quicker and more effective response.

In addition to these benefits, digital communications also offers superior signal quality, with clear audio and background noise-free communication, as well as a secure, encrypted network that makes it impossible for unauthorized users to monitor communications or listen in. 

The Future of Policing Envisioned for Today’s Safety

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions uses virtual reality to power the command center of the future and shows how its Smart Public Safety Solutions turn data into intelligence now

  • Motorola Solutions’ virtual reality future concept uses eye-interaction technology to help command center supervisors immerse themselves in the incident.
  • The command center of the future and other Smart Public Safety Solutions will be on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention Oct. 16-18 in San Diego, California.
  • Motorola Solutions also announces new managed service packages to minimize complexity of managing two-way radios.

CHICAGO – Oct. 17, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues to showcase its industry-leading vision for the future of public safety through its virtual reality-powered public safety command center future concept, an innovative look ahead that complements the latest tools that translate data into actionable intelligence for public safety.

The virtual command center demonstration immerses a participant into an incident scene through the eyes of a command center supervisor. Using virtual reality and eye-tracking technologies, the participant can navigate through video and data feeds from multiple sources in order to quickly coordinate resources and share information to officers on the scene, improving safety of first responders and the quality of an agency’s response.

Motorola Solutions will show live demonstrations of the virtual command center along with its Smart Public Safety Solutions portfolio Oct. 16-18 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center at booth 3826.

“Exploring the potential of new technologies, including virtual reality, for public safety helps us create solutions that improve safety and efficiency for our customers,” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer for Motorola Solutions. “Whether it’s a proof of concept like the virtual command center or the Smart Public Safety Solutions available today, we believe in the power of technology to deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.”

Among the most effective tools for police are real-time crime centers and their respective applications that turn data into actionable intelligence, such as Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware.

Today’s public safety command centers can integrate the Project 25 standards-based, interoperable ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) network for mission-critical communications with the data capabilities of long-term evolution (LTE) broadband applications. Those LMR and LTE networks will complement each other for years to come, creating an opportunity to build devices, applications and services that deliver new capabilities for public safety agencies.

Police leaders from Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, and the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, will discuss how they use intelligence-led real-time crime centers to improve situational awareness in their respective cities at a panel discussion titled “The New Reality Of Situational Awareness: Life in the Real-Time Crime Center” at 8 a.m. today at the San Diego Convention Center.

In addition to the virtual reality demonstration at IACP, Motorola Solutions will continue to showcase its innovative thinking by unveiling new device management service packages. To address customer needs with maintaining and programming large inventories of APX™ two-way radios, Motorola Solutions is introducing three service packages – Essential, Advanced and Premier – to minimize the complexity of radio management, support and maintenance requirements. Each package provides customers with increasing support to help them save time and ensure their two-way radios are accurately deployed with the latest firmware and configurations needed to meet the demands of mission-critical public safety communications. 

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