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Motorola Solutions Foundation Awards Over $9 Million to Nearly 250 Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

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

Grants support students, teachers, first responders and community members in more than 30 countries

CHICAGO – Nov. 6, 2017 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), today announced more than $9 million in grant funding to charitable and educational organizations around the world. The grants will impact 3.4 million students, teachers, first responders and community members, with a focus on women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

“As a technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know our responsibility to support and educate goes beyond the workplace,” said Matt Blakely, Motorola Solutions Foundation executive director. “We are proud to support the work of so many organizations, both through grants and employee volunteerism.”

This year, a review committee of nearly 300 employees helped choose the grant recipients – charitable and educational organizations in more than 30 countries that focus on public safety and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“By incorporating input from our global internal review committee, we were able to choose organizations that had a strategic connection to our company,” added Blakely. “We relied on our employees to tell us how the grants would impact the communities where they live and work.”

Examples of 2017 grant recipients include:

  • The National American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign, which will enable the installation of smoke alarms and batteries in at-risk neighborhoods in Illinois, Florida and California.
  • The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which will deliver a suicide prevention seminar for police officers and implement more effective suicide prevention practices in everyday law enforcement.
  • FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, which will provide approximately 2,000 students with hands-on opportunities to apply math and science concepts to design, build and test robots in the United States and four other countries around the world.
  • The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), which will provide educational programming focused on problem-solving and application of STEM skills for middle- and high school-students.
  • Search and Rescue Unit Foundation’s National Training Caravan - Advocacy Training Program, which will offer disaster relief education for local communities in the Philippines. Team leaders in every participating family will be trained to save their families in the event of a disaster
  • Penang Science Cluster (PSC) in Malaysia, which will support hands-on technology and engineering programming for students and teachers. Students in the program will learn design thinking and coding as they build prototypes to solve community issues.
  • Hands On Technology (HoT) in Central Europe, which will introduce robotics, coding and more to children ages nine to 16. In small teams, 7,000 students will program an autonomous robot in the global FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition.
  • Africa Fire Mission, which will help provide fire and safety training to local firefighters and community leaders to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of fire services in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
  • Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) in Jerusalem, Israel, which will engage Israeli and Palestinian high school students in computer science and social entrepreneurship. Students will design, pitch and implement innovative technological projects addressing local community needs.

Visit the Motorola Solutions Foundation website to see the full list of U.S. and international grant recipients.

Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook

  • Sales of $1.6 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago
  • Organic revenue1 growth of 5 percent; North America organic growth of 5 percent
  • Record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million, or 9 percent
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.25, up 11 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS 2 of $1.53, up 12 percent
  • Increasing quarterly dividend by 11 percent

CHICAGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2017. 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 11 percent to 52 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Jan. 12, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of businesson Dec. 15, 2017.
“Q3 was another outstanding quarter of revenue and earnings growth,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m particularly pleased with our record backlog position, demonstrating continued strength of our Land Mobile Radio (LMR) business.”
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

  Q3 2017  Q3 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,645 $1,532 7%
  Operating Earnings $338 $341 (1)%
  % of Sales 20.5% 22.3%  
  EPS $1.25 $1.13 11%
  Operating Earnings $423 $396 7%
  % of Sales 25.7% 25.8%  
  EPS $1.53 $1.37 12%
Product Segment
  Sales $989 $920 8%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $253 $225 12%
  % of Sales 25.6% 24.5%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $287 $243 18%
  % of Sales 29.0% 26.4%  
Services Segment
  Sales $656 $612 7%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $85 $116 (27)%
  % of Sales 13.0% 19.0%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $136 $153 (11)%
  % of Sales 20.7% 25.0%  

Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.28 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
  • Revenue – Sales increased 7 percent overall from the year-ago quarter and grew 5 percent organically driven by the Americas region. Products segment sales grew 8 percent driven by the Americas and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regions. The Services segment grew 7 percent driven by the Americas, with global Managed & Support Services growth of 8 percent.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 20.5 percent of sales, compared with 22.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline reflects higher costs related to non-U.S. pension settlement losses and intangible amortization expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.7 percent of sales, compared with 25.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. 
  • Cash flow – The company generated $270 million in operating cash, a decrease of $78 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow3 was $185 million, down $95 million. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to higher working capital and higher capital expenses associated with the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and higher tax payments.
  • Capital Allocation – The company repurchased approximately $100 million of its common stock and paid approximately $76 million in cash dividends. Additionally, the company paid $205 million in cash associated with the acquisition of Kodiak Networks.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog was up 24 percent or $344 million, and Services was up 6 percent or $424 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.
Strategic wins
  • $79 million for a P25 system serving three counties in Oregon
  • $54 million for a P25 system in Memphis, Tenn.
  • $26 million for a 10-year Managed & Support Services contract for the City of Phoenix
  • $24 million for a P25 system in Burlington, N.J.
  • $10 million for a radio system expansion in Ecuador
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Introduced the PSX Application Suite providing push-to-talk, messaging and mapping applications designed specifically for public safety LTE users
  • Completed the acquisition of Kodiak Networks
  • Announced the LXN 500 ultra-portable standalone LTE network that can provide coverage and public safety applications in remote locations during emergencies
  • Fourth-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.00 to $2.05 per share.
  • Full-year 2017 – The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 5 percent versus the prior outlook of approximately 3 to 4 percent, and non-GAAP earnings per share now in the range of $5.35 to $5.40 versus the prior outlook of $5.20 to $5.30. This assumes current foreign exchange rates and approximately 169 million fully diluted shares.
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. 2. The conference call will be webcast live at
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
  Q3 2017 Q3 2016
Net sales $1,645 $1,532
Gross margin 794 762
Operating earnings 338 341
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings


Diluted EPS $1.25 $1.13
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.0 169.6

The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the third quarter of 2017.

(per diluted common share) Q3 2017
GAAP Earnings $1.25
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.07
Reorganization of business charges 0.04
Intangibles amortization expense 0.17
Non-U.S. pension settlement loss 0.11
Asset impairment 0.01
Tax benefit on U.S. capital loss  (0.13)
Reserve on unrecognized tax benefit 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.28
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.53

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.
Organic Revenue:  Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions which can obscure period to period comparisons.
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.
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.
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 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 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on page 37 in item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2017 and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at and on Motorola Solutions’ website at, 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; (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 implementing a new enterprise resource planning (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
1 Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters.
2 Q3 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.28 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 in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
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Victoria Police officers gain real-time information on the beat

on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Smart mobile technology from Motorola Solutions delivers vital operational information to the field

  • New managed mobility service delivered to an initial 59 officers in the Werribee area
  • Transit and Protective Service Officers first to benefit from improved visibility and safety
  • AUD $50 million contract will deliver smart, mobile technology to at least 10,000 officers

Melbourne, Australia – Nov. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has commenced delivery of a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police, helping to increase situational awareness, safety and productivity on the front line.

Transit police and Protective Services Officers in the Werribee area of Melbourne’s outer western suburbs were the first to access the mobility service this month.

Motorola Solutions’ complete, end-to-end managed service will enable Victoria Police members to focus on core policing activities rather than managing the technology.

At least 10,000 personnel will receive iPad minis and iPhones loaded with a mobile application to give them a technological edge in their daily work to protect community safety.

This includes 24x7 monitoring and device management as well as device support, repair and replacement services.

The solution will ultimately help officers to save time by reducing manual administration tasks, freeing them up to spend more time policing in local communities.

The technology will enable police members to obtain operational information in the field immediately while helping to preserve its mission critical radio communications for when they are needed most.

The program also supports a major goal in Victoria Police’s BlueConnect program, “Connecting police and the community through technology.”

The holistic managed service contract will run for a minimum of five years with the potential to extend to 11 years and is valued at more than AUD $50 million.

The solution includes, a mobile application developed by Gridstone, the mobile application developer that Motorola Solutions acquired in 2016. Victoria Police now joins Queensland Police in rolling out a mobile application platform developed by Gridstone to its members.

Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director Steve Crutchfield said the service meets the specific needs of Victoria Police and supports their plans for future innovation.

“Frontline officers will gain access to data when and where they need it most, helping them to manage their essential daily tasks with increased efficiency and safety,” Crutchfield said.

“The mobile application delivers critical information to officers for improved decision-making. For example, it can alert officers about potentially dangerous suspects. Eventually, the application will free up officers’ time, enabling them to complete administrive tasks in the field instead of back at the station,” he said.

The mobility service also lays a foundation for Victoria Police to add improved functionality and innovation over time.

“In today’s world, emergency services are dealing with more complex threats and higher community expectations,” Crutchfield said.

“Technology innovation can help to address these challenges and bring transformational benefits to public safety” he said.

Motorola Solutions Delivers 3.5 Millionth TETRA Radio Terminal

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Major milestone for worldwide digital radio implementation
  • 3.5 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal handed to German public safety organisations at Motorola Solutions’ TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin
  • Number of TETRA users will rise to 5 million by 2021 according to IHS Markit research

BERLIN, Germany – October 26, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced that it has shipped its 3.5 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal to public safety and commercial customers worldwide. To mark this important milestone, Christoph Thomas, MSSSI Vice president sales and country manager Motorola Solutions Germany handed over a specially designed TETRA digital radio terminal to Dr. Dieter Romann, president of the Presidium of the German Federal Police, at Motorola Solutions’ newly opened TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany. The equipment of all federal public safety organisations with digital radios and accessories from Motorola Solutions takes place based on a framework contract with the procurement office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior following a Europe-wide tender.

Motorola Solutions’ major milestone comes at a time when public safety organisations are under enormous burden. Threats are getting more complex, populations are growing, and budgets are under pressure. Customers need interoperable solutions for voice, data, multimedia and other applications that enable them to work faster, safer and more effectively.

“The delivery of the 3.5 millionth TETRA radio terminal reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical solutions to public safety and commercial organisations worldwide,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We will continue to invest in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based smart public safety solutions. As the TETRA market continues to evolve, driven by systems upgrades, innovations and new requirements from front line professionals we will continue to enable our customers to work safer, smarter and in the most extreme environments.”

According to IHS Markit research, the number of TETRA users will rise to 5 million by 2021. This trend underlines that there is a strong demand for innovations and next-generation TETRA communication solutions to drive safer cities and communities. The demand is mostly generated out of EMEA which is responsible for 70 percent of the global market. Europe alone receives 50 percent of the worldwide TETRA shipments.

“At IHS we feel positive about the TETRA market,” said Thomas Lynch, director for Safe Cities, Critical Communications and Security Research at IHS Markit. “We see TETRA as a complementary technology for LTE/broadband technologies, which are growing in popularity. We expect the market to continue to grow as organisations look to move to digital also because TETRA is a proven mission-critical technology, trusted by governments and public safety organisations throughout the world.”

The new Motorola Solutions MTP6650 TETRA portable radio is an example of how TETRA is helping public safety agencies address today’s market demands and of Motorola Solutions’ continual investment in TETRA. The radio offers enhanced coverage, location services and Bluetooth® 4.1 ensuring public safety professionals can take advantage of wireless devices such as wireless push-to-talk (PTT) buttons or sensors such as a heart rate monitors to improve safety on the frontline. Support for Global Navigation Satellite Systems ensures users can take advantage of the latest location-based services. When combined with the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone, officers can also take advantage of new body-worn video camera and digital evidence management solutions.

Motorola Solutions Redefining Public Safety Radio and Broadband Communications

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New mission-critical software-based solutions for first responders using LMR and broadband networks being showcased at police chiefs conference

CHICAGO – Oct. 23, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is introducing new integrated software-based communication solutions built specifically for the needs of police and first responders. From the field to the command center, these technologies combine the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) systems and public safety broadband.

“Motorola Solutions’ LMR systems are built with multiple layers of resiliency and are trusted by first responders day-to-day and during disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, when instant communication is essential to help people in life-and-death situations,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Product & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “We are introducing new solutions and future concepts that use ASTRO 25 for mission-critical voice communications and public safety broadband to share data for actionable intelligence. Together, these technologies provide a powerful combination of solutions to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect.”

Motorola Solutions will showcase this technology Oct. 23-24 in booth #3037 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2017, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.


Responder Alert: Automated LMR and broadband notifications when a situation turns critical

When every second counts, police officers need to keep their eyes up and hands free for fast response in any situation. With Motorola Solutions Responder Alert, a series of actions and notifications are automated to keep officers focused on the mission at hand.

Motorola Solutions teamed up with providers of public safety equipment to integrate Responder Alert into products police officers use every day. For example, when an officer pulls his gun out of his holster, Responder Alert will immediately notify command and can automatically turn on the officer’s Motorola Solutions Si500 body-worn camera to begin recording events. Working with Safariland, a leading provider of holsters to law enforcement, helps ensure that Responder Alert technology is fully integrated into an agency’s operations from day one, without the need to retrofit or test new holsters.

Using sensors from Yardarm Technologies integrated in the officer’s weapon, Responder Alert can detect if a gun is fired and immediately notify command. This not only helps maximize officer safety, it can also be critical in establishing a timeline of events for the post-incident investigation.

Alerts are communicated automatically on an ASTRO 25 LMR system using Motorola Solutions APXTM two-way radios or on broadband networks when using Motorola Solutions LTE devices such as the LEX F10, certified for FirstNet. The FirstNet network will be a U.S. nationwide, interoperable broadband network dedicated to first responders when they need it. Working with AT&T, Motorola Solutions is helping deliver the broadband devices and solutions that public safety needs.

Using Motorola Solutions' CommandCentral Inform software for aggregated location-based data, agency commanders see events on their computer screens as they populate a timeline that includes real-time location information.

CommunityConnect: Mobile application for non-emergency community engagement

Motorola Solutions will be showcasing enhanced community engagement capabilities designed to streamline calls for service, improve crime intelligence and help agencies stay better connected with their residents.

A new mobile app, CommunityConnect, is the next evolution of engagement tools used by citizens to send non-emergency incident reports and easily track their status. They can also anonymously report all types of crimes and submit multimedia evidence such as videos and pictures. Additionally, public safety agencies can broadcast alerts to keep residents informed of emergency situations in the local area and proactively share local crime data on a map enabled by CrimeReports.

All data captured through CommunityConnect can be easily stored using CommandCentral Vault evidence management for historical reference.


Future Incident Command: Holographic mixed-reality concept demo

Motorola Solutions is showcasing a future incident command concept demonstration that uses mixed reality for a multi-dimensional view of events as they unfold for a SWAT team. An augmented-reality headset will provide a birds-eye view into the role of an incident commander who is coordinating a tactical response away from the incident.

Drones at the scene provide videos and a holistic view of buildings. A holographic 3-D model can be viewed from any direction, similar to a physical object located on a table right in front of the commander. The location of first responders and other people at the scene is quickly seen on live diagrams and via video feeds.

In this demonstration, first responders communicate using a dedicated LMR system and real-time data is shared through a secure broadband network. Commanders see events as they unfold. They have the situational awareness needed to make the right decisions that can be quickly communicated with first responders in the field.

PSX App Suite: Mass alert notification concept demo

Motorola Solutions PSX App Suite operates seamlessly with both LMR and broadband networks, and provides a streamlined experience to help officers stay focused on the environment around them. It is an ecosystem of interoperable applications built for the needs of first responders and includes push-to-talk (PTT), messaging and mapping apps.

Demonstrating the flexible nature of PSX apps, Motorola Solutions will show a new concept demo that integrates BlueLine Grid’s mass notification alert technology for crisis communications between people and organizations. It provides simplified communications during major incidents, eliminating the need to manually contact command staff and responders one-by-one. Large-scale emergency teams can be formed instantly for fast incident response.

BlueLine Grid is a Motorola Solutions Venture Capital company.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Third-Quarter 2017 Earnings Results on Nov. 2

on Sunday, 22 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO – Oct. 20, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its third-quarter earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDTon Nov. 2. The conference call will be webcast live at

MOTOTRBO 10th Anniversary in Full Swing at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions celebrates a decade of digital business communications
  • MOTOTRBO platform powers up voice communications at international golf event
  • The latest SL2M, a sleek addition to the lineup, is joined by a new repeater and software to improve MOTOTRBO performance

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Oct. 11, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) celebrates the 10th year milestone of its MOTOTRBO™ digital radio portfolio at the CIMB Classic golf tournament, where a fleet of digital two-way radios is deployed to coordinate the 4-day golf championship 12-15 October 2017. The CIMB Classic, which is celebrating its eighth edition this year, is the only PGA TOUR tournament that is staged in Southeast Asia.

For the past decade, thousands of businesses looking for reliable and cost-effective digital radio systems have chosen the MOTOTRBO platform to better connect employees. In Malaysia, Motorola Solutions’ communications solutions are being deployed across all industries ranging from transport and manufacturing to oil and gas, hospitality and retail.

“This year, we are extremely honoured to have our digital two-way radios selected to connect operations staff and ensure the smooth running of the CIMB Classic golf tournament. At Motorola Solutions, we have a deep understanding of the importance of crisp and clear communications at large-scale events,” says Mike O’Connor, Vice President, Radio Channel Sales, Asia Pacific, Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions has been regularly investing in innovation resources at global R&D centres including Penang, to enhance the features of the digital mobile radio portfolio and improve daily operations within enterprises and organisations.

This has enabled Motorola Solutions to deliver continued improvements to the Next Generation MOTOTRBO portfolio launched in 2016, such as indoor location-tracking, longer battery life, Wi-Fi as well as integration of WAVE™ 5000 Work Group Communications software and Capacity Max digital trunking solution. Earlier enhancements include Bluetooth, job-ticketing, dispatch applications, text messaging and longer talk times.

The latest MOTOTRBO offering, the SL2M portable radio blends sophistication with a discreet, slim design that’s ideal for work in professional settings. With a virtual keypad and display, the lightweight SL2M makes it easy to navigate between functions and toggle between voice and data.

The new SLR 1000 low-power repeater also offers an ultra-flexible way to power MOTOTRBO radio networks by extending their range in a compact design. Built for indoor or outdoor settings, the repeater is easy to install and can scale up along with a company’s growing needs.

The latest MOTOTRBO software enables WAVE Work Group Communications software to link employees using push to talk services on MOTOTRBO radios with colleagues at desktop machines, mobile phones, tablets or any other communication device. WAVE-enabled communications let businesses get ahead of shop floor or management problems and keep key personnel in constant contact when needed.

As the founding member of the Digital Mobile Radio Association (DMRA), Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBO platform also features one of the industry’s largest application developer programmes with a wide variety of software applications.

Motorola Solutions Expands Software Innovation with New Software Development and Deployment Leaders

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Leaders bring decades of experience in software development at scale

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced two new leaders in the company’s Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

Alam Ali, vice president, records and evidence systems, joins the company from Tersai Corporation, a startup building a self-serve display ad marketplace for small and mid-sized advertisers. Iain McDonald, vice president, software deployment and integration, comes from Microsoft. Ali and McDonald are based in Motorola Solutions’ Seattle software design center.

“Both Alam and Iain bring decades of experience in software development and deployment at scale,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions Software Enterprise. “As we continue to grow our portfolio and become a leader in software and services, they add important new dimensions of software leadership to our organization.”

Ali will lead a team focused on the data that serves as the foundation of the company’s software solutions. This includes Motorola Solutions’ digital evidence management solution consisting of the Si500 body-worn camera and CommandCentral Vault for cloud-based digital storage.

Ali brings experience in large-scale software systems development, data analytics platforms, search engine technologies and machine learning. Before his role at Tersai Corporation, Ali helped lead the transformation of Time’s media assets from print to digital, and he oversaw engineering for the company’s digital, print editorial and publisher systems.

Iain McDonald will lead deployment services and customer success for all products in Motorola Solutions’ software portfolio, and he will build an organization focused on transitioning customers to the cloud.

McDonald has a proven track record of leading large-scale software projects. He joins the company from Microsoft, where he spent significant time on Windows, Skype and Exchange Server, holding leadership roles in engineering, program management, project management and business operations.

Sinclair added, “Given Motorola Solutions’ broad footprint of customers around the globe, it’s natural that we would structure our teams, including those led by Alam and Iain, around how customers buy our products. As we expand our LMR leadership with solutions that help first responders seamlessly bridge LMR and LTE technologies, it’s critical that we have the leadership and structure we need to create state-of-the-art software and services to address our customers’ toughest problems.”

Motorola Solutions Brings Together Spillman Public Safety Software Users

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 900 customers from 370 U.S. public safety agencies attend Spillman user conference

PARK CITY, Utah – Sep. 20, 2017 – More than 900 attendees from 370 U.S. public safety agencies have gathered for Summit 2017, the annual user conference for Spillman, a Motorola Solutions company. Summit 2017 focuses on Flex, which provides records management software (RMS), computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and jail management, as well as advanced search, reporting, mapping and analytics capabilities, to U.S. public safety agencies.

Acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2016, Spillman specializes in integrated on-premises and cloud software solutions. It is now part of Motorola Solutions’ growing Software Enterprise, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

“Flex gives U.S. public safety agencies a customizable, on-premises solution for CAD and RMS,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We are committed to Spillman Flex, which is a critical part of the integrated software suite we are building for public safety users. Flex will help us streamline the emergency response workflow and create meaningful integration between systems, including land mobile radio networks and 911 call-taking solutions.”

Sinclair and other leaders will discuss software strategy and product enhancements with Spillman Flex customers at this week's conference. The event focuses on networking, educational opportunities, hands-on workshops and previews of new software innovations. Attendees will choose from more than 100 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in 11 different tracks, including more than 30 new classes on subjects from body-worn cameras and NG9-1-1 to CJIS policy and community policing. Guest presenters include key industry partners as well as user-taught best practices courses that share how other Flex customers have optimized their systems.

“We attend this conference every year because of the networking with other seasoned users and classes for new product offerings,” said Tom Wassack, application development manager for Randolph County, North Carolina, public safety, who has attended the conference for 23 years. “Those are key values I can take back to my agency.”

Radical Systems wins Motorola Solutions 2017 New South Wales hackathon

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Northern Territory developer impresses with secure communications solution

Sydney, Australia – Sept. 20, 2017 – Radical Systems has won the 2017 Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) public safety hackathon.

The Darwin-based business systems developer won the fast-paced, 48-hour challenge with a solution designed to capture vital data for emergency services while maintaining the integrity of highly secure and covert communications.

The solution is designed to provide better connectivity and communications for public safety organisations, enabling improved decision making and response to major events such as bushfires. The application would also enable system users to capture vital data on their devices when they are not connected to the network.

Radical Systems incorporated the use of Motorola Solutions’ convergence suite of software in its solution design, enabling radio network access to be securely extended to users of smartphones and other devices.

The Northern Territory technology developer was awarded $30,000 in prizes through the competition, including AUD $15,000 in cash and credits with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to further develop its solution in the cloud. Second place went to a combined team from Mastercom and Battlerz which were awarded a combined AUD $10,000 in cash and AWS credits.

Other competing developers included DiUS, Motorola Solutions, Gridstone and a team of New South Wales university students studying engineering.

The hackathon was supported by public safety agencies including NSW Telco Authority, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service. Agencies provided challenge statements based on real operational problems faced by their frontline personnel every day.

Applying the principles of agile development, application developers worked to resolve the challenge statements by developing smart applications in a pressure-cooker environment.

The event highlighted how mobile broadband innovation could be applied to improve situational awareness and collaboration for Australia’s public safety organisations while opening up new possibilities for developers.

“This experience taught us a lot about what emergency services personnel face in their daily work,” said Iain Buchanan, senior developer with Radical Systems.

“This really stretched our thinking in terms of solutions design and forced us to consider how technology could be applied to improve safety and productivity within their environments,”

All intellectual property developed during the hackathon belongs to the competing developers, giving them the flexibility to complete their applications either on their own or with support from Motorola Solutions.​

“This win will stimulate further growth for business and we plan to expand our solution – possibly by incorporating video streaming and image sharing – to create an even more valuable product for our customers,” explained Adam Whitehead, Radical Systems’ technology director.

Motorola Solutions’ vice president of cloud infrastructure, Tom Guthrie, said his company would continue to invest in hackathons and the growing number of services available within the cloud to deliver innovation to emergency services and enterprise organisations.

“Hackathons and the rapidly-growing, common tool sets available within the cloud make a powerful combination,” Guthrie said.

“Used together, they provide a new way for us to work, share our ideas, iterate and learn from each other. This kind of collaboration is essential to developing much-needed technologies to support public safety and enterprise organisations into the future,” Guthrie said.

Planning for Motorola Solutions’ next hackathon, in Melbourne in mid-2018, is now underway.

For further information email Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand marketing director, Kym Little: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Motorola Solutions sets out a vision of Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in the UK

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The opening of Motorola Solutions’ London Innovation Centre this month will showcase how new software and services are empowering public safety

LONDON, UK – September 20, 2017 – Public safety agencies are under enormous pressure in an ever-changing world. Threats are getting more complex, populations are growing, budgets are under pressure, and constant scrutiny is leading to even greater demands for accountability.

Motorola Solutions believes the right information at the right time, supported by intelligent innovations can help relieve some of this burden. Automation can trigger a series of actions to make response times quicker, and big data can be analysed for trends and behaviours, to help identify the most significant and high priority threats. The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a public safety setting is transformative – enabling agencies to potentially predict incidents before they occur.

Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society

Motorola Solutions marks the opening of its Innovation Centre in London by setting out a vision of Smart Public Safety for a Digital Society.

The centre showcases technologies including CommandCentral Analytics, used to support decisions on areas to patrol; showing an application of AI working with Natural Language Processing software, to help officers interact with backend systems and retrieve critical intelligence; and Future Fire Incident Command Concept, demonstrating how the use of Mixed Reality technology by an Incident Commander at the scene can improve situational awareness and the safety of firefighters.

The event that took place explored how data and intelligent solutions can empower public safety organisations to more effectively predict and respond to incidents – even before they occur.

Motorola Solutions technologies showcased how innovations could free up time for public safety agencies. For example, in law enforcement these solutions span before, during and after an incident strengthening the chain of custody for evidence and ultimately helping improve the entire criminal justice system.

“Society is being transformed by technology, and public safety is too. Next-generation solutions can help public safety enhance workflow, boost efficiency and ultimately improve safety and outcomes,” explains Eduardo Conrado, EVP, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ‎Motorola Solutions.

“Public safety organisations need not only the technology and tools to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to understand their challenges, find solutions and imagine new ways to get the job done.”

50 Years of Innovation in the UK

Motorola Solutions has a rich heritage of aiding public safety in the UK over the last five decades. Its innovations span pioneering cellular phones and systems in the mid-80s, to introducing the world’s first TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) nationwide digital radio network, which is the basis for Airwave – the network went live in 2005 based on Motorola Solutions´ TETRA technology and currently powers public safety communications in the country.

In 1994, the company developed radio, cable and antenna systems for the newly opened Channel Tunnel between England and France, and in 1998 CityLink Telecommunications consortium, which included Motorola, was selected to replace and manage the radio transmission services for the entire London Underground Tube network.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Motorola Solutions was selected to provide over 30,000 MTH800 digital radios for Metropolitan Police Service officers to use on the Airwave nationwide TETRA communications network. London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s command and control system went live in May that year and Motorola Solutions supplied and implemented the system.

In 2015, Motorola Solutions was chosen to provide user services, system integration and critical functionality for the UK’s next generation LTE Emergency Services Network (ESN).

In 2016, PRONTO, a mobile applications suite provided by Airwave for workflows in the field, now underpins over a third of the UK police forces. As the technology has become more widely adopted, police forces have seen a dramatic increase in officer efficiency – from vehicle registration checks and issuing speeding tickets, to testing for the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Motorola Solutions moved its Europe, Middle East and Africa regional headquarters to the heart of London in 2017.

“Over the past 50 years, we have developed close relationships with many public safety organisations and commercial customers in the UK,” said Phil Jefferson, vice president for Western Europe and North Africa, and country manager UK and Ireland at ‎Motorola Solutions. “We are proud to support the UK users with our communications, services and applications that will help make public safety and commercial users even more effective in their work to protect and assist UK citizens.”

A Decade of Delivering Better Business Communication

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO line celebrates 10 years with new radio, repeater and enhanced capabilities

  • Motorola Solutions’ MOTOTRBOTM platform has powered thousands of commercial customers’ improved communications networks for more than a decade
  • The latest radio offering, the SL3500e, is a sleek addition to the lineup and is joined by a new repeater and software to improve MOTOTRBO performance
  • MOTOTRBO powers the Team Communications solution that employs WAVE Workgroup Communication software to help businesses work smarter and faster

CHICAGO – Aug. 30, 2017 – For more than 10 years, thousands of businesses looking for reliable and cost-effective digital radio systems have chosen Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) MOTOTRBOTM platform. MOTOTRBO enters its next decade in the U.S. with a new radio, repeater and enhanced software capabilities to connect employees like never before.

MOTOTRBO uses secure, always-on land mobile radio (LMR) technology trusted by commercial customers everywhere. The millions of MOTOTRBO radios sold worldwide – combined with performance-boosting Capacity Max digital trunking – create the core of our Team Communications solution for any business.

“We’re marking 10 years of MOTOTRBO, but in many ways, we’re just getting started with improving the way our commercial customers do business,” said John Kedzierski, vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Commercial Markets, Channels and Services. “Team Communications combines our best software and MOTOTRBO radios to create better ways for customers to get things done with faster, smarter communications.”

The latest MOTOTRBO offering, the SL3500e portable radio blends sophistication with a discreet, slim design that’s ideal for work in professional settings. With a virtual keypad and display, the lightweight SL3500e makes it easy to navigate between functions and toggle between voice and data.

The new SLR 1000 low-power repeater offers an ultra-flexible way to power MOTOTRBO radio networks by extending their range in a compact design. Built for indoor or outdoor settings, the repeater is easy to install and can scale up along with a company’s growing network.

The latest MOTOTRBO software enables WAVE™ Work Group Communications software to be used directly on the radio over WiFi. WAVE links any device across LMR and broadband networks and anchors the Team Communications package, letting MOTOTRBO radio use push to talk services with employees at desktop machines, mobile phones, tablets or any other communication device. WAVE-enabled communications let businesses get ahead of shop floor or management problems and keep key personnel in constant contact when needed.

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

Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Kodiak Networks

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Adds complementary, carrier-integrated push-to-talk-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ software suite

CHICAGO – Aug. 28, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers.

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

“Acquiring Kodiak Networks is another step in building Motorola Solutions’ communications and collaboration software suite and establishing annual recurring revenue streams,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “Kodiak’s broadband PTT software expands our offerings for mobile network operators, especially in commercial markets, and complements our software and carrier capabilities.”

Kodiak adds a complementary, carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular solution to Motorola Solutions’ existing mission-critical WAVE PTT portfolio. WAVE connects disparate networks to enable communication between smartphones, radios and computers via wireless or wireline broadband.

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

Motorola Solutions hires head of product cybersecurity

on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Former head of Cyber Intelligence Task Force for the Intelligence and National Security tapped to accelerate strategy across the portfolio   

CHICAGO – Aug. 23, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the leader of its new products and services cybersecurity team. Troy Mattern joins Motorola Solutions as the company’s head of cybersecurity for products and services and will lead a dedicated team and governance board focused on cybersecurity strategy, risk assessment, policy and prioritization across Motorola Solutions’ software, services, devices and networks. Mattern brings more than 25 years of experience in military and cyberintelligence.

“Cyber threats are growing in number, scale and sophistication, and the stakes are even higher for our public safety and commercial customers,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products & Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “Troy and his organization will help ensure our products and services – from mission-critical two-way radios to our integrated software suite for the command center – are secure from the ground up.”

Mattern was previously vice president of cybersecurity for Zurich Insurance Company. Prior to Zurich, he was technical director for cyberintelligence for Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, and he served more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he developed his expertise in cybersecurity and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). Mattern was the first chairman of the Cyberintelligence Task Force for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and remains actively involved in the industry. 

“I’m excited to build on Motorola Solutions’ strong foundation of cybersecurity,” said Mattern. “The landscape is evolving quickly, and I look forward to helping keep our customers connected and their information secure.”

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Aug. 22, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 47 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 13, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2017.

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