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Maximum connectivity and team efficiency for Christo's Floating Piers project

on Friday, 23 September 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO™ two-way radio infrastructure and radios connect the artist’s team with transport, public safety and emergency services teams

  • 400 digital two-way radios from Motorola Solutions provide high quality audio, clear digital voice communications and background noise cancellation.
  • MOTOTRBO integrated voice and data base-station/repeater solutions deliver increased capacity, enhanced data applications and advanced communications.
  • MOTOTRBO two-way radio infrastructure enables clear voice transmissions along installation and access roads, including in underground sections.

ROME, Italy – September 22, 2016 – Motorola Solutions provided the teams at Christo’s Floating Piers art project with a reliable and comprehensive communications system based on its powerful MOTOTRBO two-way radio infrastructure and radios.

The art project took place at Lake Iseo in Northern Italy, between Milan and Venice. From June 18 to July 3 2016, the landscape was reimagined and reinterpreted by Christo, the artist known for his wrapped monuments, with his Floating Piers installation. More than 1.2 million guests visited the installation. The project was highly complex and involved many contributors to provide a number of services including transportation, security, emergency services, municipal police and local fire departments. In order to coordinate all the parties involved, there was the need for reliable and smart communications.

“The Floating Piers consisted of three kilometre-long walking platforms for pedestrians, composed of 220,000 cubes floating on water draped in 100,000 square metres of bright yellow fabric. It was built on the lake and freely accessible to visitors,” explained Fabio Cadonici, sales director, Saitel Telecomunicazioni. “It was a great challenge to guarantee the safety of this project, which we were able to achieve thanks to the enhanced voice and data communications of Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO platform.”

“Motorola Solutions understands the requirements of teams who need to realize large-scale projects like the Floating Piers project by Christo and who must be able to count on their communications system,” said Luciano Valentini, country manager Motorola Solutions Italy. “To guarantee seamless and reliable collaboration at all times, we installed four communications systems and supplied around 400 Motorola radios.”

Motorola Solutions provided an end-to-end MOTOTRBO communications platform for the project consisting of the following elements:

  • For efficient collaboration of the transportation teams, a Motorola Solutions SLR 5500 repeater has been delivered as well as 30 portable two-way radio terminals for communication in shuttle buses and among the operating staff.
  • Communication between security staff on the Floating Piers walkway was guaranteed thanks to a DR 3000 repeater and 120 DP1400 portable two-way radio terminals.
  • For security in the other affected areas, roads and paths, an MTR3000 integrated voice and data base-station/repeater and 200 Motorola DP1400 portable two-way radio terminals were supplied.
  • Additionally, 20 Motorola DP1400 radios and 20 compact DP3441 two-way digital radios facilitated the management of Christo’s team communications.

Motorola Solutions Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Italy and Shows Next Generation Smart Public Safety Solutions

on Friday, 23 September 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Proven record of providing Italian public safety organizations and commercial customers with future-proof communications solutions over five decades

ROME, Italy – September 22, 2016 – Public safety organizations are facing extraordinary challenges today – ranging from preventing riots to coordinating refugee relief. In times of extreme threats and catastrophes, the demand for intelligent and reliable public safety solutions is stronger than ever before. Motorola Solutions is responding to this demand with its next generation Smart Public Safety Solutions just in time for Motorola’s 50th anniversary in Italy. The company’s longstanding and successful presence in the country is characterized by a history of innovations and milestones that has seen it delivering communication devices to most public safety organizations in Italy including the Carabinieri, Financial Guard, Civil Protection, local police and ambulance services.

“Over the past 50 years, we have developed strong relationships with many public safety organizations and commercial customers in Italy,” said Luciano Valentini, country manager Motorola Solutions Italy. “We are proud to support the Italian market with our communications solutions that make public safety and commercial users even more effective and enable them to fulfill their tasks in a safe and reliable way.”

With the Command Center of the Future and its enhanced Connected Police Officer, Motorola Solutions provides the next generation of Smart Public Safety Solutions and continues its successful history of innovation worldwide and in Italy specifically. Whether the priority is keeping emergency responders connected to command centers or ensuring reliable communications with employees on-site or off-site, Motorola Solutions combines smart intelligence in equipment such as body-worn cameras with next generation analytics to provide unmatched end-to-end solutions for first responders and public safety providers.


Motorola Solutions’ comprehensive CommandCentral portfolio enables increased pre-, mid- and post-event awareness in the command centre and on the street based on advanced analytics. Public safety agencies and departments can aggregate data and visualize it in several ways, allowing crime center analysts to view multiple feeds on one screen and share high-definition images of suspects, vehicles, license plate numbers and other critical information with responding officers.

“Our Smart Public Safety Solutions transform ever-growing data sources into a force multiplier, enabling fast, accurate emergency response and crime prevention,” said Stephen Beach, Smart Public Safety Solutions specialist at Motorola Solutions. “By harnessing data from numerous sources such as live video footage from unmanned aerial vehicles and body-worn cameras or accessing live social media, we can improve situational awareness and officer safety while also enabling first responders to keep their everyday workflow operations simple and intuitive.”


Motorola Solutions also introduced an enhanced live demo of its revolutionary Connected Police Officer concept. When equipped with advanced, future-oriented technology like body-worn cameras, LTE devices, location and equipment sensors, and biometrics and collaboration solutions, police officers are always connected to the control room, improving safety and efficiency during operations.

Connected Police Officer is even more powerful thanks to Motorola Solutions’ Digital Evidence Management Solutions, comprised of the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone (VSM) and the CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management software. The Si500 Video Speaker Microphone dramatically increases situational awareness, information gathering and evidence collection capabilities in the field. Unlike typical body-worn cameras, the Motorola Si500 VSM combines voice communications with video and still image capture, enabling police officers to capture and record events accurately in the moment they happen. The Motorola Si500 VSM is complemented by the cloud-based application CommandCentral Vault that provides enhanced chain-of-custody controls for end-to-end security and content integrity.

Motorola Solutions Enhances Airport Safety and Efficiency

on Wednesday, 21 September 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New broadband push-to-talk platform WAVE™ connects public safety personnel, airport workers and supporting organizations at Stuttgart Airport and Baden-Airpark like never before.

  • WAVE Work Group Communications connects TETRA with disparate networks, including Wi-Fi, cellular and telephone landlines
  • Integrated control room communications enable faster reaction in cases of emergency between airport organizations as well as fire and rescue services
  • Airport authorities sign comprehensive long-term service contract with Motorola Solutions

Idstein, Germany – September 21, 2016 – Motorola Solutions has introduced its WAVE push-to-talk (PTT) platform at Stuttgart Airport in Southern Germany. The powerful PTT solution extends the airport’s communications beyond TETRA radio to include broadband devices and networks, ensuring greater workforce connectivity, interoperability and collaboration. WAVE connects the integrated Dimetra TETRA system for public safety personnel and workers at the airport with supporting organizations who can join the broadband platform via smartphones, computers, other radios or telephones from virtually any location.

The future-proof technology extension follows a long-term communications strategy of the airport authorities. After the consolidation of the control rooms for fire departments and rescue services, the officials were looking for an integrated, secure communications system for all users – from ramp agents and baggage handlers to external workgroups such as cleaning organizations. Motorola Solutions provided this solution based on its WAVE platform combined with a refresh of its Dimetra IP Compact TETRA radio network and its MCC 7500 IP Dispatch Console for integrated control room operations.

Airport officials can now easily communicate and dispatch out individual responders or groups in the TETRA network using the WAVE Advanced Desktop Communicator. The employees can even establish a connection with a public provider network to ensure a smooth and seamless communication at any time.

Long-term service agreement signed

For future-proof system stability and resilience of the communications system, the airport authorities have signed a comprehensive agreement covering software, hardware and implementation as well as maintenance and repair services.

“We have been relying on Motorola Solutions’ TETRA digital radio solutions since 2009 and successfully expanded our Dimetra IP Compact system to Baden-Airpark in 2013,” said Matthias Kolb, head of information and communication services at Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH. “Extending our TETRA network to other user groups at the airport was a logical step for us to increase efficiencies and to help us provide the best possible service to our passengers.”

“A secure, reliable and interoperable communications system is crucial for airports in order to guarantee safe journeys for all passengers,” said Klaus-Dieter Drossel, sales director for key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “Our WAVE PTT platform and our TETRA technology provide control rooms with unmatched capability to reach across multiple user applications and resources for enhanced response coordination and greater efficiencies.”

TOPAs European Consortium for buildings energy consumption management accomplishes first pilot site installation

on Wednesday, 14 September 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Lead by Motorola Solutions, the TOPAs project successfully connected the pilot buildings at Cork Institute of Technology with an early prototype of the project’s platform

  • Launched in November 2015, the TOPAs Project is developing a set of analytic tools aimed at minimising the gap between predicted and actual energy consumption in blocks of buildings
  • The project targets reducing that gap to 10% and contributing to reduced energy consumption in the pilot regions by 20%
  • The project outcomes will be tested and validated in three representative sites of commercial and public buildings in Ireland and France

Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 12, 2016 – The TOPAs International consortium of academic and industrial partners, led by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), has recently completed connecting the first pilot buildings in a project aimed at reducing energy consumption. The buildings, at the Cork Institute of Technology, were connected with an early prototype of the TOPAs project (Tools for Continuous Building Performance Auditing) cloud-based analytic platform. Launched in November 2015, TOPAs consortium is building a set of analytic tools for continuous performance auditing of energy consumption in office buildings, aiming to reduce the gap between predicted and actual energy consumption.

“Successfully connecting the buildings at the Cork Institute of Technology proves the feasibility of our architectural approach. This is an important milestone for the TOPAs consortium on the path towards full platform validation, which begins during next year”, said Boris Kantsepolsky, business development manager, Motorola Solutions Israel and TOPAs project coordinator. “We are confident that our fruitful collaboration will facilitate us in achieving the ambitious Project goals - leveraging the potential of energy efficiency solutions for new businesses, taking another big step towards a more sustainable world.”

According to reports from World Energy Outlook, buildings in the western world are accountable for approximately 40 percent of total energy consumption. This in turn contributes 30 percent to the world’s total CO2 emissions. Extensive evidence shows that buildings usually do not perform as well as predicted. The cloud-based Tools for Continuous Building Performance Auditing (TOPAs) project will provide better visibility on how energy-related decisions impact management, cost, air quality and comfort of buildings’ occupants.

The TOPAs international consortium brings together multidisciplinary and complementary partners from academia, small to medium enterprise and industry. Led by Motorola Solutions Israel, the TOPAs consortium consists of the Cork Institute of Technology, The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Azimut Monitoring, Energy Solutions, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, IBM Research Ireland, Technical University Dresden and EMBIX. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 676760.

DevMynd Obtains Strategic Investment from Motorola Solutions

on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Aug. 18, 2016 – DevMynd, a leading-edge digital innovation consulting firm, announced today that it received Series A funding from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.

JC Grubbs, CEO, DevMynd, said the investment opens new collaborative opportunities that include the wave of innovation occurring in public safety and commercial communications.

"We couldn’t be happier to be working with a partner that has such a rich tradition of solving problems that have a meaningful impact on people in critical situations,” Grubbs said. “Those are the types of challenges that we like to work on at DevMynd – things that really give us purpose.

“Our experience in human-centered user research, user experience and service design will help Motorola Solutions and its customers develop products and apps that solve next-generation challenges,” he added. “And, we’re excited about opportunities to apply software engineering expertise to mobile, web and device needs that will result in robust, enterprise-grade solutions.”


Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer, Motorola Solutions, said, “Both of our organizations look forward to working together on several fronts. DevMynd is an excellent example of our support of and collaboration with the entrepreneurial community in Chicago.

“The adoption of broadband technology is driving innovation in public safety and commercial communications,” he added. “We know that tailored software and services will be required to deliver solutions and capabilities to our customers. We’re pursuing technological advances such as interoperable mobile applications for mission-critical communications and collaboration, enhanced situational awareness, real-time rich messaging, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. All of these are on the immediate horizon and we are looking for DevMynd to help us get these capabilities to our customers.”

The strategic investment will allow DevMynd to expand its team, add new capabilities and enter new markets. It also will support access to strong strategy, design and custom software development services for Motorola Solutions and its customers.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 18, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 41 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 14, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2016.

Motorola Solutions Foundation sponsors innovative police-community relations program and gives $3.45 million in public safety grants

on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Grants support community safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States

  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation helps to fund an International Association of Chiefs of Police training program – on how to form a culture of trust between police personnel and the communities they serve
  • The foundation announced it will grant $3.45 million to 83 organizations dedicated to improving public safety in communities in the United States
  • More than 1 million first responders and citizens will benefit from the foundation grants

CHICAGO – Aug. 17, 2016 – A program designed to build trust and collaboration between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve will receive a second consecutive year of funding from Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions [NYSE:MSI].

The foundation’s grant will provide ongoing support as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) develops training and technical assistance to three pilot sites. The sites will implement recommendations from the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which previously were validated by evidence-based research.

Previously launched with Motorola Solutions Foundation funding, the IACP program features an innovative approach that helps build trust between law enforcement agencies and community members. The training helps organizations create a high-trust culture of collaboration and engagement, resulting in greater speed and lower risk throughout the organization.

“We live in a time of escalating need for productive dialogue on community-police relations,” said Vincent Talucci, executive director/chief executive officer of the IACP. “We are grateful for the foundation’s ongoing support of our efforts to encourage and develop higher levels of interdependence.”

The foundation’s public safety grants program serves the needs of first responders, their families and the general public in the United States. The Motorola Solutions Foundation considers first responders to include federal and local law enforcement, veterans, professional and volunteer fire service personnel, emergency medical professionals and disaster response professionals.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation donation to IACP is part of a $3.45 million portfolio of grant funding in 2016 directed to 83 non-profit organizations. The diverse groups aim to help improve safety and security in communities across the United States, honor the families of fallen first responders, and help bolster public safety education. About 1 million first responders and community members will benefit from initiatives funded through the competitive grant program.

“We wholeheartedly support innovation that results in constant improvement among public safety leaders and first responders through education and training,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The programs we’re supporting will benefit a broad range of communities served by law enforcement officers and staff, fire service personnel, federal agents, emergency medical service providers and our men and women in the military services – both active duty and veterans.”

Examples of 2016 grant recipients and their past impacts include:

    • The American Red Cross of South Florida is preparing Florida communities for potential disasters. Our grant funding allows our dedicated team of Motorola Solutions employees to educate low-income neighborhoods with fire safety presentations, smoke-alarm installations and more.
    • 2015 impact: Along with Motorola Solutions employees, firefighters and volunteers, the Red Cross installed about 500 smoke alarms in low-income neighborhoods in Broward County.
    • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides training to law enforcement agencies on model policies and best practices to respond to missing children cases. Each year, the organization hosts nearly a dozen multi-day, training sessions.
    • 2015 impact: Nearly 300 participants completed the Missing Children Seminar for CEOs, including many police chiefs and sheriffs. Participants rated this course very favorably and recommended that their peers participate in a future session to improve preparations for responding to missing children cases.
    • Troops to Firefighters aims to provide firefighter and emergency telecommunicator training, certification and job placement for up to 250 veterans and transitioning troops annually.
    • 2015 impact: Motorola Solutions Foundation funding supported an initial training and mentorship pilot for 15 students in a three-week 911 emergency dispatch operations course. Additional funding will allow students to participate in a subsequent firefighter or 911 emergency dispatch training and certification course.
    • Washington D.C. Police Foundation provides nearly 200 young people ages 10-21 with mentoring and exposure to careers in public safety through its innovative Junior Cadet, Classrooms to Careers and Public Safety Academy programming.
    • 2015 impact: The new focus of all three of Washington D.C. Police Foundation's key programs was recruiting minority youth from complex neighborhoods. Additional outreach efforts to create a more diverse police force began at employment fairs and were supported through social media marketing campaigns.

The National Emergency Number Association is one of 14 organizations new this year to Motorola Solutions Foundation support. Its Friends of 9-1-1 scholarship program allows more of the nation's call takers to attend workshops on evolving next generation technology and innovative training

Innovative radio technology keeps New Zealand’s firefighters safe

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New solution embeds radio microphone within firefighters’ breathing apparatus
  • Communication across multiple New Zealand public safety agencies made easier
  • Built for the harshest environments with improved noise cancellation and battery life

Wellington, New Zealand – 16 August 2016 – Firefighters serving with New Zealand Fire Service will benefit from improved safety and communication while working in fire grounds through an innovative two-way radio solution.

The new solution from Motorola Solutions and Spark will enable the service’s 10,000 career and volunteer firefighters to stay connected to their colleagues in the field via reliable and robust voice communication.

Having attended around 73,000 incidents in the past year alone, New Zealand Fire Service needs the best tools for the job. The organisation will receive more than 4,500 new radios designed for use in the most severe fire ground environments.

A major feature of the solution is a cornerstone Motorola Solutions innovation, a remote speaker microphone that will be fully integrated within firefighters’ breathing apparatus. This will be combined with the radio’s convenient push-to-talk button, which enables firefighters to communicate easily and safely in the harshest conditions.

Paul Baxter, Chief Executive & National Commander of the New Zealand Fire Service, said, “Communication is critical to safety on the incident ground, and much of that communication comes from the use of incident ground control (IGC) radio. That’s why we were so exacting in our requirements for these new radios.”

“The radios will help us to resolve radio interface issues with firefighters’ breathing apparatus while also delivering improved noise cancellation and battery life.”

By using a combination of single and multiband radios operating across both VHF and UHF bands, the solution aligns with the fire service’s vision of leading integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.

“This radio solution enables us to move away from using a mix of models and frequencies and toward a nationally consistent standard that will make it easier to work with our emergency service partners,” Baxter said.

Murray Mitchell, Director ICT for the New Zealand Fire Service, said, “We wanted a solution that is safe, easy to use and doesn’t distract firefighters from their work during critical incidents.The design features incorporated in these new radios will help our firefighters work more safely and efficiently.”

Spark will provide in-country support including service management and a customer support desk. Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles said: “Radios are life-saving tools for our emergency services, and great team communication can be the difference between a managed incident and a disaster. We are very proud to play a part in improving the on-ground experience for our Kiwi Fire Service heroes.”

Motorola Solutions Managing Director for New Zealand and Australia Steve Crutchfield said the solution drew on his company’s experience in providing tailored, mission-critical communications for public safety agencies all over the world.

“Firefighters depend on reliable and robust voice communications in emergency situations so they can concentrate on the job of protecting our communities and potentially saving lives,” Crutchfield said. The radios are part of a five-year contract, giving New Zealand Fire Service operational and cost certainty throughout the life of the contract.

The contract also provides access provisions for related government agencies wanting to take advantage of the new radio technology.

Mayor Emanuel and Motorola Solutions open new global headquarters

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Leading Provider of Mission-Critical Communications Will Have 1,100 Employees in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), the leading global provider of communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, today cut the ribbon on the new Motorola Solutions global headquarters at 500 West Monroe in the West Loop.

The first teams of employees moved into the new building today, which will house six floors by mid-September. The move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street.

“The story of Chicago and Motorola Solutions goes back nearly 90 years, and today we are writing a new chapter at their new home, right here in the City of Chicago,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This new headquarters will employ hundreds of people and give Motorola Solutions the tools they need to grow for generations to come – access to talent, transportation and capital.”

The headquarters will house the company’s chief technology office, ventures group, software engineering team and corporate functions, as well an innovation center showcasing the products and services depended on by the company’s 100,000 customers worldwide.

“Where you work matters, and today we’re opening our new collaborative workspace in the heart of Chicago. We look forward to welcoming our employees as well as attracting new talent that is critical to our company’s future,” said Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown. “It’s an honor to join Chicago’s thriving tech community as a pillar of innovation, ideas and opportunity.”

Motorola Solutions’ company headquarters at 500 W. Monroe will house about 800 employees. The company also maintains its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave., occupying two floors with approximately 300 employees. An engineering facility in Schaumburg, Ill., will house 1,600 employees. The company has over 3,000 employees in Chicagoland. Motorola Solutions career openings can be found here.

Motorola Solutions Envisions Virtual Reality Transforming Public Safety

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Virtual command center future concept showcases today’s smart public safety solutions and tomorrow’s virtual reality technologies

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 10, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is exploring a future where virtual reality will immerse a public safety command center supervisor in an incident scene. By using a combination of virtual reality and eye-interaction technologies to navigate through video and data feeds from multiple sources, incident responses can be quickly coordinated and information shared widely to help guide officers and protect people at the scene.

Motorola Solutions will show live demonstrations of the virtual command center on Aug. 15-16 at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2016, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (booth #1337).

The virtual command center proof of concept uses eye-interaction technology from startup company Eyefluence, a Motorola Solutions Venture Capital investment, to envision the future of public safety.

A look at today’s smart public safety solutions

Today’s public safety command centers can integrate the Project 25 (P25) standards-based, interoperable ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) network for mission-critical communications with the power of LTE broadband and the latest in smart public safety solutions to turn data into intelligence.

Since 2009, Lake County, Fla. has been using Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 LMR network as the core network for emergency interoperable communications for several counties across Florida. On Aug. 17, Greg Holcomb, Lake County public safety communications technology manager/E911, will join Motorola Solutions in a managed services panel discussion at APCO entitled “Systems Down: Best Practices for Eliminating this Status from Your Network Performance Logs” (see all Motorola Solutions presentations at APCO 2016 here).

“The Lake County core network and many connected sites on this P25 mission-critical communication system are managed by Motorola Solutions,” said Holcomb. “With their robust managed services offerings, the company ensures 24x7 availability, reduced risks and maximized performance for our public safety network.”

Motorola Solutions' CommandCentral platform provides real-time intelligence throughout all phases of police work – from planning, to operations, to investigations. CommandCentral Aware aggregates video from several sources, allowing crime center analysts to view multiple feeds on one screen and share high-definition images of suspects, vehicles, license plate numbers and other critical information to responding officers in real time.

“Law enforcement agencies have access to data from multiple sources including 9-1-1 calls, live video feeds, social media activity, nationwide databases and more,” said Jim Mears, senior vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Sales. “Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral platform captures this information and turns it into real-time intelligence that helps first responders resolve incidents quickly and even prevent them from happening.”

The CommandCentral platform will be showcased at APCO 2016, along with several of the latest mission-critical communication solutions from Motorola Solutions’ Innovation Design Center in Plantation, Fla. This includes the Si500 body worn camera and CommandCentral Vault digital management solutions, which automates and streamlines the processing of video from the point of capture to video management and review, and the LEX L10 LTE handheld device designed for the rigorous demands of real-world, front-line policing.

Introducing new mission-critical solutions at APCO 2016

Motorola Solutions is launching the new APXTM 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio, updated ASTRO 25 network features and the IMPRES 2 energy management system.

  • APX 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio: With Motorola Solutions’ new APX 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio, first responders can use a single mobile radio to exchange critical voice and data communications – such as text messages and GPS coordinates – with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. Radio updates can be made instantly without interrupting voice communications; the radio does not need to be brought to a shop, saving both time and money. When connected to the Motorola Solutions VML750 LTE vehicle modem (now available globally), the APX 8500 frees up radio channels by offloading data to LTE.
  • APX Personnel Accountability for ASTRO 25 trunked networks: The APX Personnel Accountability solution is now available for ASTRO 25 trunked networks (which enable efficient operation of large systems with a small number of channels) and continues to also be available on ASTRO 25 conventional networks (where users select communication channels).
  • Commanders using the APX Personnel Accountability solution can automatically perform tactical notifications and streamline roll call processes via a computer. They can automatically account for staff using APX radios at the scene of an incident. If a team needs to evacuate, commanders can instantly alert them through their radios and receive acknowledgements. Commanders can monitor radio battery life, identify radios and receive radio power down indications. If a radio is on the wrong channel, a commander can remotely switch the channel to the right one and ensure the entire team can communicate with each other.
  • ASTRO 25 Enhanced Geo Select: Geo Select provides hands free operation of APX radios when entering a defined region, or geofence, and this feature is now available even if the radio is no longer on the network. When entering a geofence, APX radios can automatically take action such as change channels, alert the user and change power levels. No manual intervention is needed.
  • ASTRO 25 Over-The-Air radio software updates: ASTRO 25 Over-The-Air Programming (OTAP) has been available for radio managers to remotely program APX radios. Now they will also be able to update APX radio software over-the-air for their entire fleet simultaneously over the course of a few days, without disrupting radio function in the field. With this new feature, there is no need to bring radios to the shop for software updates, saving both significant time and money.
  • IMPRESTM 2 energy system for APX radios: The new IMPRES 2 high-capacity, water-resistant batteries keep APX radios powered longer. When combined with the new IMPRES 2 charger, they deliver 60 percent more charging cycles than traditional lithium-ion batteries. The IMPRES 2 charger’s enhanced diagnostics provide usage data including a battery’s ability to hold a charge, letting users know when it’s time to replace it. The multi-unit chargers also feature customizable charging – batteries in service can be charged at 100 percent while those in storage can be partially charged to optimize battery life.

Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

on Monday, 08 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Announces $2 billion increase to share repurchase program

  • Sales of $1.4 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago
  • Backlog ended at $8.2 billion, up 37 percent including $1.6 billion from Airwave
  • Operating cash flow of $292 million, up $143 million
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $0.61, down 15 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations* of $1.03, up 51 percent
  • Received unconditional clearance for acquisition of Airwave from United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the second quarter of 2016. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.

"Q2 was a strong quarter demonstrated by our growth in earnings, cash flow and backlog,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I am pleased with our progress heading into the second half of the year."

The company also announced that its board of directors has approved a $2 billion increase to the share repurchase program, raising the total authorization since July 2011 to $14 billion. Under the company’s previously authorized $12 billion share repurchase program, approximately $400 million remained at the end of the second quarter of 2016. The company may continue to repurchase shares from time to time in the open market or in other privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions.
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
     Q2 2016     Q2 2015    % Change
     Sales    $1,430    $1,368    5%
     Operating Earnings    $224    $254    (12)%
     % of Sales    15.7%    18.6%     
     EPS from continuing operations    $0.61    $0.72    (15)%
     Operating Earnings    $324    $260    25%
     % of Sales    22.7%    19.0%     
     EPS from continuing operations    $1.03    $0.68    51%
Product Segment
     Sales    $801    $867    (8)%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $129    $171    (25)%
     % of Sales    16.1%    19.7%     
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $176    $176    --%
     % of Sales    22.0%    20.3%     
Services Segment
     Sales    $629    $501    26%
     GAAP Operating Earnings    $95    $83    14%
     % of Sales    15.1%    16.6%     
     Non-GAAP Operating Earnings    $148    $84    76%
     % of Sales    23.5%    16.8%      
*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.42 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 5 percent, including $146 million in sales associated with the Airwave acquisition. As expected, Products segment sales declined 8 percent primarily driven by weakness in Latin America, Europe and China. The Services segment grew 26 percent with the addition of Airwave, and posted growth of 4 percent in organic managed and support services. Excluding Airwave, the Services segment declined 4 percent due to lower systems integration revenues associated with the completion of a large project in Europe.
Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 15.7 percent of sales, compared with 18.6 percent in the year-ago quarter, reflecting higher amortization and restructuring charges. Non-GAAP operating margin was 22.7 percent of sales, compared with 19.0 percent in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher sales and $31 million in lower operating expenses compared with the second quarter of 2015.
Taxes – The GAAP effective tax rate was 35 percent, compared with 30 percent in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP tax rate was 32 percent, compared with 35 percent in the year-ago quarter. The full-year non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 33 percent.
Cash flow – The company generated $292 million in operating cash from continuing operations, reflecting an increase of $143 million over the prior year, driven by higher earnings and improved working capital. Free cash flow2 was $201 million.
Cash and cash equivalents – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.5 billion and a net debt position of $3.5 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $555 million of its common stock in the quarter and paid approximately $72 million in cash dividends.
Backlog – Ending backlog is $8.2 billion, up $2.2 billion from the year ago period, driven by the addition of $1.6 billion from Airwave and approximately $600 million of organic managed and support services.  Products backlog was up $64 million from the year-ago period.
Strategic sales
$200 million award for a multi-county, P25 ASTRO system in the Richmond, Virginia, region
$44 million contract for P25 ASTRO system and subscribers with a large U.S. utility
$19 million service extension with an Australian customer
Innovation and investments in growth
Introduced WAVE™ 7000 system that enhances work group communications with a redundant, high-availability push-to-talk capability that links millions of users regardless of device
Facilitated TETRA Interop field trial with police in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to test cross-border, multi-network interoperability
Introduced ST7000 small TETRA radio with high-quality audio and a touch screen that appeals to customer-facing staff and executives
Announced partnership with Singapore Technologies Electronics to accelerate development of specialized technologies for high-security, mission-critical broadband, cybersecurity solutions and purpose-built applications
Received unconditional clearance for acquisition of Airwave from the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority
Third-quarter 2016 - Motorola Solutions expects a revenue increase of 6 to 7 percent compared with the third quarter of 2015, which assumes approximately $130 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $1.17 to $1.22 per share.
Full-year 2016 - The company continues to expect revenue to increase 5 to 7 percent and non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $4.45 to $4.65 per share.
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, Aug. 4. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
     Q2 2016    Q2 2015
Net sales    $1,430    $1,368
Gross margin    676    648
Operating earnings    224    254
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax   
107    150
Net earnings    107    142
Diluted EPS from continuing operations    $0.61    $0.72
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding    174.8    209.5
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the second quarter of 2016.
(per diluted common share)    Q2 2016
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations    $0.61
Highlighted Items:     
Share-based compensation expense    0.07
Reorganization of business charges    0.12
Intangibles amortization expense    0.17
Building impairment    0.06
Total Highlighted Items    0.42
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations    $1.03 
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.
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 third quarter and full year of 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 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, 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.
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
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Motorola Solutions provides critical communications technology for the next public safety challenges in Rio de Janeiro

on Wednesday, 03 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 16,000 portable, in-vehicle mobile and fixed station radios will be used to address critical communications needs of public safety personnel, Brazilian Army and other first responders safeguarding the millions of visitors and residents.

  • Motorola Solutions Public Safety grade APX™ series (Project 25 standard) radios will be used by Army and TETRA portable and mobile radios will be used by state organizations. Devices provide ease-of-operation in the most demanding situations as well as audio clarity, background noise cancellation, protection against shock and immersion, and advanced encryption, among others
  • Applications in P25 will provide real-time location of officers in the field from the Command and Control Center
  • The Brazilian Army’s communications system includes six mobile repeaters to expand radio coverage and capacity

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 1, 2016 – Military forces will be using a variety of mission-critical communications technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and public safety forces from the State of Rio de Janeiro will be using TETRA Motorola Solutions radios to help ensure the security and safety of millions of residents and visitors.

The ICCC of Rio de Janeiro and the Army Operations Center (COp) will work together, making it possible to gather intelligence to carry out joint actions, such as delegation protection, protest management, incident prevention and routine activities in the region. In addition to radio communications, the COp will have full visibility of the real-time location of the officers in the field at the command center.

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 systems.

“Having an ultra-rugged radio solution that guarantees communications under any emergency situation, that offers immediate response times, and that has a secure encryption system, is of the utmost importance for the operations of the Security Forces, either in major events or routine operations,” said Edval Novaes, Sub secretary of Command and Control at State Secretariat for Security of Rio de Janeiro.

According to Felipe Drumond Moraes, lieutenant coronel at Brazilian Army, “Thanks to the expansion of the system that was in use in Rio de Janeiro, we will have optimal mission critical communication technology available for our military, GPS location and the capability to work seamlessly with unified groups, which will help speed up and improve incident prevention and response. Moraes added, “We have had excellent experiences during major events in the past where we used this communications technology, and we rely on the ability of the system for the upcoming challenges.”

Motorola Solutions’ radio terminals provide public safety agencies with unified, real-time communications. The APX™ series and the TETRA radios are public safety grade, including features like protection against dust ingress and water submersion, resistance to shock, and some include over the air programming capabilities, GPS tracking, Bluetooth capability to use wireless accessories, clear audio even in extreme noise environments and one-touch emergency button, among others.

“Motorola Solutions understands the importance of a unified, fast and safe response for tactical and routine operations, which must always count on the radio as their most important communications tool. Our solutions and services are present at many of the world’s greatest emergency and public safety challenges, and we are proud to be able to collaborate with the State of Rio de Janeiro as it undertakes similar challenges to protect its citizens and visitors,” said Elton Borgonovo, General Manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil.

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates How LTE-Based Technology Helps to Prevent Incidents in Brazil

on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Improved safety and coordination enabled by applications helps identify criminals, find lost children and even prevent crime

SAO PAULO, July 19, 2016 – Using a special vehicle equipped with a mobile long-term evolution (LTE) security solution, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) created a dedicated network to demonstrate the benefits that applications and high-speed data, along with mission-critical communications, bring to airports, logistics operations and public safety in the Federal District and São Paulo. Key stakeholders attended the demonstrations of LTE technology geared toward critical communications for both public and private organizations to learn about multi-media collaboration with real-time video, mapping, images, facial recognition and response teams, and about interoperability between mobile and fixed-line systems.

By creating an LTE “bubble,” or defined area of coverage, around a special vehicle, it is possible to use applications such as Command Central Streaming, which transmits buffer-less video to the command center and other personnel in real time. The application allows officers in the field and personnel in the command center to benefit from clear streaming video to help in expanding their view of an incident and making the best possible decisions.

Information is put in the hands of officers and on the screens at command centers thanks to the LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld, and includes other applications such as WAVE™ Work Group Communications, which extends push-to-talk (PTT) communications to broadband networks, connecting individuals in the same team who are using different devices, such a smartphones, computers or radios.

Other applications, like the one that makes it possible to recognize the face of a suspect, were also demonstrated. After identifying a suspect, other applications help to alert unified groups by sharing information through images, videos, and maps, while others allow the respondents to design a strategic plan.

For the private sector, applications can help with tasks like identifying faults in electrical networks, monitoring the location of workers and even sending an automatic alarm to the command center if a single worker is fallen and needs help.

In addition, the Secure Mobile Office application, developed in Brazil, offers multi-media collaboration, notes over maps in real time, text messaging, video, voice and remote databases access, with advanced encryption.

"Smart communications systems are really being used, and Brazil is on the cutting edge of dedicated public safety LTE," said Elton Borgonovo, country manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil. "Together with traditional radio communications, a dedicated LTE network plays an important role both in the public and private sectors by providing a complete and collaborative vision among different devices and systems."

The system presented by Motorola Solutions demonstrates the advances in LTE technology for smart public safety solutions in Brazil. The projects tested in Brazil serve as a model for dedicated communications in other regions, for large events, routine security operations or emergency situations, and show how the public and private sectors’ communication needs can be met in diverse segments of the economy.

This demonstration series was already held in Brasilia and will be held in São Paulo during the month of July.

Motorola Solutions Flashes Newest and Widest Range of Solutions for South African Industries

on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions offers suite of new communications tools for the South African market including radios, software and services

  • Next-generation MOTOTRBO™ radios feature longer battery life, indoor location tracking and integrated WiFi, allowing all radios in a system to be reprogrammed simultaneously without taking them out of users’ hands
  • WAVE™ 3000 connects disparate networks such as radio, cellular and WiFi to seamlessly communicate between any device
  • New MOTOTRBO Capacity Max adds enhanced security and reliability and is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand higher capacity Products and solutions are offered across the country through Motorola Solutions’ South African skilled partner network

Johannesburg, South Africa – July. 13 2016 - Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of innovative mission-critical communication solutions and services, offers South Africa businesses increased productivity with the launch of next-generation communication solutions. New products including next-generation MOTOTRBO radios and interoperability communication solution, WAVE 3000, will be available through Motorola Solutions’ experienced South African partners.

“Our best-in-class products and services offered in the South African market as seen here today, consist of a wide range of solutions. Whether you’re a small boutique hotel or a large industrial plant, we have a communication solution that fits your exact needs.” said Laurent Tribout, director of Sales Channels for Motorola Solutions Africa. “Building upon our 40 years of experience across Africa and upon our trusted partner network, we provide service and support for our high-quality products to ensure customer satisfaction.”

“Aside from offering a wide variety of products, we also keep in mind that businesses often work over different platforms,” said Pieter Pienaar, senior regional sales manager, Motorola Solutions Africa. “With the WAVE Work Group solution, customers are provided a unified experience across radio, mobile and WiFi that keeps teams connected no matter the network.”

Increased Productivity Across Industries

Motorola Solutions’ latest MOTOTRBO digital radios use WiFi connectivity for software updates, saving hundreds of hours of lost productivity. For a group of 350 workers, updating devices can mean 400 lost hours. MOTOTRBO radios update seamlessly without the need to drop off devices, and coupled with 29 hours of battery life, the new line keeps workers in the field or on the job instead of waiting for new software.

Collaboration Made Easy for Commercial Users

Responding to rising demand for flexible two-way radio solutions, Motorola Solutions introduces MOTOTRBO Capacity Max, a scalable solution with significant advantages in capacity, performance and manageability. Capacity Max can be scaled from a single-site system to projects that demand up to 3,000 users per site for voice and data-intensive deployments. It also supports the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard for multi-vendor interoperability, including the Tier III mode of operation.

Next-generation MOTOTRBO also includes the SLR 8000 series, a high-power repeater that amplifies a signal to help extend coverage for communication networks such as Capacity Max. The SLR 8000 is built on the same platform as the popular SLR 5000 series and allows customers to deploy systems that cover wide geographical areas. The SLR 8000 features a flexible architecture, enabling customers to easily configure the repeater to meet their system deployment needs for extreme reliability.

Simple and Seamless Collaboration Solution

Motorola Solutions also presents South Africa with its WAVE Work Group Communications for enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration. WAVE Work Group Communications is a broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solution that delivers real-time voice and data securely over any network, using any device. From two-way radios to smartphones, laptops to landlines, tablets to rugged handhelds, users can use the devices they already have and the networks they already subscribe to and communicate via PTT with other teams and individuals both inside and outside of their communication system.

Local Expertise Through Qualified Partner Network

In an increasingly competitive market, building a relationship with the right vendor isn't just important, it's everything. PartnerEmpower™ is Motorola Solutions’ global partner reseller program that supports sales and growth of local partners around the world. The program provides partners with extensive support and resources including:

  • Marketing resources and tools
  • Sales resources and tools
  • Comprehensive certification and training courses
  • Technical support

Buying from certified PartnerEmpower resellers guarantees that customers get Motorola Solutions’ best-in-class products to serve them in the moments that matter.

About 1 million to benefit from grant-funded technology and engineering education programs

on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Foundation provides $2.81 million for Innovation Generation grants

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – July 12, 2016 – Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), announced today that it will grant $2.81 million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on women and minorities.

About 1 million students and teachers will receive an average of 120 programming hours from the foundation’s partner non-profit organizations in the upcoming school year. Programs will support students of all backgrounds with an emphasis on special populations underrepresented in STEM fields including girls and minorities.

“The vast majority of recommended programs support hands-on opportunities in engineering and/or technology,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “This year we’ve expanded the number of grants that provide technology education focused on public safety.”

The Innovation Generation grant program, in its ninth year, was awarded through a competitive review process to 83 organizations. All recommended programs currently engage Motorola Solutions employees as volunteers or offer opportunities for future involvement.

Here are just a few examples of the impact the grants can have:

American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES (National): AISES will work with two middle and/or high schools serving primarily Native American students to build the capacity of eight educators to incorporate teaching skills related to robotics, and reach up to 100 students with interactive and age-appropriate STEM education activities through robotics programming.

Chicago Youth Centers – CYC (Chicago, Illinois): Through the CYC Maker Lab program students will learn how to code, manipulate vectors, use 3-D printers and more. In addition, students will take networking courses in IT essentials, routing and switching, the Internet of Things, and network security. Certification will be available upon successful completion and demonstration of proficiency in one or more of these courses.

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida): The Women in Engineering/Computer Science program will provide about 400 female students enrolled in engineering and computer science majors with mentorship, networking events and hands-on activities. The goal of this program is to maintain students' interest in engineering and technology by fostering a supportive culture.

The Boys' Club of New York (New York, New York): The Boys’ Club Expanded STEM Program will provide about 100 low-income boys and young men of color in New York with focused, hands-on STEM classes in engineering, robotics and more. In addition, the Science of Smart Cities will teach students about mobile and wireless communications. Specifically, students will learn to send messages over long distances using custom-made radio frequency transmitters and receivers. They then will be tasked to build their own infrared transmitters and receivers.

United Cerebral Palsy (Chicago, Illinois): Life Labs' Innovation Lab is a hackathon-style program that gathers individuals with disabilities in teams to compete for the best innovation that will affect the lives of people with disabilities. The Chicagoland 2016 Innovation Lab will provide 100 college and graduate students an opportunity to learn and apply entrepreneurial methods to create solutions for people with disabilities as well as engage with expert mentors.

Workshops for Warriors (San Diego, California): Workshops for Warriors will provide orientation, course instruction, and hands-on training in computer-aided manufacturing and welding and fabrication to 150 veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members. Upon successful completion of the program, participants earn nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials including SolidWorks, Mastercam, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Immerse2Learn, and more.

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