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Allocate emergency resources where needed most with CommandCentral from Motorola Solutions

on Tuesday, 29 March 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

U.K. emergency services gain a real-time operational view from a single command centre screen with integrated intelligence just one click away

  • CommandCentral Aware delivers a unified, real-time operational view for command centre staff
  • CommandCentral Aware integrates with any Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to drive additional value from new or existing control room investment
  • Web-based CommandCentral Inform extends that command centre situational awareness into the field to improve decision-making on the ground

Basingstoke, England, March 22, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) introduces CommandCentral software to help improve outcomes with a real-time operational view unified onto a single command centre screen. This next generation of intelligence-led public safety solution enhances new and existing investments in computer aided dispatch (CAD) and Integrated Communication Control Systems (ICCS) for U.K. emergency services, ensuring emergency resources are rapidly allocated where needed most.

As more data sets feed into public safety, it becomes increasingly difficult to follow everything that is happening within operations and the wider community. Multiple applications, multiple sign on and limited mobile availability of data sources all present a challenge for staff to see a single view of operations in the field.

“One of the benefits of CommandCentral Aware is that it links customers’ existing data applications which are typically separated or siloed, and integrates those into an intuitive solution. This gives personnel faster access to data thus enhancing operational response. With a clear, real-time operational overview, intelligence can be rapidly shared – ensuring the safety of officers and citizens,” said Stephen Beach, smart public safety solutions specialist, Motorola Solutions.

CommandCentral Aware provides an intuitive, on-premise, way to aggregate and then integrate tremendous amounts of data and multimedia from disparate systems including: CAD; streaming video; real-time alerts; advanced data analytics; resource tracking; social media analytics; voice and records information, all presented on a single screen. In a matter of seconds, CommandCentral software is able to search multiple data sets. Data is converted into alert driven actionable intelligence, all clickable on a single, layered geospatial map view to provide a real-time common operating picture for command centre operations.

INCREASE REAL-TIME EFFICIENCY AND ENHANCE RESPONSE

When CommandCentral Aware is combined with CommandCentral Inform, the enhanced situational awareness is extended into the field for improved decision-making on the ground.

Web-based, CommandCentral Inform can be used on nearly any device, operating system or network, providing a true common operating picture in the field. Officers can apply or remove layers of information from the geospatial map, including the location of personnel, resources, events, alerts and analytics, all in real-time. This information can then be easily shared with other services for better coordination and rapid collaboration to improve safety.

Motorola Solutions, Socrata Partner to Offer Transparency Solutions Designed to Improve Citizen Engagement

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

Companies are working together to enhance Motorola Solutions’ CrimeReports Web-based information sharing service that aims to help build trust between law enforcement and communities they serve

  • Motorola Solutions CrimeReports powered by Socrata is used globally by 1,100 law enforcement agencies to provide approximately 100-million people with information, such as when and where a crime is committed, that is easily accessible on smart phones, tablets and computers
  • Officers can engage more efficiently with citizens via improved mapping, charts, graphs and trend tools
  • Other features include customized alerts for citizens based on areas of interest and the ability to share CrimeReports’ maps on Web pages, blogs and social media sites

SCHAUMBURG, Ill and SEATTLE – MARCH 14, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) and Socrata are partnering to give law enforcement user-friendly, out-of-the-box technology to help increase transparency and build trust through improved community engagement.

Motorola Solutions’ CrimeReports is already one of the largest, most comprehensive citizen-facing crime-mapping websites in the world. By working closely with Socrata, Motorola Solutions has redesigned CrimeReports to help citizens more easily find and explore crime data and to assist law enforcement and local governments meet federal mandates for accountability and transparency.

The new Motorola Solutions CrimeReports powered by Socrata gives law enforcement agencies more ways to efficiently engage with citizens by providing enhanced mapping capabilities, charts, graphs and trend tools. Information is provided via enhanced citizen-facing analytics and data views, including a breakdown by crime type, geographic area (including neighborhoods and patrol areas) and date range.

“Law enforcement agencies across the country are realizing that by engaging citizens and empowering them with information, they can be additional eyes and ears to help provide tips, witness accounts, testify and potentially reduce crime,” says Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety. “Through Motorola Solutions' partnership with Socrata, CrimeReports will deliver more insights to the public, which will in-turn help agencies build trust with citizens, leading to increased engagement and less time responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.”

Citizens can also view 9-1-1 “calls-for-service” data to better understand how police resources are being allocated. Enhanced alerting will allow citizens to select areas of interest and receive notifications on new crime in those areas. Law enforcement will be able to push specific alerts to notify citizens of major events or safety issues. CrimeReports’ maps can also be embedded on any Web page, including agency-operated sites, personal blogs and news media sites, or shared via email or social media.

“We recognize that police departments across the country are eager to share their information as a crucial step toward building trust and productive dialogue with their communities,” says Kevin Merritt, chief executive officer, Socrata. “Socrata and Motorola Solutions have partnered to provide a cost-effective, user-friendly and ready-to-deploy solution that enables citizens to find answers to the questions they have more quickly, intuitively and with much-needed context.”

Agencies can further increase community engagement by using Motorola Solutions’ TipSoft, which is built into CrimeReports and allows citizens to send anonymous tips to police and allows agencies to send alerts to residents. Additionally, agencies can use Socrata’s newly released Perspectives product to provide narrative and context to the data published in CrimeReports to help engage with communities and better allocate resources.

Extreme Conditions No Match for Latest Motorola Solutions Radio

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

Motorola Solutions listens to firefighters, delivers rugged APXTM 8000XE portable radio with all-band and Wi-Fi access and enhanced APX XE500 remote speaker microphone provides superior sound quality

  • Next-generation of APX extreme radio and remote speaker microphone (RSM) built for harsh environments
  • APX 8000XE provides interoperability across public safety networks

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 10, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues its legacy of designing best-in-class digital radio solutions for firefighters and other professionals who face extreme conditions with the introduction of the APX 8000XE two-way radio and APX XE500 RSM. The newest entries into Motorola Solutions’ award-winning APX portfolio of Project 25 (P25) digital radios have been developed using the company’s well-established practice of hands-on research with firefighters and other first responders who need the most reliable mission-critical communications to do their jobs efficiently, effectively and safely every day.

The APX 8000XE features all-band functionality and is a rugged P25 two-way radio that can be used in either analog or digital mode across 700/800MHz, VHF and UHF bands. Time is of the essence for firefighters and they can be ready in moments by programming the radio remotely via Wi-Fi and radio management software to operate securely on different radio networks, allowing them to quickly help neighboring counties during large-scale emergencies.

Motorola Solutions works closely with firefighters and other radio users to find out exactly what they need and the APX 8000XE is the latest example of that thinking. It features the trusted ergonomics of the APX XE radio series, designed for easy operation in harsh conditions. The right-sized radio has a large top display, exaggerated controls for gloved hands and a dedicated push-to-talk button. It also provides best-in-class audio with a 1-watt speaker, three built-in microphones and automatic noise suppression for clarity in the loudest of environments.

“The APX 8000XE is an all-band rugged and submersible portable radio made for firefighters,” said Lieutenant David Hudik, Elgin, Illinois Fire Department. “With Wi-Fi access, we can reprogram the APX 8000XE on the fly when we are providing mutual aid assistance out-of-state.”

Most firefighters use a remote speaker microphone with their radios and the APX XE500 RSM is designed specifically for demanding environments, whether combating a fire or providing medical services at the scene of an accident.

  • With five strategically placed microphones and automatic noise suppression, the APX XE500 provides clear communications when worn on either shoulder, center chest, or over the shoulder
  • It can be submersed in 2 meters of water for up to 4 hours
  • It withstands heat conditions of up to 500°F (260°C) for up to 5 minutes
  • A channel knob automatically controls the channels of the user’s portable APX radio

“With the APX XE500 RSM, I can completely control my APX radio without having to hunt under my bunker coat for it,” said Lieutenant David Hudik, Elgin Fire Department. “With improved water porting, you can carry the APX XE500 upright or upside down for fast water drainage while maintaining clear voice communications.”

“Customer input is essential to our design and the Elgin Fire Department was right at our side as we tested the capabilities of the APX 8000XE and APX XE500 RSM,” said Claudia Rodriguez, vice president, Devices Product Management, Motorola Solutions. “The latest XE radio means firefighters will be able to talk with other first responders at the scene and across municipalities and regions. The new rugged RSM means they can communicate clearly in the loudest fireground environments, including blaring horns and wailing sirens.”

The APX 8000XE and XE500 RSM will be available in North America.

Employee Productivity Soars with Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™ from Motorola Solutions

on Tuesday, 01 March 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

New digital radio features include Wi-Fi to help reduce downtime; new MOTOTRBO Capacity Max system expands networks and increases the number of users

  • Next-generation MOTOTRBO™ radios feature longer battery life, indoor location-tracking and integrated Wi-Fi allowing all radios in a system to be reprogrammed simultaneously without taking them out of users’ hands
  • New MOTOTRBO Capacity Max adds better security and reliability to a system that is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity
  • SLR 8000 repeater extends networks allowing customers to deploy larger systems

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 29, 2016 – In manufacturing, government services, transportation and other industries, downtime equates to increased costs and loss of productivity. Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) is introducing next-generation MOTOTRBO, a line of digital radios with features such as Wi-Fi connectivity that can help save workers hundreds of hours in lost time while delivering highly secure, reliable and cost-efficient professional two-way radio communications.

Whether they are plant workers or teachers, the process of updating user’s communications equipment can be time-intensive. For a workforce of 350, for example, this can lead to more than 400 hours of lost time. Next-generation MOTOTRBO radios feature an integrated Wi-Fi solution that helps reduce the update process to a matter of minutes by eliminating the need for employees in the field, classroom or warehouse floor to physically drop off equipment at the office to receive software upgrades. Coupled with 29 hours of battery life, this means workers can spend more time focusing on the task at hand.

“The next-generation MOTOTRBO radios reflect the features and functionality our customers have been asking for and help them enhance productivity, efficiency and worker safety,” said Claudia Rodriguez vice president, Devices Product Management, Motorola Solutions. “The ability to update via Wi-Fi keeps workers on the job, and features such as better man-down alerts and indoor location tracking are crucial for working in hazardous areas.”

Motorola Solutions is also introducing Capacity Max, a new feature-rich, next-generation MOTOTRBO trunking solution. Trunking is used to increase radio system efficiency by temporarily allocating a channel from a pool of available channels when needed. The new system provides better security and is easier to manage. Capacity Max is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications deployments.

“The features and functionality of Capacity Max provide users with the flexibility to expand networks and applications to meet their evolving needs,” said Scott Adler, vice president, Motorola Solutions Commercial Markets and Channels. “Motorola Solutions has established a smooth migration path from analog and smaller MOTOTRBO solutions to Capacity Max to minimize cost and operational impact for existing customers who want to upgrade.”

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. SLR 8000 features a flexible architecture enabling customers to easily configure the repeater to meet their system deployment needs for extreme reliability.

World-leading partnership to deliver next-generation broadband push-to-talk communications

on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Ericsson and Motorola Solutions together with Telstra will trial next-generation mobile broadband push-to-talk communications technology and collaborate on standards development
  • New capabilities for mission-critical customers will combine traditional voice communications with more data sources including video and social media feeds
  • Additional information will enable public safety agencies to make better decisions on where and how to deploy their resources

Melbourne, Australia – 24 February, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced that they will develop next-generation push-to-talk communications for the public safety market, creating a way for traditional radio communications to integrate and extend via LTE broadband networks.

Ericsson and Motorola Solutions together with Telstra, will progress the technology through concept testing in Australia and collaborate in standards forums globally to develop an industry solution that will meet the requirements of public safety users.

The partnership brings together Ericsson’s flexible and efficient network infrastructure, Motorola Solutions’ depth of experience in providing mission-critical communications for public safety, and Telstra’s vast network resources and expertise in defining and deploying next-generation communications standards and capabilities.

Next-generation push-to-talk is an important component of emerging LTE-based public safety agency solutions. This technology will complement the mission-critical capabilities provided by the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks that agencies depend on today and extend those networks to a greater number of users carrying smart phones and other devices.

The changing dynamics of today’s public safety environment has seen the introduction of a growing number of data sources that need to be combined with traditional voice communications to help public safety agencies make better and faster decisions.

Delivering this combined information will help agencies to manage their resources in a way that maximises community safety and workforce productivity.

While today’s LMR systems will continue to play an important role for years to come, the interoperability of next-generation push-to-talk with existing TETRA and P25 systems will provide agencies with greater capacity in times of emergency.

Bruce Brda, executive vice president Products and Services with Motorola Solutions said his company’s involvement in the initiative would advance both the standards and technologies needed to extend the reach of public safety’s mission critical LMR networks.

“This project is part of our vision for smart public safety, Next-Generation Mobile Intelligence, that is helping agencies deliver better community safety outcomes through a dynamic mix of technologies. Connecting a greater number of public safety officials will help to increase situational awareness and efficiency among first responders in the field.”

Mike Wright, Telstra Networks Group Managing Director said “Telstra plays a leading role in developing and defining the standards for services including next-generation push to talk. In the future this technology will provide a platform to deliver greater multi-media communications to front line responders.”

“Providing a leading LTE public safety capability is a key objective for Telstra with its Telstra LANES® (LTE Advanced Network for Emergency Services) advanced network solutions. A mission-critical push to talk capability is part of our vision for public safety communications via LANES® and delivers our mission-critical customers a compelling solution to extend voice to more of their staff.”

Per Narvinger Head of 4G/5G RAN, Ericsson’s said, “We are pleased to be working with our partner Motorola Solutions and to support Telstra’s early trials and introduction of next-generation push-to-talk to the Australian market. Ericsson has long supported LTE as the best path forward for public safety agency communications and this is another important step in this direction.”

The collaboration will provide standards-based features important to public safety users including:

  • Optimised push-to-talk latency to deliver voice communications with minimal delays.
  • Flexible talk group management integrated across both radio and broadband networks.
  • Call preemption for LTE devices such as smart phones, tablets and desk top computers.

Public safety agencies will benefit from providing more staff with access to next-generation push-to-talk and greater coverage as LTE networks are extended across Australia. Telstra plans to reach coverage across 99 per cent of Australia via its LTE networks by the end of June 2017.

Motorola Solutions Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company closes acquisition of Airwave, leading public safety managed services provider
 
FOURTH-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Sales of $1.7 billion, down 8 percent, including $54 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations1 of $1.56
  • Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations* of $1.58, up 26 percent driven by lower operating expenses
  • Generated $414 million in operating cash flow; $1.0 billion for the full year
  • Generated $370 million in free cash flow2; $830 million for the full year
  • Returned $239 million to shareholders in share repurchase and dividends; $3.5 billion for full year
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. Feb. 22, 2016 Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
 
“The fourth quarter capped off a year of disciplined execution from our team with strong earnings growth and cash flow performance," said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We grew in North America and grew in Managed & Support services across all regions while increasing backlog by nearly $700 million. Additionally, we achieved more than $200 million in structural cost savings and returned $3.5 billion of capital to shareholders."
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2015 2014 % Change 2015 2014 % Change
Sales   $1,682 $1,823 (8)% $5,695 $5,881 (3)%
GAAP
  Operating earnings (loss) $389 $(1,459) N/M $994 $(1,006) N/M
 
% of Sales
23.1% (80.0)%   17.5% (17.1)%  
  EPS from continuing operations $1.56 $(4.02) N/M $3.17 $(2.84) N/M
Non-GAAP
  Operating earnings $458 $483 (5)% $1,166 $1,069 9%
 
% of Sales
27.2% 26.5%   20.5% 18.2%  
  EPS from continuing operations $1.58 $1.25 26% $3.33 $2.58 29%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $1,125 $1,246 (10)% $3,676 $3,807 (3)%
  GAAP operating earnings (loss) $291 $(944) N/M $704 $(667) N/M
 
% of Sales
25.9% (75.8)%   19.2% (17.5)%  
  Non-GAAP Operating earnings $340 $394 (14)% $827 $754 10%
 
% of sales
30.2% 31.6%   22.5% 19.8%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $557 $577 (3)% $2,019 $2,074 (3)%
  GAAP operating earnings (loss) $98 $(515) N/M $290 $(339) N/M
 
% of Sales
17.6% (89.3)%   14.4% (16.3)%  
  Non-GAAP Operating earnings $118 $89 33% $339 $315 8%
 
% of Sales
21.2% 15.4%   16.8% 15.2%  
 
*Q4 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.02 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
 
OTHER SELECTED FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue - Sales decreased 8 percent, including $54 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact. These results reflect a 1 percent decline in North America, or flat when excluding the impact of currency. Overall company product sales declined 10 percent due primarily to weakness in Latin America and Europe. The Services business declined 3 percent due to currency headwinds, lower iDEN revenue and a decline in systems integration revenues in Norway.
  • Operating margin - GAAP operating margin was 23.1 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of    2015; non-GAAP operating margin was 27.2 percent of sales, compared with 26.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Improved non-GAAP results reflect $45 million in lower operating expenses compared with the fourth quarter of 2014, due to the company's cost reduction initiatives, lower pension expense and a stronger dollar.
  • Taxes - The fourth quarter of 2015 GAAP effective tax rate was 26 percent. This compares with a tax rate of 38 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, which was driven by the loss from continuing operations. The fourth quarter of 2015 non-GAAP tax rate was 31 percent compared with a tax rate of 35 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Cash flow - The company generated $414 million in operating cash flow from continuing operations during the quarter, reflecting solid execution across all working capital accounts. Free cash flow was $370 million in the quarter. The increase was largely driven by lower pension contributions and improved cost structure.
  • Cash and cash equivalents - The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.03 billion and a net debt position of approximately $2.4 billion4. The company repurchased approximately $179 million of its common stock in the fourth quarter of 2015 and paid approximately $60 million in cash dividends.
 
OTHER SELECTED FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
  • Revenue - Sales decreased 3 percent, including $201 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact. These results reflect 3 percent growth in North America, which delivered improvements in both Products and Services sales in state and local governments. Overall company product sales declined 3 percent due to currency headwinds and weakness in Latin America and Europe. The Services business declined 3 percent primarily due to currency headwinds, lower iDEN revenue and a decline in systems integration revenues in Norway.
  • Operating margin - For the full year, GAAP operating margin was 17.5 percent of sales in 2015, compared with (17.1) percent for the full year of 2014. 2014 results include a $1.9 billion non-recurring charge related to U.S. pension de-risking actions. For the full year, non-GAAP operating margin was 20.5 percent of sales in 2015, compared with 18.2 percent for the full year of 2014 driven primarily by lower operating expenses.
  • Taxes - The 2015 GAAP effective tax rate was 30 percent. This compares with a full-year GAAP effective tax rate of 40 percent in 2014. The full year 2015 non-GAAP tax rate was 33 percent, compared with a tax rate of 32 percent in 2014.
  • Cash flow - The company generated $1.0 billion in operating cash from continuing operations, reflecting an increase of $1.7 billion over the prior year. Free cash flow was $830 million in the year. The increase was largely driven by lower pension contributions and improved earnings performance.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 
Strategic wins
 
  • $430 million contract for the fourth major public safety long-term evolution (LTE) award as the Lot 2 winner of the United Kingdom's Emergency Network System
  • $170 million covering four separate U.S. statewide networks to provide both network upgrades and Managed & Support services over multiyear periods
  • $21 million Smart Public Safety win with our local partner serving the Royal Malaysia Police enabling the integration of computer-aided dispatch, video management, command & control center dispatch and equipping police cars with video systems to enable dispatch with situational awareness
Innovation and investments in growth
 
  • Completed our $1 billion acquisition of Airwave Communications.  Airwave is the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world, delivering mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 public service agencies in Great Britain
  • Released new P25 software upgrade "Software Defined Core" enabling customers to more easily add features, software updates and licensing capabilities
  • Introduced our next-generation digital mobile radio solution for commercial customers that extends our industry leading MOTOTRBO capabilities and complies with the DMR III standard.  Also introduced new devices purpose built for commercial customers in hazardous locations in both P25 and TETRA technologies
  • Executed successful public safety LTE trials around the world that span devices, land-mobile radio & LTE interoperability, applications, and deployable networks
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
 
  • First quarter 2016 - Motorola Solutions expects a revenue decline of 4 to 6 percent compared with the first quarter of 2015. This assumes a $20 million5 unfavorable currency impact and includes approximately $55 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $0.37 to $0.42 per share.
  • Full-year 2016 - The company expects revenue to increase 5 to 7 percent compared to 2015. This assumes a $60 million5 unfavorable currency impact. The company’s outlook assumes growth in North America and contraction in Europe and Latin America, including iDEN revenues. This revenue outlook includes approximately $450 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition. The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $4.45 to $4.65 per share.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
 
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) Monday, February 22. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
 
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:

 
  Fourth Quarter Full Year
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $1,682 $1,823 $5,695 $5,881
         
Gross margin 838 912 2,719 2,831
Operating earnings (loss) 389 (1,459) 994 (1,006)
         
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders        
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax 277 (926) 640 (697)
Net earnings 279 201 610 1,299
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $1.56 $(4.02) $3.17 $(2.84)
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 177.5 230.5 201.8 245.6
 
HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
 
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the fourth quarter of 2015.
   
(per diluted common share)  Q4 2015
   
GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations $1.56
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense $0.08
Reorganization of business charges $0.16
Intangibles amortization expense --
Gain on sale of equity investment $(0.14)
Impairment of corporate aircraft $0.02
Decrease in net deferred tax liability for undistributed earnings $(0.07)
Tax benefit for foreign tax credit $(0.03)
Total Highlighted Items $0.02
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $1.58
 
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to the company’s past operating performance.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Constant Currency: We evaluate our results of operations on both an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We calculate constant currency percentages by converting our current period local currency results using prior-period exchange rates, and then comparing these adjusted values to prior period reported results.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
 
BUSINESS RISKS
 
This press 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 2015, including the impact of currency rates and incremental revenues of Airwave. 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3 Ending cash excludes $400 million of UK treasury securities purchased in association with the Airwave transaction
4 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
5 Based on currency rates as of Feb. 19, 2016
 
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Michigan Redefines Statewide Public Safety Communications

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

From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit to Grand Traverse County, every corner of Michigan is benefiting from enhanced interoperable communications from Motorola Solutions

  • State of Michigan, Motorola Solutions are expanding the statewide interoperable Public Safety Communications System to additional agencies including Grand Traverse County
  • Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) is one of the world’s largest communications systems of its kind spanning nearly 60,000 square miles
  • Expansion will include equipment upgrades, increased system capacity and enhanced system monitoring and management at no additional cost to users

GRAND TRAVERSE, Mich. – Feb. 22, 2016 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is expanding Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) to include additional users such as Grand Traverse County while also upgrading existing radio towers and equipment at no additional cost to users. Improvements to the Motorola Solutions ASTRO®25 digital interoperable system include upgrading the mechanism for routing communications traffic for additional capacity and reliability while also expanding the capabilities of the alarm system to keep public safety operations up and running statewide.

For more than 20 years the MPSCS and Motorola Solutions have been keeping Michigan’s public safety community connected and safe with one of the world’s largest Project 25 (P25) communications systems of its kind. Grand Traverse County will begin using the system in the spring of 2016, with 750 Motorola Solutions’ APX™ portable and mobile radios serving two law enforcement agencies, six fire departments and five emergency management services departments.

The statewide network currently includes more than 245 radio towers and 74,500 radios serving 1,500 local, state, federal, tribal and private public safety agencies. Users include the Michigan State Police and Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, with the system also providing border interoperability with Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System was put in place to provide reliable mission-critical communications to our statewide public safety community, as well as our soldiers and health care workers,” said Brad Stoddard, director and statewide interoperability coordinator, MPSCS. “This next phase of expanding the MPSCS will help ensure that first responders across the state will have the sustainable communication tools they need to do their jobs while keeping the residents of Michigan safe.”

MPSCS features a statewide radio infrastructure, which allows members to communicate from the Ohio and Indiana borders to the shores of Lake Superior at the push of a button. Any member of MPSCS can speak with another member with the simple touch of a button, a measure that is already proven as a life-saving, safety-enhancing tool for the citizens and public safety officials of Michigan and is particularly useful for task forces, prisoner transports, warrant pick-ups and homeland security coordination efforts.

“Motorola Solutions has helped the MPSCS serve the residents of Michigan with one of the nation’s leading interoperable statewide radio networks and will continue to install state of the art technology to help keep Michigan residents and visitors safe for years to come,” said John Zidar, vice president, Motorola Solutions Central Region. “The system has proven its strength and reliability by providing communications during natural disasters and other incidents, including keeping radio transmissions up and running during the largest blackout in U.S. history in 2003.”

MPSCS is considered one of the largest trunked communication systems in the world. Motorola Solution’s trunking technology temporarily allocates a channel from a pool of available channels, and only when it is needed. After the user is finished, the channel is returned to the pool. Using this method, it is possible to efficiently operate a large system with a small number of channels, saving costs and resources.

Future enhancements for the MPSCS include deploying an automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic resource location (ARL) system for state of Michigan agencies. The system will allow users to track both mobile and portable units.

Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Airwave

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Airwave is largest private operator of a public safety network in the world
  • Significantly expands Motorola Solutions’ managed and support services business
  • Immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., U.S. and LONDON – Feb. 19, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Airwave, the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world.

“The acquisition of Airwave enables us to significantly grow our managed and support services business and reflects our commitment to the public safety users in Great Britain,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “The combination of our years of experience as a trusted global leader in mission-critical communications and Airwave’s proven service delivery platform will provide Great Britain with innovative emergency services technology that enhances public safety today and into the future.”

Airwave delivers mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain, including police, fire, rescue and ambulance services.Motorola Solutions has been a trusted, reliable communications partner to the emergency services community in Great Britain for more than 45 years. Recently, the UK Home Office awardedMotorola Solutions a long-term contract for the user services (Lot 2) for the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the future public safety network based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

Motorola Solutions purchased Airwave on a debt-free basis with a net cash payment of approximately £700 million (approximately $1 billion) at closing. In addition, a deferred cash payment of £64 million (approximately $90 million) will be made in November 2018. Motorola Solutions expects that the acquisition will be immediately accretive to its non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow. The company intends to incorporate Airwave into its 2016 financial outlook, which will be described in more detail during the company’s quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. EST) on Monday, Feb. 22. For call information, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

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This press 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 or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the expected impact to non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow of Motorola Solutions. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, page 39 in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 3, 2015, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results or events discussed in these statements 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 future results of operations of Airwave; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company and Airwave; (3) negative impact on the company’s and Airwave’s business, from global economic and political conditions, particularly in the UK; and (4) the impact on the company’s performance and financial results deriving from the anticipated benefits of the transaction. 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.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 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 April 15, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2016.

The board also set May 16, 2016, as the date for its Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 18, 2016, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Orion Labs Raises $9 Million from Avalon Ventures and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An Orion Labs news release

San Francisco, Calif. —Feb. 16, 2016 — Orion Labs today announced that it has secured $9 million in new financing from Avalon Ventures and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.

Orion creates group voice communication accessories that bring people together across any distance. Its accessories incorporate the best features of two-way radios and group messaging, bringing simplicity and style to anyone who needs to be readily connected to a group without the distraction of a screen. Using Orion, groups of people can easily talk to each other throughout the day, anywhere in the world, while being physically engaged in the moment.

“Consumer wearable devices have the potential to transform the way people communicate,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions chief technology officer. “Orion’s team, products, and technology are at the forefront of innovation in this exciting space. Our strategic investment highlights Motorola Solutions’ commitment to innovation around smart wearable devices. ”

With this round, Orion has now raised $16.25 million in funding. Since the launch of its first product, Orion has seen impressive growth across the company with a focus on building out research and development, engineering and marketing capabilities. This new round of funding will fuel market expansion, company growth and product innovation.

“We built Orion to encourage a world powered by voice,” said Orion Founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. “This funding round affirms our vision to propel voice communication into the future with innovative technology that complements the lifestyles of our growing community of users and potential partners.”

Discover more about Orion and its products by visiting orionlabs.io.

About Orion

Orion is a San Francisco-based company dedicated to connecting people through seamless voice communication. Orion’s core belief is that you should be able to communicate with people who aren’t by your side, without yelling or getting distracted by your phone, giving you more time and ability to focus on the moments and people around you. The Orion experience connects people in conversation across any distance as though they were in the same room. Orion was founded in 2013, and is based in San Francisco, Calif. To learn more, visit www.orionlabs.io.

Innovative radio solution protects and preserves Chinese forests

on Thursday, 18 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Hunan Forestry Department deploys MOTOTRBO™ radios for real-time communications and enhanced forest protection
  • Reliable system delivers uninterrupted communication and increased on-site productivity

Beijing, China – Feb. 18, 201​6​ – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) with its channel partner Beijing Dyne Rcomm Technology are helping to keep China’s Hunan forestry region safe with a MOTOTRBO digital radio system that increases safety and security for employees while helping them to work more efficiently.

China’s Hunan province is rich in flora and fauna resources that are essential to the region’s economy. However, these vast areas which make up around 60 percent of the province’s total surface area can be risky places to work for forest rangers. Forest workers depend on reliable communications to be aware of potential bushfire risks and other emergencies.

The innovative radio system integrates MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios and repeaters, a dispatch console for centralised control and monitoring of the network at all times and Motorola Solutions’ IP Site Connect digital solution to extend radio network coverage over the internet throughout the counties and cities.

“Rangers depend on access to clear and reliable communications. They need to stay constantly connected to their colleagues working in control rooms who have visibility of the entire operation and can help to keep them safe at all times,” said Michael Jiang, China President and Country Manager, Motorola Solutions.

“It’s absolutely essential for forest rangers to know where their co-workers and resources are at all times, especially in times of emergency.

“Hunan’s new radio network provides extensive coverage throughout the region, enabling rangers working across a wide geographic area to report the very first signs of fire so that resources can be deployed quickly and effectively to protect lives and natural resources,” Mr Jiang said.

Hunan’s integrated system connects the surrounding cities and counties through clear voice communications enhanced with noise cancelling features that perform reliably in the nosiest environments. This system also supports data transfer across the radio network, using GPS to pinpoint the location of nearby team members and resources in emergency situations, while text messages and automatic alerts can be sent between the province’s central control room and radio users in the field.

Motorola Solutions has now deployed more than 5,000 radios to major forestry projects across greater China at locations including the Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Liaoning, Sichuan and Guangdong provinces.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Earnings Results on Feb. 22

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 3, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings results after the close of the market on Monday, Feb. 22.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. EST) on Feb. 22. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

WAVE Helps Community Flood Response In Shipton Bellinger

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions deploys WAVE Work Group Communications to support the building of resilient, flood-prepared communities in England

  • Community volunteers deploy secure, inter-agency communications for benchmark flood response project
  • Instant Push-to-Talk voice communication enabled between radios and smartphones

Basingstoke, England, Jan. 26, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is supporting community resilience and emergency response with WAVE Work Group Communications for the flood threatened village of Shipton Bellinger in England. The community is the most at risk for flooding in the county of Hampshire. Like much of Southern England during the winter of 2013/2014, the village suffered from extensive flooding when the local river broke its banks. With renewed threats of flooding this winter, the community is rolling out a new resilience program that it hopes will become a benchmark for community response and be widely adopted across the country.Motorola WAVE Unified Communications
 
As a recognized location for flooding, the Environmental Agency (EA) has invested in improving Property Level Protection (PLP) for residents most at risk. To counter more extreme flood events, which frequently strike the village, the investment provides for a variety of protective measures, such as floodgates to block property driveways and doorways, as well as pumps to rapidly clear flood water and reduce property damage.
 
The most recent flood response exercise, using guidelines established by CERT for first response and local community training, has combined the Wessex and Hampshire EA, Test Valley Borough Council, Shipton Bellinger Parish Council and a small local military presence tasked with civil contingency.
 
A critical element in the community’s response to threat of flood is communications. Shipton Bellinger, with support from Motorola Solutions, has deployed a WAVE system to link resilience team members on MOTOTRBO™ Digital Mobile Radios (DMR) with other agencies using smartphones. This has created an extremely flexible, robust and cost-effective real-time communications system with Push-to-Talk (PTT) capability for managing wider teams in an emergency. It also allows team members who may be out of the area to stay in touch during critical times.
 
“The benefit of having WAVE in the mix is interoperability,” says Steve Bluff, local parish councilor, and Shipton Bellinger, community resilience response team leader. “We can dynamically set up Talk Groups over DMR, TETRA radio and connected smart devices. If people come into the area and do not have radio handsets, they can be given a smartphone with WAVE Communicator downloaded from the app store. We can set up a new Talk Group, and they can securely speak over our network.”
 
“We are building confidence, not just in us, but also in the sort of equipment that we use,” says Councilor Philip Lashbrook, Penton Bellinger ward and Test Valley borough council. “WAVE gives that added edge. With a push of a button we can send out messages in one transmission to wider groups of people. This technology is really what we need and if we can get other agencies to adopt the same platform it will give us and them greater ability to respond to any incident.”
 
“The highly professional approach shown by Shipton Bellinger’s volunteer resilience teams is to be commended,” says Andrew Gill, vice president, growth and alliances, Motorola Solutions. “They instantly recognized the value of WAVE to deliver broadband PTT in a very flexible, cost-effective way that met the demands for communications interoperability within their community and critically with outside agencies. The most recent flood response exercise should be held up as a shining example of how communities can work together with public sector organizations to better protect property and lives.”
Looking forward, Shipton Bellinger’s hope is for its incident response model to be rolled out to other local communities until a countywide resilience program is in place. Councilors Bluff and Lashbrook are also in discussion with the Borough and County to use WAVE to secure interoperability at Gold and Silver Command. That would provide a direct link for liaison with local police and fire services to better deploy valuable resources when and where needed most.

Nubo Raises $7M in Series A Funding from Magma Venture Partners and Motorola Solutions

on Friday, 22 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A Nubo Software news release

Boston, Mass., Jan. 21, 2016 - Nubo Software, a leading pioneer in the emerging Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) market, announced today it has completed a $7 million Series A financing round led by Magma Venture Partners along with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.
 
With this financing, Nubo plans to expand its marketing, sales and support services for its remote enterprise workspace solution. The first enterprise mobility provider in the world to develop VMI, Nubo allows businesses to deliver corporate and consumer mobile apps as a display from a remote server, ensuring zero data is stored on employee devices.
 
With mobility constantly becoming more embedded into corporate strategy, Nubo Founder and CEO Israel Lifshitz believes more organizations will look to holistic innovations that enhance the capabilities of mobile end users while ensuring data security and compliance.
 
"This is a vote of confidence for the disruptive technology that VMI is to enterprise mobility, and it's great to see it gaining momentum, with more organizations seeing the value and adopting it," explains Lifshitz. "It also speaks to Nubo's ability to lead this new era and provide solutions that let businesses capitalize on the strategic benefits of mobility with security and peace of mind."
 
VMI technology affords enterprises a higher layer of security that completely separates corporate and personal environments without infringing on employee privacy. Because the corporate environment is controlled in one remote platform, IT can develop and manage just one customized app for any Android, iOS or HTML5-supported device. Enterprises no longer have to spend significant resources securing devices because they can simply be disconnected from access to the remote environment.
 
"Nubo has created an innovative and technologically differentiated approach that from the ground up is built around the needs of the mobile enterprise of the future," said Ran Achituv, General Partner of Magma Venture Partners. "We're proud to partner with a leadership team that possesses that kind of vision and expertise."
 
“Today’s public safety agencies and commercial enterprises are using technology to help keep workers out in the field where they are needed, yet also connected to both the home office and each other,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions chief technology officer. “Nubo’s innovative solution enhances mobile data access and collaboration by maximizing security and simplifying mobile application management, which ultimately can help create better outcomes for our customers."
 
For more information about Nubo, visit https://nubosoftware.com.
 
About Nubo
The first company to develop Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) for enterprise mobility, Nubo Software has created one, secured remote virtual workspace that is tailor-made for today’s mobile workforce. With Nubo, corporations own their data and applications, and employees own their devices. Founded in 2011 by Israel Lifshitz, founder of SysAid Technologies, Nubo’s innovative approach to mobile security stores zero data on personal devices while providing users with a native app experience and the freedom to choose their own applications.
 

The State of Maranhão in Brazil Invests in Advanced Communications to Help Drive Crime Down

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

The Secretariat of Public Safety recently expanded its radio communication network with Motorola Solutions technology

The new infrastructure will cover an area of around 5,000 km2 and will help reinforce the safety of the nearly 1.5 million people living in the metropolitan area of São Luís
The solution provided by Motorola Solutions includes Project 25 (P25)-standard digital radios intended to help firefighters and civil and military police officers perform their duties
SÃO PAULO – Jan. 20, 2016 – The Maranhão Secretariat of Public Safety digitalized its radio communication system with ASTRO® 25 standards-based technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), which will help improve safety for the nearly 1.5 million people who live in the metropolitan region of São Luís.

With this solution, which includes Motorola Solutions' award-winning APX ™ mobile and portable radios, the Maranhão Secretariat of Public Safety aims to ensure top-quality audio communications across different emergency service agencies in an area of around 5.000 km2.

"It is very important for us to have access to the technology that Motorola Solutions' devices offer in the area of digital radio communication," said Jefferson Portela, secretary of public safety in the state of Maranhão. "This investment will optimize response times by providing instant communication and allowing us to track the geographic location of service vehicles in real time. Before, it was more difficult to communicate because we relied on cellphones. Now, with Motorola Solutions technology, we have taken a big step forward in providing quality services to the residents of Maranhão."

The digitization will help optimize citizen response services. Some of the most noteworthy advances include greater information security provided by radio encryption technology and device location monitoring via GPS, which makes it possible to quickly identify the agents who are close to an incident.

“This solution will help the State of Maranhão to successfully reduce the number of registered crimes. We know that is extremely important to maintain fast, safe and integrated communications in order to effectively implement tactical actions. As a market leader in this segment, our mission is to offer advanced technologies and devices that make all the difference in our customers’ operations,” stated Elton Borgonovo, director of government sales at Motorola Solutions in Brazil.

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