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Motorola Solutions to Showcase Industry-leading Innovations for the Digital Age at Critical Communications MENA 2018 in Dubai, UAE

on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Real-time artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge – based on intelligent cameras
●       Digital transformation of policing – with body-worn video and powerful analytics
●       Integrated TETRA and LTE broadband networks – the best of both worlds
●       Motorola Solutions celebrates its 90th anniversary
 
DUBAI, UAE – Sept. 24, 2018 – Motorola Solutions will introduce highly advanced mission-critical solutions for creating a powerful state of safety for a digital society at Critical Communications MENA 2018 (September 23-25, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; UAE, booth B50). CC MENA 2018 highlights will include future-leading solutions for both public safety and commercial organisations focusing on real-time artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, digital transformation of policing as well as integrated TETRA and LTE broadband networks.
 
Mission-critical communications is more important than ever before. Urbanization, in particular, is placing a huge strain on governments and infrastructure as more people require more protection during increasingly uncertain times. Moreover, in the digital age, rapid developments in digital technology have had a profound impact on people’s lives, enabling a digital economy and fundamentally reshaping the landscape for both public safety and commercial businesses.
 
“Society, economy and public safety are undergoing a digital transformation. We provide public safety organisations and commercial customers with the right intelligence and tools to help them enhance their operational efficiency, responsiveness and safety,” said Patrick Fitting, senior sales director for the Middle East at Motorola Solutions. “From TETRA and DMR to LTE, visitors to our CC MENA booth can experience one of the most comprehensive critical communications device portfolios as well as powerful analytics, which facilitate today’s digital transformation.”
 
NEW AT CC MENA 2018 
 
REAL-TIME ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE
The complexity of crime is increasing and the need for efficient information sharing within and between different agencies has never been greater. With the increasing adoption of body-worn video and the growing number of information sources supporting public safety, a tipping point has been reached. If this valuable data cannot be utilised in real time, public safety organisations risk not knowing a critical piece of information that could change the outcome of an incident.
 
At CC MENA 2018, Motorola Solutions will give exclusive insights into its newly acquired end-to-end security platform from Avigilon, which brings high-quality video and Al-based analytics to public safety and commercial workflows. By integrating the Avigilon Control Center™ (ACC) video management software into its command center software suite, Motorola Solutions will provide dispatchers and intelligence analysts with one central source for real-time intelligence that includes video feeds, incident details, alerts, data mapping and responder location.
 
Motorola Solutions will also demonstrate its public safety apps suite featuring new applications like the Capture Mobile Camera app, which allows frontline teams to securely capture images, video and audio with a verifiable chain-of-custody from the moment of capture.
 
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF POLICING
At the show Motorola Solutions will launch its new ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio, which combines a compact and rugged form factor with a small screen that can be used in bright sunlight, an easy-to-use keypad that can be operated even while wearing gloves, a simple user interface and loud and clear audio to provide police officers and emergency medical services with reliable mission-critical communications. This discreet, flexible and modern communications tool also allows commercial users like public transport workers and teams in other sectors to focus on their work and not their radio. With the next generation of Motorola Solutions’ Si500 body-worn cameras, the new LEX L11 mission-critical LTE device  as well as the ADVISORTM TPG2200 TETRA two-way pager, Motorola Solutions is presenting purpose-built devices that help frontline teams perform at their best in the moments that matter.
 
INTEGRATED LMR AND MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORKS
Forward-thinking public safety network providers are planning for an extended period of TETRA coexisting with 3GPP standards-based mobile broadband networks. While TETRA remains the best technology for mission-critical voice services, broadband technologies such as LTE promise cutting-edge, transformative applications that will enhance frontline personnel safety, improve situational awareness and boost productivity. At CC MENA 2018, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate how users can benefit from integrated TETRA and LTE mobile broadband networks.
 
Future-ready technologies like Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA X Core and DIMETRA Express TETRA systems enable public safety organisations and commercial customers to make the most of their existing TETRA network today, while preparing for additional capabilities offered by mobile broadband tomorrow. Motorola Solutions will also showcase its https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_xu/products/wave-work-group-communications.html&source=gmail&ust=1537630985879000&usg=AFQjCNFZDwIf5onXTHxSjo-J7rR_568vmA" href="https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_xu/products/wave-work-group-communications.html#taboverviewhttps://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_xu/products/wave-work-group-communications.html" target="_blank" style="font-family: arial; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">WAVE broadband push-to-talk application, which forms part of its enhanced command centre software suite. The WAVE platform connects disparate networks, enabling public safety and commercial users to communicate between smartphones, radios, computers and landlines. In a world with an increasing number of connected devices, Motorola Solutions is fostering the development of collaborative solutions that promote flexibility, simplifycommunications and reduce the complexity of operating multiple devices. Motorola Solutions sees a clear market demand for collaborative solutions and devices, which support either TETRA or LTE mobile broadband networks and which interoperate with other equipment around them, creating seamless communications across multiple technologies.
 
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS’ FOOTPRINT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
2018 marks an important milestone for Motorola Solutions as the company is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The company has a strong heritage and long-standing customer base in the Middle East. The digital radio solutions for reliable and secure voice and data communications are used by leading oil and gas companies like Khalda Petroleum from Egypt, where the technology provides users with robust coverage across all operating sites, increased network capacity and integrated data applications. Moreover, Motorola Solutions recognizes an enormous demand for communication solutions in the hospitality sector, especially in the UAE where leading hotels like the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the five-star Fairmont, and The Palm Dubai, optimize their customer service through Motorola Solutions’ communication solutions.
 
VISIT OUR CC MENA 2018 EXPERT SESSIONS
 
September 24
“Hybrid TETRA & LTE” by Jeppe Jepsen, Director of International Business Relations, Motorola Solutions. September 24, 2018, 11:50am-12:15pm
 
September 25
“The future architecture for AI Public Safety and its application – and it’s not just machine learning” by Faisal Nazir, Senior Solutions Architect, Motorola Solutions.
September 25, 2018, 10:30-10:55am

“Technology Showcase: Shaping Apps for business and mission use in hybrid networks and devices” with Omar El Masri, System Engineering Manager, Motorola Solutions.
September 25, 2018, 13:05-13:50
 

Motorola Solutions Presents New Compact TETRA Radio at CC MENA 2018 in Dubai

on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions powers frontline mission-critical communications with new ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio.
  • Compact and rugged device connects police and emergency medical services as well as commercial teams.
  • Motorola Solutions showcases its innovations at CC MENA 2018, September 23 to 25 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai,UAE, at booth B50.

DUBAI, UAE – September 24, 2018 – Motorola Solutions unveils a new advanced and compact communication solution for mission-critical communications: At Critical Communications MENA 2018 (September 23-25, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai/UAE, booth B50) MotorolaSolutions launches its brand new ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio. The ST7500 combines a compact and rugged form factor with a small screen that can be used in bright sunlight, an easy-to-use keypad that can be operated even while wearing gloves as well as a simple user interface and loud and clear audio to provide police officers and emergency medical services with reliable mission-critical communications. The flexible and modern communications tool is easy to use and also allows commercial users like public transport workers and teams in other sectors to focus on their work and not their radio.
 
KEY FEATURES OF THE MOTOROLA ST7500

  • Compact and capable: The ST7500 provides public safety users and workers in various sectors with clear and effective voice communications in a small, lightweight and rugged form factor. The ST7500 Compact TETRA radio provides uncompromising coverage with an integrated internal and external hybrid antenna system, all in a compact and robust design.
  • Loud and clear: Despite its small and compact form, the ST7500 delivers uncompromising mission critical audio quality and coverage with low distortion, loud audio and 1.8W transmission power. An open speaker port, automatic gain control and multi-band compression deliver loud and clear audio. 
  • Easy to use: The ST7500 was designed for simplicity so users can focus on the mission. Tactile buttons are available for push-to-talk, volume control and emergency calls, as well as a talkgroup rocker switch and a simple keypad with well defined, fully protected keys with haptic feedback. 
  • Rugged and robust: The ST7500’s rugged design and long battery life make it easy to survive life on the frontline. It is certified to withstand dust, rain, shock and drops, with an IP65, IP67 and MIL-STD 810 D/E/F/G rating.
  • Connect and collaborate: The ST7500 is equipped with a MAC13 GCAI connector and integrated Bluetooth® 4.1 wireless technology facilitating the use of a wide range of wireless accessories including audio headsets, push-to-talk buttons and smart devices – providing greater flexibility and control of the ST7500.   

“We see a strong demand for sophisticated digital radio solutions in the Middle East market that provide public safety and commercial users with reliable and secure voice and data communications,” said Iain Clarke, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “We are continuously investing in future-leading communication solutions and work closely with our customers to maximise their operational efficiency every day to make sure that they can rely on their mission-critical communications when it matters most.”

Motorola Solutions Reaches Agreement with UK Home Office to Implement ESN Phased Approach and Extend Airwave Network

on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Company to provide standards-based push-to-talk broadband solution for ESN
  • Airwave public safety network to be extended through 2022

CHICAGO – Sept. 21, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) and the UK Home Office have reached an agreement on terms for the new direction of the UK Emergency Services Network (ESN) as well as an agreement on terms to extend the Airwave nationwide digital radio network.

The ESN agreement supports the phased deployment of the ESN program, ensuring that public safety organizations will benefit from the new network’s capabilities as soon as possible. Public safety organizations across the United Kingdom will be able to roll out the capabilities of ESN at their desired pace while maintaining the Airwave network service to ensure uninterrupted service.

As part of its delivery of ESN User Services, Motorola Solutions will implement a 3GPP standards-based push-to-talk (PTT) software solution. This global platform uses technology from Kodiak Networks, which was acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2017. To allow for the new phased deployment strategy, the Motorola Solutions ESN agreement will be extended by 30 months through the end of 2024.

The Airwave agreement, which is expected to be completed later in the year, will extend the network on substantially similar terms for three additional years to Dec. 31, 2022, with the option to be further extended. The company will also upgrade this critical public safety network to ensure the requirements of public safety users continue to be met.

“We are proud to support the Home Office on its new delivery approach for ESN while at the same time ensuring public safety users have the Airwave communications network they need,” said Kelly Mark, executive vice president, services and software at Motorola Solutions. “We have been working closely with the Home Office to ensure that our services are aligned with this new phased deployment and timeline for ESN.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations regarding execution of certain contracts expected by Motorola Solutions, Inc. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expectations expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates mission-critical communications solutions, including devices, networks, software and video, that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

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Paraíba Steps Up Modernization of Its Tactical Communication System

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The State of Paraíba will be equipped with one of the world's most advanced communication systems, furnished by Motorola Solutions
  

  • The state government is adding new features to its digital radio communication system, including real-time multimedia transmission as well as maps to plan actions
  • These additions will promote advanced interoperability between the mobile telephone network, the existing TETRA digital radio system and the advanced user administration system
  • The state will also deploy new radio bases to expand the coverage area

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil- Sep. 6th, 2018 – Paraíba's Secretariat of Social Safety and Defense signed a contract with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) for the expansion of the digital radio communication network and the addition of advanced features, including tactical LTE (4G) integrated into the TETRA network, which will allow all the state's public safety agencies to send and receive multimedia content.
 
Among the new equipment integrated will be 180 LEX series LTE handhelds that take the command and control center to the hands of field agents and allow commanders to be fully aware of what is happening in the operation, with transmission of real-time video and tactical information exchange on maps. In addition, 100 ST7000 DIMETRA portable radios will be used for discrete operations, featuring compact and stylish design.
 
The new devices will now be equipped also with WAVE™, Motorola Solutions' broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solution that enables smartphone users to communicate securely with radios used by security personnel at the touch of a button. They will also include accessories that make both the devices and their users more efficient.
 
These new resources, which will be added to the digital TETRA network that was deployed last year and that covers nearly the entire state, will make Paraíba's critical-communication system at the level of the most modern systems in the world.
 
The contract was recently signed by the Governor of the State of Paraíba, Ricardo Coutinho; the state's Secretary of Social Safety and Defense, Claudio Lima; and Elton Borgonovo, from Motorola Solutions.

"We want to step up the modernization of our communication system. We already have a digital communication system that allows different agencies to interact securely and reliably through a TETRA solution provided by Motorola Solutions. Now, with this platform, we want to expand our capabilities by adding applications to the tactical LTE system that will allow us to be more efficient in managing our public safety forces," said Cláudio Lima, the secretary of public safety and defense for the state of Paraíba.
 
Key aspects of the digital radio system integrated into LTE dedicated to public safety:

  • Ability to send videos, photos, maps, suspects IDs and other multimedia functions
  • Integration of TETRA digital radio network with LTE tactical system and commercial cellular networks, allowing communications from anywhere in the world through authorized devices
  • Tactical LTE that allows the opening of a 4G network "bubble", integrated in the radio network and dedicated to the public forces
  • Thousands of radios, among portable, mobile and fixed, with capacity of expansion as demand of the users. Still LTE handhelds series LEX and ST7000 DIMETRA portable radios were purchased for discrete operations
  • Encrypted communication that prevents unauthorized persons from listening in on the safety forces' radio communications or from stealing multimedia information
  • A system that includes several repeater sites to provide a clear signal with high availability for all the safety forces, Military Police, Civil Police, Fire Brigades, Correctional System and State Transit Department (Detran)
  • Dispatch consoles to manage operations and installation of 6 new MTS1 model radio bases that can be deployed quickly to be used in tactical operations and to cover specific locations
  • Digital technology that makes it possible to run different applications, such as GPS, and pinpoint the exact location of each device, whether it is hand held or mounted in a vehicle

Motorola Solutions to Purchase 20% of Silver Lake’s Investment

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Managing Partners Egon Durban and Greg Mondre to Remain on Motorola Solutions’ Board of Directors

Silver Lake to Retain a Significant Position in Motorola Solutions

CHICAGO and NEW YORK – Sept. 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), the leading global provider of innovative mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, today announced that Motorola Solutions is purchasing 20 percent of Silver Lake’s convertible notes.

Silver Lake will retain a significant position in Motorola Solutions valued at approximately $1.5 billion. Egon Durban and Greg Mondre, Silver Lake managing partners and managing directors, will remain on the Motorola Solutions board of directors.

“We are excited to continue our partnership and remain enthusiastic long-term shareholders with Motorola Solutions and its leader Greg Brown,” said Durban and Mondre. “The management team has delivered extraordinary shareholder value driven by a relentless focus on customers, product innovation and operational excellence. We are strong believers in the company’s expansion growth strategy focused on managed services, software and video analytics.”

“Since making its $1 billion investment in 2015, Silver Lake has been an outstanding partner,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I look forward to continuing the relationship with Egon and Greg as we continue to grow the company and drive shareholder returns.”

Additional information may be found in the Form 8-K that Motorola Solutions will file today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Motorola Solutions Helps Make Airports Safer in Mediterranean Tourist Destinations

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company Deploys Digital Radio Systems in Ibiza, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche and 13 Greek Islands

  • High season of summer tourism brings millions of air travelers to the sunny beaches of Spain and Greece
  • Motorola Solutions is deploying new digital radio communications systems across Mediterranean airports for improved safety and coordination

London, England – Sept. 6, 2018 – The high season of summer holidays brings millions of tourists out to the sunny Mediterranean basin. With the increase of air travelers and heightened security measures, airports are under immense pressure to move passengers through terminals and onto their flights in the most efficient and safest way possible. Under this framework, Motorola Solutions is deploying state-of-the-art radio communications systems across the Mediterranean for improved security and efficiency.

Airports around the world work hard to achieve flawless, precise coordination and provide the best passenger experience. For this matter, it is essential to optimize information and resource allocation, which requires reliable communication solutions. Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of systems and devices offers complete flexibility to enable a safe airport: from TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) to DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) two-way radios.

Motorola Solutions has already deployed a new MOTOTRBO™ Capacity Plus Multi-Site DMR system across 13 airports in Greece. This was achieved following a well coordinated preparation process, resulting in a quick transition to the new digital radio system in less than two hours at airports in Aktion, Chania, Kavala, Corfu, Kos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos.

In Spain, the airports of Ibiza, Malaga-Costa del Sol and Alicante-Elche will benefit from Motorola Solutions’ public safety-grade DIMETRA TETRA systems. These new systems will help increase travelers’ safety as well as the efficiency of ground operations. The advanced radio systems will bring enhanced voice and data communications to ground staff, security personnel, maintenance and operations teams.

Phil Jefferson, vice president Western Europe and North Africa at ‎Motorola Solutions, said the company is seeing growth in airports’ interest for advanced critical communications systems. “Airports across Europe have long been traditional users of our reliable radio communication solutions. Growing numbers of passengers in airports across the region means security and quality of service becomes a more challenging task. With advanced mission-critical radio systems, airport staff are better equipped to provide a safe and smooth travel experience for passengers.”

The BES Police Force Uses Intelligent Communications as a Service for a Safer Dutch Caribbean

on Sunday, 02 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

KPCN, Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland, completed a successfully trial of a hosted turnkey solution by Motorola Solutions in collaboration with their partner Critical Communication Caribbean (C3) that provides access to public safety mobile applications
  

  • Inhabitants of the Dutch Caribbean Islands of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius have benefited from this suite of public safety applications used by more than 30 police officers
  • Intelligent Communications as a Service is designed for public safety and emergency response teams who need specialized public safety communications over broadband networks, using purpose-built and traditional smart devices
  • LEX L10 is the public safety LTE handheld device selected by this public safety force to get the services that rely on secure and interoperable-capable voice, messaging, mapping and whiteboarding group communications

Latin America – Aug. 30, 2018– Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) announces that the Dutch Caribbean Police completed a trial of Intelligent Communications as a Service, proving real benefits for its mission-critical communications. This service model has given the public force access to public safety mobile applications that are easy to deploy, so they can respond more effectively to the needs of the community.
 
“We started the trial seven months ago and within this very short period of time, we have been witness of the good impact of Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Communications as a Service (ICaaS) for our mission. Without the need for an initial capital investment on servers and data centers, this model allowed us to have always up to date public safety solutions, ready to provide intelligence in real time by accessing and sharing critical information in an extremely secure way, over existing broadband networks,” said W. Baker, KPCN Saba.
 
The company’s public safety mobile applications are a highly effective way to share critical intelligence data among officers in the field and personnel at the command center. They work across different networks and devices, enabling real-time communication and collaboration that can accelerate time to resolution.
 
The service package included mobile apps such as:
 

  • Broadband PTT, Motorola Solutions’ broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solution that lets Smartphone users securely communicate with a simple press of a button. In addition to enabling groups of smartphone users to easily communicate with one another. This application also can provide a PTT bridge with the land mobile radios police use today, enabling teams to communicate using push-to-talk across networks and devices.
  • Mapping, which enables location-based collaboration by showing nearby officers and quickly creating “geo-fenced” voice- or text-based communication groups with officers in the vicinity. It allows an officer to talk to another officer one block away – even if he doesn’t know the officer’s name. 
  • Messaging, which lets first responders securely share text messages and photos with individuals or talk groups across smartphones, enabling faster communication and collaboration. For example, Messaging enables a user to send a photo to a voice talk group.   
  • Whiteboarding, which enables in-field, interactive media-based collaboration and information-sharing. It allows officers to graphically share operations, response plans and areas of interest through drawings on a shared map on their devices.

This service ran on the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 – public safety LTE handheld device. Thirty devices have being used by police officers of the BES Dutch Caribbean Police deployed across the Caribbean islands Bonaire, St, Eustatius and Saba. Device and services have been integrated so they were able to work together and strengthen their connected capabilities, generating quick interactions among them.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Sunday, 02 September 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CHICAGO – Aug. 28, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 52 cents per share payable in cash on Oct. 15, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 14, 2018.

Motorola Solutions enhances Polish army communications with TETRA radio system

on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Motorola Solutions will reconfigure and expand the army’s digital radio system
  • New TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system will be the third largest in Poland

Warsaw, Poland – August 28, 2018 – The IT Resources Center of The Polish Armed Forces awarded Motorola Solutions with a new contract to extend and redesign the army’s encrypted digital radio system. The redesigned Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) system will provide the army with critical communications in military compounds, navy units, air bases and land forces throughout Poland.

The deployed system will include dozens of base stations connected to a geo-redundant Mobile Switching Office (MSO), thousands of digital radio devices (mobile, portable and ATEX certified), dispatcher positions, training and a five-year warranty.

“The Polish Armed Forces have been a long-time customer of Motorola Solutions in Poland, and we are thrilled by this new opportunity to be working together on another strategic project,“ said Michael Kaae, Vice President Sales, Nordics, Eastern Europe & Russia at Motorola Solutions. “Building on our decades of experience in deploying nationwide, mission-critical communications systems across Europe and globally, we trust this newly designed system will support the military’s communication needs in keeping the peace and safety of Polish citizens.”

ITC Judge Releases Initial Determination in Favor of Motorola Solutions Against Hytera Communications

on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Judge Finds “Persuasive Evidence” Hytera Copied Motorola Solutions’ Technology and Calls Hytera’s Arguments “Disingenuous”
 
3 Senior Hytera Employees Plead Fifth Amendment to Avoid Self-Incrimination
 
CHICAGO – Aug. 27, 2018 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released the Notice of Initial Determination from the ITC’s investigation of the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) on March 29, 2017. In the complaint, Motorola Solutions alleged that Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe four of Motorola Solutions’ patents.
 
On July 3, 2018, Judge McNamara found that all four of Motorola Solutions’ patents are valid and that Hytera infringed them. An exclusion order, preventing the importation of infringing products into the United States for three of the patents, as well as a cease-and-desist order (preventing the further sale and marketing of certain infringing products imported into the United States), continues to be Judge McNamara’s recommendation. The release of the detailed 260 page Initial Determination was ordered by the Judge notwithstanding Hytera’s efforts to redact it extensively.
 
Relevant highlights from the Notice of Initial Determination are below. All quotations are verbatim from Judge McNamara (emphasis added in certain places). The full Initial Determination is available at https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/content/1107/files/InitialDeterminationSection337.pdf.
 
There Is “Persuasive Evidence” Hytera Copied Motorola Solutions’ Technology

  • Motorola Solutions presented “persuasive circumstantial and direct evidence” that the Hytera employees “wrongfully copied certain of Motorola [Solutions’] patented technologies.”
  • “Finally, and perhaps the most problematic for Hytera, the evidence includes the extent to which each of these Hytera Employees plead the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions during their depositions in this InvestigationThe questions the Hytera Employees were asked clearly were designed to document whether they copied and took with them to Hytera any of Motorola [Solutions’] proprietary and patented Motorola [Solutions] technology.”
  • “In each case, the Hytera Employees refused to answer questions and instead invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves. Mr. Y.T. Kok invoked his Fifth Amendment right to more than 70 questions. Mr. Chia also invoked his Fifth Amendment right to more than 70 questions. Mr. G.S. Kok invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to more than 60 questions.” 

Hytera Employees’ Timeline Is “Compelling and Telling”

  • “While Hytera may be correct that there is no direct evidence that the three Hytera employees copied the more than 7,000 documents they accessed, it is logical to infer that the Hytera Employees accessed these documents with the intent of acquiring information about Motorola [Solutions’] DMR products for Hytera. The timing and circumstances of their actions are unequivocal and uncontested.” 
  • That figure bears repeating simply to let sink in the sheer magnitude of the number of confidential Motorola documents that the Hytera Employees accessed, just before they left Motorola: more than 7,000 documents. This could not have been coincidental.

Hytera Was “Willfully Blind” to Motorola Solutions’ Patent Portfolio

  • “Despite knowing about Motorola [Solutions’] patents, and while Hytera unquestionably copied certain of Motorola [Solutions’] patented technologies, Hytera acknowledged that it did not take any steps to avoid infringing Motorola [Solutions’] patents.”

Hytera’s Arguments Are “Disingenuous”

  • “It is difficult to understand why Hytera continued to maintain positions throughout this Investigation that were disingenuous, and not supported either factually or legally.”

“Hytera has built its business by copying the hard work and innovation of Motorola Solutions. Judge McNamara’s findings categorically validate the merits of Motorola Solutions’ global litigation against Hytera to stop its improper and illegal behavior,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We thank Judge McNamara for both her diligence and the strong, clear language she used to condemn Hytera’s actions. We remain committed to vigorously protecting Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property in the United States and internationally, and look forward to the final determination by the ITC.”
 
As the next step in the process, the ITC will conduct a mandatory review of the Initial Determination. A Final Determination is scheduled to be issued by Nov. 6, 2018. After the Final Determination is issued, there is a 60 day presidential review, during which the U.S. President may modify the ITC’s Final Determination. Upon the expiration of that review period (approximately Jan. 7, 2019), the ITC’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders will take effect. At such time, at least the following Hytera products would be excluded from the U.S. market: 
 

  • Subscribers: MD652, MD782, BD302, BD362, BD502, PD412, PD502, PD562, PD602, PD662, PD682, PD702, PD752, PD782, PD792, PD982, X1e, X1p, and all variants thereof; and
      
  • Repeaters: RD622, RD982, and all variants thereof. 

In addition to the ITC, Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement, trade secret theft and copyright infringement lawsuits against Hytera are still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Court of Australia and the Regional Courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf in Germany.
 
Motorola Solutions’ complaint filed with the ITC, as well as information on Motorola Solutions’ other actions against Hytera, can be accessed athttps://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding expectations with respect to litigation filed by Motorola Solutions, Inc., and the outcomes possible if successful. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside the control of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and its officers. Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors including those discussed in this release.
 
About Motorola Solutions
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“Connected by Safety” Teaches Latin American Children How to Contribute to Making the Region Safer

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

With the support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this social responsibility program is being implemented this year in 7 countries of Latin America

  • In the second half of 2018, more than 5,750 Latin American children from ages 8 to 10 will learn how to communicate with public safety agencies and act in emergency situations
  • In its seventh year – and following its success in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – the program is also being launched in Brazil and Mexico

Latin America –Aug. 15, 2018 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charity and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, reaffirmed its commitment to Latin American children and communities through its “Connected by Safety” program for the seventh year in a row. Developed in collaboration with the Organization of Ibero-American States and the educational content producer FORO 21, this education program encourages children from the region to play an active role in making their communities safer.
 
Last year’s, “Connected by Safety” taught children between the ages of 8 and 10 from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru how to act in emergency situations and about the roles of the different public safety agencies. Now, the program is expanding its scope to include children from Brazil and Mexico, thus offering active citizen and early alert workshops in 7 Latin American countries.
 
“This project, which began seven years ago in Argentina, teaches children through games that bring them closer to their heroes and letting them know they can count on these public safety officers in difficult times. This strategy has been key for the growth of this program and has led it to win several awards, including three Eikon Awards for excellence in communication and the Latin American Corporate Responsibility Award presented by the Social Ecumenical Forum, and to be nominated as a finalist for the Co-Responsible Award in Spain,” said Diego Manusovich, director of Foro 21.
 
Thanks to the participation of different public safety agencies and institutions from the region – including police officers, fire fighters, public health service workers, government ministries and others – over 5,750 children will become more familiar with public safety agencies through playful games that turn them into active citizens at a young age and make them capable of collaborating and communicating quickly to ask for help in critical moments.
 
“Contributing to a safer society involves more than providing technological solutions to help public safety agencies do their jobs better. It also entails providing the community with tools that make them better prepared for emergency situations, and that is precisely what 'Connected by Safety' does. We are proud to support this initiative and to be able to strengthen this educational program with a regional impact year after year,” explained Matthew Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
 
Key Facts about Connected by Safety:

  • The fun-filled workshops began in Brazil June 4-8 and will continue Sept. 4-11 and Sept. 17-21 in Colombia, Sept. 10-21 in ArgentinaSept. 25-28 in Peru and BoliviaOct. 2-10 in Chile and Oct. 15-26 in Mexico
  • The program is endorsed by the Argentine Ministry of Education, the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior, the Ecuadorian Security Coordinating Ministry, the Metropolitan District of Quito's Undersecretary of Education, the Colombian Ministry of Defense and the Chilean Ministry of Education, among others. 
  • To learn more about the program, visit http://www.conectadosporlaseguridad.com/
  • This program will run in 2018 based on a grant that was awarded in 2017. 

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About Motorola Solutions Foundation 
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. To learn more about Motorola Solutions’ corporate giving and its Foundation, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving
 
About the Organization of Ibero-American States
The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (abbreviated as OEI in Spanish) is an international governmental organization that promotes cooperation between Ibero-American countries in the fields of education, science, technology and culture in the context of integral development, democracy and regional integration.
www.oei.org.ar
 
About FORO 21
FORO 21 Experts in Social Transformation in Latin America is a Buenos Aires-based production company that has been creating and implementing social transformation campaigns in different Latin American communities for over 25 years. It uses a variety of educational and communication resources to bring about significant changes in communities that have a positive impact on their development and way of life.
www.foro21.com.ar

Thailand to receive advanced, nationwide digital communications network

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to connect government and commercial organisations with state-of-the-art TETRA system

BANGKOK – 15 August 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) will connect Thailand’s commercial and government organisations to instant and secure voice communication by deploying a highly advanced, nationwide communications system.

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, operator of Thailand’s telecommunications infrastructure, will provide Thailand’s government agencies, emergency services and other critical enterprises with access to the mission-critical radio communications network.

The highly scalable, shared operator system will be based on the modern TETRA standard that provides reliable, flexible and secure communications access to public safety and enterprise organisations across the world.

Deployment of the network is well underway. When complete, it will have capacity to serve more than 200,000 users including government departments, oil and gas companies, transportation operators and other critical organisations.

The system will utilise Motorola Solutions’ broadband enabled push-to-talk platform, enabling seamless communication between radio users and other workers using smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and other devices.

It will also provide next-generation capabilities including location services to pinpoint radio users and other resources in the field, providing improved response to large scale events.

Supporting Thailand’s continued economic growth

Investment in the communications network comes as Thailand is experiencing its fastest economic growth rate since 2012 and as The World Bank considers raising the country’s economic growth projections for the year.

Marcel Verdonk, Motorola Solutions General Manager for Emerging Asia, said the system is designed to support the country’s continued growth and expansion with the flexibility to add large numbers of users over time.

“Any country experiencing significant growth in infrastructure, innovation, education and skills requires an advanced communications system,” Verdonk said. “This TETRA system will support Thailand’s continuing investment in infrastructure modernisation as well as job creation through its construction.”

“The network will give emergency services and businesses improved coverage and capacity to support their everyday needs as well as having the capacity and resilience to support major events,” Verdonk said.

Governor Reynolds Celebrates Deployment of Iowa Statewide Radio System

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25® mission-critical radio network implemented on-time and on-budget

DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 14, 2018 – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds celebrated the deployment of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS), built on Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) ASTRO 25® mission-critical radio communication technology. ISICS is being implemented on-time and on-budget, and is successfully being used by government and public safety agencies across the state including first responders, hospitals and schools.

On Monday, Aug. 13, Governor Reynolds placed a ceremonial “first call” on ISICS at the Iowa State Fair. Using a Motorola Solutions APX™ Project 25 (P25) two-way radio, she demonstrated the power of interoperable communications between state agencies, local county sheriffs, emergency management departments, schools and hospitals from anywhere across the state.

“We built ISICS to help keep all Iowans safe,” said Governor Reynolds. “No matter where an emergency happens, first responders and partnering agencies using the Motorola Solutions system can communicate with each other seamlessly to coordinate a response and help those who need their assistance.”

ISICS is built on the latest standards-based interoperable P25 technology and provides enhanced radio communication coverage across the state’s cities, hills and plains. It has been constructed to be resilient against extreme weather conditions and other potential disruptions. It provides clear audio where first responders can be heard in noisy environments, even with sirens blaring behind them.

“The recent tornados that have swept through the central and south-central portions of the state reaffirm the importance of a strong communication network in our decision to join ISICS,” said Brian Hamman, Montgomery County Emergency Management Coordinator. “By opting into ISICS, we’ll be using a radio system that is built with multiple levels of physical redundancies to minimize disruptions, which ultimately ensures better outcomes for our citizens and first responders.”

“Motorola Solutions and our team of Iowa-based business partners are proud to have reached this milestone,” said Chris Lonnett, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “The opportunity for local government agencies across Iowa to leverage the network for communication and cost savings is tremendous, and is already in motion in more than a dozen counties."

Motorola Solutions’ FirstNet Ready™ LTE Device Enables Secure Real-Time Data Sharing

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

LEX L11 supports first responders through easy sharing of real-time data, video and images

CHICAGO – August 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) continues to support the rollout of FirstNet with the FirstNet Ready™ LEX L11 handheld device. The company’s public safety LTE device is designed for use on FirstNet – the nationwide public safety LTE communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders – or similar global public safety networks.

FirstNet is being built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Motorola Solutions is a core member of the AT&T team selected by the FirstNet Authority to deliver FirstNet. Motorola Solutions is working with AT&T to provide first responders with the next generation of software capabilities, including voice, data, image and message sharing across a secure network to enable them to quickly access and coordinate action based on vital information.

As a FirstNet Ready LTE device, the LEX L11 allows first responders access to secure apps for increased situational awareness. The LEX L11 is designed for use with the FirstNet Certified AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) application. In addition, the LTE device can be paired to APXTM two-way radios for interoperability between ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) networks and FirstNet. The device’s unprecedented noise canceling capabilities allows users to operate in high-noise environments typical for public safety, while also enabling situational awareness back to dispatch centers.

"FirstNet is transforming how our first responders operate on a day-to-day basis and coordinate incident management. Motorola Solutions is dedicated to providing the cutting-edge solutions first responders require to take advantage of FirstNet’s capabilities through technology like the LEX L11,” said Mary Doherty, vice president of sales and services at Motorola Solutions. “The LEX L11 marries traditional push-to-talk communications reliability between first responders with software applications that allow them to share multimedia information with one another.”

In addition to the LEX L11 device, Motorola Solutions has delivered a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically to address public safety needs. The company is focused on creating cohesion between mission-critical LMR voice networks and dedicated public safety LTE broadband for data sharing.

“The more advanced tools public safety has access to on their network, the more we can help them achieve their mission,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T-FirstNet. “With the FirstNet Ready designation, first responders can be confident that Motorola Solutions’ LEX L11 is a trusted solution that meets FirstNet’s standards for relevancy, high security and performance.”

Motorola Solutions Unifying its Command Center Software with Avigilon Video Surveillance

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CommandCentral Aware will bring the power of Avigilon advanced video and AI-based analytics to first responders

CHICAGO – Aug. 6, 2018 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) is integrating Avigilon Control CenterTM (ACC) video management software into CommandCentral Aware. This will provide an unparalleled solution for the rapidly evolving needs of public safety.

CommandCentral Aware is part of Motorola Solutions’ end-to-end suite of command center software that works together to seamlessly improve operations from the time a 9-1-1 call is placed to after an incident is resolved. With the integration of ACC, dispatchers and intelligence analysts will have one source for real-time intelligence that includes video feeds, incident details, alerts, data mapping and responder location.

“We have completed the first major step of this integration which brings Avigilon video feeds into CommandCentral Aware. Analysts now have the ability to see ACC video in this one central source,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We are also integrating ACC’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based analytics. This will transform video surveillance from reactive monitoring to automated proactive alerts when a person, object or vehicle of interest is detected.”

With ACC’s AI-based analytics, intelligence analysts using CommandCentral Aware will be automatically alerted when unusual activities are detected. Less time will be spent monitoring video and more time will be available to help first responders in the field.

Motorola Solutions acquired Avigilon in March 2018. Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions.

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