90 years of heritage
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Motorola Chief Scientist, Henry Magnuski (R) and his engineering team develop the RADEM field communications system for the U.S. Army, c.1960.

(Advertorial) Motorola Solutions is celebrating its 90 year anniversary this year. See how decades of innovation has transformed a start-up in Chicago into a world leader in communications.

Serving more than 100,000 public safety and commercial organisations in over 100 countries, Motorola Solutions is a global leader in communications. But it wasn’t always that way.

We began life in 1928 as a small-scale enterprise in Chicago run by two brothers. Our first product was a home battery eliminator enabling battery-powered radios to run on household electricity. Since then, the company has been committed to innovation in communications and electronics. We pioneered mobile communications with car and two-way radios, transmitted the first words from the moon, invented commercial handheld cellular phones and became a world leader in developing anywhere, anytime products, applications and services for public safety.

A story of innovation
It’s a spirit of invention and creativity that has connected people through technology and opened new avenues of communication. And it continues to shape our future today. Whether our customers are fighting crime on the streets or exploring new ways to be productive in the workplace, Motorola Solutions provides essential lines of communication that enables people to be safer, smarter and more efficient. It’s a story of innovation and partnership that helps responders and workers be their best in the moments that matter.

Adapt. Evolve. Innovate.
Looking ahead to the next 90 years, the moments and people will change but the mission remains the same – to adapt, evolve and innovate so customers can continue taking advantage of new technology that meets their needs. Our goal is to strive to identify problems that are important to our customers, then apply the skill, talent and creativity we have in the company to develop technological solutions that solve those problems.

“The scope of the problem is constantly changing and technology is also changing so you need to constantly reevaluate the solution and adapt to the world as it stands today, both in terms of technology and the nature of the problem for the customers. Motorola has been doing this for 90 years.” – Mahesh Saptharishi, Chief Technology Officer, Avigilon

Motorola equipment was used in the Apollo space program.

Transforming communications today
At Motorola Solutions, we spend a lot of time working alongside our customers to understand their challenges and the technologies they need to overcome them. Our product developers and engineers work tirelessly to push the boundaries of technology to transform the way our customers communicate. That commitment to innovation has resulted in a portfolio of solutions designed to ensure the right information gets to the right person at precisely the right time so everyone can be their best, every moment of the day. Highlights include:

MOTOTRBO™ Capacity Max Trunked Radio System
Offering capacity, coverage and control, MOTOTRBO Capacity Max is a scalable, highly secure trunked radio communications solution that can support up to 250 sites with up to 3000 users per site. With this system installed, organisations benefit from instant, reliable voice and data communications across a single location or a large-scale operation, improving decision-making and coordination. Even better, everything can be controlled from a single workstation.

MOTOTRBO™ digital two way radios
We’ve been innovating in portable radios for decades, always with our customers in mind. The result of that commitment is plain to see in our latest range of MOTOTRBO digital two way radios. From the slim and light SL4000 Series, designed for hospitality workers requiring professional but discreet communications, to the DP4800 Series with best-in-class audio and powerful data capabilities for factory workers and road crews. Then there’s our ATEX-certified range, specifically developed with the ruggedness and performance required to keep people safe in tough, potentially explosive environments.

TETRA mission-critical communications
We’re the world’s largest supplier of TETRA solutions and have taken a leading role in the development of the TETRA Standard. Our TETRA radio terminals and DIMETRA systems offer secure, reliable, efficient communications for the ever-changing needs of our customers and markets, supported by a wide choice of applications. Products like the compact, capable, future-ready ST7500 radio epitomize the application of innovation for today’s needs. A rugged but easy-to-carry device that’s built for the frontline with mission critical features including Multi-Band Compression for loud and clear audio and the latest Bluetooth® 4.1 LE technology.

Emergency Services Network (ESN)
Motorola Solutions has been chosen as a trusted partner for the UK’s new Emergency Services Network. Set to transform public safety with faster responses and safer resolutions, the ESN utilises integrated 4G voice and broadband data services to provide over 200,000 police, fire and emergency medical services personnel with secure, reliable mission-critical information and enhanced situational awareness. As Iain Clarke, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMENA at Motorola Solutions explains, “Technologies that can help them predict crime so that they can prevent it happening in the first place and also technology that helps them solve crimes faster, that’s really what our customers are looking for.”

“We rely on our network of channel partners to take our products and technology, then add in their own expertise in system building to deliver a complete solution that meets the specific and unique needs of our customers.” – Craig Calvert, Channel Sales Director, Northern and Middle East Regions, Motorola Solutions

Innovation. Our legacy. Our future.
It’s the efforts we make today that create new communication opportunities for the future. Our drive for continuous innovation and partnership is as strong today as it has ever been and is focused on keeping our customers at the forefront of mission-critical communications. That’s why we’re developing new solutions in smart technology, video surveillance and analytics, services and software. Advancing the lifeline is what Motorola Solutions is all about.

“The recent acquisition of Avigilon and some of the smart technology that is coming through that video acquisition is really exciting for us going forward and the potential to integrate that into some of our other Motorola Solutions offerings opens up new opportunities for the future.” Iain Clarke, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMENA at Motorola Solutions.

Smart technology, including artificial intelligence, is a great example of how innovation can provide the right information to the right people at precisely the right moment. For public safety, this can be critical. As Mahesh Saptharishi of Avigilon explains, “What A.I. is capable of doing is adding that predictive element to make sure that there’s some amount of anticipatory power within your awareness to say there are certain events that potentially could lead to something that requires a police presence.”

Anticipating these events allows controllers to direct public safety officers to where they need to be for a rapid, effective response. Partnering with companies like Avigilon allows us to develop new communication solutions so our customers are ready, whenever and wherever the moment arrives.

You can see many of our latest products and glimpses of the future at PMRExpo 2018, Europe’s leading trade fair for secure communications. We’ll be displaying and demonstrating solutions such as CommandCentral Aware & CommandCentral Vault, Avigilon Video Surveillance and Analytics, Broadband Mission Critical PTT, DIMETRA Express, WAVE, Capacity Max, MOTOTRBO TRBOnet PLUS and SmartPTT PLUS for Control Rooms, and LTE infrastructure. Devices on show include the ST7500 and ADVISOR TPG2200 TETRA Two-way Pager. You can also see our portfolio of accessories, as well as our Managed and Support Services.

We’ve been a committed supporter of PMRExpo 2018 in recent years. Join us on November 27th to 29th in Koelnmesse and see how communications are changing. Motorola Solutions is right at the forefront of that change. It doesn’t matter where the future goes, we’ll be leading the way.

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