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Motorola Solutions Wins TETRA Radio Tender in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

  • 25,000 TETRA radios will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations
  • Contract includes TETRA digital radios, accessories, training and logistics services
April 01, 2015 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Motorola Solutions has been selected as the provider of 25,000 digital Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), accessories, training and logistics services by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH).

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time

The Motorola Solutions devices, accessories and services will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations, including all emergency services, public and private fire departments, and civil protection agencies in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time,” said Lars Ohse, divisional head of GMSH. “The results of comprehensive evaluations, as well as economic reasons and the ease–of-use of Motorola Solutions’ radios, led to this important decision.”

The contract includes the delivery of MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios, MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable radios and MTM800 FUG TETRA vehicle mobile radios and accessories. Within the scope of the four-year contract framework, Motorola Solutions is responsible for on-site training and guidance, engineering support, software updates and a help desk function.

“Winning the latest competitive tender for supplying Schleswig-Holstein with TETRA radios and support underlines the confidence, trust and reputation for technological leadership we have earned by successfully providing mission-critical solutions to public safety agencies in Germany and worldwide,” said Christoph Thomas, vice president, Western Europe & North Africa Region, Motorola Solutions. “This project will equip fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies in Schleswig-Holstein with the best tools available to respond to mission-critical situations quickly, reliably and effectively.”

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios for mission-critical communications deliver fully integrated voice and data services providing up-to-date intelligence for informed decision-making for users such as fire fighters and rescue forces.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portables support the highest level of end-to-end encryption in accordance with the requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for highly secure communication. They also support GPS with a “man down” sensor, ensuring that life-threatening situations are automatically identified, located and resources quickly deployed.
  • The MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable terminal from Motorola Solutions provides high- quality communication with comprehensive user safety and class-leading ATEX specifications for use in potentially explosive environments.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radio offers five different variations to suit specific operational requirements.
  • The police in Schleswig-Holstein have been using TETRA digital radios from Motorola Solutions since 2010.
  • Motorola Solutions also supplies TETRA digital radios, equipment and management to German security forces in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and federal security organisations.

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

Website: Motorola Solutions

Twitter: @MotSolsEMEA

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About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services 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.

MOTOROLA, MOTO, MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC and are used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2015 Motorola Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Elvan Lindberg
Motorola Solutions
Mobile: +46 707448893
Elvan.Lindberg@motorolasolutions.com
or
Susanne Stier
Motorola Solutions
Mobile: + 49 1726161773
Susanne.Stier@motorolasolutions.com

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Exclusive Interview with Motorola

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Critical Communications Europe is this week – Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam 

Dr Carl Smith, Producer of Critical Communications Europe 2014, catches up with Gary Aitkenhad, VP of Services Europe & Africa, Motorola Solutions. Read the full interview below.

Gary Aitkenhead, VP of Services, Europe & Africa, Motorola Solutions

CS: In over 20 years with Motorola, you have had an incredibly successful career to date, including winning multiple awards, delivering amazing growth to the business and being involved in TETRA standards development. How have you seen the Critical Communications field change in this time and how do you see it progressing with the possibilities afforded by professional mobile broadband?

GA: Over the years the industry has grown and diversified in terms of the suppliers, end user base and what they demand. Now, most European countries have TETRA networks deployed or are in the process of being rolled out. The early TETRA adopters are now planning their evolution of their networks – so the market is also diversifying in terms of deployment lifecycle. Looking forward we are expecting to see the transport of data become an increasingly significant part of the Critical Communications landscape. This will not be entirely dependent on mobile broadband but will likely use a range of technologies, including TETRA and TEDS, as the applications and capabilities we are looking to support today don’t all require broadband. What remains constant is the drive for high reliability and availability – networks and equipment that our customers can rely on.

CS: At Critical Communications Europe, you will be presenting ‘The Art of Planning, Implementing and Operating Mission Critical Networks’. This is a very timely topic as LTE begins to be introduced into network plans, at a time when some high profile organisations are considering their requirements. What advice would you give to anyone who is looking to invest in a robust and ‘future-proof’ network?

GA: All nationwide roll outs are long-term projects often being used over several decades, therefore of course customers need to look for future proof solutions. Solutions which are mature and developed for their mission critical needs plus standardized which will give them the choice between suppliers and the innovation they need for the future. That is why TETRA has been so successful, it has been developed with the users for the end users and is an ETSI standard where new features required by end users have been added throughout the years.

Communications networks are evolving with the needs of public safety users and access to new technology. The core for mission critical users are still voice applications but increasingly data applications are more and more recognized to bring situational awareness to mission critical situations, such as for example high definition live video streaming during an incident. For applications like this high speed broadband data would be required. We offer TETRA solutions where LTE can be integrated in the future, they are ready for LTE.

One major aspect to consider though beyond the choice of technology for the future is the understanding that a network is living and breathing every second, it changes and it needs what we call Life Cycle management including optimization, planning, maintenance, upgrades of solutions, trainings and the planning of technology evolution. To achieve a robust future-proof network is a constant process and never completed.

CS: There seems to be a split in opinion around the future of TETRA. On one hand, people believe that LTE signals the beginning of the end for TETRA and are simply waiting for VoLTE to become a viable option. While there is also firm belief that voice communication is, and will continue to be, the spine around which all Mission Critical communication is built and therefore TETRA remains the best choice for the foreseeable future. Do you think TETRA will still be pivotal beyond 2020?

GA: In the last years TETRA has continued to thrive. In 2013 Motorola Solutions shipped its 2 millionth TETRA Terminal. With new nationwide networks being deployed and existing customers updating to latest generation technologies, we are seeing strong growth in the TETRA technology and a key reason behind the growth in TETRA, is ongoing innovation. New features are tailored to the needs of public safety, transportation, energy, airports and other customers who need resilient, secure, instantaneous group voice and data applications, with full duplex voice telephony. Within Motorola Solution we must look to technology to provide “force multiplier” ­­– helping agencies do more with the resources they have at their disposal and ensuring that there is a clear and simple path for customers to integrate new technologies alongside existing investment. In particular, customers are looking for technology to help them: enhance effectiveness, efficiencies and safety of teams and citizens, especially as cities are becoming smarter. That is where LTE comes into play. We have contracts for TETRA which go beyond 2020 and yes, we think it will still play a role beyond 2020.

CS: As one of the world’s leading solution providers, Motorola has some very high profile clients. What is the key to building lasting client relationships, and how big of an influence do they have on where Motorola looks to invest moving forwards?

GA: We are a leader in public safety since over 80 years and we understand the way mission critical users work and what they demand from communications technologies. We have a user centric innovation and design approach which means that we work very closely with our customers to be able to provide the customized solutions they need. They are the drivers for the innovation we bring to the market. Another aspect is that the nature of public safety contracts are long-term, which means you commit to a market for the long run. Plus nationwide projects, are very complex and each one is very unique. The nature of these projects require a close and trustful collaboration with the customers in order to be able to face challenges every network will have and deliver ultimately the best communication networks for the public safety end user.

CS: As always, Motorola will have a leading presence throughout the conference and exhibition at Critical Communications Europe. What should next week’s attendees be most excited to see at the Motorola stand?

GA: Motorola is proud to continue to be involved in the CC series of events and are looking forward to a great show. The Motorola stand will be featuring some exciting TEDS developments in our Enhanced Data Solutions area along with our latest range of TETRA radios and applications in the TETRA Radio and imaging solutions area. We will also have the evolution of our radio infrastructure with our MTS4L, the combined TETRA/LTE base station, a solution that offers real opportunity for customers to start deploying equipment today that will provide them with a platform for the future. There will also be demonstrations of the latest capabilities on offer to command and control centres along with the latest secure communications solutions offered by our Assured Mobile Environment offering. Please take the time to come to the Motorola Stand (Booth 8) where we will be happy to greet you and provide you with a personal booth tour.

Gary Aitkenhead will be giving a keynote presentation on ‘The Art of Planning, Implementing and Operating Mission Critical Networks’ at 10.30am on Tuesday

Don’t worry if you haven’t already registered your place yet, you can register at the event. Just go to the registration desk at the Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam and a member of our team will register you.

Meet Alfatronix at Critical Communications World 2013

Latest News From Alfatranix

AlfatronixAlfatronix has been successfully producing inherently reliable voltage conversion and power supplies for more than 33 years.  Offering a life time warranty on products which are available from stock for delivery in the UK and export globally, Alfatronix is the chosen brand within the communications sector.

The impending Critical Communications Show will bring the much eagerly awaited launch of the new solid state battery guard low voltage disconnect product.  The PowerTector Battery Guard is a solid state device that will monitor the source voltage and disconnect the battery if the voltage falls below a pre-determined level.  This can work to ensure that there is always sufficient voltage remaining in the battery to start a vehicle engine or ensure power is available for other critical applications for example battery backup systems for repeater and fixed mobile applications.   This range of products are fully programmable, rated IP65, suitable for use on both 12vdc and 24vdc electrical systems and available with power ratings from 10 to 200 amps. (more…)

Motorola Solutions operating profit up 9% to £947m on sales of £5.5bn in 2012

From Wireless Magazine

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Record fourth-quarter and full-year sales and operating earnings driven by 12% rise in government sales and despite a 5% decline in enterprise sales compared with 2011

Motorola Solutions has posted fourth-quarter sales for 2012 of $2.4bn (£1.5bn), up 6% from the fourth quarter of 2011, and full-year sales for 2012 of $8.7bn (£5.5bn), up 6% from 2011.

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions

Non-GAAP operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $476m (£300m) or 19.5% of sales, compared with $444m (£280m) or 19.3% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, non-GAAP operating earnings were $1.5bn (£947m) or 17.3% of sales, compared with $1.4bn (£884m) or 16.7% of sales in 2011. (more…)

Latest News From Critical Communications World, 21 – 24 May 2013, Paris

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The Best Opportunities To Learn, Network And Do Business
In One Place At One Time

This year’s Critical Communications World 2013 will be packed with NEW speakers, case studies, seminars and panel discussions. By joining us in Paris, you will:

  • Mix with 4000 Critical Communication professionals from around the world
  • Learn from 150+ speakers during the conference
  • Meet all of the leading suppliers at the exhibition of 130+ stands
  • Benefit from 15+ streams and seminars covering insights on Critical Communications for public safety, transport, utilities and commercial usage
  • Experience 4 days of conference sessions, training, networking and exhibition

For further details on all the benefits of registering as a delegate please visit our website (more…)

Motorola Solutions to receive certification for its TETRA Radio Portfolio from German Federal Authority

From TETRA Applications

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions, receives the certification for its complete TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) terminal portfolio from the German Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Security Authorities and Organisations (BDBOS). The certification includes the Motorola MTP830FuG, MTP850FuG, MTP850Ex, MTP810Ex and MTP850 TETRA handheld portable digital radios as well as the MTM800FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radio. This again underlines Motorola’s leading position in developing and implementing TETRA digital radio solutions for the German security authorities and organisations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). (more…)

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