motorola solutions inc (MSI) Key Developments
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Announces New Freezer-Rated Solutions Deliver Better Cold Chain Efficiencies
May 14 13
Motorola Solutions, Inc. announced three new products that will withstand the demands of extremely cold environments. The Omnii XT15f is the latest addition to the Psion Omnii line of rugged handhelds, and the VH10 and VH10f are new vehicle-mounted mobile computers designed specifically for operation in the freezer and heavy condensation applications. Together these new offerings provide maximum productivity and flawless fulfillment in the most challenging customer environments including the busiest warehouses and coldest supply chains. The Omnii XT15f and VH10f are designed for use in freezers that include the housing of perishable food and temperature-controlled refrigerators storing medications. The extreme cold of these environments slows displays and drains most batteries while condensation is created when a mobile worker moves back and forth from a freezer to a hot and humid loading dock. These environmental conditions can destroy most mobile computers. Motorola's new freezer and condensation-rated mobile computers are engineered to work and thrive in these demanding conditions and come with field replaceable pistol grips, keyboards, touchscreen and data capture options to help simplify repairs while reducing the total cost of ownership. Key facts includes: Omnii XT15f: The modular Omnii XT15f industrial mobile computer is ideal for data capture and traceability applications in food production and pharmaceutical facilities, warehouses and the grocery market as well as ports and rail yards in cold and humid climates; Offering "frost-free" scanning technology for uninterrupted usage, the Omnii XT15f automatically defogs its scan window, ensuring barcode scanning while moving in and out of cold, condensing environments; The Omnii XT15f's specialized keyboards are designed to resist freezing keys and overcome ice build-up simply by pressing the keys; Featuring an easily identifiable unique blue bezel, the Omnii XT15f is available in condensation-resistant (Chiller) and condensation-free (Arctic) models along with freezer batteries designed specifically for ultra-low temperatures. The Arctic variant's battery can last two times longer than a traditional battery at -30 degrees Celsius; The Omnii XT15f Arctic variant features an optically bonded display with integrated heater, eliminating internal display fogging caused by extreme temperature fluctuations. Psion VH10 and VH10f: Leveraging the modular Omnii platform, Motorola's rugged VH10 vehicle-mounted mobile computers are intended for forklift trucks, straddle cranes and other vehicles used in warehouses, manufacturing plants and intermodal terminals to help mobile workers make better decisions and respond quicker to business needs; With the optional quick-release mount, the VH10 series is easy to install and remove and built to withstand continuous operations in industrial environments providing businesses with greater efficiencies; The VH10 series also is equipped with a rugged keyboard with 12 dedicated and configurable function keys to address compatibility requirements with both legacy and web-based warehouse management systems (WMS) and other supply chain enterprise applications; The VH10f is optimized for freezer environments with its unique system of heaters for protection against internal and external condensation and includes a heated touchscreen to help improve mobile worker productivity and reduce downtime.
Motorola Solutions, Inc. - Shareholder/Analyst Call
May 7 13
To discuss the opportunities ahead in the government and enterprise businesses, including the company's strategy, operating agenda and financial overview
Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable on July 15, 2013
May 7 13
Motorola Solutions, Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 26 cents per share payable in cash on July 15, 2013, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 14, 2013.
Motorola Abuses Power with Apple Injunction Requests
May 6 13
The European Commission announced that Motorola abused its dominant position by filing patent-related injunction requests against Apple. The EU announced it has informed Motorola that in its preliminary view, the Google-owned company did not try to negotiate royalty payments on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis. The commission has sent Motorola a statement of objection, which is a formal step in EU investigations. Motorola now has a chance to respond and request an oral hearing. After considering all the evidence, the commission could ban Motorola from the conduct of which it is accused or impose a fine of up to 10% of a company's annual worldwide turnover. The announcement comes one year after the EU formally opened a patent abuse investigation into Motorola. The investigation was prompted by complaints from Apple and Microsoft, which accused Motorola of suing over essential patents rather than trying to work out licensing deals. The EU investigated whether Motorola's efforts to get devices like the iPhone and iPad (as well as Windows and the Xbox in its fight with Microsoft) pulled from store shelves over patent disputes meant the company has failed to honor its irrevocable commitments made to standard setting organizations. At issue is something known as FRAND licensing obligations, which are intended to keep major corporations in check and avoid abusive patent-related behavior. Basically, if a company holds a patent on a technology that is essential to a particular industry, they should make every effort to license that technology, even to major rivals. Motorola claims that it has proposed fair royalty payments to companies like Apple and Microsoft, but those firms beg to differ and have accused Motorola of demanding exorbitantly high rates, prompting lawsuits.
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Announces Next Generation 802.11ac Solution Increases Wi-Fi Capacity
May 6 13
The demands on network bandwidth are dramatically increasing, and Motorola Solutions, Inc. is meeting those needs with a suite of new indoor- and outdoor-rated 802.11ac access points (APs). Delivering faster speeds, these APs help alleviate bandwidth challenges faced by both enterprises and governments when users connect to Wi-Fi networks and access high-bandwidth applications such as mobile video and streaming media applications. The complete suite includes the AP 8232, AP 8222 and AP 8263, offering flexible options for a wide variety of deployment scenarios. The APs also enable integrated location and security sensing for mobile commerce applications to help connect shoppers in retail stores and hotel guests both indoors and outdoors. For government workers, these can provide data-rich content and multimedia sharing across the government enterprise with high-speed 802.11ac. These APs are also backward compatible with previous 802.11 standards and will support existing clients, preventing the need to create a new infrastructure. Indoor APs: the modular AP 8232 has an expandable design to support plug-in applications such as a pan-tilt-zoom video camera, WAN back-haul as well as dedicated environmental, location and security sensors. The AP 8222 offers a fixed configuration with an internal antenna and a dual radio for customers who want an aesthetically pleasing fixture on the wall or ceiling. AP for ruggedized, outdoor environments: the AP 8263 offers a tri-radio, fixed configuration for ruggedized and outdoor deployments and supports integrated, wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) and location sensing out of the box with a third radio module. Motorola's MESHConnex(TM) technology can now leverage the higher data rates offered by 802.11ac to wirelessly enable a richer backhaul pipe for multi-media traffic. Utilize Motorola's full breadth of Services to assist with optimal WLAN architecture and network placement design as well as integration to help ensure all AP models work efficiently. In addition, Motorola's Software Support, Service from the Start and managed service offerings provide best-in-class capabilities to improve AP uptime, minimize equipment downtime and provide reliable real-time data for peak WLAN operation.