Vertel names telco veteran Tony Hudson as commercial director

Sydney-based critical network specialist Vertel has appointed Tony Hudson as its commercial director with a brief to lead the firm’s sales, marketing and customer experience teams.

A member of the Metro Ethernet Forum, Vertel specialises in the design, build and operation of wireless networks for corporations, government and service providers.

Vertel said Hudson – who has some three decades experience in the information technology and telecommunication sectors – joined its ranks in 2016 as Head of Government.

Prior to Vertel, he worked at Singtel Optus for 15 years, with eight years in the role of industry manager, NSW government. In addition, Hudson has also held positions with IBM and WordFlow Information Liquidity, an Australian start-up, as director of sales.

Theo Belekas, Managing Director, said, “Tony brings a unique combination of industry experience, a strong focus on customer success and an understanding of Vertel’s vision of smarter, healthier, and safer Australian communities. Tony will help Vertel continue to service organisations that place significant value on highly-available, reliable and secure network connections, and Quality of Service-enabled managed networks and services, backed by strong networking expertise and support. “

Motorola Solutions ads to video security arsenal with purchase of US mobile video firm WatchGuard

Motorola Solutions has purchased WatchGuard, a US-based primary mobile video specialist, expanding its video security platform that currently includes fixed cameras and advanced analytics from Avigilon and license plate recognition (LPR) cameras and software from Vigilant Solutions.

Motorola said WatchGuard designs and manufactures in-car video systems, body-worn cameras, evidence management systems and software.

“Its solutions enable law enforcement users to capture, manage, store and share high-quality video evidence. The company manufactures its products at its Texas headquarters,” it added.

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“An integrated, secure mobile video solution can enhance safety and efficiency for public safety users,” said John Kedzierski, senior vice president, Video Security Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “WatchGuard provides industry-leading capabilities, from capturing an incident from more than a dozen vantage points to technology that enables users to recover and upload video from events hours or days after they happened.”

“We are excited to join the Motorola Solutions team,” said Robert Vanman, founder, chief executive officer and chairman, WatchGuard. “This acquisition enables us to continue providing market-leading mobile video solutions to existing customers while also leveraging Motorola Solutions’ global footprint and growing video security solutions portfolio.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

AI to help Motorola Solutions extend first responder ‘muscle memory’ into new software, devices

Motorola Solutions has identified Artificial Intelligence as a key element in its drive to find ways to extend the concept of first responders’ muscle memory capacity into new software and devices.

Addressing international press and analysts at the Critical Communications World summit in Kuala Lumpur, Motorola Solutions CTO and senior VP Mahesh Saptharishi said everything the firm aims to do centres around ensuring its services and products enable the individuals involved in a public safety or security decision-making capacity to make the best decisions, as fast as possible.

“That speed and the ability to make decisions with as much information as is relevant to that particular decision maker, these are the two elements that we try to optimize for, more than anything else within our entire platform as a whole,” said Saptharishi, who has been in the CTO role since the start of the year.

He said Motorola Solutions was uniquely positioned in this respect because, “not only do we have the capacity in terms of video that could act as an early warning system, potentially detecting events right before they might happen, we [also] have the mission critical communications [capabilities] to more effectively coordinate the response.”

These, Saptharishi continued, included a suite of command central software services to connect dispatchers effectively to first responders in the field, along with a raft of investigation and evidence collection tools.

He tipped AI to become a vital element of the glue connecting the separate components making up the firm’s key proposition, allowing “the information that travels between these different modules to be more than the sum of its parts.”

“If you think about soldiers, first responders or even athletes, when they are repeatedly subject to stress, they practice and develop a certain sense of muscle memory,” Saptharishi explained.  “They are able to do many things automatically and that ability to automatically react to things without thinking or putting a lot of thought into it, allows them the freedom for more strategic decision making – for strategic analysis.”

Going forward, Saptharishi said Motorola’s goal in terms of its software and devices play will be to “really extend that notion of muscle memory into software, where the software as an extension to the individual, who is the person making the decisions at the end of the day, is able to get information – the right information – presented in a way [they] can digest it.”

The Motorola Solutions CTO also underlined the importance of the information in question being personalised to the frontline user in the right way, adding “that software actually adapts to the needs of that person, the types of events that are seen by that person, and the historical data around which effective decisions and ineffective decisions can be separated automatically in the context of Artificial Intelligence driven software solutions.”


Richard van der Draay was in Kuala Lumpur as a guest of Motorola Solutions


Motorola Solutions snaps up US$47m deal to replace Oakland County public safety comms system

Motorola Solutions has inked an agreement with Oakland County to replace its aging public safety radio system with the ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) network, with the County becoming first Michigan-based customers to  benefit fo Motorola Solutions’ “Phase  technology that will more than double the number of users on one system.

 In addition to interoperability, the ASTRO® 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) network which will internet with the statewide Michigan Public Safety Communication System – will provide Oakland County’s public safety departments countywide paging of fire fighters with new 700/800 MHz pagers.

Oakland County will also be the first user in Michigan to utilize Motorola Solutions’ phase 2 technology – a capability that will more than double the number of users on one


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Motorola Solutions rolls out real-time managed comms service for Victoria Police first responders

Motorola Solutions has finished deploying a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police, as part of an effort to dramatically increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for the Force’s front line staff.

Under the deal, the state agency’s officers have received 9,398 mobile devices tricked out with smart applications aimed at providing them with a technological edge to protect community safety.

The Chicago-based critical comms specialist said its end-to-end managed service – which includes  a range of device management, support, repair and replacement capabilities — allowed Victoria Police personnel to direct their attention to their core policing role

The service also features a mobile application developed by Gridstone, the application development specialist snapped up by Motorola Solutions three years ago.

Motorola Solutions said the rollout enabled Victoria Police to meet a key goal as part of its BlueConnect program Connecting police and the community through technology – a A$50 million managed service which will run for at least five years , including an option to extend to 11 years.

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“Victoria Police’s frontline officers now have access to data when and where they need it most and can manage their essential daily tasks more safely and efficiently,” he said.

“The application can provide vital information to officers before they enter a potentially dangerous situation,” added Crutchfield.

“In the future, the application will also free up officers’ time, enabling them to complete crime reporting and administrative tasks in the field instead of back at the station.”

Richard van der Draay is in Kuala Lumpur as a guest of Motorola Solutions 

Motorola Solutions Penang hub marks near half century of key innovation

Motorola Solutions is highlighting a 45 year track-record of innovation in Malaysia, underlining the country’s engineering talent and capability to deliver game changing mission-critical technologies to a global customer base.

Motorola Solutions first established supply chain operations in Penang, Malaysia in 1974 and now develops technologies from across its tech ecosystem at the facility.


In 2014 the company opened its ‘Innoplex’ research and development hub in Penang, the Chicago-based firm’s largest R&D centre outside of North America. Featuring a slew of laboratories as well as key product design and development capabilities, the centre’s main focus has been to develop Land Mobile Radio (LMR), broadband-LTE devices and system services.

Products and services developed in Penang and deployed by international public safety agencies have included the APX 8000HXE HazLoc radio used by fire and rescue teams working near chemicals and gases, and the WAVE TLK100 Two-Way Radio – a device enabling coverage with two-way radio like comms capability over mobile networks.

Motorola Solutions APAC-based software engineering workforce is now approaching 2,000. “This includes 160 video analytics and AI specialists in Vietnam added through the recent acquisition of VaaS and 60 mobile applications developers with Gridstone in Australia,” the firm said.

John Andersen, deputy MD of Motorola Solutions Penang Operations and Design Centre, said the company continued to develop its mission-critical ecosystem of technologies across voice, video security, software and managed services.

“Our highly skilled teams in Malaysia play a significant role in developing these technologies and accelerating their adoption all over the world,” he said. “We are proud to have extended our journey journey to 45 years and look forward to continuing to take Malaysian innovation to the world.”

Richard van der Draay is in Kuala Lumpur as a guest of Motorola Solutions

Motorola teams with local partners in rollout of multi-million dollar advanced comms net in NZ

Motorola Solutions is joining key local partners to provide a multi-million dollar advanced communications network in New Zealand, in a bid to improve safety and productivity for NZ businesses.

The new network, which is based on Australia’s Orion Network, will be powered by Motorola’s MOTOTRBO Capacity Max capability. Features include a set of converged voice, data and video applications that integrate with mobile networks.

“The network rollout has begun in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be extended nationwide by 2020,” a spokesperson for the company told Telecom Times. “It will also provide trans-Tasman connections linking the Orion network in NZ with all Australian states.”

Motorola Solutions ANZ GM of radio channel Dan Leppos said the network – to be established in association with radio network operators and critical comms specialists CSE Genesis, a division of CSE New Zealand, and TL Parker – marked a major advancement for the company in New Zealand.

“With New Zealand’s services sector continuing to thrive and strong employment and GPD growth forecast in coming years, advanced communications will be essential to securing the country’s long-term prosperity,” Leppos said. “New Zealand’s Orion network and OC3 suite of advanced applications draws on our successful partnership in delivering Australia’s largest commercial digital two-way radio network.”

“Each year we invest around US$500 million in research and development to deliver purpose-built technology for mission critical industries. New Zealand’s commercial organisations will benefit from that investment by accessing the Orion network,” he said.

CSE New Zealand Managing Director, Harry Singh, said the network would meet the needs of any organisation with industrial and critical infrastructure.

“The infrastructure includes a nationwide radio communications network that can connect with other public and private broadband LTE and Wi-Fi networks, creating a bridge between data and voice services,” he said.

“The network will enable users to access a single platform of technologies to unify workgroups across their entire operations, regardless of the device they carry or where they are located.” Singh said.