Motorola Solutions celebrates 45 years in Malaysia


Wednesday, 19 June, 2019



Motorola Solutions celebrates 45 years in Malaysia

Motorola Solutions is this month celebrating 45 years of operations in Malaysia, recognising the country’s engineering talent and capability to deliver advanced technologies.

The company established supply chain operations in Penang, Malaysia, in 1974. Today, it develops technologies across its mission-critical technology ecosystem at the facility.

In 2014 the company opened its ‘Innoplex’ research and development (R&D) centre in Penang, its largest R&D centre outside of North America. Equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and product design and development capabilities, the centre develops next-generation LMR and LTE devices and system solutions. It also provides 24/7 network monitoring and management services.

Those solutions include the APX 8000HXE HazLoc radio used by fire and rescue teams working in the presence of chemicals and gases and the WAVE TLK100 Two-Way Radio that enables coverage on cellular networks.

The Penang workforce has gone from 10 software engineers in 1974 to more than 1700 today, including industrial design, software, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering experts.

Motorola Solutions’ growing software engineering workforce in Asia–Pacific is now approaching 2000, including 160 video analytics and AI specialists in Vietnam added through the recent acquisition of VaaS, and 60 mobile applications developers with Gridstone in Australia.

“Motorola Solutions continues to evolve 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,” said John Andersen, Deputy Managing Director of the Motorola Solutions Penang Operations and Design Centre.

“We are proud to have extended our journey to 45 years and look forward to continuing to take Malaysian innovation to the world.”

The company’s charitable arm, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, has provided more than US$700,000 to support Malaysian initiatives to advance education and research within STEM-related fields. This includes the Penang Science Cluster, which educates more than 3000 students and 300 teachers from 75 schools on design thinking process, coding and electronics.

Image courtesy Motorola Solutions.

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