Motorola Solutions celebrates 50 years of presence in Malaysia


MOTOROLA Solutions has much to celebrate for its presence in Malaysia.

From a small semiconductor operation in 1972, it has evolved to become a major provider of mission-critical technologies which the public safety and enterprise security sectors depend on every day.

In the recent past, the company managed to overcome logistics challenges thrown at it during the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been able to work with local suppliers and overcome the lockdowns. We were able to serve all customers worldwide — all of our mission-critical customers’ needs and commitments were fulfilled in the past two years,” Motorola Solutions VP and MD of Penang operations Solomon Lorthu said yesterday in Petaling Jaya at an event to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

With its diverse combination of highly skilled engineering talent and close partnerships with future-focused customers, the company said Malaysia has provided a springboard for Motorola Solutions’ success locally, as well as a gateway for the development of innovative solutions used all over the world.

(From left) Motorola Solutions VP for South-East Asia Subodh Vardhan, Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific (APAC) channel leader and gender diversity champion Phyllis Lin, Crest CEO Jaffri Ibrahim, Lorthu and Motorola Solutions director of corporate communications for APAC Damien Batey (pic AUFA MARDHIAH)

Public safety agencies including Royal Malaysia Police depend on a combination of Motorola Solutions’ integrated computer-aided dispatch, video management, command and control centre dispatch solutions, as well as equipping its police cars with mission-critical voice communication and video systems to enable faster emergency response and greater incident awareness, the company said in a statement.

Enterprise organisations including MRT Corp Sdn Bhd also use Motorola Solutions’ video security and mission-critical voice and data solutions. Throughout the global pandemic, the rail operator discovered new ways to use these solutions to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 while keeping daily services running safely and reliably.

Motorola Solutions Malaysia’s diverse, 1,700-strong workforce includes 1,100 engineers based at the company’s research and development (R&D) centre in Penang, around 40% of which are women.

The Penang “Innoplex” is Motorola Solutions’ second-largest global R&D centre and employs leading talents in fields including industrial design, software, electronics and mechanical engineering.

Lorthu said contributions from diverse and inclusive teams in Malaysia help to bring different perspectives and unlock industry-leading innovations.