Motorola Buys Another Public-Safety Software Provider
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 | Comments

Motorola Solutions acquired its second cloud-based public-safety software provider in as many months. The company purchased PublicEngines, a privately held provider of cloud-based solutions for crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement agencies, governments and other organizations.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PublicEngines now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

The acquisition is Motorola’s fourth in 15 months. The company bought Emergency CallWorks, a 9-1-1 call-taking software provider, in February; Trident Micro Systems, manufacturer of the PassPort trunked radio system, in December 2014; and Twisted Pair, a provider of push-to-talk (PTT) over broadband applications, in January 2014.

The acquisition boosts Motorola’s commitment to the software as a service (SaaS) model where software is hosted and offered to multiple customers, said Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Smart Public Safety Solutions business. All PublicEngines capabilities are delivered as cloud-based applications, scalable to all sizes of public-safety agencies.

Motorola also offers managed services, which are tailored to one customer, Guthrie said.

PublicEngines offers four products, two of which enable public safety's use of available data to gain actionable intelligence to support its mission. The combination of PublicEngines’ CommandCentral Analytics and Predictive products with Motorola Solutions’ situational awareness offerings will establish a platform for delivery of intelligence-led public-safety capabilities. Park City, Utah, uses CommandCentral for internal analytics and crime tracking.

The company’s two citizen engagement products, CrimeReports and TipSoft, will bolster Motorola’s ability to help agencies openly and transparently interact with citizens to create safer and better-informed communities, a company statement said. The company’s TipSoft platform is used by schools in Colorado as an anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers and others to share information with law enforcement.

PublicEngines’ 18 employees based in Draper, Utah, will be retained and move to Motorola’s facility in Murray, Utah, said Guthrie.

“The acquisition of PublicEngines reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to helping our customers implement intelligence-led strategies that deter crime and improve outcomes,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions. “As agencies work with an increasing amount of data from videos, photos, social media, sensors and other sources, our Smart Public Safety Solutions help harness that data to gain key intelligence and integrate it seamlessly into their operations. This helps law enforcement anticipate and respond to incidents with the best information available.”

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