Motorola Solutions Buys Spillman Technologies
Monday, September 26, 2016 | Comments

Motorola Solutions acquired Spillman Technologies, privately held provider of CAD and records management system (RMS) software for an undisclosed price. Motorola Solutions executives said the acquisition is part of its strategy to expand its command center software portfolio.

Motorola’s PremierOne CAD, RMS and jail records software is focused on large public-safety agencies, while Spillman’s offerings are targeted at small and medium-sized agencies. Spillman, founded in 1982, provides public-safety software to more than 1,700 agencies throughout the United States. In addition to CAD and RMS, Spillman offers cloud-based tools for jail management systems, fire, mobile data, data sharing, field reporting, mapping and geographic information systems (GIS).

Tom Guthrie, vice president, Motorola Smart Public Safety Solutions Business, said Spillman’s software will be integrated with the software from Emergency CallWorks and PublicEngines, two companies Motorola Solutions purchased last year. “Nothing will change for customers except tighter [product] integration,” he said.

Motorola Solutions will retain Spillman’s Salt Lake City headquarters. Motorola has about 100 employees in the area who will likely move to the Spillman facility, Guthrie said. Spillman President and CEO Lance Clark and other management will also join Motorola.

Guthrie called the emergency call market “very active” both in the transition to IP and on the call-taking side for advancing to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1). “Different states are transitioning at different times but the market is very active,” he said.

Spillman’s cloud-based technology will also be a key asset as more public-safety agencies move some technology pieces, such as recording, to the cloud although most call taking remains on premises, Guthrie said.

“Nearly half of our customers are the result of customer referrals, thanks to our product’s robust integration and data integrity,” said Spillman’s Clark. “We are excited about the opportunities that Motorola Solutions and Spillman have together to expand the reach of these solutions to even more U.S. agencies and ensure our customers continue to benefit from the high-quality software and services they’ve come to expect.”

The acquisition agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

“The Spillman acquisition demonstrates our commitment to expand our smart public-safety portfolio and provide agencies of all sizes with a full suite of solutions for the command center, from call processing equipment to CAD to RMS to LMR and Long Term Evolution (LTE) dispatching,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, products and services, Motorola Solutions.

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