Motorola Buys Avtec
Monday, March 11, 2019 | Comments

Motorola Solutions acquired Avtec, a provider of dispatch solutions for public-safety and commercial customers. Details of the transaction, which closed March 11, were not released.

Based in South Carolina, Avtec provides VoIP dispatch services over LMR and broadband networks. Motorola has been reselling the Avtec consoles to its MOTOTRBO customers, so the acquisition provides Motorola with a complete product portfolio for critical communications Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) users. Motorola offers its own MCC line of dispatch consoles to its Project 25 (P25) and TETRA customers.

“Avtec’s industry-leading solutions enable business-critical communications across diverse industries,” said John Kedzierski, corporate vice president of infrastructure and systems, Motorola Solutions. “Avtec expands our public-safety and commercial portfolios, allowing us to offer an end-to-end platform for customers to communicate, coordinate resources and secure their facilities. As part of our portfolio, Avtec will continue to offer dispatch solutions for a number of radio network vendors so its customers and channel partners can maximize their integration options."

Avtec CEO Michael Branning will retire, and Avtec’s 140 employees will join Motorola Solutions. An email from Avtec Sales Senior Vice President John Rosati said joining Motorola Solutions will bring new opportunities and innovations to its portfolio. “Additionally, it will help us reach even more commercial customers and extend into public safety,” he said.

Kedzierski said Motorola will look to integrate its growing software suite into the Avtec console line, along with Motorola’s video surveillance products from the Avigilon acquisition. The Avtec transaction allows Motorola to target security operations centers for business-critical customers in addition to public-safety command centers. In addition, Motorola can sell its full product line through Avtec’s channel partners. “We’re excited about the integration opportunities,” he said.

Rosati said Avtec does not currently intend to change its operations, and business contacts within the company remain the same. “It will be business as usual, and you can rest assured that the service provided to you by us will remain a priority,” the email said. “All transactions with Avtec will be as before, and we will continue to provide the great solutions that you are used to. Additionally, under the Motorola Solutions portfolio, Avtec will continue to offer dispatch solutions for a number of radio network vendors so its customers and channel partners can maximize their integration options.”

John Zidar, Motorola Solutions corporate vice president, said Avtec’s strong history in the airlines, rail, transportation, utilities and energy industries was attractive, and Motorola looks to extend its product line to those customers. 

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