Motorola Marks 45 Years of Business in Malaysia
Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Comments

Motorola Solutions is celebrating 45 years of innovation in Malaysia, recognizing the country’s highly skilled engineering talent and capability to deliver advanced technologies for customers all over the world.

Motorola Solutions first 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) center, its largest R&D center outside of North America, in Penang. Equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and product design and development capabilities, the center develops next-generation LMR, broadband-Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices and system solutions for Motorola Solutions’ customers worldwide.

Leading-edge solutions and services designed and developed in Penang have been deployed by public-safety agencies across the world. This includes 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 nationwide cellular networks with the ease of two-way radio communication and functionality.

The Innoplex continues to deliver a variety of innovative services including 24/7 network monitoring, management and guaranteed reliability for Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical customers.

Motorola Solutions’ thriving operations in Malaysia have enabled it to expand its Penang workforce from 10 software engineers at the start to a team of more than 1,700 today. These highly-skilled roles include industrial design, software, electrical, electronics and mechanical engineering.

Penang’s expert teams conduct rigorous compliance testing to meet and exceed product standards all over the world while continuing the development of new solutions in partnership with customers.

Motorola Solutions’ rapidly growing software engineering workforce in Asia Pacific is now approaching 2,000. This includes 160 video analytics and artificial intelligence (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,” he said.

Through its charitable arm, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the company 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 3,000 students and 300 teachers from 75 schools on design thinking process, coding and electronics.

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