Motorola Solutions is committed to the communities where we live and work. More than 3,200 employees around the world dedicated 40,000 hours to their communities last year, serving as mentors, tutors, firefighters, science fair judges and more.
Our Motorola Solutions Foundation also donates millions of dollars to science, technology, engineering and math education as well as public safety programs and disaster relief each year.
Making an impact with robotics from Chicago to Malaysia
One effort Motorola Solutions has sponsored for decades is the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Tiffany Holliday participated in the competition when she was in high school and credits her Motorola Solutions mentors with inspiring her to become an engineer. Today, she’s a senior systems engineer at our company – and a FIRST Robotics mentor.
“FIRST is so much more than just a competition,” Holliday said. “It’s about teaching students how to compete while also treating one another with respect and kindness. It’s about showing students that they really can go into engineering, math or some other technology or science-related field.”
Software testing manager Kian Heong Loh has served as a volunteer robotics mentor in Malaysia for the past three years. He also teaches students programming and design skills at the Penang Science Cluster, a local non-profit organization dedicated to science and technology education.
Strategy manager Sean Taylor has volunteered as a FIRST Robotics mentor on the South Side of Chicago for eight years. In 2015, Taylor watched some of the freshman high school students he coached during his first year graduate from college with degrees in science and engineering.
“The robotics teams give high school students an opportunity to function like a product team would,” Taylor said. “They’re given small budgets, two months and a hard problem to solve. They end up having fun and don’t even realize the fantastic skills they’re developing in the process.”
While thousands volunteer during their time off, at work our employees develop cutting-edge technologies that help public safety officials combat crime and prepare for natural disasters in ways that keep communities safer and more secure.
Predicting crimes before they occur: Science fiction no more
What would it mean for communities if we could look into the future and predict and prevent crimes from occurring? This may sound like science fiction, but it’s more possible today than ever. Motorola Solutions technology has the ability to predict 30 percent of next-day crime today.
Our predictive computing technology uses advanced data science to help law enforcement agencies anticipate and visualize when and where crimes are likely to occur. The “smart public safety” system can pull from data sources including crime statistics and information from citizens, enterprises and smart devices. Combined with the right computing power and analytics, it converts raw data into simulations of future crime scenarios.
This is just one example of our “smart public safety” technologies that enable public agencies to better serve citizens. In 2015, Motorola Solutions helped the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department implement the technology to better identify and distribute information to officers.
"Our goal has always been to get information to officers on the street in real time with a real focus on improving our officer safety," said Captain Angela Coonce, commander of the department's Intelligence Division.
Since the department began using the technology in May 2015, it has led to more than 80 arrests and assisted in the recovery of over 30 stolen vehicles and five illegal firearms.
Putting safety in sight for Cleveland
The city of Cleveland, Ohio, has more eyes looking out for the safety and security of its citizens than ever thanks to a high-speed, wireless video surveillance network our company developed. The surveillance system enables first responders to monitor real-time visuals in communities, including in high-risk areas, dangerous intersections, and public transportation and events.
The cameras have helped deter and solve crime: In 2012, the cameras helped prevent a planned terrorist plot against the Justice Center in the heart of the city. Recently, the network helped police close a child abduction case.
“It’s provided important forensic evidence,” said Martin Flask, executive assistant to the mayor for Special Projects. “It has helped our police solve some crimes that would not potentially have been solvable had the surveillance system not been there.”
Combating floods with WAVEs in England
During the winter of 2014, the village of Shipton Bellinger, England, endured extensive flooding when the local river broke its banks.
In 2015, the community rolled out a new flood resilience program, including floodgates and community response teams. To support communication between responders and village agencies, Motorola Solutions worked with Shipton Bellinger to deploy an advanced technology called WAVE. The system provides connectivity between teams using radios, smartphones and laptops. Secure and reliable push-to-talk features keeps responders and agencies in touch on any device and network.
“The benefit of having WAVE is interoperability,” said Steve Bluff, local parish councilor and Shipton Bellinger community resilience response team leader. “We can dynamically set up talk groups over radio and connected smart devices. If people come into the area and do not have radio handsets, they can be given a smartphone and securely speak over our network.”