Motorola Solutions has highlighted the significant investments made in Malaysia following 45 years of in-country operations.
The vendor's first supply chain was established in Penang, Malaysia, in 1974, employing just 10 software engineers.
Today, that workforce numbers more than 1,700, comprising highly-skilled roles such as industrial design, software, electrical, electronics and mechanical engineering, developing technologies across its mission-critical technology ecosystem at the facility.
Motorola has made significant investments in research and development (R&D), opening its ‘Innoplex’ R&D centre in Penang, which is its largest such centre outside of North America.
The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and product design and development capabilities. It also develops next-generation Land Mobile Radio (LMR), broadband-LTE devices and system solutions for Motorola Solutions’ customers worldwide.
Many of the solutions and services designed and developed in Penang have been deployed by public safety agencies across the world, including 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.
Other mission critical services are provided from the Innoplex, including 24/7 network monitoring, management and guaranteed reliability for Motorola’s mission-critical customers.
The vendor's workforce across Asia Pacific is now approaching 2,000, including 160 video analytics and artificial intelligence 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,” said John Andersen, deputy managing director of the Motorola Solutions Penang Operations and Design Centre.
“Our highly skilled teams in Malaysia play a significant role in developing these technologies and accelerating their adoption all over the world. We are proud to have extended our journey to 45 years and look forward to continuing to take Malaysian innovation to the world."
Furthermore, through its charitable arm, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the vendor 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.