Motorola Solutions, the pioneer in the field of wireless communications, is on a growth path after the separation of Motorola Mobility, the mobile handset manufacturing arm of the parent company Motorola, that was acquired by technology giant Google.
Gene Delaney, executive vice-president for product and business operations of the company was on a visit to the R&D centre in Bangalore, almost a decade after his previous visit. Delaney, who has been with Motorola from 1978, spoke to Anand J regarding the scope of Indian market and the need of security forces to upgrade their wireless communication from analog to digital as well as the intrusion of social into the security realm.
On life after the separation of Motorola Mobility from Motorola Solutions
It is great that we separated in January 2011. Motorola Solutions is the heart of Motorola. Now both companies can focus on customers we serve and our world is all about serving the governments and enterprise customers. Ours is an enterprise solution and its mission critical communication services with the challenge of being the first respondents. Since our split, all of our energy, all our attention is to service these markets. We have rationalised much of our operations after the separation and ensured that we are close to the markets we serve. After becoming an independent company, we have grown every quarter, but the cost structure has not increased at the same rate and we have re-instated and increased our dividend.
On carrying forward the legacy as pioneers of mobile communication technology
We are very committed to research & development and spend $1 billion a year, which is 12% of our sales. We have done that year in and year out, during the global economic recession as well. Our belief is we are long-term thinkers and we are going to be in the market for long time and our customers continue to adapt technologies and do businesses. The world continues to become more and more global and the requirements of our customers want to be more productive in a mobile environment. We believe that the investment that we make on our radios, scanning devices, wireless LAN, all of these, the marketplace is adopting these solutions. We introduced 300 new products in the market in the last couple of years, at a rate faster than we have ever done in our history.
On India R&D centre’s role
We have been in India since 1987. We have