In April 2014 Motorola released the new series of firmware for their Wi-Fi controllers and access points denoted as Wireless New Generation / Wi-NG 5.6.
What are the major news:
Captive Portal for wired LAN: hotspot for wired clients.
Rate limit for both directions on L2TPv3 tunnels and extended VLANs over MINT layer 2: useful for WAN bandwidth management.
IPv6 protocol support, incl. captive portal and firewall.
Exterior BGP protocol support on NX4500 and NX6500 controllers.
T5 switch TS-524 and TW-51x (T5 Wi-Fi over VDSL) management support: adoption, firmware update and monitoring. Requires 1 Adaptive license for each TS-524 switch.
Increase of the number of cluster members from 2 to 6 for license sharing and AP load balancing. Useful for upgrades of Wi-NG 4 implementations with more than 2 RFS4000, RFS6000 or RFS7000 controllers.
All controllers now support Advanced WIPS functionality as a standard without the need to purchase an additional license. Rogue AP detection and classification is supported incl. the termination. Original additional licenses NX-9000-ANLYTC-LIC, RFS-XXXX-ADWIP-LIC and NX-XXXX-ADWIP-LIC are now obsolete.
Wi-NG 5.6 is currently not supported on the new Motorola NX7500 RF controllers.
In the middle of April 2014 Zebra Technologies announced to buy enterprise division of Motorola Solutions for $3.45 billion. Zebra plans to fund the deal with about $200 million of cash and $3.25 billion in new debt. An interesting fact is that the worth of Zebra Technologies itself is $3.4 billion only and it is significantly smaller that Motorola's enterprise division. About 4,500 Motorola employees will join Zebra when the deal is finished. It should happen until the end of 2014.
The deal leaves Motorola with only its government-services unit and iDEN network technology.
Technology experts and Motorola's employees have generally a positive undestanding of this deal. Zebra's traditional portfolio, bar code printers, will be supplemented by the barcode readers and enterprise mobile devices. And I would add a bit of nostalgia, it will overwrite the third one brand: Symbol > Motorola > Zebra.
MobiControl v11 comes with a lot of new features and enhancements including the following:
Added support for configuring system settings via Enterprise MX XML
Added support for persistent storage of packages
In November 2013 Motorola released the new series of firmware for their WiFi controllers and access points denoted as Wireless New Generation / Wi-NG 5.5.
What are the major news:
The RFS40xx platforms with Wi-NG 5.5 can manage up to 48 access points. Additionally, for the NX9000 controllers Motorola offers new 8-licenses bundle to control other RF/NX controllers or APs.
Motorola Solutions launches new configurations of MC2180 handheld terminals with Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 Professional and 256MB/256MB RAM/Flash memory. Original models with Windows CE 6.0 Core and 128 MB/256 MB RAM/Flash continue to be available, too.
The difference between WinCE Core and Professional is the following: both of them have the same core, the Professional version has additionally the Internet Explorer and Remote Desktop Client built-in.
The MC21xx with both WinCE Core and Professional utilize the same API which means that applications are compatible. All accessories are compatible, too.
Next, Motorola announced release of the Rev C version of the operating system software for the existing Windows CE 6.0 Core models.
Following is a high level overview of feature enhancements and fixes incorporated into the Rev C software release:
All customers will have access to the Rev C software for the MC2100 family free of charge.
Motorola Solutions announced the launch of Touch Computer TC55 - ruggedized mobile phone with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The device is ready for enterprise usage. It contains Motorola Extensions - a set of features that turn the standard consumer Android into a real enterprise grade operating system, with the security and manageability that enterprises require. In addition each new unit is covered by the Service From the Start for 2 years. It includes normal wear and tear, 3 days in-house repair turnaround and software upgrades. The TC55 is optionally available with linear imager for 1D barcode scanning. All configurations contain 8 mpx camera which enables 1D/2D barcode scanning, too. The TC55 utilizes advanced noise-cancelling technology, plus speaker that is four times the audio loudness of many of today’s most popular consumer smartphones, ensures that workers and their callers hear every word on every call - even in noisy business environments.
Each TC55 comes with a battery (standard or extended) and a rugged USB charging cable. Power adapter is not included. Other accessories include a vehicle cradle, protective boot incl. tethered stylus, spare styluses, 5-slot charging cradle and a holster.
Initial software release will not include Google Mobile Services (GMS: GMail, Google Maps stc.). Motorola plans on having a GMS variant approved and available by the end of Q1 2014. The upgrade will be covered by the service contract.
WWAN radio technology of the TC55 utilizes HSPA+. LTE is designed specifically for US market.
Motorola released innovated ET1 enterprise tablets ET1 and MC40 Wi-Fi terminals. The innovation consist in operating system Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). ET1 and MC40 with Jelly Bean have new product numbers.
Original devices with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) can be upgraded:
Main improvements of Android 4.1.1 are the follwoing:
For mobile device management MSP 4.2 is probably the best choice. If an MDM solution is being used, Motorola Extensions can be utilized. Extensions (MX) to the Android Platform enhance the value-added enterprise features on the ET1 and MC40. Examples of these enterprise extensions include multi-user log-in, application control / lockdown, 256-bit AES encryption file system (secure storage), critical suspend and enterprise class WLAN security. The new ET1 and MC40 devices with Jelly Bean will ship with MX version 3.2.1.
On 26th June, 2013 AirWatch, the global leader in mobile device and application management, announced the acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ MSP (Mobility Services Platform) business. With MSP, AirWatch gets a fully featured MDM system for enterprise mobile devices and a talented development team. AirWatch will evolve the MSP product line on an ongoing basis and pursue further plans to incorporate the leading MSP features into the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform.
Motorola Solutions introduced new gun-shape mobile terminals MC92N0-G – the next evolution in the MC9000 series. The MC9200 will be offered in both Premium (full features) and Standard (basic features) models. The introduction of the MC9200 does not signal the end of life, nor does it replace the MC9190 family of products. The MC9200 and MC9190 will coexist in the marketplace.
Standard konfigurace models are based on MPA3 platform (OMAP 4430 1 GHz processor), have a colour touch display 3,7“ VGA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adaptor, RAM 512 MB and Flash 2 GB, operating system Windows Embedded Compact 7 (= Windows CE 7.0) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 without MS Office, standard or a long-range laser 1D or digital 2D scanner and 2 Watt speaker.
Premium models are also based on MPA3 platform (OMAP 4430 1 GHz processor), have a colour touch display 3,7“ VGA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter, RAM 1 GB RAM and Flash 2 GB, operating system Windows Embedded Compact 7 (= Windows CE 7.0) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 with MS Office, standard or a long-range laser 1D or digital 2D scanner or a DPM or „Drive License“ 2D imager, 2 Watt speaker, interactive sensor (IST) and an RFID tag for asset management.
Motorola service center offers the operating system exchange on MC92N0: CE 7.0 can be replaced with WEHH 6.5.3 and vice versa. There is no support for other operating systems like Windows CE 6.0, WM 6.1 or Android.
Like at MC9190-G there is a pre-licensed Wavelink TelnetCE coming with the terminal. On CE 7.0 units the Telnet Client is pre-installed, too.
Accessories of MC9190-G is fully compatible with MC92N0, including keyboards, batteries and vehicle cradles. Both models have the same operating specifications (1.8 m drop to concrete, IP64 protection). Internal flash memory may be expanded using standard SD card with max. capacity 32 GB.
All MC92N0-G configurations are shipped with a standard 2200 mAh battery.
Motorola Solutions announced end of development of Mobility Services Platform (MSP) management solution. Sale of MSP licenses will be finished in December 2013. As a replacement SOTI MobiControl is offered to the current and new customers.
The main advantage of MobiControl is support for wide range of mobile devices: from enterprise class devices of many manufacturers to consumer smart phones and tablets. MobiControl supports all main mobile operating systems including Google Android and Apple iOS. MobiControl brings a user friendly web interface. Devices can be enterprise or consumer class, employee or corporate owned, with virtually any operating system. Since MobiControl supports any Wi-Fi or cellular network, your IT team can configure, provision, secure, monitor, track, troubleshoot and resolve mobile device issues, no matter where in the world.
SOTI MobiControl Client is not pre-installed on Motorola mobile devices. It can be understood as a disadvantage. But using pre-installed Rapid Deployment Client and an FTP server used for MobiControl client staging it can be worked around.
SOTI MobiControl licenses can be purchased from Motoroly partners. Tier 1 technical support is provided by Motorola, higher levels directly by SOTI.
MSP customers with active service contracts will be offered a one-for-one exchange for SOTI licenses at no additional cost. They will then receive a credit for the remainder of the contract life, which can be applied towards a new SOTI contract. All MobiControl licenses require a new support contract minimum for the first year.