On May 2, 2014, three years have passed since the moment I decided to leave the security of employment and venture into the uncertain waters of freelancing. The decision was not easy that time, the beginnings were not too easy, but in retrospect it was the best thing I could do. And I'm glad I did! During that time I got to many interesting projects and customers. I'd like to thank them, as well as Motorola Solutions UK that had the courage to work with me and after a while found that cooperation is mutually beneficial - or at least I hope :-) Thanks again!

Motorola Wi-Fi komponentyIn 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:

  • Support for new devicesAP-8163 outdoor access point and sensors on AP-8232.
  • Support for new virtual controller Motorola VX9000 (running on VMware ESXi, Citrix Xen or Hyper-V).
  • Apple Bonjour protocol support: Apple devices can automatically detect printers and other services.
  • 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.

zebra-technologiesIn 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.

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SOTI MobiControl v11In January 2014 SOTI released version 11 of the MobiControl - premium mobile device management system (MDM).

MobiControl v11 comes with a lot of new features and enhancements including the following:

  • Support for managing Windows Phone 8 devices
  • Support for iOS 7 MDM features
  • Support for Samsung KNOX
  • Support for scheduling administrative reports
  • Multi-file upload functionality in the Content Library
  • Enhancements for Motorola Android-based devices 
    • Added support for SD Card encryption
    • Added support for distribution of private keyed certificates
    • Added support for configuring system settings via Enterprise MX XML

  • Enhancements for Motorola devices with Windows CE and Windows Mobile
    • Added support for cold (CE) and clean (WM) boots
    • Added support for persistent storage of packages

Motorola Wi-Fi komponentyIn 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:

  • Hierarchical management ONEVIEW: Site RF controllers can be centrally managed by NX9xxx platforms or RFS7000 in the NOC. The RFS7000 can manage any type of RFS series, the NX9000 can manage any RFSxxxx and NX45xx/NX65xx platforms, and the NX9500 can manage all the RFS and NX platforms. The master controller takes one AAP license of any managed RF controller on the lower level.
  • VM Management: Virtual machines running on the NX45xx/NX65xx can be managed by a NX95xx controller
  • Hosting of Motorola ADSP (version 9.1 and above) on the NX95xx controller
  • BYOD Device Fingerprinting support: Administrator may define roles and restrict access of mobile devices to the network sources in respect of the mobile device is the corporate one or BYOD.
  • Outdoor mesh enhancments: Dynamic Mesh Selection and Wired Peer Exclusion, Mesh Visualization, Multi-channel VMM
  • Wired enhancments: Support for 802.1x Authentication for wired ports. Devices that fail authentication can be optionally placed into a Guest VLAN. Support for MSChapv2 with the built-in RADIUS server and for wired ACLs on the NX 4XX and NX 65xx platforms.
  • Smart Caching na NX platforms: Provides content caching of HTML pages and video (Youtube, corporate training server etc.). Caches the entire video at the remote site, so when subsequent users at that site view it again, it is delivered from the local NX controller. This significantly reduces WAN bandwidth and improves latency, thereby providing an optimal application experience. Requires a special license.
  • Access Point Wizard simplification. A new wizard that simplifies AP setup and configuration. The existing wizard from prior releases is relabeled “Advanced” in the UI. Available on all independent APs.
  • Network Analytics Enhancments + API to query data stored by the analytics application
  • Certifications WiFi Certified Passpoint (Hotspot 2.0), 802.11r and 802.11k (Voice Enterprise), and 802.11w (Protected Management Frame support).

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 MC2180Motorola 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:

  • CCX v4 certified WLAN
  • interated PTT Express v1.1.49
  • RhoElements Framework - v02.
  • RhoElements Basic Browser v2.0 (MC2180 only)
  • DataWedge - v3.5.18
  • Additional bug fixes

All customers will have access to the Rev C software for the MC2100 family free of charge.

More information about handheld terminals Motorola MC2100

Motorola TC55Motorola 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.

TC55 Characteristics

  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4,3“ multi touch capacitive touch screen
  • 1,5 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Flash, user accessible slot for microSD cards (up to 32 GB, SDHC)
  • Dual microphones dual front speakers, 3.5 mm headset connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS (supports also Glonass)
  • Operating temperature from -10° to 50 °C
  • 1.2 m drop to plywood, 1.2 m to concrete with protective boot across the operating temperature range. IP67 protection.
  • Weight 220 g
  • Dimensions (with standard battery): 137 mm L x 69 mm W x 15.9 mm D

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 ET1 a MC40Motorola 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:

  • The upgrade is free of charge if the customer has a valid service contract. In such a case request the upgrade on Technical Support website. Motorola offers also upgrades in service center.
  • Devices not covered by a service contract may be upgraded with additional charge.

Main improvements of Android 4.1.1 are the follwoing:

  • Enhanced performance & faster processing – e.g., an application running on the device with Jelly Bean will typically execute faster than identical app running on the device with Gingerbread
  • Improved user interface
  • Smoother UI, Video & Animations
  • Device encryption
  • ‘Strong’ password support (history, expiration, and complexity)
  • Proxy support
  • VPN support
  • USB Host Support
  • Exchange Active Sync v14.1

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.

AirwatchOn 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.

AirWatch's Press Release

Motorola MC92N0Motorola 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.