Motorola Solutions marks 50 years in Malaysia and hails multicultural team

Solomon Lorthu, Vice President of Penang operations at Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions celebrates its 50th anniversary in Malaysia, marking the firm’s remarkable evolution from a small semiconductor operation in 1972 to a leading provider of mission-critical tech which the public safety and enterprise security sectors depend on every day.

How influential has Motorola been in Malaysia?

With its diverse combination of highly skilled engineering talent and close partnerships with future-focused clients, Malaysia has provided a springboard for Motorola Solutions’ success locally and a gateway for the development of innovative solutions used all over the world.

Public safety agencies including Royal Malaysia Police depend on a combination of Motorola Solutions’ integrated computer-aided dispatch, video management, command and control centre dispatch solutions and equipping police cars with mission-critical voice communication and video systems to enable faster emergency response and greater incident awareness.

By forging strong connections with some of Malaysia’s academic and skills institutions as well as collaborative research bodies in areas such as Engineering, Science and Technology, Motorola Solutions is also helping to build the next generation of industry-ready talent.

Enterprise organisations including MRT Corporation also use Motorola Solutions’ video security and mission-critical voice and data solutions. Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, the rail operator discovered new ways to use these solutions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while keeping daily services running safely and reliably.

Why is Motorola Solutions Malaysia a unique company?

Motorola Solutions Malaysia’s diverse, 1700-strong workforce includes 1,100 engineers based at the company’s R&D centre in Penang, around 40% of which are women. The Penang ‘Innoplex’ is Motorola Solutions’ second largest R&D centre and employs leading talents in fields including industrial design, software, electronics and mechanical engineering.

In addition to its strong local workforce, the facility is home to a diverse melting pot of cultures from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, etc. Solomon Lorthu, VP of Motorola Solutions’ Penang operations, said contributions from diverse and inclusive teams help to bring different perspectives and unlock industry-leading innovations.

“Our highly talented and passionate local teams have supported many homegrown breakthroughs. This includes the next generation MXP600 TETRA radio, the MOTOTRBO Ion converged smart radio and Android device and the compact Avigilon H5A Modular Camera that provides top video analytics and security in the most challenging environments,” he said.

“As we look to the future, Motorola Solutions Malaysia will continue to provide even greater integration across its mission-critical ecosystem of voice communication, video security and software technologies to enable the public safety and enterprise security sectors to reach unrivalled levels of safety, security and performance,” Solomon Lorthu further commented.

The company’s charitable and philanthropic arm, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, has donated USD $725,000 in the past five years to various charitable organisations in Malaysia to help inspire and cultivate the next generation of engineers and inventors while also promoting diversity and equitable access within the technology and engineering fields.