Motorola opens LMR R&D facility in Ireland

Motorola Solutions is opening a new research and development centre in Ireland. The facility – which will be in Cork – is estimated to provide around 200 jobs.

According to a statement, initial work will focus on software design in relation to the company’s land mobile radio portfolio.

Discussing the company’s LMR offer, a spokesperson said: “[We have] deployed more than 13,000 LMR networks worldwide, trusted by governments and enterprises for highly secure communications designed to work in the most extreme conditions.

“Modernised with broadband and advanced data applications, LMR remains at the forefront of providing public safety agencies with the communications they rely on and need.”

Motorola chairman and CEO Greg Brown said: “Our new centre in Cork will contribute to advancing our future vision for LMR, while building upon the collective impact of our more than 20,000 employees who are innovating what’s next for our customers around the world.”

US ambassador to Ireland, Claire D Cronin, said: “Motorola Solutions is an iconic American company known for its work over many decades to support public safety and first responders. Its new research and development centre in Cork marks a significant step forward in the company’s commitment to Ireland.

“It also recognises the highly skilled talent in Ireland and further bolsters the strong trade and investment relationships between the United States and Ireland.” 

The new facility is supported by the Irish government, through its Foreign Direct Investment Agency. Motorola states that it has spent more than $12 billion in R&D and acquisitions over the past decade.