Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI), aiming to grow its business, unveiled what the future of policing could look like using virtual reality and eye-tracking technologies.

In a press release Monday, Motorola Solutions said its virtual-reality-powered public-safety command-center concept can arm law enforcement with high-tech tools to translate real-time data into actionable intelligence to ensure the safety of the public. Using virtual reality and eye tracking, participants can go through video and data feeds from multiple sources to coordinate resources and share information to officers on the scene. That, says Motorola Solutions, could improve the safety of first responders.

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“Exploring the potential of new technologies, including virtual reality, for public safety helps us create solutions that improve safety and efficiency for our customers,” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer for Motorola Solutions. “Whether it’s a proof of concept like the virtual command center or the Smart Public Safety Solutions available today, we believe in the power of technology to deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.”

Motorola Solutions plans to demonstrate its virtual command center this week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Virtual Reality Command Center Part Growth

The new command-center concept comes at a time when Motorola Solutions is trying to become a bigger play in its core markets. Late in September the company announced it acquired Spillman Technologies, a private company that makes computer-aided dispatch and record-management software for law enforcement and public-safety departments.

 

Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but Motorola Solutions said in a press release that the purchase was part of the company’s strategy to expand its software portfolio and connect public-safety customers to real-time data and analytics. Spillman, which provides software to more than 1,700 agencies around the U.S., is focused on small- and medium-sized public-safety agencies, meshing with Motorola Solutions’ software, which is geared toward larger agencies.  The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. (See also: Motorola Solutions Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Monday.)

Courting Law Enforcement

Ever since Motorola Solutions was formed back in 2011 after its parent company split in two, it has been focusing on the law-enforcement market. (See also: Motorola Solutions: An Activist Investment Analysis.)

 

The company provides communications infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and technology related services. It has steadily divested assets so it can focus on the government segment, which has been profitable for the company. It has also embarked on an acquisition strategy. Beside Spillman, in February it closed on its acquisition of AirWave, which it purchased on a debt-free basis for around $1 billion. There’s an additional deferred cash payment of around $90 million to be made in November 2018. Motorola Solutions said at the time it expected the deal to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow.

 

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