Penang and 'Made in Malaysia' next-gen devices

Next-generation devices and services to boost safety and productivity have been engineered in Penang during the last 40 years.

By AvantiKumar
Nov. 18, 2016

Motorola Penang R&D facility 

Photo - Motorola Solutions' Penang R&D facility at the Innoplex celebrates its 40th anniversary.


Used around the world, next-generation devices and services to boost safety and productivity have been engineered in Penang, Malaysia, for 40 years. 

Motorola Solutions' global R&D centre in Penang recently marked its 40th anniversary, which has 1,000 highly-skilled engineers developing next-generation devices and solutions for customers worldwide, with a review of some of its mission-critical digital radio solutions, policing technologies and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities.

Dr. Hari Narayanan, managing director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia, said this technology innovation has been essential in helping public safety and enterprise sectors overcome new challenges - from complex threats including cyber terrorism to growing pressure on costs and resources, as well as increasing customer demands and expectations.

"Malaysia is a strategic R&D site for Motorola Solutions. We are proud to have applied local skills and capabilities over the past 40 years to drive R&D and innovation all over the world," said Narayanan, adding that the Penang R&D facility has also designed technology solutions to help organisations to work more effectively while reaching higher levels of safety and productivity. This includes mobile broadband technologies designed to help organisations extract greater value from data and reach higher levels of performance.

Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia 

Photo - Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia.

 "This has all enabled Penang to become the largest developer of devices for Motorola Solutions globally, and to become the company's largest investment in R&D outside of North America," he said.

Public safety, new NOC
Narayanan said an example of one of the advanced solutions developed at the Penang R&D facility has been "the revolutionary Connected Police Officer concept, a collection of technologies that help to keep first responders safe by instantly sending and receiving critical information from their immediate environments. This concept includes future-oriented technologies such as smart belts, body-worn cameras, LTE devices, and sensors that provide location and biometric readings."
He said 'a Connected Police Officer'  will be protected by these devices capturing and transmitting vital information without any need for human intervention - for example, activating a body worn video camera to record a potentially dangerous situation if an officer reaches for his or her gun.

"As Motorola Solutions continues its evolution into a software and services business, collaboration and growth are essential to riding the next wave of innovation. That's why we have developed strong local partnerships with innovative, local R&D companies while continuing to build a healthy ecosystem of skilled talent and resources in Malaysia," Narayanan said.

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the R&D facility in Penang, a new Network Operations Centre (NOC) will be unveiled at the facility to monitor and manage customers' essential communications. Staffed 24/7 by a skilled and dedicated team, the centre will provide guaranteed reliability and availability to keep communications networks operating at peak performance while customers focus on their core operations.
In addition to its product design and development facilities, the Penang facility has laboratories fitted with advanced testing equipment to conduct rigorous compliance testing of radio products. Known as the 'Innoplex,', this is a one-stop design centre comprising highly skilled teams from disciplines including industrial design, software, electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering and programme management.