Motorola president inaugurates R&D center at Airport City

More than NIS 100 million was invested in the internal construction of the five-story, 30,000- square-meter building.

By NADAV SHEMER
May 30, 2011 23:11
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Peres with Greg Brown

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Motorola Solutions president Greg Brown inaugurated the company’s brand-new Israeli headquarters and R&D center at Airport City last week at a gala event attended by more than 600 people, including the guest of honor, Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

More than NIS 100 million was invested in the internal construction of the five-story, 30,000- square-meter building, which includes natural lighting and furniture approved by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The new headquarters will host 1,300 Motorola employees, including 800 engineers working at the R&D center.

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Brown, who was on his first visit Israel since Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility split in January, called Israel one of the firm’s strategic investments outside of the United States. The communications company began its activities in Israel in 1948, the year the state was established, he said.

Barak said Motorola’s critical communications systems had made a longstanding contribution to Israel’s security, adding that he had become familiar with it while a young officer in the IDF’s Sayeret Matkal commando unit.

Recounting his first cross-border ambush as commander, Barak said he and his soldiers actually had been jeopardized by a Motorola communicator.

“We crept to within 15 meters of our opponent, when suddenly the familiar connection rustle burst from the device,” he said. “I was convinced they had discovered us and immediately ordered to switch off the device. Apparently, our commanders intended to instruct us to abort the mission, but I decided to carry it through with the device turned off.”

Before returning to the US, Brown also met with President Shimon Peres, who said new technologies would have a positive impact on the Arab world and “bring progress, encourage democracy and allow for an exit from poverty, as has happened in other parts of the world.”

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