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Motorola Solutions Acquires Dispatch Provider Avtec

South Carolina-based Avtec is Motorola Solutions' eighth acquisition since February 2016, and brings in a company whose customers include public safety agencies, utilities, railroads, airlines and more.

Motorola Solutions, one of the largest technology vendors to public safety agencies, has acquired the dispatch center system provider Avtec.

Avtec, based in Lexington, S.C., makes the Scout system for voice over Internet protocol-based dispatch. The company’s clientele includes public safety and other government agencies, but it also works with railroads, utilities, airlines and other private companies.

Motorola Solutions, the successor company to Motorola after it was broken up, offers a range of solutions to public-sector agencies mostly revolving around communications. It’s a publicly traded corporation and a frequent buyer of smaller companies — Avtec is Motorola Solutions’ eighth acquisition since February 2016, according to a federal regulatory filing.

“Avtec expands our public safety and commercial portfolios, allowing us to offer an end-to-end platform for customers to communicate, coordinate resources and secure their facilities,” said John Kedzierski, Motorola Solutions’ corporate vice president of infrastructure and solutions, in a press release. “As part of our portfolio, Avtec will continue to offer dispatch solutions for a number of radio network vendors so its customers and channel partners can maximize their integration options.”

Motorola Solutions’ most recent acquisition before Avtec was VaaS International Holdings, the parent company of the somewhat controversial license plate reader vendor Vigilant Solutions.

That deal cost Motorola Solutions $445 million, but the company has not yet disclosed how much it paid for Avtec.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.