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Motorola Solutions Eyes 911 Software Portfolio Expansion Via Airbus DS Communications Purchase

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has agreed to buy Airbus’ communications business through the acquisition of the latter’s Plant Holdings subsidiary for an undisclosed sum in a push to expand 911 software offerings.

Airbus DS Communications operates under Plant Holdings and provides command center software platforms that work to field emergency calls, Motorola said Friday.

The communications business generated approximately $100 million in 2016 revenue and provides analytics and data management support, mapping and text-to-911 support services to public safety sector clients.

“Our acquisition of Airbus DS Communications will add complementary products and services to our software portfolio, helping us meet the needs of a broader customer base and putting us at the forefront of Next-Generation 911 technology,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president for products and solutions at Motorola Solutions.

The transaction would provide Motorola Solutions access to Airbus DS Communications’ VESTA suite of 911 call handling platforms.

The companies expect to close the acquisition by the end of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

The deal came five months after New York City-based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (NYSE: KKR) completed its $1.2 billion purchase of Airbus’ defense electronics business and a year after Veritas Capital emerged as a leading bidder to acquire Airbus’ Vector Aerospace aircraft maintenance and repair business.

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