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Civica acquires Asset Edge to further boost local government market position

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The Australian arm of global software applications, digital solutions and managed services vendor Civica has acquired Australian SaaS and mobile software firm Asset Edge.

“With recent acquisitions both in Australia and in the UK, we have seen our customer base in Local Government in ANZ expand significantly in the last year to over 350 organisations. Civica provides an unrivalled breadth of software solutions for local government and we continue to strengthen our position as the leading partner for the sector through product investment and acquisition,” said Ben Cowling, managing director, Civica Local Government and Chief Operating Officer, Civica ANZ”.

Asset Edge. which specialises in providing SaaS web and mobile applications for asset Inspection and maintenance management, is headquartered in Victoria with teams in New South Wales and Queensland.

Asset Edge develops fully mobile software solutions, including the  “Reflect” Inspection and Maintenance Management System, which the company says is utilised by over 130 Local and State governments throughout Australia and State Highway Authorities to maintain networks and classified roads across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.

Reflect provides inspection and maintenance management, facilitates planning, and recording and analysis of maintenance activities for the management of roads, bridges, footpaths, trees, open spaces, playgrounds, water and sewer, and a variety of other asset classes.  

Ben Cowling, managing director, Civica Local Government, and chief operating officer, Civica ANZ, says, “The acquisition of Asset Edge is a key component of our portfolio approach to the local government marketplace, and in response to the increasing momentum and customer adoption for cloud products”.

Cowling says, in keeping with Civica’s cloud strategy, Asset Edge products add complementary capability and expertise extending the group’s range of solutions for the local and State Government sector.

Asset Edge also provide solution, ‘Recover’, which Civica says is Australia’s only Natural Disaster Management solution designed for the government sector, and provided to more than 90 Local Government areas - and the ‘Vigil’ Contractor Surveillance System to oversee contractor performance of more than 120 council managed service provider contracts.

Richard Fiddis, executive director, Civica International, says, “I am pleased to welcome Asset Edge to Civica. With over two decades of experience, the team brings deep market expertise and knowledge of mobile development for asset management.  We look forward to building on our combined capabilities in the local and state government sectors to deliver increasing value to customers.”

Brendon Stevens, owner of Asset Edge, says, “We are delighted to become part of the Civica Group. The size and scale of Civica both here and globally gives us an excellent platform to grow our business in a way that wouldn’t have been possible as a stand-alone company.  The entire Asset Edge team look forward to working with the Civica Group on our exciting plans for the future in providing all current and new customers with leading mobile solutions and levels of service that are needed to manage assets in any type and scale of an organisation.”

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