Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:12

Motorola Solutions buys Australia’s Gridstone Featured

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Motorola Solutions has acquired Australian-based app developer Gridstone in a deal which the US ICT services and communications giant says extends the reach and capability of smart mobile applications.

Details of the deal were not disclosed but Motorola Solutions says the acquisition builds on the company’s experience in delivering essential communications and workflow solutions and services throughout Asia Pacific, and adds expertise to develop highly customised mobility applications for the region.

Gridstone, a privately held company headquartered in Melbourne, develops mobility solutions for public safety agencies, governments and enterprise, with a specialist capability for native applications on Apple’s iOS.

Gridstone CEO Jon Grant said combining the companies would provide immediate benefits and a strong foundation for growth. Gridstone will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

“Motorola Solutions develops technology solutions for vertical markets that are naturally aligned to Gridstone’s. Through our collective strengths and expertise we will instantly enhance the quality and range of services and products we both provide.

“We look forward to working with Motorola Solutions and building on our success in Australia with the backing of a global industry leader in the public safety and enterprise markets.”

Iain Clarke, Motorola Solutions corporate vice president Asia Pacific, said his company’s expertise in developing advanced mobile solutions and services would complement Gridstone’s ability to simplify complex workflow challenges through smart technology.
 
“In today’s public safety and enterprise environments, technologies that increase mobility are delivering enormous benefit by helping people to work more safely and efficiently,” Clarke said.

“Gridstone develops mobile applications that are well-designed, easy-to-use and proven in helping organisations overcome their most complex workflow management problems. Its applications provide clear and immediate benefits for customers - from reducing manual administration tasks so police officers can spend more time in the field to automating processes to increase efficiency within industrial environments.

“Acquiring Gridstone complements our convergence suite of software which enable seamless communication and enhanced awareness for teams by combining the best of digital radio networks with broadband data capabilities."


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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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