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​Motorola makes application play through Melbourne acquisition

​Motorola makes application play through Melbourne acquisition

Mobility solution set spans public safety agencies, governments and enterprise.

Motorola Solutions has strengthened its application hand in Australia through the acquisition of Gridstone, a Melbourne-based developer of mobility solutions for public safety agencies, governments and enterprise.

The acquisition builds on Motorola Solutions’ experience in delivering communications and workflow solutions and services throughout Asia Pacific, adding expertise to develop highly customised mobility applications for the region.

Headquartered in Collingwood, Gridstone develops mobile applications across many platforms, with a specialist capability for native applications on Apple’s iOS.

Motorola Solutions corporate vice president Asia Pacific, Iain Clarke, 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,” he 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.”

Gridstone CEO, Jon Grant, said combining the companies would help provider a “strong foundation for growth” for the combined entity.

“Motorola Solutions develops technology solutions for vertical markets that are naturally aligned to Gridstone’s,” Grant added.

“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.”

Following the acquisition, Gridstone will continue to deliver its existing contracts and grow its portfolio of products, including its public safety mobility platforms.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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