Motorola, Apprion expand joint venture
OEM agreement will expand wireless offerings
Apprion has signed an OEM agreement with Motorola which extends the relationship established last year when Motorola announced it had invested in Apprion through its strategic venture capital arm, Motorola Ventures. The OEM agreement enables the two companies to jointly develop and market integrated wireless application networks for industrial enterprises. By integrating Apprion's industrial-focused wireless appliances and applications with Motorola's line of indoor and outdoor wireless networking solutions, industrial enterprises will now be able to leverage best-of-class wireless networks, enabling them to support dozens of applications that utilize numerous wireless radios and protocols.
"Industrial systems have unique requirements. As industrial enterprises adopt wireless technologies, we have seen these unique requirements grow in complexity," said Bob Mick, vice president of emerging technologies at ARC Advisory Group. "Apprion and Motorola understand the unique challenges industrial enterprises face as they go wireless. By working together, we expect them to produce wireless networking products and applications that enhance the productivity, efficiency, mobility, safety, and security of industrial enterprises."
"Motorola has a rich legacy of providing customers in industrial markets with reliable, robust wireless networking and mobility solutions that help improve operational efficiencies and empower workers with secure access to real-time voice and data applications when and where they need it," said Jim Hilton, senior director, Manufacturing Solutions, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "By joining forces with Apprion, we are able to better serve customers by delivering closely integrated wireless application networks that help industrial enterprises increase profitability by streamlining plant communications, enhancing manufacturing processes and increasing worker productivity."
Through the OEM agreement, Apprion and Motorola will initially incorporate wireless broadband systems and wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions from Motorola into the Apprion ION System. The second phase of enhancements will result in the full integration of Motorola products and technologies as modular components of Apprion's IONosphere and IONizer solutions. The combination of Apprion and Motorola technologies will enable a wide range of applications.
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