Trimble Acquires Fidelity Comtech to Expand its Communications Solutions
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015–Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has acquired privately-held Fidelity Comtech Inc., (FCI) a leading provider of extended wireless solutions that enable efficient business processes and can be used in both the cellular and Wi-Fi spectrums. The acquisition increases Trimble's broad portfolio of technologies and solutions that complement existing ones in industrial markets including oil & gas, mining, transportation (maritime ports, rail yards, trucking facilities) and large-scale construction operations.
FCI has developed a patented adaptive technology that optimizes coverage in wireless networks with hardware and software that creates a self-optimizing wireless network through coordinated small-cell beamforming (the ability to enhance and focus wireless networks through the use of multiple low-power smart antennas). Beamforming allows a network provider/operator to shape the coverage afforded by multiple smart antennas. The network benefits from relieved network congestion with extended range and load balancing; reduced interference from other networks; maximized coverage in high-use areas; enabled remote real-time configuration and electronic adjustment.
FCI has four main products that enable adaptive networks.
Phocus Array: It is an industrial-grade wireless access point with a smart antenna that optimizes wireless coverage in harsh environments.
Phased Array Antennas: A line of rugged smart antennas optimized for mobile applications with embedded GPS. Coverage by these antennas can also be steered, shaped and independently controlled to suit individual applications.
eCone: A wireless network client with internal GPS to enable monitoring of vehicular networks with real-time positioning data.
NetWatch: A web-enabled application that measures and displays the location of mobile equipment and network link quality.
"With the addition of FCI, Trimble continues to strengthen its commitment to provide a complete portfolio of communication solutions,” said Jürgen Kliem, vice president of Trimble's strategy and business development. “FCI will allow Trimble to build more comprehensive and capable communication solutions for its existing markets as well as expansion into new markets.”
“FCI has been dedicated to expanding its offerings in the wireless networking arena,” said Joe Carey, president and founder of FCI. “With the combination of FCI’s wireless networking solutions and Trimble’s extensive offerings in industrial markets, we are excited to be able to provide a more integrated solution for the marketplace.”
About Fidelity Comtech, Inc.
Fidelity Comtech (FCI) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) solutions and custom wireless solutions for commercial and government customers. These solutions offer network design flexibility, increased network reliability, and enhanced network security while providing the lowest total cost of ownership. FCI was founded by Joseph Carey who wanted to commercialize his academic work on radio frequencies and smart antennas. Fidelity Comtech, Inc. was advised by ClearCreek Partners since being founded. It is located in Longmont, Colorado.
For more information, visit: www.fidelity-comtech.com
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.