Moovera Networks (mobile Wi-Fi) joins forces with Internet pioneer Icomera
Proof that the technologies being developed at Kent Science Park, near Sittingbourne, are world class has been confirmed by Moovera Networks, the award-winning mobile Wi-Fi company, joining forces with Swedish on-train Internet pioneer Icomera.
The deal between Gothenburg-based Icomera AB, the world’s leading supplier of industrial grade Internet connectivity to trains, and Moovera which provides Internet access for passengers on buses, coaches and trains, will create the world’s leading in-vehicle provider of Internet technologies.
Kent Science Park will now be home to Icomera’s UK operations and take the company’s total workforce in Kent and Sweden to more than 40 people.
Jim Baker, CEO and founder of Moovera, and now Chief Marketing Officer at Icomera, said: “Kent Science Park is an extremely important location for Icomera and we expect to be ramping up our UK operations over the next two years as demand for our broadband gateway devices grows worldwide. We intend to develop our manufacturing facilities on site rather than outsource aboard, which will lead to an expansion of our workforce drawing on local resources.
“For some time now Moovera and Icomera have been addressing the same markets from different directions. While Icomera has focused on sophisticated and complex rail systems, we have been targeting the broader market for Internet connectivity on road transport and outdoor networks. Many of the world’s largest transport operators such as National Express and First Group own both rail and bus networks and are already deploying both Icomera and Moovera solutions. The merger of our two businesses will create a single supplier with the best possible range of solutions for our customers worldwide.”
Moovera has already developed good relationships with Kent-based suppliers of electronic components and subcontract metalwork, especially in the Medway area, and its expansion is expected to benefit other local companies.
Jim Baker added: “Kent Science Park is close enough to Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted to enable us to conduct international business easily. Without doubt we look forward to growing the company in the UK with the Kent Science Park as our R&D and technology manufacturing base.”
Commenting on the deal, Ola Sjölin, Chief Executive Officer at Icomera, said: “The market for Internet connectivity on public transport is developing at a very rapid pace. Whether for Wi-Fi hotspots, CCTV monitoring, vehicle tracking or streaming entertainment, real-time connections to buses and trains are increasingly in demand. Moovera has acquired a strong reputation in the industry as a developer of innovative yet price competitive technology and has established an impressive customer base that in many instances overlaps with our own.
“It was a natural progression for Icomera and Moovera to combine forces to offer a complete range of solutions from low-cost bus products to high-end systems certified for the railway industry. Moving forward we will continue to build on Icomera’s position as the dominant force in on-board vehicle communications.”
Following the acquisition, Icomera will adopt the Moovbox brand for its new combined product line and adopt Moovera’s worldwide network of partners who sell and support Moovbox systems in their regional markets.
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