Motorola goes mesh

Motorola acquires MeshNetworks in a bid to give its customers more options to build broadband wireless networks capable of delivering data, video, location and VoIP.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  November 18, 2004

Motorola has acquired MeshNetworks, a developer of a Wi-Fi based technology in which a person's mobile device doubles as a network relay point that can transmit a signal between other devices. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions and approvals, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004. With this acquisition, Motorola will provide its customers a broader solutions portfolio to build scalable broadband wireless networks capable of delivering next generation content including data, video, location and voice over IP (VoIP) services. "This acquisition will provide Motorola with technologies that will have a significant benefit for customers across all of our businesses ranging from mission critical and enterprise markets to automotive and home entertainment applications,” says Greg Brown, president of Motorola’s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS). “With the addition of MeshNetworks, Motorola will gain an outstanding team and a proven suite of products. The acquisition also represents another step in Motorola’s commitment to deliver seamless mobility to all of our customers,” he adds. MeshNetworks has developed a wide range of sophisticated mobile ad-hoc networking, broadband radio and position-location technologies. Mesh technology, also known as ad-hoc networking, was developed in the military and has grown popular among emergency responders due to the flexibility it provides in confronting different circumstances. In a mesh network, for example, while a firefighter might be too deep in a building to be able to radio directly back to command officials, the signal from his radio need only reach another firefighter nearby, whose radio could zap a conversation or data to the next closest radio, and so on until it reaches the intended target. A mesh setup also requires less power and deprives attackers of a centralised target to take down.

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