Motorola Solutions buys push-to-talk specialist

Motorola Solutions has bought a Seattle specialist that makes push-to-talk software for mobile devices.

The company said Thursday it has purchased Twisted Pair Solutions, which makes the Wave Destop, Dispatch and Web applications that can link PBXs to smart phones and tablets so police and military agencies can do away with digital radios.

Manitoba’s Sainte-Anne Police Department is on customer, deciding to choose Wave instead of buying new handsets and car radios.

Wave runs on BlackBerry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone operating systems.

Terms of the acquisition were not revealed.

“Motorola Solutions is committed to continuing to provide its customers and partners with leading, best-in-class push-to-talk solutions,” Bob Schassler, Motorola Solutions’ senior vice president of government solutions, said in a statement. :We recognize that our customers have multiple communications technology options for connecting land mobile radios, wireless broadband networks and smart devices. The acquisition of Twisted Pair enables Motorola Solutions to address all of those choices and accelerate push-to-talk expansion across multiple technologies.”

There was no detail on how and when Twisted Pair’s applications will be integrated with Motorola’s.

Motorola Solutions [NYSE: MSI] makes two-way radios, bar scanners and other mobile solutions. Google bought its smart phone division in 2011 for US$12.5 billion. Motorola access points are controller are part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s new Wi-Fi subway network.

Twisted Pair said its software integrated allows text messaging, location, presence and other data on smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs and two-way radios. It solutions can be deployed on-premise or as a private managed cloud.


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