Mobile supplier Tadpole Technologies has bought UK company Systems Synthesis (SSL), a Java company that supplies thin client solutions to large public utilities.
Terms were not disclosed, but according to Tadpole, the deal will give it access to SSL?s Cartesia geographic information software, which is already used by electricity companies Scottish Power, Manweb and Norweb. Tadpole also said it has just won a mobile Java systems contract from Bristol Water.
Tadpole has made the acquisition to help position itself as a supplier of mobile Java solutions. Utilities, the company claims, prefer a three tier approach to applications, with thin clients, to conventional solutions using portable PCs.
SSL?s Cartesia, is specially designed for thin client machines to support GIS systems.
Said Bernard Hulme, chief executive of Cambridge-based Tadpole: ?Utilities around the world are faced with a complex business environment where cost reductions must be achieved simultaneously with increases in service level targets.?
Hulme claims that utilities? traditional IT systems lack enterprise-wide integration and that Java and Corba object technologies will help them achieve that integration. Cartesia, for example, works with any Java Virtual Machine, network computers, Unix and Windows, he added.
Last month, Tadpole received an injection of several million pounds from an unnamed investor, prompting its share price to rise on the UK stock exchange.
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