3Com is buying into a wireless networking company in a bid to strengthen sales of its Palmpilot handheld computing device to the enterprise market.
3Com will invest $6 million in Aether Technologies, a US company that develops software for connecting wireless devices, such as Palmpilots, to wireless networks.
Aether's technology is currently used for gathering data in mobile environments by the financial and health care markets. Some of Aether's 10 customers already use Palmpilots, prompting 3Com to make the investment.
Most of 3Com's two million Palmpilots have been sold into the consumer market and the company is looking to expand sales into the enterprise market.
"Wireless applications are another way to get the Palmpilot into the enterprise," said Michael Dolbec, vice president for business development at 3Com in a statement.
3Com earlier this year announced a hardware partnership with Symbol Technologies to add barcode reading capabilities to the Palmpilot.
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