ABB has agreed to acquire Tropos Networks Inc. The acquisition will expand ABB’s communications systems offering for customers in the power, transportation, mining and public infrastructure sectors.
Based in Sunnyvale, California, Tropos employs 55 people. The company’s wireless IP (Internet Protocol) broadband solutions focus on reliability, security and scalability, key characteristics for essential services in smart grid and other outdoor industrial applications. The Tropos portfolio extends ABB’s existing offering of communications solutions for the power distribution sector.
As power grids and other critical infrastructure become increasingly reliant on automation, demand for cost-effective, reliable and secure communication solutions is growing. Communications play a critical role in realizing the efficiency improvements that can be achieved by automation and improved resource allocation.
ABB’s suite of communication solutions provides a strong foundation for mission-critical networks and is a key enabler for smarter grids. Solutions for fixed-wire, narrowband, broadband and wireless connections play an important role in ensuring the reliability of modern power systems.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.