ABB will acquire Tropos Networks Inc., expanding its communications systems offering for customers in the power, transportation, mining and public infrastructure sectors.
ABB is a telecommunications equipment manufacturer with a presence in most communications technology areas that impact energy and manufacturing industries, including multiplexing, teleprotection, local area network switches, power line carrier equipment, microwave systems and voice communications. Its wide-ranging product offerings have played a key role in its success in energy telecommunications. ABB engineering skill sets and capabilities can be found in radio, microwave, telephony, fiber, BPL and PLC technologies.
Tropos Networks, a 12 year-old privately-held Silicon Valley firm, has grown from start-up status to a leader and an international market participant in the growing market for wireless mesh technology to support smart grid initiatives (especially for advanced metering infrastructure, and to some extent for distribution automation) and has a leading position in the provision of municipal/metro area broadband services. The company has shipped some 60,000 routers to more than 850 customers in 50-plus countries to date.
Through this acquisition, in addition to gaining wireless mesh products, the synergistic benefits accruing to ABB also include the small but strong engineering and support services staff of Tropos Networks, which now will be able to tackle assignments yet to be won by ABB that are further afield from its North American roots. This service capability supplements the company's highly touted line of wireless mesh equipment.