Motorola's AirDefense Acquisition Complete

By Naomi Graychase

September 30, 2008

Motorola today announced the completion of its acquisition of AirDefense, a leading WLAN security provider.

Motorola today announced the completion of its acquisition of AirDefense, a leading WLAN security provider.

The acquisition was first announced July 28th when Motorola signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held AirDefense, which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola integrated into Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility business.

AirDefense is known for its patented WIPS technology, which is utilized by Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations, and high-security government agencies.

“The acquisition of AirDefense by Motorola was the logical next step to a very successful three-year OEM partnership,” said Kathy Paladino, president of Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility business in a press release today. “Together with AirDefense, Motorola will secure enterprise networks with a common platform solution providing superior indoor and outdoor wireless protection for users operating in a variety of settings including corporate headquarters, manufacturing and distribution plants, and remote branch offices.”

AirDefense’s assets fit well with Motorola’s focus on RF management planning and diagnostic tools for WLAN and outdoor wireless broadband networks. [Click here for our extensive review of the Motorola RF Management Suite.]

“We are excited to unite our people, processes, and technology with Motorola to ensure secure wireless mobility today and in the future as customers migrate to 802.11n, mesh networking and fixed-mobile convergence,” said Mike Potts, former chief executive officer of AirDefense in a Motorola press release today. “The AirDefense solution has already been successfully delivered, installed, and validated with over 800 leading enterprises worldwide, including numerous direct Motorola customers. The Motorola-AirDefense platform will continue to exceed the global needs of the WIPS market allowing our customers to enjoy comprehensive wireless security regardless of their WLAN infrastructure.”

Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-Fi Planet. She is based in Western Massachusetts.



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