Qualcomm Acquires Sylectus

Feb. 14, 2011
Acquisition aims to expand smaller transportation fleets' access to advanced logistics applications and services

Qualcomm Inc., a provider of integrated wireless systems, services and applications to transportation and logistics companies, through its subsidiary Qualcomm Canada Inc. has acquired the holding company of GPSNet Technologies Inc. which operates Sylectus, a provider of advanced fleet management software for smaller transportation companies. Qualcomm intends to continue to operate the business in the U.S. and Canada under the name Sylectus. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, Qualcomm hopes to simplify the process of adopting advanced fleet management services for smaller fleets, allowing them to meet the increasingly rigorous safety and compliance standards and also leverage many of the additional benefits commonly available in the transportation industry.

“Qualcomm believes that smaller fleets have unique challenges and needs as the industry evolves with the recent regulatory changes and other pressures impacting all commercial fleets,” notes John Sarto, senior vice president of business and product development for Qualcomm Enterprise Services. “With this acquisition, we believe we can help Sylectus expand its capacity to deliver cost effective, valuable applications through Software-as-a-Service, to smaller fleets.”

Since 2001, Qualcomm and Sylectus have collaborated to integrate data and information from Qualcomm’s mobile information and computing platforms to Sylectus’ dispatch software. The two companies most recently completed the integration of Qualcomm Hours of Service to Sylectus’ dispatch software.

Sylectus will operate as a stand-alone business unit within Qualcomm Enterprise Services, and it will continue to develop and deliver advanced fleet management software for smaller transportation companies. Stuart Sutton, CEO of Sylectus, will continue to serve as the head of Sylectus and the business unit will remain in Ontario, Canada.

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