UNICOM Buys Wireless Tech Provider Firetide; Corry Hong Comments

Corry Hong
Corry Hong

UNICOM Global has bought Silicon Valley-based wireless broadband technology developer Firetide for an undisclosed cash amount as part of UNICOM’s strategy to deliver networking tools to public and private sector clients.

Firetide’s AutoMesh software works to secure voice, data and video transmissions across networks in the government, education, transportation and business sectors, UNICOM said Monday.

Corry Hong, and CEO at UNICOM Global, said the company aims to support military customers’ mobility operations as well as help local governments automate smart metering systems through Firetide’s wireless mesh platform.

UNICOM previously moved to bolster its mobile portfolio for the government market by purchasing a set of IBM-made (NYSE: IBM) app development tools that include a programming language screen generator.

UNICOM plans to incorporate Firetide’s technology offerings into the portfolios of UNICOM’s government, engineering and robotics businesses.

Firetide and UNICOM Government have also collaborated to help the city of Scottsdale, Ariz. build and implement a video surveillance network under the city’s Intelligent Transportation System project.

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