Buyout from Chronos brings wireless in to focus - Embedded.com

Buyout from Chronos brings wireless in to focus

LONDON — Phil Rouse, former managing director of Chronos Technology, has formed a new company, Wireless Innovation, and has lead a management buyout team to buy Chronos' satellite and wireless systems division and its Wi-Fi subsidiary, KooKu.

Charles Curry, chairman of Gloucestershire-based Chronos Technology, said, “This is a very positive move for our respective clients as it will allow both organisations to focus on their core strengths and markets. In particular, Chronos will continue to focus on serving the mobile and wireline telecom operators with network synchronisation and alarm monitoring products, solutions and services as well as the RF and GPS components for electronic equipment design and OEM markets.”

Joining Rouse on the Wireless Innovation management team are Tony Martin, the former technical director at Chronos and Jeff Martin the former sales director at Chronos. Based in Churcham, Gloucestershire, the company will initially comprise of all the sales and support staff associated with the wireless division and KooKu.

Wireless Innovation will continue to provide support under the terms of the existing SSP contracts – the program will now be known as WISP (Wireless Innovation Support Program). The company will focus on providing products and services to the SCADA, telemetry, licensed and unlicensed band radio and satellite broadband markets. KooKu provides, hotspot and WiFi solutions to both the public access and enterprise markets and has provided the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in Savoy Place London with a KooKu Wi-Fi hotspot service since June 2004.

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