SICK Expands IIoT Capabilities Through Acquisition
SICK AG has expanded the minority holding it has held in Croatian IT company, Mobilis to 100 per cent. SICK has held a stake in the company since 2017, which now becomes a full member of the SICK Group.
Mobilisis was founded in 2005, employs 78 personnel – including product developers, application and software developers, and sales staff – and achieved annual sales of about EUR 6.1 m. in 2021. The company influences IoT strategies with its development of IT infrastructures for industrial process management, which is also the result of research into methods for mobile data capture and transmission it has done.
After announcing the acquisition, SICK said it focuses on innovations involving “software-based sensor solutions within the context of Industry 4.0 and the associated digital transformation”. The purchase of Mobilis, therefore, seeks to enhance SICK’s competencies in the wireless networking of industrial IoT devices. This builds on a portfolio that already features sensor-based cloud and edge solutions.
Goran Kanižaj, Managing Director of Mobilisis, said, “We have been driving forward our innovations involving Industry 4.0, IoT and mobility since our founding. Whereby our personnel play a decisive role, we employ experienced specialists whose individual distinctions enhance our teams.
“Our strategic partnership with SICK AG since 2017 has also accelerated our growth and enhanced our reputation on the market. We are very proud about the merger, and about becoming a valuable member of the SICK Group. We are sure that we will be able to achieve even greater success together”.
In recent years, Mobilis has expanded its core business with intelligent transport systems, fleet management and the corresponding cloud applications, and fulfilled the role of distributor and system integrator for SICK in Croatia. Going forward, an initial milestone is to expand the portfolio of digital localization solutions within and between companies in the context of Industry 4.0 – beyond stationary conveyor systems and applications on the shopfloor.
“Together with the experienced colleagues at Mobilis, we will more quickly be able to offer application-specific digital sensor system solutions and services”, said Dr Niels Syassen, Executive Board member at SICK AG. “We have already developed the first sensor solutions with MOBILISIS, closing the gap between the sensors and IT”.
You can find more information about SICK and the acquisition of Mobilis on its website.
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