Mobile Tornado, the company that can turn mobile phones into walkie-talkies, has signed an exclusive partnership with Israeli telecoms firm Alvarion Technologies.
The Harrogate-based firm, which helps companies save money on phone bills and gives them immediate access to their entire workforce, will integrate its instant communication services into Alvarion’s WiFi platform.
Alvarion supplies wireless broadband networks that enable Government agencies to improve efficiency and become more responsive. It also eliminates the need for expensive leased fixed line broadband.
Mobile Tornado said the partnership will enable instant communication services, VOIP, video and data between municipal offices, emergency services and schools.
It will also lead to flexible deployment of video surveillance equipment in public spaces, secure areas and schools.
Jeremy Fenn, CEO of Mobile Tornado, said: “As the telecommunications market develops, we believe WiFi will play an ever increasing role within it, particularly in respect of the development of ‘smart cities‘.
“This is an area that we have identified as a key growth opportunity, given the Homeland Security components of any ‘smart city’ deployment.”
Smart cities link the electricity grid, water supply, roads, buildings and cars to the network, creating a smooth running city that isn’t beset by traffic jams, burst water pipes and power cuts. Mr Fenn was speaking as the group announced an underlying loss of £1m in the six months to June 30 following investment in the business.
Subscriber numbers increased 55 per cent to 45,000.