Motorola Backs Apprion

Apprion, a Moffett Field, Calif.-based provider of application network systems designed for the process manufacturing industry, has raised around $4 million in new funding from Motorola Ventures. It had previously raised $19.5 million over two rounds from Anvil Investment Associates, CTTV Investments, Advanced Technology Ventures and Allegis Capital. 

 

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Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), through Motorola Ventures, its strategic venture capital arm, today announced an investment in Apprion, Inc., a market leader in open industrial wireless networks and applications. With the Motorola Ventures investment, Apprion has raised over $23.5M.

 

Apprion delivers advanced wireless products, applications and services for industrial plants. Apprion's ION System enables industrial facilities to cost-effectively deploy and manage multiple wireless applications as one unified, integrated system. The ION System consists of the Apprion IONosphere and IONizers. The IONosphere is an on-site controller that manages data services, workflow, security, monitoring and maintenance, and 3rd party application integration across wireless plant networks. Apprion's IONizer is the process industry's first industrial-grade, multi-RF, wireless network appliance. IONizers are designed to cost-effectively integrate and secure previously standalone wireless-enabled applications, such as VoIP and condition monitoring.

 

“Over the last decade wireless technologies have radically changed how we live. Over the next decade, we expect to see wireless technologies transform manufacturing by the same magnitude,” said John O'Donohue, managing director of Motorola Ventures. “Apprion delivers the right combination of technology, products, and industrial experience to uniquely address the wireless challenges of industrial customers. Both their growth trajectory and excellent track record demonstrate that the company is a driving force in industrial wireless solutions.”

 

“We are delighted to be entering into a strategic relationship with Motorola,” said Mike Bradley, Sr., CEO and president of Apprion. “Motorola is the industry standard in providing wireless solutions to manufacturing. Together, Motorola and Apprion will be able to forge a path for the next generation of integrated wireless networks and applications that will unlock plant performance while delivering enhanced safety and security.”

 

Motorola Ventures completes the Company's existing Series B round led by Anvil Investment Associates LP. Strategic investor, CTTV Investments LLC, the venture capital arm of Chevron Technology Ventures and Series A investors Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV) and Allegis Capital also participated in Series B.

 

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks — along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.Motorola.com.

 

About Apprion

Industrial Wireless is our world. Apprion is dedicated to providing industrial facilities with the most reliable and secure wireless networks, applications, and services available. Apprion's ION System is an open, standards-based wireless infrastructure that allows plants to drive performance and lower operational costs with industrial-grade security, reliability, and scalability. Apprion's mission is to make sure that your plant's wireless is on…always on…guaranteed.