Sypes Canyon Communications will become part of Geoforce, adding new products, expertise and intellectual property to Geoforce’s portfolio of award-winning products and services for the oil and gas industry and accelerating growth into related new markets.
–Geoforce, Inc. (www.geoforce.com ), the largest provider of GPS asset tracking solutions for the oil and gas industry, announced today that it has acquired Sypes Canyon Communications, Inc. (SCC) – an innovative leader in the design and manufacture of satellite machine-to- machine (M2M) and telemetry products for government and commercial clients.
The transaction was effective September 1, 2012 and has resulted in all operations of Sypes being absorbed into Geoforce and remaining in Bozeman, Montana. Terms of the transaction included cash and equity in Geoforce, Inc. for Sypes’ shareholders.
Sypes Canyon has been partnering with Geoforce to design and build Geoforce’s new GT1 Satellite Tracker, the first IECEx globally certified, rugged GPS asset tracking device designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. Geoforce’s GT1, to be commercially available in Q4 2012, is expected to revolutionize the way companies in the oilfield manage their assets. In addition, Sypes is the developer of the ZEMO and MYTE satellite transmitters. The MYTE is the smallest commercial satellite transmitter ever built and will unlock new GPS tracking and machine-to-machine (M2M) opportunities in both the private and public sectors – starting with the GT1.
“During the past 18 months, as we’ve worked with the team from Sypes, we’ve gotten to know, like, respect and trust them,” said James MacLean, III, President and CEO of Geoforce. “During this period, it became increasingly clear there were many benefits to combining. We expect this deal to help Geoforce continue to fuel its growth that has seen us double in size every year since we were founded.”
“As long time industry veterans, we know when we see a winner,” said Scott Rosenzweig, President of Sypes Canyon Communications, who will become Vice President of Business Development at Geoforce. “Geoforce has a culture that emphasizes innovation and customer focus – all the while maintaining an open and enjoyable working atmosphere. We wanted to be part of that team and its continuing and inevitable success.”
“This deal makes sense for us on multiple fronts,” said Vincent Hsieh, CFO of Geoforce. “We’re bringing on board some of the best talent in the industry. We get some new and valuable intellectual property. We gain total control of the hardware development side of our business – much as we brought our software development in house several years ago, which has paid off enormously. We get access to expanded markets outside of Oil & Gas. And financially this is a win-win for both sides.”
“From a technology standpoint, the deal is a perfect fit that blends our expertise in the design and manufacture of enabling core technology with Geoforce’s potent cloud based software platform and total service delivery,” said Gary Naden, co-founder and CTO of Sypes Canyon, who will become Chief Technology Officer at Geoforce. “Oil & Gas customers now have even more reason to rely on Geoforce, and we look forward to opening new markets for Geoforce products and services.”
For additional detail and commentary about the transaction, please see the Geoforce blog.
About Geoforce, Inc.
Geoforce employs various wireless technologies: satellite and cellular-based GPS tags, RFID systems and a powerful Cloud based software platform and enterprise grade web services to track oil and gas assets around the world. Geoforce’s intuitive, reliable and scalable technology, developed through extensive oil and gas industry experience, provides customers with on-demand access to unique operational insight. With the largest satellite asset tracking deployment in the oilfield, Geoforce is proven to increase efficiency, transparency and profits. Geoforce is headquartered just minutes from Dallas/Ft. Worth international airport.
About Sypes Canyon Communications, Inc.
SCC specializes in developing and delivering core enabling technology through the design, manufacture and deployment of small, low cost, highly reliable and ultra-rugged radio (satellite and cellular) telemetry products for government and commercial clients. SCC’s wireless, packet data, M2M know-how encompasses the full range of manufacturing and operational VAR requirements, from component level engineering and design to endpoint device manufacturing and field related services.
Combining a cloud-based software platform with ruggedized GPS tracking devices, Geoforce’s Track and Trace solutions bring control to even the most remote field operations. Our asset tracking devices are built for the world’s toughest field operators in these industries: oil and gas, rail, construction, mining, transportation, government/defense, and agriculture. Today more than 1,300 customers track 150,000+ assets in almost 100 countries. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Geoforce operates a research and development office in Bozeman, Montana. Sales and support offices are maintained throughout the U.S. and in Brazil, Australia, and Canada.