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Aether acquires greater access to public sector

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Aether Systems Inc., the Owings Mills-based wireless technology company, yesterday expanded its reach toward government business with the acquisition of a fire and emergency medical software company.

Aether announced that it paid $10.8 million in cash for Sunpro, a Zillah, Wash.-based software company used by more than 2,000 fire service companies.

Earlier this month, Aether acquired Cerulean Technology Inc., which is based in Marlborough, Mass., and is used by 700 public services agencies. The two acquisitions will give Aether a larger presence in the public safety and so- called mobile government markets, which include public works, municipal services, health, courts and utilities.

That means public employees who use the services will have better access to information and communications capabilities, even from the field, Aether and Sunpro executives said.

"This acquisition continues Aether's strategy to establish a leadership position in the vertical market we have identified as mobile government," said Aether chairman and chief executive, David S. Oros. "We look forward to successful integration of Sunpro's leading technology and products with those offered by Cerulean Technology."

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