Mobile applications developer MobiData has acquired local software development business, TSG, in order to grow its library of development tools for a variety of mobile operating systems.
The deal, which includes TSG's software development resources and associated Intellectual Property, is worth $500,000 in cash and shares.
"TSG brings substantial IP around the various applications and especially around the MobiServices Hub (MSH) platform," said MobiData Group managing director, Richard Carey.
The MSH platform is a launching pad that enables channel partners to deliver multiple applications and content from a single platform, cutting costs and speeding deployment time.
It manages billing, device management, user management, OTA configuration via SMS and MMS, application and content deployment, security and encryption, queuing and workflow.
With the acquisition of TPG's nine developers, there are now 16 developers at MobiData.
"We intend to hire more developers, analysts and project managers in the coming months," Carey said.
MobiData's R&D work at the handset level is carried out locally from its Software Engineering Centre in Brisbane.
"We think this is strategically important and a critical part of our core competency," Carey said. "We have considered outsourcing some of the Vanilla Server work but have not done so yet."
Developers work in J2ME and J2EE environments and work with C++, PHP, databasing, and SOAP inter alia. Mobile handset application code is developed using J2ME, Symbian 60 and UIQ, Windows Mobile Edition and Smartphone.
BREW and Palm platforms would probably also be developed later this year, he said.
The acquisition coincides with MobiData signing nine new channel partners in Europe, South-East Asia, the US and Australia.
"We are fully confident of these relationships and expect [more details] to be released within the next six weeks," Carey said.