Siemens seeks Cycos unified messaging technology

In a move to strengthen its messaging communications software, Siemens AG has made an offer to acquire long-time partner Cycos AG, which specializes in unified messaging products for enterprises.

Siemens has bid €42 million (US$46 million) for Cycos' unified messaging technology, which Germany's largest communications equipment manufacturer hopes will boost its software development activities and sales in converged voice and data communications, it said Tuesday in a statement.

"Cycos technology is of particular relevance to our HiPath OpenScape suite of real-time IP (Internet Protocol) communication products," said a Siemens spokesman. "We have cooperated successfully with Cycos for years. Now we would like to acquire the company to speed up delivery of messaging products and services to our enterprise customers."

Cycos' unified messaging technology, called MRS (messaging routing system), allows electronic messages such as e-mail, voice-mail, fax and SMS (Short Message Service) to be sent, received and managed on different devices by bundling them on a uniform technological platform, according to the company's Web site. Users can, for instance, access their voice mail on a PC, forward voice messages as e-mail attachments or listen to e-mails on cell phones and other external phones.

Located in Alsdorf, Cycos employs around 140 people in Germany and France, with annual sales of around €15 million, according to the statement.

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