UK: Panasonic Europe has acquired transport telecoms integrator Alan Dick Communications, including the IPS, AIB, and Rail Order brands. ADComms will form a stand-alone business within the Panasonic Business division.

Panasonic said the deal announced on June 20 would provide it with an opportunity to expand into the ‘rapidly growing’ rail and metro market. ‘We already provide a range of technologies and services specific to the aviation and automotive industries, rail is our next strategic key vertical’, said Tony O’Brien, Managing Director of the System Solutions division within Panasonic Business. ‘Following our review of the UK market it became clear that the ADComms business and its management team have developed a fantastic reputation within the sector, with quality delivery and solid engineering innovation.’

Last year Panasonic worked with ADComms to provide a trackside trespass warning system which uses a combination of Panasonic security cameras and analytics software to alert the operator to people leaving the platform.