APD joins NEC family

07th Jan

Technology pioneer APD Communications has
become part of a global corporation, providing the investment to boost
innovation and product development.

Hull-based APD has been acquired by Northgate Public Services (NPS), a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global leader in information and communications technology (ICT).

APD is a leading software supplier to the emergency services, public safety and control room markets. The company provides mission-critical communications and control solutions used by more than two-thirds of UK police forces as well as major transportation hubs and airports, including Gatwick and Dubai international airports and the London Underground.

NPS is the market leader for policing IT
solutions in the UK with more than 50% of police forces currently using NPS’
crime, custody and intelligence management system, CONNECT, to manage
information on victims and crimes.

Bringing together the companies’ technologies
has the potential to bring untold benefits to the emergency services and

APD will continue to operate under its current
name and its management team and operational staff will remain in place. APD
will continue to be based in Hull and operate as a business unit within NPS’
Safety Division.

Mike Isherwood

Mike Isherwood, managing director of APD, said: “Joining the NPS team enables us to accelerate our strategic plan and achieve our ambitions.

“The synergy between our products and
customers is really exciting. Together, we will be stronger and have the
resources and capability to provide innovative, market-leading solutions that
keep our customers at the forefront of digital public safety delivery.

“Becoming part of the NEC family will provide
the investment and resources to realise our global expansion plans and enable
us to deliver a strengthened proposition of additional products and services.

“It is also really exciting for our people,
who will benefit from greater career and development opportunities from
becoming part of a global technology leader employing 100,000 people across the

Ian Blackhurst, executive director of safety and health, Northgate Public Services, said: “This acquisition is a great opportunity for us to expand our offer and will bring substantial value to customers of both APD and NPS. 

“Both companies are very excited about our
future together. Our working practices are already very similar so we will be
able to start adding value to our solutions straight away.”

The deal follows a milestone year for
APD during which the business increased turnover to £9.3m – up by 36% over two
years – and grew operating profits by almost a third. 2018 also saw APD secure the
company’s largest-ever order book, with new orders worth more than £3m across
Europe and the Middle East alone.

Founded by two academics from the University
of Hull and based at the Newland Science Park, adjacent to the campus, APD has
developed cutting-edge digital technology in the city for more than 30 years.

APD is transforming how the emergency services
interact with and protect the public through the company’s development of innovative
critical communications solutions that integrate telephony, radio and CCTV to
enable rapid and effective response.

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