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The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Sequim has purchased the assets and personnel of Mobilisa Wireless from Intellicheck Mobilisa Inc. of Port Townsend. The deal closed Aug. 31.
The new stand-alone company, called Mobilisa Enterprise Wireless, is now a Jamestown Networks (JNet) affiliate managed by the tribe’s Economic Development Authority.
The addition of Mobilisa Enterprise Wireless brings wireless telecommunications design, installation and monitoring solutions to the tribe’s business portfolio, according to a press release from Jamestown.
Mobilisa's recent wireless projects include the Jefferson County PUD data system; the design and installation of the British Columbia Ferries system, and the design and installation of the Makah high speed broadband delivery system.
JNet, opened by the tribe in August 2013, buys wholesale broadband capacity from NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network), Washington state’s nonprofit broadband provider, and resells it on a government-to-government basis to “anchor institutions” including cities, counties, law enforcement agencies, fire protection districts, public utility districts, hospitals, first responders, schools, ports, libraries and community centers.
“The staff expertise at Mobilisa will allow us to pursue additional services like Internal Network Management for our school district customers, as well as other public and private entities,” said Douglas Sellon, executive director of the Tribe’s Economic Development Authority.
JNet and Intellicheck/Mobilisa have worked together over the past two years to provide high speed broadband to rural areas, including the Makah Reservation. Combining the components allows the tribe to diversify its broadband business, to complement its Internet Service Provider (ISP) business, and to offer a more complete package of broadband and wireless services to clients, according to a press release.
As with all tribal businesses, the addition of a new company provides additional profits to reinvest to provide services, including healthcare, housing, education, and other social services, to the tribal community.
The Mobilisa Wireless team is to remain on staff: Director John Krouse; chief engineer Justin Stout; wireless network engineer Matthew Lawson; and network engineer Adam Morris.
The new contact information for Mobilisa Enterprise Wireless is 360-683-2025. Physical address is 257 Business Park Loop, Sequim, WA 98382
Individual staff cell phone numbers remain unchanged.
Nelson Ludlow and Bonnie Ludlow of Port Ludlow, Washington, started Mobilisa in 2001. It became a publicly traded company in 2008 upon a merger with Intellicheck. The Ludlows retired in September 2014 and Dr. William Roof, a Sequim resident, became company CEO.
Intellicheck Mobilisa is a technology company, developing and marketing wireless technology and identity systems for various applications, including mobile and handheld wireless devices for the government, military and commercial sectors.
Intellicheck Mobilisa has described its enterprise wireless team as specializing in the engineering, design, production and deployment of advanced wireless technology that included high-speed wireless communications for Washington State Ferries, the Department of Defense and NASA.
"The sale of our wireless assets reflects Intellicheck’s continued focus on innovation within our core identity authentication business and is in line with our business model of pursuing recurring high margin revenues and seeking extraordinary growth opportunities," said Roof in a press release dated Sept. 2. "The sale of these assets allows us to further focus on delivering increasing value on identity authentication solutions where we see growing traction of our scalable SaaS platform provisioned on mobile devices being adopted in key markets such as law enforcement, retail and defense."
Roof noted that the company has recapitalized and is properly positioned to aggressively pursue opportunities that would build further on the gains reported in second quarter 2015 financial results. "Intellicheck is realizing the opportunity to be world class in this rapidly emerging market, which combines identity authentication with vertical domain expertise," Roof said in a press release. "We are focused on opportunities that will allow us to make steady gains in performance and increase value for our shareholders."