Hull software specialist APD has been bought by a global business

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Jan 2019

Fast-growing Hull software company APD Communications has been bought by part of a global corporation, for an undisclosed sum.

APD, which supplies control room software to emergency services and airports, has announced it has been acquired by Northgate Public Services – a wholly-owned subsidiary of global IT giant NEC.

The deal comes on the back of a strong 2018 for the business, which saw turnover increase to more than £9m, and operating profits soar by almost a third.

APD will continue to operate under its current name and management team, and staff will remain unaffected.

It is hoped the purchase will provide APD with further investment which will boost innovation and future growth.

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

APD provides mission control communications and control solutions used by more than two thirds of UK police forces. (APD)

“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.

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“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 world.”

APD is a leading software supplier to the emergency services, public safety and control room markets.

APD provides mission control communications and control solutions used by more than two thirds of UK police forces. (APD)

The company provides software used by more than two thirds of UK police forces, as well as major airports including Gatwick and Dubai International, and the London Underground.

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

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

Ian Blackhurst, executive director of safety and health at 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.”

APD will continue to be based in Hull following the acquisition.

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

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