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Masternaut Three X's French partner acquired by Aéroports de Paris

Aéroports de Paris
From left to right - Serge Deleau of Masternaut France with Masternaut founder Christophe de Pescara and Martin Port, Managing Director of Masternaut Three X
26 March, 2009

Leeds, UK, 25 March 2009 – Masternaut in France has been purchased by Aéroports de Paris’ specialist telecom division Hub télécom. The £multi-million deal will enable Hub télécom to develop and provide fully integrated telecommunications and mobile resource management solutions for France’s transport, freight and logistics market. In the UK, Masternaut solutions are sold through an independent business partner: Masternaut Three X.

This acquisition opens a new chapter in the evolution of Masternaut worldwide, while retaining a strong relationship with Sanef - Europe’s leading toll road technology and infrastructure organisation, who originally purchased Masternaut in July 2004. Under the new ownership, Masternaut will continue to work with Sanef and is currently engaged in a large number of major government-backed initiatives for road tolling projects in the UK and across Europe. Masternaut Three X is a 30 per cent share holder within Sanef’s road toll business in the UK.

Martin Port, Managing Director of Masternaut Three X in the UK, says that the acquisition of Masternaut in France brings huge opportunities in transport, logistics and RFID, together with significant growth potential for services.

“As the UK’s and Ireland’s representative of Masternaut, we have an exceptional working relationship with the new management. We look forward to growing the brand further and spreading the Masternaut name worldwide. Within Masternaut we now have vital capabilities spanning real-time vehicle and mobile resource tracking, mobile computing solutions, wireless telecommunications and Microsoft Dynamics. This puts us in the lead position within the mobile resource management market and will allow us to develop more groundbreaking solutions that deliver real value to our customers,” said Port.

“This agreement is a great opportunity for masternaut, which is set to benefit from the Hub télécom marketing network to strengthen its development strategy, as well as its presence on the French and European markets”, declared Serge Deleau, General Manager of masternaut.

“The acquisition of masternaut marks a major step in our development strategy”, declared Jean Verdier, President and CEO of Hub télécom. “The synergies resulting from this integration will enable us to strengthen our position as the leading business operator of the transport sector”.

Masternaut is Europe’s leading telematics and vehicle tracking solutions provider (Berg Insight AB, 2008 market report). Masternaut is represented in 14 countries and the brand is growing rapidly in response to companies seeking ways to reduce vehicle usage costs and reduce environmental impact by implementing its innovative web-based vehicle/mobile resource tracking services. Masternaut has sold over 100,000 telematics units across Europe, with more than 50,000 of these fitted to vehicles in the UK.

Editors notes:

About Aéroports de Paris

Aéroports de Paris builds, develops and manages airports including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. Aéroports de Paris is Europe's second-largest airport group in terms of airport revenue and the European leader for freight and mail. Aéroports de Paris accommodates nearly 460 airlines, including the main companies in the air transport industry. With an exceptional geographic location and a major catchment area, the Group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernizing its terminal facilities and upgrading quality of services, and also intends to develop its retail and real estate business. In 2008, Aéroports de Paris had revenues of €2,527 million, and the Group handled 87.1 million passengers. The organisation’s market capitalisation exceeds €4 billion.

About Hub télécom:

Benefiting from its expertise in telecommunications on airport platforms, Hub télécom, a subsidiary of the Aéroports de Paris Group, is the specialized telecom operator for airports, ports and logistics centres both in France and abroad. Its expertise and added value combine to make it both a telecommunications operator and a communication application solution integrator for transport and logistics. Hub télécom provides telecommunication services to over 1,350 companies in Paris airports, as well as in regional airports and exhibition centers, with 150,000 users every day.
Through its subsidiary Hub télécom région, specialized in business mobility solutions, Hub télécom has established its position as a leading telecom player in the Transport, Freight and Logistics sector and has strengthened its national presence through a network of agencies that offer increased proximity to the domestic customer base.

About Masternaut Three X:

Masternaut Three X provides end-to-end solutions for businesses on the move, including vehicle tracking, mobile workforce applications and Microsoft Dynamics business management software. The company’s unique GreenerFleet solution enables fleet operators to drive down their environmental impact, reducing emissions and slashing fuel costs. In addition, Masternaut Three X provides innovative solutions to support Duty of Care initiatives. Masternaut Three X is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Managing Director Martin Port was recently named as the Ernst & Young 2008 Entrepreneur of the year for Technology and Communications. The company has also won a place in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for two years in a row: 2007 and 2008, highlighting that it is among the fastest growing technology firms in the UK.


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