Planet Communication, specialists in providing Data Acquisition and IT solutions for business, announced in late 2009 that it had signed a partnership agreement with Belgravium, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computing devices. Planet agreed to offer Belgravium products as a platform for its mobile computing software within the Italian market.
At the time of the agreement Planet’s operations embraced a wide spectrum of business activities including bespoke software design, hardware procurement and installation and general consultancy on a range of business issues including marketing, HR, Finance, Health & Safety etc. However, in order to fully exploit the business potential of the new partnership, Planet formed a new operating division ‘MacroSpazio’ that was centred on computing hardware and software. A web site was established at http://www.macrospazio.it/ which provided further details on the range of software and hardware available.
In the interim period, MacroSpazio software engineers have worked to produce a suite of new software applications that has enabled the Belgravium-MacroSpazio partnership to enter additional vertical markets. The new packages include ;
Idea-Misu : a comprehensive package for meter reading applications ( gas, water, electricity etc.)
Idea-Barc : a stock control package that handles deliveries, stock movements and invoicing
Idea-Mail : a software utility for managing an organisation’s electronic mail. The package has advanced searching and protection features as well as OCR support and archiving facilities.
Idea-Post : a sophisticated package for courier & postal services that includes on-screen signature capture, matched with GPS co-ordinate data.
Idea-Cesp : an inventory / asset tracking system. Users are provided with access to the source code, allowing for easy system modification.
All of the MacroSpazio packages are fully compatible with the Belgravium range of mobile computing hardware, including the ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Boston’ Windows CE devices and the H19 Windows Mobile unit.
Pietro Ricca, Executive Manager of Planet Communication, commented on the on-going success of the partnership "The past five years has seen Planet grow steadily and sensibly. Our strategic aim was to become the leading business consultancy and provider of computing solutions to a variety of sectors in the Italian market. We think we’ve already made considerable progress towards that aim and the addition of the new software offerings should help still further. The quality of the Belgravium hardware, when combined with our own exceptional consultancy and integration skills, represents a powerful overall data capture solution. This has enabled us to acquire a solid customer base, including STI and 9REN, during the first year of the partnership."