Toronto-based Fixmo has been signing a lot of contracts with the U.S. government lately, facilitating deployment of BlackBerry, Samsung, Knox and Apple mobile devices while adhering to the security standards demanded by the Department of Defense and Air Force.
Last Thursday, the company announced the acquisition of Perlego Systems, a mobile device software developer based in Issaquah, Washington that specializes in carrier-grade data transfer, device location and security services, which complements the security-minded approach Fixmo has already been offering to government and corporate clients.
Among other features, users will be able to locate a lost or stolen phone on a map, lock the phone remotely and, if necessary, wipe it clean. Or if it’s merely lost and possibly nearby, a phone can be made to emit an alert. Data transfer and remote access using the company’s Savelt! backup and transfer system architecture is designed to work with any carrier or device platform.
Fixmo is betting that consumers, especially in the wake of the NSA Prism scandal, will demand BlackBerry-like encryption on non-BlackBerry devices. The company, it seems, has more than a passing idea of how to do this, with much of its top talent having served under RIM co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.
Fixmo’s Chief MRM Architect, Jonas Gyllensvaan, founded Conceivieum Business Solutions, Inc., which specialized in the development and marketing of BlackBerry mobile platform management solutions, before moving to Fixmo. And Fixmo’s Chief Marketing Officer, Tyler Lessard, was once Vice President of BlackBerry Global Alliances and Developer Relations at RIM, again specializing in nurturing the BlackBerry ecosystem by launching BlackBerry App World. Lee Cocking, Fixmo’s VP of Corporate Strategy, spent a decade working at RIM where he managed core components of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.
The company has attracted an A-list roster of investors includes Kleiner Perkins, Paladin Capital, Horizons Ventures, RHO Canada, and iNovia.
Fixmo will leave the Perlego staff and office in place at its current location but will rebrand it as Fixmo CS (carrier services) and essentially roll out the type of services Perlego had been providing to consumer carrier systems.
“We are thrilled to announce that Perlego has become a part of Fixmo and will power our new Carrier Services division,” said Rick Segal, Fixmo CEO. “Fixmo CS’s solutions will be an asset to consumers looking to protect their personal data and securely transfer it with them as they upgrade devices or replace a lost or stolen smartphone. It will also be an asset to our channel partner ecosystem as it affords a new value-added service to offer directly to consumers at the point of sale.”