IDIS, available locally from national electronic security distributor, Hills, has bought a controlling stake in FR solutions provider KT Powertel, which makes push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) communications solutions, and safety and security systems encompassing a range of IoT devices.

KT Powertel developed one the world’s first blind spot-free LTE radio services, Power Talk, and PoC communications solutions. PoC radios support advanced functions including instant group calling, messaging, GPS location tracking and emergency notifications. This, combined with LTE cellular networks, provides the bandwidth necessary for advanced video and data applications.

KT Powertel’s depth of expertise in communications technology aligns well with IDIS’s focus on video surveillance and analytics solutions operated through a choice of video management systems and controlled via authorized access to client software or mobile applications.

The acquisition will strengthen IDIS’s position in key markets including critical infrastructure applications, and both government and commercial sectors, according to the announcement. The move will also boost IDIS’s R&D capabilities in crucial growth areas including IoT.

“As we look forward, video solutions will need to be increasingly convenient for customers to use on the move, and they’ll need to be more flexible to install and extend with IoT and wireless technology,” IDIS said in its announcement.

“IDIS’s acquisition of KT Powertel will extend its expertise as it develops leading-edge solutions to increase security and safety in a range of applications.”