Product Development and Product Deliveries
EB continued its R&D investments in Continuing Operations in products and product platforms targeted for the defense and public safety markets.
During the first quarter, EB launched its Tough VoIP phone for industrial use. The product is suitable for demanding environments like manufacturing, construction, power plants, mining sites, and transportation.
EB also broadened its Android-based product platform (EB Specialized Device Platform) with three new platform variants: smartphone, tablet and LTE connectivity module. By leveraging latest mass-market mobile device hardware and software technologies, the new form factors enable specialized markets such as public safety, defense and industrial to roll-out customizedproducts that meet industry-specific functional or performance requirements faster and with lower development risks and costs.
In April, EB signed a contract with the Finnish Defence Forces for deliveries of the EB Tactical Wireless IP Network communication system. The product delivery contained tactical routers and radio head units for the land force´s communication needs. This contract was a continuation to the EB´s Tactical Wireless IP Network development and pilot delivery contract signed in September 2011. The value of the purchase was EUR 7.0 million (excl. VAT). The deliveries are to be finalized by the end of March 2014.
In September, EB presented its product portfolio targeted to defense market at DSEI 2013 in England and demonstrated its EB Tactical Wireless IP Network system forming a wireless high data rate network connection.In the last quarter EB started the product deliveries of the tactical communication system to Finnish Defence Forces and delivered a batch of special terminal products to one customer for the authority use.