Aareon AG acquires 1st Touch

Wed 14th November 2012

1st Touch Limited, the UK’s leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing and public sectors has been acquired by Aareon AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aareal Bank AG and the leading consultancy and IT systems house for the European property sector.

1st Touch, a Windows Embedded Technology Gold Partner and ISV Gold Partner with Microsoft, is based on the Southampton Science Park, and has enabled dozens of field workforce-based organisations to embrace new mobile technologies, achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources.

1st Touch has a clear focus on the Social Housing and Local Government markets. 1st Touch Mobile solutions allow users to input, record and receive information via mobile devices such as Rugged or Semi-Rugged devices, PDAs, Windows devices, Android devices, iPads and iPhones, increasing efficiency and productivity for field-based workers. Many social housing providers and local authorities, now benefit from the fast, tangible, best of breed benefits that 1st Touch mobile technology delivers to the enterprise.

To date, over 50% of the social housing market which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In local government, 1st Touch has already been adopted for a wide range of mobile workforce uses. Ready to use applications for local authority organisations include: Public Buildings, Highways/Street Services, Environmental/Waste Management, Revenues and Benefits, together with Planning Control and Trading Standards. The acquisition of 1st Touch reflects Aareon’s belief in the significant opportunities presented by mobile technology in the property sector across Europe and is complementary to the Group’s other software investments in the sector.

Commenting on the news, Dr. Manfred Alflen, CEO of Aareon, AG said; “1st Touch is the recognised market leader for the supply of mobile technology to the UK social housing and public sectors. Clearly with the rapid growth of demand for this kind of mobile solution, across Europe, the opportunities are enormous. Together we aim to capitalise on these.

“Following the acquisition, 1st Touch will continue to provide mobile solutions across multiple back office and ERP Housing systems and will become an essential element of our technology strategy in the UK and the rest of Europe. It is this independence which makes this such a good acquisition for Aareon AG and with the backing that the group can offer, we are confident that 1st Touch will continue to grow significantly.”

Robert Dent; CEO of 1st Touch echoed Dr. Alflen’s comments adding, “This is excellent news for both 1st Touch employees and also for our customers. We look forward to witnessing the first fruits of this very compatible union and taking full advantage of the opportunities now available to us.”