EMS Technologies Inc., for which Honeywell paid approximately $491 million in August, is known for its mobile networking, rugged mobile computers and satellite communications. Meanwhile, its EMS Aviation subdivision is well-known for its terminals, antennas, in-cabin network devices, rugged data storage and surveillance applications predominantly for use on aircraft.

The purchase enhances Honeywell's existing capabilities in rugged mobile computing technologies within its Automation and Control Solutions business and satcom offerings within its aerospace lines. EMS's Global Resource Management division provides mobile computing products and services for use in transportation, logistics and workforce management settings as well as secure satellite-based asset tracking and messaging technology for search and rescue, warehousing and field force automation environments. This looks to be a promising combination.

EMS Aviation says it soon will introduce the first passenger handset for business aviation based on the Android mobile operating system.