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Saragossa (SPAIN), June 2022: Libelium has acquired Murcia-based, HOP UBIQUITOUS SL (HOPU), a company dedicated to environmental, meteorological and noise monitoring solutions for Smart Cities. The news is part of a growth plan that Libelium has initiated following Axon Partners’ establishment as shareholders, and is another step in the company’s strategy to lead the IoT market with a focus on three major verticals: Smart Cities, Sustainability and Agrifood. The company now has over 80 highly qualified experts globally.

HOPU has worked with more than 100 cities and customers and has more than 700 devices deployed across Spain and Europe. The company is highly competitive in its sector, which has positioned it as a valuable collaborator for large partners such as Telefónica, Suez, SICE, Abertis, Cibernos, Signify (Philips), NUNSYS and Televés, amongst many others. The company enriches Libelium’s technological portfolio and know-how in the Smart Cities & Infrastructure and Sustainability families.

HOPU has experienced significant growth in recent years. Libelium was not the only investment offer that the company from Murcia had on the table, but the shared values, the outstanding positioning of Libelium in the national and international IoT market and its ambitious corporate structure, with an eye on the future IPO, were persuasive benefits to opt for this collaboration.

Alicia Asín, CEO of Libelium, comments that “Libelium formalizes a great alliance through the acquisition of the Murcian company HOPU and reaches a new business milestone in its growth plan. I absolutely identify with HOPU as a company, its leadership style, its organization, its drive and its focus on product and service quality”.

Antonio J. Jara, General Manager of the Smart Cities Business Unit, indicates that “beyond the fact that Libelium is a benchmark and the high compatability of both companies, we seek to strengthen a highly segmented market, generate value from Spain and join a business project for growth hand in hand with AXON Partners”.

With this acquisition, Libelium becomes stronger and Alicia Asín will continue to be its CEO. The group will now have three locations, two in Zaragoza (headquarters in the World Trade Center Building and the logistics warehouse on Calle Gutenberg) and one in Ceutí, Murcia. For commercial purposes, the Smart Cities Business Unit will be headed by Antonio J. Jara, former CEO of HOPU. This structure lays the organizational foundations for integrating future acquisitions. Employees from the different Libelium offices in Murcia and Zaragoza have already held numerous joint work sessions to establish the new synergies and strengthen the union between the two teams.

HOP UBIQUITOUS SL (HOPU) is a company formed in Ceutí, in 2014, dedicated to the monitoring, analysis and visualization of air quality data, noise and meteorological parameters. Its objective is to create products that bring technology closer to the user. Its catalogue of services seeks to offer high quality data to support informed decision making in cities, ports and industries. The company is part of different international organizations such as OASC, IEEE, and the FIWARE Foundation. It has a large team of 40 professionals with different profiles, focused on the sustainability sector in Smart Cities.

LIBELIUM COMUNICACIONES DISTRIBUIDAS SL (LIBELIUM) is a company formed in 2006, located in Zaragoza, dedicated to the creation of IoT End-to-End solutions, including the development of Hardware and software, as well as the installation and added services needed (financing, training, consulting…) for the development of Projects related to IoT Technology. Libelium focuses on three major strategic verticals: Sustainability, Smart Cities & Infrastructure and Agrifood; and develops its services worldwide, focusing on Central and North America as well as Europe. Libelium has won numerous awards throughout its history and has a team of more than 50 highly qualified experts.

  • Alicia Asín
  • Antonio J. Jara
  • CEO of Libelium
  • General Manager of the Smart Cities Business Unit

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