Syx Automations, the integrated ticketing and leisure management company, has been acquired by Gantner, a radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC) technology supplier.

The two companies said their combination will provide the sports and leisure industry with a new global supplier of software and hardware expertise for electronic access control, billing, and management systems.

Together, the companies will be able to offer customers complete solutions integrated into a uniform software management system.

The companies said that they are expecting aggregate sales revenues of some €50m (£44m/$56m) in 2017.

Austrian-based Gantner provides its clients with technology to facilitate automatic contactless identification. The company’s systems are used for membership and visitor management, cashless payments, and for controlled access (doors, cabinets, lockers), and staff time recording in the field of in-company organisation and security.

Belgium-based Syx provides its customers with end-to-end support throughout the implementation of a package that includes IT infrastructure, hosting, access control, and facility management systems.

Elmar Hartmann, managing director of Gantner, said: “The acquisition of Syx Automations marks a major milestone in our strategy and a big step forward in our continued expansion and internationalisation.

“Going forward, we shall be able to offer our customers an even more comprehensive product portfolio encompassing precisely matched hardware and software available from a single supplier.

“Additionally, our respective product ranges and markets are an excellent fit. With our now enlarged capabilities and international footprint, we shall be seeking to continue along our growth path both by extending existing customer relationships and through new customer acquisitions. We look forward to working together with Dirk Syx and his skilled and highly motivated team.”

Dirk Syx, chief executive of Syx Automations, added: “In recent years, we have put a lot of energy into strengthening our company and our structures in order to reach the next stage in our international growth plan. Gantner and Ardian have the ideal profile and experience required to support us in this endeavour.

“The combination of market-leading software and hardware expertise will enable us to build an international market leader for hardware and software solutions covering the full range of access control, billing, and management systems in the sports and leisure market.”

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