July 12, 2010

Merger - DVE & Protouch in UK/Europe Merge

Data Vision and Mike Kellond join forces with Protouch. DVE is known for it's software and Protouch is known for hardware so it makes sense. Gorilla Media is the best known brand for DVE and Protouch marquee clients include Cineworld and IKEA. We always remember the Xen5 resembling the later Slabb (ss tubes along the sides).. Protouch markets itself as Europes #1 manufacturer & distributor of touch screen equipment.

Data Vision Europe (DVE), a leading supplier of hardware and software for public access digital media, and Protouch, the UK’s leading Touch Screen and Kiosk manufacturer have announced that they will merge. The combined business will operate from Protouch’s existing modern manufacturing facility in Camberley, Surrey and use the ProTouch brand. All of the key employees of DVE will relocate to the new location and enhance the rapidly expanding sales, marketing and technical teams at Protouch. The merger is expected to be completed during
July 2010.

The merger will combine DVE’s cutting edge software services and product design capability; including its acclaimed “Gorilla Media” software and the extensive experience in multi location roll outs of public facing IT solutions for global brands such as McDonalds, BT and Virgin with the high volume hardware manufacturing, design, sales and marketing capability of Protouch . The two companies have entirely complementary skills and the combined capability will undoubtedly provide the most comprehensive range of solutions for public access software,
interactive terminals, kiosks and digital media.

Mike Kellond, DVE founder and 15 year industry veteran, will assume responsibility for the software services activity at Protouch. Gorilla Media, developed by DVE, is a multi functional software package providing remote monitoring and management, secure and locked down browsing for public access, broadcast advertising management and scheduling, payment and ticketing options. Gorilla Media has been tested and approved by a number of major
corporations including BT and several major banks. Mike will drive the integration of Gorilla Media in to the Protouch product offering and be responsible for the strategic evolution of all software services at Protouch going forward. He expressed his delight with the merger with Protouch “I see this as a major opportunity for DVE and our customers. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the two companies are a perfect match and the combined company will
be capable of providing forward looking improved service to its customers “.

Protouch’s Managing Director Tom Quarry says, “DVE’s capability fits seamlessly with Protouch’s existing multi functional kiosk approach. It’s vital that both our hardware and software services meet with our clients’ needs to deploy a wide range of public access kiosk applications across all industries. We’re confident that with the addition of Mike Kellond and his team plus the tools available within Gorilla Media we will greatly improve our offering to give our clients cost effective, customised, touch screen solutions.“

For more information please contact:
Amanda Wallace at [email protected]
Protouch web site

Notes to the editor

Protouch Manufacturing Ltd was founded by Tom Quarry in 2000 is based in Camberley, Surrey.

It is the UK’s leading supplier of touch screen and kiosk systems. Included in its range is an award winning kiosk solution that has won EPoS Innovation awards across the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality industries.

It provides products for a great number of services including: payment, ordering, product look up and ticket printing; utilising many innovative devices like chip and pin, RFID, keyboard, bluetooth, web cameras, printers, scanners, wifi and much more.

Protouch’s experience in exclusively supplying touch screen and kiosk products gives it the in house understanding and expertise to achieve the results that its clients need. Protouch’s tried and tested product designs have been perfected over 10 years so that customers can now buy them off the shelf ready to be customised. Each is made to approved ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems standards and Protouch’s success is reflected in the clients it now has such as: Cineworld, Vogel’s, IKEA and Kiddicare.

Data Vision Europe Ltd was founded by Mike Kellond in 1995 and was previously based in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

The company specialises in customised I.T solutions that encompass hardware, software, installation, maintenance and management.

Its wide range of solutions range from fully managed IT systems that reduce downtime and expenditure, to public access internet kiosks that drive sales and generate revenues.

It has worked with many large public facing companies such as McDonalds, Virgin and BT.

Posted by staff at July 12, 2010 09:43 AM