EMS Technologies

EMS Technologies was an Atlanta-based company with approximately $290 million in annual sales revenue before its 2011 purchase by Honeywell International. EMS-T specialized in wireless, defense, and space communications systems.

EMS Technologies, Inc.
IndustryCommunications Technologies
FoundedNorcross, Georgia (1968)
Defunct2011 (acquired by Honeywell)
HeadquartersNorcross, Georgia, Ottawa, Ontario
Key people
Dr. Neil A. Mackay - President and CEO
ProductsMicrowave Communication Devices, Mobile Broadband, Mobile computing
Satellite Internet access and Military communications
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg$287.88 million US
Green Arrow Up.svg$19.3 million US
Red Arrow Down.svg$18.7 million US
Number of employees
1,900 (2007)


Founded in 1968 by Dr. John E. Pippin (1928–2007) as Electromagnetic Sciences Inc., the company was located in the Gwinnett Technology Park and employed about 1,100 there and 1,900 internationally.[1] In 2007, EMS had its best financial results of its 40-year history, acquiring two companies, DSpace of Australia, and Akerstroms of Sweden, and earning a listing on Forbes magazine's list of the 200 best small companies. Among its products, it offered electronic counter-countermeasures for communications satellites,[2] and airborne communications, for which it held a 90% stake in military applications, such as Air Force One.[3]

EMS was purchased by Honeywell International in August 2011.[4]


The company had four major divisions: EMS Defense & Space, LXE, EMS Aviation and EMS Global Tracking.

EMS Defense & SpaceEdit

EMS Defense & Space manufactured Kband antenna systems and custom beam management systems for military and commercial applications, including mobile network-centric operations, radar for battlefield visibility and commercial aero connectivity.

EMS Global TrackingEdit

EMS Global Tracking manufactured vehicle and personal tracking systems for transportation, security, maritime and the oil and gas industries. This division helped companies locate, track and communicate with mobile assets, safeguard their fleets, cargo.

EMS AviationEdit

EMS Aviation[5][unreliable source?] manufactured satellite-based communication systems that enable worldwide high-speed Internet, voice and video capabilities in-flight. This division's systems are used for in-flight communications and entertainment, rugged data storage, airborne connectivity, and data recording and replay hardware and software for the aerospace, defense and transportation industries.


LXE manufactured rugged vehicle-mounted, handheld and wearable mobile computers. This division's warehouse products helped companies extend corporate networks to mobile workers with hand held scanners and computers.


  1. ^ "Official site". Archived from the original on 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  2. ^ Information Week
  3. ^ Fly the Connected Skies
  4. ^ "HONEYWELL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF EMS TECHNOLOGIES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ [1]