Smith Micro Software

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Smith Micro Software, Inc
Industry Software, networking
Founded 1982
Headquarters Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Key people

William W. Smith Jr.
Chairman and CEO

Timothy C. Huffmyer
Chief Financial Officer

David P. Sperling
Chief Technology Officer
Number of employees

Smith Micro Software, Inc., founded in 1982 by William W. Smith, Jr., is a global developer of software solutions headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company also maintains multiple international development centers in Belgrade, Serbia; Braga, Portugal, and Stockholm, Sweden. Smith Micro's broad technology portfolio includes solutions for wireless operators and other communications service providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs), enterprise businesses, and individual consumers.

As part of its wireless business segment, Smith Micro provides solutions for digital family safety, IoT device management, wireless network connectivity, location-based services and security, Big Data analytics, mobile app development, and carrier-grade visual voicemail. Recent acquisitions have enabled Smith Micro to add family location services, parental controls, mobile app development and Wi-Fi provisioning to its portfolio of wireless solutions.

In addition to its wireless solutions, smith Micro also develops popular software titles for 2D and 3D graphics animation and illustration, as well as productivity solutions such as digital file compression, management, and transfer. Smith Micro's graphics and animation software includes Poser, a professional 3D Figure Design and Animation platform. Moho, a complete solution for 2D animation, and MotionArtist, an easy to use tool for comic animation and presentation design. These programs are used by professional artists, major entertainment studios and graphics firms to create award-winning movies, television shows, advertisements, internet media content, 3D gaming and much more.

Corporate history[edit]

Smith Micro's first product in 1982 was Stock Portfolio System, which was quickly followed by MarketLink. MarketLink was a solution for downloading stock quotes using an analog modem. By the time Smith Micro reached its IPO in 1995, it was one of the leading names in fax and modem connectivity. Smith Micro appears on NASDAQ under the symbol SMSI. By the late '90s, dial-up Internet access was being replaced by cable internet, DSL, and wireless broadband technologies due to their substantially higher speeds and reliability. This change led Smith Micro to re-apply its network connection expertise to new, wireless and mobility applications. Network connection management became a specialization of the company and, as such, Smith Micro developed products of interest, such as QuickLink, for large-scale mobile network operators such as AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. While fax and modem-related products were still being sold, the QuickLink family of wireless connection management applications became the company's primary source of revenue in the early 2000s.

In 2004, Smith Micro launched its first enterprise mobility solutions and then in 2005, Smith Micro acquired Allume Systems and their StuffIt data compression software. By 2006, the company's connectivity software was being deployed globally by operators and OEMs. In 2007, the company added several solutions to its wireless portfolio, including mobile security, device management and firmware over-the-air (FOTA) solutions. During the same year, Smith Micro's portfolio saw the addition of several well-known animation and illustration software titles such as Poser, Anime Studio (now called Moho) and Manga Studio (now called Clip Studio Paint). In early 2008, the company began to expand its portfolio to wireless access and mobile services. Smith Micro introduced solutions for enhanced mobile communications, such as push-to-talk software, visual voicemail services, and video streaming. Over the next three years, Smith Micro acquired technology for premium voice and visual messaging, as well as technology for network adaptive video delivery to mobile devices, enabling more revenue-generating solutions for operators and enterprises.

In 2012, Smith Micro launched NetWise, an intelligent traffic management solution for mobile operators. The company has since built on the NetWise platform to offer unmatched device analytics and Big Data solutions that optimize the performance of wireless networks for network operators, Cable/MSOs and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). In 2015, Smith Micro launched a mobile engagement solution called Captivate, which enables network operators, large enterprises, and brands to deliver personalized mobile promotions to customers and gain smartphone-based consumer insights. In 2016, Smith Micro acquired iMobileMagic in Portugal and Birdstep Technology in Sweden, extending the company's global footprint while adding Wi-Fi credential provisioning and digital lifestyle and location-based services, such as the SafePath platform, to its portfolio. In 2017, the company rebranded its device management and FOTA/AOTA (application over-the-air) offerings as the QuickLink IoT Services Platform to attack the strong global demand for standards-based IoT device management solutions.

Key products[edit]

Digital Lifestyle Solutions[edit]

  • SafePath Platform:
    • SafePath Family
    • SafePath Fleet
    • SafePath Corporate
    • SafePath School
  • 4D App Studio
  • Captivate

IoT Device Management[edit]

  • QuickLink IoT Services Platform:
    • QuickLink IoT (LwM2M)
    • QuickLink IoT (OMA-DM)
    • QuickLink IoT (FOTA/AOTA)

Wireless connectivity and Analytics[edit]

  • NetWise Platform:
    • NetWise Director
    • NetWise Optics
    • NetWise Passport
    • NetWise I/O

Voicemail and Messaging[edit]

  • CommSuite Platform:
    • CommSuite VVM (Visual Voicemail)
    • CommSuite VTT (Voice to Text)

Graphics and Productivity[edit]

  • Graphics and Productivity Platforms:
    • Graphics – Poser, Moho (Anime Studio), MotionArtist,
    • Compression – StuffIt
    • Decompression – Stuffit Expander
    • Productivity – FAXstf Pro, JobFinder, OrgChart, QuickVerse, TurboProject
    • Performance – CheckIt, ExecutiveSync, Internet Cleanup, Spring Cleaning
    • Entertainment – Aquazone, Digital TV 4 PC 2, TuneRanger
    • File Management- SendStuffNow

Wireless Industry Standards[edit]

  • LwM2M-OMA LightweightM2M
    • The Lightweight Machine to Machine ("LwM2M) communications protocol has been defined by the Device Management Working Group at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). LwM2M is a secure, efficient and deployable client-server protocol for managing resource constrained devices on a variety of wireless networks. The protocol, which was ratified by OMA on February 15, 2017, will help the industry accelerate the promise and potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Hotspot 2.0
    • Hotspot 2.0, chartered by the Wi-Fi Alliance, is a widely-adopted solution in the telecommunications industry to streamline network access to Wi-Fi hotspots and eliminate the need for users to find and authenticate to a network each time they connect. The Hotspot 2.0 specification defines access security, seamless authentication, and efficient network discovery before a wireless network connection occurs, as well as automatic credential provisioning and policy for accessing and roaming.
  • ANDSF- Access Network Discovery and Selection Function
    • The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) ANDSF specification defines and recommends interoperable policies and rule parameters to enable mobile devices to discover, connect, and route traffic over 3GPP and non-3GPP networks. This standard provides an opportunity for 3GPP and non-3GPP wireless and wired line service providers to facilitate a unifying approach for automatic authentication and access roaming in a heterogeneous network environment.
  • MBIM- Mobile Broadband Interface Model
    • The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) MBIM specification is a protocol by which USB hosts and mobile broadband devices can efficiently exchange control commands and data frames. It was developed as the networking solution for USB-based mobile broadband devices, as well as embedded modems.


Acquisition date Company Business Country Value (USD)
July 2005 Allume Systems Software / Data compression USA $11 million
April 2006 PhoTags Software / Image editing Israel $6 million
February 2007 Insignia Solutions Software / Wireless USA $ 18.575 million
February 2007 Ecutel Software / Wireless USA $ 8 million
December 2007 e frontier America Digital Distribution, Graphic Design USA $6 million
January 2008 PCTel Wireless Software / Wireless USA $59.7 million
December 2008 MxPlay Software / Multimedia USA --
September 2009 Core Mobility Software / Wireless USA $20.2 million
April 2016 Birdstep Technology Software / Wireless Sweden --
July 2016 iMobileMagic Software / Wireless Portugal --


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