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FEB 2018

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Page 20 of 82 february 2018 S e C ur IT y S y ST e MS N e WS Commer C ial & systems integrators 14 briefs PSIA elects Mike Mathes, Convergint, Jason Ouellette, JCI, as officers SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) announced it has elected Mike Mathes, EVP of Convergint Technologies, as its chairman; and Jason Ouellette, prod- uct general manager-access control for Johnson Controls, as its vice chairman. The PSIA membership develops speci- fications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems. "Mike and Jason bring us strong tech- nology, commercial and industry leader- ship skills," David Bunzel, executive direc- tor, the PSIA, said in the announcement. "They will be powerful evangelists for how standards-based physical security systems can help the industry create new opportunities for systems integration and data sharing while solving cost and com- plexity challenges." As PSIA chairman, Mathes will work closely with the PSIA Board to identify industry needs for new and enhanced PSIA specifications. He will be respon- sible for growing the organizations mem- bership and helping companies deter- mine migration strategies needed to specify and/or adopt and implement PSIA specifications. "With an expanded mem- bership base, we'll see further adoption of open standards, which will drive down the cost of system integration for the end user," said Mathes. Ouellette's role as PSIA vice chairman will include defining the technical aspects of PLAI necessary to make this an effec- tive commercial standard, including enhancing and promoting a robust set of test tools to assure industry compliance and interoperability for PLAI. "The PSIA specifications make it easier for integra- tors to offer high quality solutions with less integration time and lower total cost of ownership," said Ouellette. Peter Boriskin, vice president product management at ASSA ABLOY Americas, will continue as the PSIA's treasurer. New research: Factors in choosing a cloud provider GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Results from the 2017 edition of the Hybrid Cloud Journey Barometer survey, conducted by data center and cloud services provider Proact and AG Connect, find that when making the complex decision of who to select as a cloud provider, organizations do not just consider cost, but instead seek a partner that has the right cultural fit in order to achieve the desired service quality. Convergint nation growing stronger PSA, SIA and ISC launch cyber forum By Paul Ragusa S C H A U M B U R G , I l l . — C o n v e rg i n t Te c h n o l o g i e s a n n o u n c e d t h i s w e e k t h e acquisition of Maryland-based Genesis Security Systems, mak- ing it 14 acquisitions in 24 months for the global systems integration company based here. Founded in 2002, Genesis Security Systems employs 75 colleagues at its headquarters in Germantown, Md., and serves a mid-Atlantic base of high- profile clients that includes AstraZeneca, Exelon, FEMA, National Public Radio, the International Monetary Fund, PEPCO, and the World Bank Group. D a n M o c e r i , e x e c u t i v e chairman and co-founder of Convergint Technologies, said he is very excited to bring a Red Hawk buys two By SSN Staff DENVER—Cyber: Secured Forum, a cybersecurity sum- mit focusing on integrated systems, will launch with an inaugural gathering in Denver, Colo., on June 4-6, 2018, under a partnership formed by PSA Security Network, the world's largest systems integrator coopera- tive, ISC Security Events (Reed Exhibitions, the global trade- show company) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), a leading trade association for global security solution providers. "Sophisticated cybervulner- abilities and threats are emerging every day, and it is critical for the physical security and systems integration industry to acceler- ate its delivery of compelling education to help all industry stakeholders mitigate the risk of cyberattacks to business continu- ity," SIA CEO Don Erickson said in the announcement. Cyber: Secured Forum will feature in-depth content on cyber- security trends and best practices as related to the delivery of physi- cal security systems and other integrated systems. Content is being collaboratively developed by SIA's and PSA Security Network's education teams and will feature top cybersecurity leaders. "Cybersecurity is no longer just a threat—it's a real issue knocking on the doors of security and IT professionals on a daily basis," Bill Bozeman, president and CEO, PSA Security Network, said in the announcement. "The time for just being in reaction mode is behind us now. As security leaders, we have a responsibility to step forward and be part of the frontline defense when it comes to cybersecurity, just as we have been part of the frontline defense when it comes to physical security issues for decades. The goal of this conference is to empower attend- ees with real tools and knowledge to do just that." "In-depth education, training and industry collaboration is essential to ensure safe and secure systems for the market," Will Wise, group VP of the Security Portfolio, Reed Exhibitions, said. "We're enthusiastic about this partnership with PSA Security Network and SIA to address this important market need." SSN company of this caliber into the Convergint family. "They have a very talented team, very strong on the service side, which is the No. 1 thing we look for—an organiza- tion that has a culture of service," Moceri told Security Systems News. "They are also very strong on the engineering side … just an all-around outstanding compa- ny. We are excited to leverage the expertise of Genesis' colleagues, includ- ing leaders Glen Kruglak, Alan Kruglak, Chris Foster, and Ed Simon." Glen Kruglak, president of Genesis Security Systems, said in the announcement, "Genesis was founded 15 years ago on a dream of providing superior of being the preferred choice for all our customers' fire, life safety and security needs." DPSI's expertise includes special hazard clean agent and water mist fire suppression, early warning smoke detec- tion and controls, hazardous gas monitoring and specialty cooling systems. DPSI presi- dent Dominic De Maria will remain with Red Hawk help- ing develop the new "Critical Infrastructure Division." "We are just as enthusiastic about this purchase as Red Hawk," De Maria said in the announcement. "Not only does it advance Red Hawk's posture in the fire and life safety indus- try by adding our specialized team of professionals, but it expands the resources and geographic reach we can now offer our clients as well." As South Florida's larg- est independent security systems integrator, ATCi Communications brings an expert team that designs, installs and provides techni- cal support and maintenance services of enterprise-level, intelligent video surveillance systems, access control and intrusion alarms for federal and local government facilities and law enforcement agen- cies, luxury residential and mixed-use properties and large scale commercial proj- ects. ATCI also expand's Red Hawk's specialty portfolio of capabilities through its posi- tion in providing customized CityWide Surveillance (CWS) and Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) solutions to municipal clients. "Being able to now offer fire and life safety services to our existing security portfolio is a win-win for our customers, our people and Red Hawk as well," Vincent J. Vento, ATCI's founder and president, said in the announcement. "We look forward to combining our sales and business develop- ment efforts to maximize our potential across all product and service lines throughout the entire Florida market." Los Angeles-based Imperial Capital LLC and Miami-based Pacifica Capital Group LLC co-represented ATCI as the financial advisors for the trans- action. SSN the acquisitions that we made in Florida—and with what our existing team is doing—we really now have a very good understanding of what the needs, solutions and service requirements are of the utility industry. So we expect to see that business to grow pretty nicely." Over the past few years, Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and Moceri said he expects the same type of growth to continue in 2018. "We expect to continue this pace on the acquisition front," he said. "We continue to experience double-digit growth organically and through acquisition, which makes for a pretty nice and balanced way of growing." SSN service to our customers and fostering an outstanding work environment for our team members. Today that dream is a reality. Now it is time to expand upon that vision by joining Convergint. We look forward to continuing to provide excellent service to our clients and growth opportu- nities for our team." Moceri is excited about the company's utility experience, which "really supple- ments our existing group in that geographical area," he said. "From a utility perspective, that is one of our strongest, fastest growing verticals, and we deal with a number of these utilities throughout North America. With Genesis on the team, combined with some of Continued from page 1 Dan Moceri

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