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APR 2018

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www.securitysystemsnews.com april 2018 SECU ri TY SYSTEMS NEWS Commer C ial & systems integrators 18 briefs Allied Universal teams up with PlanetRisk to offer SaaS platform S A N TA A N A , C a l i f . a n d C O N S H O H O C K E N , P a . — A l l i e d Universal, a leading facility services company and one of the largest secu- rity forces in North America, has teamed up with PlanetRisk to offer organizations an enterprise risk Software as a Service platform to stay informed of threats to their operation in real time. The service will be offered as a stand-alone solution or as part of the Allied Universal Global Security Operations Center as a Service (GSOCaaS) product suite available in the company's Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), based in Richardson, Texas. "Enterprises that go with PlanetRisk will gain a 'single pane of glass' common operating picture that combines multiple data feeds into one GSOC interface," Ty Richmond, Allied Universal presi- dent, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology, said in the announcement. PlanetRisk delivers actionable intel- ligence by accelerating the aggregation of global data to interpret connections between seemingly unconnected events. On a real-time basis, PlanetRisk monitors all client assets—offices, facilities, manu- facturing, supply chain, travelers, execu- tives, vehicles, aircraft—and provides alerts and notifications when an event or incident occurs. Using big data and ana- lytics, the cloud-based platform identifies threat patterns and risk warnings relevant to clients' business operations. "We are incredibly excited that our CSX platform will power Allied Universal's GSOCaaS with situational awareness on a global scale, and rich contextual analy- sis with PlanetRisk's 10,000+ data lay- ers," Paul McQuillan, president and CEO of PlanetRisk, said in the release. PlanetRisk recently signed a contract worth up to $79 million over five years with the Department of Homeland Security. PSA Business Solutions announces new partner WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA has announced the addition of Treeno Software to the PSA Business Solutions Program. Treeno Software develops, sells and supports Electronic Document Management Software (EDM) solutions with a focus on enterprise class docu- ment management features affordable even for small business. "We are excited about the benefits Treeno can offer to our integrators, as PSA is experiencing them first-hand," Anthony Berticelli, director of education for PSA, said in the announcement. Bates Security buys ABCO Security Convergint expands with latest purchase By Paul Ragusa L E X I N G T O N , K y. — B a t e s Security, a commercial and residential security company based here with a branch in Florida, announced this week the recent acquisition of Eastern Kentucky-based ABCO Security from company founder Robert Welch. This is Bates Security's first a c q u i s i t i o n f o l l o w i n g t h e $10 million credit facility it secured at the end of October from Capital One. With the acquisition, Bates Security will be adding more than 1,650 customers to its customer base. Jeremy Bates, president of Bates Security, said the two companies are a perfect match because both are family owned and operated businesses and leading Honeywell Authorized Dealer companies. ADT acquires ASG By Paul Ragusa SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies, a global systems integration company based here, announced the acquisition of Utah-based Alphacorp, a full- service provider of security, fire and life safety systems founded in 1992. Dan Moceri, executive chair- man and co-founder of Convergint Technologies, said he is excited to bring the entire Alphacorp team of 53 colleagues, including company president Mike Painter, into the Convergint family. "We are excited about not only the talented colleagues but the leadership, which really adds some strength to the Convergint team as well," Moceri told Security Systems News. "Alphacorp brings a strong service-based culture and the ability to support com- plex solutions to our combined customers. The deep expertise of their colleagues will be a valuable addition to Convergint Nation." With a location in West Valley City, Utah, Alphacorp will expand Convergint's geographic cover- age within Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and brings strong experience in sophisticated sys- tems integration, especially within the healthcare vertical market. "They have been our go-to integrator in the Salt Lake area so they fill a geographic need that allows us to better service those customers in the West," said Moceri. "They also bring strong integration skills, not only in healthcare but in other markets, too, in both the electronic secu- rity and life safety areas as well. Overall, we are very excited about what they bring to the Convergint team in that part of the country." Painter said in the announce- ment, "After many years of team- ing up with Convergint, we have found that we share many of the same key organizational values. Combining our resources will allow us to provide more com- prehensive services to our cus- tomers and offer our colleagues exciting avenues for renewed growth. These new opportunities drove our decision to join the Convergint team." Founded in 2001, Convergint has experienced strong growth year over year, completing 15 acquisitions in just two years. SSN "ABCO Security and the Welch family have a great rep- utation and customer base that will bring a lot of excitement and continued success to the Bates Security family," Bates said in the announce- ment. "I have known Robert and his com- pany for many years now and have always admired what he and his team have been able to build. I am v e r y e x c i t e d t h e y are now part of our team." Bates Security is keeping all 11 ABCO Security office and technical employees and welcomes them into the Bates family. Tim Welch, Robert Welch's son, will be the gen- eral manager of the Eastern Kentucky office. largest acquisitions for ADT in the commercial integra- tion space, as the company has been very active over the past year with several deals closing in 2017 and more in 2018. "Our commercial growth strategy incorporates acqui- sitions that bring both tal- ent and resources to ADT that will not only extend our capabilities, but also serve as the right cultural f i t w i t h o u r c u s t o m e r- centric philosophy," ADT p re s i d e n t , J i m D e Vr i e s , said in the ADT announce- ment. "We see Phil Aronson and his team at Aronson Security Group a great add to the ADT family in those re g a rd s — h i g h l y e x p e r i - enced in the integrated security solution market, t r e m e n d o u s l e a d e r s h i p capabilities, and a true pas- sion for the customer—all the right components as we focus on strategic growth." As a provider of Security Risk Management Services ( S R M S ) , t h e A S G t e a m includes risk and secu- rity program consultants, advanced integration ser- vices, consulting and design engineers and a national program management team, as well as technicians and business development and p ro j e c t m a n a g e r s , w h o work from locations across the United States. "Our goal from the begin- ning was to create excep- tional value for the secu- rity executive and their team, and change how the i n d u s t r y a d v a n c e d t h a t value into the business," Phil Aronson, ASG CEO and president, said in a prepared statement. "ADT provides a unique platform for us to continue to focus on customers with scale i n n e w g e o g r a p h i c a n d vertical markets. I share a great deal of excitement with our leadership team for our employees and our customers to come together with an industry leader like ADT." ADT, headquartered here, employs more than 18,000 people in the United States and Canada. SSN hours from our main office in Lexington so we will be maintaining their office and expect to develop strong syner- gies between the two locations that will allow us to provide the best service possible to our customers." While ABCO Security has a strong presence in Eastern Kentucky, Bates added, "There is a lot of untapped potential to further increase their mar- ket penetration and steps are already being taken to ramp up their sales efforts and grow the office. ABCO also has a solid group of employees who we are excited to welcome into the Bates Security family and they are equally excited with the growth opportunities we are going to help them real- ize as we work together going forward." SSN "I'm happy Bates Security will now be managing the operations," Robert Welch, ABCO Security founder, said i n a p re p a re d s t a t e m e n t . "Their brand travels far and wide and I have no doubt they will take A B C O t o p l a c e s I never imagined. We have been fortunate in our success and I look forward to what Bates can bring to the table. I have no doubt our customers are in good hands." Bates told Security Systems News that this acquisition "allows us to expand our pres- ence in Kentucky and enhance our standing as the leading and largest privately owned security company in Kentucky. The ABCO office is over two Continued from page 1 Jeremy Bates

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