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G4S acquires Sudbury, Ont. integrator

G4S Canada announced Monday it has acquired Sudbury, Ont.-based i-Vision Systems, an integrator of video monitoring and security systems. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


July 18, 2016
By Neil Sutton
Neil Sutton

The company, which has been in business for seven years under its current ownership, employs five technicians and also maintains a partnership with a network of subcontractors across Canada which G4S will maintain going forward.

Katie McLeod, G4S Canada’s national director, communications and sales, said in an email that i-Vision will retain its name, but will be rebranded to i-Vision, a G4S Company within a year. Mike Lawson, i-Vision president, and Drew Belshaw, vice-president, will be staying on in management positions at the company.

Late last year, G4S Canada announced plans to ramp up its integration business, investing in a new facility, new vehicles and new technicians and service co-ordinators. McLeod said at the time that acquisitions in the integration market were a possibility.

Peter Panaritis, CEO, G4S Canada, said in a company statement regarding the i-Vision acquisition: “G4S is committed to growth in the technology and remote IP (internet protocol) monitoring markets. This acquisition of i-Vision, a company with over 5,000 IP encoders and DVRs (digital video recorders) across their Fortune 500 customer base, will help to bolster our technology offering to our existing and prospective clients.”

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“We are pleased to announce that we have reached this agreement with G4S,” added Lawson. “G4S is investing in technology. This is a fantastic opportunity for our customers to enjoy full access to world class security technology solutions, including a world class monitoring facility.”

G4S operates a UL-listed and CSAA 5 Diamond-certified North American video monitoring and operations centre in Burlington, Mass.

G4S currently operates an office in Sudbury. That office will not be directly impacted by the i-Vision acquisition, according to McLeod, other than it will have close access to a security integrator, which could provide “significant upside” for the company’s guarding customers in the area.


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