G4S buys systems integration firm Adesta

Systems integration firm Adesta, which provides security technology services for a variety of large clients including critical infrastructure projects, has been purchased by global security solutions company G4S. The purchase price is $66 million, and was based on annual revenues from Adesta of $92 million in 2008.

"As a leading systems integrator in the design and operation of security systems and command and control centers for Government and Regulated sectors, the Adesta acquisition is an important strategic step to deliver advanced secure solutions combining G4S manpower and technology to U.S. seaports, where Adesta has an impressive market penetration, and extend this to chemical/petrochemical site security and other critical infrastructure," said Keith Whitelock, president of G4S Technology North America.

Adesta is a 20-plus-year business that provides full service systems integration for electronic and physical security, and key markets have been ports, critical infrastructure and petrochemical industries, as well as public safety. Recent contract wins have included a utility firm near Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Stafford County Public Schools in Virgina. The firm's skill sets have include wide-ranging sensor installations, video surveillance and access control. Besides security, the firm has also worked to manage and install communications infrastructures used for non-security communications platforms.