SDI Acquires Security Integrator X7

Sept. 4, 2013
Global integrator acquires ninth-fastest growing firm in SD&I’s Fast50

SDI (System Development Integration LLC) has acquired X7, a Washington, D.C.-based systems integrator that provides comprehensive security management systems. The acquisition, SDI's second in as many months, establishes the firm as a $70M systems integrator specializing in the complex technical requirements, risk mitigation strategies and advisory services required by critical infrastructure-intensive environments.

"Every organization's critical infrastructure presents unique threat measures and operational requirements, demanding a tailored approach to building its security technology platform. SDI brings deep IT expertise throughout the lifecycle of large-scale security technology programs to gain functionality, cost, and productivity advantages for our clients," SDI Founder and CEO David A. Gupta said in a statement. "X7's system design-build competence, advanced industry certifications, and proven management team complement our subject matter experts, further strengthening us as a single-source provider of integrated security platforms and managed services for critical infrastructure and campus environments."

Founded in 1999 as the Orion Systems Group, X7 provides security program management, system deployment, and system sustainment services throughout the National Capital Region. It was named the ninth-fastest growing systems integrator in Security Dealer & Integrator magazine’s annual Fast50 program, and was ranked No. 5 in the 2012 inaugural Fast50. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Louisville, Ky., X7's current contracts include city-wide and campus-wide initiatives for enterprise clients including the District of Columbia's Citywide Electronic Security System (ESS) program, the Metropolitan Police Department, Virginia Tech University and Morgan State University. In February, George Mason University selected X7 to design, deploy, and maintain an IP Video surveillance system for its newly constructed Life Sciences Building.  

"The security integration market continues to shift in favor of centralized planning and purchasing by CSOs, deployed and managed by IT-centric organizations," David Taylor, X7 CEO, said in a statement. "The increasing complexity of technology, information systems, and regulatory compliance — particularly in the critical infrastructure marketplace — demands the elite expertise, engineering, and operational support provided by SDI and X7."

"X7 has established long-term relationships with clients to help them recognize the benefit of leveraging security technology and their IT infrastructure to create standardization across platforms and lower their total cost of solution ownership," Paul Garver, President of X7 added. "SDI is an ideal partner for X7 given the depth of their past performance, advanced technical expertise, and status as trusted security advisor to its client base."

SDI specializes in comprehensive security technology programs, with substantial past performance in designing, building, and operating advanced command centers, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems, video surveillance systems, and underlying IT infrastructure. SDI's client roster includes some of the nation's largest airport systems, water utilities, toll authorities, public school systems, 911 centers, and public transit systems. SDI is capitalized by LLR Partners, a private investment firm with more than $2 billion under management, to fund its continued growth. SDI recently added i-sys Corp., a nationally-recognized systems integrator that delivers integrated security, environmental and fire safety solutions, to its portfolio of companies.

The SDI Companies – SDI, i-sys, and X7 – will be participating and presenting several sessions at ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2013) in Chicago from September 24-27. Visit for more information.

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