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The agreement includes all operational staff, software, intellectual property, ongoing business and icomply’s sales and support subsidiary in India. Veracity says that it will maintain icomply as a separate business and will expand its operations including an imminent move to larger premises near Leeds.
Over the last 15 years, icomply’s VTAS Pro product has had clients including London’s Tower Bridge, Boots UK, ITV, the 2014 G20 Summit and city-wide projects including Nottingham and Leeds city councils. The software supports access control, CCTV, fire, alarm and other security equipment vendors, including Veracity, and Bosch, Honeywell, Paxton, Axis, Hanwha Techwin and Milestone Systems.
Alastair McLeod, pictured, Group CEO of Veracity, says: “We have worked with icomply on a number of major projects and its innovative technology has proven itself adept at integrating with a wide range of systems to deliver control rooms that are more efficient and reliable. With this acquisition, we extend our technical capability and broaden our target market. We will progress the icomply concept to the next level while maintaining an independent and multi-vendor approach which is at the core of its unique value.”
icomply describes its VTAS Pro software as a modular integration platform that gives operators control over surveillance and security functions, including visual information received from IP and deployable CCTV cameras combined with interactive maps and incident management. VTAS Pro allows for workflows to be processed to allow information to be shared with team members. VTAS Pro components also include alarm receiving, dispatch, guard tour, incident management, asset tracking and lone worker – all of which are integrated within a reporting engine.
Neil Harvey, Head of CCTV and Security at Nottingham City Council, has been a user of icomply for control centre requirements for over ten years: “Our use of VTAS Pro has been pivotal in allowing us to deliver a comprehensive command and control system with an inherent flexibility that has allowed us to adapt to new requirements while minimising the challenges of technology integration. For us, having icomply within a larger and highly regarded company such as Veracity provides us with confidence that they will grow and support the solution allowing us to gain more from our investment.”
Michael Gallagher will remain in charge of icomply business development and also be responsible for running sales, support and operations for the business. He says: “The icomply team are immensely pleased with the acquisition, as this will enable icomply to accelerate both its sales and software development plans with the support and backing of Veracity.”
Veracity says that they have made a long term commitment to expanding the icomply framework to include a wider range of vendors and technologies as well as enabling Veracity channel partners to deliver fully integrated solutions.
McLeod says: “Veracity has had a decade of continual growth and today we are a profitable and stable company that has championed the use of innovative technology to help solve some of the most challenging issues facing the security industry. icomply is a natural fit for us and enables us to expand our strategy of delivering high-end security solutions at a lower total cost of ownership while helping system integrators and consultants offer better value to their customers.”
VTAS Pro will be sold through existing icomply channels in the UK and India and through Veracity channel partners elsewhere, such as the United States.