[Security Sales & Integration – 12/15/20] Alarm.com (Nasdaq: ALRM) has acquired Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), a leading provider of indoor gunshot detection technology.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
SDS was founded in 2013 to address the growing active shooter threat to the public by advancing proven military gunshot detection technology, according to an announcement. The company developed the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System, which combines acoustic and infrared sensors and proprietary algorithms to detect gunshots. The system is said to communicate shooting incident details rapidly to building occupants and security teams.
The acquisition of SDS expands the commercial solutions offered by Alarm.com and helps its partners outfit commercial and enterprise customers with the premier gunshot detection solution, the announcement states.
SDS technology is integrated with leading video, access control, mass notification and alarm systems to provide enhanced situational awareness during shooting incidents. The combination of SDS technology with Alarm.com’s suite of interactive Cloud-based video, access control, intrusion and automation will deliver new levels of safety and security for commercial enterprises of all sizes, the announcement states.
“With their patented dual mode technology, SDS is the clear leader for indoor gunshot detection,” says Jeff Bedell, chief strategy and innovation officer for Alarm.com. “They address a real security need and are the best engineering team in the space, having pioneered the most proven and accurate approach to the problem. Acquiring SDS allows us to tap into their established resources and give our partners the opportunity to capture the active shooter solutions market.”
SDS’s Guardian System is currently being used in locations across the United States, protecting U.S federal and state government buildings, schools, airports and other transportation hubs and entertainment facilities.
“Alarm.com’s technology and versatile ecosystem is the gold standard for smarter business security,” comments Christian Connors, CEO of SDS. “Offering our innovative Guardian System to the expansive network of Alarm.com service providers gives them a turnkey solution for gunshot detection to meet the growing demands of their commercial customers. Our joining forces further demonstrates the commitment SDS and Alarm.com share to the safety and security of employees and businesses worldwide.”
With the acquisition, SDS will be a subsidiary of Alarm.com and continue to be led by the existing management team. SDS also will continue to support its existing customers and partners.
In addition, Alarm.com and SDS will work together to further advance SDS’s engineering and development of gunshot detection solutions as well as integration with the Alarm.com ecosystem.