Monday, March 07, 2011

Safety Vision Acquires ICOP

Safety Vision, LLC Acquires ICOP: Combination Bolsters Leadership Position in Mobile Video Solutions for Law Enforcement
Safety Vision, a leading provider of mobile video and fleet automation solutions, today announced the acquisition of ICOP Digital Inc. of Lenexa, Kansas, a leading provider of Tier I mobile video solutions for Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS markets, worldwide. The combination immediately vaults Safety Vision into a leadership position in market share and technology delivery for the law enforcement market.

“This is a great day for Safety Vision and the ICOP customer base,” said Bruce Smith, CEO of Safety Vision. “As a competitor, we have admired ICOP’s technology and growth for many years. When the opportunity presented itself to not only acquire a great technology company but also talented personnel, we rolled up our sleeves and started working on making it happen. Today is the culmination of many months of hard work by dedicated Safety Vision and ICOP personnel doing their utmost to serve our loyal customer base.”

Since 1993, Safety Vision has grown to establish leadership positions in mobile video solutions for the transit, school bus and collision avoidance markets. “The acquisition of ICOP enables Safety Vision to focus and grow the law enforcement segment of our business with a robust, proven technology platform and a great customer base,” added Smith. The acquisition is further bolstered by a core group of technology, sales and support professionals from ICOP who will join the Safety Vision family.

Together, ICOP and Safety Vision have already begun implementing the transition plan to integrate products, personnel and back-office systems. “Our goal is to make the transition process as smooth as possible for our combined customer base while retaining the superior customer service that has been the hallmark of our brand. Accordingly, our first priority will be to ensure existing customers are taken care of in terms of service, repair and order fulfillment,” said Bruce Smith.

With this acquisition, ICOP becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Safety Vision LLC and will spearhead Safety Vision’s Law Enforcement Group. “For nearly two decades, Safety Vision has been a pioneer in deploying mobile video and fleet automation solutions for diverse markets such as mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement and commercial fleets. The acquisition of ICOP bolsters our market share and technology leadership in the law enforcement market while providing great talent and an international footprint to continue our growth,” added Bruce Smith, CEO of Safety Vision. “We welcome the new ICOP personnel and customer base to the Safety Vision family and look forward to the opportunity to serve them throughout this transition and many years into the future.”