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The year 2017 has been a banner one for physical security with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technology to manage threats. As we approach 2018, the field widens with regard to solutions that will expand the capability of security teams seeking ways to shore up their risk exposure and expand situational intelligence. Here’s a recap of milestones and areas we see as important in the new year. Technology integration Technology integration played an even greater role in the marketplace. Recognising this, Allied Universal rolled out our Global Security Operations Center as a Service offering (GSOCaaS) and named several collaborative partners at ASIS 2017. Available in the company’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), based in Richardson, Texas, the driving force of GSOCaaS is Swan Island Network’s TX360® situational awareness and threat intelligence platform and ThreatMinder’s social media monitoring product combined with our MaRC analyst and operator infrastructure. The new GSOC offerings also include LiveSafe mobile safety communications software and Groupdolists, a platform that digitises the operating procedures and processes of Security Operations Centers. Working with robotics and drones While we initiated our first robotic partnership with Knightscope a year ago and deployed the technology in 2017, we are continually adding to our arsenal of advanced security solutions. We will be working with additional robotics providers and have formed a strategic partnership in the realm of unmanned systems, including drones, and artificial intelligence. Robots and drone technology can supplement existing guarding services, improve situational awareness and drive efficiency across the enterprise for the right application. Partners in Employment programme Because of the current healthy U.S. economy and high employment rates, the security sector has had to get creative to expand talent pools. Therefore, we launched the Partners in Employment Community-Based Program to tap into local resources to fulfill various security professional, field and management positions. We will promote this programme throughout 2018 and also work to educate clients about the need to maintain competitive wages in the security sector. Businesses are turning to their security companies to deliver best practices and technology to prepare and prevent threats, minimise risk and keep their employees and assets safe. In an ever-evolving and complex world, the security sector will continue to cultivate talent and partnerships to take on our expanding role.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, recently appointed Mike Beregovsky as Chief Merger & Acquisition Officer and Co-Head of Strategy & Investor Relations. Danette Perkins has been promoted to President of Mergers & Acquisitions for North America. Beregovsky will be responsible for working with the company's executive leadership team to develop and execute the strategic direction for the organisation to continue driving strong, consistent and profitable growth. Beregovsky will be leading Allied Universal's global merger and acquisition activities and will also play a key role in the upcoming acquisition and integration of G4S. Long-standing financial partner "I've had the pleasure of working with Mike over the last eight years when he was at Warburg Pincus, the company's long-standing financial partner," said Steve Jones, Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. "Mike's vast experience and execution capability, coupled with his pragmatic and strategic perspective, will give Allied Universal a tremendous lift in regard to our merger and acquisition activities on a global scale. We are truly thrilled that Mike is joining our executive team." Beregovsky has been instrumental in leading Allied Universal's key transformative transactions Over the years, Beregovsky has been instrumental in leading Allied Universal's key transformative transactions and, in 2019, he was appointed to the company's Board of Directors. "I am delighted to join Allied Universal. I have worked with the executive team for years so this will be a natural and seamless transition," said Beregovsky. Remarkable international expansion "This is truly an exciting time to join Allied Universal as the company sits at the forefront of remarkable international expansion. I look forward to partnering with Danette and her team to replicate the company's extremely successful North America acquisition program on a worldwide scale." As Co-Head of Strategy & Investor Relations, Beregovsky will also be responsible for ensuring the company is appropriately and strategically positioned with investors, lenders, and other relevant stakeholders. Since 2011, Beregovsky served at Warburg Pincus' Industrial and Business Services group in London and New York. Prior to that, he worked at Thomas H. Lee Partners and at Banc of America Securities' Leveraged Acquisition Finance Group. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Allied Universal, a global security and facility services company, based in North America, has recently hired Tim Brandt as the company's Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Brandt will lead the financial operations of the company and will focus on the upcoming acquisition and integration of G4S and the eventual IPO (initial public offering) of the newly consolidated company. Mergers and acquisitions specialist Tim specialised in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and public debt offerings Prior to joining Allied Universal, Tim Brandt worked for 30 years with Deloitte and was the Managing Partner of the Orange County practice for the last four years of his career. He specialised in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and public debt offerings. Additionally, Brandt has international experience, having worked in Deloitte's Osaka, Japan office. “Tim brings more than 30 years of leadership with a proven track record in corporate and operational finance,” said Steve Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allied Universal. Focus on G4S acquisition and strategic growth Steve adds, “He complements our strong performance-oriented culture, and we believe his impressive reputation for execution and achieving results makes him the right choice to lead our finance and accounting operations. We welcome Tim to our team and look forward to his contributions as we embark on our global growth through our recent acquisition of G4S.” Tim Brandt is joining Allied Universal at an exciting and critical time in the company's history and is looking forward to the challenge. Tim said, “I'm honoured to join the exceptional team at Allied Universal. I'm looking forward to working with such a dynamic, acquisitive company and am truly impressed by the team's dedication to achieving remarkable results. My goal is to build upon the company's history of success and capitalise on opportunities to continue to grow the business.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announces the acquisition of Security Integration, Inc. – a security systems company based in San Rafael, California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Security Integration is an important step in our long-term strategic plan to leverage technology across our entire business footprint especially in Northern California,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. Electronic security solutions Security Integration provides innovative electronic security solutions to help solve complex security challenges Security Integration, Inc. provides innovative electronic security solutions to help solve complex security challenges for a wide variety of customers across northern California. Founded in 2006, the company’s technical experts serve any size security application from small, single site installation to large, multi-site, multi-location projects. “Having seen the maturity of the national and international marketplace for Security Integrators, we had a choice of partners, and Allied Universal best fit our culture of putting the customer first,” said Dennis Raefield, CEO of Security Integration. “We are excited to be part of the go-forward Allied Universal team.” Superior customer service The addition of Security Integration, Inc. will expand the company’s rapidly-growing Allied Universal® Technology Services division, which provides electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services, and a variety of Global Security Operating Centre (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. “This acquisition will expand our geographic reach in the Bay Area while providing our clients with superior customer service and highly advanced tech solutions,” said Carey Boethel, President of Dallas-based Allied Universal® Technology Services.
Allied Universal, a globally renowned security and facility services company in North America, has announced the acquisition of SecurAmerica, a privately held, Atlanta, Georgia-based security company with 49 offices located throughout the United States of America. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. US-based, private security firm SecurAmerica was founded by Frank Argenbright, a Georgia entrepreneur who, over the past 40 years, has built both security and facilities management companies with operations around the world, beginning with Argenbright Security in 1979. In 2005, Argenbright launched SecurAmerica with the goal of becoming the first US-based, privately held security company to compete globally. His company now operates in over 100 markets with revenues exceeding US$ 467 million and more than 13,500 employees. Takeover of SecurAmerica SecurAmerica is a leader in the security industry and their people and culture will fit perfectly into Allied Universal" “I have personally known Frank for over 20 years,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allied Universal, adding “He has accomplished so much in the security industry and to have an opportunity to bring SecurAmerica into Allied Universal is a huge personal achievement and a major strategic goal for the organisation.” Steve further stated, “SecurAmerica is a demonstrated leader in the security industry and their people and culture will fit perfectly into Allied Universal and our long-term organisational plans.” Asset protection and security services provider In 2015, SecurAmerica acquired American Security Programs, a wholly-owned subsidiary that services cleared commercial and government contracts. The company’s government division provides a wide range of asset protection and security services to the public services sector and commercial clients, and possesses top levels of federal security clearances and has strong relations with government agencies. “SecurAmerica experienced great growth since the company's inception in 2005,” said Founder of SecurAmerica, Frank Argenbright, adding “SecurAmerica looks forward to partnering with Steve Jones and his team. It is my belief that becoming part of an organisation with the scale, technology focus, and depth of service that Allied Universal offers will afford SecurAmerica enhanced opportunities for success in the future.”
Allied Universal, a globally renowned security and facility services company in North America, is seeking to hire 100+ Phoenix area security professionals. Applicants are invited to drive up to the parking lot at the Clocktower Corporate Center, located at 7776 S. Pointe Parkway West in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 13, 2021 from 11 am to 4 pm to connect with hiring managers. Virtual interview process Allied Universal also employs a virtual interview process where applicants can complete the company’s online application from the comfort of their home through highly advanced video interviewing technology. “We invite applicants to drive up to the parking lot for an interview, and potentially drive off with a job offer,” stated Julie De La Mora, MBA, US Army Retired, Director of Recruiting | Southwest Region, Allied Universal. Keeping communities and businesses safe Our security professionals play a pivotal part ensuring facilities can continue business as usual" “Our clients, and the public at large, rely on us to keep our communities and businesses safe and secure especially during these challenging times,” said Steve Jones, Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allied Universal. Steve adds, “Our security professionals play a pivotal part ensuring facilities can continue business as usual and other businesses that had to close, can rest assured that their assets will remain protected.” Company benefits include medical and dental coverage For full time positions, company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k), holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. “Our #1 priority is to keep our employees safe and healthy in the workplace,” said Steve Jones, adding “We have a dedicated safety team constantly monitoring all COVID-19 developments ensuring we continuously educate our employees to understand and follow the CDC guidelines.” Providing careers and long-term growth Allied Universal offers careers and long-term growth in the thriving security industry. The company has countless examples of individuals that began their career as a security professional and today are in senior leadership positions.
Allied Universal, a renowned security and facility services company in North America, honours and supports all members of the military not just on Veterans Day this November but each and every day. "While many businesses talk the talk about why military veterans are important hires, the physical security sector actually walks the walk,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. “We honour and appreciate the sacrifices made by our nations’ military and we constantly seek out ways to show that appreciation each and every day.” Physical security sector After serving in the military, working in the security industry can become a rewarding second career for military veterans" According to the Freedonia Report of 2020, the security services sector is rapidly growing, with global security service revenues forecast to rise 3.6% per year to $263 billion in 2024, which provides significant opportunities for veterans to rise through the ranks. The physical security sector offers vast opportunities for advancement especially for the military Advancing in the physical security sector demands many of the same qualities military veterans are known for including battle-tested real-world experience, trainability, adaptability, dependability and ability to deliver quality work in pressure cooker situations. Risk advisory programmes “After serving in the military, working in the security industry can become a rewarding second career for military veterans,” said Joshua Skule, a retired U.S. Marine, a former FBI Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence and currently SVP of Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services. "I am honoured to be able to offer my skills I learned in the military in order to enhance the company’s risk advisory programmes and initiatives.” Allied Universal recently received the Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Gold Medallion Award through HIREvet.com for the company’s exemplary efforts to recruit, employ, and retain the nation’s veterans. Over the last five years, Allied Universal has hired more than 44,000 veterans and is constantly seeking veterans to join its team of highly trained security professionals.
Allied Universal, a globally renowned security and facility services company in North America, has announced that Forbes’ ‘America’s Best Employers by State Survey’, partnered with market research company, Statista, has ranked the company as the best employer in the US states of Georgia, New Jersey and Tennessee. Forbes list The Forbes’ list is divided into 51 rankings, one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from October 2019 to May 2020 and responses regarding the same employers were compared throughout the process, so as to account for any statistically significant variations in the results collected before and after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Safe, conducive environment for employees “Allied Universal is a great place to work because of our employees’ dedication to our shared mission and values,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Allied Universal, adding “We are proud to be recognised by Forbes for creating a welcoming environment for our employees where they can focus on serving, securing and caring for people and businesses of our communities.”
While COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines, another kind of emergency is threatening the lives of millions of Americans around the nation -- food insecurity. To help address this urgent problem in the communities it serves, Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, recently donated more than 310,000 meals to the following nine food banks. Food banks During these challenging times, more and more people, especially seniors and children, are facing hunger" The food banks were Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Food Bank of New York City, Greater Chicago Food Depository, PhilAbundance, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Gleaners Food Bank of Detroit, East Texas Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and the Greater Food Bank of Boston. “The statistics are staggering as one in every six Americans are at risk of starvation and, during these challenging times, more and more people, especially seniors and children, are facing hunger,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & CEO at Allied Universal. “Coming together to support these food banks is essential right now.” Combating Food insecurity This contribution will support each organisation's on-going emergency response efforts to combat food insecurity for families who've been impacted by COVID-19. Food banks across the country are on the front lines and showing extraordinary adaptability in the face of an ever-changing landscape. “I’m truly proud of all our employees who went above and beyond for this worthy cause by virtually donating to our first company food drive,” said Don Teftt, Chief Human Resources Officer for Allied Universal. “In times of crisis, it is more important than ever that we continue to lend a helping hand.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based Service Works Inc. (SWI) – a security and IT infrastructure integrator in the tri-state area offering turnkey and custom solutions to clients nationwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of SWI will help us expand our advanced technology services in the greater New York city market and nationally,” said Steve Jones, Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal. “Since 1994, SWI has achieved success through its strong customer relationships, expertise and reliable service. We are excited to bring SWI’s employees into the Allied Universal family.” Security solutions Headquartered in New Jersey with additional offices in Manhattan and Long Island, SWI provides end-to-end service, from design to maintenance, to clients in the commercial, education, industrial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, government and financial industries across the United States. With revenues exceeding $14.8 million and 35 employees, SWI specialises in video surveillance, access control, intercom and gate systems, turnstiles, intrusion alarm systems, IT infrastructure and audio-visual. “Allied Universal’s vast resources will help to fuel continued growth in the security technology solutions market,” said Stephen Govel, Founder and President of SWI. “We could never have been successful without all our talented employees at SWI and I thank each one of them for their constant dedication to offering our clients top-notch service.” Integrated systems and solutions SWI’s tech personnel have experience in design, engineering, project management, installation and service. The company takes pride in its unique ability to design and fabricate integrated systems and devices to accommodate any specific need or situation. SWI was represented by financial advisor Sandra Jones and Company in the transaction.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, received a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Justice’s United States Marshals Service. The letter of appreciation was regarding the apprehension of Gerald Hunter, who was #1 on the Most Wanted list of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) St. Louis Strike Force’s West Central Region. Crucial security intelligence This is due to his suspected role in the illegal trafficking of Fentanyl. Allied Universal’s security team provided crucial intelligence to the U.S. Marshals which led to the successful capture of the fugitive. With information provided by Allied Universal, Gerald Hunter was recently apprehended by the U.S. Marshalls An arrest warrant had been issued for Gerald Hunter, charging him with “conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl” in 2017. Hunters evaded DEA agents for several years, being described by the DEA and his con-conspirators as a ‘ghost” who was proficient in separating his name from everything he touched, often being three levels removed. Provided U.S. Marshals with the tactical advantage In concert with information provided by Allied Universal, Gerald Hunter was recently apprehended by the U.S. Marshalls at an apartment building in Los Angeles, where Allied Universal is the security service provider. Allied Universal personnel provided the U.S. Marshals with the tactical advantage they needed, allowing them to execute their plan and successfully apprehend Hunter. “This team represents Allied Universal’s Be Phenomenal™ culture which strives for excellence and connects us closer the communities in which we serve,” said Steve Jones, Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. “The team’s dedication and commitment to safeguarding our communities, as well as the people of our nation, is extremely honourable and courageous.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announced the acquisition of Phoenix Systems & Service, Inc. (PSSI) - a full service security systems integrator providing security solutions to customers in Chicago and across the nation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Phoenix Systems & Service will help us expand our technology services business in Illinois and nationally,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Phoenix Systems has a strong history of more than 28 years delivering top-notch service within multiple vertical markets, especially commercial real estate.” Access Control, Digital Video, Optical Turnstiles Integrators We are truly excited about this opportunity for our employees to become an integral part of Allied Universal" PSSI, with revenues exceeding $16 million and 35 employees, is known as one of the premier integrators for Access Control, Digital Video, Optical Turnstiles, and Intercom systems in the nation. The company provides a complete turnkey installation including system design, project management, conduit, wiring, training, IT support, and system service and maintenance. History of labour relations “We are truly excited about this opportunity for our employees to become an integral part of Allied Universal as our business culture and expertise are a perfect match,” said Daniel Gardner, President of Phoenix Systems & Service, Inc., who will become a consultant to Allied Universal. “I wanted to personally thank all of our employees for their hard work, dedication and commitment to offering superior service to our customers each and every day.” PSSI’s diversified customer base includes several global entities and Fortune 500 companies. The company has a long history of excellent labour relations including unionised field installers, which presents a competitive advantage in the marketplace. PSSI was represented by financial advisor Sandra Jones and Company in the transaction.
Allied Universal, a globally renowned security and facility services company based in North America, is seeking to hire more than 30,000 security professionals and administrative staff to fill positions located throughout the nation over the next two months. In spite of the uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, there are still many industries, such as security services, that are currently hiring to fill essential roles. Business safety and continuance Allied Universal is offering regular and temporary, full-time and part-time opportunities, and these open positions include security professionals, client and account managers, site supervisors, and other functional roles within human resources, sales, finance and IT. “Our clients, and the public at large, rely on us to keep our communities and businesses safe and secure especially during these challenging times,” said Steve Jones, Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal, adding “Our security professionals play a pivotal part ensuring facilities can continue business as usual and other businesses that had to close can rest assured that their assets will remain protected.” Virtual interview process The company is looking for individuals with superior customer services skills, who are dependable and trustworthy Allied Universal employs a virtual interview process where applicants can complete the company’s online application from the comfort of their home through highly advanced video interviewing technology. The company is looking for individuals with superior customer services skills, who are dependable and trustworthy. Someone with security experience is always a plus but not mandatory. For full time positions, company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k), holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. Employee safety and security “Our #1 priority is to keep our employees safe and healthy in the workplace,” said Jones, adding “We have a dedicated safety team constantly monitoring all COVID-19 developments ensuring we continuously educate our employees to understand and follow the CDC guidelines.” Allied Universal offers careers and long-term growth in the thriving security industry. The company has countless examples of individuals that began their career as a security professional and today are in senior leadership positions.
Allied Universal, globally renowned security and facility services company in North America, is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, which commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Security is one of the fastest-growing professional careers worldwide. Today, more and more security companies are employing women. “Allied Universal celebrates the hard-working women who work for us each and every day at all career levels within the organisation,” said Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. “We employ many women in a wide variety of positions including security professionals, administrative and executive positions.” Honouring women security professionals While security is not traditionally a sector that most women consider to build their careers, the landscape has shifted dramatically. It has been an evolution, rather than a revolution, that has attracted the diverse population of employees who now serve as our country’s security professionals. “Every day, thousands of female security professionals put on their uniforms and ensure the safety and security of countless workplaces, schools, shopping malls, and communities,” says Caress Kennedy, Northeast Region President for Allied Universal. The Committee of 200 (C200) It is important to recognise these women for their distinguished service" She is also associated with many industry associations, including The Committee of 200 (C200) - a prestigious network of top-level women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, New York Staffing Association, NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers, NYC Workforce Investment Board and serves on St. John's University Homeland Security Academic Program Advisory Board. Caress adds, “It is important to recognise these women for their distinguished service.” Elizabeth Core, a military veteran and Shift Advisor for Allied Universal, decided to join a security company due to the opportunity to share her military knowledge with her team such as discipline, respect and honesty. For most of her 26-year career in the military, Core was stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC. The security industry is ever-changing and combines the evolution of technology and physical security, coupled with the opportunity for continual learning and growth. Empowering working women “We are able to not only positively impact our clients, but also our world at large,” said Liz Thomas, Vice President of Sales, Northwest Region, Allied Universal. She adds, “Having the opportunity to work at Allied Universal, who serves so many different vertical markets, has opened the door to connect with diverse groups of people and create incredible relationships and long-term friendships with customers and employees, which is the greatest benefit of all.”
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, is pleased to announce that Drew Vollero has received the prestigious Orange County Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award for a private company. Vollero received the honor at the 13th Annual CFO of the Year Awards held at the Hotel Irvine on January 30th. Awards go to Chief Financial Officers for exemplary performance in the preceding fiscal year in five categories. Murray Rudin, Managing Director of Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners in Los Angeles, was master of ceremonies. Profound impact at Allied Universal In addition to Drew Vollero, the additional award winners were: Jack Hartung of Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill for Public Company Ronald Cortez of Irvine-based UCI Division of Finance & Administration for Not-For-Profit Company Jesse Timmermans of Cerritos-based fashion retailer Revolve Clothing for Rising Star Elizabeth Pagliarini of Lake Forest-based Summit Healthcare REIT for Lifetime Achievement “Drew Vollero has had a profound impact at Allied Universal since joining the company in 2018,” said Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. “Drew is an exemplary leader and we are honored that he received this amazing recognition.” Improvements in the capital structure Vollero was the first CFO of Snap Inc., also known as Snapchat, who built the function from scratch and helped guide the company to an initial public offering-- one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history. As a key strategic partner to Jones, he has played a lead role in the acquisition of nine companies in 2019 and completed the successful sale of Allied Universal to new ownership with improvements in the capital structure. In addition, Vollero has focused his efforts on building a premier financial function through the addition of talented leaders, enhanced processes, and useful technology. In conjunction with key leaders at Allied Universal, he continues to drive sales growth, lower costs and improve cash flow. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Economics with high honors from Yale University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Oxford University.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, acquires APG Security - a South Amboy, New Jersey - based company offering manned guarding and investigative services on a national level. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “APG Security’s talented management team has built a reputable business offering top-of-the-line security services on a national level,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “This acquisition is part of our long-term plan to continue to provide unmatched depth of resources into local markets around the country.” Providing top-notch security solutions For more than 42 years, APG Security has been protecting businesses and people by providing top-notch security solutions. APG Security provides its clients with highly trained uniformed security officers, residential and commercial security, special events. “This acquisition will result in an increase in security service offerings and expanded geographic reach for our clients,” said Dennis M. Kelly, CEO of APG Security. “In addition, Allied Universal will offer our elite team of security professionals more opportunities for career management, trainings and growth.” APG Security was represented by Triabacus in the transaction.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, and SOS Security®, a renowned provider of global security services, announces that a definitive agreement has been executed with respect to a transformational merger that creates a security leader in North America and beyond. “I am thrilled to welcome Edward Silverman - one of the most highly regarded leaders of the security industry - and the SOS Security team to the Allied Universal family,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. Providing new security solutions SOS Security brings a complementary and scalable approach to security services to Allied Universal “Like Allied Universal, SOS Security has built a renowned and respected brand of security services. Now, working together, we will be able to combine the best of both brands to elevate security services, the breadth and reach of capabilities and opportunity to provide new security solutions.” Founded in 1969, SOS Security brings a complementary and scalable approach to security services to Allied Universal. With offices in five countries, SOS Security's 15,000 employees work around the world providing safety, security, executive protection, intelligence, consultancy and advisory services, including more than 2,000 assignments last year in over 100 countries through its subsidiary, AS Solution. The company has among the highest retention rates in the industry with respect to customers and security personnel. Comprehensive and integrated technology solutions The joining of Allied Universal and SOS Security establishes the company as a truly differentiated service provider in the global security industry with: A combined force of over 230,000 security professionals; Combined best practices to elevate security service delivery and industry norms; SOS Security’s unique capabilities in international markets and intelligence analysis; Allied Universal’s highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated technology solutions; Expertise in risk management specialising in security consulting, investigations, personal protection and threat, disaster and emergency response; High-level crowd management, event staffing and consulting providing a one-stop solution for event and site security. Delivering personalised services Following the merger, Silverman, the CEO and Founder of SOS Security, will serve as Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee and an Advisor to the Board of Directors, bringing his vision of scalable boutique security service to Allied Universal. “Delivering personalised services, whether operating under a billion or at $10 billion, has always been my mission,” said Silverman. “As part of Allied Universal, and with shared values and purpose, we have a remarkable opportunity to bring specialised security services that reflect client priorities and attract the best resources and strategic partners to the industry.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announces a strategic partnership with LiveSafe to provide mobile, two-way safety communications between the company’s security professionals and customers in order to prevent safety and security incidents. Allied Universal® Technology Services, a division of Allied Universal, will be utilising the LiveSafe Mobile App effective immediately. Safety and security risk intelligence LiveSafe delivers actionable community-sourced safety and security risk intelligence and offers Allied Universal’s customers the ability to complete the following: Tip reporting for suspicious activity and other incidents (anonymous reporting available) Two-way communications with Allied Universal’s security team Push notifications/broadcast messages from Allied Universal’s Monitoring, Posting & Managed Services (MaRC) Emergency calls & messaging SafeWalk & SafeDrive features with a panic button Safety resources and security procedures available This alliance with the LiveSafe Mobile App allows our Security Professionals the ability to receive early warning signs" “This alliance with the LiveSafe Mobile App allows our Security Professionals the ability to receive early warning signs of suspicious activity that could help prevent incidents from occurring,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. The Allied Universal/LiveSafe partnership facilitates Allied Universal’s highly trained Security Professionals to mitigate risks and reduce monetary and non-monetary costs to its customers. Valuable community-sourced risk information "This partnership brings the employees and tenants that Allied protects into the security equation by giving them a mobile app to connect directly to security officers when they have concerns or need help," said LiveSafe CEO and President Carolyn Parent. "We are proud to partner with AlliedUniversal to bring valuable community-sourced risk information to their security professionals and to help the Allied team communicate important safety information to those they protect." Allied Universal® Technology Services division provides electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services and a variety of Global Security Operating Centre (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. Leveraging the flexibility and scalability of these platforms delivers efficiency with improved reliability and response.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, acquires Vinson Guard Service, Inc. - a New Orleans, Louisiana - based company offering manned guarding services throughout the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We cannot be more pleased with this acquisition as Vinson Guard Service's well-established platform, highly skilled security professionals and a proven track record of providing superior security solutions will ideally complement and enhance our business moving forward," said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. High-quality security services Since 1963, Vinson Guard Service has been providing exemplary security solutions to clients and is seen as one of the largest family-run security providers in the United States. A former security officer, Joseph Vinson, Sr., started Vinson Guard Service more than 55 years ago with the vision of offering high-quality security services with a focus on top-notch client satisfaction. With revenues in excess of $24 million and more than 750 employees, Vinson Guard Service provides services in the following states: Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. "I am extremely impressed with Allied Universal's breadth of services and capabilities which is definitely a win for our clients," said Christine Vinson, President & Chairwoman of the Board at Vinson Guard Service. "We are also excited for the opportunities this allows for our employees as it relates to their professional advancements and security careers."
Allied Universal, global security and facility services company in North America, has recently announced the acquisition of Advent Systems, Inc., international low-voltage integrator of IP video, access control, structured cabling and audio/visual systems based in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acquisition of Advent Systems "Adding Advent Systems helps us grow strategically and geographically especially within the Chicago market," said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. "We are excited to continue our strategy of expanding our technology division in order to offer highly advanced solutions for our clients." With revenues exceeding $42 million and 125 employees, Advent systems, Inc. has been providing integrated technology solutions since 1994. With offices in Chicago and Little Rock as well as satellite operations in Texas, the company helps protect property and assets with design, installation and service of integrated electronic security systems. Business security solutions The addition of Advent Systems will expand Allied Universal Technology Services division within the Midwest region"For more than 25 years, we've been dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of service and quality," said Michael Walsdorf, President of Advent Systems, Inc. "We believe Allied Universal supports our business strategy and overall core values, which will result in a continuation of that high level of service and quality to our clients. We're also thrilled to present a path to the future to our employees, who have been an integral part of our growth and success from the beginning." The addition of Advent Systems will expand Allied Universal Technology Services division within the Midwest region. Allied Universal Technology Services provide electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services and a variety of Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. Managed Services "I have known Mike Walsdorf and John Lothrop for 25 years and have successfully partnered with them on many occasions," said Carey Boethel, President of Dallas-based Allied Universal Technology Services. "It is truly an honor to be partnering with them again as we continue to expand our national footprint."
Securing New Ground, the security industry’s annual executive conference this week in New York, offered food for thought about current and future trends in the security marketplace. Highlights from SNG 2019 included keynote remarks from security leaders at SAP, Johnson Controls and the Consumer Technology Association, discussions on how CSOs mitigate security risks, topic-focused thought leadership roundtables and a lively networking reception. Top trends observed at the event include cybersecurity, data privacy, facial recognition and artificial intelligence. A "View from the Top" session covered the need for companies to consider responsible use and ethics around technology; responsibility should extend throughout the organisation. A panel of security leaders emphasised the need to understand the diversity of risks that end users face. As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands connectivity, the inputs, outputs and "attack surface" also expand. It's critical to have security "baked" into products themselves, and also to undertand the mission of the organisation being protected, the context and correlation. Technologies transforming security market Keynote speaker Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, listed the many technologies that will impact the consumer electronics market – and the security market – in the near future: artificial intelligence (AI), voice recognition, the transition to 5G and self-driving cars.As the Internet of Things expands connectivity, the inputs, outputs and "attack surface" also expand “What we're seeing today is a huge turning point in where the world is going,” said Shapiro, whose organisation presents the giant CES trade show each year in Las Vegas. “It’s not just about jobs and technology, but who we are and how we address fundamental human rights.” Privacy is a component of human rights, but “in the world of AI, there is a tradeoff between innovation and privacy”. Balance between security standards Shapiro sees Europe as representing one extreme of privacy, epitomised by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which he sees as stifling innovation. Meanwhile, China is pushing innovation using massive amounts of data with no regard to privacy. The United States, therefore, should look for a balance that acknowledges the inevitability of innovation while respecting privacy and realising it is “always situational.”With new technologies, biometric ID and cybersecurity issues, your business is in a strong and growing place" Too much concern for privacy comes at a cost, Shapiro said. “Privacy zealots are killing facial recognition, step by step by step,” he said. “Regulators should not throw away the baby with the bathwater. Every technology in history has been used to cause evil and to do good. Throughout history any new technology could have been banned and made illegal.” Shapiro offered encouraging words to the security marketplace, even in the wake of large tech firms such as Amazon entering the market. “With new technologies, biometric ID and cybersecurity issues, your business is in a strong and growing place,” he said. “There is opportunity. There will be increasing new things people want, and always new threats. People will want what you're providing, which is physical and technology security in their facility.” Scott Schafer, Chairman of the Board of the Security Industry Association (R), interviewed Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal, on stage about the importance of merging technology with security officers Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones discussed holistic approach Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal, was interviewed on stage about the importance of merging technology with security officers for a holistic approach to securing a facility. “Today, customers are asking us to look at their facility holistically and asking: What is my best approach?” said Jones. A holistic approach includes protecting people, the facility, intellectual property (IP), and how to handle visitors. Manguarding perspective on security Allied Universal looks at security from a manguarding perspective and also from a technology perspective, based on their daily experience managing security for 40,000 customer sites across the United States and Canada.Allied Universal has a new handheld technology platform that uses AI “We are in a unique position in the channel,” said Jones. “We know the stats at any customer site. We know the last time there were repairs on cameras, which card reader is malfunctioning, how long the systems company takes to respond to a call. We are at these locations 24/7 and have an intimate relationship with customer. We are a significant influencer in the decision-making process. We have an opportunity to have a voice, and to build a business around it.” Predictive security “We are looking for technology that will enhance the security of the customer,” said Jones, including situational awareness and analysis of data to predict patterns. Allied Universal has a new handheld technology platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse data, predict outcomes, and prescribe optimum responses. Workforce development – hiring and training new employees – is a big issue for Allied Universal, which last year interviewed more than a million applicants to find around 100,000 employees. They are targeting every demographic, and last year hired 33,000 veterans. The company is using technology to help with the massive recruiting effort, including AI to analyse applicant qualifications and a computer-generated avatar to conduct the first online interview. Future security challenges Jones sees the rapid increase in the homeless population in the United States as one of the biggest security challenges of coming years. The rapid increase in the US homeless population is one of the biggest security challengesMany businesses face the prospect of homeless individuals living in front of their buildings, possibly using drugs or approaching customers. “It has become a real threat,” he said. “When they are living in front of your buildings, in many cases, there are ordinances that allow them to be there so the police will not get involved. It falls on the facility owner and private security to address the problem. Given the large homeless population we have now during good economic times, I don’t know what it will look like in an economic downturn.” Human side of security An SNG session on the human side of security observed that people are the biggest source of vulnerability. Companies should foster a "safety climate" in which security is integral to operations and viewed as something that helps employees rather than create hassles. Human resources is now a technology field and should work together with security to achieve shared goals. At the consumer and small business level, cybersecurity must also be top-of-mind and built into a security companies' DNA. SNG attendees heard about opportunities to move beyond providing products and devices to providing experiences, by partnering with customers to protect what matters most to them. While a bit of inconvenience comes along with security, products should be built in a way that is easy to use, with security baked in. The results are systems people are comfortable engaging with every day. Securing New Ground is presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA).