Lone worker system supplier Connexion2 has been acquired by the US-based emergency communications company, Kings III, in a strategic move to strengthen core business offerings and to develop sales strategies in new target geographies. Both businesses supply solutions to a range of market sectors and share a customer-centric ethos. The acquisition will allow the business to increase the scale of its lone worker solution whilst ensuring that customers continue to receive the right level of customer support. Connexion2 was launched in 2003, and manufacture the Identicom lone worker device. The manufacturer claims there are over 110,000 devices in circulation offering verbal abuse capture, man down detection, GPS and camera functionality is a discreet unit. Kings III was founded in 1989 and provides emergency communication solutions across North America. The business also provides turnkey solutions for use in elevators, at poolside, in garages, car parks, cash machines, arenas and large facilities. Connexion2 will retain its existing trading name and brand presence throughout the United Kingdom. The acquisition will help facilitate development of a number of key European and Asian markets.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.