Mitie Security acquires security tech specialist Global Aware International Group

Mitie Security has acquired the Global Aware International Group (GAIG), the provider of niche intelligent software and security solutions, for an undisclosed sum. This move further accelerates the growth of Mitie’s premium technology-enabled and intelligence-led security solutions and bolsters its credentials in providing truly connected security services.

GAIG’s solutions are specifically designed to support the management of building security across client estates and are now the products of choice in some of the world’s most iconic high-rise commercial buildings. Mitie Security already has a long-standing partnership with GAIG, which currently provides bespoke technology solutions to a number of Mitie’s major retail security clients.

The cloud-based technology solutions designed by GAIG allow clients to manage, communicate and audit security activity across their estates online via desktops or hand-held devices. This includes everything from managing routine tasks through to dynamically creating tasks based on incidents or situation changes. The technology also enables the assignment of tasks to individual users ensuring actions are completed within defined timescales or escalated to a supervisor where appropriate.

The technology can be used to guide companies through the management of major incidents, providing business continuity support without having to refer to operational procedures when time is critical. Information is automatically captured and shared with appropriate parties on a secure basis.

Tailored dashboards

Jason Towse: leader of Mitie's security management business

Jason Towse: leader of Mitie’s security management business

The platform collates data from a number of sources including client access control systems, as well as external sources such as police crime data, in order to create tailored dashboards which can be bespoke to individual issuers. This dynamic approach provides real-time actionable insights, ensuring businesses have access to the latest information on their estates and security operations. Trend analyses may be conducted over longer periods.

GAIG also provides real-time reporting for business travellers or lone workers to mitigate risks during critical events, whether they be medical or fire emergencies, terrorist threats or pandemic issues.

This technology-enabled approach to security guarding ensures security models continue to evolve and adapt with client needs. From small businesses to large blue chip corporate end users, GAIG’s clients cross a range of sectors including the media, financial services, high security environments such as Data Centres and other Critical National Infrastructure facilities.

Senior leadership team

David Evans

David Evans

The deal means that GAIG’s founder and CEO, David Evans, will now join Mitie Security and take a seat on its senior leadership team, bringing valuable expertise in security technology development. All GAIG staff will join the Mitie Security team.

Jason Towse, managing director at Mitie Security, said: “Mitie Security continues to gather momentum. Just as security needs to continue to evolve, we need to remain one step ahead. Adding GAIG to the Mitie portfolio is just the next evolution in providing our customers with the best tech-enabled and intelligence-led security services available on the market.”

David Evans responded: “The Global Aware International Group team is excited that this acquisition will further enhance our joint technical solution for clients across Mitie’s portfolio.”

About the Author
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.

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