Qognify completes acquisition of On-Net Surveillance Systems in bid to expand global presence

Steve Shine

Steve Shine

Qognify, the technology solutions provider for physical security and enterprise incident management projects, has acquired On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc (OnSSI) and the OnSSI company SeeTec GmbH. In bringing these award-winning technology solution portfolios together under one roof – including Qognify VisionHub, OnSSI Ocularis and SeeTec Cayuga – Qognify (which is backed by global investment firm Battery Ventures) becomes one of the largest VMS, video analytics, Physical Security Information Management and critical incident management companies in the world.

Based in New York, OnSSI was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing comprehensive and intelligent IP VMS. Today, the company has an established presence in more than 100 countries, where its Ocularis and Cayuga VMS solutions are relied upon by education, Government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, public safety, transportation and utilities organisations.

With Qognify’s proven pedigree in delivering successful projects for financial services companies, mass transit infrastructure, large international airports and seaports, as well as Smart/Safe City projects around the world, the acquisition sees the company establish a dominant global position in both the mid-market and enterprise sectors.

Gadi Piran

Gadi Piran

For its part, SeeTec GmbH is a pioneer of IP video technology and a leading provider of VMS software in Europe. The Germany-based company was acquired by OnSSI in 2015 and boasts 100 employees working out of offices across mainland Europe, Dubai, Scandinavia and the UK.

Steve Shine, CEO and president of Qognify, stated: “OnSSI and SeeTec solutions have a deservedly excellent reputation throughout the security sector. This is the perfect time to bring together our collective pool of physical security talent and technologies in order to increase the range of target markets we’re able to serve. The partnership also greatly increases the number of customers and partners for the combined business. This is without doubt a very exciting agreement for all of us.”

Jesse Feldman

Jesse Feldman

Gadi Piran, co-founder, president and CTO of OnSSI, responded: “This coming together of two of the security sector’s most innovative companies unleashes unrivalled opportunities for collaboration and brings to market a proposition that meets all security and operational management requirements, from powerful VMS solutions through to full-scale intelligent situational awareness. Our collective market reach is truly global, with a strong presence in Europe, the US and Asia that will continue to grow.”

Jesse Feldman, general partner at Battery Ventures (which acquired Qognify from NICE Systems in 2015), observed: “Qognify has rapidly established itself as a trusted and progressive brand in the physical security sector. The acquisition of the OnSSI Group – a high-profile brand in the security market in its own right – is a major achievement in its history, but most importantly lays down a marker regarding its intent to grow faster and bigger.”

Steve Shineconcluded: “Following the swift closing of the deal, we now look forward to focusing on 2019, supporting all Qognify, OnSSI and SeeTec partners and customers, while also substantially expanding our geographic reach and market penetration.”

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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