ATCI adds wireless with JBE Tech.
MIAMI--ATC International, a voice, data and security integrator, announced this week the acquisition of JBE Technology, a wireless technology provider based in Hollywood, Fla., serving southern Florida and Latin America. Terms of the deal were not released.
"We were looking to expand our Wi-Fi business," said ACTI president Chris Cavallo, "not only on a municipal basis, but we're also getting a lot of requests from our customers about wireless. Wireless technology is becoming the premiere technology being requested of our company today."
JBE president Ernie DelSol will join ACTI, along with three of his employees. DelSol's responsibilities will now include business development for ACTI, which also has an El Salvador office, "in places like the Carribean," said Cavallo, "places we haven't been to before, but would be receptive to our solutions, like Latin America."
JBE has an extensive history in municipal Wi-Fi, having installed a four-square-mile Wi-Fi hot zone in Hollywood, for instance, and has installed point-to-point wireless networks on a number of campus environments.
"Now," said DelSol, "you have the ability to put a camera anywhere ... and for access control, the industry is going to a controller-per-door. With wireless, the connection is easily established," and there's money to be saved in reduced wiring.
"The cost is cheaper, much cheaper, than running a wire," said DelSol, when it comes to large installations. His company, he said, has ironed out a number of the early wireless pitfalls, and is ready to combine with ACTI to push the technology further into the security field.
In other ACTI news, the company has just opened new offices in Orlando, Fla., and Port Neches, Texas, where they will operate as ATC Security Technology.
Both locations are attractive because of booming construction markets, said Cavallo, and "because of our acquisition of JBE, we now have additional services, such as triple play, voice, video, and data. There is a method to our madness."