SDI Acquires X7, Reinforces Specialization in Enterprise Critical Infrastructure

August 26, 2013

Growing Integrator Merges IT and Physical Security Expertise to Deliver Tailored Solutions for Complex Technical Environments

SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC), a leading systems integrator focused on mission-critical technologies and infrastructure, announces the acquisition of X7, a Washington, D.C.-based systems integrator that provides comprehensive security management systems. The acquisition, SDI’s second in as many months, establishes SDI as a $70M systems integrator specializing in the complex technical requirements, risk mitigation strategies, and advisory services required by critical infrastructure-intensive environments.

“Every organization’s critical infrastructure presents unique threat measures and operational requirements, demanding a tailored approach to building its security technology platform. SDI brings deep IT expertise throughout the lifecycle of large-scale security technology programs to gain functionality, cost, and productivity advantages for our clients,” states SDI Founder and CEO David A. Gupta.  “X7’s system design-build competence, advanced industry certifications, and proven management team complement our subject matter experts, further strengthening us as a single-source provider of integrated security platforms and managed services for critical infrastructure and campus environments.”

Founded in 1999 as the Orion Systems Group, X7 provides security program management, system deployment, and system sustainment services throughout the National Capital Region.  With offices in Washington, D.C. and Louisville, KY, X7’s current contracts include city-wide and campus-wide initiatives for enterprise clients including the District of Columbia’s Citywide Electronic Security System (ESS) program, the Metropolitan Police Department, Virginia Tech University and Morgan State University.

“The security integration market continues to shift in favor of centralized planning and purchasing by CSOs, deployed and managed by IT-centric organizations,” observes David Taylor, X7 CEO.  “The increasing complexity of technology, information systems, and regulatory compliance – particularly in the critical infrastructure marketplace – demands the elite expertise, engineering, and operational support provided by SDI and X7.”

“X7 has established long-term relationships with clients to help them recognize the benefit of leveraging security technology and their IT infrastructure to create standardization across platforms and lower their total cost of solution ownership,” states Paul Garver, President of X7.  “SDI is an ideal partner for X7 given the depth of their past performance, advanced technical expertise, and status as trusted security advisor to its client base.”

SDI specializes in comprehensive security technology programs, with substantial past performance in designing, building, and operating advanced command centers, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems, video surveillance systems, and underlying IT infrastructure.  SDI’s client roster includes some of the nation’s largest airport systems, water utilities, toll authorities, public school systems, 911 centers, and public transit systems. SDI is capitalized by LLR Partners, a private investment firm with more than $2 billion under management, to fund its continued growth. SDI recently added i-sys, Corp, a nationally-recognized systems integrator that delivers integrated security, environmental and fire safety solutions to its portfolio of companies.

“With the latest addition of X7 to the SDI companies, SDI has become the preeminent firm in the industry to provide industry and government the trusted partner they seek to provide consultation, installation, and support to protect and secure their people, assets, and operations,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Diver.  “Together, X7 and SDI provide a relationship-driven, agile technology partner without sacrificing the capabilities, expertise, execution capacity, and resources needed to deliver complex security integration initiatives.”

The SDI Companies – SDI, i-sys, and X7 – will be participating and presenting several sessions at ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2013) in Chicago from September 24-27.