SAS’ second recent acquisition builds intelligence sector

Purchase of VSTI adds analytic intelligence solutions component

SAS has made its second major purchase within two months with the completion of its acquisition of Vision Systems & Technology Inc., a provider of analytic intelligence solutions to the U.S. intelligence community.

Financial details of the transaction between the two private companies were not released.

Founded in 1997, VSTI provides advanced software systems that assist in high-volume contextual data reduction, analytic discovery, information dissemination, and intelligence analysis alerts within the federal intelligence community, SAS said today in a news release.

Government customers also include the Defense Department, Navy, Air Force and the state of Maryland Consulting and Technical Services.

VSTI’s chief executive, Dwayne Robinson, will report to Karen Knowles, general manager of SAS Federal LLC.

The acquisition of the Ellicott City, Md., company strengthens SAS’ ability to deliver solutions to the public security market and closely follows last month’s acquisition of Memex, a firm based in Glasgow, Scotland, specializing in solutions that enhance public safety and deter crime, the announcement states.

The acquisition will enable SAS to form the key element of an international business to sell both SAS and Memex solutions to the national security, intelligence and law enforcement communities, SAS said at the time of the acquisition.

Memex law enforcement community clients include the state police of Delaware, Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the Kansas City Terrorism Early Warning Group; the Los Angeles and Philadelphia police departments; the Central California Intelligence Center; and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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