22nd Century Technologies acquires public safety software provider

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This iteration of the government technology and management consulting company's strategy includes an emphasis on products.

22nd Century Technologies started in 1997 as an IT and management consulting company focused on government agencies, a service line that remains core to the strategy.

In looking at what’s next, 22nd Century has identified products as key to its expansion across the overall public sector landscape. That has led 22nd Century to acquire Queues Enforth Development, a developer of computer-aided dispatch and records management systems for public safety agencies.

Terms of the transaction announced Tuesday were not disclosed, but QED touts its software as being used by 340 public safety agencies. QED also becomes the new product division of 22nd Century.

"This acquisition is a strategic pivot towards building and growing a product-centric organization that complements our existing services," 22nd Century chief executive Anil Sharma said in a release. Our vision is to infuse cutting-edge technologies including generative AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, and advanced analytics to revolutionize and enhance public safety software for our widespread governmental network, leading the path towards a safer and more secure future."

QED traces its history to 1974, but adopted its current name in 1990 after the combination of Enforth Corp. and Queues Limited. QED’s employees acquired their company in 2000.

McLean, Virginia-headquartered 22nd Century has recorded approximately $78.9 million in unclassified federal contract and grant awards over the trailing 12-month period, according to GovTribe data. The departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Labor represent the company’s three largest customers.