Xtralis acquires video monitoring company Heitel

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

BRUSSELS, Belgium—Xtralis, a global provider of early fire-, gas- and security- threat detection solutions, in July announced the acquisition of Kiel, Germany-based CCTV manufacturer HeiTel Digital Video GmbH. It's an acquisition that Xtralis says positions the company well for the surveillance market.

"Xtralis has been a dominant player in the remote and central monitoring market with its ADPRO by Xtralis branded product line with a very strong position, particularly in the UK," Xtralis deputy GM Security and VP, Remote Surveillance Kim Loy told Security Systems News. "Through the acquisition of HeiTel Digital Video GmbH, the global market position for remote video monitoring will expand dramatically for the Xtralis group in both product offering and geographic reach in the U.S., [and the rest of the world.]"

According to an Xtralis release, HeiTel will remain as a complementary brand name within the Xtralis security product range. Xtralis also maintains two well-known fire brand names with its VESDA and ICAM fire detectors products.

"The intelligent remote monitoring market is one of the fastest growing segments of the maturing video surveillance market due to quickly advancing technology and industry standards," Xtralis president and CEO Samir Samhouri said in a release. "Intelligent remote monitoring provides proactive protection through video verified alarms and controlled response at much lower annual costs than alternative solutions."

The acquisition enhances Xtralis’ position as one of the leading manufacturers of video surveillance and central monitoring solutions, according to the release.

"Both the HeiTel and ADPRO by Xtralis product lines are feature-rich in video monitoring," Loy said. "These products can be monitored in a central monitoring station that also does fire/intrusion monitoring."

Heitel, a developer, manufacturer and distributor of hardware and software solutions for video intervention and remote monitoring, had been pushing into the U.S. market for a couple years with its Video Gateway solution that bridged the gap between legacy analog DVRs and the central station.