Lone worker market leader Connexion2 has been acquired by the US firm Kings III of America in a strategic move to strengthen core business offerings on either side of the Atlantic and to develop sales strategies in new target geographies.
Both businesses already supply class-leading solutions to a range of market sectors and share a strong customer-centric ethos. The acquisition will allow the business to increase the scale of its lone worker solution offering in North America and Europe whilst ensuring that customers continue to receive innovative, fit for purpose solutions backed by exemplary customer support.
Connexion2 was launched in 2003, backed by investors including South Yorkshire Investment Fund, and manufacture the UK’s most widely deployed lone worker device called Identicom. Identicom is a unique communication device giving discreet wear and comprehensive protection to a lone working user. There are now over 110,000 devices in circulation offering users a host of functionality including 24/7 support, truly discreet form factor, verbal abuse capture, Man Down detection, SiRF IV GPS and an innovative camera function. Connexion2 has always been proud to manufacture Identicom in the UK.
Kings III was founded in 1989 and provides class-leading emergency communication solutions to customers across North America. The business also provides a host of associated turnkey solutions for use in elevators, at poolside, in garages, car parks, cash machines, arena’s and large facilities. Kings III has a state of the art Emergency Dispatch Centre staffed with operators equipped with advanced training certifications, providing a key differentiator in their industry.
Connexion2 will retain its existing trading name and its SoloProtect brand-presence throughout the United Kingdom. Kings III’s acquisition will help facilitate the further development of a number of key European & Asian markets. Additionally, Kings III will supplement its substantial core business offering in the US with a new North American Division of SoloProtect, formerly branded discreetSOS prior to the acquisition, featuring Kings III Emergency Dispatch Centre Monitoring.
Craig Swallow, managing director of Connexion2, commented, “We’re delighted to announce Kings III’s acquisition of Connexion2 as we believe this will enable us to provide our market leading lone worker solutions and customer support to a greater number of businesses. For a while now, Connexion2 has sought a strategic partnership that truly allows it to develop fully into other target geographic markets. I believe the partnership with Kings III will enable us to do this in the coming years”.
Dennis Mason, president of Kings III of America, added: “This represents an exciting new chapter for Kings III, we believe the growth of lone worker security in the UK and the US makes it a key strategic move for our business. We have a relentless desire to deliver best of breed solutions to all of our customers and Connexion2 demonstrated the same ethos”.