Further extending its technological capabilities, Stallion Security has announced it has acquired Myertal Tactical Security. Myertal specialises in offsite monitoring and will enhance Stallion’s capabilities in the remote monitoring and artificial intelligence space. The deal was finalised as of
Kevin Monk, MD of Stallion’s Technology Division, says, “Myertal operates throughout South Africa, with about 42% of its customers in the Western Cape. This will strengthen Stallion’s reach in the region while enhancing our overall offsite monitoring capabilities significantly. All Myertal employees will join Stallion and operators will be integrated into its new state-of-the-art control room in Johannesburg.”
Schneeberger heads offsite monitoring business
Stallion has appointed Wayne Schneeberger as the MD of its offsite monitoring business, which will now constantly be monitoring over 6000 cameras across the country using the latest surveillance and AI-enhanced technologies to provide a range of services to its clients.
Schneeberger started in the security industry in the mid-1990s and has worked for various companies in South Africa and the UK. His last positions included heading the CCTV and access control unit at EOH and a senior management position at Praesidiad (Betafence).
“This is an exciting time for the offsite monitoring market as the capabilities we can take advantage of from a technology point of view are growing by the day,” notes Schneeberger. “Stallion has positioned itself at the forefront of the offsite monitoring market for the security and facilities management industries, being able to sift through mountains of data to ensure the right, relevant information gets to the right people at the right time.
“Stallion’s offsite monitoring offerings go beyond traditional security and include monitoring and managing IoT devices and scada systems from our centralised control room, which currently consists of 55 controllers and additional operations staff, all backed up by the other services in the Stallion group.”
Kane takes the reins at MASC
Stallion acquired MASC solutions in 2018 and the company has been run as the system integration arm of Stallion Security since then, under the leadership of founder Mike Smiles. Smiles has now retired and Mark Kane, another industry veteran, has been appointed as the MD of MASC.
Kane started his career in the mid-1990s as well, gaining experience in the South African, American and Canadian markets. In the mid-2000s he returned to South Africa and has been involved with many well-known industry names, such as 4C Technologies and SSG. He joined Stallion as the MD of MASC (still run as an independent company) in January 2022.
“The drawcard for me joining MASC was the focus Stallion places on technology and integrating intelligent systems into all areas of the group’s operations,” explains Kane. “He says MASC is an ‘old-school’ systems integrator as it retains all the skills it needs onboard and does not outsource any work (it currently employs over 60 people). It is also active in Africa and boasts some big-name brands as long-term customers.
Focus on innovation
Monk says Stallion is fortunate to appoint such experienced security practitioners in these key areas of its business and hints that further acquisitions may be forthcoming. “A key driver for the business is innovation,” he says. “Having people with the broad experience and reputation of Kane and Schneeberger onboard will only serve to enhance the group’s ability to integrate proven technology into all its operations and enable its workforce to function at optimal productivity levels at all times.”
The industry should be on the lookout for more exciting news from the Stallion group in the coming weeks and months.
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