CompuDyne acquires SigInt specialist Signami

Published 24 July 2006

Signal intelligence is becoming big business, and versatile security solutions provider bolsters its offerings by acquiring a sigint specialist

Yogi Berra said that “You can observe a lot just by watching.” More and more governments have come to the conclusion that they can observe a lot just by listening (in evidence The NSA domestic spying project in the United States). This is the age of signal intelligence (SigInt), and Pleasanton, California-based CompuDyne Corporation (Nasdaq: CDCY), a provider of security products, integration, and technology for the public security markets, know it: It has acquired substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Severna Park, Maryland-based Signami LLC, a producer of software and hardware systems for signals intelligence gathering. The acquisition will strengthen CompuDyne’s presence in the domestic and international marketplace for special SigInt systems.

CompuDyne in recent years has made a significant investment in positioning itself as an important supplier of products and solutions for homeland security. The company’s various divisions supply a wide range of security integration services, among them blast and attack resistant windows and doors, vehicle security barriers, computer-aided dispatch and related software for first responders, and intrusion detection systems. The Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Data Control Systems (DCS) division of CompuDyne’s Integrated Electronic Systems (IES) subsidiary, has more than fifty years of experience in producing signal intercepts and analysis systems used in intelligence gathering applications.

Signami is a five-year old company which made a name for itself as the developer of SignalWorks, a Windows-based software used around the world for signals collection and analysis. Signami hardware and software systems are used by agencies in the U.S. intelligence community as well as by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Department of State has given Signami export licensing to supply some of its intelligence gathering capabilities to the intelligence agencies of seventeen foreign governments.