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Industry News: Enhancing Technology and Security During Renovations at Roosevelt Island

Renovating Roosevelt Island

Sportspark is a recreational facility on Roosevelt Island—located in the East River between New York City and Long Island—providing the community opportunities to exercise, swim, and play. Originally opened in 1977 and operated by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), Sportspark was in need of some serious renovations.

“Over time, it had deteriorated significantly, necessitating a well-capitalized overhaul,” said RIOC President Shelton Haynes.

When renovations started in 2021, RIOC decided to collaborate with technology solutions provider Elite Design Systems (EDS) on a year-long multimedia project that would end up reaching beyond Sportspark and into the larger community. The project involved a wide range of installations and enhancements, including implementing wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) infrastructure to improve communications and connectivity, digital signage solutions, audio and visual technologies for user experiences, and surveillance coverage that encompassed the entire island. The project also covered key locations, including the new Sportspark facility, the youth center, Roosevelt Island’s police station, the Mosaic Church, RIOC’s operating center, and even an iconic lighthouse.


Mergers & Moves

Resideo Technologies, Inc.//Snap One Holdings Corp.

The two companies entered into a definitive agreement for Resideo to buy Snap One for approximately $1.4 billion. After the acquisition closes, Snap One will be integrated into Resideo’s ADI Global Distribution business, strengthening ADI’s position in security products distribution.

Convergint//Panavideo Inc.

Convergint acquired Panavideo, a Canadian-headquartered integrator that specializes in designing, implementing, and servicing access control and video security solutions throughout the Canadian state of Quebec.

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety//ADS Systems

Pye-Barker—the largest fully integrated and full-service fire protection, life safety, and security services provider in the United States—acquired ADS Systems, which will provide security and fire alarm solutions to more customers in the Gulf Coast region.

Allegion plc//Dorcas S.L.

Allegion acquired Dorcas, a Spanish manufacturer of electro-mechanical access control solutions, specializing in electric strikes, electro-mechanical and electro-magnetic locks, access control solutions, and door control products.

VTG//Vana Solutions, LLC

Vana Solutions, a digital transformation provider that offers secure cloud environments and advanced analytics, was acquired by national security solutions provider VTG. The purchase will expand VTG’s portfolio of digital transformation and cloud services, solutions, and technologies to customers in the defense and intelligence community.

Risk Mitigation Consulting//Securicon

Risk Mitigation Consulting (RMC) acquired cybersecurity services provider Securicon. The acquisition will improve RMC’s critical infrastructure protection and industrial cybersecurity abilities.



The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi announced that TruVenue Sports and Entertainment Application InControl Enterprise Dynamics is the 2024 winner of the Golden Eagle Award. The award recognizes excellence in system integration, architecture, engineering or construction—specifically related to the safety and security of spectators, property, and facility infrastructure.


The U.S. Army awarded a follow-on prime $267 million contract to Leidos so it will provide the military division with technology-enabled services, including hardware sustainment, modernization, refresher training, and logistics support.

The U.S. General Services Administration awarded General Dynamics Information Technology a $922 million contract to modernize Central Command’s IT infrastructure.


The American Pharmacists Association published cybersecurity recommendations in May for urgent policy changes to better secure the pharmacy ecosystem and patient safety.



Disaster Recovery

FNTS, a trusted managed services provider specializing in providing IT solutions for organizations, announced a disaster recovery services agreement with Kyndryl, an IT infrastructure service provider. The agreement will give Kyndryl’s cyber resiliency services a boost, especially for customers wanting to provide improved readiness to their resiliency programs.

Cyber Resiliency

Integrated digital solutions provider ZainTECH and HYAS Infosec announced a strategic partnership to provide clients in the Middle East with the ability to proactively detect, identify, and block cyberattacks, improving clients’ cyber resiliency.

Smart Locks

Everest Infrastructure Partners and Iloq entered into a partnership that will bring battery-free smart locks to U.S. telecom towers, helping protect communications infrastructure.