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Kiwi tech firms unite in global security push
Wed, 14th Aug 2013
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High-growth technology companies, Gallagher, Tait Communications, Wynyard Group and Endace, have come together to form the Security Technology Alliance, a new security proposition for global markets.

STA spokesperson Craig Richardson says that the organisation has brought together successful technology companies to create a new high-growth and high-value industry category for New Zealand which will increase the country’s security capability and help create a value driven economy.

Combined, the businesses deliver different advanced solutions for managing criminal intelligence, cyber security, mission critical communications and physical security.

“The STA is a focused and well-supported initiative aimed at expanding New Zealand’s security industry, capability and export earnings," he says.

"Our companies complement each other’s strengths and joining forces creates a compelling new global market proposition in this high growth market.

“It’s these types of initiatives, in a hi-tech category that has the potential for significantly increasing export earnings, which will lift New Zealand’s profile as a country that is known for its technology and not just its cows and campervans.

“This is a research and development intensive, growing industry for New Zealand, that will attract new capital investment and also create and keep highly skilled technology workers here in New Zealand."

Washington DC

The organisation has recently opened an office in Washington DC, appointing former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for The Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, Louis F. Quijas to the position of Senior VP Strategic Ventures.

Quijas will promote the alliance capability globally, and claims New Zealand is already recognised and respected for the important contribution its companies make internationally to the sector.

“There is a significant global market for security services and the STA will allow more New Zealand companies to create opportunities in global markets," he says.

"Collectively the STA offering is world class and this is also why we want to promote New Zealand’s broader expertise and leverage the combined capability internationally."

Quijas adds that the STA serves as a critical conduit for global markets to access New Zealand security technology. Combined with a growing membership, he believes it will provide global clients with an easy way to access a portfolio of trusted technology companies operating in the security sector.

“New Zealand has an important role to play globally in disrupting trans-national crime and corruption and the STA provides a platform for global markets to leverage alternative technology options as well as empowering New Zealand to increase its share of export revenues from this growing sector," he adds.

While the STA has four recognised foundation members, the STA collaboration agreement allows for other qualified, export focused New Zealand security technology companies to join the alliance.