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Sciens Building Solutions Announces First Acquisition in Maryland

Sciens Building Solutions | September 23, 2022 | Read time : 01:38 min

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Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced it has added to its growing portfolio Maryland-based LS Systems just outside of Baltimore.

With four already-established Northeast locations, LS Systems increases Sciens' presence in this region, along with the Washington metropolitan area, allowing them to provide coverage and expanded capabilities to even more customers, while leveraging the unique offerings of LS Systems across the Sciens portfolio.

"Sciens' commitment to a Mid-Atlantic regional expansion, combined with our capabilities and relationships, will enhance our ability to serve our loyal customers, as well as new clients, We chose to partner with Sciens to become part of a platform that can serve our customers locally, regionally, and nationally. LS Systems and Sciens both view growth as a top priority, not only for our customer base but for our valued employees, so we're excited to be a part of the ongoing expansion across the country."

-Derrick Mitchell, President of LS Systems.

LS Systems was established in 1996 just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where it quickly became a well-respected life safety powerhouse focused on design, construction, and maintenance of fire protection, electronic security, and emergency communication systems. Its team of over 90 professionals are market leaders in providing fire and life safety services in the complex healthcare, retail, hospitality, higher education, and government spaces.

"We're taking the fun Sciens journey to Maryland, an exciting addition to our many locations across the country. LS Systems is a true life-safety leader in the Baltimore-area with a team of industry experts whose experience positions them well for growth, Sciens is delighted to partner with Derrick and the entire LS Systems team as we continue on our quest to build the largest independent fire and life safety integrator in the United States."

-Terry Heath, CEO Sciens.

About Sciens Building Solutions:
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and backed by The Carlyle Group, Sciens Building Solutions is a holding company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. This includes the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities. 

About LS Systems:
Founded in 1996 and headquartered near Baltimore Maryland, LS Systems is an industry leader in safety and security systems design, implementation, and maintenance. They offer their clients leading-edge technology, integrated solutions, and passionate problem-solving.

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Trimble | November 09, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and the Hilti Group, a global leader providing innovative tools, technology, software, and services to the commercial construction industry, announced today that the Hilti ON!Track asset management system will integrate with Trimble Viewpoint Vista, an ERP solution within the Trimble Construction One suite. The integration is Hilti's first North American integration with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, and provides a solution for unified tool tracking and more accurate, automatic job allocation, giving contractors one source of truth for tracking and managing their tools and equipment. Now instead of having to manually look, call or guess where tools are or how much to invoice based on their use, contractors can more easily track their tools and equipment in one place and automatically know how much—and where—they were used so that an accurate amount of equipment time can be invoiced. 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Trimble Construction Cloud Powered by Microsoft Azure Launches at Trimble Dimensions+ Conference

Trimble | November 08, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced the launch of Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, an industry cloud to streamline construction projects. Trimble Construction Cloud was developed as part of Trimble's collaboration with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture and transportation industries. Trimble Construction Cloud takes advantage of Microsoft Azure services including Logic Apps, Azure DevOps, and Azure Kubernetes Service. The platform links project teams, data, processes and multiple stakeholders—such as general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers and owners—across all phases of construction projects. Connecting people, processes and workflows enables projects to be completed better, faster, safer, cheaper, and greener. 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Placer Solutions Joins AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as Preferred Partner

Placer Solutions | November 22, 2022

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Holcim | September 29, 2022

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