AGT Forms Strategic Partnership With Microsoft to Drive Integrated Technology Solutions for Global Homeland Security Market

- Important step in meeting challenge of integrating security in globalization

Jun 29, 2010, 15:30 ET from AGT International

ASPEN, Colo., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The challenge of ensuring that security solutions are fully integrated into the globalized economy of the 21st century took an important step forward today with the announcement at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that AGT International will partner with Microsoft to drive integrated technology solutions for the homeland security market. A privately-held firm with aggregate global sales in excess of $7 billion, AGT delivers advanced technology security systems and intelligence solutions for governments and corporations through its group of companies operating on five continents.

Sharing a belief that the benefits of globalization for the world economy need to be accompanied by in-built sophisticated security technology, the two companies will partner to provide government homeland security and corporate customers with complete solutions that combine AGT's software integration capabilities in intelligence, analytics and systems with Microsoft technology along with its security framework and services.

Under the partnership agreement, Microsoft and the AGT group of companies will jointly deliver consulting services and fully integrated security services for corporate and government customers.

Enabling AGT's analytics software to be integrated into Microsoft's security framework for customers around the world, the agreement provides AGT with the opportunity to use delivery partners from among its group of companies that best fit the individual needs of customers in each market.  Delivery partners will include 3i-MIND, which specializes in developing software solutions that collect data from sensors as well as Web and traditional databases. It also provides unique prediction capabilities, hypothesis modeling, and sense-making systems to support the fields of urban management, intelligence and law-enforcement.

"Microsoft looks forward to deploying world-class security and national security software solutions with AGT," said Wes Anderson, Vice President, Microsoft Public Sector Services. "AGT is a proven, vetted player in the global security industry, and deeply understands market needs. Today's announcement is a win for customers."

AGT's founder and chief executive officer, Mati Kochavi added: "Governments and corporations worldwide are increasingly aware that conventional defense-type approaches to addressing terrorism and organized crime are no longer an effective response. There is a compelling case for smarter investment in sophisticated technologies and solutions that write security into the very source code of globalization. With our shared vision of a new approach to this challenge, our partnership with Microsoft will provide pure-play security solutions that are proven, scalable and customer-focused."

About Microsoft:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About AGT International:

One of the fastest growing security solutions companies in the World with sales in excess of $7 billion, AGT International is a privately-held group of companies that provide high technology security systems and solutions, emergency response systems and urban management solutions globally.

AGT is the first truly integrated, truly global safety and security company. With its headquarters based in Zurich, Switzerland, and operations on 5 continents, the firm has built a diverse talent-bank of employees with a wide range of expertise in security and defense, intelligence, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science and information technology.

AGT's founder and CEO is Mati Kochavi. AGT's solutions are driven by Mr. Kochavi's vision that security must be an integral component of the infrastructure of globalization in the 21st century. Under his leadership AGT's approach has combined cutting-edge data analysis, operational analysis on threat assessment, and next-generation technology to create unique security, emergency response and urban management solutions.

Mr. Kochavi is a successful global entrepreneur and investor, having founded new enterprises in diverse industries across the world including computer software, technology games and management and telecommunications technologies.

About 3i-MIND:

3i-MIND is the pioneer in a new category of technology that leverages data, operational know-how, and human intuition to dramatically advance the value of intelligence and insights. 3i-MIND's customers include the world's most demanding government and security organizations, urban authorities, law enforcement organizations. The company applies ground-breaking technologies, machine learning, modeling, and decision-support systems across the proprietary 3i-MIND Framework – making it simple to acquire real-time and comprehensive knowledge, even in the most complex of environments.

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