i2, a UK-based provider of intelligence and investigation management software, has agreed to acquire Tucson, Ariz.-based Knowledge Computing Corp. No financial terms were disclosed. i2 is a portfolio company of Silver Lake Sumeru, while Knowledge Computing raised a small amount of VC funding from firms like Primus Management and Diamond State Ventures.
i2, the premier global provider of intelligence and investigation management software, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Knowledge Computing Corporation (KCC), makers of the award winning analysis software COPLINK®.
Prior to the merger, both i2 and KCC were independently solid companies and now have joined together to create an even stronger entity. Since 1998, Tucson based KCC has provided its technology-based crime-fighting product COPLINK® to thousands of leading edge law enforcement agencies for crime-fighting operations nationwide. Within this past quarter, KCC continued to successfully build out its law enforcement footprint throughout the states of California and North Carolina. In addition, they expanded the capabilities of COPLINK® with the addition of a new Facial Recognition module.
i2 continues to stay ahead of the technology curve having launched i2 Analyst’s Notebook 8, which is a part of the i2 Intelligence-Led Operations Platform – a powerful new analytical and visualisation software platform enabling law enforcement, government, military, intelligence and commercial organisations to proactively solve, deter, prevent, predict and disrupt the world’s most sophisticated criminal and terrorist threats.
The new company will have 350 global employees and support a combined 4,500 public and private sector clients in 149 countries. Robert Griffin, formerly CEO of KCC, will serve as CEO of the newly combined company and will lead the existing i2 senior management team. “The merger between i2 and KCC not only strengthens business operations across core markets but, more importantly, is one that we believe will spur tremendous innovation that benefits our global customer base,” notes Griffin, who joined KCC in 2002. “With i2’s proven track record delivering intelligence analysis and visualisation solutions to public safety, military, national security and commercial organisations coupled with KCC’s unmatched experience serving the law enforcement market, we believe the newly combined firm is ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for solutions that address an increasingly complex global threat environment.”
The transaction strategically aligns the two organisations’ complementary global resources and furthers i2’s mission to deliver innovative software solutions that support intelligence-led operations across public safety, military, national security and commercial organisations. Under terms of the merger agreement, the new entity will be called i2 and continue to have primary operations in the United Kingdom (Cambridge) and the United States (McLean, VA and Tucson, AZ).
Founded in 1990, i2 is the leading provider of intelligence and investigation management software for public safety, military, national security and commercial organisations. The Intelligence-Led Operations Platform launched in May, enables analysts and investigators to quickly understand complex scenarios and volumes of seemingly unrelated data, perform analysis and communicate the results. More than 2,000 organisations in over 115 countries rely on i2 road-tested technology to prevent crime and terrorism by uncovering hidden connections faster and making the right decision at the right time.
About Knowledge Computing Corporation
Since its formation in 1998, Knowledge Computing Corp. has provided technology-based crime-fighting solutions to leading edge law enforcement agencies nationwide. COPLINK supports over 3,000 jurisdictions nationwide. Spanning across 20 states, and including four of the nation’s five largest cities, COPLINK is helping law enforcement officers fight crime, thwart terrorism and improve community safety through comprehensive information sharing.