The big splash security systems integrators made in the market during the first three quarters of 2008 was tempered by a fourth quarter that looked more like a quiet ripple in the water. Some firms, which admitted they had been on target for 10 percent or higher growth – had the latter part of the year held up like the first part – ended the year by finishing just about even with 2007, or maybe slightly above.

In the end, total annual revenue of the largest systems integrators ranked on SDM’s 2009 Top Systems Integrators Report, grew slightly less than 1 percent to reach $7.86 billion. On the Web at

Numerous integrators take great pride in the SDM listing.

For example, Adesta, LLC, a systems integrator and project management company for communication networks and electronic security systems, released the news that it was included in the top 20 of the recent annual ranking of the nation’s top 100 security systems integrators.

“We are very honored to be recognized for the seventh consecutive year by SDM Magazine,” said Bob Sommerfeld, President of Adesta. “The Security industry is constantly changing and growing. Recognition like this acknowledges that Adesta is changing and growing as well. We greatly appreciate this distinction.”

SDM Magazine publishes the list of top security companies annually. The report ranks by revenue the largest firms that contract electronic security projects for commercial, industrial, institutional, government and other non-residential markets. These systems integration firms are businesses that derive more than half of their revenue from the sale, design/engineering, installation and service of multi-technology electronic security systems, such as access control, video surveillance, alarms, perimeter security and other network-based technologies.

Adesta provides clients a wide variety of security systems including intrusion detection, access control, closed circuit television, video analytics, physical security, command and control centers, situation management, perimeter security including fencing and barricades, radar, sonar and counter-terrorism measures, along with integrated communication networks and infrastructure to support them. Adesta’s security clients include many of the nation’s largest ports and waterways, hydroelectric facilities, water and wastewater facilities, electrical utilities, petrochemical facilities, transit agencies, schools, corporate facilities and a variety of U.S. military facilities across the nation and around the world.

Adesta has deployed over 2 million fiber miles in more than 150 metropolitan and rural areas and completed over 1,000 large-scale electronic security systems in the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Adesta is managed by executives from the telecommunications, construction and security industries.