Skyhawk acquires Big Networks

Skyhawk Security, a Baton Rouge company that offers live video monitoring to businesses from North Carolina to California, has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Big Networks, a local information technology firm.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The combined company will be known as Skyhawk Group and will have about 20 employees.

Paul Ellis and Brett Lofton, who are principals of Skyhawk with Stuart Gilly, said the acquisition made sense. The deal broadens what Skyhawk can offer, such as Internet and phone service along with video monitoring. While every company has IT needs, not every firm needs live video monitoring, Ellis and Lofton said.

Skyhawk plans to grow in the near future by offering more services to its existing customer base, which includes business in industries such as petrochemical, construction and professional services such as architects and lawyers. Ellis said the $60 billion in industrial construction projects statewide that are on the drawing board is also a potential source of additional business.