Perimeter security solutions manufacturer Sorhea has acquired Reno, Nev.-based Protech, which specializes in high-security outdoor intrusion sensors, expanding the global reach of the French company, which does business in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

“The merger with Protech further increases Sorhea’s market share in the USA, Canada and the Americas,” said Eric Thord, president of Sorhea’s Technology Group. “The addition of Protech’s line of products and unique sensor technology combined with Sorhea’s complementary products will provide our clients globally a full range of quality outdoor perimeter products.”

The combination of the two companies is expected to create even more opportunities in the markets where Protech has focused. “The merger is also expected to permit a much greater penetration in our military, government and U.S. infrastructure markets and will enable Protech to offer a full complement of outdoor perimeter solutions to our present customer base,” said Larry Thomas, chief operating officer of Protech USA.

Originally a manufacturer of active infrared barriers exclusively, Sorhea now develops a range of perimeter security solutions based on seven technologies: infrared barriers, shock-detection, active fence, dual-technology sensor, video motion analyzer, thermal camera and telemetric infrared laser detection.

Protech’s microwave sensors are used extensively to secure infrastructure sites in the U.S., including electrical substations, water utilities, dams, bridges, transportation, oil platforms and refineries and other critical sites in the chemical and petrochemical markets, as well as military bases around the world.

Sorhea will continue to use Protech’s Nevada manufacturing facility and will work to ensure its customers are well-served during the time it takes to combine Sorhea and Protech. “The integration of both companies will take place over the next few months. Our clients will continue to receive the same high-quality service which they have come to expect,” Thord said.