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Windsor firm among first group of AIA certified integrators


Vista Solutions, Inc., based in Windsor, Ont., is among four companies worldwide that have achieved the AIA Certified System Integrator certification.

The AIA announced the names of the first integrator companies during an event they held at the VISION show in Stuttgart, Germany on Nov. 7. The other companies are Minnesota-based i4 Solutions, LLC, Michigan-based LEONI Vision Solutions and Brazil’s Ponfac S/A.

The certifications are effective for three years, at which time they can re-certify.

To qualify as AIA Certified System Integrators, companies must meet AIA’s specific criteria for years of vision system integration experience, skill level of employees (with a minimum number of advanced level Certified Vision Professionals), number of successful integration projects completed each year, and verifiable experience in the industries they wish to show specialization.

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“LEONI was a big supporter of this program that helps system integration companies demonstrate their experience and they were our first official AIA Certified System Integrator company. They were followed by Vista Solutions, i4 Solutions and Ponfac and we expect two more companies to be announced soon,” said Dana Whalls, AIA vice president, in a statement.

“This program was years in the making and was something that both the end user and system integrator communities asked us to develop; their input was crucial to its success. The certification is just one more tool that companies can use to evaluate their system integration partners. The system integration companies can use their certification to show third party verification of critical qualifications. This really is a win-win for the industry,” said Whalls.