SMS Integration, formerly Smoky Mountain Systems, began in Franklin in 1982 as a telephone company that soon entered the security market. It has since grown to handle audio-visual setups and home automation. SMS’ security products include video surveillance, live monitoring, alarms, personal medical alert devices, and controlled access. In 2015, the company expanded to add a branch in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now, the company has announced the acquisition of Lint Security of Gainesville, Georgia. Both companies’ founders, security veterans Dom D’Ascoli and James Lint, served over twenty years together as members of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association, and they stayed in touch. After Lint retired, his son approached D’Ascoli with a request to sell. The businesses are similar, with Lint designing, installing, and servicing security systems, fire alarms, home theater systems, business phones, and computer networks. D’Ascoli said it was easy to reach an agreement. While terms of the deal have not been released, SMS will acquire 1,000 accounts, those accounts, and the 500-600 SMS already had in northern Georgia, will be serviced by the Lint brand. D’Ascoli is interested in acquiring additional businesses and expanding into Florida in the near future.