The civic-tech giant Tyler Technologies announced Tuesday that it’s adding to its portfolio of payment vendors with the acquisition of US eDirect, a software provider that specializes in reservations, tickets and fees for outdoor recreational facilities.
The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, folds US eDirect into NIC, the electronic payments provider that Tyler absorbed last year in a $2.3 billion purchase.
US eDirect, which is headquartered in Roslyn Heights, New York, sells a platform called Recreation Dynamics and counts among its clients park systems in 10 states — including California, Florida and Ohio — as well as sites in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company claims that in Ohio alone, it booked about 1 million nights of camping across 75 parks, a 14% increase over 2020 amid a pandemic-era uptick in outdoor recreation.
Along with blending the Recreation Dynamics software into NIC’s payments platform, Tyler also plans to integrate it into its proprietary data-analytics system. NIC had an existing parks and recreation management service, though the US eDirect acquisition will result in an “extensive, ‘all-in-one’ outdoor recreation solution,” Elizabeth Proudfit, the head of Tyler’s NIC division, said in a press release.
Tyler has seen NIC as a growth area since the takeover. Last September, the company inked a $9.3 million contract with the State of Colorado’s regulatory department to build a new, cloud-based system for managing professional licensing and consumer protection activities.