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"'We were so focused on perfecting the advanced sensor analysis of the XPLR-R, that we simply ignored our needs in corporate defense,' said former VSIS president Rina Fio after her release by Arakyd forces. 'Obviously that was a big mistake. We're pleased that under our new management that Viper will have the backing of the Techno Union military forces.'"
―"Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in Takeover"[src]

Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems (VSIS) was a droid manufacturer based on the planet Vulpter. Shortly before the Clone Wars, it was embroiled in a sensor technology dispute with rival Arakyd Industries that was resolved when the latter absorbed VSIS in a hostile takeover. Arakyd kept the company in operation as a research-and-development division, incorporating proprietary VSIS technology into its highly successful Viper probe droid.

DescriptionEdit

"Arakyd says it will keep VSIS in operation as a research-and-development division."
―"Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in Takeover"[src]

Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems was a droid manufacturer based in Viper Tower, a facility located in the planet Vulpter's city of Hpaq. It was a smaller and younger firm than Arakyd Industries. The company was led by President Rina Fio until she was ousted by Arakyd during its takeover of VSIS, who kept the company in operation as a research and development division. It employed at least one member of the Vulptereen species.[1]

VSIS' logo was an inverted green triangle with rounded edges, containing a white trapezoid interlocked with a smaller blue triangle.[1]

HistoryEdit

"The 18-month-long dispute between Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems and Arakyd Industries is now resolved following the Arakyd assault and takeover of the VSIS headquarters."
―"Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in Takeover"[src]
AAD-4

Arakyd's takeover of Viper Tower

During the Separatist Crisis,[2] Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems was embroiled in an 18-month dispute with[1] rival[3] Arakyd Industries. The latter asserted that Viper's XPLR-R, a prototype hyperspace-route-mapping and habitation-location unit, borrowed heavily from the proprietary designs of Arakyd's line of probe droid and demanded aggressive remuneration and technology rights of the younger firm. However, VSIS was so focused on perfecting the XPLR-R's advanced sensor analysis that it ignored its needs in corporate defense.[1]

Shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars[4] in the year 22 BBY,[5] the dispute was resolved when Arakyd absorbed its smaller competitor in an armed takeover.[6] 60 AAD-4 assault droids belonging to competitor Arakyd Industries entered Viper Tower just prior to the end of the business day and quickly eliminated its ground-floor security units. The remaining Viper staff were relocated to the testing wing while three XR-37 droid tanks obliterated the building's top floors, which housed accounting and administrative divisions. Arakyd kept VSIS in operation as a research-and-development division, while a garrison remained at Viper Tower to assist with the transition.[1]

In a comment made to the HoloNet News following her release from Arakyd forces, ousted VSIS president Rina Fio said the company was pleased that under new management Viper would have the backing of the Techno Union's military forces. Arakyd's takeover of VSIS was reported in "Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in Takeover," a HoloNet Business article,[1] and, in possession of proprietary Viper technology, the company released the Viper probe droid, its biggest success to date.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems was originally created for HoloNet News Vol. 531 50, a HoloNet News article written by Pablo Hidalgo and Paul Ens with illustrations by Joe Corroney and released on April 4, 2002.[1]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 HNNsmall Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in TakeoverHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. HNNsmall Senator Moe Killed in BlastHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org) and HNNsmall Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in TakeoverHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org) are both dated to 13:4:4. The former reports the death of Aks Moe in a suspected Separatist attack, dating 13:4:4 to the Separatist Crisis.
  3. Databank title AAD-4 in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. HNNsmall Sensor Technology Dispute Settled in TakeoverHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org) reports the end of the dispute between Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems and Arakyd Industries on 13:4:4, while SWInsider "Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:241"—Star Wars Insider 84 dates the beginning of the Clone Wars to 13:5:21. This places the dispute's resolution nearly seven weeks before the Clone Wars begins.
  5. The New Essential Chronology
  6. 6.0 6.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids
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