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"The overall objective is to ensure that Samsung products are specified by the major integrators in the U.S. and that our products connect seamlessly with the major VMS partners in the industry," explained Defina. "The two programs we're developing are geared specifically toward our partnering with the top tier integrators in the U.S. and the major VMS providers in the U.S."

At the beginning of 2010, the Samsung security divisions here in the U.S. began the process of merging into one brand; it was a global move driven from Korea. Prior to the global consolidation of Samsung Electronics' security unit with Samsung Techwin, the Samsung brand was represented by two product lines in North America: Samsung Techwin America and Samsung GVI Security Solutions. GVI Security Solutions (which formerly represented the Samsung Electronics business and products) is now Samsung Techwin's master distributor and is still operated by CEO Steve Walin. (Check out our blogs at securityinfowatch.com for more information.)

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DVTel, Ridgefield Park, N.J., a developer of intelligent security solutions over IP networks, and Rontal Applications Ltd., Modi'in, Israel, a provider of innovative incident management and operational continuity systems, collaborated to market a unique joint integration suite of DVTel's intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) and Rontal's SimGuard to provide a comprehensive PSIM solution for Command and Control Centers.

Numerex Corp, Atlanta, provider of secure machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, entered into an agreement with Rogers Wireless, a wireless provider and subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc., to further enable the expansion of Numerex's M2M business in Canada.

Graybar, St. Louis, Mo., selected Fluidmesh Networks, Boston, Mass., to help meet the needs of the wireless infrastructure market, focusing primarily on critical infrastructure and physical security such as wireless IP surveillance, voice, data and more.

UTC closes on GE Security acquisition

Industrial firm United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn., announced that it closed on its purchase of GE Security from General Electric. The two companies had announced the agreement in November 2009, and the deal is said to be worth $1.82 billion.

"This strategic acquisition enhances the scale, market reach and product offerings of our existing UTC Fire & Security (UTCFS) business," UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert said in a prepared statement. "It demonstrates our disciplined approach to acquisitions and capital redeployment that focuses on delivering shareholder value."

In a written statement issued to SecurityInfoWatch.com, UTC said it has no immediate plans to end-of-life GE Security systems or to leave current GE Security dealers without the products they are trained on and know how to sell. For the full report from SIW Editor Geoff Kohl, visit www.securityinfowatch.com.