Big Buys of 2011

If this past year told us anything, it’s that remote services and consumer-friendly features hit home for the security industry. While the initial buzz that 2010 brought with IP video seemed to wear off a bit, the year made up for it with developments in biometrics, PSIM, thermal imaging, remote services and apps. Here’s a glance back at some of the news that hit the streets this past year:

• ADT’s commercial business acquires Proximex
• ASSA ABLOY acquired identity credentials provider LaserCard
• Avigilon goes public with IPO
• Chemguard bought out and to be integrated into Tyco’s Fire Protection Products business unit
• GVI Security—which lost its distribution agreement with Samsung Techwin America in January and partnered with LG in March—officially closed its doors August 26
• Infinova goes public with Chinese IPO
• Morpho Detection acquired Syagen Technology
• NYMPC goes up for sale
• ObjectVideo sues Bosch, Sony and Samsung on patent issues
• Optelecom-NKF merged with Netherland-based TKH Group and rebranded as TKH Security Solutions USA
• Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (Stanley CSS) acquired systems integrator Niscayah; and purchased another Sonitrol franchise, Electronic Protection Network
• Tyco split results in a three-way division of its residential/small business security business (driven by ADT North America); a commercial fire and security business; and a flow control products business
• Tyco International acquired Visonic Ltd
• UTC Fire & Security relaunched the Interlogix brand
• Verint Systems bought PSIM company Rontal Engineering Applications Ltd.
• Xtralis acquired HeiTel Digital Video

For more industry news, stay tuned for our December issue.

Natalia Kosk

Security Dealer & Integrator