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Cooper Notification connects to FEMA alert

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06/11/2013

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—Cooper Notification, a supplier of life safety and mass notification systems solutions, is offering its customers the ability to send alerts directly from their Roam Secure Alert Network to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile alert system,

Las Vegas installer likes ‘green’ solution

Communication Electronic Systems’ executive says Cooper Notification’s new speakers with LED strobe and hi-fi sound good for ECS and more
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05/06/2013

LAS VEGAS—A new Cooper Notification solution that combines an LED strobe with high-fidelity sound in speakers that save energy and are so intelligible they can be used not only for emergency messaging, but for general paging and background music, is a boon to dealers, according to Josh Claunch of Communication Electronic Systems.

Cooper Notification solution weathers storm in nation’s capital

More than 4 million emergency messages help residents in region during severe thunderstorm and aftermath
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07/17/2012

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—A rare and unusually destructive thunderstorm complex hit the nation’s capital and surrounding communities on June 29, causing a mass outage of 911 systems in some areas.

Cooper Notification: New LED appliances are ‘industry’s first’

A Florida fire company likes the devices because they’re energy efficient and have a smaller profile than traditional ones
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06/05/2012

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Advanced Fire & Security, based here, is eager to start installing Cooper Notification’s new LED notification appliances for reasons that include energy efficiency, ease of installation and a smaller profile, according to the company’s owners.

Eaton Corp. to buy fire & security parent company for $11.5b

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Eaton Corp.—a $13.7 billion diversified power management company that provides electronic components for the aviation and transportation sectors and whose CISO Gareth Webley delivered the keynote address at TechSec 2011 —announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Cooper Industries in an $11.46 billion cash-and-stock deal. Cooper Industries’ Cooper Safety business is a provider of fire, security, and mass notification equipment, among other products.

Here’s a story Tess wrote in May 2011 about a new training/research center that its CooperNotification (which specializes in mass notification equipment) opened last year.

After the closing, Eaton will move no longer be incorporated in the U.S. It will be domiciled in Ireland, which is where Cooper Industries' is incorporated.

Eaton is talking about how the move will “significantly increase the capabilities and geographic breadth of the combined company’s power management portfolio and electrical business.”

However, a Rueters story pointed out that Eaton is one of several corporations (including Tyco Flow Control, a soon-to-be former division of Tyco International) that have made plans to move offshorte and expect to gain tax advantages from doing so.

Asked about any planned changes to the fire and security operations, an Eaton spokesperson told me that the company would not be commenting on elements of the Cooper Industries’ businesses until after the transaction closes in the second half of 2012.

And on the benefits of moving offshore, he said. “There will be some global cash management and tax benefits as well as some [business] synergies.”
 
Eaton Chairman and CEO Alexander Cutler will head up the new company, which will likely be called “Eaton Global Corp.”

Under terms of the deal, each Cooper stockholder will receive $39.15 in cash and 0.77479 shares of the newly created company. That combination is worth $72 per share based on Eaton's closing price of $42.40 on Friday. Cooper currently has 159.1 million outstanding shares.

Firsts on the first day of ISC West

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today was the first day of ISC West 2012 and I started my day off at a Honeywell breakfast where Scott Harkins, the new president of Honeywell Security Products, talked about a series of “firsts” the company was announcing at the show.

“We’re very excited that this show, the ISC show, is where we’re launching the great technology revolution in the intrusion space,” Harkins said.

He cited a series of products and technologies that he said are “firsts for us and first for our industry” include 2G/3G/4G radio, “one module that can do all three,” switching to whichever has the strongest signal. “We’re the only manufacturer in the industry with that,” Harkins said.

Among other innovations, Harkins said Honeywell’s Wi-Fi enabled system is “clearly a first,” and also said the company is the first to have an IP video system “that’s literally three clicks to get up and running.”

Honeywell wasn’t the only company talking about “firsts” today.

I stopped by the Cooper Notification booth, where Ted Milburn, vice president, marketing, and Jacquiline Townshend, marketing channel leader told me about that company was having a soft launch at the show of its Exceder LED, which Milburn described as “the first to replace the traditional strobe with an LED.”

They said the device is energy efficient, having a lower current draw than a traditional notification device, and is easier and less costly to install and has a smaller profile.

The device, which Townshend said would be available in May, is priced the same as a traditional one. “We think if the function is the same, the price should be the same,” Milburn said.

Over at the Fire-Lite by Honeywell booth, customers were acting like a product that the company introduced about four years ago was brand new this year.

While I was there a steady stream of people were showing up to learn more about Fire-Lite’s IPGSM-DP Commercial Fire Communicator, which is used to upgrade a fire system from reporting to the central station by phone lines to one that uses an IP or GSM cellular path.

The product saves end users money by letting them get rid of their telephone lines, and dealers can use that fact as a selling point to generate more business for themselves, the company says.

Beth Welch, public relations manager for Honeywell Fire Systems, told me interest in the IPGSM has suddenly taken off. “We’re just now seeing the real, true adoption of this. It’s a landslide,” she said. “Dealers are using this to get their foot in the door with new accounts.”

She said there are a variety of reasons why the product has taken off now, but believes one is just that AHJ’s are seeing how well it works and so are endorsing it.

I also talked today to Alex Dunn, COO of Provo, Utah-based home security/home automation giant Vivint. Vivint has to be the first security company to start a new company to sell solar panels to residential customers. Vivint Solar was created almost a year ago.

Although the two companies are separate, I asked Dunn if there was any sales crossover. He said there was and will continue to be.

“I think you’ll see in the future more integration from a sales perspective, even from a technology perspective, when the control panel integrates with the solar panels, Dunn said.

Among other people I met on the show floor today was Don Moore, president of Redondo Beach, Calif.-based Moore Protection, who stopped by the Security Systems News’ booth for our “meet the editors” event. Moore’s security company is the first to create its own “Security Oscar”: At the time of the Academy Awards each year it gives out the Morpheus Award to a film that best depicts the use of security. This year “Tower Heist” was the winner.

It was great to meet Don in person and while chatting, he told me another interesting fact about his company. It turns out that the graphics for the company’s lawn sign were designed some years ago by George Lois, an advertising wizard who is known as “The Original Mad Man,” a real-life version of Don Draper on the AMC television series.

Now, that’s got to be a first!

 

Cooper Notification opens new technology center and training institute

New facility designed to meet growing demands of mass notification industry
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07/05/2011

SARASOTA, Fla.—Cooper Notification recently announced the opening of its new Technology and Customer Solutions Center and Training Institute here.
Cooper Notification, a major supplier of life safety notification and mass notification solutions—which are increasingly in demand by governmental institutions and others—is a platform of Cooper Industries. The new state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot facility, which opened May 1, is “designed to meet the growing demands of mass notification industry,” the company said in a release.