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Tyco’s Westfire buy to enhance SimplexGrinnell

SimplexGrinnell regional offices expect to pick up work previously subcontracted
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11/20/2013

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—The addition of Westfire to the Tyco family will complement and enhance SimplexGrinnell, another Tyco business, and bring it more customers and RMR opportunities, according to SimplexGrinnell officials.

Tyco acquires Westfire

The $80 million company brings technical expertise, expands footprint
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11/14/2013

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—Tyco’s acquisition of fire protection company Westfire, announced this morning, “aligns well with the company’s internal strengths,” Jeff Kessler, managing director of institutional research at Imperial Capital, told Security Systems News.

SimplexGrinnell contract could generate up to $10m in revenue in first year

NJPA contract gives 50,000 public entities easy access to SimplexGrinnell products; new service revenue expected to be ‘significant’
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10/30/2013

WESTMINSTER, Mass.— More than 50,000 government, health care and educational entities now can obtain SimplexGrinnell products and services through a simplified procurement process, thanks to a new four-year contract the company has with the National Joint Powers Alliance.

Iris scanning enters mainstream market

‘Access cards can be forged, irises can’t’
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07/24/2013

ROCK HILL, S.C.— Iris scanning technology is typically used by the government, the military and in hospitals. However, as prices have started to come down, the market for the technology is expanding to also include mainstream users, ranging from universities to your local gym.

SimplexGrinnell: New notification appliances ‘revolutionary’

Simplex TrueAlert ES uses addressable technology to improve protection, simplify installation
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06/10/2013

CHICAGO—SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco fire and life safety company, says it has “reinvented every aspect of notification” in bringing to market a new family of intelligent notification appliances it’s showcasing at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo here this week.

Tyco IS takes 'disciplined approach' to making margin

Imperial Capital’s Kessler says end users back up Tyco’s claims
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05/01/2013

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Taking a page out of SimplexGrinnell’s playbook, Tyco Integrated Security is following a structured approach to making margin on its commercial security jobs, according to Tyco executives and analysts who cover the company.

SimplexGrinnell now part of 'smaller, leaner, more focused Tyco'

The fire and life safety company also expects 'tighter collaboration' with Tyco Integrated Security
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10/03/2012

WESTMINSTER, Mass.—Tyco is now a pure-play fire protection and security company, having just shed its ADT home security and flow control businesses.

SimplexGrinnell: ‘Our business will thrive’ with Tyco split

Reorganization will allow SimplexGrinnell to focus on life safety
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06/22/2012

LAS VEGAS—At the National Fire Protection Association’s annual Conference & Expo, held here in June, SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin said Tyco International’s pending split into three publicly traded companies on Oct. 1 will benefit SimplexGrinnell.

First day at NFPA: SimplexGrinnell and Tyco split; Siemens guarantees no false alarms; and social media ROI

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How the Tyco International split this fall will benefit SimplexGrinnell; Siemens’ no-false-alarm guarantee; and how to maximize your ROI using social media are among things I learned about at my first day here at the annual NFPA Conference & Expo, being held in Las Vegas this week.

I started Tuesday morning at a pre-show reception where SimplexGrinnell president Bob Chauvin talked about Tyco International’s pending split into three publicly traded companies Oct. 1. The new companies will be ADT North America residential security business, Tyco Fire and Security, and Flow Control.

SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International company, will be part of Tyco Fire and Security, “a global, mostly commercially-focused fire and security company,” Chauvin said.

“I think for us and for the life safety industry it means some very positive things,” Chauvin said. “What one is that we’ll be the only pure-play company that is singularly focused on the commercial fire and security business globally. Many play there, but I like to call it the privilege-of-focus opportunity: We have the opportunity to uniquely focus just in the life safety and security business.”

Secondly, he said, “SimplexGrinnell will be a significant part of this new company,” which he said is expected to do about $10 billion in sales, have almost 70,000 employees in about 1,200 locations and serve about 100 countries.”

Chauvin said he was excited and predicted that “our business will thrive with the change.”

SimplexGrinnell also was touting its eservices platform at the show, which it described as an “advanced suite of integrated web-based technologies can provide more value to customers through improved efficiency, added productivity, and lower life-cycle costs.”

Over at the Siemens booth, that company was promoting its long history of innovative technologies and its no-false-alarm guarantee.

Ron Ouimette, a Siemens product manager, said Siemens believes it is “the only company in the industry that offers a no-false-alarm guarantee. If trucks are rolling and there’s no fire, we pay.”

Company officials said the company has had that policy since 1997 because Siemens is so confident in the quality of its products.

Among the products the company is promoting at the show is its new ASAtechnology. ASA stands for Advanced Signal Analysis and its fire and fire and carbon monoxide detectors use “state-of-the-art forward/backward light scattering technology,” the company said.

The detectors also have two thermal and two optical sensors. All those features, combined with a built-in algorithm that allows for detection profiles that can be easily tailored for spaces as diverse as an office and an industrial warehouse give them very fast, reliable detection capabilities, the company said.

I also attended an educational seminar titled “Taking Your Social Media Presence to the Next Level.” It featured Lauren Backstrom, NFPA social media manager, and Michael Hazell, division manager, Web, for NFPA.

Among the surprising things I learned is that baby boomers aren’t as social media averse as we’re often made out to be. Backstrom said that while 89 percent of the members of Gen Y use social networking, and 79 percent of Gen X use social networking, baby boomers aren’t too far behind at 72 percent.

In fact, Backstrom said that boomers are “the fastest growing adopters of social media at this point.”

That’s something to think about when figuring out what customer bases you want to reach through social media.

Tyco International has new HQ for ADT North America

Received more than $1 m. in state and local economic incentives
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06/06/2011

BOCA RATON, Fla.— At the dedication of ADT's new North American headquarters scheduled for today, Tyco International CEO Ed Breen will thank local and state government officials for their support—which helped the corporation secure more than $1 milliion in economic incentives for the project.

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