ORLANDO, Fla.—Nobody in the security industry wants to be the next Blockbuster, according to Marek Robinson, president of Honeywell’s dealer groups. That’s why they need to embrace change, even if it can be unnerving, he said.
WOODBURY, N.Y.—With the acquisition of national distribution company Tri-Ed complete, Anixter on Nov. 5 announced that the new security division will retain the Tri-Ed brand name and that Pat Comunale will serve as president of global security solutions.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Janet Fenner, senior marketing group manager for Samsung Techwin America, drifted into security early in her career. Fenner was doing marketing for a company that went through several acquisitions. “Along the way I ended up working in a [physical security division] that specialized in identity,” she said.
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J.—Video surveillance provider Infinova is getting into the DIY market, with planned acquisition of Swann Communications, an Australian company that has offices in the United States.
YARMOUTH, Maine—In the past 18 months, three major video surveillance companies have expanded into access control. There are many reasons why Axis Communications, Panasonic and Avigilon made this move, but the main reason, they say, is because of demand.
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