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ADT to add Engarde to its CRM options

CRM will enable ADT dealers to do credit checks, e-contracts, homeowner verification, among other capabilities

SALT LAKE CITY—Engarde, a cloud-based CRM software company based here, is set to begin integrating with ADT, Timm Tippetts, president of Engarde, told Security Systems News.

Bill Wood named president of SALTO Systems North America


NORCROSS, Ga.—Electronic lock provider SALTO Systems on June 28 named Bill Wood to the new role of president of SALTO Systems North America.

VIZpin to develop ‘almost DIY’ offering

Bluetooth-enabled ‘phone as key’ product evolving

LANCASTER, Pa.—VIZpin, formerly ECKey, is planning to develop an “almost DIY” option for its access control product which turns your phone into your key.

Vivotek opens development office in Mexico


TAIPEI, Taiwan— Video surveillance provider Vivotek today announced the opening of new development office in Mexico, with the goal of establishing a stronger presence in the region and will “strengthening Vivotek’s competitiveness and localization strategy.”

Comcast and to acquire Icontrol to pay $140m for Connect and Piper businesses; Comcast to acquire Converge business for undisclosed price

TYSONS, Va. and PHILADELPHIA—Interactive services platform provider and cable giant Comcast today signed agreements to acquire different business units of platform provider Icontrol Networks, based in Redwood City, Calif.

FLIR Systems acquires Innovative Security Design

ISC founder Ian Johnstone now VP Engineering for FLIR

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—FLIR Systems on June 3 acquired video surveillance provider Innovative Security Designs from Digital Watchdog.

Nortek unveils technology think tank

Incubation team led by former Numera CEO Tim Smokoff

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—In conjunction with the recent acquisition of Nuiku, a natural language processing platform for use with home automation and other applications, Nortek has launched a technology incubation think tank—the Nortek Innovations & Incubation Foundry.

Comcast and reportedly in talks to acquire Icontrol could win ADT business if deal goes through

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Interactive services platform provider and cable giant Comcast are in talks to acquire platform provider Icontrol Networks, according to several sources who spoke to Security Systems News, and published reports.

BluBØX hires Scaparro, Koken


ANDOVER, Mass.—Cloud technology provider BluBØX on June 10 announced the hiring of two industry veterans: Mark Scaparro was named SVP of sales, and Phillip Koken has joined as regional sales manager, Western region.

Axis acquires video analytics provider Cognimatics

Cognimatics' analytics called ideal for retail applications

STOCKHOLM—Several days after purchasing an audio company, network video giant Axis Communications on June 3 acquired video analytic provider Cognimatics, a video analytic provider that specializes in retail applications.



SSN News Poll December 2016

Some companies take a focused approach to breaking into­—or growing within particular—vertical markets; "We are really heavy on the casino side, so we decided—let’s be the No. 1 gaming integrator in North America,” said Surveillance Systems Inc. president Todd Flowers. Where do you see the next big opportunity?