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Nortek acquires voice recognition company Nuiku

Natural language platform will drive company’s home automation efforts

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Nortek Inc., a global company with brands including 2GIG, NuTone and Elan for security and home automation applications, has acquired Nuiku, a natural language processing platform for use with home automation and other applications.

Matt Barnette named president of Mercury Security

Former AMAG president takes over for Steve Wagner, who is retiring

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Matthew Barnette today was named president of access control manufacturer Mercury Security.

Axis buys 2N audio company

Czech Republic-based company has office in Florida

STOCKHOLM—Axis Communications on May 30 closed the purchase of 2N, an IP intercom manufacturer based in Prague, Czech Republic. The company has sales offices in Miami; Chieri, Italy; and in the Czech Republic.

JCI and Tyco announce post-merger executive line-up

Five of seven future corporate executive officers are from JCI

MILWAUKEE and CORK, Ireland—Johnson Controls and Tyco International, which announced plans to merge in January, today announced the post-merger executive line-up.

Aiphone opens East Coast office

Facility will house new sales team and support staff

REDMOND, Wash.—Aiphone, an international manufacturer of intercom and entry security products based here, announced the opening of an office in Cherry Hill, N.J., to support its new sales team working in the growing Eastern U.S. market.

DICE launches advertising agency, security products

New advertising agency will cater to entire industry, not just DICE customers

DETROIT—DICE announced a new security-focused ad agency among the company’s new services and products at the DICE Users Group conference.

Tyco Security Products buys Innometriks


WESTFORD, Mass.—Tyco Security Products yesterday announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Innometriks and 2DogsStudios, developers of high assurance readers, software and mobile solutions for FIPS-201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) smart card credentials.

The robots are coming

Sharp Robotics Business Development is developing robots for security; Sharp is also founding sponsor of new Robolliance group

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—The robots are coming, and they represent one of “the biggest game changers” in decades for security integrators, according to PSA Security CEO Bill Bozeman.

Smiths Group to pay $710m for Morpho Detection


LONDON—Smiths Group, a global technology company based here, announced April 21 it has an agreement to acquire Morpho Detection from Paris-based Safran for $710 million.

S2 Security puts monitor on network

John Moss: Magic Monitor ‘expands presence for security function in an organization’

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—S2 Security, a provider of IP-based access control and video management and mobile security management systems, has put the monitor on the network with its Magic Monitor, a move that S2 CEO John Moss says “fundamentally changes the value proposition of a security management system.



SSN News Poll December 2016

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