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Nortek unveils technology think tank

Incubation team led by former Numera CEO Tim Smokoff
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06/15/2016

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 Alarm.com reportedly in talks to acquire Icontrol

Alarm.com could win ADT business if deal goes through
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06/15/2016

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Interactive services platform provider Alarm.com 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

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06/13/2016

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
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06/07/2016

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.

Nortek acquires voice recognition company Nuiku

Natural language platform will drive company’s home automation efforts
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06/01/2016

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
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06/01/2016

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
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05/31/2016

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
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05/27/2016

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
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05/25/2016

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
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05/25/2016

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

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SSN News Poll January 2017

Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?