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Tyco wants to invest in your startup

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Tyco Security Products announced yesterday that it wants to invest in tech startups and other “innovators.” TSP, a division of Tyco International, launched InnovationWorks, a program designed to “help innovators and entrepreneurs bring new and advanced ideas to the marketplace.”

TSP is soliciting applicants who will present their “business ideas and goals” at the InnovationWorks Summit that will take place during ISC West (April 15-17) in Las Vegas.
Interested? You need to apply online at You’ll have to answer questions about your company/product profile, present funding, channels and unique selling points.

Applications will be reviewed by TSP VP of marketing Anita Santos (Santos is also an SEC accredited investor and owner of Ascend Investments), Tyco VP of corporate development Robert Locke, and other TSP managers.
I have an interview request in to Santos. In a prepared statement, she said: “We encourage all those with creative products and ideas to submit an application on the InnovationWorks website.”


Integrators: Making money on big security data

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When I met with my TechSec advisory board this past summer to talk about TechSec 2014, one of the topics the group wanted to make sure we talked about was big data. We had an excellent primer on big data at TechSec 2013, thanks to Axis’ Steve Surfaro and EMC’s Patrick Snow. For this year’s conference (Jan. 28-29 in Delray Beach, Fla.), we wanted to take a different tack.

I"m really pleased with the idea we came up with. We've asked four leading integrators to discuss how they’re helping their customers mine and synthesize data from their video and access control systems.

Kratos CTO Chris Peckham is going to moderate the educational session that will feature these integrators: David Coleman of Avrio RMS; Nigel Waterton of Aronson Security Group; Robert Locke of Open Innovation (part of Tyco); and, Don Zoufal of SDI.

The discussion will center on how the data is extracted, what kind of business intelligence that data provides and in what format. Each integrator will focus on the data mining they're doing in a specific vertical market including city surveillance, airports and retail.

Sound good? You can register for TechSec here.