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VIZpin to develop ‘almost DIY’ offering

Bluetooth-enabled ‘phone as key’ product evolving
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06/29/2016

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

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06/24/2016

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 Alarm.com to acquire Icontrol

Alarm.com to pay $140m for Connect and Piper businesses; Comcast to acquire Converge business for undisclosed price
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06/23/2016

TYSONS, Va. and PHILADELPHIA—Interactive services platform provider Alarm.com 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
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06/16/2016

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
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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.

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