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Archive: March 2004


Linear continues on acquisition path

March 25, 2004SSN Staff

March 25, 2004 CARLSBAD, Calif. - Linear LLC has made another acquisition, but this time it has purchased a company whose products complement a number of Linear’s existing product brands. The company, OmniMount Systems in Phoenix, makes audio and video equipment mounting products for the residential and commercial market. Its mounts are expected to work with products from Elan, SpeakerCraft, ChannelPlus, OpenHouse and Xantech – brands that are all part of Linear. Grant Rummell, president...

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ISR Solutions’ purchase is first in five years

March 25, 2004Chelsie Woods

March 25, 2004 CHANTILLY, Va. - Systems integrator ISR Solutions saw both its geographic reach and wallet grow this week, the results of a dually announced acquisition and $11 million equity investment. For ISR Solutions, the acquisition of The Comm Group marks its first purchase since 1999. The company has spent the past five years focusing on internal growth, opening approximately seven new locations along the East Coast. –This is not a roll-up or anything,” said Joe Costa,...

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Stanley Works announces sales increase over first quarter

March 25, 2004SSN Staff

March 25, 2004 NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The Stanley Works has announced that sales from continuing operations increased more than 20 percent over the months of January and February of 2004 compared to the same time period in 2003. The company also reported that aside from the impacts of recent acquisitions such as security systems integrator Frisco Bay Industries, organic sales growth exceeded 15 percent in the two-month period. Stanley Works now expects first quarter organic sales to increase by a...

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SEC investigates insider trading at InVision

March 25, 2004Rhianna Daniels

March 25, 2004 NEWARK, N.J. - Two days after General Electric announced its plans to acquire InVision Technologies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating alleged insider trading in options on InVision’s stock. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the commission’s request for a temporary restraining order freezing $2 million in assets of unidentified purchasers of call options on shares of InVision. The halt prohibits the purchasers...

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Firms form Physical Security Alliance

March 18, 2004SSN Staff

March 18, 2004 CHANTILLY, Va. - Eighteen security-related technology firms have joined together to form the Physical Security Alliance in an effort to develop a set physical security products and services. Among the group’s planned offerings are security systems consulting services, physical security products and solutions, and managed security systems integration services. The decision to form the alliance was spearheaded by GTSI Corp. and was based on increased competition from security...

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Microtec responds to Securex offer

March 18, 2004SSN Staff

March 18, 2004 ST-AUGUSTIN, Quebec - Microtec Enterprises, a provider of security and home automation services here, has learned that Securex Investments commenced an unsolicited –mini-tender” offer to purchase up to 971,050 of Microtec’s subordinate voting shares, which accounts for almost 20 percent of all outstanding voting shares. According to a Securex press release, the company, which provides financial services to the security monitoring industry, tendered the offer...

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IASG gains momentum in Q4

March 18, 2004Derek Rice

March 18, 2004 ALBANY, N.Y. - Driven by –the timing of portfolio acquisitions,” Integrated Alarm Services Group’s fourth-quarter 2003 results were up 30 percent over third quarter numbers, according to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim McGinn. Revenues for the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2003, were $12.6 million, compared with $9.7 million for the third quarter. This helped push year-end revenues to $40.9 million, compared to $23.5 million in 2002. –As...

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General Electric to acquire InVision

March 18, 2004SSN Staff

March 18, 2004 WILTON, Conn. - A division of General Electric has agreed to acquire InVision Technologies for approximately $900 million. The acquisition will allow GE Infrastructure to merge technologies with InVision, a high-technology provider of infrastructure security systems, as well as expand the company’s business reach into arenas such as explosive detection and security technologies. GE’s interest in InVision stemmed from the company’s advanced development of computed...

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ADT must answer new lawsuit

March 11, 2004SSN Staff

March 11, 2004 DENVER - Another lawsuit has been filed against ADT Security Systems charging that the company breached its contract with authorized dealers. The nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Advantek Pro, a former ADT authorized dealer. The complaint, submitted in Colorado district court on Feb. 10, alleges dealers were owed significant compensation from ADT when the security giant instituted changes to its dealer program. According to the complaint, alterations were...

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CSAA committee to develop video monitoring standards

March 11, 2004SSN Staff

March 11, 2004 VIENNA, Va. - A new Central Station Alarm Association subcommittee will meet at the ISC West Expo in Las Vegas to develop a set of standards for video monitoring. Lou Fiore of L.T. Fiore, Jim McMullen of COPS Monitoring and Richard Hahn of Richard Hahn & Associates spearheaded the effort to create this new committee, which is a follow-up to last year’s meeting of the Electronic Verification Committee. The committee will try to arrive at a consensus and develop new standards...

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