Hikvison I called it first and will spam post unholy amounts of epic memes after its done.
John - what is this based on? Is it just chatter in the betting pool thread?
My vote is Hanwha. I've heard a lot of chatter inside the organization from people who would know that supports it as well.
IPVMU Certified | 02/03/17 07:05pm
Hmmm, all good guesses. I'll go out on a limb and say Schneider Electric. No particular reason. (It's a running gag of mine in this office)
I know it may sound crazy, but it would not be of a surprise if Stanley acquired them. This is not based on a wild guess.
IPVMU Certified | 02/03/17 08:04pm
Would this sale include their access control product line?
Dare I suggest Siemens? Maybe a tit for tat / shot across the bow play- with regard to JCI?
My guess would be UTC (Lenel) as their camera line and VMS are not up to par, and it would impact their business in a truly positive way...and hopefully, they wouldn't kill it over time.
Hikvision buying out Avigilon makes little sense to me. Avigilon would instantly become hated brand #2, behind Hikvision. Avigilon would ALSO become owned by the Dark Side Chinese gov. What would Hikvision gain? They wouldn't get re-listed on GSA. Their shiny new toy would get the boot from the same list, no?
Not that I actually know anything about this, but I'd put my money on either UTC or Honeywell, and Pelco coming in a distant 3rd. Both of these large brands have a lot to gain from such an acquisition, as they have large customer bases and neither has a decent video product, so it seems as though it would be perfect.
Just my 2 cents...
What about SoftBank Security Services? After meeting with Trump after the election SoftBank's CEO pledged a massive $50B investment initiative in the US.
Avigilon is a Canadian company but with a manufacturing plant in the US it may be an attractive SoftBank target...
I'll put my money on Hanwha buying OnSSI for a song before buying Avigilon. Convergint's equity partner's are on a buying spree, that could be interesting but also unlikely. I'll agree with Rian and say UTC or Honeywell, but I hope it is a company from outside the industry.
Doubt that any Chinese company will buy out Avigilon. Their model is to attain intellectual assets via Cyber exploitation not appropriation.
Flir is in acquisition mode, they have been for a few years now and an Avigilon acquisition would give them what they didn't get with the DVTel deal, a growing customer base and quality, high MP cameras. Latitude is good but does not appeal to the masses like ACC.
It would also allow them to end the Analytics debate... Rialto vs FC-ID...
Has anyone mentioned Honeywell buying Avigilon? One would think they would see value in swallowing up the Avigilon dealer network and increase their sales thru ADI.
I'd bet on a very large defense contractor (Top 25 worldwide), that would want to complement a recent, very large acquisition in cyber-security.
Protection One / ADT
Here is a guess of who will be the purchaser of Avigilon...AMAG / G4S. Their SMS uses Sailient as its integrated video management system. Sailent, in my opinion, is way over-leveraged as a national (much less international) manufacturer. Isn't it more of a mom-and-pop organization, which is extremely unstable given the investment under AMAG's market?
In any event, the downside for an AMAG / G4S purchase is that the industry would lose an independent camera and VMSmanufacturer.
Is there a $500 reward for guessing the purchaser?
Update: Credible information continues to point to an Avigilon acquisition negotiation in progress.
Keep an eye on GE they have the money and may want the patents and analytics and push the development into the manufacturing and distribution applications. I see a big opportunity for a non security player to pay for the acquisition with traditional security sales and to move into the next big market of video/ enabled business applications.
Honeywell? Or will they (Honeywell) buy ONSSI?