According to Axis, Tyco is the integrator. What price Google is actually paying, whether Google negotiated with Axis direct to set prices and then it was sold / past through Tyco, we do not know.
But, in pretty much every enterprise deal, you are talking about heavy involvement of Axis direct employees to market and close the deal. That goes for pretty much any manufacturer. You can't win mega company deals by just depending on integrators to get you in.
He is certainly not out of the loop. I do not understand why he would respond like that, on or off the record. A prudent man would have asked first what exactly we knew rather than take that tact. But, then again, this is Arecont...
Arecont is not Schafer's fault. Both the rise and the fall go to the founder both for the vision and engineering skill to deliver the original groundbreaking product and the greediness / shortsightedness in undermining quality and operational needs for long term success.
Scahfer's mistakes do not help but they are tertiary compared to the bigger structural flaws beyond Schafer's role.
Ive been to countless Google buildings as well as other tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and others and Arecont is and currently continues to be the standard camera being used. Not sure what other buildings are being built but I also heard of FLIR getting google business as well.
as well as other tech companies like Facebook, Apple
Yes, that is who we were alluding to in 'slew of brand-name customers' in the article.
currently continues to be the standard camera being used
I think you are conflating what has been deployed over the last ~6 years and what is the standard now. Certainly, there are going to be more Arecont cameras deployed at Google than Axis but that's a fact of many years of prior deployments. The article was clear in referring to going forward in the past year.
I also heard of FLIR getting google business as well
I believe you are referring to DVTel Latitude (now owned by FLIR) being Google's VMS.