Major Moves - Security Manufacturers 2014 / 2015

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 08, 2014

This guide summarizes the biggest moves of security manufacturers in 2014 and 2015, concentrating on acquisitions, fund raising, significant stock price shifts and major new product lines introduced.

Test Yourself

Members, test yourself with this 10 question quiz.

ACRE

Perhaps the least known but biggest emerging force in access control is ACRE, who has been quietly spending tens of millions, buying Mercury, Vanderbilt, and, now this year, Siemens Security products business.

Anixter

Anixter security business struggled this year and, in one of the biggest deals of the year, they decided to go way down market, buying Tri-Ed for $420 million.

Arecont

Arecont raised $80 million to cash out their executives and shareholders, good for them, bad for Arecont's future.

Avigilon

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Avigilon raised $100 million at $29 per share, peaked at $34 and now has seen their stock price plummet by 50%, following their CFO debacle and decelerating growth

In December 2014, Avigilon paid $80 million cash for all Object Video analytic patents.

In January 2015, Avigilon Acquires 96 MORE Patents for $13.4 million.

Axis

Axis financial results continue to trend downward and now Axis is going to be bought by Canon for $2.8 billion.

Bosch

Bosch bought a US integrator doing ~$190 million revenue, assuring the community that they would not compete with their dealers, a claim many met with skepticism.

Dahua

Dahua is turning up the heat on everyone with their super low cost Analog HD offering, CVI. See IPVM test results on HDCVI and HDCVI 2.0. On the other hand, they still lack the channel, marketing and sales organization to maximize their growth.

Dropcam

Google got into surveillance by acquiring Dropcam for $555 million, an eye popping sum, for surveillance industry standards. Now, the key question is what Google / Nest will do with it. Best case scenario for them is home expansion but we believe this neutralizes Dropcam as a force in the SMB / commercial space.

Eagle Eye

Michael Dell invested in surveillance, contributing to fundraising of surveillance startup Eagle Eye. Eagle Eye has taken a much more conventional approach to VSaaS, with managed recorders on site (see: Eagle Eye Cloud VMS - $5 Per Camera Per Month)

Exacq

A year after being acquired by Tyco for $150 million, Exacq had a relatively quiet year all around. Now, Exacq has fired many traditional rep firms and is increasing cross selling with Tyco products.

Firetide

The sad finale for Firetide happened this year, bought out by a distressed company specialist. Their products should live on but their force or hope to be a major player is gone.

IPVM

In 2014, IPVM expanded to deliver online software services, specifically the Camera Calculator and Camera Finder. The Calculator is changing how professionals design systems and the Finder is empowering them to discover cameras that meet their specific needs and price points across 2,000+ cameras industry wide. Try the Camera Calculator and Camera Finder.

IQinVision

2014 was not good to early megapixel camera leaders. After years of challenges, IQinVision sold out to Vicon.

Genetec

No major moves for Genetec.

Hikvision

Hikvision has been the biggest aggressor of the year, combining super low cost IP cameras with Western style sales and marketing (see Top Manufacturers Gaining and Losing Ground). Now, they are launching their own analog HD offering, which offers even lower costs for HD (see Hikvision HDTVI Cameras Tested).

Milestone

The 'open platform' VMS company was acquired by Canon, in the deal that generated the most industry interest of the year. So far, not that many major changes, though their long term CSMO left to become CEO of Vicon and Milestone terminated all US manufacturer reps. The bigger question is how will Canon's ownership change Milestone in the next few years.

Mobotix

Mobotix stock price plunged and they admitted channel stuffing. A rough year culminating too many years of refusing to adapt to an evolving market.

Panasonic

Panasonic acquired VMS manufacturer VideoInsight, with an intention to focus on the education market in the Americas first.

Pelco

Pelco's big move was admitting past mistakes and pledging to refocus themselves to their legacy as a customer support leader. Time will tell if they can deliver here.

Samsung

Sasmung sold off its stake in its surveillance business as part of a major transaction with another Korean conglomerate. Techwin surveillance says the brand and the commitment will remain, but most industry people, as our poll shows, are skeptical of that.

Sony

Sony surveillance had a quiet, but down year, losing ground and losing their US GM, all the while hyping products they do not sell.

Swann

A DIY / consumer specialists, Swann generated a significant $125 million annual revenue before being bought out by Infinova, the same company who bought March Networks a few years ago.

Vicon

Vicon's been heading south for years. Now, in a bold gambit, they nabbed a Milestone exec to be their CEO. Unfortunately, the new CEO's strategy looks like a bad fit.

Test Yourself

Members, test yourself with this 10 question quiz.

1 report cite this report:

Canon Buy Axis, Owns Axis and Milestone on Feb 10, 2015
This is the biggest deal in video surveillance ever. Just 8 months after buying Milestone, Canon is set to buy Axis. Canon has offered $2.8...
Comments (8) : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Cybersecurity for IP Video Surveillance Guide on May 18, 2018
Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in...
ADT Stock Drops 50% Since IPO on May 17, 2018
It has been a brutal 4 months for ADT. They first expected to IPO at ~$18. They IPOed at $14, dropping immediately to $12.39 And now, not even...
Dahua 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (NK8BR4) on May 16, 2018
Continuing our coverage of 12MP sensor fisheye cameras, we bought and tested the Dahua NK8BR4, examining: Default vs. Optimized...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 16, 2018
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to 190+ integrators in new IPVM results. These integrators answered: In the...
Axis 12MP Stereographic Camera Tested (M3058-LVE) on May 10, 2018
Axis has released the M3058-PLVE, a 12MP sensor, stereographic panoramic camera and Axis' first with integrated IR claiming images "sharp to the...
N3N "Truly Open Visualization Platform For Physical Security" Profile on May 09, 2018
A Cisco-backed startup, N3N, claims to deliver "the world’s first and only truly open visualization platform for physical security." The company...
Canon Acquires Briefcam, Now Owns Briefcam, Milestone and Axis on May 09, 2018
Canon already owns two of the biggest names in video surveillance, Axis (acquired in 2015) and Milestone (acquired in 2014). Now, Canon...
Nortek Acquires IntelliVision on May 08, 2018
One of the largest intrusion manufacturers, Nortek, has acquired the self-proclaimed 'Leader in AI-Based Video Analytics Software',...
S2 Access Control / 'Unified Security Management' Profile on May 08, 2018
In our 13th access control company profile, we examine S2 Security's Netbox platform: Unified Security Management Platform positioning Core...
Vivotek 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (FE9391-EV) on May 08, 2018
Next in our 12MP fisheye camera evaluation, we bought and tested Vivotek's latest generation FE9391-EV, a new model claiming improved smart IR...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Stealth / UCIT - Remote Video Monitoring Provider Profile on May 18, 2018
Can 2 remote video monitoring companies, Stealth Monitoring from the US and UCIT from Canada combine to impact the market and compete in a changing...
Cybersecurity for IP Video Surveillance Guide on May 18, 2018
Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in...
Forced Entry / Duress Access Tutorial on May 17, 2018
Even though access control normally keeps people safe, tragedies have revealed a significant issue. If users are forced to unlock doors for...
ADT Stock Drops 50% Since IPO on May 17, 2018
It has been a brutal 4 months for ADT. They first expected to IPO at ~$18. They IPOed at $14, dropping immediately to $12.39 And now, not even...
Dahua 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (NK8BR4) on May 16, 2018
Continuing our coverage of 12MP sensor fisheye cameras, we bought and tested the Dahua NK8BR4, examining: Default vs. Optimized...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 16, 2018
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to 190+ integrators in new IPVM results. These integrators answered: In the...
Installing Cameras in Plenums Tutorial on May 15, 2018
There is often confusion about plenum ceilings, with misinformation about what is required when running cables through them and mounting cameras...
Top Benefits Of Attending Trade Shows (Statistics) on May 15, 2018
150 integrators told IPVM: What are the top benefits of going to trade shows? The clear top 2 responses in order: (1) Networking (2) New...
Measuring For Security Installation Guide on May 15, 2018
Accurate measurement is a fundamental skill, yet many installers do not know how to do it. Using these tools are a key skill needed for security...
Arecont Files Ch.11, Agrees To Sell To Turnaround Specialist on May 14, 2018
The long-anticipated sale of Arecont Vision is finally happening. After raising $80 million in debt in 2014, a failed sale in 2017 and the...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact