Tyco buys wireless security specialist Visonic for US$100 million
Tyco International Ltd. announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Visonic Ltd. a global developer and manufacturer of electronic security systems and components, for approximately US$100 million in cash. The company says the acquisition will strengthen the wireless product and technology portfolio and market presence of the Tyco Security Products business in the intrusion security market.
Visonic develops advanced wireless technology for the security industry. The company’s recently introduced PowerG wireless communications technology which offers increased communications range and 128-bit encryption to secure communication between wireless sensors/detectors and panels. The PowerG technology builds on Visonic’s PowerCode technology which is in use in more than one million wireless installations around the world. The business has annualized revenues of more than US$75 million.
“The acquisition of Visonic strengthens the technology capabilities in our intrusion security portfolio and will enable us to enhance the solutions we can offer to our residential and commercial customers,” said Mark VanDover, President of Tyco Security Products. “Visonic is an established leader in wireless security technology and its strong presence in the European security market complements Tyco’s strength in the North American market.”
Visonic operates a state-of-the-art design centre at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as a manufacturing centre in Kiryat Gat, Israel. The company is active in more than 100 countries, with a strong presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The transaction is expected to close later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions.