Security

Good Buy for HID. Good Sale for ACRE. But will this Hold Back Open Systems?

During the last six months we have published a number of articles relating to the growing connection between Physical Access Control, ONVIF and Identity Management. The announcement last week that HID Global will buy Mercury Security, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, could have very significant implications; Bringing forward integration & total solutions across identity management and access control. The question is will this help deliver open or proprietary systems? Lets first of all put this deal in the context of acquisitions in the physical security manufacturing industry in the last 24 months. Our records show that there has been a decline in the number of deals over this period with only 3 significant deals this year, with Mercury looking to be the highest in value. Financial details have not been released but it should have achieved an exit multiple of over 3 times its annual revenue. This is based on 9 years […]

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