Memoori’s recent annual report shows that the value of mergers and acquisitions in the Physical Security manufacturing industry fell to approx. $2.91Bn in 2019 almost the lowest we have recorded in the last 18 years. The main reason for the volatility is that within the last 5 year cycle there has been at least one major multi-billion acquisition per year, but not one this year. Given that in the video surveillance sector there is a need for western companies to build up scale to compete against the Chinese suppliers, there seem few opportunities to do so. The industry underwent a major restructuring during the period 2009 to 2011 after the 2008 financial crisis. Around that period a lack of confidence (and/or interest) by some major conglomerates caused them to divest their physical security product businesses. More recently there has also been a lack of buyers from outside the business, particularly Defense and IT. However Private […]
The vast majority of buildings are small and not very smart, and it is their small size that limits their “intelligence” by restricting their access to smart building technology. A staggering 94% of US office space is housed in properties under 50,000 square feet, according to the latest data from Energy Star, and that proportion is […]
The destructive relationship between fire and buildings is as old as the history of buildings themselves. Fire protection has been a key reason for the development of new materials, construction methods, and safety protocols since the earliest buildings and each major fire acts as a trigger for innovation and regulation. The response to the Great Fire […]
Acquisitions, partnerships and investments are playing an increasingly important role in implementing strategic goals for major stakeholders in the built environment, particularly in providing access to the range of innovative technologies being developed in the smart buildings space. We have seen a wave of investment by real estate services firms into technology solutions in 2021 with […]
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