The message from the market seems clear; major conglomerates in the security business have given up on their long standing strategy of growth through acquisition. None of them excluding Tyco, have made a significant acquisition since 2010. In the 5 years prior to that they were all active in acquiring businesses both large and small; increasing their geographic scope and updating their technology. Instead the market now faces, what Martin Gren from Axis ‚Â Communications calls, “Consolidation by Starvation”. He continues ‚Â "There are now more than 500 manufacturers of IP Cameras and this high ‚Â amount is not sustainable. The bulk of smaller players will be forced to exit the IP camera industry as they will not be able to afford the ‚Â necessary R&D costs. The top players, who can effectively execute ‚Â their strategy and invest in R&D will prosper. Some, but not all, will ‚Â acquire the relevant technology". Axis fully expect that in 10 years ‚Â time, […]
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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