With the acquisition, Linear's dealers and OEM partners gain access to 2GIG's Go!Control integrated security and automation system that includes a system CPU, touchscreen interface, Z-Wave radio for automation, cellular radio for communications with a central station, and narrow-band RF for communicating with security sensors. 2GIG also provides a wide range of wireless peripherals including thermostats, panic buttons, keyfobs, glass break detectors and wireless carbon monoxide detectors, all of which can be integrated into a home automation system that can be remotely monitored, managed and controlled via the Internet.
"Acquiring 2GIG positions Linear as one of the world's top-tier hardware developers and manufacturers in the rapidly growing residential security and home automation markets," said Michael O'Neal, president of Linear. "We're especially excited about the synergy between the brands since 2GIG offers products that can be leveraged by Linear and its dealers to grow their businesses. At the same time, Linear offers products that can expand and enhance the 2GIG home automation platform, potentially opening doors to new market opportunities."
"Adding 2GIG's technologies and products to the Linear portfolio strengthens our product pillars of security and control, access and integration, and health and wellness," said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. "Our dealers and channel partners now have more choices."
2GIG will remain an iconic brand under Linear, benefitting from Nortek and Linear resources, which include manufacturing infrastructure and OEM partner connections across broad segments.
Linear is a leading manufacturer of security and access control products, personal emergency response systems (PERS), garage door openers and wireless devices. 2GIG dealers will have additional opportunities in these segments and from Linear's suite of interactive service offerings.
Linear co-developed and has manufactured the Go!Control platform for 2GIG since it was formed in 2007. 2GIG is a major supplier to Vivint, one of the largest home automation services companies in North America. The acquisition includes a five-year supply agreement with Vivint, making the company an important customer for Linear. The deal was finalized with Nortek purchasing all the outstanding stock of 2GIG for approximately $135 million on a cash- and debt-free basis. For more information about Linear LLC, visit www.linearcorp.com
Fluidmesh Unveils Rebranding, New Logo
Fluidmesh Networks, a worldwide leader in wireless backhauling systems for security, industrial, and mission-critical applications, announces a major rebranding initiative and the unveiling of its new logo.
Cosimo Malesci, Fluidmesh co-founder and vice president, sales and marketing, explains, " We deliver unique, powerful and reliable products and it is time that our image reflects that. We wanted to refresh our image so that we align with the quality of our products, reflect who we are as a company, reflect our values, reflect our youth and refusal to be boxed in. We are leading the wireless revolution and are ready to show the world what we are made of: energy, honesty, research, insight."
The objective was to create a logo with graphics that clearly represent the product line through specific characteristics. The color palette – pure red, cool gray and white - are reminiscent of the original brand, and represent power, vitality, courage, optimism and speed. The new, high tech logo suggests the analysis of movement, union of elements, and connections.