Mergers And Acquisitions

SnapAV Dives into Security and Z-Wave, Teams with Clare and Alula

By Julie Jacobson · February 21, 2019 • IBS 2019: SnapAV becomes sole distributor of Clare Controls affordable Z-Wave home-automation system, distributes Alula security products, incorporates into OvrC.

Lutron Acquires Limelight Commercial Outdoor Wireless Lighting Control

By CE Pro Editors · February 20, 2019 • Lutron acquires Limelight outdoor wireless lighting control from Twisthink to expand its commercial IoT solutions.

Shell Acquires Sonnen Home Energy Storage Systems

By Jason Knott · February 15, 2019 • Sonnen home energy storage systems will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies, a division of the giant petroleum company Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Focal, Naim Parent Company Acquires Audio Plus Services & Plurison

By CE Pro Editors · February 14, 2019 • Vervent Audio Group, the parent company of Focal and Naim, is looking to expand into the North American market by acquiring Audio Plus Services & Plurison and creating two new subsidiaries: Focal Naim America and Focal Naim Canada.

Amazon to Acquire eero Network Routers

By Jason Knott · February 13, 2019 • Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire eero network routers for smart home Wi-Fi.

ADT Acquires Home Security Company LifeShield

By Steve Karantzoulidis · February 11, 2019 • ADT's acquisition of LifeShield expands its reach into the DIY segment, where approximately 80 percent of households do not have professionally installed security systems.

Why Control4 Bought Neeo; EOL Clarity on DIY Remote Control

By Julie Jacobson · February 6, 2019 • ISE 2019: Control4 clings to home-automation pro channel, acquiring Neeo for $11 million, and removing slick remote-control from DIY channel. Upgrade path promised.

Control4 Acquires NEEO Remote Control

By Jason Knott · February 4, 2019 • Control4 has announced the purchase of NEEO, a Swiss maker of high-end remote controls with sleek industrial design. NEEO will discontinue direct-to-consumer sales

Guitar Center Acquires Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. (TVTI) Business Solutions Group

By CE Pro Editors · January 23, 2019 • Guitar Center has added another pro A/V company to its roster, further expanding the retailer's reach and diversity of integration services.

Atlona Acquired by Panduit, with A/V and IT Convergence in Mind

By Julie Jacobson · January 22, 2019 • Network infrastructure company Panduit acquires Atlona, provider of audio/video distribution systems, in anticipation of further convergence in A/V and IT ecosystems.

Why Ring Acquired Mr. Beams: New Ring Smart Lighting System at CES 2019

By Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2019 • Ring Smart Lighting system launches at CES 2019 one year after the acquisition of Mr. Beams, maker of quasi-connected outdoor lighting products that Ring is IoT-enabling. Why the proprietary RF and bridge?

TruAudio Parent Sound Vision Technologies Acquires Current Audio

By Robert Archer · January 14, 2019 • Sound Vision Technologies has acquired Current Audio, and the two companies plan to share Current Audio's distribution channel.

Bose Ventures Made Some Really Interesting Moves in 2018: AR & Wellness

By Julie Jacobson · January 2, 2019 • Iconic audio company Bose invested big in augmented reality and health & wellness in 2018, with smart glasses, walking tours and SleepBuds.

Smart Home, Consumer Electronics Stock Prices Tank in 2018

By Jason Knott · January 2, 2019 • Stock prices for public companies in the smart home, consumer electronics, IoT and custom integration markets drop 19% on average in 2018. Sonos, ADT IPOs skid downward.

Top 2018 Home Tech Mergers & Acquisitions: IoT, Security, Smart Home, A/V, CE

By Julie Jacobson · December 31, 2018 • 2018 was big for mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, spinoffs, and other transactions in home electronics, including IoT, smart home, lighting, security, audio/video, wellness and the installer channel.

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