Tyco Announces Acquisition Of Trident Tek

Tyco International recently announced the acquisition of the assets of Trident Tek Inc., a developer of video surveillance solutions, to strengthen its American Dynamics portfolio of video security technology and products. Privately-held Trident Tek has more than 20 years of experience in the security, storage and network industries, and brings extensive IT expertise to complement Tyco's leadership in the video surveillance industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

"We are strategically investing, through acquisitions and internal development, to extend our leadership in video surveillance into the rapidly growing IP market," said Don Lyman, vice president and general manager of access control and video systems.

The acquired assets include Trident Tek's network video management system (NVMS) which utilizes an embedded Linux operating system based on server- client architecture. The NVMS provides a robust, scalable and open IP-based platform, which can support over 128 cameras per server including megapixel IP cameras, standard IP cameras, and analog cameras with IP encoders. Using Linux turns an off-the-shelf server into a network appliance, which increases the ease of installation and lowers the cost of ownership.

"The Intellex digital video management system, one of our core products for more than 10 years, continues to gain market share with a large customer base," said Chuck Hutzler, vice president of R&D for American Dynamics video solutions. "Trident Tek's robust and scalable platform complements our own new VideoEdge IP products, maintains compatibility with our extensive existing base and puts us in an even stronger market position."

To provide flexibility and ease of use, Trident Tek developed this NVMS platform using IT standards and open source tools. The NVMS solution can be augmented with expandable external SCSI-attached storage, fiber-attached storage, or IP SAN storage.

"We are very excited to join the American Dynamics video systems team. American Dynamics is a leading brand in the video market with a powerful global sales and distribution channel," said Paul Zsebedics, CEO of Trident Tek, Inc. "With the convergence of physical and IT security, the combined organization establishes American Dynamics as one of the leading physical security manufacturers developing, marketing, and delivering IP solutions."

The current Trident Tek NVMS will be offered concurrently while serving as a base on which to develop the new VideoEdge NVMS. The VideoEdge NVMS will support multiple compression technologies including the American Dynamics Active Content Compression (ACC).

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