Halma acquire Argus Security & Sterling Safety Systems
Halma PLC which is an FTSE 100 company, comprising of a group of technology companies within the fire of hazard and life protection has acquired Argus Security and Sterling Safety Systems. The reason for the acquisition is Halma wanted to have a wireless fire alarm manufacturer in their portfolio of fire protection companies.
Argus Security based in Trieste in Italy manufacture the wireless equipment and Sterling Safety Systems have been the sole distributor rights in the UK using the Hyfire brand.
This acquisition follows Tyco acquiring the wireless fire alarm manufacturer CWSI (Commercial Wireless Systems International) in 2015. I have also been reliably informed, but cannot confirm as I am unable to find anything in writing that UTC (United Technologies Corporation) has acquired EMS Fire & Security, who is the biggest wireless fire alarm manufacturer in the UK.
So what are these acquisitions of wireless fire alarm manufactures trying to tell us?
Many fire alarm market reports state that the biggest growth in fire alarm sector will be wireless systems due to the increasing demand for retrofit installations, aesthetics and the ease of installation.
Furthermore, there is the added bonus that these systems are flexible with the ability to offer a hybrid solution, with both wired and wireless devices on the same control panel.
All market data points to wireless fire alarms being the future and these big companies do not want to be left behind.
The cost to design, develop, manufacture and certify a new wireless fire alarm from scratch, will be very time consuming and very expensive. Fire equipment manufacturers such as Eaton Fulleon Cooper with the Radio Plus also know as the CW9000 and Detectomat with the SRC 4000, have tried and as of the date of this post have failed to get their product certified to EN54-25.
These big companies (Halma, Tyco & UTC), have decided it is more cost effective to use the money to buy a well established wireless manufacturer then spend the money trying to bring a new product to market with no guarantees that it would be successful.
Fire Systems Ltd, has become a leader in this field as we envisaged that wireless systems would be the future with the introduction of the wireless fire alarm code (EN54-25 “Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems – Part 25: Components using Radio Links”). This standard paved the way for the introduction of advanced, reliable wireless fire alarm systems that is responsible for the continual growth and the growing acceptance of wireless systems within the industry.