Industry Effects of Harris' Acquisition of Tyco
September 02, 2009
Dr. John Vaughan
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development
RF Communications div.
In a single word, positively. The combination creates a company with a successful heritage in global communications with a deep foundation of technical knowledge and the products to solve our customers’ issues. The two entities have a shared focus on assured communications from two different, yet synchronized perspectives, providing the latest innovations in information and communications assurance. The company also offers interoperability to bring solutions and products to the LMR industry from [Harris’] foundation in military research and development (R&D) solutions.
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Mobility Solutions
Tyco has been a competitor in public safety, and we expect that to continue now that they have joined another established LMR supplier. Harris’ commitment to Project 25 (P25) should add to the almost universal recognition of P25 as the open standard for public-safety interoperability.
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Harris is a fine company with strengths in federal defense markets, and Tyco is equally competent with success in niche technologies such as its EDACS and OpenSky platforms. Their core strengths don’t conflict with Kenwood’s, so any effect would be marginal. They appear to be more concerned with other provider(s) of wide-area first-responder communications infrastructure.
With the entry of such a prominent federal government provider to the state and local market, it legitimizes even further the strength and momentum of the P25 standard as the accepted interoperability solution. It also speaks volumes about Harris’ assessment of the viability of this market segment for development of new products and services during the next three to five years.
There may be some dramatic changes in industry leaders. We believe that some manufacturers have such superior new technology that these suppliers will garner a large share of the land mobile market than they already have. It’s already been slowly happening during the past decade or two, but now I think we’ll see these changes advance more rapidly. While advances in competitive nonland mobile technology may pull some away from land mobile, the new technologies will garner a bigger slice of a somewhat smaller pie.
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