2GIG Co-founder Scott Simon Passes Away Unexpectedly

Simon co-founded 2GIG Technologies along with Lance Dean following their time together at Honeywell.

Well-known security industry trailblazer, Scott Simon, passed away very suddenly this week, according to Lance Dean, with whom he co-founded 2GIG Technologies following their time together at Honeywell.

“The news will come as a sad shock to many, as he had many friends after his 30 plus years in the industry,” notes Dean.

“Scott was a fantastic expert in security and had so much knowledge. We all enjoyed working with him to ‘revolutionize’ the industry. He certainly left his mark and will be sorely missed.”

Simon and Dean met at Honeywell, where they spent many years growing the company’s security business. Simon managed Honeywell’s AlarmNet business. In 2007, the two went out on their own to launch their own security business and ground-breaking sales engine, 2GIG Technologies.

Scott Simon was Executive Vice President of Product Development, where he helped to launch the Go!Control panel, which rode the Z-Wave technology alliance that moved home security from POTS-based systems to smart phone capable and smart home controllable and expandable. The explosive growth that resulted enabled Simon and Dean to sell 2GIG Technologies to Nortek in 2013 for $135 million.

Formed in 2007, 2GIG was a pioneer in self-contained home automation/home security systems. In what was an industry first, the Go!Control panel includes the system CPU, a touchscreen interface, Z-Wave radio for automation, cellular radio for communications with a central station, WiFi for automation and communications with SaaS provider Alarm.com, and a 345MHz radio for communicating with security sensors.

This article first appeared on SSI sister publication CE Pro.

About the Author


Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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