Motorola Solutions Acquires Pelco for $110M in Cash

In 2019, Schneider Electric sold Pelco to Transom Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, for undisclosed terms.

CHICAGO — Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of Pelco from Transom Capital Group for $110 million.

“Video continues to play a more powerful role in enabling safer cities and securing businesses around the world,” states Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Pelco’s track record of innovation, internationally recognized brand, global channel and customer installed base enable us to further expand our global footprint with enterprise and public safety customers.”

Founded in 1957, Pelco would become a leading supplier of CCTV cameras and components after being acquired by a group led by David McDonald, an SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee, in 1987. In the next 15 years, the company grew 30 times its former size, cultivating a fiercely devoted following built on exceptional customer service and achieving incomparable brand recognition in the industry.

At its peak, Pelco employed about 2,000 employees at its manufacturing facility and global headquarters near Fresno, Calif. However, eventually Pelco began to experience serious headwinds as the marketplace shifted inexorably from analog technology to IP-based solutions.

In March 2019, Schneider Electric entered exclusive negotiations to sell Pelco to Transom Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, for undisclosed terms. The French electrical building automation equipment maker purchased privately held Pelco for $1.54 billion in 2007.

Motorola Solutions has a strong presence in the large and expanding area of video security since acquiring Avigilon in 2018, along with the purchase of IndigoVision earlier this year and mobile video solutions provider WatchGuard in 2019. Also in 2019, Motorola acquired VaaS International Holdings. The company’s image capture and analysis platform, which includes fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), provides vehicle location data to public safety and commercial customers.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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