Johnson Controls Expands Electronic Security Capabilities
Johnson Controls has added Esotec, a UK provider of security systems and managed services to government and high-profile facilities operators, to a list of recent electronic security acquisitions which includes WOT Security and NT Security.
Oxford based Esotec delivers end-to-end security solutions, including CCTV, intrusion detection systems (IDS), video analytics and remote monitoring, 24-hour corrective and preventative maintenance, and advice on bespoke upgrades to a nationwide customer base, with the acquisition expected to provide Johnson Controls with a foundation for developing relationships in the Central government key account target vertical, which typically presents security clearance obstacles.
Richard Jones, General Manager, Fire & Security at Johnson Controls UK&I, comments: “Esotec is an excellent business with strong customer relationships, that perfectly complements our UK security business.
“The team, led by Andy Durham and Dave Oliver, will bring invaluable skills and customer relationships to our existing team, and together we have a huge opportunity for growth over the coming years.”
For the immediate future, Esotec will continue to operate as a separate business as Johnson Controls identifies opportunities for improvements in both customer and employee experience, and establishes how best to integrate business activities.
The business’ founders and primary shareholders, Andy Durham (Managing Director) and Dave Oliver (Director), will both remain at the helm to maintain continuity.
Durham says: “We are all extremely excited to be joining the Johnson Controls family.
“We share the same ethos and values, and have a very similar culture to Johnson Controls, making the acquisition a natural fit for both companies. We now have the opportunity to improve the products offered to our specialised high security customers, and to develop more compelling, multi-faceted managed services and solutions.”