GE Security was a division of General Electric Inc's GE Enterprise Solutions. It was acquired by UTC on March 1, 2010 and is now part of UTC Fire & Security. GE Security's division provides intrusion alarm systems, integrated security systems, fire systems, access control, video surveillance, explosives and illegal drug detection, key control/lockbox, fiber optic transmission, machine guarding, and more. GE Security is based in Bradenton, FL.
GE Security is mainly aimed at businesses (medium to large), organizations, and governments, but products from GE Security are available for both residents and small businesses. GE Security includes different families of detection systems, web-based surveillance systems, and aviation security products, such as handheld and walk-thru explosive/narcotics portals. Much of General Electric's fire systems came from the acquisition of Edwards Systems Technology from SPX Corporation in May 2005.
On November 12, 2009, GE Security announced that it had signed a definitive agreement with United Technologies Corporation for UTC to acquire GE’s Security business for $1.82 billion. The transaction was approved by the boards of both companies, and the sale closed on March 1, 2010.
GE Security's telephone sales people regularly ignore the "Do Not Call" list law, using auto dialers to illegally call people who have placed their name on the list, hoping to not be disturbed by annoying telephone solicitors like those employed by GE Security. They also train their door-to-door sales force to ignore "No Soliciting" signs on residences, telling the annoyed residents that they "aren't selling anything" but offering to install their system for free. Of course, they don't tell you that you have to sign up for a two-year contract that charges $30 more per month than their competitors, to pay for that "free" installation. If asked why they ignore such signs, they will happily advise you that "people who put up those signs are their best customers!"
- "United Technologies Closes on GE Security Acquisition". Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- "GE Press Release: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE GE'S SECURITY BUSINESS FOR $1.82B". Retrieved 2009-11-18.
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