Timeline of key events in the history of Nortek Security & Control
2017NSC and Core Brands (with flagship brand ELAN) merge and combines the two industry leaders’ innovation and resources to lead the smart home and security markets with a suite of connected solutions and business programs that create meaningful opportunities for dealers and distributors.
2017NSC and GTO re-integrate and bring Linear and Mighty Mule branded gate and garage door operators back under NSC’s offering.
2015Nortek Security & Control acquires mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) and telehealth business assets from privately held Numera, Inc.
2014Linear LLC changes it name to Nortek Security & Control LLC to better reflect our market leadership position in smart control, which is a result of 50+ years of innovation in the wireless security and control space.
2014Linear LLC wins Security Industry Association’s prestigious Best New Product Award for the Z-Wave Garage Door Controller at ISC West/Las Vegas.
2013Linear LLC acquires 2GIG, a leading provider of Home automation and Home security. The acquisition expands the opportunities for dealers and OEM customers in areas of smart home technology, integrated security and access control, and recurring monthly revenue (RMR).
2013Linear’s eMerge Essential Plus wins the EC&M 2013 Award in the Security Equipment and Systems category.
2013Linear announces the addition of Z-Wave products to its innovative line of wireless residential and commercial offerings.
2012Linear LLC wins the 2012 SIA Best in Residential & Monitoring Solutions New Product Showcase for the VMC1 [Video Security Intercom] at ISC West in Las Vegas.
2011Linear was honored for its industrial design acumen at CEDIA Expo 2011 when its DMC1 iPlay® Dock for Portable Devices – MP3 & CD player was presented with a Best AV Component Resi Award from Residential Systems Magazine.
Linear introduces its Encore Digital Audio Distribution System featuring award-winning DIGI-5 technology. The 4-source, 4-zone/room system can be expanded to 32 zones or rooms. Each room keypad contains a high-power, 80-watt, Class D digital amplifier for connection to stereo speakers. Distribution of 24-bit digital signals between the system hub and..Read More
Linear LLC, an innovator in home technology solutions for security, communications, and entertainment, announced that its new DX-COKIT Supervised Carbon Monoxide Detector Transmitter and Receiver Kit has received special recognition from the Security Industry Association (SIA) as the best new product in the Fire/Life Safety category. The award was made..Read More
Professional Builder magazine and the Reed Builder Group have named Linear’s HDMI-MX-4X4 4×4 Matrix as one of the 100 Best New Products for 2008. The HDMI-MX-4X4 is the flagship product in Linear’s new Whole-house High-definition Video Distribution line, which is designed to give home entertainment installers and dealers a new,..Read More
2007Linear LLC acquires Aigis Mechtronics. Aigis is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and manufactures and sells equipment, such as camera housings, into the closed-circuit television portion of the global security market.
2007Linear LLC acquires International Electronics, Inc. IEI is located in Canton, Massachusetts and designs and sells security and access-control components and systems for use in residential and light commercial applications.
2007Linear LLC acquires C.P. Allstar Corporation located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Allstar is a manufacturer and distributor of residential gate operators, garage door openers, radio controls and accessory products for the garage door and fence industry.
2007Linear LLC wins the 2007 SIA New Product Achievement Award for the M&S System Brand DMC-10 [Structured Wire Intercom System] at the ISC Expo/West Las Vegas.
2007Linear LLC acquires LiteTouch, Inc. LiteTouch is located in Salt Lake City, UT, and provides lighting control and automation for residential lighting and commercial lighting projects.
2006Linear LLC acquires Gefen, Inc. Gefen is located in Woodland Hills, CA, and specializes in ADC, DVI, USB and VGA KVM extensions and switchers.
2006Linear LLC acquires Magenta Research, Ltd. Magenta is located in New Milford, CT and designs and sells products that distribute audio and video signals over Category 5 and fiber optic cable to multiple display screens.
2006Linear LLC acquires Secure Wireless, Inc. and Advanced Bridging Technologies, Inc. (ABT). Secure Wireless designs and sells wireless security products for the residential and commercial markets while ABT designs and sells innovative radio frequency control products and accessories. Both Secure Wireless and ABT are located in Carlsbad, CA.
2006Linear LLC acquires Furman Sound. Furman is located in Petaluma, California and designs and sells audio and video signal processors, as well as, innovative AC power conditioning and distribution products.
2006After 45 years in the business, and 21 years at our present location, Linear LLC relocates to a 53,022 square-foot new corporate headquarters facility in the Carlsbad Corporate Center at 1950 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad, California.
2005Linear LLC acquires Sunfire, a well-regarded manufacturer of high-end speakers, home audio, and home theater electronics and subwoofers.
2005Linear LLC acquires Imerge. Imerge is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom and designs, manufactures and sells hard disk media players and multi-room audio servers.
2005Linear LLC acquires GTO, Inc. GTO is located in Tallahassee, Florida and designs, manufactures and sells automatic electric gate openers and access control devices to enhance the security and convenience of both residential and commercial property fences.
2005Linear LLC acquires Niles Audio of Miami, Florida. Niles sells and designs products that provide customers with innovative solutions for whole-house distribution and integration of audio and video systems, including speakers, receivers, amplifiers, automation devices, controls and accessories.
2005Linear LLC acquires Panamax, Inc., a designer and distributor of innovative power conditioning and surge protection products that improve the audio and video quality and prevent the loss or damage of home and small business electronics equipment due to power disturbances.
2004Linear LLC acquires M&S Systems. Located in Dallas, Texas, M&S Systems is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of convenience oriented home products.
2004Linear Asian Operations receives the Civilized Enterprise Award for the third consecutive year.
2004Linear LLC acquires OmniMount Corporation of Phoenix, Arizona. OmniMount is a leader in manufacturing and marketing installation solutions for home electronics.
2003Linear Corporation purchases OSCO (Operator Specialty Company, Inc). OSCO is located in Casnovia, Michigan and manufactures a variety of Gate Openers and Barrier Gates.
2003Linear Corporation purchases the assets of SpeakerCraft of Riverside, California. SpeakerCraft is a leading designer and supplier of architectural loudspeakers and other multi-room audio systems products used in residential custom applications.
2003Linear Corporation acquires ELAN Home Systems of Lexington, Kentucky. ELAN Home Systems provides whole-house entertainment, communication and automation systems for new residential construction and retrofit markets.
2002Linear Corporation wins Judge’s Choice Residential Award for the RE-1 (Residential Telephone Entry System) at the ISC Expo/East.
2001Linear introduces its line of garage door operators to the door industry.
1999Linear Corporation purchases the assets of Xantech Corporation of Sylmar, California. Xantech is a leading designer and manufacturer of residential infrared remote control music systems.
1999Linear Corporation purchases the assets of Multiplex Technology Incorporated of Brea, California. Multiplex (Channel Plus) provides electronic products used to expand television and telephone capabilities.
1999Linear purchases the Multi-Code product line solidifying Linear’s position as the major supplier of radios to the remote control market.
1998On December 30, 1998 the assets of Moore-O-Matic were sold to the Chamberlain Group.
1997Linear replaces the SSD with the DVS program. By adding supervision to the program, Linear now has the first supervised security package that can be installed in less than two hours.
1997Linear purchases NOVI. The acquisition solidifies Linear’s position as a force in the retail security market.
1995Linear introduces the DX product line. DX is the first economical RF product designed for add-on to any system with 1,000,000 plus codes and quick learn technology. It replaces Standard Digital.
1994Linear enters the access control market with the AccessMaster product line. AccessMaster incorporates the MegaCode format for its RF needs.
1994Linear introduces the SSD system. With a quantity price of less than $200.00 for the base system, it is perfect for the “zero down” market seller as well as the do-it-yourself market.
1990The 21st SENTRY package is introduced. The product wins a new product award at the ISC West show.
1989Linear introduces the first product incorporating the Megacode format. The SilentSignal was developed as an emergency reporting system for the convenience store market.
1988Linear/SESCOA opens the We Monitor America (WEMA) UL listed Central Station in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1988Linear Corporation welcomes Grant Rummell as president on August 24, 1988.
1987Linear’s Niteowl version of the Security Light Control received a Certificate of Merit in the Governor’s award for Hong Kong design.
1987Nortek Incorporated of Providence, Rhode Island submitted a tender offer to purchase and acquired the remaining public share of Linear Corporation.
1987Linear Corporation co-founders Ted Farrell and Bill Schanbacher sell their interest in the company.
1987Linear expands operations by leasing a new building north of Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. The new building housed Linear’s warehouse, Marketing Services, Technical Services, Purchasing, and Quality Assurance.
1985Linear develops the first multi-million code RF format (Megacode).
1985Linear Corporation forms the Linear Door Products Division. The Division represents the merger of Linear’s Moore-O-Matic garage door operator subsidiary with the radio access controls portion of the Linear Security Product Group.
1985Linear aligns itself with Schlage for the development and sale of a do-it-yourself system program. Combined system sales under the Keepsafer banner was in excess of 250,000 units.
1984Linear acquires Gilcom communications in San Leandro, California, and forms Linear/Gilcom. Primary products include 27 MHz mid-range wireless transmitters and receivers.
1984Linear acquires controlling interest in Security Sciences Corporation of America (SESCOA) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Primary products include digital communicators, alarm control panels, and central station receivers.
1984Linear acquires the license from Seaboard Electronics in New Rochelle, New York to manufacture long-range wireless central station equipment and forms Linear/Seaboard.
1984Linear’s new 30,000 sq/ft facility in Carlsbad, California opens with 92 employees in August.
1984Linear Corporation acquires Direct-a-Page and forms the Linear Communications Division. Primary products are mid-range paging transmitters and portable receivers.
1984Linear breaks ground for the new corporate and Linear Electronics headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
1983Linear Corporation creates a new division, Linear Plastics Corporation in Inglewood, California. Linear Plastics utilizes four 350-ton and 75-ton injection molding machines to produce a large percentage of the plastic parts required by all of Linear’s manufacturing divisions.
1983Linear’s CEO division begins design of long-range wireless communications systems designed to transmit emergency fire and intrusion signals without the need for telephone lines.
1983Linear Corporation forms the Linear-McNeese Division. The division’s primary product is a fire annunciation system used in hotels, motels, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
1983Linear designs and manufactures the first miniature UHF transmitter for use using Surface Acoustical Wave Resonator (SAWR) technology. The Model ET-1 measures only 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ and is water-resistant.
1983Linear Corporation merges the Linear Electronics and Colorado Electro Optics security product lines and forms Linear Security Products Group.
1983Linear Electronics designs and markets its first Supervised Wireless Security System. The Model SS-32 and its associated supervised transmitters are among the first of their type on the market.
1983Linear creates Linear Hong Kong Limited, a sub-assembly manufacturing facility in Hong Kong, China.
1983Linear Corporation stock goes public July 19, 1983. The stock was listed over-the-counter.
1982Amgard wireless home alarm system production reaches 200 units per day.
1982Linear develops S1, the industry’s first supervised RF format. S1 transmitted alarm, restore, status, low battery and test reports.
1981Linear corporation forms the new Linear Electronics Division as part of a corporate program to identify the various operating divisions of the company. The new division is responsible for the development and administration of programs to promote the principal security products which are manufactured by Linear and its subsidiaries.
1981Linear’s wireless security equipment sales surpass Linear’s wireless garage door equipment sales for the first time. Residential and commercial security systems become more popular in lieu of increasing crime rates.
1980Linear designs and installs three computerized test fixtures to test the custom-built microprocessor chips and circuits used in the GDO operator controller board and the Amgard alarm system.
1980Linear’s subsidiary Moore-O-Matic (MOM) in conjunction with Linear’s Design and Development department engineer the screw-drive Model 838 Garage Door Operator (GDO). The injection molded bulkhead design weighs only 24 pounds, as compared to previous 60 pound GDO designs.
1980Linear signs contract to begin manufacturing the 4-channel digital Amgard home alarm console for the Amway marketing organization. Substantial quantities of equipment were manufactured and delivered througout the duration of the Amway contract.
1980Linear’s subsidiary Colorado Electro Optics (CEO) designs and manufacturers the Security Light Control (SLC-1). The SLC-1 is the first passive infrared automatic outdoor light control nationally marketed. The device senses the presence of anyone approaching, and turns on lights, guiding visitors or warning away unwelcome intruders.
1980Linear Laboratories produces a line of passive infrared non-contact temperature measuring equipment. The portable ThermoFlow™ and TherMonitor™ are designed for industrial process control, plant maintenance, and insulation contractors. The ThermoFlow™ measures heat flow without contact and features direct readout of BTU’s per square-foot/hour.
1979Linear installs the “Dyna-Pert” automatic circuit board assembly system in Inglewood, California production facility. Each machine electrically tests each component before automatic insertion into the printed circuit board assembly.
1979Linear forms a new non-corporate division called Linear Laboratories. The laboratory is located in Los Altos, California and is primarily a development R&D center specializing in passive infrared devices.
1979Linear acquires A.E. Moore Company, a well known manufacturer of garage door operators. The company was re-named Moore-O-Matic (MOM).
1978Linear acquires Colorado Electro Optics (CEO) as a wholly owned subsidiary of Linear Corporation. CEO is located in Boulder, Colorado and is a pioneer in manufacturing passive infrared sensors for motion detection in security systems and light controllers.
1977Linear purchases Colorado Electro Optics (CEO). CEO was the foremost development group for the passive infrared detector.
1976Linear introduces its Standard Digital format that greatly reduces false alarm potential and allows the installer to customize the device code.
1968Linear introduces the first RF link to the security industry.
Linear Corporation was founded in 1961 by Ted Farrell, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer. William A. Schanbacher joined the Los Angeles-based Company as a co-principal shortly after incorporation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Originally, Linear was a retail operation that sold and installed automatic garage door operators for residential installations.
However, both principals had made the decision early to create an electronics manufacturing company and soon acquired the rights to manufacture wireless radio controls marketed under the trade name “Tamar.”
Soon after beginning production of the Tamar products, Messrs. Farrell and Schanbacher established a limited wholesale market for their products in San Diego, California. From 1962 through 1965, distribution expanded throughout the United States.
Concurrently, the Company designed and built an advanced set of controls that were smaller, more reliable, and more attractively packaged than the competitive controls. From 1965 through 1975, Linear marketed a proprietary line of wireless controls based on a Frequency Shift Keyed (FSK) coding and transmission technique developed in-house. The success of this equipment in the door controls marketplace accounted for the Company’s rapid growth during that period. FSK also enabled the Company to produce its first home security systems comprised of proprietary components.
A new line of digitally coded transmitters and receivers was introduced in 1975. With a large number of discrete codes available, this equipment enabled Linear to move to a commanding position in the industry as a supplier of high-tech home security systems.
Formed in 2007 by security industry veterans Lance Dean and Scott Simon, Linear’s 2GIG team develops and produces innovative security and home automation systems. The 2GIG team developed the GC2 Control Panel, the first self-contained, all-in-one security and home management system complete with color LCD touch screen which was named the 2011 Security Product of the Year by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Today, 2GIG continues to develop next-generation home and small business management systems complete with 3G, WiFi, DVR capability and a feature-rich video solution. 2GIG is a member of the Z-Wave Alliance™, which enables 2GIG to provide customers with one of the most innovative and interactive home security platforms on the market. For more information please visit www.2GIG.com.