Nortek

History


SINCE 1967

History of
Innovation

Nortek Control is a driving force of product innovation and solutions for customers throughout the world. For over 50 years, we have developed new technologies and have received countless achievements in the industries we represent, including security, control, power/AV, access, analytics/AI, and health and wellness. Throughout our rich history is supported by our success in acquiring top-tier security technology and home electronics companies, producing award-winning wireless security product designs, and offering businesses and end-customers impeccable service. Nortek Control has more than 5 million commercial, residential, and personal systems deployed and more than 25 million connected wireless devices.


TECHNOLOGY LEADER

Engineering
Solutions

Engineering excellence is in our DNA. Nortek Control has been a leader in product manufacturing for decades and has added brands and solutions to its successful portfolio by continuing to engineer solutions that enhance the lives of consumers. From the world’s first wireless garage door opener, to voice-guided systems, to stylish touchscreen controls, Nortek Control is at the forefront of the Smart Home industry. Nortek Control is pushing the boundaries of technology to create a safer, smarter and more connected world


A LEADER FOR DECADES

Backed by
Intelligence

Today, Nortek Control has the unique ability to impact the marketplace through advanced analytics, leading technology and proven product integration. Advanced analytics give us the added brain power to deliver insightful solutions to you. We have integrated a layer of smart analytics in a variety of our products, from 2GIG, to ELAN to Linear — our products are backed with trusted intelligence. Since we opened our doors years ago, to where we are now, we are proud to share our impressive history.

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Timeline of key events in the
history of Nortek Security & Control

Timeline

1997
July 6

1997

Linear 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.
July 6

1997

Linear purchases NOVI. The acquisition solidifies Linear’s position as a force in the retail security market.
1995
July 6

1995

Linear 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.
1994
July 6

1994

Linear enters the access control market with the AccessMaster product line. AccessMaster incorporates the MegaCode format for its RF needs.
July 6

1994

Linear 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.
1990
July 6

1990

The 21st SENTRY package is introduced. The product wins a new product award at the ISC West show.
1989
July 6

1989

Linear introduces the first product incorporating the Megacode format. The SilentSignal was developed as an emergency reporting system for the convenience store market.
1988
July 6

1988

Linear Corporation welcomes Grant Rummell as president on August 24, 1988.
July 6

1988

Linear/SESCOA opens the We Monitor America (WEMA) UL listed Central Station in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1987
July 6

1987

Linear’s Niteowl version of the Security Light Control received a Certificate of Merit in the Governor’s award for Hong Kong design.
July 6

1987

Linear Corporation co-founders Ted Farrell and Bill Schanbacher sell their interest in the company.
July 6

1987

Nortek Incorporated of Providence, Rhode Island submitted a tender offer to purchase and acquired the remaining public share of Linear Corporation.
July 6

1987

Linear 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.
1985
July 6

1985

Linear develops the first multi-million code RF format (Megacode).
July 6

1985

Linear 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.
July 6

1985

Linear 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.
1984
July 6

1984

Linear 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.
July 6

1984

Linear acquires Gilcom communications in San Leandro, California, and forms Linear/Gilcom. Primary products include 27 MHz mid-range wireless transmitters and receivers.
July 6

1984

Linear’s new 30,000 sq/ft facility in Carlsbad, California opens with 92 employees in August.
July 6

1984

Linear acquires the license from Seaboard Electronics in New Rochelle, New York to manufacture long-range wireless central station equipment and forms Linear/Seaboard.