The restructure follows the acquisitions of TAC and Andover Controls by Schneider-Electric in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Tour Andover Controls has 2,700 employees worldwide and total estimated revenues in 2004 of $700m. The company’s entire product portfolio – encompassing security systems (intruder alarms, CCTV and access control), building management systems (automated heating, ventilation, lighting, electricity, safety and energy consumption management systems) and services (energy consultancy, exception and management reporting, remote access) – operate through fully integrated, open technologies. Benefits include reduced system lifecycle costs, as a shared technology infrastructure demands less operation, maintenance and engineering resource; more efficient building management, enabled through the provision of a single user interface and automated exception reporting; and the guarantee of backwards compatible and future proof platforms, allowing for upgrades and changes as necessary whilst avoiding the need to ‘rip and replace’. “The completion of this restructure presents a tremendous opportunity for us to revolutionise the buildings automation market,” said Derek Duffill, UK managing director, Tour Andover Controls. “Our product portfolio and systems expertise is critical to this ambition, but as important is our ability as an organisation to work with customers throughout the lifecycle of their property assets, delivering value at every stage, from design onwards. It is through this ‘customer for life’ strategy and a dedication to using innovation to reduce building lifecycle costs that we will continue to deliver the world’s most cost effective safe, comfortable and environmentally efficient buildings.