Chamberlain Group acquires Lockitron and Tend for its myQ smart garage hub


Chamberlain Group, which owns several brands of access and security, including the myQ smart garage hub, has added two new businesses to its portfolio: the Lockitron connected door lock manufacturer and the Wi-security camera startup. -Fi for the house Tend.

In a press release, JoAnna Sohovich, CEO of Chamberlain Group, said that the Tend and Lockitron products would be integrated with myQ. "We know that families come in and out of their homes by the garage door several times a day. Our myQ technology allows homeowners to monitor and control access from their smartphone, "she said. "Adding videos, connected locks and improved artificial intelligence to our access solutions will provide even more peace of mind when homeowners connect to their homes and their homes." relatives."

(Blogger Dave Zatz first discovered signs of the deal two weeks ago, including updates to Lockitron's privacy policy.)

Lockitron, one of the first brands of smart locks, delivered its first lock connected in 2010. Its flagship product is the Bolt, an intelligent lock accessible via a smartphone. The Bolt was launched in 2015 and was the first smart lock available at under $ 100. The Chamberlain Group will integrate Lockitron's technology into myQ so users can control their garage doors and residential doors with a single application.

Cameron Robertson, co-founder of Lockitron with Paul Gerhardt, told TechCrunch that they have begun to search for potential buyers in order to have the resources to meet the needs of retail and e-commerce. Chamberlain Group was the ideal solution as it will support existing Lockitron users. Lockitron's technology can also be integrated with products other than myQ. The transaction was an asset sale of Lockitron's product line from its parent company Apigy. Robertson and Gerhardt are now advising Chamberlain on a part-time basis, and are also working on new non-Apigy projects that Robertson believes will eventually be destroyed.

The video and features of Tend, including facial recognition, will also be integrated into myQ, so users can add a Tend camera and see the video of their garage doors that open and close through the app. myQ. The company was launched in 2008; Its co-founder and CEO, Herman Yau, will continue as CEO of Tend, leading his video and AI platform within the Chamberlain Group.