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TMCNet:  ipDatatel Closes $2.85 Million Oversubscribed Growth Financing Round

[January 15, 2013]

ipDatatel Closes $2.85 Million Oversubscribed Growth Financing Round

HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--

ipDatatel today announced the closing of its $2.85 million growth capital round. The funding was led by Genesis Park, L.P. Tchoupitoulas Partners and existing investors also participated in the round, which will be used to support the scale of ipDatatel's operations as it further penetrates the security installation and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market.

ipDatatel designs, engineers and manufactures innovative Internet-ready home area network (HAN) wireless devices for security, home automation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries. The devices connect existing and new manufacturers' alarm system controls to the Internet and HAN connections, turning smartphones and wireless-based devices into multi-functional, portable controls.

"The loss of landlines in many homes has made the gateway into the existing broadband connection a choke point for many types of monitoring and control solutions," said Peter Shaper, founding partner of Genesis Park. "Consumers and businesses are looking for an alternative solution, one hat does not rely on outdated phone lines and one that adds two-way functionality to existing systems."


The ipDatatel product suite provides alarm installers, service providers and equipment manufacturers with an enhanced product suite to provide additional capabilities and tools to their customer base. These parties maintain their customers and branding, respecting the existing strong, customer-provider relationship, while ipDatatel delivers the network, technical support and next generation products that keep customers interested in their services.

"ipDatatel has an efficient, propriety approach that is being adopted broadly," said Russell Vail, founder and CEO of ipDatatel. "The business model has proven attractive for all parties in the value chain, ultimately giving the end-user more flexibility, control and insight into security and residential and business automation."

"We find a lot of value in this management team's deep experience in security, wireless interface and controls," continued Shaper. "We also like that it is based in the greater Houston area, given the range of energy and industrial players that are continuing to integrate automation capabilities."

"Our decision to raise additional equity came down to the strategic value of our investors," continued Vail. "We've found Genesis Park goes beyond providing capital, and is a true partner and mentor for its clients. We are confident they will add exceptional value moving forward."

The company has penetrated 80 percent of the equipment manufacturer market, including Honeywell (News - Alert), DSC and General Electric for the purpose of signal distribution through the Internet and HAN connections. Its devices provide the most affordable wireless alarm communication and auto aware services on the market. In addition, ipDatatel's equipment integrates with existing equipment avoiding costly replacement of systems already installed.

About ipDatatel

ipDatatel was founded in 2007 by veterans of the electronic security business that have more than 37 years of combined experience: President and CEO, Russell Vail and COO, Kurt Burr. Additional information can be found at www.ipdatatel.com.

About Genesis Park

Genesis Park, L.P. is a Houston-based private equity firm with extensive experience in Internet Protocol technologies including wireless interfacing, automation software and networks. Additional information can be found at www.genesis-park.com.


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