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Tyco International Ltd. (TYC) , United Technologies Corp. (UTX) , Honeywell International Inc. (HON) and GE are all positioning themselves in a market that is growing between 7 percent and 12 percent annually, according to industry data.

Fire detection equipment manufacturers are at the center of the consolidation within the industry since they are the only true 'must-have' component to integrated security systems.

"A fire detection system is a requirement around the world ... versus a security system which is a total voluntary purchase at the discretion of the owner," said Mark Levy, president of Honeywell Life Safety.

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