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Honeywell acquires Rebellion Photonics

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2020



Honeywell has acquired Rebellion Photonics, a Houston-based provider of intelligent, visual gas monitoring systems to increase safety, operational performance, emissions mitigation and compliance in the oil, gas, petrochemical and power industries.
 
Rebellion provides a real-time monitoring platform that visually identifies and quantifies gas releases to detect and analyse leaks quickly and keep workers safe. The intelligent monitoring system incorporates an AI-driven software platform that automatically alerts plant operators if a gas leak, fire or security issue is detected and provides detailed analytics.
 
The self-calibrating technology provides cost-effective monitoring by reducing the need to install, maintain and calibrate sensors throughout a site. The company’s customers include some of the world's largest oil, gas, petrochemical and power companies, and its products are deployed at refineries, oil rigs, offshore platforms, pipelines and power plants.
 
"To rapidly respond to a gas leak and keep their facilities safe, oil and gas, petrochemical, and power companies are deploying Rebellion Photonics' next generation visual monitoring technology powered by machine learning," said John Waldron, president and CEO of Honeywell’s safety and productivity business. "This acquisition complements Honeywell's strong portfolio of process technologies, automation and gas detection solutions and accelerates our transformation to a software-industrial company. Rebellion's employees share our mission of helping keep workers healthy and safe on the job while reducing the environmental impacts of gas emissions."
 
The acquisition will become part of Honeywell's safety and productivity business, which provides gas detection technologies, safety gear, mobility products and software to help workers stay safe and productive. Rebellion's technology will also be deployed through Honeywell's performance materials and technologies business to help process manufacturing customers improve safety and compliance.
 
"Honeywell is an amazing company and a recognised leader in our industry," said Robert Kester, CEO of Rebellion Photonics. “We are excited to be part of their world-class family. Automated visual monitoring is the future of gas leak detection. Combining our products with Honeywell's platform will make this the new industry standard for safety and environmental monitoring globally."
 
Founded in 2009, Rebellion provides a patented gas cloud imaging system that incorporates cameras and proprietary hyper-spectral imaging technology to pinpoint the source of a leak and measure the volume and concentration of gases. The company also provides real-time fire detection and intrusion and surveillance monitoring to keep plants and facilities safe.
 
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and there is no change to Honeywell's 2019 financial guidance as a result of the acquisition.