Security, industrial connectivity company begins production

Aug. 1, 2008
Communication Networks (ComNet;, a company that will provide fiber-based connectivity and communications ...

Communication Networks (ComNet;, a company that will provide fiber-based connectivity and communications network solutions to the security, intelligent transportation, and factory automation/industrial control markets, has opened its doors in Danbury, CT.

ComNet's manufacturing and production headquarters in Danbury, CT.
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Leading ComNet is George Lichtblau, founder of the former InternationalFiber Systems (IFS) before it was acquired by General Electric in 2003. The company's product line will consist of fiber-optic video,data, and audio transmission products, as well as an Ethernet product line for use in CCTV, access control, traffic signalization, incident detection, and WMS/CMS control.

George Lichtblau
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"One of the key reasons for the success of IFS was our decision to be a true resource for the customers who chose to partner with us," says Lichtblau. "That was a successful philosophy and one that we plan to improve on at ComNet."

The Danbury facility features state-of-the-art manufacturing and production, and houses engineering, production, customer care, and marketing.

Short runs…

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