CODE-ALARM, INC.

CODE-ALARM, INC.

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Company Overview
The company, which is based in the United States, is engaged in the design and production of automotive security systems and components, remote keyless entry systems, security and convenience accessories, and remote car start systems. It is a privately held company with registered business address located in Madison Heights, Michigan.
Some of the company’s products are vehicle security and convenience systems under the brand names Elite, Pro Series, and Chapman. Its other brands include Surestart series remote vehicle starters and Sureguard 40 vehicle security upgrade for factory keyless entry systems. The company also produces systems and components for some of the world’s largest automakers under their respective brand names. Some of its clients are Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Kia, Mazda, Honda, Citroen, Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Volkswagen.
Business Summary
Code-Alarm, Inc. conducts business in the automotive security and convenience industry. The Company engineers, designs, and manufacture: Automotive Security Systems and Components, Remote Keyless Entry Systems, Security and Convenience Accessories, and Remote Car Start Systems. Vehicle security and convenience systems (Elite, Pro Series, and Chapman) by Code-Alarm are sold around the world at over 2,000 retail and new car dealer locations. The Company’s other brands include SureStart Series remote vehicle starters, IT-s interior theft sensor, and SureGuard 40 vehicle security upgrade for factory keyless entry systems. Code-Alarm produces systems and components for many of the world’s largest automakers under their respective brand names. The Company has strong business partnerships with companies like Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Kia, Mazda, Honda, Citroen, Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Volkswagen.
Description and history
Code-Alarm, Inc. conducts business in the automotive security and convenience industry. The Company engineers, designs, and manufacture: Automotive Security Systems and Components, Remote Keyless Entry Systems, Security and Convenience Accessories, and Remote Car Start Systems. Vehicle security and convenience systems (Elite, Pro Series, and Chapman) by Code-Alarm are sold around the world at over 2,000 retail and new car dealer locations. The Company’s other brands include SureStart Series remote vehicle starters, IT-s interior theft sensor, and SureGuard 40 vehicle security upgrade for factory keyless entry systems. Code-Alarm produces systems and components for many of the world’s largest automakers under their respective brand names. The Company has strong business partnerships with companies like Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Kia, Mazda, Honda, Citroen, Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Volkswagen.

Alarm Systems

In general, the Company’s alarm systems contain two major components: an immobilizer circuit and a siren. The immobilizer circuit prevents the automobile from being started unless the alarm system has been turned off. Each system automatically resets itself after the siren has been sounded for a predetermined period. Many of these systems allow the operator to choose between manually setting the alarm upon leaving the vehicle and having the alarm automatically set one minute after the keys are removed from the ignition switch. Various other components, such as hood locks and impact sensors, can generally be added to the alarm system.

Historically, most of the Company’s sales have consisted of remote alarm systems, with a basic unit consisting of a remote micro-transmitter, which can be attached to the operator’s keychain, and a control unit, which is located inside the automobile. The remote micro-transmitter is used to turn the alarm system on and off. This basic unit is typically sold as part of a system, which is configured in various ways, based upon the customer preferences and distribution channels.

In addition to remote alarm systems, the Company also produces digital and passive alarm systems, which offer a lower level of protection. Digital systems, unlike remote systems, do not offer a way to turn the alarm system on and off from outside the vehicle. Instead, upon entering the vehicle, the operator has a fixed period of time to turn off the alarm system by entering the proper numerical sequence on a keypad. Passive alarm systems are much like digital systems, except that the operator only needs to insert the key in the ignition switch of the automobile to turn off the alarm.

Remote Keyless Entry Systems

The Company’s remote keyless entry system enables the operator to use the remote micro-transmitter to lock and unlock the doors or open the trunk from outside the vehicle without having to use keys, to turn on the interior light to see if anyone is waiting inside the vehicle and to set off the siren in the event of a personal emergency. The Company’s remote keyless entry system series is produced under the RKE-1 Plus brand.

Business Line
Engaged in the design and production of automotive security systems and components, remote keyless entry systems, security and convenience accessories, and remote car start systems
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Advisor
ERNST & YOUNG LLP
IPO date
10/1987
US SIC Code
3669
Company Address
950, East Whitcomb

City province or state postal code
48071, MADISON HEIGHTS, MI
Phone: +1 248 583 9620
Fax: +1 248 585 4799
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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