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Liberty Lake-based OpenEye announces plans to double workforce, expand headquarters

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Transactions are monitored at Winco in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, using the OpenEye SaleGuard surveillance system. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Transactions are monitored at Winco in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, using the OpenEye SaleGuard surveillance system. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

OpenEye is expanding its Liberty Lake headquarters following an acquisition by Alarm.com, a home automation and monitoring company.

The cloud-based video surveillance company is planning to double its workforce and move to a larger facility, which is anticipated to open in 2020 in Liberty Lake.

OpenEye has already posted job listings for software engineers, developers, and sales and technical support positions.

“We will be immediately focused on expanding our software development and engineering teams,” OpenEye CEO and founder Rick Sheppard said in a statement. “Our priority is to accelerate the delivery of our software roadmap, while continuing to provide the heroic customer service that our partners expect from OpenEye.”

OpenEye employs more than 100 people in product development, delivery and support in Liberty Lake. The company’s web services platform – which utilizes in-cloud computing, data analytics, information security and the Internet of Things – serves more than 14,000 locations nationwide.

OpenEye indicated it has not yet determined a location in Liberty Lake for its new facility.

Alarm.com’s acquisition of OpenEye will provide a “comprehensive, industry-leading suite of interactive cloud-based services for video, access control, intrusion and automation,” according to the news release.

Alarm.com allows users to monitor properties from any location via apps and interfaces.

OpenEye – whose customers include grocery stores and restaurants – uses networked systems to show real-time video streams that can be stored and reviewed from any web-connected device.

The company will continue operations under the OpenEye brand – as a subsidiary of Alarm.com – and remain under the leadership of Sheppard, according to the news release.

Sheppard, a Gonzaga University graduate, launched OpenEye in 1999. The company says it has since grown to become an innovator in design and development of cloud-managed software solutions for video management, business intelligence and loss prevention.

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