First Distribution to distribute Impro in Africa

Issue 9 2020 News

Impro Technologies is one of the latest products to be distributed by First Distribution’s Digital Security and IoT division. Impro has been in business since 1986 and forms part of the ASSA ABLOY group. The company’s products are installed at a large number of universities, mines and residential estates in South Africa as well as numerous secure facilities.

First Distribution has identified the opportunity to physically secure buildings, estates, mines and educational facilitates with leading technology from Impro Technologies and other partners such as IDEMIA and Suprema.

David Simpson, general manager for Digital Security and IoT at First Distribution (FD), said: “The reason for partnering with Impro is because it is a well-established leader in the access control sector, an important part of our security offering. Impro has been in the industry for well over 20 years and that wealth of knowledge and activity adds value to our business and the business of our customers. At FD we always aim to build long lasting relationships with all our vendors, we have a lengthy process in choosing a vendor and this was no exception. We believe that this is the beginning of a fantastic partnership. Impro has shown us what is up and coming in terms of new technology and we are very excited.”

Giles Calenborne, managing director of Impro Technologies, added, “Through our agreement with First Distribution we’re able to further expand our footprint in South Africa as well as into key strategic markets in Africa. Although we have a network of distributors across the globe, Africa is a key growth area for us and through this partnership we are able to increase our representation on the continent – most specifically within Kenya and the surrounding regions.

“We also see access control extending further into the ICT sector. This is already happening today with the convergence of physical and logical access as users look for a convenient, seamless experience, and this will continue to increase as we deploy elements such as IoT, AI and the cloud – all areas that First Distribution is already addressing.”

Impro Technologies has been pioneering the South African access control industry for over 30 years, and today supplies thousands of customers spanning over 60 countries and four continents.


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