Bidvest Magnum Technology: Intimate client knowledge = successful projects

August 2012 Integrated Solutions

Bidvest Magnum Technology is a division within the Bidvest Magnum Group security cluster, together with BidTrack, ACTS, Bidvest Magnum and Bidvest Magnum Mining. The company focuses on integrated security services in order to provide clients with effective solutions based on the integration of technology and manpower.

Bidvest Magnum Technology (BMT) is the result of the creation of the abovementioned cluster within the Bidvest Group, with a solid 20 years’ experience in the market.

BMT provides a conceptualisation to commissioning service offering for intrusion and perimeter detection, IP, intercoms, secondary intrusion, access control, CCTV, fire and HVAC, combined in a building management platform.

Kevin Monk, technical director for the company, explained that system integrators should be able to readily match customers’ needs with existing products.

Kevin Monk
Kevin Monk

“Systems integration includes a substantial amount of diagnostic and troubleshooting work. The ability to research existing products and software components is also helpful. This ability allows BMT to supply a turnkey project service to clients, including all design work. On occasion, we will subcontract smaller work parcels, such as the wire pulling and trenching, to a third-party.”

Monk pointed out that in order to provide a successfully integrated project, the company’s involvement begins with a complete familiarisation with the client’s business and a risk assessment of their assets. “A comprehensive, customised service level agreement (SLA) results from these actions and highlights the specific key performance areas (KPA) that we need to address within the project.

“We have an holistic attitude towards security systems and while we aim to incorporate technology wherever possible, we acknowledge the need to utilise the services of fully-trained, registered security officers,” says Monk.

This Level 3 BBBEE company meets all the statutory requirements of the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), and is fully OHS Act compliant. “BMT acknowledges that the health, safety and wellbeing of its own employees as well as those of its clients are paramount. Investment in safety systems that follow the guidelines of the Department of Labour ensure that personnel are happier and more productive. This ultimately results in a better return on investment for our clients,” says Monk.

A national footprint that covers systems integration, support and service capabilities in Pretoria, Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth, is backed by 108 motivated and highly-trained and experienced personnel.

“We believe in acquiring the best people in the industry and we further invest in their career development through a rewards programme and extensive training and upskilling. In addition, we have implemented a performance management plan and succession planning forms an integral part of our business philosophy,” says Monk.

“By ensuring that our technical team is equipped with the latest knowledge and expertise in the systems we are installing and commissioning for our clients, we are able to offer our clients the latest in benchmark technology implementation.”

BMT has a number of blue chip projects under its belt, including one for an alluvial diamond concession in Africa valued at over R16 million. “This project involved the supply, installation and commissioning of an IP system incorporating mobile wireless video surveillance cameras, a mobile control room, X-ray body and luggage scanners and an IP access system.

“This installation was a mobile solution and that allowed for a quick installation, setup and commissioning of the system, ensuring a speedy resolution to protection of the Red Zone and its perimeter. Bidvest Magnum Technology, managed to deploy the mobile units within six weeks from date of order, to positioning the devices on site and thus protecting the perimeter of the alluvial deposit,” Monk concluded.


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