IDS acquires GSC Systems

July 2013 News

Inhep Digital Security (IDS), a local intrusion brand operating in South Africa has announced the acquisition of GSC Systems, a longstanding manufacturer of access control systems in South Africa. Between them, IDS and GSC have close to 50 years of experience developing and manufacturing electronic security systems in South Africa with sales around the world.

Since its acquisition by the Lereko-Metier in 2007, IDS has added several new product ranges to its core basket and has successfully exported those products to 50 countries on four continents.

Bryan Watson
Bryan Watson

IDS’s MD, Bryan Watson, commented, “With its roots in the world’s most demanding security market, South Africa, IDS has set its sights on becoming the leading supplier of electronic security to the rapidly growing middle class in emerging markets. Access control is a key component of this strategy and in GSC, IDS has acquired a business with a shared ethic and excellent synergies.”

Watson says the access control industry is near to the intrusion and alarm industry and IDS sees GSC as a way to quickly enter the access market with a range of products and existing partners that have proved themselves reliable and easy to use over many years, and gained a strong customer base. IDS’s existing sales channel will scale GSC’s reach quickly, making the product available to a broader market than before.

Watson says IDS will integrate GSC’s sales channel into its own over time to offer clients a single sales experience for all their requirements.

“GSC brings to the table 18 years of experience in the access control sector, with a proven product range, extensive installer relationships, a strong export base, and some new generation products ready to take to market. We will also be exploring opportunities to add value through integration of our products, delivering on our vision of providing electronic security that is intuitive, robust, and meets the needs of the emerging market middle class,” adds Watson.

IDS sales director, Giles Calenborne, says, “We are confident that IDS’s extensive distribution network across Africa and Asia will open new opportunities for GSC’s existing products. GSC’s existing customers can look forward to continuity of service with the retention by IDS of the key GSC team members, and improved availability of product via IDS’s seven branches across South Africa.”

For more information contact Inhep Electronics Holdings, +27 (0)31 705 1373,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

TAPA: The role of an effective treasury function in business risk management
June 2019, Technews Publishing , News
Neil Le Roux, the Founder of Diligent Advisors will speak at the TAPA SA (Transported Asset Protection Association) annual conference on 26 July 2019.

iLegal 2019: Enhancing and empowering your control rooms
July 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
iLegal 2019 will be held on 12 September 2019 at The Rosebank Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg. iLegal is the surveillance industry’s premier one-day conference hosted jointly by Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Dr Craig Donald.

Residential Estate Security Conference 2019: Managing for efficiency
July 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
The Residential Estate Security Conference 2019 will be held on 20 August 2019, once again at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.

Spending to save
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News
As residential estates and complexes grow like weeds across South Africa, often promoting themselves as more secure than a stand-alone house, many are finding that close proximity to a neighbour or a ...

From the editor's desk: The difference between potential and skills
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News
This issue of Hi-Tech Security Solutions includes our annual Local Manufacturing feature and it’s great to know that local security manufacturers are still going strong, even if the general manufacturing ...

A customised solution for backup power
August 2019, Specialised Battery Systems , News, Integrated Solutions
Specialised Battery Systems designed and implemented a bespoke solution for Stallion Security Electronics to deploy at almost any site.

Patient critical – healthcare’s cybersecurity pulse
August 2019, Wolfpack Information Risk , News, Cyber Security, Healthcare (Industry)
The healthcare industry has become one of the leading cybersecurity attack vectors worldwide for several reasons.

iLegal 2019: Keeping security one step ahead
July 2019, Technews Publishing , News
The iLegal 2019 conference will focus on Augmented Surveillance, including the physical and logical technologies, people and processes required to enhance security and business decisions.

A one-size-fits-all approach won’t secure the IoT
August 2019 , News, Cyber Security
Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) is something which cannot be done with a one-size-fits-all approach, and every kind of connected object must be assessed individually.

Came acquires Turkish company Özak
August 2019, CAME BPT South Africa , News, Access Control & Identity Management
Came broadens its market horizons and signals growth and consolidation in the Middle East.