Merger takes FS-Systems forward

October 2015 Integrated Solutions

FS-Systems has carved out a name for itself in the SI market over the years, first trading as FireFight, a company launched in 1971, focusing on fire detection and suppression technology and services.

In the ‘80s, the company branched into manufacturing its own products, but found it needed to focus on one core business. The company then split into a manufacturing company, which was eventually renamed Ziton, now owned by UTC, and the integration arm was renamed FireSpec and continued with its focus on the fire market, but also diversified into other aspects of enterprise security, including access control, surveillance, voice evacuation and PSIM.

Carlo Klopper, MD of FS-Systems.
Carlo Klopper, MD of FS-Systems.

In 2013, FireSpec purchased a specialist IP video surveillance company, Integrated Gaming Security Solutions (IGSS). The acquisition gave FireSpec expertise in high definition IP video surveillance solutions, specifically relevant to the gaming vertical. IGSS was renamed FutureVid Solutions.

In 2015, the two companies merged into one new entity, ready to take on the enterprise security integration market, and was renamed FS-Systems, with Carlo Klopper (ex regional lead for UTC) as MD.

Tackling project work

Klopper says the merged FS-Systems is focused on project work, specifically the difficult projects others take strain in completing. The reason for this is the training and experience of FS-Systems’ employees. Klopper is focused on ensuring the people within FS-Systems are able to deliver at the highest quality projects, on time and on budget, no matter what the task is.

The same applies to the company’s technical teams. They are on a continual path of upgrading their skills to be able to best service clients. To ensure its skills are ahead of the pack, FS-Systems selects a limited number of technology partners and insists on using products it has experience in and knows it can rely on to perform as required.

The product partnerships it has developed include areas such as access control including biometrics, fire, voice and IP video. The brands it focuses on include Avigilon for video surveillance, Gallagher and Impro for access control, TOA and Bose for voice evacuation, and UTC’s brands and Securiton for fire detection and suppression.

The company also focuses on a number of verticals. It has completed large projects in the mining industry, most recently at a copper mine with multiple sites. The solutions implemented include enterprise access control, workforce management and IP video solutions. All these are managed centrally from the company’s head office.

Other verticals include supplying high definition video solutions to the gaming industry as well as healthcare, property and property management groups, and the logistics industry.

It is also an old hand at the education market. FS-Systems has, for example, a long-term relationship with the University of Cape Town (UCT) where it has an onsite team to support its installed solutions. The work done at UCT covers 190 buildings, over 30 000 students, 1800 access controlled doors, 30 000 smoke detectors and over 250 alarm systems running over IP.

Delivering business value

Despite its capacity to implement and maintain significant security projects, Klopper says the company is focused on delivering business value on top of its security solutions. Its aim is to use traditional security products and solutions to optimise customers’ security and business processes and benefit the company as a whole.

In providing more than security solutions, Klopper says the company is on track to live up to its vision of delivering value to companies across sub-Sahara Africa requiring protection of their people, property and assets.

Over the next year or so, Klopper adds that FS-Systems’ focus will be on growing its presence in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa by expanding its presence in Johannesburg, as well as in South America, all areas it already does business in. He also wants FS-Systems to be the best company to work for in order to attract and retain the best skills in the industry.

For more information contact FS-Systems, +27 (0)21 685 1111, enquiry@fs-systems.co.za, www.fs-systems.co.za





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Critical control management
Issue 5 2020 , Integrated Solutions
The critical control management process is an excellent practical approach to ensure effective controls over potentially catastrophic events.

Read more...
Adjusting to a new reality
Issue 5 2020, Technews Publishing , Integrated Solutions
COVID-19 to accelerate adoption of technology-enabled smart city resilience approaches: robotics, digital twins, and autonomous freight.

Read more...
Remote oversight imperative for smart buildings
Issue 5 2020 , Integrated Solutions
Duran Viera, CEO of Amecor, says one of South Africa’s biggest drivers for smart building development is security.

Read more...
Shaping today’s smart cities
Issue 5 2020, ZKTeco , Integrated Solutions
As our physical and digital worlds become intertwined, the absorption of new technologies in smart cities is inevitable.

Read more...
The evolution of security in residential estates
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020 , Editor's Choice, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
Two large estates discuss their security processes and the ever-expanding scope of responsibilities they need to fulfil.

Read more...
Home-grown, cloud-based safety and security solutions
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020 , IT infrastructure, Integrated Solutions
BeSecure has taken security and communications technologies and turned them into what is best described as care and safety solutions for the estate community in South Africa.

Read more...
Integrated security management system
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Phorcas is a security information system developed by Protoclea designed to integrate multiple sub-systems into a powerful crime fighting solution.

Read more...
Critical control management is essential for quality surveillance
Issue 6 2020 , Integrated Solutions
The demand for effective surveillance remains a priority for security and line management involved with the day to day protection of assets.

Read more...
Your partner in contemporary business continuity
Issue 3 2020 , Integrated Solutions
Horizon Risk Management aims to provide optimum contemporary, but affordable, business continuity techniques for business in South Africa and abroad through stable, durable and incorruptible practices.

Read more...
Financing for the systems integrator
Issue 3 2020, Elvey Security Technologies , Integrated Solutions
Financing your security project through your technology distributor can benefit both the systems integrator and the end user.

Read more...