Progress, not perfection

November 2019 News

ZKTeco, a manufacturer of biometric products headquartered in China, decided a few years ago to open international subsidiaries in strategic markets to offer a better service to its global customers. One of the markets chosen was South Africa.

The South Africa office was launched in a garage on 16 October 2009 in Hartbeespoort, North West province. The company (then called ZKSoftware) started as a service office which facilitated imports from China, run by Hendrik Combrinck and two Chinese personnel.

Combrinck says the market was “a bit sceptical in the beginning because they were not used to Chinese companies doing this. Normally the relationships in the South African security market with Chinese companies were long-distance relationships, communicating via email and Skype.”

In 2010 the company moved to Corporate Wellness Park with five newly employed personnel. The business started growing and the company became a distribution company known as ZKTeco. More resources and programmers were hired as the company grew.

Combrinck adds that the company has grown from having two employees in 2009 to having close to 40 in 2019. “The sales also grew exponentially every year and the company’s innovation has seen it adding new product lines every year, which has given us a huge boost in the market.”


Hendrik Combrinck.

He says that biometrics has always been the backbone of ZKTeco globally. “The philosophy we have always used in all our markets is that we want to offer good quality biometric and security products at affordable prices so the masses can have access to this technology. The fingerprint products have always been our most popular, but we have seen a shift towards facial biometrics in the last two years. We have also invested in new computer vision technologies and algorithms, and we feel that facial and other touchless technologies will be the future of this market.”

Today, ZKTeco South Africa has its own building situated in Hartbeespoort and the 1000 m2 ZKTeco Experience Centre in Centurion will be the showcase of all ZK’s products, solutions and innovations. It will officially launch in January 2020.

Looking ahead, Combrinck notes: “We have no doubt that ZKTeco South Africa will show tremendous growth in the next five years because of all the add-on product lines we will introduce. We will be introducing a new surveillance series early in 2020 where facial recognition will be a standard feature in our IP and analogue ranges.

“We will also launch our new Atlas controllers that will change the access controller market dramatically in South Africa. Our entrance control products, which include our turnstiles, flap barriers, speed gates, boom barriers, etc. have also received a much needed upgrade and we feel that we are finally ready to stake our claim in South Africa.”

The company will also be venturing into IoT technology with a strategic alliance with Tuya, an IoT platform. Customers can expect ZKTeco to launch a full range of smart home and smart office products and platforms in 2020.

For more information contact ZKTeco (SA), +27 12 259 1047, sales@zkteco.co.za, www.zkteco.co.za


Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Vodacom IoT Solutions get people back to business safely
Issue 4 2020 , News
Vodacom has created specific digital solutions to support businesses as they navigate their return to work post-lockdown.

Read more...
Post-lockdown employee management
Issue 4 2020 , News
Kenai has adapted its visitor management solution to cater to the COVID-19 regulations governing employees going back to work.

Read more...
Global Comms donates R1,6 million of technology
Issue 4 2020, Global Communications (Member of Hudaco Group) , News
SPARK Schools security enhanced with large surveillance technology donation from Global Communications.

Read more...
Cyber Security South Africa appoints Simon Perry as CTO
Issue 4 2020 , News
Cyber Security South Africa has appointed Simon Perry as its chief technical officer.

Read more...
Securex postponed to June 2021
Issue 3 2020 , News
Following COVID-19 developments, Specialised Exhibitions is postponing the Securex, A-OSH and FM expos to June 1 -3, 2021.

Read more...
ZKTeco offers touchless access for people and vehicles
Issue 4 2020, ZKTeco , Asset Management, EAS, RFID
ZKTeco sports a range of touchless entrance control solutions from licence plate recognition cameras through to facial recognition and multi-modal access solutions.

Read more...
XtraVision under new management and set for new horizons
Issue 4 2020, XtraVision, Technews Publishing , News
XtraVision, a distributor of electronic security and fire solutions in Africa and South America, has changed hands with founder Anthony Rosenbaum stepping down.

Read more...
Mustek expands product portfolio with Molex
Issue 4 2020, Mustek Security Technologies , News
Mustek has announced the expansion of its existing product portfolio with the introduction of the Molex structured cabling brand.

Read more...
Fraud detection via voice
Issue 4 2020 , News
SAFPS to collaborate with OneVault to improve fraud detection in call centres without frustrating customers.

Read more...
32-inch touchscreen for facial recognition
Issue 4 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
FaceKiosk-V43 is ZKTeco’s multipurpose facial recognition smart device running on Android with a 32-inch touch screen to provide a friendly and interactive user experience.

Read more...