The wireless market in South Africa

January 2009 News & Events

The wireless market in South Africa has been a particularly interesting case study for many global manufacturers partly because of the bumpy start it had in South Africa in the early 2000s and in part due to the interesting mix of product available in our country.

Where we go will ultimately depend on what drives our installers. The birth of wireless was necessitated mainly for quicker installation times and the need to have neater more attractive devices. Nevertheless, there has been an obvious move from companies to integrate the wireless technology into one seamless system.

Notwithstanding the abovementioned fact the market is predominantly driven by price and there seems to be an obvious draw to remain with wired.

Communication protocols and the way the panels handle the wireless requests from any devices have become more robust and harder to compromise and in so doing have brought about confidence in wireless product. More so power management on wireless devices have become even more optimal and battery life can stretch to five years. As price remains a steady factor it is interesting to note that more and more First-World countries are insisting on wireless product.

The UK has been particularly interesting as wireless installations now contribute to 90% of the overall installations done and the wired counterpart has become progressively smaller.

As we face more global economic pressure the fundamental need to run business leaner and with less overheads has become apparent. The truth of the matter is that the installer is not only concerned with the time he or she spends with the client but also how many times the installation team goes back to finish the installation.

The wireless trend in Scandinavian countries, UK, the Americas and parts of Eastern Europe are becoming glaringly clear. Install as quick as possible by configuring the system at the office. Customer visits must be brought down to a minimum to save on overheads and off site monitoring is essential to maintain and manage the system.

What does this mean for the South African market? In many respects our market tends to follow global trends but we are innovative in many regards. The success of many businesses in this time is going to be due to offering a unique solution. The goal is mutually beneficial as recurring business is encouraged due to the versatility of most wireless systems.

For more information contact Johan Crause, Visonic, 0861 VISONIC.





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