Local companies collaborate to establish a force 'Down Under'

November 2001 News & Events

Two South African security companies, Guardian Integrated Systems (GIS) and Evolving Management Solutions (EMS), have joined forces to open offices in Australia.

Spearheaded by GIS, the Melbourne-based company, to be called GIS Australia, will market the System 42 access control systems developed by EMS. "Our goal is to establish an intelligent distribution model designed around S/42 in Australia. We have the engineering expertise and quality of manufacture firmly established in SA and because there is little competition in Australia in terms of world class access control systems, we can introduce the technology there with ease," says Dave Milligan, MD of GIS.

Discussing the joint GIS/EMS move ‘Down Under’ are (from left) Stuart Pickering, MD at EMS, Dave Milligan and Chuck Sharp from GIS, Steve Mason from EMS and Chris Kane from GIS
Discussing the joint GIS/EMS move ‘Down Under’ are (from left) Stuart Pickering, MD at EMS, Dave Milligan and Chuck Sharp from GIS, Steve Mason from EMS and Chris Kane from GIS

Dave Milligan, Chuck Sharp and Graeme Ward are the three partners in the GIS Australia operation, with Chuck Sharp heading up the Melbourne-based venture. Steve Mason, Marketing Director at EMS, says his company and GIS have formed a close working relationship in SA and believes this can be extended to Australia.

"We already have distribution facilities elsewhere in the world and it will be a simple task to pre-configure systems in SA for installation abroad. Where necessary we will fly out systems engineers to assist with implementation," says Mason.

Chuck Sharp says the Australian market is starting to demand a higher level of security systems than are currently available at an affordable price tag. "Currently access control systems are being imported from Europe or the US, but the weakening Australian dollar is making those costs prohibitive. Importing a world-class product designed and manufactured in SA makes economic sense," says Sharp.

Milligan adds that the success from the GIS and EMS association in SA promulgated the move to Australia and he expects similar results in that market. On the local front Chris Kane has been appointed as the Director in charge of the GIS Gauteng operation.

For further details contact Steve Mason, Evolving Management Solutions on tel: (011) 462 2633.

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