Intervid takes surveillance solutions into Africa

February 2004 News

The security surveillance industry is booming across Africa, according to Brett Ludlam, managing director of Intervid Africa. To meet this growing demand, Intervid Africa has expanded its solutions and services into Nigeria, in a joint venture with Nigerian security supplier, Mikado Security Nigeria. The relationship sees Intervid assist the local company in the branding, selling and servicing of Intervid products in Nigeria as well as training Mikado staff on Intervid surveillance systems.

"Already we have installed five access controls and nine camera systems at two printing companies and have won a tender worth US$130 000 for a surveillance solution at the switch sites of Nigerian cellular giant,," says Ludlam.

The company is also making inroads into central and eastern Africa with business relationships in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania.

In a deal worth R3,8 million, Intervid has installed comprehensive systems, including cameras, optical fibre backbones, interfaces with weighbridges, access controls and remote viewing at Zambian Mopani Mining's Mufilira and Nkana Mines.

Still in Zambia, Intervid has installed remote video surveillance and access control at four pilot sites for the Copperbelt Energy Corporation and has just signed a deal with Mpongwe Farming for the remote management and control of their weighbridges at six silos.

In Zimbabwe, the surveillance solutions company has installed US$200 000 worth of equipment including access control, CCTV cameras and a control room at Makwiro Mine for platinum mining group, Zim Plats The company has also installed a CCTV surveillance system, an optic fibre backbone and a bale counting and scanning software package for Dimon Tobacco Processes.

In Mozambique, Intervid has installed 12 cameras, with weighbridge interface and automated tracking for the container-handling depot at the Maputo harbour. And after the successful installation of a perimeter monitoring and tracking solution at BP Fuel's off-loading terminal in Beira, which saw the apprehension of thieves who attempted to steal more than 400 litres of fuel, the petroleum giant has given Intervid orders for similar systems at the Matola and Macalao off-loading terminals.

Ludlam says the company's strategic moves in to the various African countries are a result of the African countries becoming more conducive to business development. "Positive moves by many African governments have played a significant role in promoting Africa as a viable business partner. Exchange rates have been liberalised; tariffs are being reduced; price controls on manufactured goods have been removed and economic growth has picked up to around 4% overall for the continent.

"It makes sense for Intervid to be part of this. Our cross-border trade has been significant over the past six months. This shows the benefit of participating in these markets," he concludes.

For more information contact Brett Ludlam, Intervid Africa, 011 314 4300.

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