Bosch Security Systems

August 2004 News

Focused on becoming a world leader in security and communication electronic solutions. Your safety in our hands.

Bosch Security Systems, a division of the Robert Bosch Group, is represented in all major trading regions of the world, with production factories spread over America, Asia and Europe. There are over 5300 employees worldwide with sales and support offices in 38 countries, including South Africa, on five continents.

Bosch is a global technology innovator with more than 120 years experience of innovation. It has been responsible for many new developments (and patents) in areas ranging from automotive and automation to power tools and domestic appliances.

The company is well known for its extensive investment in research and development, and its commitment to improving the quality of people's lives through innovation and technological advance.

Motorists have known it for a long time: Bosch means safety. Whether it is the anti-lock braking system (ABS) or the electronic stability program (ESP), our innovations have already prevented many potential accidents and thus saved lives.

But, more than ever, Bosch is also becoming a name for a very different kind of safety/security technology with products and systems for:

* CCTV video surveillance and recording both analog and digital as well as network-based solutions.

* Access control.

* Congress and conference.

* Public address.

* Digital evacuation.

* On-site paging.

* Intrusion alarm.

* Fire detection.

* Building management systems.

"We are significantly strengthening our position in world markets in these areas. In 1999 we acquired the American company Detection Systems of Fairport, NY (DS) and with the acquisition in 2002 of Philips Communication, Security and Imaging (CSI), the leading specialist in congress, public address and video surveillance systems, Bosch Security Systems has now become one of the 'top five' security solution providers in the world, truly offering a 'one stop shop' for security and communication systems and products," says Uwe Glock, CEO.

"And with our further objectives of continuing growth and development of our services and products we have acquired in January 2004 ST Micos GmbH (Würselen, Germany) and in July 2004, Video Communication Systems (VCS) (Nuremberg/Germany)," says Allan Antoncich, general manager, South Africa.

Micos GmbH develops and produces complex access control and management systems, focusing on airports and power plants. Micos is predominantly active in the German market. The acquisition of Micos means a further step in the worldwide expansion of Bosch's business and in its competence of electronic security systems. Bosch is expanding its development competence in the business of access control equipment and is therefore advancing noticeably further in the completion of its product portfolio.

Video Communication Systems (VCS) is one of the leaders in the field of network-based closed circuit TV. The product range includes video servers, digital video recorders (DVR), network-based video recorders (NVR) and video management systems. Bosch Security Systems enhanced its market and technology position in video surveillance systems with this acquisition.

"The South African operation is responsible for sales and marketing in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritius and neighbouring Indian Ocean countries with partners currently in 25 countries and expanding.

"We can now offer full turnkey product solutions to any business application from the outset of a project. This increased range means we can also offer our current customer base more business potential in entering markets in which they were previously not active as well as increase our customer base. We are always on the look-out for new partners to assist us in our growth plans," says Antoncich.

With CCTV systems for video surveillance, Bosch offers solutions for banks, supermarkets, railway stations, airports, industrial complexes and communal purposes.

In the business area communications systems, Bosch has activities in the segments public address, on-site paging and congress and conference products and systems. The range of products is now further enhanced with digital evacuation systems.

With access control systems, Bosch offers flexible control of access to corporate sites, buildings and offices. Access control systems protect an organisation's staff from uninvited guests, unauthorised entry to the premises and unauthorised accessing of internal information.

"We also develop the finest quality fire detection systems with which fire is detected and reported in its early stages of development," says Antoncich. "Whether in an administrative building, production facility, computer centre, other part of the company or areas of particular value, which need to be protected against fire.

"Intrusion alarm systems are a significant security factor and protect you and your employees from uninvited guests, unauthorised access and the consequential damage and their illegal access to confidential information."



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