Reditron MD John Loftus tells Engineering News that the com-pany has a definite World Cup strategy and has already engaged some of the roleplayers to ensure that its systems are used at the upcoming soccer spectacle.
“Between 500 000 and two-million people are expected to visit South Africa for a period of six weeks. During this time, their safety will have to be ensured, not only at the various stadiums on match days, but also at hotels, entertainment venues, on transport systems and in the various city centres.
“While we expect some competi-tion, we are confident that, as the leading distributor of CCTV and access-control equipment in Southern Africa, we will be well represented at the World Cup tournament,” Loftus says.
Reditron is also in talks with the Bombela consortium to possibly provide security solutions for the Gautrain, which is scheduled for completion in 2010, just in time for the kick-off of the soccer World Cup.
Apart from the Gautrain, Reditron is also looking at supplying security systems to South Africa’s broader rail-transport services.
The mining industry is another sector in which Reditron hopes to gain an even bigger foothold.
Already supplying solutions to various mines in South Africa, Loftus says that there is great scope for growth in this sector, which handles valuable commodities.
The retail, banking and government sectors also are very important current and future markets for the company.
Reditron, established in 1991, includes major companies such as IndigoVision (leader in video-overInternet-Protocol (IP) solutions), Baxall Security, Impro Technologies JVC, Pelco, Protos, Rediview, Sam-sung, Sony, Sanyo, Dedicated Micros and Vista as its main product suppliers.
The company has some 600 to 800 distributors and installers, with a small percentage of these being system integrators that are capable of handling large installations, such as those typically found in the mining sector. Loftus says that the video- over-IP market is growing tremendously and has completely changed the security landscape worldwide and here in South Africa.
IndigoVision, of the UK, is Re-ditron’s main supplier of IP video and alarm-management solutions for the security market.
These solutions deliver outstanding video quality, live from cameras and networked video recorders through IP networks and are used for mission-critical applications in airports, city centres, mines, traffic systems and the military. The advantages of video IP are multifold. For one, it offers a single scalable integrated solution, which provides high-quality video surveillance across any number of business offices or sites.
IP video also offers a high level of redundancy. In the event of an emergency, the control and monitoring capability can easily be transferred to any other point on the network, either on or off site.
A range of features also ensures that bandwidth is kept to a minimum.
In IP systems, analytics – the processing of video images to detect such events as congestion, stolen objects, cars parked for too long outside a building, people moving the wrong way through security checkpoints, etc – can be completely integrated so that the full benefits can be realised.
Advanced analytics is one of the outstanding applications of IP video that simply cannot be matched by traditional analogue CCTV systems.Loftus says the use of these types of systems in South Africa is nowhere near the saturation level of Europe and the UK.
“There is massive scope for growth, particularly as end users become more and more aware of the value of these systems.
“Video surveillance systems have proved to be a deterrent to crime, but even if they do not prevent a crime, at least they could help with getting the country’s conviction rates up.” Although the country is being polluted with low-cost and bad-quality products, Loftus is not too perturbed.
“In the end, end users will realise that, in order to realise true value, they will have to invest in good-quality systems.”