The Herald (Harare)

18 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Security Company Strikes Deal With SA Firm

A Bulawayo-based private security company, Nokel (Pvt) Ltd has struck a deal with a South African security entity, ATS Surveillance Solutions, to supply mobile surveillance equipment to the local market, a company official said. The deal will see Nokel distributing and installing Wolf-Eye mobile surveillance units in the entire country where Nokel is the sole agent.

The ATS security systems is a type of security that can be installed at private homes, businesses and other public places such as in stadia, mines among other premises in need of guarding points.

Nokel managing director Rtd Col Kenneth Mhlophe on Friday told the The Herald Business that the deal will go a long way in providing local companies with the latest technology in terms of security.

"We have struck a partnership with ATS Surveillance Solutions, a South Africa-based security company where we are now their sole agent in Zimbabwe and people can access their equipment at our company," said Rtd Col Mhlophe.

"As security companies we have to introduce new information technologies to catch up with time." Mhlophe said ATS has everything that big companies and mines would need.

The equipment that the company has at the moment is very ideal for mines, banks and big companies and also ideal for crowd control, military establishment and investigation after crime.

According to ATS, the mobile surveillance can detect potential intruders at a distance of about 30km from the fence line and surveillance unit.

"The software can track intruders through the surrounding areas existing monitoring cameras, identify them when moving out of view from any of the cameras. If there is more than one intruder within the coverage of a single intelligent moving camera installation, the software will track all of them and control the pan-tilt-zoom camera to automatically zoom into, follow and switch between intruders to confirm their sightings and record close-up video images of them," said Rtd Col Mhlophe.

"Throughout the entire incident the intruder's locations and close-up video images are automatically reported for security response. If they reach certain areas of if security personnel have not responded correctly, the system will automatically notify the head of security to initiate further escalation procedures."

Rtd Colonel Mhlophe said once the incident has finished, closed circuit television evidence is used for rapid investigations and images of intruder(s) are fed into the software systems automatically track their environments from the lead-up to the breach through the end of it, including attempts to evade capture within area concerned.

Nokel was established in 2001 and has branches in Gweru, Kwekwe, Zvishavane, Tsholotsho and Victoria Falls.

He said the role played by security guards should not be underestimated as they complement the efforts of the police and other law enforcers in guarding properties worth millions of dollars.

He however, bemoaned the sprouting of unregistered security companies.

It has been reported that there are a number of unregistered security companies which are operating more or less as briefcase businesses.

These companies of late have been evading the tax man hence playing no part in contributing to the fiscus and some of them also do not have insurance cover.

Mr Mhlophe alleged that security companies based outside Harare were sidelined when it comes to being offered jobs to guard government buildings stating that this could only be solved if the State Procurement Board decentralises its services

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