IT Company SCS Africa’s presence at the IFSEC South Africa security and fire exhibition in Midrand has been a fruitful one, as the demand for security solutions in Africa peaks.
Sonke Computer Services Africa provides security solutions, software solutions, business solutions and physical network solutions – the company says it focuses more on turn-key solutions than products. At IFSEC it showcased some of its securities solutions and promoted the Intransa video optimisation and storage platform, which is a security camera application that integrates with servers and storage devices.
Gugu Mayekiso, responsible for Business Development & Marketing at SCS Africa, said this technology was one of the big motivators for the company to exhibit at IFSEC, which it has not done before.
“As a marketing tool, it has been very fruitful,” she said. “It’s been great the more visible we are the better our chances. We think we’ll get a lot of traction and mileage from this.” SCS Africa also exhibited at the Defence Industry Day in Pretoria earlier this year, which was attended by former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Mayekiso said the market for security and other IT solutions was very vast, with customers in the mining industry, parastatals, government organisations, correctional facilities etc. “We’ve also had people from outside our borders enquire about our systems.” She added that with the growing threat of piracy and the issue of illegal immigration and trans-border crime, the company has received many requests from people in the border and maritime security sectors.
“Africa as a whole is aware of security…demand is peaking and technology is moving very quickly,” Mayekiso said. As a result, competition can be tight, as evidenced by the hundreds of other exhibitors at IFSEC this year. “We constantly try and beat our competition in terms of standards of excellence,” Mayekiso added. “We’re a company with a pedigree and we’re here for the long haul.”
IFSEC South Africa, the biggest commercial security, government security and fire event in Africa, took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between 19 and 21 June. Although primarily featuring products and services, the event also featured talks on security matters.