Bytes Systems Integration appoints Zimbabwe's Fawcett to resell Kronos

Johannesburg, 28 Sep 2010
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Bytes Systems Integration has appointed Fawcett Technologies, a division of Bulawayo-based Fawcett Security, to resell and support the Bytes range of workforce management and security solutions.

The solutions include time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, hiring and labour analytics, and will complement Fawcett Security's physical security services.

“Fawcett Security, with over 6 000 employees, approached us because they wanted to take the next step in the security services market,” says David Hunter, divisional MD of Kronos at Bytes Systems Integration. “Through our partnership, they gain access to our range of Kronos and CCTV solutions. They chose us because we're the largest provider of these solutions and services with the best reputation in South Africa.”

Fawcett Security offers risk, assessment, evaluation, asset protection, comprehensive security training, shrinkage and loss control investigation, security appreciations and recommendations, banking security, CIT, and management of risk on client site services. It serves the industrial security, retail, commercial, and VIP markets.

The business has over 40 branches throughout Zimbabwe. One of the operation's primary concerns is qualified technical sales and consulting employees.

“The economy is far more viable in Zimbabwe today than it was a few years ago since it operates against the US dollar,” says Hunter. “Fawcett Technologies is appealing to expatriates living in South Africa, with the requisite skills, to contact them with a view to returning to the country. I've visited Zimbabwe 10 times in the past 18 months and the economy is thriving; it's almost a green fields opportunity. Commodities are freely available, petrol is always available and prices mirror those of South Africa. I recently attended a trade show in Bulawayo and it was extremely well supported and attended - even more so than some of the trade shows I've attended in South Africa. The potential there really is incredible at the moment.”

Bytes Systems Integration is implementing a hi-tech CCTV system at a gold mine in Zimbabwe. Hunter says the tobacco industry has experienced a boom of over 100 million tons of tobacco this year.

“Those companies are experiencing a boom the likes of which they haven't seen since the 80s,” he says. “They're particularly interested in embracing technology to improve their processes, systems and controls. They're particularly receptive to our product range that includes access control, time and attendance, and CCTV all based on IP products. They've also expressed an interest in the newest CCTV systems that employ intelligent cameras that can recognise forms of human behaviour, which reduces the load on security camera operators.”

The cameras can recognise when a person is trying to climb a fence, for example, and alert a guard or sound an alarm. If a person enters a restricted area, the system does the same.

Bytes Systems Integration already supplies these and similar systems to some of South Africa's largest businesses, including Liberty, Nampak, Macsteel, Pick n Pay, Edcon, Sun International, and many more.

Editorial contacts
Predictive Communications Usman Aly (011) 452 2923
Bytes Systems Integration David Hunter (011) 205 7697
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