Nokel clinches SA deal


A Bulawayo-based private security company, Nokel (Pvt) Ltd has struck an open ended partnership with a South African security entity, ATS Surveillance Solutions, to supply the local market with mobile surveillance equipment, Southern Eye Business has established.


The deal, clinched early this month, would see Nokel distributing and installing Wolf-Eye mobile surveillance units in the entire country where the Bulawayo firm is the sole agent.

The ATS security systems or equipment 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 Kenneth Mhlophe yesterday confirmed the deal saying it was a win-win agreement.

“We are in partnership with ATS Surveillance Solutions, a South Africa-based security company,” Mhlophe said. “We are now their sole agent in Zimbabwe and people can access their equipment here. If you can go in South Africa from Zimbabwe looking for their services they will refer you back to us. We have to introduce new information technologies to catch up with time,” he added.

Mhlophe said ATS has everything that big companies and mines would need.

“The equipment we now have is very ideal for mines, banks and big companies. It is also ideal for crowd control, military establishment and investigation after crime,” he said.

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

The software can track the 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.

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.

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.

The guards are well trained in static, firearms management, vehicle observations, plainclothes guards, cash in transit, investigations, among other notable disciplines.