1 June 2005
Security Systems(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 03,2005)
Safe And Sound
Few aspects of doing business are as important as security. Companies worldwide spend large sums of money securing computer networks and warehouses, and electronic security systems are constantly evolving.
Much of this frenetic development is occurring in Hong Kong, whose electronics industry has long focused on sophisticated security systems for companies all over the world.
AEI Advanced Electronics Industry Ltd, for example, is continually expanding and looking for new markets for its AEI brand, according to general manager Chiu Kwok Ho. "We are experts in producing security systems and related products," he claims. "We produce a wide range of high quality products, mainly alarm control panels, motion sensors, digital keypads, sirens, horns, alarm accessories, complete alarm system kits and electric door strikes."
Chiu says the 26-year-old company's expansion is fuelled by continuous development of new products such as AEI's DK-9000 Super series of split-decoded and self-contained keypad systems for door strike and security applications.
"We produce 18 keypads in six categories, including slim, weatherproof and steel plate flush mount versions," he explains, adding that AEI's range includes single-user and multiple-user models.
The DK-9000 range is manufactured at a 30,000-square-foot, 250-worker factory in Nanhai on the southern Chinese mainland that produces US$3,000 minimum order values delivered 45 days after order confirmation.
Equally experienced, Leeds Electronic Engineering Ltd was founded in 1973 and specialises in electronic security alarm systems including sirens, strobes, buzzers and similar devices.
"Our main products include wired and wireless RF electronic alarm systems and accessories, electronic buzzers, sirens, integrated sounder/strobe units, motion detectors and magnetic contacts," explains general manager Michael Lui. "We also make various electronic products and PCB assemblies in accordance with our customers' designs and requirements."
He adds that Leeds has many years' experience in manufacturing electronic security products that carry its own Leeds brand as well filling OEM orders for overseas customers.
"We have a research and development centre with a team of dedicated engineers from the mainland, the UK, Australia and the US," Lui adds. "As a result, we have been able to develop many innovative and cost-effective products for ourselves as well as for our customers."
Leeds' most recent product is its patenting-pending LS400 four-zone, two-wire alarm system. The easily-installed LS400 is extremely user-friendly: its simple push-button operation provides pre-programmed Home, Out and Off modes that remove the need for tedious and complicated user programming.
It is expandable as two passive infrared (PIR) detectors can be connected to one zone, while there is also a built-in connection to the voice dialler for added security.
The LS400 also boasts a four-digit PIN code for disarming the system, plus duress and panic alarm codes for emergencies, selectable exit/entrance delay time, door chime function for Off-mode operation, alarm-hold and low battery indication and built-in siren plus additional external siren capability.
"We place great emphasis on making quality products for our customers and we have established very stringent controls in all our manufacturing operations," Lui adds. "Our 51,500-square-foot factory in Guangdong Province on the mainland has been ISO 9000-certified since 1996."
Leeds requires a minimum order of 500 or 1,000 units, depending on the model, which it can deliver to the UK, Australia, France, Italy, Greece, the US and Canada in 4-8 weeks.
Even more experienced in producing security systems is Micromark HK, which was originally founded in the UK in 1961 as Bridisco Ltd but moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to manufacture security, lighting and CCTV products.
Marketing manager Michelle Chan claims Micromark has established a "first-class track record" for delivering original product ideas to the international marketplace.
"These range from the introduction in 1992 of the Microscan, the world's smallest PIR design, to today's application of the latest LED technology for lighting solutions," she maintains.
Micromark has even won a highly-coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of its achievement in invention, design, production, marketing and after-sales support, which led to the creation of a mass market for home CCTV products.
One of Micromark's latest innovations is the model MM23174 three-zone, wireless burglar alarm system that features remote operation via RF keyfob units.
The easy-to-install-and-use system has an operating transmission range up to 30 metres, entry/exit, intermediate and instant zones, dip switches for individual security code settings and can be easily expanded to meet future demand.
Like the rest of the company's products, the MM23174 is available under the Micromark brand for sale in the UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Australia. "We employ more than 110 people in the UK and Hong Kong and in our factory in Guangdong Province," Chan explains. "Minimum orders depend on the product but we are usually able to deliver an order within 60-75 days of confirmation."
Illustrating yet again that no one does it better than Hong Kong-made security systems when it comes to keeping homes, offices, factories and shops safe and sound.
WRITTEN BY DANYLL WILLS
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