Author: Andrea Hartigová
Panama occupies a strategic location on the border between South and Central America. Services make up two thirds of its economy. They are concentrated primarily on logistics, the banking sector and financial services, and tourism. According to UN figures from 2008, there have been roughly 107 registered firms dealing in security technology services. Grupo Qualitas, which is our strategic partner in the region, based in the capital, Panama City, is opening other branches in Guatemala and Mexico.
A few months ago the company was facing a serious problem. One of its major customers – a telecommunications services operator – was experiencing repeated thefts of cables and other technical components. The losses ran into millions of dollars. The premises, often far apart, were just protected by electric fences or simply guards. This protection was not only ineffective, it was also expensive. Grupo Qualitas focused on resolving these problems and came to the following conclusions: Increase the number of exits and speed them up. It is important to bear in mind that even in a country as small as Panama every mobile operator has around 1000 base stations. Come up with an effective solution able to protect the base stations in any conditions (in the field, in buildings, etc.) The company found a solution in collaboration with Jablotron. They implemented a project using GSM EYE-02 cameras. And the result? After successful testing, Qualitas immediately signed contracts with two major mobile operators in Panama and Jablotron installed hundreds of cameras in the area, along with components such as external sirens and motion detectors. And it is going even further. “Our aim is to gradually cover all the base stations in Panama. We then want to implement the same solution in other Latin American
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companies where these two operators provide their services,” says Carlos Ramirez, the head of Grupo Qualitas. ●