Gardiner Security Ltd. signs on as a new UK partner of Milestone Systems

Gardiner strengthens pioneer role in IP video through alliance with Milestone.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 26 January 2004

Milestone Systems A/S and Gardiner Security Ltd. have just signed a partner agreement for increasing the implementation of advanced IP video surveillance solutions in the UK. Gardiner are well-established security specialist providers to the trade and Milestone develops intelligent software for video running over IP networks: their alliance highlights successful synergies for moving the industry forward with new technology.

For over 25 years, Gardiner Security has forged partnerships with installers to become recognised as the UK's leading distributor of security related products. They are a full line distributor of Intruder, CCTV, Fire and Access Control products, providing comprehensive service and support through a nationwide network of more than 50 sales outlets.

"We have maintained a focus on providing what the customers want: complete security solutions under one roof. Our expanding branch network, and continued investment in staff training and IT systems, has led to even further advances in technical support and customer service," explains Ray Ashby, Divisional Manager for Gardiner Security in the UK. "The new agreement with Milestone ensures that our staff have the most advanced software technology to provide our customers with the best network solutions for their surveillance needs: flexible and able to integrate with other systems and devices."

Milestone Systems develops intelligent solutions for true networked digital video surveillance. Their line of Xprotect products are designed with open architecture: this gives the ability to support an extensive choice of models from the leading manufacturers of video cameras and computer servers connecting to a LAN, WAN or the Internet. Milestone software is stable and robust, proven in operation on more than 35,000 cameras worldwide.

Recently sited as one of the Deloitte European Technology Fast 500 companies, Milestone has been growing quickly with the sales of their software through 150 partners in 50 countries.

"Milestone Systems has a dedicated focus on strengthening our presence in the UK market," states Jens Nielsen, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for the company. "Gardiner Security is an important link in this strategy: they are absolutely on the frontier as a value-added service provider in the security industry. They will make a real difference in the surveillance business as pioneers who recognise the need to shift from traditional CCTV to new approaches utilising IT expertise, and they are seriously addressing this to make it happen."

Having identified the emergence of TCP/IP products being developed by some of the major security manufacturers, Gardiner Security took the decision in 2001 to establish a dedicated Integrated Systems Division. Advising and serving IT managers and network integrators, the division has seen a massive growth in interest from the industry for IP video networking, CCTV products, intruder and access control solutions. At the same time, fruitful partnerships have been forged with leading consultants.

"Besides combining over 20 years of experience in the security industry with in-house expertise in network systems, the Integrated Systems Division offers access to a whole range of support services to an installation,," says manager Ray Ashby. "We provide a totally independent product solution, not restricted by manufacturer, plus access to technical support, on site surveys, demonstration facilities and training, with on site delivery from any of our National UK branches."

Ray Ashby summarizes the company philosophy that is reflected in the new alliance: "We believe that our success depends on the partnerships we build between Gardiner, our customers and our suppliers."

With Milestone Systems as their newest partner, Gardiner Security ensures customers can have the most advanced IP video solutions for their surveillance requirements.