Powell Tronics makes an impact at GovTech

The tenth GovTech ICT conference, held at Gallagher Convention Centre in late 2016, focused on public sector ICT service delivery. Powell Tronics used the event to showcase its access control technology solutions and capabilities to a captive audience of government-employed risk and ICT managers.
GovTech is organised by SITA, the South African Government’s ICT platform. Responsible for the consolidation and coordination of the State’s information technology resources, it enables the efficient delivery of e-government services to the public, as well as overseeing the procurement and delivery of IT processes to ensure that government uses the most cost-effective services.
Designed by government for government, GovTech is a substantive, value-packed learning opportunity strategically developed to meet the current needs of ICT professionals and decision-makers from all spheres of government.
John Powell, CEO of Powell Tronics, says that this is the second consecutive year that the company has had a presence at GovTech. “We were invited by our customer CEOS to provide a component of their Platinum sponsorship package. CEOS Technologies was responsible for the provision of turnstiles and enrolment for the conference and Powell Tronics sponsored all the biometric readers at the entrance to the venue and all of the enrolment devices at the registration desk.”
GovTech is an invitation-only event run over three days. Delegate tickets come at a premium and therefore close and careful control of access is required. By deploying a strategic, customised access control solution that included Sagem Morpho biometric fingerprint readers and enrolment devices, driven by PT-GUEST visitor management software, the organisers were able to ensure that only verified delegates were able to enter the premises.
Powell Tronics promoted its entire range of access control solutions including door hardware and intercoms as well as hardware from Morpho and Impro. While all of the company’s software solutions were available for review, its main focus at the GovTech event was the exposure of PT Active Directory (PT-AD).
Leonie Mangold – Powell Tronics Johannesburg sales consultant, says that the opportunity to leverage both CEOS’ presence at GovTech as well as their solid reputation in the governmental market sector, played a large role in the positive reception to Powell Tronics’ offerings at the event. CEOS provides turnkey ICT solutions and elected to focus on e-health at GovTech 2016. The company is currently implementing a number of solutions at various hospitals and part of the entire package includes the provision of appropriate access control technology.
CEOS Technologies is an ICT service and solutions provider which has evolved from being purely a hardware supplier, to covering the whole gamut of ICT project delivery. The company is involved in providing a turnkey solution that starts with the infrastructure of the project and includes cabling and electrical solutions, right through to the supply, configuration and maintenance of appropriate technology. Their project offering covers a number of complementary elements, including access control, CCTV, evacuation, fire detection and suppression, and HVAC.
GovTech is particularly relevant for CEOS and underpins the company’s excellent relationship with both SITA and the majority of government departments. In order to guarantee the success of its ventures, CEOS has taken a strategic decision to align itself with the preferred access control partners such as Powell Tronics.
CEOS’ relationship with Powell Tronics goes back to a project the companies worked together on in the Western Cape in early 2014, where Powell Tronics provided technology for the access control component on the student residential premises of a tertiary education facility.
“We benefited by our presence at GovTech in two respects. Firstly, the opportunity to amplify our branding was provided at the entrance and registration desks and secondly, the platform provided by being on CEOS’ exhibition stand allowed us to interact with a very targeted and niche market,” says Powell.