The online surveillance provider Cameramanager.com will enhance Panasonic’s security solutions business, the acquisition having been announced at a European Press Conference on Friday 12 July.
Amsterdam-based Cameramanager.com, a leading provider of Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) solutions across Europe, was founded back in 2007 by Tijmen Vos and Rishi Lodhia, and has customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Brazil, Latvia, Russia and Turkey.
The acquisition of the cloud-based video solutions company – which was announced during a special European Press Conference at The Rembrandt Tower in Amsterdam on Friday 12 July – absolutely reinforces Panasonic’s existing security portfolio as it looks to extend its cloud-based solutions to the business and consumer markets.
As part of the acquisition, the Cameramanager.com team will now join Panasonic Europe.
“This acquisition is an important strategic step towards enhancing our smart and connected services offering in the European and CIS market,” explained Laurent Abadie, chairman and CEO of Panasonic Europe.
“With Cameramanager.com’s bespoke software and cloud-based solutions complementing our existing security business, we will be able to significantly enhance our presence in this space by bringing together technical know-how and software skills that equip us with the necessary assets to be able to respond to future demands in cloud services.”
In the opening speech of the day at The Rembrandt Tower’s Boardroom Centre, Abadie mentioned Panasonic’s deliberate move towards total solutions (a fire alarms-based offering was unveiled at IFSEC International 2013 to sit alongside the company’s existing surveillance hardware products) and the fact that the company will “never lose sight of the importance of innovation”.
Abadie went on to state that Cameramanager.com is “the perfect partner” for Panasonic, allowing the company to create a whole new business platform. “This is all about cloud services for the B2B and B2C marketplaces,” he stressed, “and innovative, wholly connected solutions.”
Joining Abadie at the Press Conference were Masaki Arizono – managing director of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe – as well as Jose Riolobos (European head of professional camera solutions in Europe) and Jeroen Cleijne, Panasonic’s security product marketing manager for Europe.
The view from Cameramanager.com
“Since its inception in 2007, Cameramanager.com has gone from strength to strength, and we’re now ready to take the next step in the company’s development by joining forces with Panasonic to bring end-to-end, cloud-based surveillance to a wider market,” said Rishi Lodhia, CEO at Cameramanager.com.
“We’re delighted to join a company that will continue to support the innovative culture that is the foundation of our business. Our values are so closely aligned to those of Panasonic. Together, we remain committed to delivering excellence in online security. As well as providing great solutions for the end customer we also want to realise new business for security installers and integrators.”
Lodhia first met his colleague Tijmen Vos when they were both 12 years old, and started the company from a student dorm in much the same vein as Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook.
Cameramanager.com presently manages over 40,000 camera connections on a global basis. The company offers cloud-based camera surveillance connections to PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.
“Our corporate culture at Cameramanager.com is all about CATCH,” said Lodhia. “We’re Creative and entreprenuerial, Ambitious, Team players, Customer-driven and both honest and humble. We genuinely believe we can be the leading cloud management company in the world.”
For his part, Tijmen Vos talked of the three pillars of Cameramanager.com. “We are 100% about the cloud,” he urged. “We have never had software installed on the customer side. Also, we’re all about an open API. Last but not least, it’s about ‘Smart’. In other words, smart messaging.”
The company’s offer is based on a tiered subscription programme, with those subscriptions costing between three and 20 Euros per month. Check out the Cameramanager website for further details.