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21. September 2022

News release

UN delegation visits KÖTTER Security

-> Buyers from the United Nations inform themselves about modern security solutions from top providers in Germany

-> Friedrich P. Kötter: "Increased cooperation in public and private hazard defence for a higher level of security".

Essen (21.09.2022). A delegation of international buyers from the United Nations (UN) visited KÖTTER Security, Germany's largest family-run security company, at its headquarters in Essen today. Organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection and the German-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, the visit took place within the framework of the international security trade fair "security essen", which is running until 23 September and at which the UN buyers will learn about civil security solutions.

The United Nations represents 193 states and is a global player politically, but also economically: through its procurement system, it bought goods and services with a total value of 22.3 billion US dollars in 2020 alone. 461 million of this was in the categories of public order and security services and equipment. High-performance partners from the private security industry are needed for the implementation. Together with Telenot, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic security technology and alarm-systems, KÖTTER Security received the distinguished visitor at its headquarters in Essen and informed them about the latest solutions and products.

"Our aim is to familiarise top German suppliers from the security industry with the UN procurement system. Establishing long-term, resilient contacts and networking within the framework of a personal meeting is the first important step for successful cooperation," emphasised Nicole Klug, Senior Manager Business Development Consulting & UN Procurement at the German-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Friedrich P. Kötter, Member of the Board of Directors of the KÖTTER Security Group, agreed with this: "Such an exchange gives both sides the chance to gain a sound insight into the respective working methods. In this way, the basis for a long-term cooperation can be created, in which the highest quality and safety standards are in the foreground. And strong cooperation in public and private hazard defence increases the level of security for society and the economy."

Global security risks require uniform protection standards
Thus, the focus shifted to the standardisation and auditing of security solutions to create a uniform global protection standard. "Global security risks such as terror, crime, espionage – also and especially in the digital space – make it necessary to focus on performance or the result when it comes to security – and not exclusively on price. And this is especially true for public tenders," emphasised Dirk H. Bürhaus, Managing Director in the KÖTTER Security Group, who has been involved in the creation and revision of national and international standards on the subject of security for more than 20 years and is currently heading a standards working group at European level (CEN) to create a series of standards for the protection of critical infrastructures.

In addition, the focus was on cooperation between public and private hazard defence in the area of fire department and the development of fire department structures that can be implemented worldwide. Dirk H. Bürhaus: "The heatwave summer with drought and forest fires in many parts of Europe has made us realise that fire departments play a key role in our security. Joining available forces across national borders in this area saves lives and livelihoods."

Tour of the high-tech control centre
A clear practical reference was not only provided by the vivid presentations of security solutions and the latest technical developments: the visit was rounded off by a tour of the KÖTTER alarm monitoring centre, which is one of the most modern and secure control centres in its sector in the whole of Europe. KÖTTER Security's alarm monitoring centre receives alarm signals / messages from intrusion detection systems, for example, as well as live images from video surveillance cameras and then carries out the customer-specific intervention, mostly fully automatically. Last year, more than 67 million messages from alarms or information on building automation were received, around 98 percent of which were processed automatically.

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