DNCS and TowerEye are the latest companies to join the Gumption ecosystem. DNCS is a specialist provider of access control, camera security and IT network services for companies. TowerEye does the same, but for temporary installations. The Gierle-based sister companies strengthen Gumption’s smart hub – the infrastructure arm of the group.
Fifteen years ago, Gust Dierckx (picture) set up DNCS. The company specialised in IP cameras, the replacement of the analogue security camera. IP cameras are connected to a network and convert images into digital data. DNCS installs network and security systems for companies. A couple of years later, Dierckx also founded TowerEye. It uses the same technology and competencies but targets a different customer group. DNCS focuses on permanent implementations, TowerEye on installations of a temporary nature.
TowerEye works mostly for construction companies, public authorities and event organisers. “Construction companies ask for security cameras, powerful lighting and highly technical alarm systems,” says Niels Van den Heuvel, general manager. “At events and festivals, we install cameras and a stable network that visitors and organisers can use to surf the internet, make calls, make cash-free payments and stream videos securely. With 12,000 endpoints, Tomorrowland is one of our major customers. Public authorities sometimes also use temporary security infrastructure, for instance, to record numberplates or monitor traffic-free roads.”
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“We believe that digital transformation requires a 360° approach, combining expertise from a wide range of fields,” says Bart Embrechts, managing partner of Gumption. “With this participation, we are strengthening our smart hub. DNCS and TowerEye complement other infrastructure specialists in the group, such as Rank 1 (networks and security), Geosparc (smart cities) and Mercuron (wireless mobile and data communication). But there is also considerable complementarity with niche players like iXpole (events and sports clubs) and EGHT Care (healthcare sector).”
“Synergy is important, but just as important is the shared view on values, technology and partnerships,” Pieter Hermans, general manager at DNCS, adds. “Like Gumption, we are driven by innovation. Technology is not a goal in itself. We look for solutions to challenges that keep customers awake at night. We help them make choices in a typically Flemish way: no-nonsense, pragmatic, with no bells and whistles. We believe in trust relationships with partners and suppliers. When you combine knowledge and quality service with the support of strong partners, you can compete with much bigger players.”