Technology Strand leads to company launch

Three major Midlands business owners have joined jointly to launch a fresh venture – Strand Technology – producing technology-based options for safety, handle and security which may be used across a variety of industries.

Catherine Franks, Paul Ryan and Simon Bowden all operate and manage companies within the entranceway hardware and automatic doorways sector and also have previously partnered on additional projects.

They have today launched Strand Systems (April) to spearhead a variety of products which may be used to keep track of and remotely handle a variety of os’s which includes automated pedestrian entrances, access control systems, commercial doors, shutters and gates along with street signage and refrigeration.

Catherine Franks is heading the continuing organization as Managing Director, overseeing day-to-day functions and aligning Strand Technology entrance solutions marketplace alongside her existing company, Strand Equipment.
Simon Bowden, who worked for GEZE United kingdom previously, GU and report Automatic Doors, has had on the function of Industrial Director, managing product sales and new product advancement, while RTR founder Paul Ryan, will be Director for strategic assistance for business growth.

The business, based in Walsall – the true home of Strand Hardware, provides iContact among its item range. It is a device which may be put on any electro-mechanical operating-system for remote monitoring, handle and diagnostic administration.

By connecting the ‘black container’ to automatic doors, commercial gates, barriers and shutters, it uses ‘real period’ information make it possible for remote or on-web site diagnostics and operations with a digital user system.

iContact includes a selection of application interfaces including ‘virtual engineer’, safety diagnostics and reporting, ‘Sentry’ for safeguarding public buildings, and WebTAG for domestic and commercial remote management of buildings.

Strand Technologies also offers the Virtual Usher – a variety of products to control volume and footfall entering buildings utilizing a traffic light management process with a user platform to regulate occupancy rates.

Said Catherine: “iContact was introduced to the marketplace some years back and was probably before its time but it’s application has extended well beyond its envisaged initial use. We have been continuing to develop the machine to ensure that it could be fully integrated against technology standards throughout the world.

“The pandemic has taught us that there surely is a dependence on technology-led solutions to be employed in real situations make it possible for efficiencies and cost-effective problem-solving. Strand Technologies gives us opportunities to totally focus and develop these kinds of products and systems to create life easier for the finish user.”

Simon backs this up view: “There’s enormous potential inside a product range of this kind. It offers significant amounts of versatility meaning it could be used across an array of industries with very specific needs.”

Added Paul: “We have been delighted to finally unveil our plans for Strand Technologies. The demand for smart entrances will still only increase and by harnessing the charged power of technology, we are able to extend our products to meet up these needs.”

On the full years, the team have proven they work very well and that business may also be “fun” together.

In the lead around the launch, the directors trickled out a social media marketing ‘teaser’ campaign, ‘The Three Amigos’, which features their younger selves overlaid with hand-drawn illustrations of these personality types: angel, joker and devil.

“Although we have been involved in a significant business, we all have been of exactly the same mind that it’s vital that you bring something of you to ultimately the table. We enjoy working in your industry and Strand Technologies creates a bridge to market our products inside a wider selection of markets.

“Technology may be the enabler – we have been the problem-solvers,” Catherine concludes.


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