Electronic Security Technology

In this laboratory, we perform tests on intrusion and hold-up alarm systems as well as access control, alarm transmitting, and video surveillance systems. VdS customer portfolios range from systems for private protection to those for global bank headquarters, from small risks to high-ranking jewelers.

As required, we also ­design additional test agreements together with the manufacturers – e.g. for tracking systems or paper money dyeing mechanisms. These special agreements facilitate a fast response to new criminal procedures or new technologies, which is not feasible with European test standards, for example. Our international reputation is one of the many reasons why the SES, the Association of Swiss Installers of Security Systems, has also entrusted VdS with the testing and certification of products for the Swiss market.

Our independence enables us to develop test methods focused solely on daily practice and designed with regard to the criminals’ modus operandi. Due to the slower processes, new burglary trends can be included in the European standards only many years later – while VdS is known for quickly adapting its guidelines and methods.

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