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In the words of Albert Einstein, “the only knowledge is experience”.

Just think about your favourite veteran sport star, or a seasoned musician like Hugh Masekela or Eric Clapton, or even a well-known personality in the culinary arts such as Gordon Ramsay.

What do all these superstars have in common?

That’s right: they’ve all been doing what they do for a very, very long time; they’ve been honing their skills and perfecting their craft for many years, sometimes even decades and, whenever they deliver a performance in their respective fields you just know it’s going to be good – virtuosic even – because they’ve dedicated a significant part of their life to ensuring that they’re the absolute best. There’s a certain intuition that comes with experience that guides one’s hands to make every pass perfect and every chord progression seamless and spectacular. You also know exactly what your audience, fans or spectators want and need from your performance.

When it comes to providing innovative security solutions, we’ve been rocking this gig since 1986. For context, that’s longer than text messaging, DVDs and the Internet as we know it today have existed.

But first, a little history on how we got to where we are today, why are the are the trusted name in gate automation not just here in South Africa, but in many parts of the world, and what that means for you.

As the old adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and, by the time the 1980s rolled around, societal needs were changing at a whirlwind pace as South Africans abandoned the laissez faire attitude toward personal safety and security that had reigned up that point, and the subject of rising crime rates entered the public dialogue. An urgent intervention was needed to stem the tide of crime that was decimating communities countrywide.

Exactly such an intervention came, not from the high-tech development labs of Silicon Valley, but from a modest garden shed in the Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston where one visionary engineer was busy developing a security solution that would go on to become one of the most important technological innovations to come out of South Africa.

It was a request from his father that motivated CENTURION founder Pat Dickens to design and develop his very first gate controller, using his solid background in electronics and love for manufacturing to deliver the blueprint for his vision of making lives easier through the power of technology.

Pat can be credited with introducing the country to the incredible security and convenience afforded by gate motors and so became a pioneer in his own right, always staying true to his original goal of creating products that not only move gates, but move people to experience true peace of mind.

From the humblest of beginnings to a household name in more than 70 countries, today we are privileged to connect with people all over the world, bringing innovative solutions running the full gamut of access control – from gate motors and traffic barriers to turnstiles and bollards – to homes and businesses.

For over 30 years, Centurion Systems has been a noteworthy leader in the security space, delivering products at the forefront of technological innovation underpinned by our commitment to quality, reliability and unmatched performance. Our extensive range of products has been designed to make your life easier, putting your security and convenience at the front of every design choice.

Through ongoing conversations with you, our extended family, we are able to develop solutions to real security problems so that our products represent not only an offering, but a relationship, a partnership. It’s written into our history, and it is our future, a future that we’re building with you.