Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Moscow, October 29, 2013 – ERVIST Group of Companies - the leading Russian provider of products and security solutions for industrial special hazards and fire alarm systems - announces expansion of its corporate communications program. In upcoming months, the Group scheduled a number of procedures aimed at strengthening positive reputation in the domestic and international markets for security systems. In particular, we will launch the English-language website, already initiated and maintain the Internet Blog, strengthen the Group’s presence in professional social networks. 

"The Board of Directors conducted an analysis of 17 years of operations," - says Michael Rukin, the Founder, Chairman of the Board, and General Director - "we were able to rally the team of highly qualified experts in the industry and become a leader in the supply of products and solutions for industrial special hazards and fire alarm systems. It suffices to note that we have delivered more than 1.5 million equipment units, designed, installed and successfully maintained over 5,000 of different scale installations. As we are successfully operating with Russian and foreign partners, now is the time to consolidate our position in the market. To this end, we decided to create Corporate Communications Division, which can intelligently convey to partners, customers and - to the market as a whole - our business ideas, develop and communicate our experience - that, in general, will accomplish our primary goal - to contribute to the technotronic security of Russia". 

This October, the Group commenced an English-language Internet Blog that will serve the purpose of non-partisan information on events and trends in the international market and in Russian industry. It should be noted that this kind of Blog is one of the few unique sources of relevant English-language information in Russia.  There are plans to expand presence in professional social networks. Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director of Corporate Communications, ERVIST Group, notes: “I see the focus of new Division as the strengthening of the current positive market reputation of the Group - which obviously affects the success of business. We will concentrate on creation and dissemination of information on business solutions and potential of the Group and its partners, will inform about the progress of the projects and on new areas of work that greatly complement our marketing efforts of individual products. However, in my opinion, the most important element is the creation and development of communications with our partners and customers." 

ERVIST Group of Companies 

Since its inception in 1996 ERVIST progressed from a small installation company to one of the leaders on the Russian security market in the segment of products and security solutions for industrial special hazards and fire alarm systems. Currently there are four companies in the Group: ERVIST-Moscow, ERVIST-North-West, St. Petersburg, ERVIST-Siberia, Novosibirsk, and ERVIST-Engineering, Moscow. This allows for coverage of main part of Russia, and provides for a decent operational infrastructure. Over the years, the Group delivered more than 1.5 million equipment units, designed, installed and successfully maintained more than 5,000 different-scale installations and solutions. The major customers are Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Rosenergoatom, Russian Railways", RAO UES and other large corporations and companies. The Group’s engineers, in cooperation with leading Russian manufacturers, have developed a number of systems and safety equipment for hazardous industrial facilities and industrial plants. The Group is a Reseller and distributor of more than 30 domestic and foreign manufacturers – among them: TYCO, Xtralis; Trade Partner in Russia for: BOSCH, STAHL, MEDC, MIKA, Protectowire. The Group is certified in Quality Management System ISO-9001. Member of the Russian Association of Security Industry AIB (RASI). 

ERVIST Group of Companies

111020, Moscow, ul. 2nd Sinichkina 9A, Business Center "Sinitsa Plaza" 

Telephone: (495) 987-47-57, (499) 270-09-09 

Fax Machine: Ext. - 201 

Website: www . 

Twitter: @ ervist_news

Vladimir Kuznetsov, 
Director of Corporate Communications


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Brief Overview of Russian Security Systems Market – Part III

This is the third post of the series, where I attempt to make a general overview of the subject Russian market. It is impossible within the Blog to describe market in detail; however, I am trying to make some sketches – as we see it through ERVIST PRISM. Information is derived from open sources, it is cross-referenced; I am also providing some useful links.

Major end-users: retail and financial institutions, transportation, oil & gas production and industrial facilities, residential property and small to medium businesses
Market volume: In 2011 was approximately $476 million
Projected CAGR: 12-15% 
Remarks: There is a requirement for mandatory government certification. The government has implemented administrative and criminal responsibility for violating fire safety rules, and all buildings shall comply with fire safety requirements. Verticals, such as oil, gas, mining and transportation, have gained increased traction in fire protection systems market, while other verticals such as government, healthcare, manufacturing, academia, and institutional are gearing up.

This market has a great potential in enhanced human machine interface solutions, smart building, seamless intelligent building applications, and wireless sensory networks. Intelligent sensors have networking capabilities, wherein a group of sensors and detectors can communicate easily through control units, leading to more efficiency in the systems. In my previous posts I provided some fire and fire risks statistics in Russia – and the level remains basically the same over the last three years. According market research, new advanced sensors have been developed – that provide accurate data to control units, as well as intelligent sensors that have networking capabilities. Remote users can access these intelligent sensors by connecting through LAN/WAN and Wi-Fi networks. However, for Russia, introduction of new high tech sensors is traditionally complex issue – due to rather awkward existing Government certification system.
One of the most optimistic factor for development of Burglar and Fire Alarm Systems in Russia is the enterprise market. Starting in 2006 the Government ceased the State regulation of Fire Security in Russia. The Government bodies stopped participation in acceptance tests of new sites and installations – the State Fire-Fighting Service was assigned to critical to national security installations. That, in fact, means that most of Russian businesses are responsible for their Fire Protection. Of course, this drastically changes the market and poses new challenges. There is a substantial increase of investments into end-user education both by major players and by medium–sized companies in the market. Almost every week throughout Russia, many training classes and seminars are taking place. This, naturally, to a greater level increases end-user awareness. Industry players and homeowners are ever more interested in integrated solutions. I am planning to have a more detailed post that will discuss industrial fire security, but here I would like to provide this picture of the Russian market, and the way Evrist Group addresses it.

 An interesting development in Russia is in Fire Mapping and Analytics. Some time in the future I will analyze what is going on - there are good descriptions of existing systems in these sources:

Here I would like to address the reader to a source that provides The Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) real-time map of fires in Russia:

This Concludes Part III – More to follow….

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


These days a major event in security industry is happening: 17th International Exhibition of Means for Provision of State Security «Interpolitex 2013».

 Around 800 companies and corporations are participating. I have visited one of the first in the series in late 90-es; of course now there is a huge quantum leap as to what was in that years. Of course, this is predominantly Defense and Law Enforcement event... with guns and rifles, drones, border security, etc.

The booth of Kalashnikov enterpise suprised me with its modesty, but still is popular
A number of foreign companies from South Africa, Kazakhstan, China and other countries are present.  It it interesting to note that there are really good products developed by Russian companies that are competitive in the market. Due to the nature of the show, security systems of interest to me are not in abundance. There is a couple of Russian companies suggesting their products for perimeter security. These Russian technology fire-extinguishing aerosol generator seems to be good:
I was fascinated with a Russian produced video radio:

 This unique digital video and communication device seems to have a great future: it is encrypted, verified by digital signature, provides for easy dissemination of audio, photo, video, text and geolocation data. It can work anywhere in the world using GLONASS system and according to the inventors has a lot of possible applications.
It was a useful visit, and I am looking forward to SFITEX on November 12-15 in St.Petersburg....

Monday, October 21, 2013

Brief Overview of Russian Security Systems Market – Part II

This is the second post of the series, where I attempt to make a general overview of the subject Russian market. It is impossible within the Blog to describe market in detail; however, I am trying to make some sketches – as we see it through ERVIST PRISM. Information is derived from open sources, it is cross-referenced; I am also providing some useful links.

Russian Security Systems Market is closely associated with development of country’s economy. It is still in the formation stage – this opens excellent opportunities for vendors and companies providing security solutions. According to experts, every 4-5 years the market demand is drastically adjusted, that leads to implementation of new technologies at a rather slow pace. A great level of fragmentation, semi-transparency, uneven distribution over the regions of Russia, plus substantial presence of foreign vendors – all these are clear marks of undeveloped, still under development market.
According to experts, two major factors facilitate the growth of Russian Security Systems Market:
1. Growth of consumer purchasing power – that leads to development of retail, construction, entertainment and hospitality,
2. Expansion of Government’s investment in transportation, energy production, defense, in development of regions.

On the average, the Russian Security Systems Market grows 15%-20% per annum – this is substantially higher than the growth of other industry sectors: construction (11%); retail (14%), telecommunications and IT (less than 15%).  It is useful to examine the following data that is produced by an authoritative publication “Security Systems”

At the same time, the U.S. Government publication Doing Business in Russia: 2012 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies by Smith Brandon Intl. lists the following “best prospects for sales of U.S. manufactured hardware” in Russia:

  • IP-based solutions in various equipment segments (surveillance, detection, day/night surveillance and infrared systems) especially high end systems
  • Access control systems
  • Fire/intruder alarm systems, especially for public places
  • Integrated control systems
  • Biometric equipment, identifiers and readers
  • Antiterrorist equipment, especially bomb-detection equipment
  • Anti-theft systems, radar detection, recording equipment (wireless)
  • Fire safety equipment
  • Cloud computing used for CCTV/access systems
  • Rescue equipment

It obvious that the U.S. suggestion correlates with the trends of “Security Systems”  Publication.
Let us have closer look at each segment.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE is one of the fastest growing part of the market.
Major end-users: retail and financial institutions, transportation, oil & gas production and
industrial facilities.
Market volume: In 2011, the Russian CCTV and access systems segments totaled just over $1.4 billion
Projected CAGR: 13% 
Remarks: Imported products and components is the highest – sometimes up to 90%
Major end-users: public organizations, major industrial enterprises, banks, business centers; institutions of culture, education, and medicine.
Projected CAGR: 15-20%
Remarks: Not less than 50% of Russian-made products.

 While the market volume is represented nicely in the this graph:

 This concludes Part II - More to follow...