First Distribution and VSS agree to distribution partnership for Africa

First Distribution, the leading Pan-African distributor for cybersecurity, datacentre, enterprise and cloud solutions, has signed an agreement to distribute the entire Video Storage Solutions (VSS) product line of video surveillance appliances.

VSS is part of BCD International, Inc. – a global video data infrastructure manufacturer, and supplies pre-engineered video appliances through authorized security distributors. All VSS appliances are validated to withstand the taxing video data write load and demands of video storage. While VSS is a relatively new name in the security industry, it brings with it more than 40 years of computer industry experience, with the last decade focused solely on the video surveillance infrastructure marketplace. BCD’s global headquarters located outside of Chicago, Ill., includes a 55,000 square foot facility with two build centers which allows them to keep an extensive on-site inventory allowing them to have the highest-rated lead times in the industry.

Bringing the most robust hardware portfolio to the video surveillance market in Africa is just a part of the story. The new strategic partnership between VSS and FD, will be a game changer for the community of system integrators in the region. Our strong value proposition and the commitment to the post-sales support, plus the local reach and the experience of FD across the continent, will make it easier and risk-free to implement recording, viewing or storage hardware infrastructure for video surveillance of any scale.

Georgi Pandev, Global Director of Business Development for VSS

The diverse Video Storage Solutions portfolio includes a range of video recording and storage appliances, video management appliances, client viewing stations, GPU-optimized appliances for video analytics, mobile and harsh environment servers, as well as Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise switches and accessories. Further broadening the tech company’s appeal, Video Storage Solutions hardware supports solutions from the world’s top video management software companies.

The VSS engineering team certifies the bandwidth capabilities of each appliance ordered through First Distribution. System integrators can rest assured knowing that they will be installing an effective video recording and storage solution with guaranteed performance, provided bandwidth requirements do not exceed the appliance’s specification. VSS appliances also come with a three or five-year on-site, next business day ‘Keep Your Hard Drive’ warranty, to not only lower total cost of ownership, but also help business comply with strict data privacy regulations and GDPR rules.

David Simpson, General Manager for Digital Security and IoT at First Distribution

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