We received an inquiry from Nordiska Kompaniet, also known as the NK department store in Sweden. They were facing a problem. They needed an effective window solution to prevent smash and grab-intrusions – Could we develop something completely new and more secure than the existing products on the market?
To make a long story short. We went straight to the drawing board. Luleå University of Technology was involved in the validation process. After a few months we had a primary prototype ready to be demonstrated to the customer.
We planned a live test and it turned to a really exiting event. We were to drive a car in a mounted window. A couple of hours before launching the event, we still not found a suitable vehicle. In the eleventh hour, when we had lunch in a nearby cement foundry, we finally managed to get hold of a guy who had a car for sale. We bought the car unseen.
The pilot test was conducted with great success and the customer, who watched the whole event, was delighted. Earlier impossible, we had now discovered a solution to protect buildings and entrances against smash and grab intrusions. Keep Safe was born.
Since then, Nordiska Kompaniet has installed Keep Safe in both of their department stores in Stockholm and Gothenburg. They have had several intrusion attempts but the perpetrators have returned empty-handed. The stores have managed to run without interruptions, avoid high down-time costs or personal accidents.
Keep Safe is now creating safer and more secure conditions in many other public environments.