ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – i-PRO reports that it has experienced double-digit growth in its first year in business following its independence from Panasonic. The company notes that it has, in a single year, also introduced more than 100 new camera models, built key partnerships and launched in multiple locations around the world.
“We are all proud to be here and are encouraged to see that being bold, flexible, and building trust, is delivering positive results,” says Bill Brennan, president of i-PRO Americas. “We’re here for our customers and for our partners, we thank them for their trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming new partners and people as we work together to drive AI forward.”
The foundation of the i-PRO’s success? Its “BTF” culture, it says – “boldness, trust and flexibility” – which was established by its employees when they collectively identified the concepts that would drive the new company forward. In turn, this mindset engendered a strategy based on two principles, “open policy” and “time-based competition.”
Under i-PRO’s open policy, the company says it works to create an ecosystem where AI can flourish, and customers can quickly and easily access the advancing technology. In its first year the company has aggressively built partnerships with leading VMS vendors, AI analytics vendors and integrators. It also introduced the i-PRO EZ-2 Partner Portal – designed to simplify the way integrators, resellers and distribution partners conduct business with i-PRO, it “provides instant access to inventory levels and enables users to create quick quotes 24/7.”
The company’s time-based competition strategy focuses on “minimizing time that does not deliver value from across the entire development-to-delivery chain, helping customers reduce opportunity costs.” This principle, says i-PRO, drove the expansion of its manufacturing center in Japan, moving much of its manufacturing from Cambodia to the new facility, which is close to the company’s R&D hub in Fukuoka, Japan.
“This move,” states i-PRO, “allows the company to rapidly produce a range of customized camera products with delivery times far quicker than competitors’. It also enables new agile production engineering initiatives that allow implementation of a high-mix/low volume strategy which in turn enables processes such as made-to-order manufacturing. It is what enabled the company to produce more than 100 new camera models in 12 months, and achieve the highest level of cyber-security certification with up to FIPS 140-2 level 3 compliance.”
In addition to the launch of i-PRO Americas in 2022 with headquarters in Illinois, the company also established a corporate office and warehouse facility in Houston, and a state-of-the-art experience center in Toronto, Canada. In addition, three new locations opened in Japan: an R&D center and a new factory in Fukuoka, and a global headquarters office in Tokyo. In EMEA, where i-PRO was established in 2021, the company continued to build market presence through close collaboration with partners. i-PRO APAC Pte. Ltd. was also established in Singapore with corporate HQ and experience centers in Singapore and Brisbane. Worldwide, i-PRO grew to 1,300 employees.
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