December 11, 2017
On 28th November 2017, the Spanish company FERMAX joined, as collaborator, the National Centre for Accessibility Technologies of Spain (CENTAC). Both entities signed a collaboration agreement which contributes to the accessible technological development to improving the autonomy of elderly or disabled people. The objective of this agreement is to obtain social benefits by creating realities, which means accessible and usable products and services that will improve the life of many people. This will also have an impact on the economic point of view.
The event was attended by Fernando Maestre, president of FERMAX, and Jeremy Palacio, Managing Director, accompanied by Jesús Gutierrez, Claudia Torrico, Antonio Torrubias and Mónica Gil, members of FERMAX team, with Juan Carlos Ramiro, General Director of CENTAC and his team.
Juan Carlos Ramiro said that FERMAX is a great ally, leader in the sector of door entry and access control systems: ‘Together we can generate autonomy within homes, public spaces and buildings. FERMAX will play an essential role in the projects and actions of CENTAC, especially providing accessible goods, products and services in the Smart Integrated Spaces’, added Juan Carlos Ramiro.
FERMAX will begin in 2018 to be part of CENTAC and its projects from 2018. Jeremy Palacio, Managing Director of FERMAX, outlines different lines of work in which it is necessary to make an influence. Palacio states that ‘it is important to make public the technological solutions that FERMAX already has and detect the needs of users with disabilities by offering them solutions’. This alliance will contribute to promoting the development of accessibility technologies in the sector of door entry systems, access control systems and all possible areas. The aim is facilitating social integration and equality in the access to Information Society Technologies, which is one of the main objectives of CENTAC. Both the National Centre for Accessibility Technologies of Spain and FERMAX maintain a faithful commitment to society, convinced that the social benefit must be accompanied by economic advantage, generating autonomy and equal rights for all citizens, regardless of their capabilities.
FERMAX is a Spanish company from Valencia founded by Mr Fernando Maestre in 1949, specialising in audio and video door entry systems and access control solutions, which enjoys a prominent position among the most important brands in the world. Currently FERMAX has 7 subsidiaries in Belgium, China, France, Poland, Singapore, Spain and United Kingdom, and 4 representative offices in Colombia, Dubai, Portugal and Turkey. It is also remarkable for its extensive network of international distributors that reaches more than 70 countries.
The National Centre for Accessibility Technologies of Spain (CENTAC) is a foundation whose aim is to promote the development of accessible technologies at the company, industry and services levels. It is an example of public-private cooperation by having in its Board entities the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (through the Royal Board on Disability), El Corte Inglés, ONCE Foundation, Vodafone Spain Foundation, Red.es (belonging to the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda), the State Reference Centre for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aid (CEAPAT), the Spanish Representatives of People with Disabilities Committee (CERMI), and the State Disability and Dependency Reference Centre (CRE).