With over 30 years experience in providing state-of-the-art products worldwide, AMAG Technology is one of the security industry’s leading manufacturers of card and biometric access control systems. AMAG is part of Group 4 Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Group 4 Securicor (G4S), one of the world’s largest security companies.
In 1970, Group 4 produced their first access control system in Europe and since then has been at the leading edge of technological advances in access control. They introduced their first microprocessor system in 1983, which has proved so reliable that it is still being supported today.
Their first DOS-based PC system was launched in 1987, and since then the multiMAX brand has been installed in thousands of government and commercial installations throughout Europe and the Middle East.
In 1990, Group 4 purchased American Magnetics Corporation (AMC), based in Carson, California. AMC had pioneered magnetic-stripe card technology in 1971 and developed their own AMAG™ brand access control systems in 1985. AMC quickly became a leading manufacturer in the Americas, Far East and Pacific Rim, supplying products to over 150 companies in the USA alone.
Group 4 recognized that AMC’s expertise, reputation, and depth outside of their own core markets of Europe and the Middle East provided an ideal opportunity to expand their access control presence worldwide. Combining a leading access control product with Group 4’s unique worldwide experience has resulted in a global network of installers with the expertise and in-depth knowledge necessary to comply with countries’ varying requirements and regulations for access control.
In 1997, American Magnetics’ name was changed to Group 4 Securitas Technology Corporation. A major milestone was reached in 1999 when Group 4’s AMAG brand Access Control System was selected for installation in the Pentagon. Since then, AMAG has been involved in some of the world’s largest and most complex smart card and biometric access control projects for both public and private entities.
In February of 2003, the company’s name was changed to AMAG Technology. Also that year, AMAG reintroduced its product line, scaled to the needs of small, remote facilities and multinational organizations alike. AMAG products feature open-architecture standards and are compliant with Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. AMAG, through technology partnerships with best-of-breed security product developers, offers an expanding range of modules to enhance the capabilities of its AMAG access control systems. The modules include Digital Video Management, Smart Card Encoding, Biometrics, Intrusion Alarms, Intercom Management, etc. AMAG also offers one of the only access control products that supports the federal government’s SEIWG-012 physical access control credential standard.
AMAG is a leading security systems integrator. AMAG products are forming the “head-end” in a new generation of Integrated Security Systems based around access control, digital video, alarms management, smart cards, biometrics and other related technologies.