From SECOM’s founding through creation of “the Safe Community Industry”. SECOM introduces security services to Japan.
Originally known as Nihon Keibi Hosho Co., Ltd. — Japan’s first security company —SECOM was inspired by a mutual friend of co-founders Makoto Iida and Juichi Toda, who had noted the prevalence of security firms while traveling in Europe. Seizing the opportunity to introduce a completely new industry to Japan, the duo established the company on July 7, 1962, opening an office in Shiba-koen, Tokyo.
Mr. Iida’s first sales efforts were occasionally successful but limited, even when calling on prospects in person. Because the two founders were resolute in their decision not to rely on acquaintances for generating business and to require clients to sign a prepaid, three-month service contract, it was initially tough to attract many clients.
Over time, however, they slowly managed to establish a customer base. Finally, by securing the contract to provide security for the Olympic Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the firm began to prosper. Around the same time, realizing that growth would be limited as long as the business model relied exclusively on human resources, the company developed Japan’s first on-line security system, SP Alarm, in 1966.
SP Alarm began slowly, but after the system proved key to the arrest of the perpetrator in the notorious Case #108 serial murder shootings in 1969, the firm’s rapidly growing patrol business was abolished in favor of SP Alarm. Use of the system grew from the 1970s, due in part to increases in the number of Control Centers and emergency depots as well as development of Computer Security System (CSS).
SECOM also pioneered security systems for financial institutions, which typically require heightened security from the onset, both for bank branches and ATMs. At present, our systems are hosted in a wide variety of facilities, including shops, offices, factories, schools, hospitals and museums. Moreover, ongoing R&D has produced specialized systems for numerous other facilities, such as SECOM 3 (currently TOTAX ZETA), a comprehensive security management system for large facilities.
July 7: Makoto Iida and Juichi Toda co-found Nihon Keibi Hosho Co., Ltd. (currently SECOM Co., Ltd.) in Shiba-koen, Tokyo, Japan’s first commercial security service provider, starting with a patrol and static guard service.
October: Provides security at the Yoyogi Olympic Village during the Tokyo Olympics. Business begins to expand as the company receives widespread recognition and trust as the event’s official security provider.
April: “The Guardman” a drama series inspired by the company, is broadcast on television. It becomes a massive hit, leading to greater recognition of the company.
June: Develops Japan’s first on-line security system, SP Alarm. Remotely monitors subscribers’ premises 24/7 from SECOM Control Centers and dispatches immediate response from emergency depots as needed.
September: Completes development of a unique armored vehicle for transporting cash and launches first armored car services for banks.
October: Joins the International Security Association consisting of one security firm from each member country.
April: Attracts significant attention when SP Alarm contributes to the arrest of the perpetrator in the Case #108 serial murder shootings.
July: Establishes a full-scale central Control Center in Harumi, Tokyo, as well as 18 new Control Centers across the country, allowing for the expansion of the SP Alarm system.
February: Successfully provides security for the Winter Olympics hosted in Sapporo.
February: Establishes the brand name ‘SECOM’, an abbreviation of Security Communication.
March: Commences sales of SECOM 3 (currently TOTAX ZETA), a comprehensive security management system for large facilities.
August: Partners with the Huntington National Bank, known as the US’ most innovative bank, in providing a security system for an automated banking system.
April: Launches CD Security Pack, Japan’s first security management system for automated cash dispensers.
June: Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
September: Establishes the first training facility, SECOM HD Center, in Aobadai, Yokohama.
September: Forms a business alliance with top fire protection services company, Nohmi Bosai Kogyo (currently Nohmi Bosai Ltd.).
March: Commences operation of the world’s first CSS (Computerized Security System) at our Control Center in Harumi, Tokyo. CSS allows for monitoring emergencies in real-time, leading to dramatic improvement in safety and increased efficiency.
October: Establishes Secom Industries Co., Ltd. in Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture. Commences production of own equipment for on-line security systems.
January: Forms a business alliance with Taiwan Secom Co., Ltd. to offer Taiwan’s first on-line security system. The group’s first step into the international market.
May: Promoted to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
November: Completes construction of the SECOM SD Center, located in Hachimanyama, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. It is a secure building built to globally recognized standards and housing facilities including the Tokyo Central Control Center, which centrally monitors the on-line security system for the Tokyo area.
January: Launches TOTAX (I, II, EC) series as a total security management system for large facilities.
March: Establishes the Secom Science and Technology Foundation, with the aim of widely promoting research and development of security-related technologies.
July: Establishes the SECOM ED Center (currently the SECOM R&D Center), in Musashino, Tokyo, as a center for the technical division, and laid the foundation of in-house development.
August: Launches HANKS System, operation and security system designed for the ATMs of financial institutions.
Providing security and peace of mind for private residences as well as businesses.
Utilizing our extensive network to become an IT leader.
In 1981, we inaugurated Japan’s home security market, developing My Alarm (currently SECOM Home Security), the country’s first home security system. Our tireless efforts to ensure the best possible service helped grow the firm, while constant pursuit of newer and better methods based on our experience ensured heightened security and peace of mind. Now, 30 years after launching My Alarm, we are still striving for perfection. With an overwhelming share of the home market, our services are so well established that many in Japan use the SECOM name to refer to a home security system.
During the 1980’s — when the ‘new media’ would emerge as the precursor to the information technology society — interest in connecting home computers to telecom infrastructure for transacting business was blossoming. However, while home banking and home shopping were being test marketed, few services utilizing computer networks were actually introduced to the market. In this context, SECOM Home Security garnered attention as a successful model of new media, since the system allowed home customers to receive security services by connecting controllers in their homes to SECOM Control Centers via existing telecom infrastructure.
In 1985, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation was privatized as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), while Daini Denden Co., Ltd. (currently KDDI) was established. With IT rapidly becoming more pervasive, SECOM consolidated its pioneering efforts in the field of information and telecommunications, culminating in 1989 with its vision of the Social System Industry — a framework of innovative social systems with new services that make life more secure, convenient and comfortable.
January: Launches Japan’s first home security system, My Alarm (currently SECOM Home Security).
March: Launches Korea Safety System Inc. (founded in July, 1980; currently S1 Corporation) as a joint venture with the Samsung Group. In April 1981, the company becomes the first to offer on-line security systems in Korea.
June: Commences sales of TOTAX-T, a total security management system for large facilities.
September: Establishes SECOM TE Center in Mitaka, Tokyo. Consolidates and strengthens the various technical sections of the company.
January: Declares the first year of “the Safe Community Industry”. Marking the 20th anniversary of the company’s founding, announces SECOM’s aim to offer new services beyond security that increase security and peace of mind.
June: Completes construction of new training facility, SECOM HD Center Gotenba, Oyamacho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka prefecture.
November: Launches Japan’s first medical emergency monitoring system, My Doctor, as an option of My Alarm (currently SECOM Home Security).
August: Becomes a pioneer in the information industry by establishing community cable television provider Miyagi Network in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Subsequently establishes Ibaraki Network in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, in September, and Niigata Network in Niigata in October (These cable television companies were later sold).
December 1: Changes company name from Nihon Keibi Hosho Co., Ltd. to SECOM Co., Ltd.
May: SECOM Founder Makoto Iida, participates in the establishment of Daini Denden Kikaku Co., Ltd. (currently KDDI Corporation) as one of the founders, along with Kyocera Corporation founder, Kazuo Inamori, and Ushio Inc. Chairman, Jiro Ushio.
December: Launches Japan’s first cash compensation service for financial institution ATMs.
October: Establishes Nippon Computer Security Corporation (later merged with Secom Trust Systems Co., Ltd.) as a joint venture with telecommunications giant NTT.
January: Completes construction of SECOM TE Center in Mitaka, Tokyo to develop revolutionary security systems and sensors based on the company’s unique and stringent quality standards.
December: Launches Emergency Notification System for the Elderly, targeting municipal governments.
August: Launches SECOM MS-1, a security system for condominiums.
January: Launches SECOM MS-2, a security system for condominiums, which provides security for individual units.
April: Launches Japan’s first fingerprint recognition system, SESAMO-ID.
June: Completes construction of SECOM FS Center in Yokohama as a base for distribution.
July: Establishes Thaisecom Pitakkij Co., Ltd. (currently Thai Secom Security Co.,Ltd.) as a joint venture with Thailand’s Saha Pathana Group.
December: Opens Japan’s first home security shop in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. From this year onwards, SECOM’s Control Centers are found in all 47 prefectures of Japan, with one center in each prefecture.
Establishing the Social System Industry with “ALL SECOM”.
Expanding SECOM Group overseas to become Global SECOM.
With a vision of creating the Social System Industry, SECOM ventured into information services and telecommunications in 1983. In 1991, SECOM began its foray into the medical arena with the launch of home medical services, and entered the insurance business in 1998. Geographic information services came next in 1999, followed by real estate services in 2000 and fire protection services in 2006. Our continuous efforts to develop new business fields formed the basis of the Social System Industry.
In 2010, we launched “ALL SECOM”, an initiative that aims to synergize our seven business groups: security, fire protection, medical, insurance, geographical information services, information and communication related services and real estate. By fostering close collaboration between Group companies, we can offer unprecedented levels of security and peace of mind on a global scale. Speedy development coupled with a worldview is key to the success of “ALL SECOM” and, ultimately, advancing the Social System Industry.
SECOM Group has markedly ramped up international operations since establishing our first overseas security services in Taiwan in 1978. Our security business is currently operating in 12 countries and territories: Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar in Asia, the UK in Europe, and Australia and New Zealand in Oceania. Moreover, Group subsidiaries of Nohmi Bosai Ltd. and Pasco Corporation have also expanded their business in the Philippines, Laos, India, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Brazil. Companies in the SECOM Group are now found in 21 countries and territories.
SECOM will continue expanding overseas as exemplified by our medical business, which began operating a hospital in India. As our international presence grows, SECOM hopes to increase security and peace of mind for people around the world.
January: Announces the first year of the Social System Industry, a vision to create innovative social systems that make life more secure, convenient and comfortable by utilizing a stable communications infrastructure as a base.
August: SECOM and Secom Industries Co., Ltd. establish Secom High Plant Co., Ltd. (currently merged with Secom Industries Co., Ltd.) in Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture. The plant cultivates fresh herbs in a completely enclosed plant factory.
May: Former professional baseball player Shigeo Nagashima appears in television ads and other advertising as the face of SECOM.
May: Completes construction of the SECOM HD Center Nabari in Nabari, Mie Prefecture, followed by completion of the SECOM HD Center Aso in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture in July, generally improving the training system.
April: Acquires Carroll Security Group PLC, a security company based in the UK.
June: Establishes SECOM Pharmacy, a pharmacy with a clean room for dispensing medicine, and launches a medicine delivery service. Launches Japan’s first full-scale home medical service, providing home-visit nursing.
August: Jointly operates Social Welfare Corporation Kouwakai Kugayama Hospital, in Setagaya, Tokyo.
December: First Japanese company to acquire official sanction for a holding company in Beijing, China.
April: Launches Japan’s first remote diagnostic imaging support service, Hospi-net.
June: Acquires the Ambassador Security Group PLC, a UK security firm.
January: In the UK, the Secom Carroll PLC and Ambassador Security Group PLC merge to create Secom PLC, which is rapidly recognized as the UK’s leading security firm.
July: Establishes Prime Stage Co., Ltd. as a joint investment with Mori Building Co., Ltd. Opens Sacravia Seijo, a residence for seniors in Seijo, Tokyo.
July: Develops SECOM AX, Japan’s first remote imaging on-line security system utilizing image sensors.
September: Acquires capital in mid-sized general insurance firm, Toyo Fire and Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (currently Secom General Insurance Co., Ltd.), and launches SECOM’s insurance business.
July: Launches SECOM IX, Japan’s first interactive remote imaging security system.
August: Acquires capital in Pasco Corp., a leading aerial survey company, and moves into the geographical information service business.
June: Establishes Secom Home Life Co., Ltd. through a merger, and moves into the real estate business.
December: Secom Trust.net Co., Ltd. (currently Secom Trust Systems Co., Ltd.) establishes Secure Data Center.
April: Launches Japan’s first full-scale system for providing information on location, COCO- SECOM. Security services expanded from businesses to homes, making them available to individuals for the first time.
October: SECOM General Insurance Co., Ltd. launches Japan’s first unrestricted cancer treatment policy, MEDCOM.
April: Launches My Spoon, Japan’s first robot that assists disabled persons to eat.
June: Launches SECOM Anshin Glass, Japan’s first crime-prevention glass with integrated sensors.
September: Launches SECOM AED Package Service, which provides rentals of automated external defibrillators (AED) including regular provision of batteries and other consumables.
October: SECOM Information System Co., Ltd. (currently SECOM Trust Systems Co., Ltd.) launches SECOM Safety Confirmation Service.
September: Launches lifestyle support service, SECOM Home Service.
October: Launches SECOM Robot X, Japan’s first outdoor surveillance robot.
December: Nohmi Bosai Ltd., a leading provider of fire protection services, becomes part of the SECOM Group.
April: Construction is completed and operations commence at Mine Rehabilitation Program Center, a private finance initiative (PFI) correctional facility, in Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture that was created with SECOM as the representative company.
October: Opens Kitsuregawa Rehabilitation Program Center, a newly established PFI correctional facility in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, and assumes operation of existing Kurobane Prison in Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture.
September: Launches Japan’s first automatic robbery detection system, Intelligent Emergency Alert System.
September: Launches Total Support Service of Emergency Management, which provides comprehensive support for business-continuity planning based on the culmination of SECOM Group know-how.
December: Launches SECOM Home Security G-Custom, Japan’s first secure data storage service that enables subscribers to safeguard important data, such as family photographs and bankbooks.
April: Acquires 100% of LIXIL NITTAN Co., Ltd. from JS Group Corporation (currently LIXIL Group Corporation). Currently known as Nittan Co., Ltd., the acquired company plays a part in SECOM Group’s fire protection services.