Our History

OUR HISTORY

FERMAX is a good example of how a daily need can be resolved with the technology available, presented in a user friendly way through the design and become a successful product in the national and international markets.
 
The company was set up in 1949 with the trading in the Spanish market of the first radio intercom for industrial and professional use: the radio interphone. Later, in 1963, a new and innovating launch would gain the company its definitive foothold in the market: the electronic intercom for buildings, considered the first electronic door entry system from Fermax, the first access control designed in Spain and for several years, the only one. FERMAX pioneered the application of industrial design in its products and went on to become a badge of identity for its clients.
Evolución de los productos de Fermax Electrónica

The company’s most representative milestones:

 
1949 Patent FERMAX set out on its business trajectory with the launch in the Spanish market of the interphone radio, the first ever radio intercom for industrial and professional use.
 
1952 Brand The FERMAX brand name was registered, made up by combining the Company founder’s name and surname.
 
1963 First entry system Launch of “Fonoporta”, an electronic intercom for buildings, considered the first electronic entry system from Fermax, the first of its kind designed in Spain and for years, the only one.
 
1970 Generalization Intercom entry became widespread throughout Spain. One example is the Series 24 intercom panel, in 4mm aluminium with high powered amplifying circuit, auto-regulated, flush-fit box and pushbuttons with card slot. Fermax starts to export.
 
1974  T-1 Telephone  Ramón Benedito designed his first product for Fermax: The T-1 wall telephone. Until 87, around 4,500,000 units were manufactured, with one on display at the Reina Sofía museum as the benchmark in Spanish design of the 70s.
         
  Ramón Benedito  Barcelona 1945. National Design Award.
Outstanding designer of industrial products and consumer goods in the fields of electronics, IT or scientific and technical instruments. He has worked for companies such as Vieta, Balay, Indo, Carlsberg, Compak, Fujitsu, Grok, Henkel, Rank Xerox, Renfe, Repsol, Roca and Volpak.
 
1980  Video entry system  The Fermax videophone came out, the first Spanish video entry system. World-wide patented invention of digital video entry system, designed for residential complexes. Fermax starts to make inroads in the international markets.
1986       Intel Monitor   Flush-fit monitor, manufactured in high-impact ABS plastic, curly cable with vandal-proof grip, extendible up to 0.50m. With 5’ anti-reflection screen and automatic on switch. Very well accepted in the markets.
 
1990  Colour  A new generation of video entry systems came in, providing colour images and the first prototypes to include security and telecommunications concepts.
The 1st monitor in this series was called Citymax.
 
1991    Cityline Panel Fermax launches Cityline. Ramón Benedito’s design was to revolutionize the market as the first electronic door phone panel to use a curved-convex aluminium profile. Installed in more than 1,500,000 buildings, it would also be acknowledged in 1991 with the Valencia Award for Innovation in Industrial Design.
 
1994  MDS Digital  MDS is a Digital video entry system aimed at buildings and residential complexes with several entrance points. Installation is done with bus type wiring that enables intercommunication in the building and access management by means of readers and elevator control.
 
1999   Trim Frame  The trim frame began to be marketed, an aesthetic complement for the Citymax door phone, a highly successful model. In extra-flat format with mirror polished finish, it covers up the gaps left by former equipment and avoids the grubby marks on the wall that can appear through frequent use.
 
2000  Bruto Panel  Bruto, the continuous profile and modular composition vandal-proof panel, integrates all the best qualities: resistance, technology and beauty. Made by aluminium injection system to provide maximum resistance.
 
2004  Loft  The company presents its new Loft monitor for surface installation, the first product designed to be manufactured by robotic production lines, to be made in high-impact ABS plastic, with textured easy-clean finish and ultraviolet protection. In time, it would become the top-selling video entry system.
 
2005   Halo   The video entry system by Ramón Benedito was acknowledged in 2007 by ADI-FAD with the seal "DELTA Selection 2007", recognizing its innovating value, conceptual renewal, formal elaboration and manufacturing quality.
 
2007  iLoft - extra-flat flush-fit Monitor Compact and extra-flat, the design is distinguished by a transparent polycarbonate lamina covering a neutral surface, a singular audio output, chromed pushbuttons and top quality and clarity screen. It was recognized by ADI-FAD, with the "DELTA Selection 2007" seal.
 
2008  City Kit   The new City digital video entry kits came out. They include the CITYLINE panel from FERMAX for detached family homes.
 
2009  Cityline  Evolution of Cityline with waterproof buttons and digital version; projected to replace the previous model. Its main feature is the durability of all its components.
 
2010   Biokey Reader  
 
The thermal fingerprint reader is the first ever biometric access control from Fermax.
 

Skyline Digital with proximity reader Skyline integrates mechanical and biometric access controls and information devices in the same colour video entry equipment. Skyline lets you configure any composition required in a residential complex, building, detached home or office with only 28 different modules. It is a global product, able to respond to all the market needs.
 

OneToOne OneToOne is the culmination of FERMAX Access Control systems evolution. A world-wide standard that welcomes all: children, young people, adults and the elderly, as well as people with hearing or visual difficulties.
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