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Kudelski Group

Company nameKudelski Group
Company typeStock corporation / SWX - KUD
IndustryDigital TV, public access
HeadquartersCheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
Key peopleAndré Kudelski: CEO

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The Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S) claims to be a "world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions" for the delivery of digital and interactive content. Its technologies are used in a wide range of services and applications requiring access control and rights management to secure the revenue of content owners and service providers for digital television and interactive applications across broadcast, broadband and mobile delivery networks. The Kudelski Group is also a world technology leader in the area of access control and management of people or vehicles to sites and events. It additionally offers professional recorders and high-end hi-fi products. The Kudelski Group is headquartered in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne. It operates in five continents and employs about 3'000 people.

The origin of the corporation lies in the success of the Nagra tape recorders, developed by Stefan Kudelski. In 1991, his son André Kudelski succeeded him as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Over the years, the Kudelski Group has become the leading provider of advanced security and multi-screen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. Its services and content protection technologies are used by more than 120 leading pay-TV operators around the world securing content delivered to more than 133 million active smart cards and devices. Its products have been integrated into more than 150 million devices, enabling advanced user interfaces, video-on-demand, personal video recording, advanced advertising and a variety of enhanced television applications (end of 2010).

The Kudelski Group also claims to be a global leader in the area of access control solutions and their efficient management, through its fully owned company SKIDATA (headquartered in Austria). With almost 7,000 installations worldwide, SKIDATA provides turnstiles, admission ticketing, electronic ticketing systems, boom barriers, and other pedestrian and vehicular access control devices to ski resorts, parking lots, amusement parks, shopping malls, airports, and municipalities, among others.

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