It is time.
In the middle of what many would argue is one of the darkest times in the history of our nation, I had the bright idea of quitting my full-time, well paying job to start my own systems integration company. How crazy is that?
However, Onora is officially open for business and we have hit the ground running, offering a full line of products including intrusion alarms, key-card entry systems (access control), surveillance camera systems (CCTV), managed networks and distributed audio/video.
We might be a new business, but a major reason we started the company is that we as professionals, with close to two decades of experience, were fed up of being led by individuals in the industry that have zero passion about the businesses that they are in charge of. To many, it's just business, and that's not good enough.
A little bit about me; I am the son of an army Colonel. My father taught French at West Point, worked at the Pentagon, was the Defense Attaché at the US Embassy in Switzerland, then retired after serving as the US Military representative to the German military HQ in Bonn.
After graduating high-school in Bern, Switzerland, I moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. I have many family members that are University of Arizona alumni (Bear Down!), and with my obsession of computer technology and a desire to study Management Information Systems, the U of A was an easy choice. (The Eller College of Management has ranked in the top five undergraduate programs in the nation for over 25 years)
During school I began getting in to alarm systems as a side job for a national provider that had a seasonal program. At this time burglar alarm systems were almost completely setup using analog phone lines and didn't have much to do with MIS or computers, but I picked it up very quickly and enjoyed installing the systems. A couple years later there was a new start-up alarm company getting going in Tucson right as I was finishing school. I helped them get going and never looked back. The company is now one of the largest Brinks Home Security dealers in the nation and a major player in the local security industry. In their prime I felt it was time for me to move on.
Particularly in Tucson, the major companies in the security industry are far past their prime and either completely refuse to embrace, or really struggle trying to understand the newer technology and services that are available to them to offer their customers. So here we are, Onora Systems, ready to serve Arizona and as many of our customers and partners tell us, "we just get it."
Welcome to our new blog, where we will be regularly writing detailed information about new products and services, as well as publicly discussing news that traditionally is only discussed among industry insiders.