BYTES Technology Group (Bytes), a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Altron group, acquired identity management company Brand New Technologies (BNTech) in May 2013.

BNTech specialises in protecting, securing and validating identities. It offers biometric scanners, credentials management solutions and security devices for client registration, border management and document authentication. BNTech holds distribution rights for a number of the global IDM vendors’ products and software solution sets.

“The acquisition of BNTech’s business, which operates in a niche but fast-growing industry, aligns with our acquisition strategy of securing businesses which offer higher returns and that can slot seamlessly into our existing operations,” said Bytes CEO Rob Abraham.

Charlie Laxton, MD of BNTech, says the integration of BNTech into the Altron group will facilitate the formation of an IDM hub. He says, in conjunction with various operations in Bytes and Altech, the company seeks to secure contracts in both SA and Africa at large.


Brand New seeks to add value to our clients’ business by providing secure innovative identity management solutions utilising the latest technology.


What we do is simple – it’s the technology that is advanced!

Brand New Technologies specialises in the identity management business, physical and logical.

Physical identity management relies on the authentication and verification of physical characteristics, be it a fingerprint, facial recognition, or an identity document to allow a person access to a restricted area or to cross borders.

Logical identity management takes physical security a step further by securing the infrastructure and networks of organisations through the use of smart cards or biometrics linked to a physical attribute of the employee or citizen.

We partner with Best of Breeding solutions providers internationally to bring the latest advances in identity management to Africa. We also develop solutions for the local market, combining global technology with contextual experience.

Our extensive product range includes desktop fingerprint readers, the revolutionary Multispectral imaging technology, biometric access control devices, and secure identity documents. Our solutions include electronic voter registration, eVoting, electronic signature pads and identity document readers.