From audio recorders to Digital TV, Public Access and Cyber Security

Historical milestones

1951

  • Creation of the company by Stefan Kudelski and launch of the first portable recorder, the Nagra I

 

1958

  • Release of the Nagra III,the legendary radio, TV and cinema recorder

 

1965

  • US Agencies start using the miniature NAGRA SN secretly. Worldwide expansion from 1974.

 

1983

  • Joint project-venture with Ampex (US) and launch of the AMPEX-NAGRA VPR-5, the world’s smallest, lightest professional portable C-format video recorder

 

1989

  • Canal+ adopts Kudelski’s access control system for pay television

 

1991

  • André Kudelski succeeds Stefan Kudelski as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • First million analog decoders sold; conditional access TV systems become Kudelski’s core business

 

1992

  • Creation of Nagra+, a joint-venture with Canal+
  • Launch of the Nagra D, the first portable professional 4-track 24 bits digital recorder

 

1995

  • First order contract (from with EchoStar) for a Nagravision digital system, marking the arrival of Nagravision on the North American market

 

1996

  • André Kudelski receives an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for achievements in the area of pay-TV conditional access and scrambling systems.

 

1997

  • Digital pay television becomes the company’s core business
  • Nagra Audio launches a range of high-end Hi-Fi products

 

1998

  • Creation of NagraStar, a joint-venture with EchoStar, and of NagraCard

 

2001

  • Expansion into the public access business. Acquisition of SKIDATA, inventor of the first handsfree ski access system.

 

2006

  • Strategic investments for the development of the Digital TV ecosystem
  • Acquisition of the Digital TV activity of SCM Microsystems resulting in the creation of SmarDTV

 

2007

  • Acquisition of a controlling interest in OpenTV
  • First solutions designed for hybrid networks

2008

  • First end-to-end digital television solutions
  • Third generation security solutions based on a diversified and segmented approach to security

 

2009

  • Acquisition of 100% of OpenTV: the Group's solutions manage the entire pay-TV ecosystem
  • Launch of multiscreen solutions

 

2010

  • Expansion strategy focusing on emerging markets

 

2012

  • Launch of Kudelski Security, the cyber security business of the Group
  • Creation of the Intellectual Property activity to manage the Group's strong IP portfolio
  • Creation of digital TV multiscreen and high definition (4K) security solutions

 

2013

  • Production launch of OpenTV5
  • Launch of PRM content security at Dish Network (USA)

 

2014

  • First major patent licence agreement signed with Cisco
  • Kudelski Group is no.1 CAS provider worldwide with the acquisition of Conax
  • Divestment of NagraID and NagraID Security
  • Divestment of OpenTV's traffic and billing product line

 

2015

  • SKIDATA expands in the US ith the acquisition of Sentry Control Systems
  • Kudelski Security launches the first Swiss Cyber Fusion Center
  • Cooperation agreement with Netflix
  • Deployment of next-generation technologies
  • Success of integrated securiy, next-generation middleware and multiscreen solutions