1965 Founding of the company Bureau d’Electronique Appliquée by Fernand Van Genechten, with the aim of developing electronic projects for industrial applications.
1972 VG017: the first product in a range of  microwave Doppler sensors for door operating systems .
1985 BEA is awarded the Oscar for Exports by the Belgian government.
1987 Founding of an American subsidiary: BEA, Inc. in Pittsburgh, USA.
1988 Founding of the B.E.R. (Belgian Electronic Research) research department.
1992 CD: New range of opening sensors equipped with a microprocessor and a digital treatment of the signal.
1995 MAGIC SWITCH: contactless microwave switch.
It is particularly suitable for sterile areas such as operating theatres and for applications in the retail, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
1996 EAGLE: revolutionary technology: a range of very small, remote-controlled sensors with a planar antenna.
ISO 9001 : 1994 certification
1998 Founding of the first Asian subsidiary: BEA Electronics, in Beijing, China.
1999 ACTIV8: the first sensor to combine opening and safety functions, reuniting the best two technologies to offer comfort and safety to the users of automatic doors.
2000 Development of intelligent communication between the door controller and the sensor.
BEA receives the Global Export Award from the region of Wallonia.
2001 FALCON: opening sensor for industrial doors. In the unidirectional mode it can detect the motion direction, filter pedestrians detect vehicles driving toward the doors.
Founding of a South American subsidiary: BEA Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Founding of the second Asian subsidiary: BEA Japan, in Tokyo, Japan.
Founding of the third Asian subsidiary: BEA HK Ltd, in Hong Kong.
2002 Integration of BEA in the British HALMA Group.
2003 ISO 9001: 2000 certification.
2005 4SAFE: new generation of safety sensors for swinging and revolving doors.
Size, precision and stability of safety zone are increased.
2007 Founding of SENSORIO®, the department dedicated to markets outside the door business.
2008 Founding of an industrial department
CONDOR, combined sensor for industrial doors.
2009 Launch of a range of products based on LASER technology applied to automatic pedestrian and industrial doors.
2010 ISO 9001 : 2008 certification
BEA celebrates its 45th anniversary!
2012 IXIO: New dual technology sensor for safety & opening sliding doors


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