About us

Our purpose


We accelerate the next generation of smart security and safety solutions through joint innovation with customers and partners. 



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Our company

We are an award-winning German startup with locations in Munich, Eindhoven and Pittsburgh. We are 100% funded by the Bosch Group.

Our goal is to be the leading open platform and marketplace for smart security and safety solutions. The platform we offer is based on a camera operating system that powers cameras from various manufacturers on the market. It connects to our Application Store where leading video analytics development companies offer cutting-edge apps. To run this platform, we take a commission for app sales.


Our management

Hartmut Schaper

Hartmut Schaper



Stefanie Grimm


Justin Frints

Justin Frints

Engineering OS

Peter Jelinski

Peter Jelinski

Strategic Alliances

Fabio Marti

Fabio Marti



Madhav Varma


Our story

The idea for Azena was initially launched as a growth project within Bosch. Very quickly it became clear, that this idea can best accelerate and grow in an external company. In August 2018, the company was founded with Hartmut Schaper (CEO) and Stefanie Grimm (CFO) as managing directors.

Jul 2017

Project kick-off

The idea for Security & Safety Things is born.

Aug 2018

Security and Safety Things GmbH is founded

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Sep 2018

Offices open in Munich and Eindhoven

Munich is founded as the company's HQ, with Eindhoven as the development hub for our operating system.

Oct 2018

S&ST joins the Open Security & Safety Alliance

Collaboration initiative that enables value added innovations in security and safety, designed around real customer needs.

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Jan 2019

New offices are opened in Pittsburgh, USA

S&ST opens a new development hub in the US.

Mar 2019

New logo

Security & Safety Things introduces a new logo.

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Apr 2019

Platform presentation at ISC West

For the first time, the platform and current development state are presented to the industry. 

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Dec 2019

First project is live

S&ST platform-powered video analytics installation goes live with our first customer. 

Jan 2020

Official launch of the S&ST Application Store

The Application Store opens to the public, more than 30 apps are already live. 

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Mar 2020

Official launch of the S&ST platform

The platform is open for sign-up. Along with it, our new logo is published.

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Apr 2020

Six manufacturers announce 14 camera models for 2020

Among others, Hanwha Techwin, Vivotek, and Bosch support our Application Store with camera models of all sizes and form factors.

Nov 2020

escon 2020

Our first all-digital ecosystem conference takes place with many high-profile speakers from the industry.

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Sep 2021

Renaming to Azena

Security & Safety Things becomes Azena, underscoring company growth and ambition to redefine video analytics.

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