Sectra's history

40 years of knowledge and passion

Sectra carried out its first consulting assignment in the late 1970s. A few years later, the company recruited additional joint owners with grand visions for Sectra’s future. This marked the start of the company’s expansion and development into a well-established brand in the area of cybersecurity and medical IT. Given the fact that customer confidence is a critical success factor, Sectra has always prioritized stable, long-term growth over rapid, high-risk expansion.

The road to world-leading products

These are some of the milestones throughout the 40 years we have been working for a healthier and safer society.

1978
The early days
1978
Roots in research and security

Data security became Sectra’s first niche area in 1978, when a team of researchers from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University were presented with the task of creating a security solution for banks. To take on the assignment, Professor Ingemar Ingemarsson formed the company Sectra (SECure TRAnsmission) together with his postgraduate students Viiveke Fåk, Rolf Blom and Robert Forchheimer. Sectra’s ties with the research community remain strong to this day, and our history is characterized by innovation and business development that create significant customer value.

1985
From consultancy to product development

A few years later, Jan-Olof Brüer became a postgraduate student in information theory under the supervision of Professor Ingemarsson. When one of Sectra’s founders left the company, Jan-Olof stepped in as a joint owner, bringing with him new ideas on how to turn Sectra into a “real” company and ultimately taking over as President after Viiveke Fåk. The company transitioned into the development and sale of products and system solutions in data security and image encoding. Today, Jan-Olof is Chairman of the Board.

We had a good laugh at what we thought was simply Jan-Olof’s flight of fancy. Today, I would say that his vision has been surpassed.
Professor Ingemar Ingemarsson, founder of Sectra
1987
National security

Sectra received a defense order for a new crypto module. This marked the beginning of our focus on security products for customers in defense departments and government authorities. Sectra has been a market leader in crypto equipment for the Swedish Defense Forces since the 1990s, and the company’s security products are currently used by government authorities and defense departments in most EU member states.

1989
Expansion into medical IT

Guided by a keen interest in medical technology and a vision of digital radiology images, Sectra’s current President and CEO, Torbjörn Kronander, came to the Institute of Technology at Linköping University as a postgraduate student in the 1980s, where he also had Professor Ingemarsson as his advisor. Torbjörn was recruited to Sectra and initiated an expansion into digital image management systems for radiology departments in 1989. In 1993, Sweden’s first film-free radiology department, using Sectra systems was opened in Mjölby. The company’s largest area is now medical technology, a niche in which Sectra commands a world-leading position.

Late 1990's
1995
International expansion

Sectra’s first subsidiary outside Sweden was formed in Norway. Today, we have direct sales in 19 countries.

1998
Approved crypto phone

Sectra Tiger was approved for the classification level secret and enabled the Swedish Defense Forces to become the first in the world with eavesdrop-protected mobile telephone communication for national secrets.

1999
Listing on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

To confirm that the company had developed into a strong player before continuing its international expansion, Sectra became a public company and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

The listing provided us with credibility, attention and financial opportunities to continue to expand internationally. It also enabled strategic acquisitions of complementary businesses and products to strengthen Sectra's organic growth.
Jan-Olof Brüer, Chairman of the Board of Sectra AB
1999
Improving patient care in orthopaedics

Sectra became first in the world to offer digitized prosthesis modeling for orthopaedists. Sectra has continued innovating within this area and today, some of the most prestigious orthopaedic clinics use our systems for planning and follow-up of orthopaedic surgery to achieve better treatment results. Our systems also help to cut costs by reducing the amount of time spent in the operating theater.

2000–2014
2010
Platform for medical education

Sectra launched the Sectra Visualization Table, a multi-touch display for interacting collaboratively with real-size 3D images generated by CT and MRI scanners to gain a deeper understanding and insight into bodily functions and processes. This unique solution, developed in cooperation with Linköping University, the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Norrköping Visualization Center C, and The Interactive Institute, serves as a platform for medical education, clinical conferences and virtual autopsies.

This is an example of how our close cooperation with research centers allows us to apply the latest technology in solutions that facilitate daily work for our customers.
Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO of Sectra
2013
First ‘Best in KLAS’ award

The focus on customer satisfaction had begun to pay off and we received our first “Best in KLAS” award. US hospitals ranked Sectra as their number-one supplier in the independent customer satisfaction survey conducted by KLAS.

2015–
Digitizing pathology and expansion into critical infrastructure

Sectra launched a solution for digital primary diagnostics in pathology, enabling pathologists to review cases digitally on a computer screen instead of using a microscope. This contributes to more efficient cancer care by enhancing collaboration and the sharing of images. The launch of services for security and risk management in critical infrastructure marked the beginning of a strategic partnership with a Swedish energy company. The partnership encompassed the development and testing of a monitoring service for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in energy distribution.

2019
“Best in KLAS” for the sixth year in a row

Sectra received the customer satisfaction award “Best in KLAS” for the sixth consecutive year in the US.

We are dedicated to contributing to improving the effectiveness in healthcare, and happy users are the ultimate proof that Sectra’s staff and solutions achieve that in the best possible way. I am thankful and honored to be acknowledged for our top ratings in customer satisfaction.
Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO of Sectra
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