What drives us.
We connect people - with our systems, on site at our companies, and on a very personal level. We bring together professionals from different fields and give them the freedom and security to explore new trends and technologies. In doing so, we always encourage exchange between our teams. We want to learn from each other in order to jointly develop our system solutions further and implement them in a practical manner. For example, we transfer successful concepts from our professional applications to the consumer sector or test new communication systems directly at our partners' sites.
Communication with tradition.
Although we are a young company, we can look back on a history of over 75 years. Originating from the company peiker acustic, everything has always revolved around communication: As early as 1957, for example, the first person to climb to over 30,000 meters in a helium balloon was wearing a peiker microphone in his helmet.
Since 1981, Andreas Peiker was the driving force behind peiker acustic. In 2015, he finally sold the company to focus entirely on peiker Holding and new goals. It is smaller, more agile and always looking for new challenges. Andreas Peiker has found them. And with them a strong team of long-time companions and new professionals.
Heinrich Peiker and his father-in-law, Paul Beerwald, inventor of the first Russian world radio in 1924, found the company Beerwald & Co., later known as PEIKER acustic – Fabrik elektroakustischer Geräte Heinrich Peiker GmbH & Co. for the manufacture and sale of piezoelectric and electroacoustic devices.
Crystal microphones are used in hearing aids, among other things. Piezomicrophones, also known as crystal microphones, are also integrated into sound pick-ups in record players and instruments, for example. One enthusiastic customer of crystal microphones is musical instrument manufacturer Hohner, which is set to become a market leader. The peiker microphone is small enough to be fixed directly onto its instruments.
The American balloonist David G. Simons is the first person to ascend to the edge of space to a height of 30,000 metres. A peiker microphone is integrated into his helmet.
Heinrich Peiker also starts to develop dynamic microphones such as the TM24, which, in addition to being used in recording studios, can also be used for music production purposes in at-home studios, in amateur workshops or at large-scale events.
Industrial applications and private radio
The company continues to grow and Heinrich Peiker takes the leap into industrial applications.
He starts developing specialist microphones for the German federal railways, Deutsche Flugsicherung air-traffic control services and for emergency call systems.
Very rugged and protected from dust and water: the Intercept DN125 built-in microphone for official applications. The peiker TM70 hand-held microphone for UHER-Report tape recorders is the first microphone to be used on a climb in the Himalayas in order to record the climber’s experiences live for the subsequent evaluation of the expedition.
The TM110/TF dynamic hand-held microphone for mobile radio remains popular to this day.
Operating and trunked radio
peiker introduces the KL1 miniature speaker for mobile radio. To date, this is the industry standard and is part of the equipment used by major car manufacturers in their vehicles.
In the mid-1970s, PEIKER CONSULTING is founded in order to advance research and development separately from the manufacturing side of the business. With the expanded product range, peiker conquers the area of government agencies. Private mobile radio and trunked radio also includes emergency services radio systems, a non-public VHF land mobile service. It is also used by government authorities. In order to supplement point-to-point calls with a mobile phone, it is now possible to make a group call using a radio device. Simultaneous communication with multiple participants is absolutely essential for the fire and rescue services.
Heinrich Peiker also acquires the biggest supplier of injection-moulded parts for the automotive, radio and computer industries, ALLFORM Werkzeug- und Formenbau GmbH & Co. KG.
Automotive handsets & handsfree kits
In the early 1980s, Andreas Peiker, the son and grandson of the founding fathers, takes over the business and is able to look with pride upon the company’s 100 patents both in Germany and abroad.
From now on, peiker starts to make a name for itself in the automotive industry and increases the breadth of its product portfolio.
The first HA10/A10 crashproof hand-held device for mobile communications in the vehicle industry (including for police vehicles) makes its debut and the ME7 hands-free microphone with “low-noise technology” is presented for mobile communication in cars. The peiker car hands-free set is developed for Siemens and the concept behind the first digital answerphone is developed for the entertainment electronics company Alcatel.
Telematics & hands-free solutions
peiker enters the innovative field of intelligent transportation systems with its PoleStar product, a telematics system based on mobile phones that tracks vehicles using GPS. The vision: The first in-car emergency call system goes into mass production and would soon become mandatory for all car manufacturers.
In order to be able to sell its own products, the company sets up pei tel Communications GmbH. It becomes a certified radio solutions specialist for the former East Germany and soon becomes a full-range provider of professional communication technologies for wholesale and commercial use.
The focus is always on communication. By the turn of the millennium, peiker has grown from a small company to a market leader for the development and manufacture of communi-cations devices such as microphones, speakers, hand-held devices for radio and mobile telephony. Its main customers include renowned car and mobile phone manufacturers, as well as various government authorities and public institutions.
Integration of CE devices
peiker continues to draw on synergies and works together with computer manufacturer Compaq, the telematics company Tegaron and Mannesmann Autocom to develop vehicle integration of an off-board navigation system. pei tel takes over the entire peiker standard products business area so that PEIKER acustic can focus exclusively on automotive business.
With ELSA, a manufacturer of mainboards, the company advances in the field of hands-free sets. The multiple award-winning and world’s first Bluetooth® hands-free set Uconnect remains on the market to this day in its evolved form as used by car manufacturers Fiat and JEEP®, for example. The iPod® interface kit for Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH makes it possible to fully integrate the Apple™ iPod® into a vehicle for the first time and the first iPhone docking station is developed. The in-car emergency call system is further developed for BMW AG and is marketed as the E-Call. With this feature, a SIM card is built into the car that can be used by the driver to notify the emergency services in the event of an accident, or is automatically triggered if the driver is not able to place the call independently.
UMTS/LTE telematics control units for the connected vehicle
The development of the 3G/UMTS module serves as the basis for what would become E-Call and communications applications and conquers OEM mass production market with its high-speed connectivity modules. Together with the car manufacturers, the German car-sharing schemes car2go and DriveNow become market-ready and are, to this day, an alternative to public transport in major cities. Wireless charging is a new, exciting area of application and is developed based on the WiPower technology from Qualcomm, a major manufacturer of semiconductors for near-field resonance. From this time on, Qualcomm would go on to become one of our biggest knowledge partners. This is followed by the development of the 4G/LTE module for vehicles – data transmission via mobile Internet is another innovation on the market. The BMW Supplier Award in the category “Connected Drive” from our long-term partner BMW AG confirms that we have played our part in the speedy roll-out of automotive digitisation.
2015 - Restart
Following the financial crisis, business is increasingly tough as a supplier to the automotive industry. The family also recognises that further growth would only be possible for PEIKER acustic as the technology leader for the networking of vehicles with the outside world if this technology is integrated into the general vehicle electronics. The systems are growing ever more complex. Satnav, which is now available as an option for all new vehicles, the automatic emergency call system E-Call, traffic assist, lane assist and mobile Internet connections – all of this comes together in a single module, leading to the decision to sell the PEIKER acustic business with its automotive business. The original core area of business for the Peiker family, hand-held microphones and devices, as well as radio technology, remains in the family’s hands because pei tel, based in Teltow, had taken over that area of business along with the development and production many years previously and had been separated from PEIKER acustic long before the sale.
The Peiker family companies are united in a consolidated group of companies. This con-solidated group includes several companies that are now run by the third generation of the family.
pei tel Communications GmbH
With the classic peiker product range, our many years of experience in the field of acoustics and communication was passed to pei tel Communications GmbH. At the same time, an R&D department was set up in Teltow, laying the foundations for the new area of business. This covers, for example, PTCar-Phone car phones or individual product solu-tions such as the Z-Tracker personal tracking system and the ecoBART driving style assis-tant. Furthermore, the range of electroacoustic devices – microphones, speaker, microphone speakers, various complex hand-held devices and other radio equipment – was constantly expanded. One particular area of focus was, and still is, project business and the customisa-tion of projects to the relevant target systems. For over 30 years now, the company has stood for professional equipment for flawless speech and data transmission.
peiker Holding GmbH
Heading the consolidated group of compa-nies is peiker Holding GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, where PEIKER acustic had its first site. The holding company promotes dialogue between the various teams, develops joint strategies in consultation with the member companies and is always looking for new pro-jects that can be implemented throughout the group and with the shared resources of the Peiker family companies.
peiker CEE GmbH
At the outset, no one really believed in a non-automotive product for a supplier to the automotive industry. But the support of Andreas Peiker led to the development of the first CEECOACH, a communication system enabling up to five people to communicate without any interference – no overlapping fre-quencies, no disruptive background noise. Because more products were to follow, Andreas Peiker founded an independent company called peiker CEE in 2015. The CEE-COACH product promotes communi cation between trainers and students and is particu-larly popular in the field of equestrianism. However, it also keeps communication links open between skiers and mountain climbers in extreme conditions. Outdoor sportspeople can trust in the reliable connection across dis-tances of up to 700 metres. The CEECOACH communication device was the recipient of the international red dot design award in recogni-tion of its innovative design and also received the ISPO award in 2016/17 from the Interna-tional Sports Trade Show, which is awarded every year by international experts from the sports industry.
Hofgut Liederbach Service GmbH
The Hofgut Liederbach livery also serves as a test centre, offering stables for horses and accommodation for their ambitious owners. The products developed by peiker CEE can be tested here under real-life conditions and can be honed thanks to the direct dialogue with the staff at the equestrian centre. The centre itself offers one-to-one training opportunities in dressage, show jumping and eventing. Awarded five stars by the Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung e. V. (FN, German Equestrian Federation) and certified to ISO, it meets every requirement in terms of an all-inclusive service for horses and humans alike.
peiker International GmbH
In order to serve the American market as well, peiker International goes into operation in Dallas. This company serves as the link between the European and American market and distributes products made by pei tel as well as by peiker CEE.
FTI Engineering Network GmbH
Always interested in innovative companies and individual inventions, FTI Engineering Network GmbH was integrated into the Peiker family network. FTI is a specialist in vid-eo-based safety systems, primarily in aviation. With innovative camera, video and sensor solutions, the company makes flying safer, more efficient and more pleasant both inside and outside the aircraft, such as with the camera system for in-flight refuelling. As of 2018, FTI is a Peiker family company and also develops and builds video systems for indus-trial applications – such as the latest Ambu-lance Video Assistant (AVA) for the emergency services. Here, doctors can follow the rescue by video camera so that they are more quickly informed about the details of the accident and the condition of the patient upon reaching the hospital.
It’s rare that one company functions in exactly the same way as another. As a result, the requirements for product use are also differ-ent. This is why peicom GmbH has made it its mission to serve these customer requirements to perfection – both within Germany and throughout Europe. With the combination of standard products, supplemented with our own inventions, peicom offers tailored solu-tions for the widest imaginable range of appli-cations. These could be based on an existing radio device or be supplemented by new apps we develop, such as peiCHAT, which runs on most smart devices. An all-inclusive service extending from the roll-out of a com-munication solution to after-sales impresses retailers in the retail, interior design, animal supplies and clothing sectors.
75 years of company history of the Peiker family
From the invention of the crystal microphone, a helium balloon trip to outer space, a Himalayan expedition, to the successful supplier of communication solutions for premium vehicles - Andreas Peiker celebrates 75 years of his family's company history.