Open Options News

Triton acquires ACRE and makes investments alongside the current management team

Funds advised by Triton (‘Triton’) acquired ACRE, an end-to-end security solutions provider based in Dallas/USA and Dublin/Ireland. Triton will invest alongside the current management team of ACRE. ACRE’s previous majority investor, LLR Partners, who has partnered with the company since 2013, will exit the business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ACRE is a pioneer in the delivery of security systems for access control and intrusion detection as well...

ACRE announces the acquisition of Texas-based Razberi Technologies for strengthening its product portfolio

ACRE, a global brand providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced the acquisition of Razberi Technologies based in Farmers Branch, Texas. This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening its video and communications business and product portfolio. This is the latest M&A transaction since ACRE completed the acquisitions of two access control businesses - Open Options in December 2018 and RS2 in May 2019; both of which have continued to prosper and...

ACRE collaborates with WaveLynx to drive mobile access control growth across its RS2, Vanderbilt and Open Options brands

ACRE, a globally renowned provider of security products and solutions for the access control, intrusion, smart traffic and video surveillance markets, has announced that the ACRE brands – RS2, Vanderbilt and Open Options – will launch ACT ID, a new cloud-based mobile credential application that enables organisations to utilise both iOS and Android smartphones with existing WaveLynx multi-technology readers for secure access to doors in office buildings, government facilities, healthc...

Open Options announces ACT ID cloud-based mobile credential app for door access controls

Open Options, a provider of innovative access control solutions, announced the launch of ACT ID, a new cloud-based mobile credential app that enables organisations to utilise smartphones with existing WaveLynx multi-technology readers for secure access to doors in office buildings, government facilities, healthcare institutions, schools, residences and a growing variety of enterprises. Mobile credentials ACT ID is integrated into Open Options’ flagship software, DNA Fusion, providing a u...

Security experts discuss security system lifecycle considerations, effectiveness and cost control

A substantial focus of the security industry is on the selection and installation of security systems, and there is no doubt that this is a critical element of the process. However, in order to ensure that security systems such as access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection and panic alarms deliver on ‘game day’, an equal if not greater emphasis has to be put on the actions that are taken after the installers have closed the doors on the truck and driven away. This arti...

Introducing medical health checks to access control

What many security professionals are yet to realise is how COVID-19 has led to fundamental changes in security policies that will ultimately affect them. The introduction of medical technology, such as thermal scanners, to access control implementations is a new phenomenon. The coronavirus pandemic has propelled a new requirement onto organisations to conduct health checks – specifically, body temperature checks – at the door before an employee, contractor or visitor is given access...

ACRE hires Jim Kelly and Chuck O’Leary to strengthen management team

ACRE, a global provider of state-of-the-art security and communication networking systems, announced that it will add two key industry people to the ACRE management roster. Jim Kelly will join ACRE as Chief Revenue Officer starting on March 1, 2020. Jim brings a wealth of experience having had successful positions at Software House, Sensormatic, Tyco International and Johnson Controls. Accelerating growth While at Software House, Jim led the sales and marketing efforts to build the business f...

Top ten security industry mergers and acquisitions of 2019

Two of the most familiar names in the physical security market – Pelco and Panasonic – underwent ownership changes during 2019. Consolidation continued on multiple other fronts. Security service companies, video companies and access control companies were all among the entities involved in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity during the last 12 months. In short, the industry landscape continues to transform in response to a changing market. Here's a look at the Top 10 M&A s...

ACRE companies Vanderbilt, ComNet and Open Options to display portfolio range and depth at Intersec 2020

ACRE companies Vanderbilt, ComNet and Open Options are gearing up toward an exciting Intersec show that will highlight the collective experience and depth of solutions available from the ACRE portfolio. Key features on display will focus on the ACRE brand’s strength in cloud solutions, open platforms, smart integrations and cybersecurity. Core to this message will be the award-winning cloud-based solutions, SPC Connect and ACT365. ACT365 is Vanderbilt's platform for access control and vid...

GSX 2019 Day One Review: Lots of ‘newish’ products to see on the show's busy first day

GSX 2019 got off to a jaunty start Tuesday. The show was humming with activity much of the day, and most exhibitors said they were pleased with the numbers and types of potential customers visiting their booths. There seemed to be less emphasis on product introductions than at the ISC West show in the spring (although there is much that is on the new side), while the trend toward system sales is continuing. Here's a review of Day 1 from the show floor. Dahua continues to educate market ...

Open Options announces release of new LMS, 'ConnectEd' online learning platform

Open Options, global provider of access control solutions, has announced the launch of a new Learning Management System (LMS), “ConnectEd” for integrators, installers and system users to easily obtain certification in DNA Fusion. ConnectEd LMS platform The ConnectEd platform will be a new tool for Open Options customers to view course calendars and class status as well as register for upcoming classes. The Open Options training team currently offers classroom learning at their head...

Allegion and Open Options collaborate to integrate ENGAGE IP Gateway with DNA Fusion software

Allegion US, a provider of security products and solutions, and Open Options, a global access control solutions company, integrated the ENGAGE IP Gateway with DNA Fusion software to expand their offering of scalable security solutions. Open Options is a longstanding Allegion software alliance member and is committed to offering the most up-to-date technology available. The integration of the ENGAGE IP Gateway with Open Options’ DNA Fusion access control platform offers users another cost-...