Open Options News

Open Options appoints Steve Wagner as the new President

Open Options (acquired by ACRE, LLC), the pioneer in open platform access control solutions, has appointed Steve Wagner as the company’s new President. Steve began his career in the industry in 1986 as VP of Sales & Marketing for Checkpoint Systems. He moved on to become the COO with HID Global for 8 years. In 2009, Steve became the President of Mercury Security and successfully grew that business which was eventually sold to HID Global/Assa Abloy. Steve brings a wide breadth of knowl...

Balancing the scales: how Open Options acquisition complements new owner ACRE

Open Options, based in Addison, Texas, provides a truly open access control architecture that will strengthen the ACRE portfolio and increase the breadth of solutions offered by the global provider of security systems. The acquisition of Open Options is also an opportunity for ACRE to focus on growth opportunities in North America and “balance the scales a bit,” says Joe Grillo, CEO of ACRE, which significantly grew its reach in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the acquisitio...

ACRE strengthens access control product portfolio by acquiring Texas-based access control solutions firm, Open Options

ACRE, global provider of state-of-the-art security systems, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Open Options based in Addison, Texas. Strategic acquisition of ComNet and ACT This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio. This is the latest M&A activity since ACRE completed the acquisitions of ComNet (Danbury, Conn.) and Access Control Technologies “ACT” (D...

Open Options showcases DNA Fusion access control solution at ISC East 2018

Open Options, global provider of open platform access control solutions, will showcase their DNA Fusion access control platform and its powerful components from November 14-15 at ISC East 2018 in New York City. Considered one of the largest and most comprehensive security industry trade shows globally, ISC East hosts 7,000 security professionals and showcases a wide range of products and solutions from 250 global security brands. ISC East attendees are invited to visit Open Options at booth #56...

ISONAS to display pure IP access control hardware and software solutions at GSX 2018

ISONAS Inc., a Pure IP access control system manufacturer and part of the Allegion family of brands, announces that the company will be showcasing its full line of Pure IP access control hardware and software in the Allegion booth (#3715) on Sept. 25–27 during the Global Security Exchange (GSX) exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. GSX, formerly known as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, presents a growing focus on an international audience coming together to share ideas, expl...

Open Options appoints Shannon Diddell and Brent Mucher as South Central and Pacific Northwest sales managers

Open Options, the provider of open platform access control solutions, is excited to announce Shannon Diddell and Brent Mucher as the company’s new South Central and Pacific Northwest territory sales managers, respectively. Enhancing Open Options’ partnerships Diddell began his career in the security industry with Southeast Security Products, where he sold video, access control and AV. Now with nearly 13 years of experience, Diddell will be focusing on enhancing partnerships in Open...

ASSA ABLOY partners with USO at ISC West 2018 to provide deployment kits to military troops

ASSA ABLOY is excited to announce a partnership with the USO at ISC West 2018 that will provide deployment kits loaded with food, toiletries and other personal items, for active duty military personnel waiting on their personal gear to join them at their destination. Both ASSA ABLOY and the USO are inviting all attendees of the show to stop by and help pack the 300 kits at the ASSA ABLOY booth (#8061). The event continues the collaboration between ASSA ABLOY and the USO to find innovative ways...

ASSA ABLOY announces partnerships and software integrations at ISC West 2018

ASSA ABLOY, global door opening solutions provider, has announced several new and exciting partnerships that provide integrators with security solutions to create new opportunities for collaboration with both existing and potential clients. Software integrations The new partnerships include: Averics, BluB0X, Dot Origin, Identiv and Viscount. In addition, ASSA ABLOY is also collaborating with select access control partners to ensure easy integration of its PIV-enabled WiFi and PoE locks with ac...

Open Options to showcase DNA Fusion access control platform at ISC West 2018

Open Options, a provider of open platform access control solutions, will showcase their DNA Fusion access control platform and its powerful components at ISC West 2018. Considered the largest security industry trade show in North America, ISC West hosts nearly 30,000 security professionals and showcases a wide range of products and solutions from hundreds of industry manufacturers. ISC West attendees are invited to visit Open Options at booth #3103 to learn about the latest features in the DNA...

Open platform access control the focus at MercTech4 event in Miami, Florida

Open architecture in physical access control is built around Mercury Security’s access control panels, the de facto standard embraced by more than two dozen access control original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Mercury and several of its OEMs teamed up March 3-4 to present MercTech4, a conference in Miami aimed at updating security consultants about the latest developments related to the Mercury platform. MercTech4 highlighted a new generation of access control products, which are incre...

Security manufacturers: does size matter?

The manufacturers behind today’s security technologies are a varied bunch. There are large manufacturers with deep pockets and plenty of resources. And there are smaller manufacturers who are nimble, can react faster to changing market conditions and to whom each customer represents a hard-fought win. There are also plenty of manufacturers in the middle ground. But what impact does the size of a company have on the quality of its products? We took the question to this week’s Expert P...

Why access control systems should accommodate older systems rather than replace them in 2018

2017 saw an opportunity for the economy to have a strong stock market, which provided companies confidence to invest in and update their infrastructure. This included many replacing older access control systems and moving to more integrated solutions for better connectivity between all security-related systems. We anticipate commercial businesses to invest in infrastructure, which will include security systems and technologies. Each year there is an increase in random violent incidents, w...