Open Options News

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-...

ACRE to acquire RS2 Technologies as part of strategic expansion plans for access control business and product portfolio

ACRE, renowned global provider of state-of-the-art security systems, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RS2 Technologies in Munster, Indiana. This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio. Following on from the recent acquisition of Open Options in December of 2018, ACRE continues to build its access control strength and reach in the North American market. ACRE’...

Open Options to exhibit DNA Fusion access control platform at ISC West 2019

Open Options, global provider of open platform access control solutions, will showcase their DNA Fusion access control platform and its powerful components at ISC West 2019 in Las Vegas. DNA Fusion platform Considered the largest security industry trade show in North America, ISC West hosts over 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 #2103 to experi...

Open Options unveils new incentive program for certified dealer channel

Open Options, global provider of innovative access control solutions, has announced a new incentive program for their certified dealer channel. The program offers two tiers of status, Advantage and Advantage Platinum, which are determined by specific criteria including annual sales, new Open Options sites sold, software maintenance coverage as well as dealer technician training requirements.  Exceeding expectations “We are extremely excited to introduce this program to our dealer c...

Open Options completes technology partnership with Schindler to enhance elevator control solution

Open Options, the provider of innovative access control solutions, recently completes a technology partnership with Schindler, one of the providers of elevators, escalators, and moving walks, allowing users yet another option with their access and elevator control solution. New with DNA Fusion version 7.5.0.33, the Schindler third-party database interface gives users the ability to manage their elevator dispatch control through the user-friendly DNA Fusion platform. All access information is se...

A busy year: rapid mergers & acquisitions suggests more to come in 2019

A rapid string of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions as 2018 passed into 2019 suggests the physical security industry may be on the verge of a busy year of companies buying other companies. Observers have noted a large amount of investment capital currently available to be invested in security M&A, and plenty of entrepreneurial companies are looking to be acquired. Joe Grillo, CEO of ACRE, previously hinted at upcoming M&A activity for his company by the end of 2018, foreshad...

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...