Feenics Inc., an award-winning provider of the Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted platform, has added two new team members to its Ottawa headquarters. Yannis Souris has been appointed Marketing Manager and Chris Smith takes on the role of Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast, as the company continues to address its ongoing fast growth in the cloud-hosted access control market. Souris is a seasoned marketing professional with 20 years of experience in digital marketing programs, brand management and e-Commerce platforms. His marketing, advertising and creative work has garnered Souris considerable recognition—earning more than 200 local, national and international awards. Cloud-hosted platform Chris Smith is a results-oriented professional with nearly a decade of experience managing a national territory At Feenics, Souris will work closely with top management to continue to communicate the Feenics story of the efficiencies of a cloud-hosted platform—focusing on social media, media outreach and internal and external marketing programs. Prior to joining Feenics, Souris was Digital Marketing Director for Knowland Courses and Workshops in Ottawa. New Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast, Chris Smith is a results-oriented professional with nearly a decade of experience managing a national territory, focusing on the implementation of effective strategies to increase sales and grow the customer base. Most recently he was Regional Sales Manager for Interlogix, where he managed and developed the dealer channel, attaining leading sales results. His other achievements include: 2018 Top Rising Talent Award; Employee of the Quarter Q1 2018; and Top 10% in sales quota achievement. Assist in critical initiatives “As we continue to grow, adding important team members will assist in our critical initiatives and messaging,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President of Feenics. “With these two hires, we bring new and exciting marketing expertise and deep sales experience to the Feenics organisation.” Keep by Feenics gives users the choice of on-site servers or offsite cloud deployment Feenics continues to fortify its position as an ACaaS market leader, recently certified as an International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001:2015 company. To address global growth, Feenics opened an office in the Middle East and since has added other management and sales team members to solidify its market expansion. Feenics is the maker of Keep, a cloud-hosted platform that provides extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility and advanced security in ACaaS applications. Native visitor management It integrates native visitor management and a RESTful API that allows systems installers simple integration of a wide array of complementary systems and open hardware devices, generating new revenue streams while creating a path for customers to lower their total cost of system ownership. Keep by Feenics gives users the choice of on-site servers or offsite cloud deployment, hosted by the public cloud Amazon Web Services. Keep significantly minimises costs through simple, maintenance-free and automatic upgrades, patches, disaster recovery and back up.
Feenics Inc., an award-winning provider of the Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted platform, continues to address the upward growth of its security management software solution, adding Rachel Young as Regional Sales Manager, South Central U.S. and Daniel Tercey, Business Development Manager, West. Security management solutions As Regional Sales Manager, Young will be responsible for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. She spent the majority of her career with the integrator channel, most recently as the Regional Sales Manager for Diversified/MSW, a national organisation based in Sterling, VA, and prior with Kratos/Securitas, where she became well-versed in the deployment of the Keep by Feenics hosted platform. “Addressing this new business sector and being part of the Feenics team as they continue to grow is exciting,” said Young. “Being familiar with Keep by Feenics and the advantages of this integrated security and access control management solution will certainly assist in increasing awareness and driving sales in the territory.” SaaS solutions in remote access control I enjoy selling SaaS products and Feenics is truly making an impact in the remote access control space with its cloud-based offering" Daniel Tercey, Business Development Manager, was formerly Sales Manager for software company PX Inc., Newport Beach, Calif. His experience includes SaaS-based customer acquisition software and IT-driven, managed services solutions. Tercey’s territory will include California, Arizona and Nevada, where he will focus on the end-user and consultant audience. “I enjoy selling SaaS products and Feenics is truly making an impact in the remote access control space with its cloud-based offering.” Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President of Feenics, said the company is ramping up regional support with the appointment of Young and Tercey to target specific growth sectors. “We’re adding strategic roles to adequately cover our meteoric growth in specific markets, and there’s more to come,” he said. Feenics, ACaaS market leader Feenics continues to fortify its position as an ACaaS market leader, recently certified as an International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001:2015 company. Late last year, and to address global growth, Feenics opened an office in the Middle East, with Nancy Abou Eid leading operations from Beirut, Lebanon. Feenics is the maker of Keep, a cloud-hosted platform that provides extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility and advanced security in ACaaS applications. It integrates native visitor management and a RESTful API that allows systems installers simple integration of a wide array of complementary systems and open hardware devices, generating new revenue streams while creating a path for customers to lower their total cost of system ownership. Keep by Feenics access control system Keep by Feenics gives users the choice of on-site servers or offsite cloud deployment, hosted by the public cloud Amazon Web Services. Keep significantly minimises costs through simple, maintenance-free and automatic upgrades, patches, disaster recovery and back up.
Feenics announced that it participated in CA Technology’s Veracode Verified program over the past 10 months, a stringent process that validates a company’s secure software development procedures, and has received the seal of Verified by Veracode. With approximately 30 percent of all breaches occurring as a result of a vulnerability at the application layer, software purchasers are demanding more insight into the security of the software they are buying. CA Veracode Verified empowers Feenics to demonstrate its commitment to creating secure software. When purchasing software, customers and prospects are demanding to understand how secure the software is. As part of CA Veracode Verified, Feenics can now demonstrate through a seal and provide an attestation letter from an industry leader that the application has undergone security testing as part of the development practice. Additionally, participating in the program ensures that our software meets a high standard of application security, reducing risk for the customer. Security gates in software development Organisations that had their secure development practice validated, and their application accepted into the Standard Tier, have demonstrated that the following security gates have been implemented into their software development practice: Assesses first-party code with static analysis Documents that the application does not allow Very High flaws in first-party code Provides developers with remediation guidance when new flaws are introduced The API is secured with TLS encryption and optionally authenticated with time-based, one-use passwords (RFC 6238) Keep’s RESTful API The Keep API provides the developer with programmatic access to all the functionality of a deployed physical access control solution. From adding cardholders, to adjusting door schedules, modifying access levels or querying for hardware status, all activities are programmable through this unified, RESTful API. In addition to the stateless HTTPS protocol the API service also offers a live stream of events over a web-socket connection. This stream of events can be used for live alarm monitoring, real time data analysis and threat detection. The API is secured with TLS encryption and optionally authenticated with time-based, one-use passwords (RFC 6238). Reducing risk of security breaches “Feenics is committed to delivering secure code to help organisations reduce the risk of a major security breach. Companies that invest in secure coding processes and follow our protocol for a mature application security program are able to deliver more confidence to customers who deploy their software,” said Asha May, CA Veracode. Denis Hebert, President of Feenics, stated that “third party review and audit within our software development lifecycle is an essential part of the vulnerability assessment process, ensuring that Feenics does everything possible to mitigate cyber risk for our users.” Feenics believed it needed to take additional precautions to validate our solution, Keep, from potential threats" Additional precautions against threats “As breaches become more prevalent, the electronic security industry has a responsibility to take every possible step to guard against potential threats that may be caused by weaknesses within its API." "While quality assurances (QA) are steps that all manufacturers should take before release of any solution or additional functionality, Feenics believed it needed to take additional precautions – such as taking part in and being compliant with Veracode’s Verified program – to validate our solution, Keep, from those potential threats,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President, Feenics.
Feenics Inc., a provider of cloud-hosted access control and a PSA Security Network vendor will participate in PSA-TEC 2017, May 7-11 in Westminster, Colorado, drawing on the momentum from recent security industry accolades and educating systems integrators on the advantages of flexible and scalable cloud-computing solutions. Feenics launched its enterprise Keep by Feenics platform earlier this year, winning the prestigious Security Industry Association New Product Showcase (NPS) award in cloud computing and a Most Valuable Product (MVP) accolade. The newest version of Keep V3 provides extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility and advanced security in a cloud-based Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) solution. Keep V3 integrates native visitor management and a RESTful API that allows systems installers simple integration of a wide array of complementary systems and open hardware devices, generating new revenue streams while creating a path for customers to lower their total cost of system ownership. Feenics will demonstrate Keep during exhibit hours on Wednesday, May 10 at stand A29. Integrator-consultant discussion On Monday, May 8 at 2:15 p.m. Executive Vice President Paul DiPeso will lead the session: “Specifying the Cloud -The Consultant Conversation.” The session will outline a successful integrator-consultant discussion of cloud computing, highlighting benefits of the technology such as hardware and data accessibility. DiPeso will also focus on economies of scale inherent in ACaaS cloud products, affordability and latent cybersecurity included in these solutions. “We’re looking forward to PSA-TEC 2017, the preeminent conference for leading systems integration companies and to solidifying the messaging on why cloud-computing is critical to the future of these companies and their ability to generate healthier and more profitable recurring monthly revenue (RMR),” said DiPeso. “It’s vital that these companies understand the value proposition, how to sell it properly and how it provides cost and labor savings in the ability to quickly scale up security and access control specifications.” Single code for simple integration By leveraging the scalability and open standards of a RESTful API, Keep enables customers to use one simple code for rapidly incorporating video, intrusion detection, internet of Things (IoT) applications, building automation, third-party applications and other systems. “ACaaS is a tangible and highly attainable opportunity for integrators to grow their RMR by delivering physical access control systems (PACS) in a subscription-based service,” DiPeso added. Hosted by the public cloud Amazon Web Services, Keep significantly minimizes costs through simple, maintenance-free and automatic upgrades, patches, disaster recovery and back up. It also eliminates the need to purchase costly software or hardware and minimizes training required to maintain the system. Keep fits into the new world of connectivity with the loT, where connecting applications needs to be as straight forward and simple as possible. Visit Feenics at A29 on Wednesday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. for demonstrations of the award-winning Keep by Feenics cloud-based Access Control as a Service solution.
The partnership lends further credibility to Keep SMS and integration with Authentic Mercury hardware Feenics, Ottawa, Canada, has achieved elite Platinum Partner Status for Mercury Security, Long Beach, California, indicative of the company’s commitment to non-proprietary hardware cloud-computing environments. Authentic Mercury Security is one of the most widely used and specified access control hardware brands in the world.Keep security management solutionFeenics is the originator of the award-winning Keep by Feenics Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) cloud-hosted security management solution (SMS). The partnership lends further credibility to Keep SMS and integration with Authentic Mercury hardware. "We are very excited to welcome Feenics as a Platinum Partner for the Authentic Mercury platform," said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security. "The partnership has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception and validates the growing trend in the industry to open, cloud-based access control solutions.”Cloud-based access control solutionPaul DiPeso, Executive Vice President of Feenics, said, “Achieving Platinum Partner status with Mercury is a validation of our strategy of teaming with the best field hardware provider in the industry in Mercury, while Feenics focuses solely on developing the most robust, cloud-based, access control solution, to meet the growing needs of the end-user market. The numbers don’t lie with our rapid growth and we are fortunate to have a tremendous partner in Mercury. Their support has been second to none.”
Feenics nearly doubles physical footprint with headquarter expansion Feenics, Ottawa, Canada, continues to expand operations, moving into additional spaces and nearly doubling their physical footprint at their existing headquarters to accommodate growth, which included adding President and Equity Partner, Denis Hébert, and Canadian Sales Director, Fadi Hajjar, as well as additional software developers.Business growthThe start-up company launched operations in 2010 and brought its Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted access control and security management system (SMS) to market in 2014. Since then, Feenics has expanded its value-added reseller (VAR) programme, adding many top systems integrators as partners, and winning numerous awards for its Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. Feenics has expanded its value-added reseller programme, adding many top systems integrators as partners, and winning numerous awards In addition, the company recently announced a new integration with Allegion/Schlage NDE Series wireless locks and the launch of AccessXpert Enterprise Security Solution, an OEM partnership with Schneider Electric. Coming to market soon is the newest release of Keep with additional capabilities, unlimited scalability and easy to programme and use features available through the intuitive user interface, with connectivity through smartphones, tablets, laptops and other connected devices.Cloud hosting“The efficiencies, cost effectiveness, and power from cloud hosting is now being realised by both systems integrators and end-user communities,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President. “It’s an exciting time to witness and be able to propel widespread acceptance by CIO’s and facilities directors on the value of cloud-hosted SMS, especially Keep, which reduces hardware costs and provides a lower total cost of ownership while offering automatic backups, redundancy, real-time updates and scalability. We’re looking forward to additional growth and helping more systems integrators transform their business to include hosted and managed services by using Keep. These services add a new, higher margin, revenue stream to their bottom line while improving their ability to service their customers more effectively.”
Hajjar will be charged with expanding the company’s footprint for the Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted security management platform Feenics, Ottawa, Canada, continues to expand its sales force, announcing the appointment of Fadi Hajjar as Director of Sales for Canada effective Monday, September 12. Hajjar will be charged with expanding the company’s footprint for the Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted security management platform and bringing new systems integrators into the company’s value-added reseller program. Past experience Most recently, Hajjar was General Manager of Future Security Controls (FSC)/Convergint in Canada, where his experience with various government departments in the Ottawa capital made him the go-to person in establishing strong Canadian government relationships. Prior, he held positions that included account executive, senior account executive and business development manager for FSC/Convergint, under the direction of then-owner Sam Shalaby, who is the chief executive officer and founder of Feenics. Hajjar originally joined the business FSC Inc. as a warehouse controller. “I’m honoured to be part of the Feenics team and to be able promote the vision and superior cloud-hosted software as a service platform Keep provides,” said Fadi Hajjar. “I’m looking forward to working with the team and spreading the word about Keep by Feenics in Canada,” he said. Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President, said the company continues to pace for fast-track growth, and having Hajjar to focus on Canadian sales will further solidify and amplify its expansion goals. “Fadi’s experience in the industry and with the government is a bonus in this position. He has great interpersonal skills and a keen ability to gain client’s trust and confidence. We’re looking forward to having him in this critical sales position.” Save
The integration offers improved total cost of ownership and more compatibility for installers Allegion, a security products and solutions provider, has worked with Feenics to provide a new offering that will integrate the Schlage NDE series wireless locks with ENGAGE technology and the Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted access control and security management platform. It will debut at the Allegion booth (#2551) as well as the Feenics booth (#2168) during the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International’s 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, being held on Sept. 12-15 in Orlando, Florida.“Working with an innovative company like Feenics enables us to provide installers with the benefit of less time spent deploying an access control system while minimising the everyday disruptions of customers’ business,” said Brad Aikin, Electronics Portfolio Leader at Allegion. “The NDE series is a cutting-edge product in its own right, and with this latest integration, we’ll be able to help people easily secure more facilities with wireless solutions.”Reduced specification barriersThe combination of the NDE Series wireless locks with the Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted access control and security management platform allows companies to reduce specification barriers posed by building infrastructure and server availability in a secure and cost-effective way without additional bandwidth needs. In addition, users will have access to a fully web-hosted platform for the configuration, management, and real-time monitoring of physical access control solutions, with the ability to configure lock settings, add users, and receive entry alerts from anywhere in the world.“Allegion’s strategy of helping customers secure more doors with their wireless solutions that may have been prohibitive in the past is aligned with Feenics’ belief that end user’s scalability should not be limited by the infrastructure of the building and servers on site,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President at Feenics. “The key to this relationship goes beyond products. Our focus on customer satisfaction is consistent with the amazing support Allegion has provided Feenics and its value added resellers.” Save
Denis has a proven track record over his career and is well-respected within the security industry Feenics, Ottawa, Can., announces the appointment of Denis Hébert as President and Equity Partner, effective August 1. Hébert, currently the Chairman of the Board of the Security Industry Association, has an extensive and distinguished career in security. He joins other team members at Feenics, including former systems integrator Sam Shalaby, Chief Executive Officer and Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President, with the goal of forging a fundamental shift of access control specifications to cloud-hosted platforms. Hébert’s notable career includes 12 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of HID Global Corp., as well as Executive Vice President for ASSA ABLOY. He previously spent 17 years with Honeywell, having held executive positions in Canada, France and the U.S. Aiding future success Hébert said his focus will be to further enable the successes Feenics has achieved in bringing cloud-hosted solutions to market in the systems integration and value-added reseller communities. “I am excited to be part of this journey with Feenics, as the access control paradigm shifts to cloud computing, providing a wealth of new service offerings to systems integrators and their customers. In every industry there are evolutions, and the cloud alternative to access control is a significant transformation in physical access management,” Hébert said. Rich experience Sam Shalaby, CEO and Founder of Feenics and a former systems integration company owner, said Hébert adds further depth of experience from the manufacturing side of the business and a strong network of industry connections to complement the company’s expansion goals. “We are extremely excited to have Denis join the team and expedite the growth of Feenics,” said Sam Shalaby. “He understands our go-to-market strategy and will join our day-to-day cadence as we continue to expand Keep in the field. The combined experience of Feenics company management in systems integration and manufacturing will foster further expansion,” he said. Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President said Feenics welcomes Hébert’s depth of experience in access control technologies. “Denis has a proven track record over his career and is well-respected within the security industry. We are fortunate to be able to tap his wealth of experience, especially as we prepare to take Feenics to the next level. Having worked under his leadership in the past, what’s always impressed me has been his desire to have strong relationships at both the integrator and end-user level. That’s powerful,” said DiPeso.
AccessXpert is enabled by Feenics’ cloud-hosting capabilities to deliver advanced security, access control and alarm notification features Feenics, Ottawa, Canada, announced a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, Dallas, and its new AccessXpert cloud-ready security management solution. Unveiled at ISC West 2016, AccessXpert provides building owners, managers and security personnel with mobile access, intrusion detection, access control, alarm management and other systems from anywhere, any time. In addition, it merges security with Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure building management system (BMS) to enable clearer decisions, faster responses and maximum facility efficiency. Easy-to-use mobile applications AccessXpert is enabled by Feenics’ cloud-hosting capabilities to deliver advanced security, access control and alarm notification features that can be managed on premise or in the cloud and supported by worldwide access control leader Mercury Security, Long Beach, California. The user-friendly platform and easy-to-use mobile applications enable core security systems, such as ID badging, real-time alarm management and wireless lock systems by Allegion and ASSA ABLOY to be integrated with the BMS, providing a simple interface to bridge historically disparate systems. Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President of Feenics, said enterprise users will more fully be able to leverage and use the power of the cloud to efficiently manage the entire security. "AccessXpert is the perfect solution for those looking to modernise their security infrastructure without having to make significant IT investments," DiPeso continued. "We are proud to help put comprehensive security management power into the hands of building owners and facility managers through this collaborative effort with Schneider Electric and Mercury Security." Aligns security and sustainability Jim Sandelin, Senior Vice President, Buildings, Schneider Electric, said AccessXpert marks an evolution of intelligent building integration that aligns security and sustainability for enhanced building efficiency and performance. "Today’s security professionals operate in a constantly changing, on-the-move environment and need access to critical data from their laptops, tablets or smartphones. With Feenics cloud security and access control management and Mercury Security hardware, we are providing an open, streamlined management solution for today’s on-the-move security staff." The latest version of the award-winning Keep™ by Feenics includes new mobile apps as well as faster, real-time alarm management, increased functionality and enhanced scalability. Contact Feenics today to learn more about the new partnership with Schneider Electric and to learn more about Keep by Feenics.
AccessXpert simplifies and streamlines security management for today’s on-the-move security staff Schneider Electric recently introduced AccessXpert, a new, fully web-based security management solution at ISC West 2016. Based on the latest in open-protocol support, AccessXpert simplifies and streamlines security management for today’s on-the-move security staff. Security solution for on-the-move staff The new solution leverages secure, cloud-based technologies to provide building owners, managers and security personnel with anywhere, anytime mobile access to video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, alarm management and other systems. In addition, it merges security with Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ building management system (BMS) to enable clearer decisions, faster responses and maximum facility efficiency. “AccessXpert marks an evolution of intelligent building integration that aligns security and sustainability for enhanced building efficiency and performance,” said Jim Sandelin, Senior Vice President, EcoBuilding, Schneider Electric North America Operation. “Today’s security professionals operate in a constantly changing, on-the-move environment and need access to critical data from their laptops, tablets or smart phones. We are committed to providing our customers with the world’s most open and innovative security solutions to help make more informed decisions and ultimately drive savings." Bringing value to security managers AccessXpert is a collaborative effort led by Schneider Electric with Mercury Security and Feenics, all contributing their unique expertise. Mercury Security’s open hardware platforms make AccessXpert an affordable migration option for customers, including standardised integration to third-party security devices such as door hardware or intrusion detection. With a robust access control software platform from Feenics, AccessXpert moves into the cloud enabling access anywhere, anytime. Schneider Electric brings its long-standing commitment to integrated, smart buildings, integrating AccessXpert to its StruxureWare™ BMS software platform with full BACnet support. "We are very excited to partner with a leading, global organisation like Schneider Electric to bring new value to security managers facing budget constraints," said Frank Gasztonyi, CTO of Mercury Security. "Their approach to embedding Mercury's open-access technology into their security system platform and complementary focus on building integration provides a unique solution to the industry." Assisting with security infrastructure “AccessXpert is the perfect solution for those looking to modernise their security infrastructure without having to make significant IT investments,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President, Feenics. “We are proud to help put comprehensive security management power into the hands of building owners and facility managers through this collaborative effort with Schneider Electric and Mercury Security.” Schneider Electric will showcase AccessXpert at ISC West 2016, which runs from April 6-8 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Visit booth #10037 to learn more.
Feenics new Director of Sales for Latin America Diego Cota will be responsible for expanding Keep to new markets When Feenics Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Shalaby sold his premier systems integration firm Future Security Controls to Convergent Technologies in December 2013, it was the beginning of the Keep™ by Feenics cloud-hosted security management platform. Now Shalaby, who built the industry leading Keep software program from the ground up, is fine-focused on growing the company’s channel partner programme and helping systems integrators boost recurring monthly revenue with managed services. In Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with ASIS 2015, Feenics held its first VAR meeting under the direction of Shalaby, who met with nearly two dozen systems integrators to explain the advantages of moving into a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Expansion into new markets Shalaby believes systems integrators can readily adopt SaaS and become more efficient in business by embracing cloud services. “SaaS is a process and a mindset. We can help systems integrators readily adapt to this new way of doing business, so they can be responsive to their customers and run profitable companies for years to come,” he says. He plans to be actively involved with the value-added reseller community as they develop their service-based strategy utilising Keep™. Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President of Feenics, will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the company. Diego Cota appointed Director of Sales, Latin America In addition, Feenics recently hired Diego Cota as Director of Sales for Latin America. For 15 years, Cota was the Business Development Manager for Latin America for Lenel and Interlogix. Cota will be responsible for introducing and expanding Feenics’ reach into this region of the western hemisphere. His hire will allow Feenics to expand Keep to new markets and address the nascent regions of Mexico and Central America.
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