ACRE has completed its acquisition of Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO.) The combination of ACRE’s comprehensive security technology portfolio with SISCO’s solutions for credentialing and visitor management fortifies the ability to deliver a wide range of complementary technology options to ACRE’s customer base. Founded in 1994 in South Florida, SISCO has been dedicated to developing best-in-class visitor management solutions for credentialing, compliance, and tracking.
As we continue to see advancements in physical security, the presence of the cloud has caused considerable changes in the access control space. Cloud-based access control provides reliable, real-time control of your facilities and can also be openly integrated with third-party systems (such as video surveillance) to help mitigate and prevent risks within the organization. The cloud ultimately eliminates old hardware and improves on new security protocols with minimal work from the end-user. One of the critical parts of cloud-based access control is that it frequently leverages the power of data.
ACRE announced that Don Joos will join the ACRE executive team as the company’s new CEO, effective May 23, 2022. Don is a proven and experienced technology leader who is well-positioned to lead ACRE through its next phase of growth. Joos is a creative leader with a proven track record of building and modernizing businesses through mergers, acquisitions, and innovative growth plays. He is a central driving force for global companies and works to consistently deliver customer, stakeholder, and shareholder value.
ACRE announced that Founder and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Grillo is retiring, effective May 20, 2022. A proven and respected leader who has driven ACRE’s business transformation and growth strategy, Grillo’s deep knowledge of the security and access control businesses resulted in strong operating results, a track record of 11 successful acquisitions, innovative solutions, and a relentless commitment to ACRE’s customers, partners, and employees.
ACRE announced the availability of its Feenics One Mobile App, the next generation app that allows for the management of an employee’s digital identity as well as delivering extended employee engagement capabilities.
ACRE’s stand at Intersec 2022 will emphasize the Vanderbilt, ComNet, Open Options, and TDS brands’ wide-ranging high-quality security solutions across multiple product lines. Alongside market-leading products like Vanderbilt’s ACTpro, ComNet’s end-to-end transmission solutions and their newly acquired Razberi portfolio will be on exhibition. Key in this selection is Monitor, the recently crowned Best Video Surveillance product at the Detektor International awards last month.
ACRE announced the strategic acquisitions of Feenics and Matrix Systems. The acquisition of Feenics brings cloud-based access control solutions to ACRE’s rapidly growing network of global customers while also expanding its portfolio to support the growing demand for cloud-based security solutions. Matrix enables ACRE to expand the addressable market for the company’s technology portfolio, offering customers a broader breadth of reliable, integrated access control and video surveillance technologies designed to meet evolving business and security requirements.
Cloud-based access control is growing in popularity as more organizations are looking to adopt a flexible, convenient, and scalable security solution. Over the last few years, the presence of the cloud has generated significant changes in the range of access control, and for good reasons! Cloud-based access control not only produces reliable, real-time control of your organization but can also be fully integrated with third-party systems to help mitigate and limit risks within your organization.
In an increasingly technology-dependent world, individuals are looking to leverage their smartphones as much as possible, and mobile credentials can be beneficial for both operational and security purposes. Mobile credentials offer numerous advantages over traditional keys and cards and can serve as a safer and much more convenient alternative.
With the pandemic still causing uncertainty in businesses reopening, and employees returning to the office, mobile credentials are a touch less, cost-effective, convenient, and secure option for organizations.
School is out for the summer, but as the new school year approaches and students return to the classroom, the need for streamlined security solutions has never been greater. Not only are the typical procedures needed to protect against physical security threats, but the increase of demand for touchless solutions also plays a significant role in educational facilities reopening in a post-covid society. Currently, over 90% of public schools are already using some type of access control and video surveillance system.
ACRE announced the acquisition of TDS based in Dublin, Ireland. This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening the product portfolio and geography in the UK and Europe and bringing new cloud-based visitor management and access control products to North America. This is ACRE’s first acquisition since being acquired March 11 by Triton Partners. TDS provides cloud-based workspace solutions that will complement the existing ACRE portfolio.
ACRE 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. ACRE will leverage the technology and expertise of Razberi beyond video across its access control brands for providing server builds, cybersecurity and system health monitoring.
ACRE announced that the ACRE brands – RS2, Vanderbilt and Open Options – will launch ACT ID, a new cloud-based mobile credential application that enables organizations to utilize both iOS and Android 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.
ACRE 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. While at Software House, Jim led the sales and marketing efforts to build the business from $2 million to $120 million in North America.
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.
ACRE announced 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’s portfolio now consists of Vanderbilt, Open Options, RS2 and ComNet.
ACRE announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Open Options based in Addison, Texas. This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio. ACRE’s CEO, Joseph Grillo, stated that this transaction will continue to expand ACRE’s competitive position in a highly fragmented market with great growth potential.
ACRE announced that ACRE, Vanderbilt and its subsidiaries, has entered into a strategic alliance with AlertEnterprise to expand and diversify technology options for customers. The AlertEnterprise suite of security convergence software, including its Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) solution, combined with the Vanderbilt Security Management Solution (SMS), will offer predictive analytics, compliance and advanced insider threat management capabilities to customers.
ACRE announced the promotion of Andrew Acquarulo Jr. as President of ACRE Americas. Ronald Virden, who was recently named ACRE COO, will also assume the role of President of ACRE International. The evolution of the company’s leadership roles will allow ACRE to refocus its efforts based on geographic regions, allowing greater alignment between its Vanderbilt and ComNet brands in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and APAC. Virden will also remain COO of ACRE.
ACRE, announced the appointment of Ronald Virden as Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1, 2018. With extensive experience in senior leadership roles with global entities, Virden will help to elevate ACRE’s position in the electronic security marketplace, seek new opportunities for growth, and strengthen the momentum following recent strategic deals. Virden is a seasoned global executive with extensive experience with Fortune 50 organizations. He most recently served as President and Managing Director for Global Security Products, Americas/Global Access Solutions at UTC.