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ACRE acquires Dublin, Ireland based TDS (Time Data Security)

ACRE announced today 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.

Security Today: Management, New Owner See a Brighter Future

ACRE CEO Joe Grillo and Chief Product Officer Kim Loy talk about the recent acquisition by Triton, the state of the industry during pandemic times, and ACRE’s future growth in this Security Today interview.

Triton Invests in ACRE

Funds advised by Triton signed an agreement to acquire ACRE, a leading end-to-end security solutions provider based in Dallas/USA and Dublin/Ireland. Triton will invest alongside the current management team of ACRE. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ACRE Reflects on 2020

There wasn’t a whole lot about 2020 that screamed “normal,” but ACRE and its brands have remained confident and hopeful that the physical security market will stand this test like it has done so many times before. In this blog article, we’re reflecting on the year and sharing some of the biggest highlights.

ACRE Acquires Texas-Based Razberi Technologies


Today 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 Partners with WaveLynx Technologies to Drive Mobile Access Control Growth Across its Brands

ACRE announced today that the ACRE brands 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.

Kim Loy Honored as a 2020 Women of Technology and IoT Recipient

Kim Loy, ACRE’s Chief Product Officer, was recently recognized in Connected World’s annual 2020 Women of Technology and IoT list of up-and-coming powerful women in technology who are driving insights and innovation across a host of vertical markets.

International Security Journal speaks to ACRE President David Sullivan

ACRE’s David Sullivan talks about the power of leadership during times of crisis, how Vanderbilt Industries and ComNet are teaming up to maximize effectiveness and his history in the security industry.

A Video Conversation with Joe Grillo and Inside Access Control Podcast

Joe Grillo sits down with host Lee Odess to discuss the impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on business and how ACRE is navigating these unpredictable times.

ACRE Brands Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

Each of the ACRE brands has established business continuity plans and guidelines to help guide us through every step of the coming days while maintaining the customer support and service that each of them is known for providing.

ACRE to Strengthen Its Management Team with Two New Key Hires

Press Release: ACRE announced today that it will be adding two key industry people, Jim Kelly and Chuck O’Leary, to the ACRE management roster.

ACRE Brands to Present at ISC West 2020

Join ACRE brands Open Options, RS2 Technologies and Vanderbilt during ISC West 2020 as they present the SIA Education Session “Building a Focus on Customer Service and Training.”

Joe Grillo Chats with SP&T News in Canada

Get rare insight into ACRE’s backstory and Joe’s takeaways from the past seven years as he talks about the past, his vision for the ACRE brands and addressing the changing needs of the marketplace.

Joe Grillo on the “State of the Access Control Market” (Pt2)

In part two of this series covering the state of the access control market, Joe Grillo shares his thoughts as Security Systems News explores the customer’s point of view while identifying the strengths and market gaps shaping this niche of the security industry.

Why manufacturers must change their cybersecurity mindset.

Kim Loy takes a critical look ahead at how manufacturers must incorporate cybersecurity in their product roadmaps to address potential vulnerabilities and ensure strengthened devices.

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