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Press Release: ACRE to Acquire Texas-Based Open Options

ACRE announced today that 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.

SecurityInformed Interview: What’s Next in the Pipeline for ACRE

Larry Anderson, Editor of Security Informed & Source Security, speaks to ACRE founder and CEO Joe Grillo about the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market, ACRE’s future and new opportunities opened up by the Mercury Security sale.

ACRE, AlertEnterprise Announce Strategic Alliance

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, combined with the Vanderbilt Security Management Solution, will offer predictive analytics, compliance and advanced insider threat management capabilities.

Webcast: ACRE COO Ron Virden Speaks with Security Systems News

Ron Virden joined Security Systems News Editor Paul Ragusa for his weekly Leadership Talks Webcast, covering a variety of topics.

IFSEC Interview with Joe Grillo: Key Focuses for 2018

Joe Grillo discusses Vanderbilt’s recent wins in the European market, long-term strategies and the merits of ACT365, a new cloud-based access control and video management solution.

ACRE CEO Named as IFSEC Global Security & Fire Influencer 2018

CEO Joe Grillo has been named as a 2018 IFSEC Global Security & Fire Influencer in the Security Tech Leaders category for his ability to drive technological innovation and elevate the industry globally. 

ACRE CEO Joe Grillo Inducted into SSI Hall of Fame Class of 2018

CEO Joe Grillo has been inducted into the Security Sales & Integration Industry Hall of Fame, joining nearly 100 security leaders recognized for their unforgettable impact on the industry over the course of their career.

ACRE Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Press Release: 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.

ACRE Announces Appointment of Ron Virden as Chief Operating Officer

PRESS RELEASE: Today ACRE announced the appointment of Ronald Virden as Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1, 2018. Virden is a seasoned global executive with extensive experience with Fortune 50 organizations.

ACRE Completes the Sale of Mercury Security to HID Global

Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE) has completed the sale of Mercury Security (Mercury) to HID Global (HID), a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, AB.

ACRE Announces the Sale of Mercury Security Products

PRESS RELEASE: In a strategic move, ACRE, owner of Vanderbilt and ComNet, divests of Mercury Security Products to HID Global, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, AB.

ACRE Announces the Acquisition of ComNet

PRESS RELEASE: The acquisition of ComNet builds on the ACRE family of companies, providing complimentary communication technologies utilized across its access control, intrusion, video and cloud-based product ranges.

Vanderbilt Acquires Dublin-Based Access Control Technology (ACT)

PRESS RELEASE: Vanderbilt’s CEO, Joseph Grillo, stated that this transaction will continue to expand Vanderbilt’s competitive position in a highly fragmented market with great growth potential.

Joe Grillo Named #1 Influencer in Security, Discusses Vanderbilt, Emerging Trends

Joe Grillo has been named IFSEC’s #1 Influencer in Security. In this video interview with IFSEC Global News, Joe discusses Vanderbilt’s growth as well as current and emerging trends in the access control industry.

Vanderbilt Completes Acquisition of Siemens Security Products

PRESS RELEASE: Strategic global expansion delivers more comprehensive range of products. The purchase, originally announced in October 2014, adds significant technology capabilities and advantages to the existing product portfolio.

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    • Back to School: 1-on-1 Training, Overrides and a “Ghost”
      Back to school means back to training, with a number of schools bringing in Open Options for not only equipping groups of system users, but also one-on-one sessions for extra hands-on training. No two sessions are the same since Open Options tailors training material to meet the system administrator’s specific needs.
    • No DNA Fusion, No Active Directory Integration, No Problem
      To secure their schools, a large school district on the gulf coast of Florida could not take any chances with a migration to new, enterprise-level access control to replace their existing access control hodge-podge that ran on five separate servers. They needed assurance that the installation of DNA Fusion with Active Directory integration would go […]
    • Frozen: How Tech Support Helped a Customer with a Problem “Let It Go”
      A school phoned Open Options’ Tech Support to report that their DNA Fusion software was freezing up randomly multiple times per hour. The problem was adversely affecting dozens of people using the system at any one time. To resolve the issue of the “frozen” access control system, Tech Support fired up the teamwork.
    • Customer Appreciation Event Honors School’s Maintenance Department
      The maintenance department of a school is rarely acknowledged publicly for a “job well done,” but the Open Options sales team, along with our partner GC&E, hosted a “Thank You” luncheon for the maintenance department of a large K-12 school district in the southeastern region of the United States to show appreciation for the work […]
    • Customer‘s Frustration Roared until Professional Services Created Hakuna Matata-like User Satisfaction
      Open Options Professional Services is accustomed to being proactive to help customers plan out implementations and solve complexities. But when one customer wasted 8 years being frustrated with DNA Fusion because they overlooked the value of Professional Services, the Open Options team got reactive to give the customer a problem-free, no-worry experience with DNA Fusion. […]