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Press Release: ACRE to Acquire Indiana-Based RS2 Technologies

ACRE announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RS2 Technologies, a technology-driven manufacturer of cutting-edge access control hardware and software.

How to Open Up Opportunities With Open Architecture

Joe Grillo, an SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee, discusses current trends in the access control market with Security Sales & Integration’s Rodney Bosch.

Balancing the Scales – How Open Options Acquisition Complements New Owner ACRE

This SecurityInformed.com article explores ACRE’s recent acquisition that will increase the breadth of solutions offered by the global provider of security systems.

A Busy Year: Rapid Mergers & Acquisitions Suggests More To Come In 2019

Discussed in this SecurityInformed.com Security Beat article: Forecasting what’s to come this year for mergers and acquisitions in the physical security industry and how ACRE has been a major contributor to the recent flurry of M & A transactions activity.

Open Options Appoints Steve Wagner as President

Open Options, the leader in open platform access control solutions and an ACRE brand, has appointed industry veteran Steve Wagner, former COO of HID Global and former President of Mercury Security, as the company’s new President.

SDM Magazine: ACRE’s Joe Grillo Discusses the Recent Acquisition of Open Options

To gain more insight on ACRE’s recent Open Options acquisition, SDM spoke with Joe Grillo about the company’s expansion and its plans for the future.

Security InfoWatch: Open Platform Solutions Fuels ACRE Acquisition

In a one-on-one interview with Security Technology Executive’s Steve Lasky, ACRE CEO Joe Grillo looks at how this move will affect the future of the business.

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.

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