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SIW Video: Joe Grillo at GSX 2019

In this “Caught On Camera” segment, SecurityInfoWatch.com catches up with Joe Grillo to discuss what drives ACRE’s M&A strategy, what he’s looking for in potential acquisition targets and other hot topics.

Joe Grillo Weighs In on “State of the Access Control Market”

In part one of a two-part article covering the state of the access control market, Joe Grillo shares his thoughts as Security Systems News explores the major trends shaping this niche of the security industry.

Q & A with Egis Capital Partners’ Robert Chefitz, an ACRE Equity Partner

SIW recently caught up with Robert Chefitz, Managing Partner at Egis Capital, to get his thoughts on industry trends and what makes a company investable.

ACRE CMO: Leverage the Tech Customers Already Use

CMO Kim Loy believes the pace of innovation in the security industry is finally catching up to that of technology already available to consumers. In this SSI article she discusses the industry’s technology advancements and opportunities for women in the global workforce.

Video: Joe Grillo Interview with Security Systems News

SSN Editor Paul Ragusa speaks with ACRE CEO Joe Grillo live in this video interview from the ISC West media studio.

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.

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    • Integrator Spotlight: FSG Technology
      Reliability is the first order of business for FSG Technology and Open Options, working effectively together as integrator and access control solution manufacturer. For end-user customers, not only is the technology reliable but so is the service and support.
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      Now organizations will be notified of Software Maintenance expiration by a pop-up banner in DNA Fusion. The notification will help users avoid a contract lapse with the new “Software Maintenance Refresh” feature in the DNA Fusion 7.9 release. Renewing your software has never been easier! The new feature begins with alert messages starting within 30 days […]
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    • Creating a Secure Future with Dormakaba
      RS2 Annual Dealer Conference Begins February 16th, 2021! We’re proud of the fact that we are focused on creating an open and flexible technology platform that empowers expansion and flexibility. That is one of the reasons why our partner network is so critically important to us. Our integration with Dormakaba offers efficient wireless access control […]
    • When Communication is Needed, We Hear You Loud and Clear!
      RS2 Dealer Conference 2021 Begins February 16h, 2021! There’s little in this world that’s more critical than communication. Not communicating says a lot, and in a crisis, it makes a significant difference. Here at RS2, we are proud to be partners with Zenitel because they make communication easier. We are very proud that they will […]
    • Break through with RS2 at our annual conference February 16-17!
      The RS2 Annual Dealer Conference to be held on February 16-17, 2021 will be an exclusive virtual networking experience that will bring you the best of innovation, insights, and tools to build a stronger, more sustainable business. Registration is now open and free for all dealers. Go to rs2conference.com for all the details!
    • RS2 Launches a Feature-Rich Upgrade to Access It! Universal
      Version 8 adds simplicity with licensing automation, improved user interface with video enhancements, versatile options for mobile credentials and a series of functionality enhancements throughout the platform. Updates to the software build on the RS2 goal to provide customers a truly customizable design that allows them to select the features they need to build a […]
    • Service at the Core: RS2 Adds SaaS capabilities
      Access It! was designed from the ground up with the end user in mind, making it the most user-friendly access control software on the market today. The SaaS version allows seamless control and the freedom to choose the kind of server that works for each customer.