News/People, Feb. 2022

Feb. 2, 2022

Morse Watchmans Acquired by TouchPoint

Morse Watchmans, an industry leader in key control and asset-management systems, has been acquired by TouchPoint, a privately held diversified global growth company focused on

engineered products in growth markets where the touch point is a differentiating factor. Morse Watchmans will join TouchPoint’s Intelligent Inventory Management platform, which focuses on developing inventory management solutions that enable the secure, accurate and efficient management of consumable inventory and high-value assets in a variety of end markets.

 “We are thrilled to become a part of the TouchPoint portfolio, which will help us to drive value to a greater audience through our key and asset management solutions,” says Tim Purpura, Morse Watchmans vice president of global sales and marketing. “Asset management is a fast-growing segment of the security market, and we will continue to develop innovative technology solutions that serve this segment.”

Morse Watchmans’ suite of key- and asset-management products includes KeyWatcher TouchKeyWatcher Fleet for fleet-management applications, AssetWatcher for small valuables and devices, KeyPro Software and KeyRings.

TouchPoint is based in Concordville, Pennsylvania. TouchPoint focuses on acquiring and building niche, high-growth engineering and manufacturing businesses where technology and human touch points make a tangible difference to the end user. The current TouchPoint portfolio is made up of three platforms:

1.   Access Hardware: Southco

2.    Intelligent Inventory Management: SupplyPoint and Vanas Intralogistics

3.    Medical Technology: ITD and TouchPoint Medical

New Multihousing Access Feature Enhances Flexibility

Property managers can put more access control management in the hands of their residents without compromising security by using dormakaba’s new Community software Resident Visitor Management feature.

By using the Resident Visitor Management feature and the enhanced BlueSky mobile app, residents can provide temporary access to perimeter and common areas by creating and sharing mobile keys or PIN codes. Mobile keys also can be sent for access to interior unit locks.

Residents can create and manage PIN codes, including single-use, date and time-specific use, or multiple-use access. By using the BlueSky app, residents have the flexibility to send credentials by text or email. They can use this new functionality to provide access for package and food deliveries, cleaners, visits by family and friends, dog walkers and maintenance repairs.

“The Community access management software solution is specifically developed for multihousing properties,” says Michael Kincaid, global business owner, lodging systems at dormakaba. “It meets the security and operational requirements property managers need and the convenience expectations of today’s residents for simplified access management. Residents have the flexibility they require and property managers the control they need.”

A full range of features meet the evolving multihousing access requirements, including:

  • Generation and management of PIN code and mobile key access credentials through dormakaba’s enhanced BlueSky app.
  • Advanced PIN code management, including easy Xpress PIN code for single-use visitors.
  • Centralized auditing of all common and amenity access points.
  • Resident access to visitor history.
  • Long-range reader technology support designed for easy access to parking garages, service areas and entrances.

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ASSA ABLOY Buys B&B Roadway and Security Solutions

ASSA ABLOY has acquired B&B Roadway and Security Solutions, a manufacturer of roadway safety, traffic control and perimeter security solutions in the United States.

“I am very pleased to welcome B&B Roadway and Security Solutions into the ASSA ABLOY Group,” says Nico Delvaux, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. “I welcome this complementary business, specializing in innovative perimeter security.”

“B&B Roadway and Security Solutions, with its strong market position, will further strengthen our geographic coverage in the U.S.,” says Massimo Grassi, executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY and head of the entrance systems division.

B&B Roadway and Security Solutions was established in 1925 and has about 60 employees. The main office is in McKinney, Texas.

Axis Experience Center Opens

Axis CommunicationsAxis Experience Center (AEC) in New York City has opened. It provides area business leaders, security pros and system integrators with direct access to the latest in network solutions and dedicated technology specialists.

“New York City is truly one of the greatest cities in the world, so it’s the perfect location for our newest Axis Experience Center,” says Larry Newman, senior director of dales, Axis Communications. “We look forward to directly connecting with more partners and customers in our efforts to strengthen relationships, foster creativity and ultimately enhance security and business operations through cutting-edge solutions. In New York and beyond, all Axis partners should consider our wide-ranging network of AECs as an extension of their own business — a place where they can congregate with their teams, engage in trainings, host their customers and demo our latest solutions.”

In alignment with their U.S. expansion plans, the new NYC Axis Experience Center is the 10th AEC in the Axis Americas network. Other locations are in Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Los Angeles; San Jose, California; Washington, District of Columbia; Mexico City; Sau Paulo, Brazil; and Toronto, with several more scheduled to launch in 2022-23.

The New York City Axis Experience Center features:

  • Video analytics displays for security, safety and operational efficiency, including AXIS Object Analytics, AXIS Live Privacy Shield, AXIS Loitering Guard, AXIS License Plate Verifier and AXIS P8815-2 3-D People Counter
  • The newest Axis Q, P and M series network cameras
  • The latest in access control, audio and intercom solutions, including the new 2N IP Style Door Intercom with digital touch screen
  • New Axis innovations, such as open-platform body-worn solutions and AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry, an all-in-one video and access control management system
  • Modern conference rooms and a state-of-the-art Axis Communications Academy training center

To schedule a tour, email [email protected]

SALTO Systems North America announced its new technical sales team, which will serve as a conduit between sales activity and technical knowledge to enhance ecosystem partnerships.

Vasili Kourelos, SALTO senior technical sales lead, manages the team. Prior to joining SALTO in 2021, Kourelos worked as an electrical engineer in South Africa focused on turnkey building solutions that involve access control, power and lighting services.

“As integration partnerships become more and more important in this industry, I’m excited to lead the first integration-focused specialist team in North America. We will streamline the way we identify and onboard our future ecosystem partners while re-energizing and simplifying the partnerships already in place,” Kourelos says.

Roland Smith has been named technical sales lead for the SALTO ProAccess SPACE Platform. Smith has been with SALTO for 8-1/2 years and previously served as solutions architect and product implementation manager in the hospitality vertical.

As technical sales lead for the SALTO KS Platform, Miles Ethridge will use his vast SALTO KS knowledge and client-first approach to set the standard for SALTO platform partnerships. Ethridge has been with SALTO for seven years.

Nicholas Buffington serves as product manager and will lead SALTO hardware and software communications as SALTO’s offerings continuously evolve. Buffington has been with SALTO North America for five years and previously served as technical support manager and technical support specialist.

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