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Integrator Spotlight: i.e. Smart Systems

Pictured: (Left) Matthew Key, RCDD, CTS-D Vice President – Preconstruction, at i.e. Smart Systems & (Right) Scot Sturges, Director of Business Development, at Open Options

Access control is “cool” when an integrator combines their knowledge and skills with Open Options’ DNA Fusion to outfit an entertainment center. This is exactly what the experienced integrator i.e. Smart Systems did to the building that boasted a rich history in a major Texas city.

i.e. Smart Systems has a 20+ year history of successful installations of building security, audio/visual systems and structured cabling. They have consistently aimed to redefine the way technology infrastructure is delivered with simplified, yet feature-rich solutions and the highest levels of service.

When this integrator worked on a high rise – with upscale amenities, sophisticated concierge services, and greenscaped terrace roof decks – it was not only working on a building that needed easy-to-manage, flexible solutions, but it was also working on a building that has significance, poised to bridge a major Texas city’s bustling central business district, stately historic district, and culture-rich theater district. Only a state-of-the-art solution was going to be acceptable.

“As a technology company, we strive to provide our customers with best-in-class solutions that are reliable, scalable, and easy to use. Thanks to Open Options’ flexible and customizable platform, we can address the needs of our customers and ensure they are ready to tackle today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Matthew Key, RCDD, CTS-D Vice President – Preconstruction, at i.e. Smart Systems

About i.e. Smart Systems

i.e. Smart Systems design and install user-friendly systems such as video conferencing, room scheduling, digital signage, interactive displays and other practical technologies that help customers keep their businesses engaged and running efficiently.

In today’s fast-paced business world that demands constant connectivity and engagement through technology, i.e. Smart Systems takes the complexity out of technology by providing easy-to-use interfaces and support after the installation. Using its in-house programming team with the latest in audio-video technology solutions, i.e. Smart Systems elevates its customers’ business communications experience by providing relevant solutions with future-reading scaling.

Integrator Spotlight: FSG Technology

Pictured: (Left) Scot Sturges, Regional Sales Manager at Open Options & (Right) Greg Thornbury, Director of Security at 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. 

This combo of reliability made the difference recently when FSG brought in Open Option’s market-leading DNA Fusion access control platform to displace a proprietary implementation with a multi-faceted, open approach at an end-user site in the southwestern region of the U.S. 

“Open Options has been a reliable partner of ours from the beginning,” said Greg Thornbury, Director of Security at FSG Technology. “They provide us with a reliable platform that works well for small implementations as well as our largest clients. No matter the request, we always know we can trust Open Options to have the features and performance our clients require for access control.”

Greg Thornbury, Director of Security at FSG Technology

When FSG and Open Options presented together to the end-user, the product differentiation of DNA Fusion stood out, along with the commitment to ongoing service and support. But there is more to the story. Underlining the success of their collaboration and mutual reliability is a common culture, which is ultra-customer-centric, proactive, relentless, and solution-oriented. 

“The culture of Open Options is a strong fit to our own culture,” added Thornbury. “That has strengthened our relationship as we’ve grown.”

About FSG Technology

FSG was founded in 1982 on the guiding principle that hard work, dedication to excellence, and continual learning will always yield a positive result for everyone involved. Since then, FSG has grown from a small lighting distributor in San Antonio Texas, to one of the nation's largest lighting distributors and electrical contractors.

Today, FSG employs more than 2,000 employees nationwide and works with more than a thousand affiliate vendors from all four corners of the nation. FSG's customer list includes every type of business from top name multisite consumer brands to general contractors, to local neighborhood businesses. FSG's “Around the Nation, Around the Corner” philosophy, combines the resources of a national service provider with the heart of local business.

Integrator Spotlight

Genesis Datacom

Pictured: (Left) Zach Wirges, President & (Right) Robert Bandy, Vice President

Open Options and Genesis Datacom, a top-tier integrator, are working together to help an increasing number of end-users transition from proprietary, limited, and complex access control systems to an open, easier-to-use, scalable security solution.

Teaming up has allowed them to solve real-world security issues by combining Open Options’ best-in-class access control solution with Genesis Datacom’s technical expertise and integration services. 

“I chose Open Options as our premium access control solution based on the breadth of integrations and limitless configuration options. Open Options is truly an access technology, not just an access control system,” said Zach Wirges, President, Genesis Datacom. “Their design allows us to take the solution to any environment, whether it is a takeover or a new installation, and integrate all of their security resources. The efficient and proactive platform brings increased value for our customers.”

Zach Wirges, President, Genesis Datacom

One example of a joint end-user customer is the Little Rock School District, stuck under a proprietary system that was extremely difficult to manage.  The project consisted of 56 locations and 689 total doors. Open Options’ flagship solution, DNA Fusion, provided the largest school district in Arkansas with a non-proprietary, user-friendly access control system that was flexible and scalable. 

Since project completion in Q4 of 2020, the district has been very pleased with its new system. Open Options met their immediate needs with DNA Fusion and offered more options to manage the school district.   

“The Open Options team is forward-thinking, and their strong technical foundation aligns with how Genesis Datacom does business. We are proud to be a top-tier integrator with Open Options, and we genuinely value the strength of our partnership," added Wirges.

About Genesis Datacom

Established in 2011, Genesis Datacom has grown to be Arkansas' leading commercial integrator of security, datacom and fire systems, installing best-in-tech solutions with unrivaled expertise and service. Genesis Datacom is headquartered in Little Rock, AR and has a new, second office located in Springdale, AR. In March 2021, Genesis Datacom will celebrate its 10th anniversary.