Welcome: Get to Know Vanderbilt

Welcome: Get to Know Vanderbilt

Welcome to the new Vanderbilt blog. We’re excited to launch this platform as a new way to engage end users, integrators, our technology partners and the entire security industry. Through our weekly blog posts, we plan to discuss industry news and trends, Vanderbilt innovations, current events that impact the physical security market and more. We look forward to engaging with you on the topics that make this quickly evolving industry so fascinating.

First, we’d like to give our readers a closer look at the history of Vanderbilt. Our parent company, Geoffrey Industries, was founded in 1989 by a team that included industry veteran Mitchell Kane. Early on, Geoffrey Industries developed several exciting innovations that helped greatly advance the security market, including:

  • A multi-user Windows-based client server version of the Geoffrey access control system (1993)
  • IP-networkable controller boards (1998)
  • A fully integrated PC-based networked video recorder (1999)

Ingersoll Rand acquired Geoffrey Industries in 2003 and renamed the division Schlage Electronic Security. In 2008, the group launched its most successful product, bright blue, a Web-based embedded access control system for facilities with one to 32 doors.

In 2012, the Schlage software and controllers business was spun off from Ingersoll Rand to form Vanderbilt Industries, an ACRE-owned enterprise. Kane took the helm as president and general manager, and the executive management team includes Joe Grillo, CEO, and Will West, CFO. The core team stayed on with the bright blue, SMS and Enterprise Video Management products they had worked with for 20 or more years.

The result is a company with an enthusiastic focus on customer service, quality control and new product development. We set out to provide the best access control and video technology in the industry. And because we strongly believe that access control and video should go hand-in-hand, each of our systems allows for tight and seamless integration, providing you with the most reliable, easy-to-use solution possible.

Join us for our next blog post, which takes a closer look at Vanderbilt’s unique company culture.