Our turnstiles “think” in real-time, with an infrared beam matrix and multiple microprocessors with neural network programming. The system analyzes patterns when the beams are interrupted, so it can accurately position the size, shape, and speed of individual entities. This intelligence also helps discriminate between people and objects such as suitcases, while better detecting collusion attempts.
About Smarter Security.
In a world of ever-present threats, Smarter Security provides innovative, top-of-the-line entrance control solutions to help organizations protect their people and assets.
Why We're Smarter
Since 1992, we’ve offered Fastlane turnstiles, the most elegant and intelligent optical turnstiles available. Fastlane protects over half of the Fortune 100, along with thousands of commercial and government lobbies on six continents, including many of the world’s most iconic buildings. Smarter Security is privately held and headquartered in Austin, Texas, with team members located throughout North America.
The system can track multiple entities in the lane, so it doesn’t need to wait for one authorized user to pass through before a second authorized person can go. The result? Much faster throughput rates and reduced traffic buildup during peak periods.
Our technology operates at a higher safety standard. We initiated the UL2593 standard, which is now the industry standard for turnstile electrical safety and efficiency. Fastlane’s multiple microprocessors can better analyze factors like visitor location, size, and movement patterns to decide whether the barriers should close. This minimizes the chance of barrier contact, and allows barriers to close tightly behind authorized users to block unwanted entries.
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff has led Smarter Security through its rapid growth since acquiring the company in 2002. He has propelled the company to its status as a consistent industry leader, recognized by Inc. magazine six times as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Under his leadership, Smarter Security has become widely known for marketing the industry’s best looking turnstiles and the best technology, backed by unsurpassed customer support.
Jeff and his team are incredibly proud to secure many of the world’s most iconic buildings. Prior to Smarter Security, Jeff established himself as a marketing leader in consumer brands, working with companies like American Airlines, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, and Pillsbury, as well as in the technology sector, with MCI and IXC Communications. He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Kent State University, and a master's degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer
David brings 25 years of finance, accounting, and operational experience across a broad spectrum of industries and company lifecycle stages. In his current role at Smarter Security, he provides executive leadership in areas of strategic direction, financial planning and analysis, customer success, logistics and supply-chain management, and accounting and controls.
Prior to joining Smarter Security, David was Managing Director of Financial Advisory Services at 9Gauge Partners, where he managed service delivery teams for over 80 active clients. He was also a partner at Lone Rock Technology Group, an operationally oriented private investment firm focused on the enterprise software industry. There, he held executive roles in finance and operations for multiple portfolio companies. Prior to Lone Rock, David served as CFO for Minco Technology Labs, a Hi-Rel/Milspec semiconductor manufacturer and as co-founder and VP of Finance/HR at CacheIQ, Inc., an Austin-based start-up in the Enterprise NAS performance market that was later sold to NetApp. He also spent over a decade in finance and operational roles at Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor. He holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Sales
John joined Smarter Security in 2007, and has help fuel the company’s continual growth with his sales performance and leadership. His capability with customer relations, product knowledge, and the market landscape helps Smarter Security retain the industry leadership position.
Prior to joining Smarter Security, John primarily worked in Datacom and Security Distribution. As a Branch Manager, John opened and established Accu-Tech Corporation’s Houston location, and also help revitalize Rexel Datacom’s Houston operations. His career also included roles with Anixter, Krone, and Connect Air.
Melanie Meyer Sommer
Vice President of Marketing
Melanie’s passion for brand building and digital marketing will extend the visibility of and preference for Smarter Security’s brand and market-leading entrance control solutions in North America. She brings nearly 20 years of B2B marketing communications experience serving as a leader in both early-stage technology start-ups and some of the world’s largest technology companies, including RSA Security, SailPoint, Dell EMC, Motorola, IBM/Tivoli, and Sun Microsystems.