Making history for over 30 years!

The Early Years

It was just another ordinary day in Denver, Colorado in 1979, when a young Donald Allen was approached by a customer who wanted an intercom in the same housing as a keypad. He mocked up a prototype, showed it to some distributors, and quickly sold the idea. With this innovative, new product to lead the way, Don started a perimeter-access-control company, which he named, simply, American Access.

After five successful years, American Access was incorporated on November 15, 1984, becoming American Access Systems, Inc. (AAS).

Development and Growth

During the 1980s and 1990s, AAS grew steadily and became a well-respected manufacturer of new and groundbreaking products in the perimeter-access-control industry.

The Advantage DKLP low-power digital keypad was one of the first low-power keypads on the market, with a current draw of less than 20 microamps, allowing for incredible versatility in solar applications.

The Advantage DKE economy digital keypad was also launched during this time and gave the customer a powerful keypad at a very affordable price.

New Frontiers

As the new millennium arrived, AAS made an impact once again in the realm of telephone entry. Always pushing the envelope, they were the first to launch a wireless telephone entry system, the PhoneAire. Not to be outdone, the robust and reliable PhoneLink wired telephone entry system was also introduced.

Acquisition and Innovation

Now that they were manufacturing a full line of perimeter-access-control products, AAS was poised to be purchased. In 2012, they were acquired and renamed Security Brands, Inc. (SBI) With the new acquisition, the AAS name was retained and became the premium brand of access-control products. Two new brands, Summit Access Control and Kodiak Black, were added in order to give an even more complete product offering.

In 2013, the newly named Security Brands, Inc. moved from their small building in Centennial to a larger, better-suited location in Englewood, Colorado. From this new location, innovation really started to pick up steam.

In 2014, SBI reinvented access control with their Ascent X1 cellular telephone entry system and the revolutionary never-before-seen, easy-to-use, cloud-based Summit Control software platform. Never before had getting, granting, and revoking access been as easy, and the system and platform worked together to allow gate control and access management from anywhere in the world. Over the next few years, new Ascent models were added to the family to fill in the gaps, as well as a new battery-powered, wireless keypad known as the Ridge.

The Ascent line is soon to get a lot more powerful, with more features and new product additions to ensure there is an Ascent for every application.

At Security Brands, we make history!