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ABC Financial Adds Hands-free Access Control Systems for Gyms

  • ‘ABC Door Access by Openpath’ provides convenience and safety for health club members and staff
  • Linked to mobile phones, the technology allows wave-of-hand entry
  • Exclusive partnership allows club owners to manage facilities in a reliable, cost-effective manner

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adding more safeguards for fitness club operators and members, ABC Financial, the leading provider of technology and related services for the fitness industry, announced today it has entered into an exclusive partnership with Openpath, a major mobile access control provider.

Together, the two industry pacesetters will launch “ABC Door Access by Openpath,” a mobile-friendly, hands-free, door-access solution rooted in cloud-based technology.

“ABC Door Access by Openpath” uses a patented triple-unlock technology from the signals in smart phones. That makes it possible for members and staff to enter fitness clubs without making physical contact with a card reader, allowing access with just the wave of a hand.

Set up through Openpath’s mobile application or through the club’s integrated mobile applications, members can gain entry without needing to carry a key or fob or even unlocking their phone. Member access is controlled and continuously updated through comprehensive integration with ABC’s Club Management Solution.

As clubs reopen their doors, members and staff can enter safely by leveraging ABC Door Access by Openpath,” said Bill Davis, CEO of ABC Financial. “Its contactless, wave-to-unlock capabilities help minimize vectors for the spread of the coronavirus.”

Offering administrative control through a cloud-based platform, and 24 hour-a-day tech support directly through ABC Financial, the advanced software gives operators the flexibility to control and grant access from anywhere.

Our old solution was unreliable and service was spotty. We chose ‘ABC Door Access by Openpath’ because of the great support,” said Kathy Mecklenburg, director of operations and finance at Fitness Premier, an Illinois-based health club network. “Feedback from staff and members has been great. Members and staff love the new system. Having an online portal to manage access ourselves is a game-changer.”

As gyms work to maintain social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, “ABC Door Access by Openpath” makes it possible for a single employee to oversee entry at multiple points. Whether situated at the front desk, on the facility floor or even at home, authorized employees can remotely grant or deny access to anyone attempting to enter the facility. This makes it easier for health clubs to accommodate visitors and vendors while keeping staff focused on members.

Our partnership with ABC Financial, who is the premier provider of health club and gym management software, delivers Openpath’s industry-leading touchless access technology to their members, enabling them to safely reopen their doors in the COVID-19 era,” said Phil Goldsmith, chief revenue officer and co-founder of Openpath. “Our cloud-based software offers gym management staff an easy way to administer facility access from anywhere, and our touchless Wave to Unlock technology provides safety, convenience and peace of mind for their members.”

Openpath Chief Marketing Officer Kieran Hannon added, “The seamless credentialing offers real-time ease of use for gym management staff, and our unique touchless ‘Wave to Unlock’ provides safety, convenience and peace of mind for their members.”

About ABC Financial

ABC Financial (abcfinancial.com) is the premier provider of software and related services for the fitness industry, and has built a reputation for excellence in support for clubs and their members. ABC is the trusted provider to boost performance and create a unique member experience for clubs of all sizes whether a multi-location chain, franchise or an independent gym. Founded in 1981, ABC helps 8,100 clubs and facilities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico perform better and more profitably offering a comprehensive SaaS club management solution that enables club operators to achieve optimal performance. ABC Financial is a Thoma Bravo portfolio company, a private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology companies (thomabravo.com).

About Openpath

Openpath is a leader in mobile access control solutions. Openpath allows anyone to use their mobile phone to open an authorized door with the touch of a finger or wave of a hand, without needing the phone or app open. Openpath's patented Triple Unlock technology delivers 99.9% reliability for a secure, frictionless and fast entry experience. With a robust cloud solution, Openpath provides a nearly unlimited array of enterprise software capabilities, future-proofing the needs of the built environment. The company has introduced innovative Tailgating and Lockdown Solutions providing the ability to lock/unlock any door, zone or building in an emergency from a mobile device. Founded in 2016, Openpath is based in Los Angeles' Silicon Beach, unlocking 1 million doors per week and growing (www.openpath.com).


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Caroline Curran
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
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caroline.curran@hkstrategies.com