Access Networks has expanded into Canada through a new partnership with hybrid rep/distribution firm The Watershed Group, which will serve as its exclusive rep and distributor across the country. Access Networks delivers failsafe Wi-Fi networking options.
Access Networks is an enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home that designs and maintains network solutions, assisting custom integrators by working to specify, select, source, and configure the networking gear before it is shipped to the project site.
"When we decided we are going fully into the AV control category, we quickly learned from manufacturers like Savant and others that networking is crucial, and it was suggested that we get in touch with Access Networks," says Mike Gatapoulos, Vice President of Brantford, ON-based Watershed Group. "The integration community needs access to the right products and education to take advantage of the opportunities that exist. The products and services that Access Networks provides allow integrators to get into the space without having to be networking engineers themselves. The alternative, until now, has been to cobble networking systems together. Access Networks offers a complete solution and we are excited to spread the word throughout Canada."
The Watershed Group's experience and technical knowledge in the AV space combined with Access Networks' ACE Training program will help Canadian dealers map out how to build the best and most appropriate network for high-end jobs without needing high-level networking expertise, say the firms. Access Networks will also travel with Watershed for sales meetings.
The Watershed Group will work closely with Access Network's North American Sales Director Ben Jurow to roll out the launch of Access Networks in Canada.
"There are a lot of differences between the Canadian and U.S. markets, but ultimately, everyone needs bulletproof wireless," says Jurow. "And that's what Access Networks delivers. Some dealers don't know that there are better options and the pain points they are experiencing don't necessarily need to exist. We are really excited that the Watershed Group is going to help us to understand the Canadian market and give these dealers the wireless networking options they've been waiting for."
For more details, contact the Watershed Group.
The Watershed Group evolved from its original predecessor, The Rep Company, which was established in 1995 as a regional rep-firm by Mark Lefler and Steve Davidson, both still at the helm today. Over time, The Rep Company diversified its operations and approach to the marketplace and rebranded as the Watershed Group in 2011.