VIZpin and Southco Announce Bluetooth Access Controller Partnership

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 09, 2015 — VIZpin (, the market leader in smartphone access control systems and Bluetooth readers, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Southco, Inc. (, the global leader in engineered access hardware solutions.

VIZpin’s Bluetooth readers allow any cell phone to be used as a key to control or unlock virtually any device. Since 2008, VIZpin has offered its Bluetooth readers as an economical solution for access control, and in 2014, introduced its cloud-based key management service. With VIZpin, users can receive VIZpin keys either through a downloaded app or via text. VIZpin keys can authorize access 24/7 or only allow access for a preset amount of time, and are compatible with any Bluetooth device including cell phones, BlackBerry, Windows phones, Androids, iPhones and tablets.

VIZpin and Southco will work together on all aspects of sales, marketing and manufacturing of VIZpin Bluetooth readers. VIZpin will continue to sell readers into traditional security applications through OEM partners, distributors and dealers. Southco will offer its own version of the Bluetooth reader to its customers, and will provide the opportunity to embed ECKey’s Bluetooth technology into Southco’s extensive line of electromechanical locks and latches.

“VIZpin’s  technology provides an economical wireless solution for remotely managing and monitoring access to our intelligent locking systems without the need for wiring into a network,” said Steve Spatig, General Manager of Southco’s Electronic Access Solutions business unit.

Paul Bodell, President and CEO of VIZpin said, “Our partnership with Southco provides us with access to extensive manufacturing expertise as well as an immediate presence in key end markets throughout the world that would have taken us years to develop on our own. We are very excited about what the relationship represents for near and long-term opportunity.”

About VIZpin
VIZpin designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of security access control systems and accessories that use your phone’s unique Bluetooth signal to grant secure and convenient access. Our VIZpin service lets you send electronic keys to visitors through an easy-to-use web portal. VIZpin is privately held and based in Lancaster, PA.

About Southco
Southco is the leading and trusted global source for engineered access hardware solutions, including a variety of latches, locks, captive and quick access fasteners, hinges, handles, electronic access solutions, and other accessories for applications in the networking, telecommunications, computer, automotive, aerospace, mass transit, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery, marine and HVAC industries. Southco is passionately focused on delivering customized engineering solutions and global support for its customers. The company aspires to be a virtual engineering center for its customers’ engineered access solutions and is committed to providing outstanding quality and overall satisfaction. Southco’s promise to its customers is to connect, create and innovate to provide the best solution for every access engineering problem.