ORDO is a Belgian company that has developed O-Key, a revolutionary smart key system. The founder and driving force behind ORDO is Stefan Penne, a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience in logistics, retail, and automotive industries, and a holder of several patents. Frustrated by the limitations and shortcomings of traditional key systems, badges, and wireless transmitters, as well as the complexities of managing access across multiple entities and individuals, Stefan set out to create a keyless solution that would provide a secure, convenient, and brand-independent alternative. Thus, O-Key was born. Designed to address the security challenges of conventional access control systems, O-Key is a reliable and comfortable solution for homes and businesses alike. ORDO’s goal is to establish itself as the benchmark in access control, providing a seamless and cutting-edge experience for its customers. Interview with Isabelle Denutte, Sales Partner at ORDO. Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? Isabelle Denutte: Ordo is committed to developing future-proof access control systems with a strong emphasis on security, comfort, and reliability. From the outset, the company’s founder envisioned an all-encompassing approach that involved keeping every phase of the product and brand creation process in-house. This includes product research and development, production processes, market positioning, product introduction, and after-sales support, all of which are managed from ORDO’s headquarters in Aalst, Belgium. E.E: What’s the news about new products? I.D: O-Key is the only high level secured smart key on the market on which you can always rely for anyone who wants more. With O-Key, you can easily automate your garage door, share and control access to your front door, and remotely open everything with just one device. You always remain in control of who has access, eliminating the hassle of lost keys, badges, and remotes. In addition to being a safe and smart solution for residential use, O-Key is also a versatile access control system suitable for various commercial applications such as company entrances, gates, apartment buildings, shops, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and gyms. O-Key is brand-independent and can be installed on any automated door or device, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a reliable and future-proof access control solution. And with the slogan “The Key of the Future,” O-Key is leading the way towards a keyless future. E.E: What are the ranges of products? I.D: At ORDO, we understand the daily challenges faced by our customers, which is why we are dedicated to continually enhancing our products and providing practical solutions that address their needs. Our target audience includes residential consumers, businesses, facility managers, and the tourism and leisure sector. E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? I.D: Until recently, the access control and security market catered primarily to larger enterprises with numerous doors, significant budgets, and the well-known systems using badges and keypads. Each player in the market had their own solutions. We live a start of a major turnaround to a generalization in access control and access management. Where this used to be limited to business applications, access control is currently finding its way to residential applications at a low-threshold level. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? I.D: With the actual advances in technology, the adoption of access control systems is likely to increase. The traditional key-based solutions are gradually being replaced by smart access solutions. With a growing preference for remote control and real-time monitoring and analysis of access, people are seeking smarter and more efficient services and devices. This shift towards smart solutions is a clear indication of the direction in which the industry is heading. E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? I.D: O-Key is the start of a range of affordable products focused on highly secured access control and ultimate comfort in managing accesses. E.E: What estimations do you have for 2023? I.D: We are actively seeking partnerships and collaborations to further enhance our product offerings and platform capabilities. Our focus is on developing other innovative and cutting-edge products while exploring potential integrations with other innovative companies.