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Orion Entrance Control

September 21. 2017 11:20AM
From left: Jerry Waldron, of Gilmanton, the services and support manager, tests functions and parameters with Zach Rivet, services, support and production specialist, of Laconia. (Allegra Boverman)

Orion staff in front of their building, at far left is founder and CEO Stephen Caroselli. (Allegra Boverman)

Orion Entrance Control
24 Lexington Drive, Suite 2, Laconia

INNOVATION: Orion Entrance Control’s turnstile systems are designed to provide smooth, unfettered access to authorized users and to effectively block unauthorized users as well as those tailgating another person.

All are designed to address security needs with operational efficiency. The company’s ability to customize its turnstiles with granite tops, accent lighting and other architectural features can help turn a simple access point into an impressive passage area. Orion’s customer base includes financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, health care facilities, casinos and major libraries.

LEADERSHIP: Orion founder Steve Caroselli is the company’s chief executive officer.

WORKFORCE: Since coming to the Lakes Region six years ago, the company has already doubled the size of its manufacturing facility and Caroselli said he is expecting Orion, that now employs 18 people, will post a 50 percent increase in sales at the close of 2017.

HISTORY: Caroselli launched his optical turnstile business in the garage of his father-in-law’s Hudson home in May 2009 and made his first sales from behind a desk his wife salvaged from a roadside. Today, Orion Entrance Control Inc., is headquartered at O’Shea Industrial Park on Lexington Drive in Laconia, and its market for the turnstile access control systems it makes for high-rise buildings, government centers, educational campuses and corporate headquarters has leapfrogged from the U.S. into 12 foreign countries.

At Orion Entrance Control, Inc. in Laconia, Gaetan Talbot of Gilford, a production specialist, works in the assembly area. (Allegra Boverman)

COMMUNITY: Orion relies on fabrication supplier partnerships with about 30 key manufacturers, all of which are in New England. The allegiance to New England is important, Caroselli said, not just from an economic standpoint, but to ensure that if a problem develops there can be an immediate face-to-face meeting to jointly work out a solution.

TECHNOLOGY: Orion builds systems to meet client needs and has turnstiles that operate with an access card, a cell phone or via biometrics such as facial recognition. Control systems allow for anticipated visitors to be pre-enrolled, averting a slowdown. Like an E-ZPass lane on the highway, there is no need to stop, take out your wallet, hand over money, wait for change, or slow to toss a coin into a basket. With facial recognition, people don’t have to slow their stride to search for an access card, or stop to provide a thumbprint. Multi-turnstiles can speed access even further.

SPOTLIGHT: At a university in Boston, Orion designed a turnstile solution for the cafeteria that requires students to use their school issued ID card and provide a thumb print scan to gain access. Biometric solutions that can interface with a pay system are frequently requested in dining halls and sports centers on university campuses.

Nick Murray, intern

HOT HIRE: Nick Murray, intern

Nick Murray, who graduated from Laconia High School, joined Orion as an intern in June 2016 and continues to work there. The University of New Hampshire student is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Caroselli said he hopes Murray will stay with the company.

 “We’re always hunting, talking to people and redefining our hiring process. We want to be the brass ring in the life of our employees,” he said.

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