Our Company

OPEN was founded in 2017 by Jacquis Tolsma to offer property owners easy-to-use smart access control to their properties by maximising technology.  Our founding principle remains: helping people to forget their keys.

OPEN’s range of innovative products are designed with the end-user in mind: striving to enable seamless access management to properties, whilst saving you one of the most important things that money can’t buy – your time.

Using Internet of Things (IoT) Technology, OPEN works with any device to make access easy and convenient. And what is more, now you can afford to forget your keys and remotes!

OPEN is ideal for:

  • property owners who regularly host short-term Airbnb guests, and would like to save time and effort
  • homeowners who want to give access to their domestic workers, service providers (e.g. building contractors), family and friends, without having to physically be at home or providing a physical key
  • business owners who’d like a simple, key and card-free access control system for their employees
  • owners of hospitality establishments, such as B&Bs and Guest Houses who’d like to give guests remote and key free access to their rooms
  • dispersed family members who share access to a remote holiday home
  • landlords who prefer to not give keys to tenants, or would like to simplify ‘key handover’ from one tenant to another.

Switch to OPEN today, for access management that is controlled, convenient and compatible.

Our People

Jacquis

Founder & CEO

Jacquis is an innovator and business strategist who aims to make a large-scale impact in the world through creative, disruptive and customer-focused technology and services. His innovation knows no end and he loves to see customers find value in a product.

He has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pretoria and have completed a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As a landscape architect, Jacquis learnt to design with people in mind, while merging an array of constraints into a coherent whole.  Practicing in the Middle-East has honed his contract and project management skills.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, surrounded by nature. As a triathlon enthusiast, he cherishes a long-term goal of completing an ironman on every continent.

Warren

Managing Director

Warren is a business developer and finds his greatest motivation in carrying companies through rapid and continuous growth by means of his entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision.

Warren has over 16 years’ experience in financial and IT management, business development, sales management and senior-level Executive positions. Through his experience working for public multi- national companies across various industries he has build a sound and thorough understanding of business visioning, establishment, consolidation and expansion.

Warren holds a B.Comm degree (Stellenbosch), B.Comm (Hons) Cost Acc (UCT) and completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

If not at work, you will most likely find Warren spending time with his family and friends.

Christo

Head of Engineering

Christo is a future-orientated engineer, consultant and technical manager with 9 years of experience in R&D, manufacturing, systems, and process engineering covering various industries. As a creative thinker and skilled project manager, Christo has built a proven track record in applying new and emerging technologies to solve real-world problems.  Christo performs best when he applies his technical and entrepreneurial acumen to advise on and execute strategies in unexplored opportunity spaces.

Christo holds a B.Eng degree (NWU), a PDBA (UNISA), and completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

In his free time, Christo has a keen interest in furthering interesting discussions and creative ideas through his podcast. He also enjoys squash, cycling and – when lazy – a good book