While we can’t foretell whether the Seahawks or the Patriots will win Super Bowl 2015, we can look forward to more seamless and – dare we say it? – “frictionless” Super Bowls and other stadium events. Why? Because of mobile, connected devices, social identities, the cloud, and video.
Gillian Fealy, owner of Live Grit in Chicago, Illinois, describes her store as the destination for the laidback tri-athlete. The store isn’t for the diehard but the recreational, the athlete who enjoys things other than swimming, biking, and running. This athlete comes to Live Grit for the relaxed atmosphere (Fun runs and social gatherings, anyone?) and top-of-the-line gear.
Live Grit is small at the moment – they have four employees – making access control a fairly simple thing to accomplish. For the store, security and the customer experience are more pressing matters. Brivo’s flagship product Brivo OnAir helps with both and offers the ability to scale access control as the company grows.
2015 holds great promise for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Everything indicates that the economy is exiting its prolonged slump. The promise isn’t without its challenges. Economic growth means growing pains.
One of those pain points regards data breaches. The ongoing hacks, not to mention the increased frequency of them, have businesses of all sizes scrutinizing their security processes. For almost all of them, that means examining digital and physical security principles and best practices.
Fortunately, SMBs can meet the concern with products like Brivo OnAir while not impeding their larger revenue stream in 2015.
We talked with Joe Cunetta, Product Manager for Partner Products at Brivo Systems, to find out.
The other day, we visited with Greg Toth, CTO of EIC Data Systems and host of IoT (Internet of Things) meetups in the DC area. He shared his thoughts on some IoT trends that could impact small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as enterprise environments. Our conversation follows below.
Awareness about IoT is higher everywhere.
Greg referred to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 as a case in point. Samsung’s entire presentation rested upon the premise of connected devices, i.e., the Internet of Things.
All the ingredients – devices, cloud computing, data – are coming together and setting the stage for conversations about IoT in relation to people’s personal and professional lives.
Overcoming legacy system challenges can be akin to removing stray pixels from a photo. You think you’re finished with the photo only to notice a stray pixel, another, then another. It’s frustrating, eye-wearying work, but the benefits outweigh it: you end up with a photo with market value. In the case of identity and access management (IAM), you find yourself with a system that works well, cuts down on time and maintenance, and looks toward the future.
Health clubs aren’t historically known for being places of “frictionless access.” Many a person has expressed a complaint about their gym, ranging from the classic supply and demand one – ratio of machines and classes to members –to more complex access issues. Either members can access the gym whenever they wish, they can never access the gym when they want, or they can’t remove their credentials and information once they cancel their membership.
It’s a frustrating scenario for both end users and health club managers and staff. Fortunately, Brivo Systems can alter the reality with its products and applications.