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The design challenge: how do you make commercial IoT interfaces a simple, routine part of the ordinary users experience?0
Q&A with Jonathan Healey, Brivo Design Director and Mobile Applications Product Manager
This challenge is incredibly important to us at Brivo. Of the millions of people interacting with our system every day, very few of them are familiar with the details of commercial access control. When we created Brivo Mobile Pass to allow folks to unlock doors from their phone, it gave us an opportunity to bring security to everyone’s fingertips in a way that has never been done before.
To that end, we recently made big improvements to Brivo Mobile Pass. With feedback from our customers, we focused on usability and made a series of refinements to the mobile application’s user interface.
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Harris County Water Control and Improvement District Number 110 (HCWCID110) is the earliest adopter of Brivo Mobile Pass, Brivo OnAir®’s new mobile credential solution that provides cloud-based access control to users.
HCWCID110 is a political subdivision of the State of Texas governed by a Board of Directors. HCWCID110 has the third largest parks and recreation facility owned by a municipal bond utility district, and includes 2200 homes and 250 businesses in the district. HCWCID110 provides commercial development, parks and recreational services, and owns and operates the Forest Oaks Swim and Racquet Club & Forest Oaks Park.
Keeping track of a recreational park, members-only sports club, and water & sewer plant is a 24-hour job for Jody Dellinger, District and Parks & Recreation Manager at HCWCID110.
Women in Engineering
By Faye Dobler
Throughout my career as a software engineer, in a very male-dominated profession, I’ve certainly run across perhaps more than my fair share of awkward situations. For example, I’ve been the solitary woman sitting in a room of men during an engineering meeting. I’ve sat at a lunch or in a meeting when a coworker makes a crude or questionably inappropriate comment, only for him to suddenly realize there’s a woman in the group and to quickly apologize—been there, blushed through that. For the most part, I was only uncomfortable with the apology and not the original comment.
This year we launched Brivo Cares at the end of October, and we are focused on growing this initiative in the upcoming year due the great results we’ve seen so far. Here’s a recap of our 2015 Brivo Cares Initiatives:
October 22, 2015—42 Brivo Cares volunteers helped collect basic need items with A Wider Circle’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor community service program, a Silver Spring-based nonprofit organization devoted to ending poverty.“Spending time at A Wider Circle was an eye opening experience. They are a great organization that gives back to the local community and I hope to volunteer more time with them again,” said Kristen Papa, Senior Director of Marketing.
Grid Squared Systems is a leading New York area provider of innovative security services and solutions, and a value-added reseller of the Brivo OnAir® cloud-based access control and video management system. Grid Squared shares Brivo’s vision of driving both higher customer satisfaction and lower Total Cost of Ownership using a cloud-based technology platform. Recently, we had a chance to catch up with Lon Bazelais, President of Grid Squared Systems.
Speaking from his office in Long Island, Lon said, “Last month, I distributed the new Brivo Mobile Pass credentials to my customer, Solarus Technologies, who did not receive physical access cards from their building manager.”
Brivo Mobile Pass is a mobile credential that provides cloud-based access control to Brivo OnAir users, and eliminates the need for physical access cards or readers.
By Jonathan Healey, Design Director of Brivo
Security System News’ Cloud+ was a first-of-its-kind event, focused solely on physical security industry’s long-anticipated shift to cloud-based services and product platforms. Security Systems News promoted the industry’s new era by featuring Microsoft’s Monica Hopelian and Google’s Director of Engineering, Mayank Upadhyay. Even before the conference began, the message was clear: this was going to be different.
Putting to rest years of internal industry debate, panels quickly pointed to national standards establishing the acceptance criteria of cloud-computing solutions once and for all. With that line drawn, discussions quickly progressed to the matter of market opportunity (enormous!), network security (where is the weakest link?), and the significance of physical security devices in an IoT world (fundamental).
Civitas Learning is a forward-thinking software company that recently began using Brivo Mobile Pass to access its Austin based corporate office. Four locked entrance doors secure its employees in the Civitas Learning office.
Brivo Mobile Pass helps to revolutionize the physical security industry by allowing a smartphone to unlock doors. The mobile credential solution is a complementary feature for the Brivo OnAir® platform.
We recently had a chance to meet with Chris Collins, Civitas Learning’s IT Manager, to discuss his experience with Brivo Mobile Pass. “It’s been working great for us–I was first attracted to Brivo because of its ability to manage the office from anywhere in the world,”said Chris.
Customer Spotlight: Embracing the future of cloud-based access control—Integrated Security Design Ltd. (ISD Tech)0
Nicky Stokes is the Managing Director of Integrated Security Design Ltd. (ISD Tech)—a United Kingdom based fire and security systems integrator for public and private sector organizations. Brivo’s flagship product, Brivo OnAir®, is ISD Tech’s main access control offering to new and existing clients.
Nicky explained why ISD Tech decided to seek out a cloud-based access control solution. “It is an innovative approach that helps customers reduce capital spends as well as ongoing management costs.”
Nicky said that the Brivo OnAir solution helps to offer a more adaptable and less costly solution than legacy players in the access control market.
Simple math—Cloud access control plus cloud video surveillance equals the best of both worlds.
The integration of Brivo OnAir® access control platform and Eagle Eye’s Security Camera VMS provides customers with an innovative cloud-based security management solution.
“Our access control solution integrates with their cloud-based video surveillance API, producing a customer-based and friendly solution.” Joe adds, “It’s flexible—meaning end users can easily manage bandwidth. It’s also scalable. The coffee shop down the street as well as large enterprise corporations can use the integrated solution.”
Another great benefit is its ability to create hybrid solutions.