Brivo Boosts Mobile Access Convenience for Property Managers and Tenants

BETHESDA, MD., JULY 16, 2019

Brivo, the global leader in cloud-based physical security solutions, recently added three new usability options for opening doors with its signature mobile credential application, Brivo Onair Pass. The first is automatic door detection based on proximity. The second is voice commands for complete hands-free operation. The third is a high-assurance option based on two-factor biometric authentication. Together they provide dealers, property managers and tenants with increased convenience and cyber protection for commercial and multifamily security systems.

Automatic door detection provides a more frictionless user experience by eliminating the need to select which door the credential-holder would like to open. Instead, the system uses Bluetooth signals from Brivo’s readers to sense which door is closest and selects it automatically. Legacy doors that are not yet equipped with Brivo’s readers can still be opened from mobile apps via Brivo’s cloud API, providing a migration path for mixed door populations without expensive retrofitting.

“The ability to use our mobile app instead of a keycard is the biggest change to the user experience of security since we introduced cloud computing to commercial access control over fifteen years ago. As both landlords and employers look for technology to enhance the workplace and multifamily tenant experience, phone-based access has become essential,” said Steve Van Till, President and CEO of Brivo. “Mobile credentials are built into our Onair platform, so there’s nothing extra that our customers need to do,” continued Van Till. “We also felt it was important to maintain backward compatibility for our 15 million current users who may still be in spaces equipped with traditional readers.”
Voice commands work in tandem with automatic door selection to provide another option for interacting with Brivo-managed physical spaces. The resulting touchless access experience is an operational advantage in the many access scenarios where people have their hands full, like commercial package delivery or simply arriving at the office while juggling your backpack, coffee, and bagel. Voice mode can be used with either the automatic door detection feature, or by saying the name of a pre-existing door that is not yet outfitted with Brivo’s Bluetooth readers.

Brivo Onair Pass also provides a high-assurance option for two-factor biometric authentication. This new feature leverages the facial and fingerprint features already embedded in mobile phones. This is ideal for the many facilities with policies requiring higher degrees of authentication for some doors and spaces, such as data centers, high value storage, cash management rooms, and laboratories. Systems administrators can mandate the use of biometric authentication for specific doors or for an entire facility, as needed, through the Brivo Onair user interface.

These new mobile features are also available to Brivo’s developer community via our Onair API, a RESTful implementation which was originally launched in 2007 and now supports hundreds of custom partner and end user applications spanning identity management, remote control, and data streaming.

Brivo Onair Pass was first launched in 2015 and immediately became available to all Brivo customers as a feature of the company’s SaaS platform, which has been providing advanced cloud-based access control for commercial properties since 2002. Onair passes can be added, revoked and removed via the Onair web application or the Brivo Onair Mobile Administration (BOMA) app. Authorized Brivo Resellers can order from Brivo or directly through the Brivo Partner Portal.

About Brivo
Brivo is the global leader in cloud-based security and property management solutions for commercial and multifamily properties that simplify security interactions for property managers, tenants, employees, and visitors. With over 15 million users and 1,000 authorized dealers, our SaaS platform has been unifying the security experience across access control, mobile credentials, video surveillance, identity federation, visitor management, intercoms, and elevator control since 2002. Hundreds of software partners and end users use our APIs and SDKs to extend our solutions to unique vertical market offerings. More than ten years of SOC audits underscore our commitment to protecting customer privacy and data security. Brivo is privately held and headquartered in Bethesda, MD.