Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, Illinois, houses administrative offices, a pre-school, and several meeting rooms for special events and functions used by groups at varying times of day and night. Prior to installing Brivo OnAir®, Bethel UCC used a standard “keys to the kingdom” system—simple lock and key protection that gave the key holder total access.
“It was becoming increasingly difficult to track who had keys to the facilities,” said Brian Barrett, Church Operations Manager. “Also, our doors are locked from the outside. If someone needed to have the doors opened for a meeting, our system required that there be another person on the other end to open the doors.”
Barrett began researching access control solutions to help track usage, monitor door events, and manage the system from a centralized location. “One of our church members highly recommended the Brivo OnAir® to help facilitate the ease of access,” he stated.
Red Hawk was chosen to install a Brivo Ethernet-based ACS5000 system with readers on the main door, rear entrance, and a supply room closet. Staff and meeting group leaders were assigned ProxCards and PIN numbers to access the building doors. Additionally, the sanctuary doors were placed on door timers to eliminate the need for someone to open them physically. “Web-hosted access control was key for their application because it allows them to control their doors from any Web browser without having to come to the church,” stated Cosgrove.
The Bethel UCC administrators have also benefited from Brivo’s Web-based administration capabilities by being able to log onto their account from any computer to monitor activity and to manage access without anyone needing to be on-site. This has been especially helpful on days when the church is closed.
- The Brivo solution automatically aggregates all of Bethel UCC’s data and Barrett is able to monitor all door events without the high cost of building a wide area network to link databases. “One of the best benefits has been the ability to know who’s coming and going and at what times from just about anywhere,” stated Barrett.
- Brivo’s control panels are easily installed and the entire system is up and running with minimal training. “In all of my experiences with Brivo, every installation went smoothly,” stated Cosgrove. “I’ve been really impressed with the Brivo control panels.”
- With Brivo, Barrett was able to say goodbye to the “keys to the kingdom.” Brivo’s automatic door timers eliminated the need to physically unlock the doors to the Church. “No more trips to the church to unlock a door for a meeting—just a couple of clicks on my home computer does it,” commented Barrett.
- With Brivo, there were lower upfront costs, which meant that the total cost of ownership was reduced nearly 50% over traditional non-networked systems.
- “The Brivo system has been working very well and has an extremely easy-to-use interface,” Barrett remarked. With all IT maintenance and networking outsourced to Brivo, Barrett eliminated the need to maintain expensive IT resources and administer the system and networking infrastructure.
Separate facilities — one interface
Multiple administrators can easily manage thousands of records
Remote, “always on” system access
Easy set up ensures fast, efficient roll-out as new facilities come online
Significant positive effects on staff productivity and overall effectiveness
Scalable system is economically efficient