Brivo: A Brief History
Brivo was born in 1998 and was the first to introduce cloud-based access control to the physical security market. The only thing Brivo did differently was it connected traditional card and pin based door readers to the cloud instead of an on-premise server.
The new system became a runaway success, reaching more than ten million users and 100,000 access points by 2015. In the same year, Brivo was acquired by Dean Drako, the President and CEO of Eagle Eye Network. The acquisition allowed Brivo to add cloud-based video surveillance to its access control and security system.
Brivo acquired Parakeet in 2020, venturing into the vacation rental automation and management market.
What is Brivo OnAir?
Brivo OnAir, the company’s latest access control system, is a mobile and browser based system that comes with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of a modern cloud-based solution.
Brivo + Eagle Eye
Brivo Access Control and Eagle Eye Video Surveillance have tight integration between their platform. This provides a seamless access control and video surveillance experience to the end customers.
Brivo Access Control: Product Overview
Brivo Onair Access Control allows users to control access and monitor the building using a single integrated platform. Admins can grant or revoke authorization, create schedules, monitor real-time or recorded video footage, and view reports through the Brivo Mobile Pass App or a browser-based dashboard. Users can unlock doors by tapping a button on the App or using Siri voice commands.
The access system hardware includes:
- PIN, RFID, and HID card readers
- Door controllers
- Wired or wireless electric locks
The video surveillance system uses Brivo’s range of security cameras. Brivo is closely focused on cyber security and boasts multiple certifications including SOC II, CSA Star, Privacy Shield for GDPR, PCI DSS and Veracode.
Brivo Mobile Pass
Using the Brivo app, administrators can assign Mobile Passes to different smartphones. A Mobile Pass is valid for any number of doors, for a fixed or indefinite number of days. It works like a physical badge or card except that the credentials are authenticated by syncing the phone with the cloud over the internet.
Earlier versions of Brivo Mobile Pass were a potential security risk because, unlike NFC or BLE, the user didn’t have to be near the door to unlock it. It means a person could unlock any door from anywhere, anytime.
Brivo has since fixed this vulnerability by integrating Bluetooth based geofencing with its readers.
Brivo Access Control: Key Features
Unlock with Brivo Mobile Pass App
Users can unlock the door that is nearest to them by tapping a button on Brivo Mobile Pass App. Add favorite doors and use Siri voice commands to unlock the door.
Monitor the Facility Remotely
Tight integration between access control and video surveillance is Brivo’s strongest suit. Users can connect door events with video and view live or recorded footage through mobile app and browser interfaces.
Manage Permissions from Anywhere
Unlock or lock down any door or the entire facility remotely through the dashboard. Add or remove users, allow or revoke authorization from anywhere.
Automate and Facilitate Visitor Access
Users can create visitor schedules to automate guest sign in and sign out. Brivo Visitor can notify employees when visitors arrive and leave and can even print visitor badges. The video surveillance system allows managers to monitor visitors while they’re on site.
Integrate with other Apps
Developers can use Brivo API to create new security and management solutions by integrating Brivo with third part solutions like Envoy Visitor Management, Azure AD and Okta identity management, G Suite and more.
Integrate with Video Intercom
Brivo Onair works with 2N IP Verso to provide visitor entry video intercom functionality.
Integrate with DVR/NVR
Brivo Video can integrate with on-site DVR/NVR and a limited number of Axis cameras.
Elevator Access via Braxos
Brivo uses a third party app called Braxos to provide elevator connectivity.
Brivo provides an API that costs $300 a month to use, sold through the integrators. It provides ability to fetch users, user groups, activity feed and similar features. You can also send a remote unlock through the API.
COVID Safety Features
Brivo Onair now offers Facility Safety Features for Contact tracing, Personnel Control and Remote Health Checks to enhance safety during COVID-19.
Brivo Pricing: How Much Does Brivo Cost?
Brivo offers pay as you go pricing with an initial hardware cost ranging from ~$900 to ~$1200 per door.
Basic Brivo Access Control has a fee of $15 per door per month.
Video surveillance can cost $40 per camera per month.
A single Mobile Pass costs around 15 cents.
The monthly subscription can vary based on the services you buy.
Brivo Access Control: Review
- Strong focus on digital security with various external recognition and certification
- Very large install base of customers and 20 years of industry experience
- Single system for access control and video monitoring
- Single user credential for all amenities
- Remote management, lock and unlock feature
- Integrate with 2N IP Verso video intercom
- Direct camera to cloud video recording and storage
- Reader has multiple form factors to suite different spaces
- Supports wireless locks by Allegion, ASSA ABLOY, and Salto
- 2FA available using mobile and card or pin based credentials
- Facility Safety Features to protect against COVID-19
- Brivo comes with built in visitor management system, combining visitor management with access control and video in a single system.
- Not all controllers support Mobile Pass and those that do don’t support HID iClass SEOS credentials
- Brivo is built on third party OEM hardware, relying on HID’s mobile unlock.
- Though Brivo offers integration options, it lacks built-in and proprietary video intercom and biometric access functionality.
Is Brivo OnAir the Solution for You?
Brivo is a strong leader in cloud-based solutions in the market today. Brivo access control is suitable for small to mid-sized residential and commercial buildings that need a solution for 30 or so doors. It’s a cost-effective solution if you want to migrate from a traditional access control system to a modern, cloud-based system.
The Brivo OnAir video surveillance feature is particularly helpful for monitoring public facilities after COVID-19. Their recent acquisition of Parakeet also shows that the company is targeting the vacation rental space.
Its impressive customer base of 20 million users has unfortunately limited an upgrade to the latest technology, which has left Brivo, like many older access control companies, trapped by its legacy hardware and software.
If your needs are better met with a flexible, all-in-one solution, Swiftlane Access Control and Video Intercom offers built-in face recognition and mobile credentials with proprietary visitor management via video intercom with remote unlock functionality.
You can also get a comprehensive overview of the best access control systems for every need.
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