Brivo Access Control and Video Surveillance System Review, Pricing, and Comparison

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Brivo Access Control and Video Surveillance System Review, Pricing, and Comparison

About Brivo

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.

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.

Product Overview of Brivo Onair Access Control

Brivo Onair allows users to control access and monitor the building using a single integrated platform. Managers can allow 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. Tenants 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, and 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 Passes: 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 fixed this vulnerability by integrating Bluetooth based geofencing with its readers.

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Whether you’re a beginner who is new to understanding access control or an advanced IT professional looking to delve deeper into advanced technologies, this access control guide is for you.

Features of Brivo Onair Access Control and Video Surveillance

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 API

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 offers pay as you go pricing with an initial hardware cost ranging from~$900 to ~$1200 per door. The monthly subscription can vary based on the services you buy. The basic access control has a fee of $15 per door per month. Video surveillance can cost $40 per camera per month. A Mobile Pass costs around 15 cents.

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.

Pros of Brivo Onair Access Control and Video Surveillance

  • 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 everyone during COVID-19

Video Intercom with Brivo

Brivo does not come with built in video intercom capability.

Brivo Visitor Management

Brivo comes with built in visitor management system, combining visitor management with access control and video in a single system.

Brivo Biometrics and Facial Recognition Access

Brivo does not have built in access for facial recognition access control. Brivo integrates with third party facial recognition access control systems. Brivo integrates with third party fingerprint and other biometric access control readers.

Cons of Brivo Onair Access Control

  • 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.
  • No facial recognition capability
  • No built in video intercom

Is Brivo OnAir Right for Your Needs?

Brivo is a business access control solution 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 cloud based system. The video surveillance feature is particularly helpful for monitoring public facilities after COVID-19. Brivo’s recent acquisition of Parakeet shows that the company is targeting the vacation rental segment.

Comparison of Brivo With Swiftlane Touchless Access Control

Brivo Cloud Based Access Control is based on outdated entry systems such as key cards, fobs and PINs. The Company tried to “mobilize” its access control solution by introducing Mobile Pass in 2015. However, it lacks the focus and mobile-first thinking of modern access control solutions born in the age of smartphones and AI.


  • Cloud-based system—can be managed from anywhere
  • PIN, key card, and mobile app based unlock
  • Video surveillance and monitoring through integrated Brivo cameras
  • Automatic visitor access through Brivo Mobile Pass



Brivo’s cloud-based access control took the market by storm when it was launched 20 years ago. It’s 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.

With that said, Brivo is still one of the better cloud-based systems available on the market. It may be perfect for apartment buildings, offices, vacation rentals, and other small- and medium-sized facilities that need a centrally-managed, low-cost, medium-tech, cloud-based system to replace card and pin based access.