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The best of cloud and local video management

  
  
  

BrivoOnAirIPad 2You’re responsible for the safety and security of several building access points for your organization. You love the fact that you can manage who can come in and out of your building locations by utilizing the Brivo OnAir cloud-based access control system. You love that you can view access events from one simple user interface, from anywhere and at anytime. You can unlock doors or receive alerts from the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game or while enjoying your weekend morning coffee at the local doughnut shop. You can even capture and watch video associated to access events within the same Brivo console.

But there’s something missing. You want to watch and record better quality video so you can more easily review event details. And, you want the ability to store video clips locally at your facility in addition to cloud storage, and access from one place. On top of that, you want all of this in one simple-to-use platform that saves time and money.

Today we announced our partnership with Smartvue® to bring cost-effective cloud and local video storage and management to small, medium and enterprise-sized organizations through the availability of the Smartvue Network Video Recorder.

The Brivo OnAir Online Video Recording (OVR) platform integrated with Smartvue provides the ability for organizations to access both live feeds, and recorded high-definition video to improve facility safety, security and total cost of ownership. With Smartvue powered by Brivo, you can store video at a facility, while accessing it from any web-browser, smartphone or tablet, anywhere in the world! And by the way -- Smartvue reduces total system costs by 30 to 50 percent when compared to industry averages.

We believe that this solution is key to a successful video and access management program. So go ahead and get started!

-The Brivo Team

Why social spaces will be your new best friends

  
  
  

ConnectionIoT is going to change the way we interact with our environment. Within the next few years, it is likely that your mobile device will house much of your identity, not only as a consumer, but as a person. It will have information like your birth date, as well as your purchasing history and what brands you prefer. Your digital identity might even have critical medical information about you, which could help save your life in an emergency. This means that other smart devices in your area will be able to interact with you as an individual, which will lead to the emergence of what we call "social spaces."

Sure, the people around you might still be wrapped up in their own little digital worlds, but if you enter a social space with a smartphone, you'll be greeted by name by the space itself. Walk into the building where you work, and it will welcome you personally, and fill you in on any important information. For instance, if one of the elevators is being worked on by maintenance, or if the cleaning staff is in the third floor men's restroom, the building will let you know. Although no one wants to think about it, this information is even more critical during emergencies.

The walls have ears...and eyes
For the past few decades, buildings have alerted their occupants to fires by sounding alarms. Although they are effective for getting people's attention, they do not provide any meaningful details. If your building was smart, however, it would be able to tell you where the fire was, what stairwells were inaccessible and how to efficiently evacuate. In the event of a terrorist attack or a gunman, your building could alert occupants to the location of the shooter, giving people a better chance at hiding or evacuating safely.

I know what you bought last summer
Social spaces won't just be useful for greeting you in the morning and guiding you through emergencies, they will also be able to help you with your shopping. When you enter an IoT social store, the store will be able to pull a record of your buying habits, and make suggestions based on your previous purchases. Perhaps you are about to purchase some Skippy peanut butter, but there is a sale on Peter Pan peanut butter that you didn't notice. The store might alert you that the other brand is on sale if you were interested, then tell you where you could find the display.

Eating healthy can be hard, and it's only worse when you try to go food shopping while you're hungry. Despite your best intentions, that fried chicken at the deli smells delicious, and it can be overwhelmingly tempting to cave in and pig out. Maybe the regular sour cream is on sale, but the reduced fat sour cream isn't. If you're on a budget, you might try to justify saving a few cents on the full fat sour cream. If your store is a social space, it might be able to help you stick to your diet plan simply by reminding you of the caloric content of the item you are considering purchasing, or by suggesting a healthy alternative based on your unique identity.

One of the best things about shopping on a website like Amazon, is that it will recommend things to you based off of what you have previously purchased or considered purchasing. This feature can be really helpful for discovering new products, artists, movies or whatever else you spend your money on. This same principle could be employed by stores to advertise new products related to other things you have purchased. For example, if you go into your local wine store, the shop could recommend labels that either pair with or are similar to other wines you have bought from them.

People might not be as social as they used to be, but in the near future, places like offices, venues and stores will be. Not only will they be able to greet you by name, they will be able to make suggestions and provide important information catered specifically to your needs and preferences.

-The Brivo Team 

Apple, Google joined by Quirky in IoT interface race

  
  
  

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IoT is proving to be the next battleground for trend-setting mega-corps Google and Apple, but in late June, a dark horse entered the race. Quirky, a New-York based startup, has introduced Wink, a new product intended to function as a kind of control panel for IoT devices.

Who is Quirky?
If you haven't heard of Quirky yet, you're about to. This small company has made waves with their popular crowdsourced prototyping services. Quirky is a great example of the amazing potential for monkeys with typewriters, or in this case, 3D printers. Each week, the team at Quirky's Manhattan offices sifts through thousands of product ideas, selects three of them and begins making those products a reality. To date, their most popular products include a flexible power strip, a milk jug that tells you when your milk is sour and an egg crate that let's you know which eggs to prioritize when you're making breakfast.

While they were knocking out all of these whacky gadgets, Quirky noticed one recurring theme: smart devices. People were really excited about items that communicated with one another over IoT, but there was no unifying platform for managing all of these new brainy gizmos. In an effort to make a kind of operating system for IoT devices, Quirky began developing their own, which they call Wink, and now they have caught the attention of goliaths like Google and Apple.

Running with the big dogs
Earlier this month, Apple announced HomeKit at their Worldwide Developers Conference. HomeKit is Apple's entry into the market of platforms for IoT devices, and (big surprise) it runs on iOS. Although Apple was first on the scene to announce their IoT control panel, Google is close on their heels.

Several months ago, Google acquired Nest for the cool price of $3.2 billion, and since then the two companies have been very busy. Recently, Nest purchased DropCam, a web-enabled home surveillance systems company for $555 million, and they have been rapidly incorporating their new acquisition. Nest is soon expected to make another announcement regarding their software solution for managing IoT devices.

This all comes as exciting news for IoT enthusiasts and technophiles who can't wait to be able to ditch their keychain for a home automation app, but if the last decade has taught us anything, it is that when Google and Apple compete, the consumer has to choose sides. This is where Quirky's Wink might gain some traction and pull ahead in the race. Wink is meant to be an open operating system. This means that it will be able to interface with IoT devices across company lines, and that might just spell success for the tiny New York startup.

Big brand backup
If you haven't been in the market for a smart milk jug or contributed to the maelstrom of innovation at Quirky's main site, then you probably didn't hear about the startup before they announced Wink. However, Wink has some serious brand recognition and corporate muscle behind it.

Already 15 major manufacturers have announced their intentions to work with Wink and develop products that will be able to interface with the open-source platform. Among these companies are time-tested giants like General Electric, and Phillips, as well as upstarts like Rachio. These companies have already promised 60 smart devices that will be controllable through the Wink interface. With these devices and Wink, users will be able to control everything from the lock on their front door to video cameras, lights, water heaters and lawn sprinklers.

Google's Nest is taking a similarly product-centric approach to carving out a niche in the IoT market. Already, Whirlpool, Jawbone and Mercedez-Benz have pledged their support to Nest. In an article written for the New York Times, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers explained that "No one wants to buy a platform. People buy products. You need critical mass." He continued, "you build great products, and through that a platform emerges." The truth of this statement has been proven time and time again over the past decade. As Apple and Google jostled for brand supremacy, consumers did not seem to be swayed by which company had the better software, but by who had the better phone.

Human interfacing
As a third-party candidate, Quirky is a valuable addition to the Apple / Google standoff. They present a viable option for bridging company lines and offering consumers more control over what IoT devices they choose to incorporate into their lives. However, even more important than a market-centric evaluation of this announcement is the fact that all three of these companies are taking measures to streamline control of smart machines.

Right now, human users have very little control over the M2M conversations that occur over IoT. This is a good thing for services like Brivo Labs' frictionless access systems and social spaces, which allow users to move seamlessly through all of the locked doors in their lives without anything more than a smartphone. However, when it comes to harmonizing the cacophony of dozens of appliances all trying to coordinate and talk to one another at the same time, an efficient, unified, software platform will be essential. Mainstream brands moving into the IoT space is great and we are excited to be a part of the movement. It only legitimizes what we have believed for years - the virtual world and physical world can and will interact with each other adding value and an enhanced experiences to everyday functions. We look forward to working with all of them as the authority on authenticating identity and opening access points like doors, gates, turnstiles and more.

-The Brivo Team 

IoT brings opportunities with challenges for CIOs - Part 2

  
  
  

White Board explanationIn our last blog post, we talked about the broad implications of IoT for industry and commercial organizations, reserving a detailed discussion of the relevance of M2M frameworks for CIOs for this piece. Beyond transforming everyday life for consumers, IoT may present challenges along with opportunities for major advances in IT and business performance.

In addition to the sheer novelty of the technologies used, the growing world of connected devices poses a number of difficulties that have made companies hesitant to hop on the IoT bandwagon, despite the enticing promises of IoT and M2M. In fact, CIO, citing a Forrester whitepaper, noted that technological immaturity was only one among a variety of concerns inhibiting executives from turning to M2M innovations


But these concerns are already being mitigated as power brands, like Google and Microsoft have started advocating the technology. Google's acquisition of Nest, and Microsoft's recently announced initiative to kick start a homebrew team of IoT devs are paving the way for new M2M interface technologies and improved IoT functionality. 

Few businesses today are bold enough to take their first steps into the novel realm of IoT; however, we will start to see more and more adoption as companies realize the variety of advantages that can benefit corporate operations and customers alike.

Capitalizing on connected devices
It may seem easy enough to herald the promise of bleeding-edge advances, but the general consensus among IT experts is that IoT will be a critical component of the future of commercial operations. CIO indicated that the Forrester research specified four major issues that CIOs must grapple with when it comes to the future of M2M environments:

    • Assessment and enhancement of employee software competencies
    • Recognition of business results
    • Management of information privacy and security complications
    • Guaranteeing the alignment of organizational and skill inventories by establishing alliances with company leaders

That is, CIOs will need to ensure that both personnel and computerized systems are capable of collaborative functioning in a manner that is relevant to enterprise goals. Accomplishing this task will require both technological and procedural solutions. Much of the burden of this change will likely fall on IT, who will have to research and purchase software that helps them manage IoT-enabled devices. However, everyone will have to do their part by being more aware of the number of computer-controlled devices connecting to networks and other devices. 

"CIOs will be a crucial catalyst for their organizations to capture emerging opportunities and harness the power of connected-world solutions," Pelino and Mines explained in a Forrester research document, CIO revealed. "Context-aware, location-based applications and services change how companies engage with and serve their customers. CIOs should straddle the line between what's possible from a technology perspective and what's meaningful to the business."

The transition to an IoT space that contains social identity management and big data analytics that are integrated with wearable devices may not be a walk in the park for CIOs at first, but it will be well worth it in the long run. IoT technologies like those from Brivo Systems and Brivo Labs are what customers are starting to expect. 

-The Brivo Team 

IoT brings opportunities with challenges for CIOs – Part 1

  
  
  

Due to the nature of their field, CIOs are constantly confronted with new technological developments and the challenges that come with them, from mobile communications to connected devices. IoT is among the newest--and most intriguing--advances on the horizon for IT executives.

Because the M2M environment is still in its earliest stages, it's hard to tell what increased connectivity will lead to and what consequences it will have for CIOs. This uncertainty hasn't stopped industry experts from discussing and speculating on the impact that IoT is bound to have on commercial organizations.

describe the imageIn an article for Forbes, for example, Howard Baldwin wrote about a recent gathering of technological and business specialists who focused on the challenges and prospects that will come with a world of connected devices. IoT was one of the primary topics covered during the event, which was hosted by the Washington Post, with Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute providing a helpful characterization of the new phenomenon:

"[IoT is the] extension of the Internet to the physical world," Mandel explained. "The Internet has transformed digital industries, while the Internet of Things will transform physical industries."

While it seems simple enough that IoT brings the digital world into contact with the physical realm, it remains ambiguous which sectors will be particularly impacted by increased connectivity. So, who will be most influenced by the new age of M2M spaces?

Impact on Physical Security
Though there are several answers to this question, one of the standout candidates is the physical security industry. Why is that? Primarily because this segment provides one of the clearest links between virtual and physical transactions. This connection is made clear by the fact that the word "security" is relevant to both the world of computers and the realm of bodily access control. 

That sounds all well and good, but exactly how can IoT affect this industry? We at Brivo Systems are working toward answering this question through the constant development of contextual security systems that use connected devices and social identities to provide customized and convenient security solutions. Specifically, the SAM API is a platform that gives physical spaces the ability to recognize users based on digital credentials and grants or refuses them access based on their virtual personae.

This is just one example of how IoT is transforming physical industries, and its impact is not limited to security. In fact, M2M frameworks have the potential to have a major influence on the world that CIOs have to navigate everyday, a matter that will be discussed in greater detail in our next blog post.

-The Brivo Team 

SaaS opens new avenues for physical security

  
  
  

The world of technology is constantly transforming, leading to upheavals in every industry, from computer applications to physical security. The growing prevalence of software as a service has been one of the major trends in IT in recent years, with the advent of cloud functionality necessitating changes in enterprise data structures.

In fact, Juniper Research recently published a study that predicts a multimillion dollar increase in SaaS earnings over the next several years. Revenues for the sector reached $23.2 billion in 2013, but are expected to hit a high of $53.5 billion in 2018, more than doubling in the course of only 5 years. This growth is partially the result of the awareness of the relative dangers and advantages of contracting cloud-based applications as well as the comparative prevalence and sophistication of the product scheme.

SaaS is also projected to comprise 59 percent of the enterprise public cloud computing segment by 2018. Additionally, the platform as a service and infrastructure as a service markets are set to see major developments during the coming years. These advances are expected to result from the use of programs designed to capitalize on big data analysis workloads within the cloud and other applications.

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Like numerous other business application domains, traditional hardened physical security is now moving "to the cloud" and using SaaS to meet changing customer and market expectations. The physical security market finally caught up with the IT market's adoption level of IP networking technology and ushered in numerous IP-based products of its own, from cameras to control panels to browser-based user interfaces.

In 2001, Brivo Systems was the first to introduce a cloud-based solution to the physical access control market with its ACS5000-S control panel. Users enjoy the benefits of being freed from technology ownership and seeing more rapid deployment of new features.

The recent fusion of digital and physical operations brought about by developments in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) allows for the SaaS model to be applied in ways that were previously impossible. It's becoming far more feasible to manage material spaces with virtual programs these days, thanks to the integration of M2M environments with software applications.

Using SaaS within IoT holds out some enticing potentialities, including contextual access control systems. These novel networks can use forward-thinking platforms, such as the SAM API from Brivo, to facilitate more convenient user experiences within spaces while increasing the level of security of those areas.

Companies looking to get the most bang for their security buck may make use of social access management platforms to create a more integrated and frictionless system for handling visitors. These improvements are achievable by harnessing social identities as tools for authorizing people's entry into spaces.

For instance, the SAM API, which uses a REST architecture, can act as a hub for a wide range of applications that traverse the realm between the digital and material worlds. Its cross-platform compatibility can link many connected devices and put them to use within a security framework for streamlining accessibility functions.

Imagine if your workplace or favorite restaurant could recognize you, seamlessly customize your experience and grant you access to particular spaces based on an invisible digital passport -- this is just one of the many exhilarating possibilities opened by linking contextual security to physical access control.

-The Brivo Team

Party like it's 1999: a toast to our 15th anniversary

  
  
  
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Last week we celebrated our 15 year anniversary, which means Brivo has been serving the tech community since 1999. To put it into perspective, let's take a look at what else took place that year:
    • Blackberry launched
    • iMac introduced
    • IE 5.0 released
    • WiFi (IEEE 802.11) standard finalized
    • e-Commerce took off
    • MP3 craze began
    • Bill Clinton impeached
    • Lance Armstrong won Tour de France for first time
What a year it was! This was also the year we launched our first product, the “Smart Box,” a connected personal locker that enabled secure package delivery for consumers and businesses. Amidst the Internet bubble and stock market decline in 2001, Brivo took the Smart Box core technology to the physical security market and introduced the concept of cloud-based access control. We started out managing access to a small box, and generalized that to manage large boxes, like buildings and other public spaces.

From dot-com era logistics solutions, to cloud-based physical access control, our most recent milestone is launching Brivo Labs, an innovation unit that focuses on connecting social identities to physical places—a concept called “social spaces.”

Brivo continues to innovate and evolve, while maintaining our commitment to providing both convenience and forward-thinking technologies. We’re excited to see what’s in store for Brivo’s future, and hope you are too.

Interested in learning more about the Brivo Story?
    • See more pictures from our anniversary event
    • Read our anniversary press release
    • Watch the Brivo Story video below
- The Brivo Team 




#Hackthebox Art + Tech Collaboration Wins MUSE Award

  
  
  

In March, during a three day charette-hackathon, Brivo and Brivo Labs collaborated with the topcoder community and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design to reimagine the museum experience. During these three days, art and tech experts explored ways the traditional museum experience could be designed to interact with physical spaces using innovations in beacon and wearable technology. Participants were divided into three teams: Team Entry, who explored ways the entryway to the Gallery could interact with the outside world; Team Exhibit, who worked on finding ways to connect individuals with specific pieces of art; and Team Retail, who focused on making the retail store more visible by connecting it to collections throughout the museum. The outcomes from Hack the Box were presented April 25-27 in London at an international exhibition design summit called Chaos at the Museum.

Not only did this collaboration bring new ideas and solutions to the market, but we are happy to announce that it also earned a MUSE award from the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network. The Muse Awards will take place Sunday, May 18 in Seattle, Washington.

To learn more, watch the Hack the Box video below, highlighting the three day art + tech collab. 

The Brivo Team 

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Inspired at ISC West: Taking security technology to the next level

  
  
  
The Brivo team had a great time at ISC West in Las Vegas last week!  We enjoyed meeting with new and familiar faces alike, while showcasing our cloud-based technologies and social access management applications. We also unveiled several new promotional videos, highlighting all the benefits of our solutions. Didn’t see enough of them? No fear, that’s why we’re here...

  • Brivo OnAir: Our famous integrated access control and video in the cloud solution. Watch this video to learn how Brivo OnAir can protect your enterprise or small business. 
  • SAM API, including Randivoo & OKDoor: Enhancing everyday experiences with social access management. Click the links above for more info and video viewing.
  • Brivo OVR (Online Video Recorder): Video recording and access control together in one place. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!
  • New Federal Solutions video: Interested in Brivo's physical access control solutions for Federal applications? You’ve come to the right place. Click above to watch our Federal video.

People who stopped by our booth also had a chance to win some cool prizes and enjoy a delicious DC Cupcake (as seen on the hit TLC TV show, DC Cupcakes). Scan2Win, a custom app designed to highlight SAM, was in full motion. See some of our winners below!


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For more photos, check out our ISC West 2014 Facebook album. Thanks again for stopping by, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions/comments!  

- Hilary Pogarch, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Are you ready to be INSPIRED at ISC West?

  
  
  

It’s that time of year again and ISC West is upon us. Brivo Systems is yet again taking security technology to the next level. We were the first to bring you the cloud, and now we’re the first to bring you social access management.

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See what’s up our sleeve:

SAM: Recently unveiled at SXSW, the SAM API is helping us achieve our vision to become the social sign-on for the physical world by allowing people to interact with real spaces and devices using their social identities. We are excited to show you all the cool things SAM can do:

  • Rändivoo: The all-in-one visitor management and experience system from Brivo Labs, scheduled to launch in May.
  • OKDoor: A glassware application that remotely opens doors and was recently featured in Fast Company. Try Google Glass and OKDoor at the Brivo booth and unlock a door before your eyes (you’ll unlock a refreshing beverage, too).
  • Scan2Win: This custom app highlights SAM. As part of a giveaway, we will distribute slap bracelets with QR codes. To win, all you have to do is scan your “retro wearable” using the app at our booth to see if it unlocks the prize door. One of the following could be yours: a Pebble watch, Nike FuelBand, Bass Egg or Google Chromecast.

Buzz: Can't get enough of SAM? Attend our press conference to find out how the SAM platform will be a game changer in the way people manage everyday experiences using social spaces. When and where? Wed., April 2 at 4 pm in the Press Office Room 504.

DC Cupcakes & Coffee: Every day at 2 pm visit Brivo Booth 30044 to pick up a gourmet cupcake from our hometown of Washington, D.C. and enjoy a hot cup of coffee (we’re giving away these sweet treats from the hit show DC Cupcakes on TLC).

Brivo OnAir: Our famous integrated access control and video in the cloud will be on display, featuring its new and improved user interface.

Must-see panels to attend:

The Great Debate 2014: Use It or Lose It!

Included on panel: Brivo President & CEO, Steve Van Till

Practical Uses for Cloud Applications: How to Leverage the Cloud for Your Organization

Included on panel: Brivo EVP & COO, John Szczygiel  

Cloud-based Security Platforms: Critical Questions from Dealers

Included on panel: Brivo EVP & COO, John Szczygiel


Stop by our booth 30044 and we’ll give you the full lowdown. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

- JuliAnn Tuleya, Senior Marketing Manager 


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