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Brivo ‘Mobile Pass’ brings smartphone access control to all

Brivo's digital credential enables smartphone door access without hardware upgrade

BETHESDA, Md.—Cloud-based access control provider Brivo Sept. 21 introduced a new "mobile pass" that will enable 7 million current Brivo users to use their smartphones for access control.

Strategic Security likes the simplicity of cloud

When you talk total cost of ownership 'a case can be made for cloud'

RALEIGH, N.C.—As Strategic Security managing partner Jay Slaughterbeck makes plans to grow his business and expand geographically, he’s undertaken an initiative to expand his cloud services.

Clearing up cloud confusion

The promise of the cloud, definitions, trust

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Cloud pioneers—security manufacturers who say they’re fully committed to cloud-based systems—believe it’s only a matter of time before all security systems rely, to some degree, on the cloud.

Idesco goes cloud


NEW YORK—Idesco, a security systems integrator based here, on Sept. 2 announced its partnership with Brivo, a provider of cloud applications for security management.

ADT Small Business specialization continues

Luis Orbegoso announces new video storage solutions

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT, which announced in April that it is going after small business,* has two new video offerings for its small business clients: hosted video with cloud storage and, for onsite storage, “smart” DVRs.

What's your advice for customers and BYOD?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday. Here in Maine it was rainy and foggy, but it was still glorious. You see, I was off the grid with my husband and teenagers. We all BYODs, like we always do, but they didn’t work—and guess what? No complaints

So, I didn’t read this BYOD story until today. It’s from publication called PCAdvisor and it has some interesting statistics about people bringing their own devices to work and using them to access corporate resources.

The story does not address employees accessing corporate physical security systems specifically—but the statistics are still relevant. And it seems to me that integrators and end users need to be thinking about policy options for managing BYOD for physical security employees and physical security applications.

We did touch on this topic at TechSec in February. Steve Van Till moderated an excellent mobile apps panel, and Axis’ Fredrik Nilsson talked about this question specifically.

He suggested BYOD could save money and increase efficiency for the physical security operations because workers want to use their own devices (security guards for example), but there are many ifs (what if a device is lost? How do you know for sure who is using the device?) All panelists agreed that BYOD brings up many concerns.

This writer suggests that the move toward BYOD is “unstoppable.” I don’t know about that, but it’s certainly got momentum, and probably a good idea to assess BYOD workplace policies even if your customers aren't asking you about them.

I liked the following stats and this question: Will employees be bringing more than one device to work?

“Gartner predicted that 90 percent of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014. And Cisco survey data suggests that we can expect to see 3.47 devices per person in 2015 and a whopping 6.58 devices per person in 2020. This begs the question: How many devices per person will the enterprise ultimately need to manage?”

Brivo works out access to gyms

Partnership with ClubReady opens doors for integrators

BETHESDA, Md.—Brivo dealers have a foot in the door of the $25 billion fitness club business, thanks to a new integration between Brivo’s Web-based access control software and systems and health-club management software provider ClubReady.

Mobile apps proliferate

What does it mean for your business?

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Speaking about the future of mobile apps at the TechSec conference on Feb. 7, Fredrik Nilsson GM of Axis Communications recalled a keynote address that he delivered at the first TechSec conference in 2005.

TechSec 2012 preliminary educational program announced


ORLANDO, Fla.—Details of the TechSec 2012 educational program were announced by conference organizers on Sept. 20, the second day of the ASIS show here.