Brivo's Video SaaS

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One of the big integration news stories out of ISC West Wednesday was Brivo Systems' addition of a hosted video recording application that meshes with its hosted access control application.

Hosted applications, sometimes referred to as software as a service (SaaS), take applications management off user hands and centralize their operations at data centers managed by the SaaS companies. The practice has grown popular in IT circles and has special appeal for small and medium-sized companies that don't have IT staff or expertise. Brivo, with its ACS WebService, has been at the forefront at using for SaaS for access control.

With Wednesday's announcement, Brivo is incorporating a surveillance component--the ability to correlate an access-related event to a video recording of that event--into the hosted access control application. It provides smaller enterprises, especially those with a number of locations, an integration capability that until now has only been within reach of much larger users.

Dubbed OVR WebService, the hosted video recording service supports up to four cameras per broadband connection. Video is viewable from within the ACS interface.

While the service is entirely IP-based and works over a standard Internet connection, it requires a specific line of six Axis Communications network cameras and one encoder that incorporate the company's Subscriber Technology Services (STS) feature. This feature allows the camera or encoder to seamlessly identify itself and self-configure with the Brivo servers. At first, Brivo hoped to work around the camera limitation by aligning the service with video management software systems. The company looked at about eight systems, said Steven Van Till, president and CEO, but the callback component would have required use of the vendor's software development kit. "Working with an SDK puts you in the manufacturer flow," Van Till said. While the company has done so in the past, using and HID SDK for access cards, ultimately, it was not something Brivo wanted to do with video.

OVR WebService is expected to be available in May 1.

Van Till talks about the value proposition SaaS offers small and medium-sized users in this exclusive Security Squared video.


One of the big integration news stories out of ISC West Wednesday was Brivo Systems' addition of a hosted video recording application that meshes with its hosted access control application.

Hosted applications, sometimes referred to as software as a service (SaaS), take applications management off user hands and centralize their operations at data centers managed by the SaaS companies. The practice has grown popular in IT circles and has special appeal for small and medium-sized companies that don't have IT staff or expertise. Brivo, with its ACS WebService, has been at the forefront at using for SaaS for access control.

With Wednesday's announcement, Brivo is incorporating a surveillance component--the ability to correlate an access-related event to a video recording of that event--into the hosted access control application. It provides smaller enterprises, especially those with a number of locations, an integration capability that until now has only been within reach of much larger users.

Dubbed OVR WebService, the hosted video recording service supports up to four cameras per broadband connection. Video is viewable from within the ACS interface.

While the service is entirely IP-based and works over a standard Internet connection, it requires a specific line of six Axis Communications network cameras and one encoder that incorporate the company's Subscriber Technology Services (STS) feature. This feature allows the camera or encoder to seamlessly identify itself and self-configure with the Brivo servers. At first, Brivo hoped to work around the camera limitation by aligning the service with video management software systems. The company looked at about eight systems, said Steven Van Till, president and CEO, but the callback component would have required use of the vendor's software development kit. "Working with an SDK puts you in the manufacturer flow," Van Till said. While the company has done so in the past, using and HID SDK for access cards, ultimately, it was not something Brivo wanted to do with video.

OVR WebService is expected to be available in May 1.

Van Till talks about the value proposition SaaS offers small and medium-sized users in this exclusive Security Squared video.


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