Brivo Systems expands into hosted video business

Brivo Systems has successfully completed a major new addition to its award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) access control solution. The company showcased the new OVR WebService product at the ISC West show in Las Vegas, and I was able to catch up with Brivo President and CEO Steven Van Till along with SIW editor Geoff Kohl to get the inside scoop on the product launch.

“What the OVR WebService stands for is online video recorder WebService,” Van Till said. “The WebService indicates that this is an additional feature offering inside our existing access control system, which has been on the market since 2002, providing online access control.”

The OVR WebService essentially adds video surveillance to the company’s ACS WebService access control solution. “The core feature that we’re adding here is streaming IP video from the customer premise back to a central storage facility,” Van Till said. “All that video is captured (at the storage facility), along with the access control data, and it is made available to the customer inside a browser context, along with the rest of the application that we have been offering for access control.”

Developed in partnership with Axis Communications, the new video service requires only an Axis network camera to be located at the customer site. From Brivo’s ACS WebService application, customers can then remotely view live and event-tagged video using a standard Web browser.

The video is streamed up to five frames-per-second, and the system is designed for about four cameras.

“The product is being targeted for small businesses, and also for large businesses with multiple small office locations,” Van Till said.

He added that the service would be ideal for a retail application. The system can also support thousands of cameras at hundreds of sites across an enterprise, regardless of their location.

“The ease of installation, as well as Brivo’s hosting will make network camera surveillance systems very cost-efficient for smaller enterprises and provide a great recurring revenue opportunity for dealers and central stations,” Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications, said in a press release.

Brivo’ second partner in the product launch, Dell Inc., worked as part of the infrastructure design team for the project. Dell provided the server and storage engineering skills required to meet Brivo’s performance requirements, and brought in their own technology partners as needed.