D.C. school rolls out Brivo system for access

OnSite SE's system flexibility and scalability meeting school's access conrol needs


Bethesda, MD, December 18, 2007 – Brivo Systems, LLC, the leader in Web applications for access control and security systems, announced today that St. John's College High School (SJC), located in Washington, DC, has deployed the Brivo OnSite SE access control system in key locations throughout their 27-acre campus. eVigilant of Arlington, VA, specified and installed the Brivo system.

St. John's, an independent, Catholic, coeducational college preparatory school with 1,100 students and 150 faculty and staff, formerly secured their buildings with a standard lock and key system. The SJC Administration sought improved access technology to provide school administrators with maximum flexibility; utilizing existing infrastructure and giving them a "tiered" management system to fit the overall needs of the school and each specific administrator.

eVigilant introduced Tony Colvin, Director of Facilities, and Mel Colvin, Director of Technology, to Brivo's OnSite SE, which provides all of the advanced benefits of Brivo functionality and ease of use. The system offers the school on-site data storage control, as opposed to the Web-hosting option the company also offers.

"We knew we wanted a Web-based system," said Mel Colvin. "I didn't want to hassle with making sure all the computers had the right software and the right versions of software. The Brivo system made it easy."

"We opted for a phased installation so we installed Brivo in our athletic facility to see how it functioned and to gain a comfort level with the system," said Tony Colvin. "The school wanted to be able to lock up the entire building and then funnel all traffic through specific doorways while sensors on all other doors would monitor closed or open status. We have a lot of coaching and other staff; in fact, over the course of the year we have upwards of 15 different athletic programs using the building at different times of year for different periods, all with different coaching staffs. We needed a system that could easily manage all those cards and schedules, control access, and track access in the facility. With the old system, if a student got a hold of a key that presented a potential problem—now we just cancel the missing access card."

The Brivo OnSite SE system gives SJC greatly improved access control and access visibility and reporting, and it provides the school a host of other benefits as well. The athletic director can control doors from his office or remotely grant access to outside groups that rent the facility. At the end of each day, the athletic director needs to make sure the building is fully secure. The Brivo system gives him an easily accessible view of the entire building so that he knows if any doors are open—without leaving his office.

Once the entire St. John's administration confirmed the system was meeting their needs, it was time to look at other buildings and access points to expand system control. In addition to the athletic building, Brivo has been installed in the main academic building on the main entrance doors, the administrative offices, and the Business Manager's suite. At present, a fourth location is being installed to control cafeteria access. Through the process, SJC was pleased to learn that they were not limited by the Brivo system; they just needed to figure out how to maximize system functionality to their greatest benefit.

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