Courthouse deploys cloud-based Brivo access control

Crown Point courthouse, a mixed retail and office facility, finds efficient access management solution


Bethesda, MD, June 19, 2013 – Brivo Systems LLC, leader in cloud applications for security management, today announced that the historic courthouse in Crown Point, IN, has substantially upgraded their access control management capabilities with a cloud-based Brivo ACS WebService system. The new system was specified and installed by Phil and Son, Inc.

After the town of Crown Point built a new courthouse complex, the historic courthouse, under the leadership of the Crown Point Courthouse Foundation, was transformed into a three-story mix of retail, offices, ballroom function space, and a still-functioning courtroom. Security for the remodeled historic courthouse remained standard lock and key, and that’s where the problems began.

“It really got out of control,” related Allen Pante, of Phil and Son. “While there are only four entrances, there were over 200 keys in circulation, so when the Foundation took over, they faced the hassle and expense of re-keying the entire building. Then, once retail and event rental operations started up, there were so many people coming and going but somehow access had to managed for all these different and growing needs.”

For the new mixed-use complex, someone had to manually open all four doors each morning and then re-lock them at 6:00 pm each evening. After-hours access for events was needed, as was a way to grant after-hours access to the businesses that maintained offices in the upper floors. “Clearly, the Foundation needed a better, more efficient way to manage access for the many and varying demands of all the building’s tenants, visitors, and customers,” Pante explained.

Phil and Son looked at a number of different access control providers to solve the Foundation’s access management challenges. “It was important that we understood the Foundation’s needs at this time, but also in the future. The Foundation Board members wanted access card control, add and delete capabilities, remote access, and to provide specific access privileges. And the retail shop owners wanted a lot more—door scheduling, and to be able to change and add system features.”

Pante continued, “When I evaluated the different choices, the Brivo system just shined. Many of the systems we looked at were ‘fix it now,’ but I could see the Brivo system had the flexibility for future needs as well. Other systems required that I load software onto Board members’ computers—that wasn’t going to work—and most did not offer mobile access. The building’s internal network is out-sourced, so we needed a solution that wouldn’t compromise the network. In the end result, it was clear the Brivo system would allow the Foundation to expand and do whatever the Board members could dream up.”
Another key feature of the Brivo ACS WebService solution is remote management. So, now Pante and his Phil and Son colleagues can assist the Foundation staff in managing the system and provide important back-up resources for any of their needs or questions. “It’s been a pretty big change going from keys to something this sophisticated,” Pante explained, “so being able to help the staff along the way and provide a comfort level has been a tremendous advantage.”

The Brivo system is used to manage the four main doors located on the north, south, east, and west sides of the building, as well as two bathroom entrances. Two of the main entrance doors lead to the first floor and the retail shops, and the other two doors provide access to the upper floors, where the offices, ballroom, and courtroom are located. The system manages access for over 100 users a day and upwards of 200 users for after-hours events and/or office access.

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