Brivo Releases New Version of ACS WebService

Feb. 21, 2007
Release 7.3.2 offers expanded DVR choices and seamless daylight savings time transition

Bethesda, MD, February 20, 2007 – Brivo Systems, LLC, the leader in Web applications for access control and security systems, today announced the release of Version 7.3.2 of the ACS WebService application. The new release, provided free of charge to Brivo customers, ensures a seamless transition to the earlier Daylight Saving Time observation, which begins this year.

ACS WebService is Brivo's Web-hosted access control product, a unique and powerful system that can be managed over the Web using any standard Internet browser. Once customers log into their accounts via the Brivo ACS WebService website they can manage their facilities across the street or halfway around the globe. Because it is a Web-hosted application, Brivo customers have access to all new features and upgrades immediately upon release.

Daylight Saving Time Change

The Daylight Saving Time (DST) change is the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in which the 2007 date for the start of DST in the United States was changed from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, and returning to standard time on the first Sunday in November, one week later than before. If this new time change has not been planned for, there is high potential for negative implications to a wide range of electronic and computer equipment that have software to manage billing applications, calendars, travel schedules, and, of course, security applications.

Brivo ACS WebService customers not only have a solution for their systems, it is one that requires no action on their part. The 7.3.2 release ensures that all Brivo customers' schedules will remain correct, eliminating concerns that doors will unlock an hour late when Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. For example, a school with the Brivo system with doors scheduled to open at 7:00 am on Monday, March 12, will unlock promptly at 7:00 am. With another electronic access control system, the doors may not unlock until 8:00 am, leaving faculty and students out in the cold.

With the new release in place, conforming to the new DST standard is nothing more than a simple data transfer which occurs between Brivo's hosted applications and control panels, just like any other data transfer that is part of daily operations. Brivo's President and COO, Steve Van Till, said, "Our ability to perform this type of maintenance seamlessly on behalf of our dealers and their customers is another example of the architectural strength of Brivo's web-hosted access control system."

Brivo's ACS OnSite product, a standalone access control system designed for single facilities, has similarly been upgraded to accommodate the time change. A simple download is provided on Brivo's website to allow the firmware to be upgraded. That new release, version 1.0.4, requires no further action from customers once the firmware has been upgraded. Continuing with Brivo's commitment to provide maximum choice and flexibility, the ACS OnSite control panel is fully convertible to ACS WebService, meaning that no Brivo customer faces constraints in scalability when their business expands beyond the limits of their existing access control system.

Speco DVR Integration

DVR integration with the access control system enables Administrators to see video of system events, such as when a card is swiped or if a door is forced open. By just clicking on the event in the activity log, the user can review 30 seconds before and after the event. Live video can also be viewed. ACS WebService now supports integration with Speco's Triplex Digital Video Recorder Family, specifically the DVR-4T, DVR-8TN, and DVR-16TN. The addition of Speco DVRs gives Brivo customers additional options in their choice of DVRs.

This release highlights Brivo's continued commitment to provide end users with the most intuitive, easy-to-use system with choices for every environment. Van Till again, "We are highly proactive to ensure that our customers never experience a disruption to their access control. At the same time, we continue to add new features and broaden our customers' options. An access control system that fails to keep up with challenges like the Daylight Saving Time change fails to meet the security needs of its customers."

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