Brivo innovation adds online video recording capability to ACS WebService
OVR WebService™ will be launched at ISC West, 1-3 April, and is entered into the SIA New Product Showcase.
Brivo built the video hosting platform in response to what it sees as a large, under-served market for Video-as-a-Service, particularly among small businesses and geographically distributed enterprises with widely dispersed assets. “OVR WebService is the first and only fully integrated, online access control plus video service,” explained Steven Van Till, Brivo President and CEO. “It adds built-in, hosted IP video functionality to Brivo’s award-winning ACS WebService™ hosted access control at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated DVR.”
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. “We are excited about the relationship with Brivo and providing an integrated, hosted SaaS model based on the Axis Video Hosting System,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications Inc. “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.”
Van Till continued, “Brivo has built its success in the world of IP access control by providing a unique offering that is extremely easy for our partners to install, and our end users to operate, without the need to know much about IP networking principles. We wanted to bring that same ease of installation and use to IP video installations.”
Matching Brivo’s own network architecture with the Axis Video Hosting System capabilities, the OVR service streamlines the installation and management of integrated video surveillance capability. Cameras “phone home” with no on-site network provisioning necessary, thereby reducing the labor and skill requirements for installation. This approach also makes video accessible anywhere on the Internet without making changes to local firewall policies. “This is a huge plus for our customers’ IT departments, because they’re understandably reluctant to punch holes in their firewalls to permit external access,” said Van Till. “We cut out many hours of labor and eliminate the most failure-prone components of any video installation.”
Brivo’ second partner in the product launch, Dell Inc., worked as part of the infrastructure design team for this ambitious 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. “In short, our partners at Dell did anything and everything we needed to ensure the timely development and success of OVR—their contributions were outstanding,” said Bill Savage, Brivo Vice President of Operations.
The OVR service allows customers to add cameras at a very reasonable price, bringing the option of video to organizations that might otherwise not be able to afford it. Like the Brivo ACS WebService, OVR is perfect for securing widely dispersed assets. While OVR supports up to four cameras per typical broadband connection, it can support thousands of cameras at hundreds of sites across an enterprise, regardless of their location.