Published on 18 March, 2014
|Brivo OnAirSM cloud-based access control solution manages eight exterior and 16 interior doors
Brivo Systems LLC, leader in cloud applications for security management, recently announced that Kimray, Inc., a leading provider of petroleum industry control equipment located in Oklahoma City, OK, has standardised on the Brivo OnAirSM cloud-based access control solution for two of their current facilities, with plans to expand to a wide range of facilities and locations. Dowley Security Systems is the Brivo dealer and integrator for this ongoing project.
Like many enterprises, prior to upgrading to Brivo, Kimray relied on lock and key for their security. “A few years ago, our Facilities Director started looking into other options,” recalled Jeremy Biggs, Kimray’s Loss Prevention Manager. “We wanted more control over our facilities.”
Kimray selected Brivo OnAir and it has been rolling out expanded access management control over the last year and a half. Thus far, Brivo manages eight exterior and 16 interior doors. In addition to covering all external door access, the Brivo system is installed to manage access to the several internal areas, such as storage and offices.
Brivo OnAir is integrated with the company’s duress system, so that when an employee triggers one of the panic buttons, their location is pinpointed and a record is maintained of such incidents. According to Biggs, “We’re able to react before we’ve even received a phone call. We’ve got a panic button in the Wellness Center, which is open 24/7. Security staff can’t be in the gym all day, so the button gives us an extra measure of security.” Eventually, Biggs plans to expand the duress stations to machining and other work areas.
With Brivo, Kimray manages approximately 941 users including employees, spouses and vendors. These users are divided into an impressive 108 groups, all with specific day, time, and location access privileges. Key cards are used for access, but they also contain a bar code that is used for time and attendance recording. Most groups are organised by work schedule and location, other groups are granted 24/7 access.
Kimray uses Brivo’s highly versatile alert feature. Alerts to the security staff include those signaling open doors and temperature sensors monitoring certain rooms. The electrician has his own set of alerts to monitor for specific events.
"In instances where we need to investigate, Brivo helps me track down where users were, which reduces my investigation time immensely"
“We monitor the system’s activity log constantly,” explained Biggs. “We run a monthly report on attendance at the Wellness Center to measure usage. Anytime we have a problem or incident, we can run a report for the time period needed.” The Brivo system is also integrated with Kimray’s alarm system.
Biggs says the Brivo system has been very useful in monitoring and containing certain incidents, too. “In instances where we need to investigate, Brivo helps me track down where users were, which reduces my investigation time immensely.”
As the Brivo system is rolled out, Biggs and his team has identified multiple sites for potential, future expansion. These facilities include buildings in different cities, which are distributors carrying Kimray products. It is Biggs’ intent to manage all sites centrally from the Loss Prevention Office. Kimray’s Security Department has six full-time officers, with someone onsite around the clock.
“Overall, our user experience with Brivo has been good,” Biggs reported. “We’ve got security officers ranging from college students to retirees, with all levels of computer skills, and we’ve had no problems at all.”