Athens, OH City-County Health Department Deploys Brivo Access Control

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Brivo's cloud-based access control system provides day-to-day security and safeguards important records.

The control with the Brivo system is superb. This was a very satisfying, dramatic leap in our use of technology. I would not hesitate to recommend it. Charles Hammer, Administrator, Athens City-County Health Department

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Brivo Systems LLC, leader in cloud applications for security management, today announced that the Athens City-County Health Department utilizes Brivo ACS WebService to secure their facility, located in Athens, OH. Tyco Integrated Security is the dealer and installer for this project.

For years, the Athens Health Department used standard lock and key to secure their facility. “We were aware that if someone wanted to steal a key or make a copy, they could get into the building at any time,” observed Charles Hammer, Administrator, Athens City-County Health Department. “This was a vulnerability that was unnecessary.”

In 2009, the health department had funding available from federal and state grants to enhance their ability to respond to health emergencies. “While we are continuously improving our communications strategies, and training staff, we identified a pressing need to better secure our facility,” recalled Hammer. Hammer sent out a request for bids, and from among the many responses he and his team chose the Brivo solution offered Tyco Integrated Security.

“We were looking for a system that would give us a level of security needed for a primary response entity in the event of a health emergency. Once we saw the Brivo system in action, we got that and we also got excellent day-to-day access management as well,” said Hammer.

“The Brivo system has been a perfect fit. The off-site, anytime control of the system was very appealing. Now, for example, if I get a call from a nursing director that she’s sending an authorized person to our building, I can grant access from home or anywhere I have the internet. Also, I can configure access cards to operate in a very particular way, with very specific access privileges,” Hammer explained.

Hammer has divided his full-time employees, part-time employees, outside contractors, and health service partners into 10 groups, each with different day, time, and location access privileges. “I have the cleaning crew programmed only for access from 4:00-5:30. If someone gets one of those cards, they can’t get in except during that period, and I know what card was used to attempt an unauthorized access and when—it’s very comforting to know we have this level of reporting and control. This solution to many of our potential vulnerabilities is iron clad.”

The Brivo system provides the Athens Health Department excellent security and peace of mind, but it has been crucial to fulfilling other security demands, too. “The trend to increase security for birth, death, and other crucial records is growing,” Hammer related. “The Brivo system is integral to securing our records. Upon evaluation of access control system, we received quick approval from the state because we could demonstrate concrete steps taken to fulfill the mandate to increase records security.”

Hammer uses his Brivo system to provide him reports on staff time and attendance, so he can offer some employees flexible work schedules even if he is not on-site. He also knows his system provides an audit trail and in the event of a public health emergency, he can produce a report showing exactly who was at the Command Center in the building, when they arrived, and how long they were present. “We have to be able to document and report on our activities during an emergency, what you did and when—we can do that with Brivo.”

“The control with the Brivo system is superb. This was a very satisfying, dramatic leap in our use of technology. As an IT layperson, I find the system very user friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend it,” Hammer concluded.

For more information on ACS WebService, contact Brivo toll–free at 1-866-692-7486, option 1 or email sales(at)brivo(dot)com.

About Brivo Systems
Brivo Systems LLC is a SaaS-based security management systems provider for organizations that need to protect and remotely monitor buildings and perimeter entry points. When introduced in 2001, Brivo’s Web-hosted physical access control system was a unique solution—after a decade of evolution and innovation, it still is. Brivo’s groundbreaking physical access control and video solutions empower organizations by giving administrators real-time device control, including immediate visibility of security events and video in local or remote facilities—anytime, anywhere.

The company’s innovative, secure, and open architecture-based products and services enable businesses to protect people and assets, comply with regulations, and improve business operational efficiency. These scalable systems—whether standalone or appliance-based or cloud-based—offer a solution for every type of business. Brivo’s security management products are a market-proven fit for commercial office buildings, warehouses, retail stores, manufacturing plants, and sensitive areas, such as server rooms or R&D labs, where real-time control and accountability of entry are important.

With headquarters in Bethesda, MD, Brivo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Duchossois Group, a privately held holding company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, which also owns other industry leaders such as AMX, The Chamberlain Group, and Milestone AV Technologies. Duchossois also holds strategic interests in Churchill Downs, Inc., and a number of other diversified businesses.

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