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Jeffersonville upgrades cloud-based access control for Dog Park with Brivo Systems

Jeffersonville upgrades cloud-based access control for Dog Park with Brivo Systems

Brivo Systems in cloud applications for security management announced that Jeffersonville, Indiana, continues to roll out the Brivo OnAir hosted cloud-based access control and video surveillance management solution to a number of different departments and locations throughout the city. Security Pros is the Brivo dealer and installer for this on-going project.

Jeffersonville is the county seat for Clark County, Indiana. It is directly across the Ohio River to the north of Louisville, Kentucky, and is home to approximately 45,000 residents.

Over a number of years, Chris Gilbert, and his company Security Pros, has been working with various officials of the Jeffersonville government to upgrade the city's access control management capabilities. Brivo cloud-based access control has been installed to manage access at the city's wastewater treatment plants to control all access gates, and to manage the Department of Streets' access points and buildings. Recently, Gilbert has been working with the Police Department to specify Brivo OnAir for the new police building.

“We are doing the majority of the city's access management with Brivo,” explained Chris Gilbert, Founder and President, Security Pros. “We've installed video surveillance cameras for this city as well, but lately most of the demand is for installing Brivo OnAir at an expanded number of locations.” Presently, the city manages about 30 access points with Brivo. Gilbert expects that number to increase substantially over the next year or so.

Recently, the city completed a $4 million renovation at Vissing Park, one of their more prominent parks—new softballs fields, press box, and bathrooms. Problems arose because park staff locked the bathrooms at 4:30 or 5 PM upon leaving, but park users still needed facilities. Simply leaving the bathrooms open or on electronic timers invited vandalism and graffiti. Paul Northam, Director of Parks and Recreation, came to Gilbert looking for a solution.

“We were familiar with the Brivo technology and we knew we could simply set up automatic schedules for the two sets of bathrooms at the park and connect and transmit wirelessly. Now, the public has access from 6 am to 10 pm and we have a record of the access for each bathroom,” said Northam. As the city has continued to expand its use of Brivo OnAir, other possible uses have emerged.

Jeffersonville recently upgraded public facilities by building Highland Dog Park, but how to manage access and even generate revenue? By installing Brivo at the two dog park entrances and providing access cards in exchange for an annual fee, residents and their dogs can now enjoy all dog parks have to offer, and they know they and their pets are safe. Northam explained, “The dogs need to have five different kinds of vaccinations and all five must be up to date for the dog owner's access card to stay valid.”

Dog vaccinations can expire all on one day in the year or on five different days. With Brivo it doesn't matter; Gilbert programs the access cards for the one year membership, but also to “turn off” if any of the vaccinations is not renewed prior to expiration. This provides the owner with plenty of incentive to keep vaccinations up to date and to pay the annual fee on a timely basis.

As the city looks to build future dog parks, the Brivo technology offers a winning solution. Also, as new public parks are built and existing parks are updated and/or expanded, Gilbert sees excellent potential to install Brivo and to help the city move toward standardizing on one technology for all their access control needs.

Gilbert and Security Pros provide consultation and installation expertise for Jeffersonville, and they also offer managed access control services for any of the city's departments who wish to delegate those administrative duties.

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