Openpath vs. Brivo Access Control

See which cloud-based access control customers prefer for their building security.

Brivo access control review

Cloud-based access control offers businesses a smarter way to manage and secure their offices and buildings. Brivo is an integrated access control provider with cloud-based software solutions. Brivo offers a line of access control hardware including controllers and readers, and a mobile app for smartphone credentials. Both Brivo and Openpath are open systems, meaning they can integrate with other apps and security products. Integrated security systems and mobile credentials can be used across a wide variety of applications, including in offices, multi-family buildings, commercial real estate, fitness centers and more. Modern security systems offer added flexibility and streamlined management compared with legacy access control.

Quick look: key differences between Openpath and Brivo access control

  • Video capabilities: At the time of this Brivo access control review, the only option for video is to integrate with Eagle Eye Networks and install a separate camera. Openpath offers Pro Series Video Readers with built-in camera and access functionality, plus native integrations with leading video surveillance providers like Cisco Meraki, Milestone, Camio, Ava, and Rhombus Systems.

  • Reliable touchless access: Openpath achieves 99.9% unlock reliability for the Wave to Unlock feature with patented Triple Unlock technology, which uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data signals simultaneously. 

  • Interoperability: While both providers have an open API platform, Openpath offers more native, out-of-the-box integrations with the leading software tools, apps, and security systems needed to run your business, plus mobile SDKs for unlimited customization.

Openpath’s reliable, future-proof mobile access control

  • Multi-technology readers support mobile, keycards, fobs, RFID and Apple Watch

  • Intuitive, open software platform with remote management, dynamic access permissions, and real-time customizable reporting

  • Built-in, high-definition video capabilities with real-time remote monitoring

  • Powerful safety features for occupancy tracking, anti-tailgating, and emergency lockdown activation

  • Scalable hardware and software that secures a single entry or an entire multisite enterprise with ease

  • Integrates seamlessly with existing security hardware and software via open standards

  • Automatic updates, offline functionality, and encryption at every level

The most reliable mobile access control experience

Mobile credentials are the preferred building access method for most people, as it’s more convenient to use your smartphone than a badge or PIN code. Openpath’s patented Triple Unlock technology races Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular data signals simultaneously. Whichever signal reaches the reader first unlocks the door. This a fast, reliable unlocking experience every time. Openpath readers alert against tampering, and are also equipped with fail safes and backup power to withstand power failures and Internet outages.

Brivo’s mobile access control uses a mobile app to unlock entries. Like other access control companies' door unlock process, the Brivo app requires users to have their phone out and app open in order to select which door to unlock. They also offer the option to purchase Bluetooth-enabled readers, which communicate with the Brivo MobilePass. 

The Brivo system readers are compatible with backwards-compatible prox cards, but not all their readers will work with the mobile credentials or other access methods. Openpath’s Smart Readers offer a more versatile and convenient unlocking experience. The sleek, sophisticated readers support hands-free wave to unlock, mobile or watch app, tablet app, encrypted keycards, fobs, and Cloud Key access, all on one piece of hardware.

Touchless access control 

Touchless technology has gone from a nice-to-have amenity to an essential business solution. COVID-19 accelerated the need for touchless experiences to replace everyday activities like signing into buildings, checking out at stores, and opening doors. Your mobile access control provider should allow you to create touchless entry and exit, too. Just because an access control platform is compatible with smartphone credentials, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s touchless. 

Brivo access control reviews say that the system can be made touchless by using Siri for voice activation, or via their new Fluid Access product. The quick-fix to create touchless access via voice activation isn’t a great user experience—and it’s inherently not touchless. Users still need to have their phone out for the voice activation to work, which can slow things down and create bottlenecks. If the readers are in a loud area, such as outside a main entrance near a street with traffic, the voice activation feature may not function properly. Similarly, in a quiet office environment, such as in a medical facility, it’s disruptive to shout out “Hey Siri! Open this door!” While the Fluid Access method on the new ACS100 reader/controller hybrid allows users to leave their phone in their pocket, they’re still required to touch the reader to trigger an unlock and set up the feature.

Openpath uses unique Bluetooth technology and motion activation for a truly touchless entry experience. Users keep their phone in their pocket or bag, and simply wave their hand in front of the reader to unlock the door. No need to have your phone out or even open the app, and you don’t have to touch a thing. Plus, Openpath can integrate with door opener hardware for a 100% contactless entry solution, without sacrificing convenience or security.

Access control hardware review

When looking for a complete access control solution, the software and access methods are only one piece of the puzzle. Hardware is just as important to your building security. Openpath offers a full line of controller and reader hardware to choose from. Whereas Brivo outsources their hardware production, meaning the controllers and readers are manufactured by another company. In comparison, Openpath maintains full control over its hardware line. This allows greater visibility and quality assurance that the product is up to Openpath standards.

Especially when you factor in installation and maintenance, access control hardware can be an expensive investment for any size business. When selecting access control hardware for your space, make sure it is compatible with any existing systems, and can scale up or back with your business. Openpath’s hardware is designed with convenient wiring for easy installation, and is backwards compatible with legacy systems. Aesthetics are also important for any office. Bulky readers are unattractive and can ruin a first impression. Openpath’s award-winning reader design mounts flush, with only an 11mm profile and a sophisticated, modern look. Most importantly, because Openpath creates its own hardware, it is able to remotely service and roll out new features, so that devices are easily adaptable to future security and safety needs.

Discover the award winning design of Openpath Smart Readers

Openpath's sleek multi-technology Smart Readers and Pro Series Video Readers mount flush wherever you need them, and only require minimal space.

Integrating video surveillance and access control

Many businesses choose to integrate their access control provider with video surveillance for enhanced security. In addition to access control, Brivo offers a line of security cameras, and integrates exclusively with Eagle Eye Networks for video management. However, if you needed to use other video surveillance cameras or a different VMS provider alongside Brivo, you’d have to manage them in disparate platforms.

Openpath is a more versatile option for companies looking for interoperability, or who want video built into their access control solution. Openpath’s Pro Series Video Readers come equipped with a built-in, high-definition video camera, adding visual verification to the secure multi-technology reader functionality. For organizations that want traditional video surveillance alongside their access control solution, Openpath’s open software platform offers an extensive list of out-of-the-box integrations for video surveillance. You can seamlessly integrate your access control with any VMS application via the open API or mobile SDKs, and manage the entire system from a single interface.

In addition to video surveillance, Openpath seamlessly integrates with 15+ leading safety and wellness partners to ensure a healthier building environment. Enable features such as occupancy tracking, wellness questionnaires, temperature checks, and contact tracing, all with simple setup and remote management.

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Alternatives to Brivo access control

Openpath is the leading access control solution for businesses who want to create smarter, future-proof spaces. The unique, touchless capabilities that Openpath offers provides a safer, more convenient entry experience. Hands-free access methods such as wave-to-unlock are increasingly requested for companies returning to work. Plus, the patented Triple Unlock technology ensures a hassle-free unlock, giving you confidence that your system will always work when you need it to.

Another benefit of Openpath’s cloud-based access control system is the fully open platform. With the ability to seamlessly connect to the tools and apps you use every day, you can customize your system to work for you. Openpath offers out-of-the-box integrations with the most video surveillance, visitor management, tenant management, communication and safety and wellness tools on the market. The interoperable system streamlines management and eliminates manual operation with robust automated processes. 

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