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Brivo, Inc.
IndustryPhysical security
Bethesda, Maryland
Area served
Key people
  • Dean Drako (Chairman, Owner)
  • Steve Van Till (President & CEO)
ProductsCloud access control system

Brivo, Inc. is a company providing cloud-based access control and video surveillance products for physical security and internet of things applications.[1][2]


Brivo was founded in 1999.[3] In 2002, Brivo introduced cloud-based access control to the physical security market.[4][5][6] The physical access control system works with door card readers and similar devices, and locks or unlock things once an individual has been authenticated.[7]

Brivo released the ACS5000 access control system in 2005, with Ethernet and GSM cellular connectivity options.[5] In 2007, Brivo introduced its XML application programming interface (API).[8] In 2017, Brivo introduced the availability of two new door access controllers, the ACS6000 and the ACS300, to complement its existing product lines, as well as integration with the Authentic Mercury open platform.[9]

Brivo introduced its IP door controller (IPDC) in 2011, an Ethernet access control panel in a compact form factor, with power over ethernet and FIPS 140-2 validated encryption. IPDC used standard network cabling to the door.[10]

Gartner named Brivo a “Cool Vendor in Identity and Access Management" for 2014.[11] In the same year, Brivo also released its Social Access Management API.[12]

As of 2015, Brivo stated its cloud-based access control system serviced more than ten million users and more 100,000 access points, such as doors and windows.[6][13]

Private Acquisition

In June 2015, Brivo was wholly acquired for $50 million by Dean Drako, Barracuda Networks founder and former CEO, and current President & CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. Drako will serve as Brivo’s Chairman.[14][15][16][17][18]

Drako said he saw the opportunity to accelerate the cloud technology shift underway in the physical security industry by combining Brivo’s cloud access control with cloud video surveillance from his company Eagle Eye Networks.[6] The two companies will continue to operate as separate entities.[1]


Brivo Onair is a cloud-based access control and video surveillance physical security system for businesses.[17][19] Brivo Onair® automates access to a facility so that security managers don’t have to spend countless hours managing their facilities. From who comes and goes, to time schedules and alarms, administrators can automatically secure it all from one interface.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Xconomy Dean Drako Acquires Brivo Cloud Access Control Company for $50 Million
  2. DCInno IoT Startup Brivo Systems Bought For $50M By Texas CEO
  3. CloudWedge Dean Drako, Owner of Eagle Eye, Buys Brivo in $50M Deal
  4. Integrated Solutions for Retailers Brivo Systems Celebrates 15 Years of Service and Innovation
  5. 5.0 5.1 Security World Mag Brivo Systems - IP-based Security Solutions
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TMCNet Wheelings and Dealings: Security Entrepreneur Nabs Brivo for $50 Million
  7. Venture Beat With great data comes great responsibility
  8. "Brivo Introduces ACS6000 And ACS300 Door Access Controllers" (in en-US). 
  9. "Brivo Introduces ACS6000 And ACS300 Door Access Controllers" (in en-US). 
  10. SSI Brivo IP Door Controller
  11. Gartner Cool Vendors in Identity and Access Management, 2014
  12. Security Sales & Integration Brivo Unveils SAM API at SXSW Conference
  13. Security Info Watch Brivo acquired by Eagle Eye Networks Founder Dean Drako for $50M
  14. BizJournals Bethesda access-control company Brivo acquired for $50M
  15. IHS Technology Dean Drako purchases Brivo – What does this mean for the industry?
  16. Security Systems News Drako pays $50m cash for Brivo
  17. 17.0 17.1 SDMMag Dean Drako Acquires Brivo, Will Combine Solutions From Brivo & Eagle Eye
  18. Talkin’ Cloud Eagle Eye's Dean Drako Grabs Brivo In $50 Million Deal
  19. Security World Hotel Brivo introduces Brivo Onair