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Brivo Cloud Access Control: A Guide for Multifamily Properties

Few building systems are as mission critical as access control. This is especially true in the multifamily world, where safety and security are top concerns for residents.

In a recent article, we talked through six key questions to consider when choosing a smart access control system for your property. This article is going to dive into one of the top-rated solutions on the market: Brivo.

Brivo is a cloud access control solution (also known as smart access control) that leads the way in both security and user experience. In this edition of the Smart Spotlight Series, we’ll help you decide if Brivo is the right smart access control system for you.

Read More: How to Choose a Smart Access Control System

What is Brivo?

Brivo is a cloud access control provider for commercial properties, including single-site, multi-site, and multifamily. It’s consistently rated among the top smart access control solutions and a favorite among property managers.

It all starts with the OnAir Platform, a cloud-based system that connects access control, locks, security, and building management into a single dashboard. OnAir gives managers control over the six key security functions:

  • Access Control
  • Mobile Management
  • Video Surveillance
  • Identity Management
  • Visitor Management
  • Elevator Control

Let’s look at each one more closely.

Access Control

The heart of Brivo’s system is smart access control, which helps building managers save time by automating access schedules and managing permissions. Brivo also gives managers a birds-eye view of their entire property with real-time event monitoring, video surveillance, and powerful reporting.

Mobile Management

Cloud access systems give users the ability to manage from anywhere. Managers can use the OnAir mobile app to view activity throughout the building, change user rights, remotely lock and unlock doors, and add new users. Residents can control their unit’s smart lock and access common spaces with their smartphone.

Brivo mobile management

Brivo mobile management has numerous benefits for administrators and residents. Source: Brivo

Video Surveillance

The OnAir platform integrates with top video surveillance solutions so you always have eyes on your property. Partners include Eagle Eye Networks, a cloud video surveillance provider. With cloud-based storage, there’s virtually no limit on the amount of video a property can save.

Identity Management

Identity management is one of the biggest security challenges in multifamily. Not only do you have to manage hundreds of residents, but also guests, maintenance staff, and in-home service providers.

The Brivo OnAir Identity Connector integrates with the world’s best identity and access management (IAM) solutions, including Okta and Microsoft Azure Active Directory. Managers set permissions for each user through Brivo or their IAM, and those permissions are automatically applied to every door on the property. Managers can update permissions from anywhere using the OnAir mobile app.

Visitor Management

With the OnAir mobile app, managers and residents can grant access to guests from their smartphone by assigning a temporary e-pass. All visitor activity is logged in Brivo, so managers know who is on the property at all times.

Elevator Control

Brivo gives managers floor-by-floor control over elevator access, a critical function in midrise and highrise multifamily buildings. Brivo integrates with elevator access control systems like Braxos to provide best-in-class security for properties.

Advantages of Brivo

The Brivo system has many features that make it a great choice for multifamily buildings.

Flexible and Scalable

Brivo’s cloud-based platform easily scales and adapts to a property’s access control needs. Properties can handle data for thousands of doors and users without the need to maintain on-site servers. Access control settings are automatically applied throughout the building without extra manual work.


Unlike other access control systems, Brivo embraces working with other service providers. It works with best-in-class solutions like Eagle Eye Networks, Okta, Braxos, and Homebase. This allows properties to choose the best solution for every facet of their access control system.


Brivo has been building access control solutions for over 20 years. With over 15 million users and a 99% satisfaction rating, you can be confident in their abilities to deliver. They also have excellent customer support and consultation teams ready to assist.

Brivo and Smart Apartments

As a cloud-based access control system, Brivo is a perfect security partner for smart multifamily communities. Brivo integrates into larger smart apartment operating systems like Homebase, giving properties control over everything from smart locks to rent payments through a single system.

Brivo is considered a top smart access control system for a reason. Through its powerful platform and deep integrations, Brivo delivers best-in-class services and easy-to-use functionality for both property managers and residents.

As a Brivo partner, we can help you answer any questions you might have about smart access control. Contact us today or schedule a demo with a Homebase Expert.

Homebase brings the smart apartment experience to new build and retrofit multifamily with trusted technology that delivers intuitive building access control with smart locks, automation of property management, new revenue with property-wide WiFi, and IoT technology amenities residents enjoy. All completely installed and managed for the multifamily innovation leaders of this decade.