Appendices\Appendix 2: Glossary

Appendix 2: Glossary


A group of affiliated control panels all under the management of a single Master Administrator

Activity Log

A 90-day record of Access Events, Exception Events, device Events and Control Panel Events. For each event, the Activity Log shows the date and time, user name (or nature of the event), site name and door or device name (or control panel ID if the event is not device-specific).


A person who administers an account. There are four types of Administrators: Master, Super, Senior and Assistant. Administrators access and manage an account through the interface.

Administrator ID

An Administrator’s unique screen name.

Controls that allow administrators to determine whether or not individual users are permitted to enter or exit a particular door.


A user identification card generated by Brivo Onair.


A measurable, physical characteristic, such as a fingerprint, that can be used to verify a person’s identity.


A proximity card, magnetic stripe card, smart card or similar token issued to a user.

Card Bank

A list of all cards associated with an account. The card bank displays which cards are assigned to users and which cards are currently unassigned.

Card Reader

A device that reads cards as they are presented by users. A card reader is connected to a control panel. A card reader that includes a keypad is called a dual reader.

CCTV Camera

Closed circuit television camera. An optional device for monitoring doors and devices, providing live video feed via Brivo Onair.


A feature that allows for the live monitoring of one or more video streams along with the ability to unlock door remotely.

Control Panel

A system consisting of 1-15 control boards: one Main Board and up to 14 Door Boards and/or Input Output Boards. While each control panel is limited to 15 control boards, an account may have more than one control panel.


A card, PIN or biometric.


A device is a logical definition of how a control panel interacts with the world. A motion detector, a temperature sensor, and an EAS pedestal are just a few examples of devices. A device belongs to a site and has a descriptive name such as “Server Room Temp Sensor.”

Device, Switch

A device with one input point and 0 to N output points that has state (On or Off). The device can have these behaviors: Latch, Unlatch, Pulse, or Follow. A schedule associated with the device causes it to be available for activation via its input point during the selected times for the schedule.

Device, Timer

A device whose input is a schedule and that has 0 to N output points associated with it. The timer's state is On during the times selected in its schedule; otherwise it is Off. The device can have these behaviors: Latch, Unlatch, Pulse, or Follow.

Device, Valid Credential

A device whose input is a card reader and that has 0 to N output points associated with it. A valid credential device has no state, so its behaviors are limited to: Latch, Unlatch, and Pulse. Valid credential devices have permissions associated with them and appear in the group permissions area. Valid credential devices do not have Disengage messages because they do not have state, nor do they have schedules.

Device, Event Track

A device whose input is the specific event associated with it from the door that the event track device is created to watch. An event track device can have 0 to N outputs associated with it. The device can always have these behaviors: Latch, Unlatch, or Pulse. If an event track device is watching for Door Ajar events, then it has state and can have a Follow behavior. If the Follow behavior is selected, then the device can have a Disengage message. The schedule associated with an event track device defines when it is active because a client might want to respond to the event differently during business hours than during non-business hours.


A door with an electronic means of entry, such as a keypad or card reader. A door belongs to a site and has a descriptive name such as “Lobby Door” or “Server Room.”

Door Ajar

An instance of a door being propped open or held open for an extended period of time.

Door Forced Open

A type of Exception Event. An instance of a door being opened without a credential or a request to exit.

Dual Reader

A combination card reader and keypad.


Digital Video Recorder. An optional device for capturing video of access events.

Email Notification

An email message that corresponds to an Access Event, Exception Event, Device Event or Control Panel Event.

Email Summary

A daily email bulletin that summarizes activity at all sites.

Event, Access

A successful access by a user.

Event, Control Panel

A power-related incident, such as “AC Power Loss,” or tamper-related incident, such as “Unit Opened,” experienced by the control panel.

Event, Device

An input engagement or disengagement.

Event, Exception

An event that causes a security risk (e.g. “Door Ajar") or is out of the ordinary.

Event, Failed Access

A failed access attempt by a User, or an incident of an unknown or unauthorized credential being presented. Failed Access Events are a subset of Exception Events.


A security feature which lets you define a schedule so that it does not become active until the first member of a specific group accesses the door or device to which that schedule is linked.


A group of users with the same access privileges (group privileges). A group has a descriptive name such as “Washington Staff.”

Group Enabled Schedule

A group of users responsible for enabling a schedule. Until a member of this group accesses the door or device to which the schedule is linked, the schedule remains inactive and does not permit any type of access.

Group Privileges

A set of privileges that defines a group’s level of access. For example, members of the Group “D.C. Staff” can access “Front Door” and “Back Door” at “D.C. Headquarters” according to the Schedule named “Weekdays 9-5.”


A period of time during which schedules refer to their Holiday override columns instead of to the day of week.


A 90-day record of actions performed by Administrators, such as logging in and editing the properties of a user.


A device that accepts numeric input (e.g. a PIN) from a User. A typical Keypad has 12 keys. A Keypad is connected to a control panel.

Keypad Unlock-Hold

A type of group privilege which allows any member of the group to override a door unlock schedule by presenting his or her credentials and entering 99#. To reactivate the door unlock schedule, the group member enters 00#.


A customized badge layout which contains static field values, such as company name and address; user profile information, such as full name; and a user image.


Network Video Recorder. An optional network connected device for capturing video of access events.


Onair Video Recorder. Optional functionality for capturing live and event-based video.


Permissions control an Administrator’s access to account data.

Permissions, General

Permissions that are automatically granted to all Administrators.

Permissions, Assigned

Permissions that are assigned to individual Assistant Administrators by the Master Administrator and Super Administrators.

Request-to-Exit (REX) Switch

A button or motion sensor that causes a Door latch to disengage, allowing a person to exit.


A set of conditions for routing email notifications.


A schedule is an editable, reusable time template that can be used to control such things as when a door is accessible or when a device is activated. A Schedule has a descriptive name such as “Mon-Fri 7AM-7PM.”


A logical group of doors and devices. A site has a descriptive name such as “Maple St. Office” or “Warehouse.”

Static Field

A background color or image, graphic image, or chunk of text used in a customized badge layout. Static fields remain the same on all badges using that layout. Examples include company logo, name, and address.


A security feature that lets you define a schedule so that it does not become active unless or until a member of a specific group accesses the door to which that schedule is linked

Tiered Administration

A framework for wide-area, distributed access control administration.

Two Factor Authentication

A security feature that generates a random one time use token which must be used in addition to an Administrator ID and password to gain access to the account.

Two Factor Credential

A security feature that requires users to provide both forms of credentials, a card and a PIN, at a door or elevator.


A person who requires access to one or more doors. A user has unique credentials, such as a Card or PIN, and belongs to a group.

User, Unaffiliated

A user who is not yet affiliated with any groups, and therefore has no access privileges.



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