Citybiz Interview with Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo

Steve Van Till is Founder and CEO of Brivo, the first and largest provider of SaaS-based building access management services and innovative IoT devices for property owners across all classes of commercial real estate. He previously served in a variety of senior management roles in high technology companies spanning Web development, healthcare, and satellite communications. He currently serves as Chairman of the Standards Committee for the Security Industry Association (SIA) and served multiple terms on the SIA Board of Directors, which recently awarded him the 2019 Lippert Memorial Award. He holds numerous patents in the field of physical security and was previously Director of Internet Consulting for Sapient, where he led strategy engagements for clients ranging from venture startups to the Fortune 500.

Steve is the author of The Five Technological Forces Disrupting Security, winner of the ASIS International 2017 Book of the Year Award. In his first book, he shares his journey through the surprising ways that the biggest disruptors of our time–cloud, mobile, IoT, social, and big data–are impacting the physical security industry and the people Brivo protects.

Interview questions:

Introduction | Can you provide a snapshot of Brivo?

Milestones | You have been CEO of Brivo since 1999. What are some of the key milestones over the last two decades?

Dean Drako | In 2015, Brivo was acquired by Dean Drako, the founder of Barracuda Networks and current CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. Tell us about Dean and his interest in Brivo?

Career | You were a photography major at Maryland Institute of Art. Please tell us about your career and the decision to join Brivo?

Products | What are the major products for Brivo?

Brivo Snapshot | You recently launched Brivo Snapshot – a facial and person detection tool. Describe the key features of Brivo Snapshot.

Acquisition | In March 2020, Brivo acquired Parakeet IoT. Tell us about the acquisition and its impact on Brivo?

Technological Forces | What are the five technological forces disrupting security? The cloud, social, mobile, big data and IoT.

Research | What were some of the key findings from the 2021 Brivo Smart Security Trends Report?

The Future of Security | You recently wrote an article about the future of security being AI and robots. What were some of the key points in this column?

Growth | What are the growth plans for Brivo?

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2021 Brivo Smart Security Trends Report

Brivo is the global leader in mobile, cloud-based access control for commercial real estate, multifamily residential, and large distributed enterprises. Our comprehensive product ecosystem and open API provide businesses with powerful digital tools to increase security automation, elevate employee and tenant experience, and improve the safety of all people and assets in the built environment. Having created the category over twenty years ago, our building access platform is now the digital foundation for the largest collection of customer facilities in the world, trusted by more than 25 million users occupying over 300M square feet of secured space in 42 countries.

Our dedication to simply better security means providing the best technology and support to property owners, managers, and tenants as they look for more from buildings where they live, work, and play. Our comprehensive product suite includes access control, smart readers, touchless mobile credentials, visitor management, occupancy monitoring, health and safety features, and integrated video surveillance, smart locks, and intercoms. Valued for its simple installation, high-reliability backbone, and rich API partner network, Brivo also has the longest track record of cybersecurity audits and privacy protections in the industry.

Brivo is privately held and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more at

Recent news:

Brivo Named “Vacation Rental Platform of the Year” in 2021 PropTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Brivo Launches NextGen Scholarship Program To Help Underrepresented Students Enter the Security Industry

Brivo and Altronix Announce Strategic Partnership, Expands Brivo’s Hardware Ecosystem and Provides Customers More Flexibility

Brivo’s AI-powered Snapshot Launched to Provide Rapid Insights into Fusion of Access and Video Data

Brivo Honored as a 2021 Stevie Awards® Winner and Receives 2021 BIG Innovation Award

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