Brivo Labs Preps Security APIs for the IoT Age

Michael Vizard
Feb. 14 2014, 10:00AM EST

When it comes to security in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) it’s clear that the convergence of both digital and physical paradigms in going to be required. At the South by Southwest conference next month Brivo Labs will release APIs designed to allow developers to achieve that goal.

Lee Odess, general manager for Brivo Labs, says the company will extends its portfolio of security access management offerings to include additional APIs that can be either horizontally applied directly by developers or vertically within one of Brivo Labs’ existing offerings.

Brivo Labs has been developing products for managing physical security for over a decade. In recent years it has expanded those offerings in ways that are designed to connect virtual communities to physical spaces. For example, Brivo Labs developed Randivoo, a cloud-based application that allows organizations to use Apple iPads to keep track of visitors entering and exiting a building, and OKDoor, a security access product based on Google Glass.

Odess says the APIs that Brivo Labs will release are intended to make it easier for developers to build applications that recognize people. For example, a retail store might want to build an application that allows it to recognize people that have visited one of its stores as part of a loyalty program. The owners of a venue such as a stadium might want to better engage people that have developed an affinity for that particular place.

With the rise of IoT Odess says the number of applications that need to take advantage of security access services is rising exponentially, which is one of the primary reasons that Brivo Labs chose to leverage the topcoder crowdsourcing developer community to build the application. Odess says there is no way an organization his size could build these types of applications without being able to tap into the skills of a global pool of developers.

In addition, topcoder, which was recently acquired by Appirio, provides Brivo Labs with the mechanisms needed to manage all the non-disclosure agreements necessary to manage these types of projects.

As IoT and the API economy increasingly start to converge demand for developers with IoT skills is expected to skyrocket. In fact, given the shortage of developers with IoT skills the only way most IoT projects will get accomplished is by leveraging a massive pool of contractors. While that may give a lot of organizations cause for IoT pause; the only alternative is to not participate in one the fastest growing segments of the IT industry. Given those two choices, most organizations have already made their decision.

Michael Vizard

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