Guard Tour Solution Meets Unique Government Needs

December 18, 2012

Bethesda, MD, December 18, 2012 – Brivo Systems LLC, leader in cloud applications for security management, today announced that together with technology partners Vector Electric Inc. (VEI) and Capital Communications, the companies have released a Guard Tour capability for the award-winning Brivo Aparato® software.

Many U.S. Land Port of Entry (LPOE) facilities are equipped with detention cells designed to temporarily detain subjects for security purposes. As part of a recent access control system upgrade project, the General Services Administration (GSA) manager of all Federal government buildings, approached Vector Electric, Inc. (VEI) requesting that an additional technological feature be included in any upgrade:  a “guard tour” capability, utilizing existing Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards that would provide an audit trail of guard visitations to each detention cell and document that detainees are being properly monitored.

VEI originally installed Guard Tour as part of the Brivo system at locations including the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Customs Fort Street Cargo Facility at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, and the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie, MI. After a number of months in which Brivo and VEI observed the Guard Tour system in action, the companies saw many ways to make Guard Tour effective and efficient in meeting the unique and pressing needs at each LPOE facility. Aparato now has new reporting capabilities to better track who came into detention cells, their access levels, and other critical information.

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel served as the “laboratory” for testing and perfecting new features and functionality based on extensive Customs and Border Patrol staff feedback.

“We worked together to engineer the architecture and identify the technology that would meet the stringent requirements for a secure wireless solution for CBP,” explained Bill Knapp, Director of Business Development, Capital Communications. “In the end, we have achieved a high-performing, highly secure network.”

Duane Pittman, President of Vector Electric, “Here we have two Michigan companies that together with Brivo Systems have created a Made in Michigan solution to enable the government to fulfill its mission on Homeland Security goals for its new PACS systems.”

The three companies have been installing and fine-tuning Aparato and Guard Tour for these DHS facilities for over 18 months and the innovation continues. Pittman again, “We see the current system as the beginning of these facilities eventually transitioning to a full Brivo cloud solution that will allow them to manage all their access control needs, complete with highly-specialized Guard Tour reporting, without having the hardware and software challenges and expenses they had to deal with using other legacy systems.”

About Brivo Systems

Brivo Systems LLC is a SaaS-based security management systems provider for organizations that need to protect and remotely monitor buildings and perimeter entry points. When introduced in 2001, Brivo’s Web-hosted physical access control system was a unique solution—after a decade of evolution and innovation, it still is. Brivo’s groundbreaking physical access control and video solutions empower organizations by giving administrators real-time device control, including immediate visibility of security events and video in local or remote facilities—anytime, anywhere.

The company’s innovative, secure, and open architecture-based products and services enable businesses to protect people and assets, comply with regulations, and improve business operational efficiency. These scalable systems—whether standalone or appliance-based or cloud-based—offer a solution for every type of business. Brivo’s security management products are a market-proven fit for commercial office buildings, warehouses, retail stores, manufacturing plants, and sensitive areas, such as server rooms or R&D labs, where real-time control and accountability of entry are important.

With headquarters in Bethesda, MD, Brivo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Duchossois Group, a privately held holding company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, which also owns other industry leaders such as AMX, The Chamberlain Group, and Milestone AV Technologies. Duchossois also holds strategic interests in Churchill Downs, Inc., and a number of other diversified businesses.

About Vector Electric, Inc.

VEI (Vector Electric, Inc.) is an SBA 8A certified contracting firm that specializes in electrical construction and maintenance related projects. Our Information Technology (IT) group focuses on design and installation of Command and Control electronics, Security, Local Area Networks (LAN) and proprietary systems for government, institutional and enterprise customers.

Founded in 1975, VEI’s design build capabilities include power distribution, auxiliary power generation, uninterruptible power and transient voltage suppression systems.  Utilizing the latest in web and network programming and technology, we also offer a complete suite of interactive, multimedia design and development services for point-of-presence kiosks, boardroom/media centers, video conferencing and other web and network-based environments.

About Capital Communications, Inc.

An ISO 9001:2000 and TL 9000 registered company, Capital Communications, Inc. is an award-winning telecommunications contracting company located in Plymouth, Michigan. For over 25 years, Capital Communications has maintained a small-company feel – intentionally remaining nimble to allow quick ramp-up times and prompt responses to customer needs. One of the most trusted and respected providers in the industry, Capital Communications is known for our uncompromising work ethic and exceptional customer service.

Originating in 1986, Capital Communications, Inc., emerged in response to a vital need for stringent installation procedures and workmanship standards that were lacking in other service providers. Since its inception, Capital Communications has grown to a multi-million dollar leader in the telecommunications contracting industry.

Additional information about Capital Communications, Inc. and the products and services provided by Capital are available at This Capital news release and other announcements are available at


For Media queries:

Bill Knapp
Dir. Business Development
Capital Communications, Inc.

(517) 281-9518