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BluSKY Solutions for Commercial Real Estate

 

Overview

No other security platform addresses the needs of Commercial Real Estate like BluSKY. It delivers all major security functions in an easy-to-use unified web interface for any size portfolio, building, or tenancy while simultaneously REDUCING THE OPERATING COST of every facility. BluSKY solves the key security challenges of tenant administration: ease of use and flexibly, system unification, partitioning, viewing, control and administration from anywhere, database integration, audits and compliance, cybersecurity protection, destination dispatch elevators, false alarms, video on demand, frictionless visitor and vendor processing, intercom and many more. Take a closer look below and learn why BluSKY is the best solution for your building or portfolio.

Access Control

Key Benefits and Features


Best Infrastructure, Data Protection, and Service

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BluSKY provides better cybersecurity protection than any on-premise client-server security system because it separates the people (the problem) from the computers, data, and network by putting the infrastructure in the Cloud in multiple redundant data centers.


Each data center is protected 24/7 by Microsoft and its team of experts and AI software. All hardware, data, connectivity, cooling, and power is redundant, automatically backed up and protected against cyber-attacks and natural disasters. Penetration tests of software and infrastructure are performed regularly. Every measure taken ensures high availability, business continuity, and 99.99% uptime.

BluSKY Data Security

BluSKY Information Security

True Mobile Security – Control, Response and Management from Anywhere

BluSKY architecture provides the ability to simultaneously see and control every facility from any device, anywhere, anytime without software or mobile apps. Things that were practically impossible before are now easily accomplished with BluSKY:

  1. Releasing a door or floor for an employee, visitor or vendor remotely
  2. Partial or full building lockdown from anywhere
  3. Providing first responder system control from anywhere
  4. Temporarily overriding door and floor schedules for a fixed period of time 
  5. Upgrading or downgrading portal security modes
  6. Simulate a credential at door or floor on behalf of a person if they forgot their card
  7. Respond to alarms from anywhere
  8. Arm, disarm, bypass and disable the intrusion system from anywhere
  9. View video events and video from any camera
  10. Turn on, off and pulse any connected device such as power, lights, A/C, pumps and fans

Real-Time Control

  1. Real-time control, response, status, and management from everywhere
  2. 100% functionality – no limitations
  3. ADAWATAB – Any device, Anywhere, Any Time, Any Browser
  4. Device and operating system agnostic
  5. No software to load, manage or update
  6. No apps needed for your mobile device
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BluREMOTE - Portal and Floor Access Using Your Smartphone

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BluREMOTE provides people the ability to use their mobile device and Cloud Credential for access through portals and to floors. It is a built-in feature of the BluSKY Platform and does not require purchasing proprietary credentials or Bluetooth or NFC readers. In fact, it doesn’t require a reader at all – only an Internet connection at the access point. It works at any controlled door, turnstile, relay elevator or destination dispatch elevator to which a person has access, and it works across multiple sites, systems, and hardware. For destination dispatch elevators it even provides the elevator car assignment right on your mobile device. BluREMOTE can also be used as a remote control for reception areas, gates, parking garages, and visitors and is a more secure way to provide access because it creates an audit trail of the event. BluREMOTE is Security Design for Convenience.

Unified Platform with a Simple, Intuitive Interface

BluSKY is simple to use all-in-one security platform that brings together access, alarms, intrusion, video, visitors, vendors, control points, biometrics, intercom, power management, intelligence and reporting in a single product. Once disparate systems are now one system with one Web UI, one database, one set of synchronized events available on any device, anywhere at any time. The power and ease of use of a unified security platform is with you no matter where you are.

Unified Everywhere

Security and Convenience

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Non-Proprietary - Open Hardware and Software

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Open hardware and an open RESTful software API that connects to everything are hallmarks of the BluSKY security platform and the best way to protect your security investment.

Choose BluBØX with “Mercury Inside” for your IP-based security solution and align yourself with open, industry-standard technology.  Never get locked into one brand or proprietary hardware. Always be able to pivot and move forward.  With Mercury Inside you have more than 20+ brands to choose from giving you choice and compatibility that will protect your security system investment for years to come.

BluBØX’s set of Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allows manufacturers to integrate their products with BluSKY. The Open API extends across all applications and is built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) using the open standards REST, SOAP and JavaScript to communicate. As the Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to march forward, BluSKY’s Open API is available to connect to everything.

Open Standards

Open Hardware and RESTful API

Web API

DIY Tenant Administration

One of the ways to save tremendous operating expenses is to allow your tenants to administer their own security records. A typical building saves 30 hours a week or $50,000/year by shifting the responsibility and liability to its tenants, where it belongs. This is one of the core benefits of the BluB0X security platform. In addition to saving the building money, tenants actually prefer doing the administration themselves. They can easily add, edit and delete people, run reports, take pictures, and preauthorize their visitors and vendors. Combined with BluSKY Analytics that automatically determines when cards should expire, BluSKY security platform is the most economical and efficient way to manage your security database.

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One Card Solution for Tenants

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  1. Multiple options
  2. Pre-existing tenant cards can be used
  3. Building issued card can be used by the tenant

Building-Tenant Security System Integration

Upgrading your system to be BluSKY compatible eliminates double data entry into your system and the base buildings. BluSKY can simultaneously update both systems with the same record when someone new is added, modified, or deleted. Access Control assignment is simplified along with reporting. You can also use the BluSKY API to automate all security administration from your HR system or other company databases. Upgrading to a BluB0X system also provides the convenience of a single card solution and mobile credential for entrance into the base building and your space.

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Video Delivered Everywhere

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BluSKY™ brings any local video to the Cloud. Current integrations include- Milestone, Salient, Exacq, Avigilon, Arcules, and Genetec. The integration also provides a vehicle to integrate BluSKY AI, Access, Alarms, Visitor, Intercom and Biometric applications to create a unified security platform to address all core security functions in one system. The system can run simultaneously on-premise and in the BluBØX Cloud making the entire solution accessible from any device, anywhere, any time by an unlimited number of users.

Video and video events can be seen on any device, anywhere at any time without having to install software or mobile apps. Video that was once limited to the local NVR and workstations can now be shared with an unlimited number of users simultaneously. Video sent to the BluBØX Cloud can be from live or recorded video, video events or video associated with analytics, access, alarm, visitor, intercom or operator events.

BluSKY can run within the local video interface or on any device with a browser and internet connection. Whether you are on-site or on the go you can be notified and respond instantly with all the information you need to be delivered right to your fingertips. Add AI through BluSKY Analytics and BluSKY Intelligence to create a smart system that proactively monitors and automatically adjusts system configuration and notifies the proper people when a security risk emerges.

BluSKY also makes installing and supporting any video system a breeze because all cameras are configured in the Cloud. Every camera, from every system deployed, can be seen from anywhere on any device. Combined this with BluSKY Video Diagnostics and BluSKY VPN, and you can remotely support all systems without having to roll a truck.

Video Management System Integration

Destination Dispatch Elevator Access Control

 

  1. Integrate with all 6 Leading DDE manufacturers
  2. Appliance-based, direct integration – no middleware
  3. Frictionless Access control and visitor management integration with all credentials
  4. Turnstile integration with floor assignment
  5. BluREMOTE integration – ability to gain access and get elevator assignment on your mobile device
  6. Top ranking DDE security integration provider by elevator consultants and DDE manufacturers
  7. Real-Time Diagnostic tool eliminates vendor finger-pointing
  8. Annual recertification with each DDE manufacturer
  9. DDE Reference List

The team at BluB0X has been providing integrations with Destination Dispatch Elevator Systems since 1998 and provides direct integration into all major Destination Dispatch Elevator providers. BluB0X supports every feature provided by every elevator manufacturer and re-certifies its integration with all manufacturers every year. BluB0X's interface is computer to computer and eliminates the need for access control panels and reduces installation and support complexity. The BluSKY architecture and DDE integration allow you to control and receive destination elevator car assignments on your mobile device as an employee, visitor, or vendor. BluSKY seamlessly integrates Access Control and Visitor Management at turnstiles and throughout a facility. BluSKY DDE Diagnostics and AI are instantly able to detect any problems and determine the root cause for quick remediation. Check out how BluPASS and BluREMOTE integrate with Destination Dispatch systems to reduce the total time to travel by 10-15%. 

 

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Relay Elevator Control

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  1. Retrofit your existing cabs
  2. Provide additional control
  3. Floor feedback option
  4. Multiple floor permissions

Turnstile Access Control 

  1. Optical or Barrier
  2. All credential options supported
  3. BluREMOTE Cloud-based credential for tenants
  4. BluPASS Cloud-based credential for visitors
  5. Automatic elevator car assignment with Destination Dispatch
    1. Cab assignment displayed on the turnstile
    2. Reduces time to travel
    3. Elevator manufacturer support required
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Frictionless Visitor Management

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Visitor and vendor management are two key components of commercial real estate that have historically been difficult to address. BluBØX provides a solution for this problem with integrated, quick and secure visitor and vendor processing from anywhere. BluSKY provides an unmatched guest experience that is quick and seamless. It eliminates the ongoing issues of integrating a third-party visitor application and it uses the access control database which makes it easy to administer. Other features include pre-authorization, ad-hoc processing, watch list integration, access control integration, spreadsheet uploads, group processing, badge design, virtual credentials, vendor management, and COI management. BluSKY visitor and vendor processing completes the requirement to provide an electronic audit trail for employees, visitors, and vendors within any facility. And it does it with the least amount of effort for employees, administrators, and guests.

Visitor Management Datasheet

Visitor Management Architecture

  1. Easy, Fast, Secure Visitor Management
  2. Most digital and physical credential options that integrate into the access control system
  3. The highest pre-authorization rate for the fastest and most secure visits
  4. Digital credentials delivered right to the guest’s mobile device
  5. Integrated watchlist checks against Do Not Admit list in real-time

Vendor Management and Loading Dock Solutions

  1. Vendor approval process
  2. Only approved vendors on-site
  3. Audit trail of vendor activity
  4. Instant access to data anywhere/anytime
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COI Management

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  1. COI approval process
  2. Manual override possible
  3. Automatic renewal notification to the vendor
  4. Automatic COI expiration if not renewed
  5. Instant access to data anywhere/anytime

 

AI-Based Deep Monitoring, Notification and Automated Response

Move from a forensic to a proactive security system. In real-time, 24/7, BluSKY AI analyzes every aspect of a BluBØX security system and determines if it should notify anyone or automatically control something based upon Analytics, Rules, and Intelligence. Combined with BluSKY’s ability to respond from any device, anywhere at any time - security risks can be eliminated immediately. So no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing - BluSKY AI is always watching out for you.

BluSKY AI

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All-In-One Person Reader for Entrances, Turnstiles, and Elevators

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The Person Reader is a multi-biometric, multi-factor identity device that can quickly determine who a person is based upon their biometrics, card, smartphone, name or PIN. It can also act as an intercom and a video camera. It uses two biometrics provided freely every day; your face and your voice. It provides a more secure, convenient and versatile solution than just card readers and cards.  With the Person Reader, YOU are the credential. Person Readers are simple and natural to use and hands-free. Just look at it, be recognized, and be admitted.  There is no distinctive enrollment procedure either.  It learns what you look like by your first arrival, and how you change over time. And it is versatile: it can snap a picture of every individual being granted or denied entry.

The Person Reader

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Integrated Lock Sets

Bringing access control deeper into any facility provides better accountability, audit, and compliance for financial institutions. Cost per door is always a consideration and with BluSKY wireless integrated lock readers, the cost per door is about half that of traditional wired systems. This all-in-one solution requires no access control panel and less installation labor. Hardware from ASSA ABLOY, Allegion, Salto and others is ideal for lower traffic locations such as ATMs, ATM rooms, IT closets, storage rooms, interior office space, and many others. BluSKY’s direct to Cloud architecture provides integrated minimal hardware installations that are easy to manage as part of a larger enterprise system.

Allegion Integrated Wireless Lock Readers

ASSA ABLOY Integrated Wireless Lock Readers

Salto Integrated Wireless Lock Readers

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Intercom Communication from Anywhere

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BluSKY provides a virtual master station, SIP-based integration, and a virtual PBX exchange that can call any phone number. BluSKY integrates with any SIP-based door station such as The Person Reader, AXIS Door Station and 2N. BluSKY's virtual master station allows any device to receive a call with audio and video from any connected door station and release a door or gate remotely. BluSKY intercom functionality seamlessly integrates with all parts of the BluSKY system. The BluSKY intercom combined with The Person Reader is an ideal solution for multi-family projects where guests can make a call and the tenant can speak to them, see them, and release the entry point. 

Power Management Control and Monitoring

Remote power monitoring and management with intelligence watches, notifies and reacts to all power-related conditions. Get notified by email, text or while online when one of the power solutions is running hot, the access control won’t engage, or the security solution might somehow be compromised should a real emergency occur. Remotely access from anywhere, assess the system health, and even reboot or reset necessary components. If on-site service is necessary, it can be scheduled with the proper parts and accessories, so ideally the visit is accomplished during a single call. 

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Life Safety Management, Mustering, and Mass Notification

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  1. Fire Brigade Org Chart
  2. Floor Captain Management
  3. Who's In Reporting

Police and Fire Emergency Notification and System Control

Financial institutions are faced with many incidents that require police, fire and EMT response. One of the difficulties has been providing security system viewing and control to first responders so they can better handle an emergency. BluSKY provides a solution whereby with a single button click the appropriate first responders are notified of an incident and are given simultaneous viewing and control of the security system. This includes cameras, doors, elevators, alarms, control points, and power. Any number of notifications with any level of control can be provided. First responders can simultaneously view and control from any device and at any location; remote, in transit and onsite. A very powerful solution that can prevent injuries and save lives.

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Reporting and Analytics

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One of the key requirements in the Financial vertical is the ability to demonstrate compliance. BluSKY makes it easy to do this with flexible and automated reporting that can be sent to any distribution list on any schedule. Additionally, custom reports can be created through BluCARE Professional Services and made available through the BluSKY interface. Audits are also made easier through BluSKY distributed administration where multiple people can audit portions of the physical security system at any time. The BluSKY Web-Cloud interface lets you audit from anywhere and provides complete system documentation and access to the portion of the system a person has been given permissions.

Reporting

Audit Trail

Better Support and Faster "Time to Fix"  

Support and time to repair are critical in the financial world and no other product matches the response time of BluSKY. This is because BluSKY proactively monitors every system’s health across hardware, software, database, security, communications, network, and power. When something doesn’t look right it notifies the appropriate parties with everything it knows about the situation. The built-in diagnostic tools are used to determine the root cause and fix the problem in the shortest time possible. If an onsite visit is required, it can be a one-trip fix because the issue has already been determined ahead of time. Built-in BluSKY DIY help, automated documentation, and support from any device, anywhere, anytime all contribute to the best possible support experience and “time to fix.”

Built-in Remote Diagnostic Tool

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Easy Transition from Legacy Systems to BluSKY

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Regardless of your current security system, you can upgrade to BluSKY for roughly the same cost as an annual maintenance contract and software support agreement. The BluSKY Cloud makes the transition fast and easy with a cost that is 25% - 75% less expensive than rip-and-replace because the majority of the equipment is reused or replaced with a Cloud service. No matter what legacy system is installed, BluBØX has a migration path to get you up and running and enjoying the benefits of BluSKY. To make the transition easier, BluBØX can finance any capital portion of the replacement, turning your capital expenses into operating expenses.  

The BluBØX Cloud lets you put a system in place without replacing the existing system

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. System Setup - Define all the system hardware in the Cloud. Nothing needs to be physically installed or connected.
  2. Database Conversion - Upload the existing databases and allow the customer to fine-tune the hardware, intelligence, access, employees, vendors, watchlists, etc. before the system comes online.
  3. Staging and Testing - Stage all equipment and test system offsite against an active database
  4. Training - Train all building employees and security staff on the new system
  5. System Replacement - Over one weekend replace the hardware and point it to BluSKY.  Violá - the system is operational!

Upgrade to BluBØX

BluSKY Connect

Upgrading from Other Mercury Based Systems

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OneFacility-AMAG Conversions - software and panel upgrade

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CASI Conversions - software and board upgrade

SoftwareHouse Conversions - software and board upgrade

Proprietary Conversions - software and panel upgrade

Commercial Real Estate References

The BluBØX Reference List provides a sample of installed projects of different sizes, in different geographic locations, across different verticals and spanning a variety of technologies. Each reference includes the project name, date, type, location, vertical, scope and systems used in the installation. A list of End User, System Integrator and Technology Partner references with contact information is also provided. 

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References by Installation Date

References by Geography

References by System Type

References by Vertical

End User References

System Integrator References

Technology Partner References

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Product Roadmap for the Commercial Real Estate Vertical

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What BluSKY will do in the future is as important as what it does today and should be a major consideration when evaluating products. BluBØX provides continuous improvement to its products and BluSKY evolves rapidly through monthly software releases. For this reason, we make our Product Roadmap publicly available for all to see and consider. We also receive tremendous feedback from our partners, consultants and end-users that also becomes part of the product roadmap. If you have any good ideas for BluSKY and the Commercial Real Estate vertical please send us your thoughts to support@blub0x.com.

Our current thinking for future enhancements to BluSKY for the Commercial Real Estate vertical are as follows:

  1. Automated Visitor and Vendor Processing using the Person Reader
  2. Tenant Analytics
  3. Situational Awareness