How to add a device to a site

Larry Wile Updated by Larry Wile

How to add a device to a site

The Primary Administrator and all administrators with appropriate permissions can manage devices. This includes creating the device, editing its name, and managing its settings.


Brivo Access Standard Edition

Brivo Access Professional and Enterprise Editions are required for Global Switch functionality

  1. Within the Account Configuration Tool, from the Setup dropdown menu, choose the Sites/Doors tab then click the Sites tab. The Site List displays. 
  2. Click the site to which you want to add a device. The View Site page displays.
  3. Click Add Device. The Add Device page displays.
  1. Enter a brief, descriptive name in the Device Name field, such as “Heat Sensor.” The device name does not need to include a reference to the site, because the site name is automatically appended to the description you enter in this field.
  2. Click a Control Panel from the dropdown list.
  3. Click Next.
  1. The Device Name and Control Panel fields cannot be edited on this page.
  2. Click a Device Type from the dropdown list.

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

  1. Click Next. The Define Device page displays. The appearance of this page differs depending on the device type selected.
  1. The Device NameControl Panel, and Device Type fields cannot be edited on the Define Device page.
  2. The next field on this page varies depending on the Device Type selected:
  3. For Switch, the Physical Input field displays. From this dropdown list, click the input terminal for the device. All valid, available input terminals for the specified control panel are listed.
  4. For Timer, the Timer Schedule field displays. From the dropdown list, click the schedule on which the timer should operate.
  5. For Valid Credential, the Reader field displays. From the dropdown list, click the appropriate reader or keypad.
  6. For Event Track, the Event and Door fields display. From the Event dropdown list, click the event to be tracked by the device. From the Door dropdown list, click the door for which the event is being tracked.
  7. In the Physical Outputs field, identify the output terminal(s) for the device. By default, no terminals are selected. To select an output terminal:
  8. In the left-hand box, click the output terminal. Click Add an output. The terminal name now appears in the right-hand box.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Step 18 is only available to accounts using Professional or Enterprise Editions.

  1. To select outputs on a remote control panel, enter in the control panel information in the search bar above the outputs box.
  2. Repeat for each output terminal used by the device.
  3. Click an Output Behavior for the device from the dropdown list:

·         Latch. When the device is activated, it causes the device’s outputs to latch (move to the opposite of their normal state). Example: A buzzer is activated when a switch is turned on to call a service person.

·         Unlatch. When the device is activated, it causes the device’s outputs to unlatch (move to their normal state). Example: A buzzer is silenced when the switch is turned off by a service person.

·         Follow. When the device is activated, the outputs are activated until the state that is being followed terminates and the duration period elapses. This behavior is only valid for devices that have state, such as switches, timers, or event trackers when Door Ajar is the selected event. Example: If you have an Event Track device set to watch Door Ajar messages, you can set the output to follow the input, and it will engage its output when the door is left ajar. Likewise, when the Door Ajar condition is cleared, the Event Track device will disengage its output.

·         Pulse. When the device receives an input, it engages for the amount of time defined in the Pulse Duration field before executing its output behavior. Example: If a Valid Credential device controls access to a Copy Machine, the machine is only accessible, once a credential is verified, for the amount of time specified in the Pulse Duration field.

  1. In the Pulse Duration field, enter the amount of time (0-999 seconds) that should elapse between when the input is received and the output behavior is executed. The default is 0.
  2. The Schedule field only displays if the Device Type is Switch or Event Track. From the dropdown list, click the schedule during which the device should operate.
  3. In the Report Engage field, click Yes or No to indicate if engagement of this device should be reported in the Activity Log. The default is Yes.
  4. If Report Engage is set to Yes, enter an Engage Message to be used in the Activity Log, such as “Timer activated.”  The default is No.
  5. The Report Disengage and Disengage Message fields only display if the Device Type is Switch or Timer. Click Yes in the Report Disengage field to record in the Activity Log when the device is disengaged. In the Disengage Message field, enter a message to be used in the Activity Log.
  6. Click Save. The Device detail page displays.

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