Updated: May 13, 2020 09:42 PM
Created: May 13, 2020 09:35 PM
VICTOR, N.Y. (WHEC) — At Brite Computers, business is good. This Victor-based company has been on the cutting edge of computer technology for nearly 40 years... and is run by brothers Justin and Trevor Smith.
"We as an organization specialize in finding the right technologies to fit our customers’ needs," said Executive Vice President Trevor Smith during a recent interview.
Brite started out making its own computers.
Now, much of the company's focus is on securing them. Their business units include cybersecurity, IT services and providing computer technology to public safety agencies. Those public safety customers include municipalities from Monroe County to Nashville to Denver.
In all, Brite has more than 2,000 customers in 42 states.
"In days like today when we have a pandemic, it's been very beneficial to have these multiple parts of our business that kind of support each other as we go through the ebbs and flows of positive and negative economic times," Smith said.
Smith says part of their job is to evaluate technologies to determine how they might help their customers in certain situations. And recently, they found a product to help customers keep workplaces free of the coronavirus.
It's called the Meridian Personnel Management Solution and Brite has become a local vendor of the product. It's a kiosk with an android tablet with an infrared camera and proprietary software built-in that, in three seconds, can scan for temperature and masks.
"It tests the temperature. It does a facial recognition to determine if that person is enrolled and should have access to that location and then it gives an audio and visual cue that they should be allowed in," Smith explained.
Smith says they've had several customers testing them.
"We have seen tremendous interest in it as you can imagine. People are trying to figure out how we're going to enable people to come back into the office. In many states they are being mandated that they have to assess somebody's health coming into the office and quite frankly, with their hand in the are saying how do we do that?"
As for their own business, Smith says they quickly adapted to working remotely after the pandemic hit. He says the biggest challenge has been the inability to spend time face to face with customers. But he says it has also given them a chance to evaluate their operations.
"Hopefully we can take the good out of this and take advantage of how the pandemic has forced us to work and make sure we keep the positive operations in place," he said.
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