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PSAI offers PLIA solutions for cybersecurity and building management at ASIS 2016

Published on 2 September, 2016
Building automation is another area where the PSIA's PLAI profile could offer significant benefits
The PSIA will demonstrate a new application for its PLAI profile, providing critical infrastructure protection

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) will demonstrate two new use cases at ASIS 2016, addressing cybersecurity and building automation. Cyber-attacks, one of the issues currently challenging security professionals, are getting significant attention in the industry.

The PSIA will demonstrate an exciting new application for its Physical Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) profile, providing critical infrastructure protection. They will demonstrate people badging into an area before they can make any changes to process control systems.

Building automation

Building automation is another area where the PSIA's PLAI profile could offer significant benefits. "Bringing access control into a facility ecosystem not only makes sense, but has the potential to provide a substantial ROI," said Laura Kevitt, Access Control Product Manager at Tridium. Traditional office hours are a thing of the past, so integrating access control with building controls allows facility managers to increase efficiency while providing occupant comfort and safety. Tridium will demonstrate how access control data can be normalised in a building control system to integrate with systems that include temperature control and lighting.

Combining identity & building management

Combining identity management and building management is an emerging area of interest for companies. The PSIA will demonstrate the events profile of its PLAI specification. Events will form a critical extension of PLAI, supporting services including environmental (heating/cooling), occupancy, parking, printing management, and other business management operations. This will complement the fundamental aspects of PLAI-harmonisation of identities and credentials across different PACS systems based upon an authoritative logical identity source. This demonstration will show how the event profile allows events from different PACS to automatically impact other systems relying on PLAI.

The ASIS demonstration will also show how PLAI can interact with BACnet.  Events will be received by a Tridium software component which converts PLAI events to BACNet calls to adjust a thermostat's set point. The thermostat controlling the air temperature will drop-back when people enter a room and then increase as they exit.


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