HID Global

Siemens is working closely with ONVIF
Siemens is collaborating on ongoing extensions to the ONVIF standard to integrate access control systems
At a press conference held ahead of Security 2010 in Essen (Germany), Siemens Building Technologies Division (BT) touted the advantages of open standards in the area of security and the innovative solutions through which these can contribute to a more secure world. The focus was on the integrated security management system Siveillance Fusion, as well as Siveillance Netwatch which is to incorporate functionality to link physical and IT security in future.

"The security industry currently stands at a crossroads. In the past, manufacturers of security products and solutions developed and maintained proprietary standards for interconnections and communications between individual systems. Progressive companies such as Siemens, however, recognised that this was not the correct approach: We need open cross-company standards," stated Frank C. S. Pedersen, CEO of business unit Security Solutions (SES), in Essen.

"The IT sector has shown the way in the past decades with the evolutionary development of the Internet. The security industry must establish open standards for its various technologies in exactly the same manner. For this reason, Siemens is very closely involved in the non-profit organisation ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum), which seeks to drive the development of this standard and ensure its integrability across various disciplines in the field of security."

Siemens is collaborating on ongoing extensions to the ONVIF standard to integrate access control systems, for instance.

The advantages of open standards

Siveillance Fusion allows customers to choose from over 100 ONVIF conformant IP video cameras

An open standard such as that from ONVIF carries numerous advantages for system integrators and ultimately end users: Customers benefit from higher flexibility, among other things, and a significantly larger choice of products from a variety of manufacturers that are nonetheless compatible and thus facilitate a selection tailored precisely to requirements. Thanks to simplified integration and installation, costs can be reined in and productivity increased, leading to a reduced "total cost of ownership" (TCO). In addition, investments are highly future-proof as a result of the open standard.

The fruits of the very close collaboration between Siemens and ONVIF are evident in the security management system Siveillance Fusion from BT, the newest version of which is being presented at Security 2010 in Essen. The solution combines video monitoring, access control and intrusion protection on an IT-based platform and enables customers to manage all security-related processes in an integrated environment. In addition, fire protection and building automation solutions can be networked and monitored through Siveillance Fusion.

The new version of Siveillance Fusion allows customers to choose from over 100 ONVIF conformant IP video cameras. The Bosch Video Jet Encoder is also supported. Other innovations include the integration of the HID access control system Vertex and EDGE as well as support for the Video-Codec Sistore CX and the intrusion detection solution SPC 6000. Also included are multi-server operation and OPC data access as well as features for BACnet-based automation.

The next step: integration of physical and IT security

Today, business processes at most enterprises depend primarily on functioning information technology. For this reason, IT infrastructure is protected via multiple layers of security such as passwords, firewalls or anti-virus software. While this builds in a very high level of security from data theft, such measures offer insufficient protection against sabotage or theft of a device.

On the other hand, building security solutions like intrusion protection, access control and risk management systems are not yet equipped with features that allow an exchange of data with IT security. Such integration would be of great advantage in exploiting the full potential of modern security technologies.

For example, IT security could automatically shut down a PC completely if the access control system were to report that the owner of the PC was not in the same room. This would doom attempts at intrusion or sabotage to failure even if a stolen password was used. Other measures such as video camera recordings or alarms notifying the works protection force could be automatically initiated at the same time.

BT will introduce an integrated solution to link physical and IT security for the first time at Security Essen 2010

In another scenario, an intrusion protection system would not be armed as long as devices in a room were still powered up. To provide the highest possible energy efficiency, the system could automatically switch off unneeded IT components on the basis of specific parameters, such as after work, when users are no longer in the building as reported by the access control system.

In fact, IT security and modern physical security technologies are destined for efficient collaboration: both use the same or similar resources and run on the same IP network infrastructure. In terms of optimising risk management, it is both possible and practical to interlink security systems in these two areas.

BT will publicly introduce an integrated solution to link physical and IT security for the first time at Security 2010 in Essen under the name Siveillance Netwatch. Siveillance Netwatch runs as a module under Siveillance Fusion, Siveillance Vantage or Siveillance Command, but can also be operated on a heavy-duty industrial computer. On the IT side, Siveillance Netwatch uses both standards such as ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) as well as specifically developed software agents in order to gather required information as well as for monitoring purposes. On the physical security side, established protocols from Siemens are used.

You can find more information about Siveillance and security solutions from Siemens here. You can learn more about Siveillance Fusion at this link.

Share with LinkedIn Share with Twitter Share with Facebook Share with Facebook
Download PDF version

HID Global news

HID Global names Bjorn Lidefelt as President and CEO

HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announces Bjorn Lidefelt has been named President and CEO. Bjorn joins the company after serving as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at HID parent company ASSA ABLOY, where he oversaw branding, communications, commercial development and strategy. He also has extensive experience in international sales and marketing, having spent more than nine years in Asia Pacific markets including China and Malaysia. Delivering industry-leading so...

Mission 500 announces a Security 5k/2k fundraiser at ISC West 2020

Mission 500 is excited to announce this year’s Security 5k/2k fundraiser at ISC West 2020 will be held on Thursday, March 19th. The event will be located at 2601 East Sunset Road, in Las Vegas, Nevada and will benefit children and families in need across the United States. Registrations to participate in this year’s event are open. Those who are unable to attend or participate in the physical event can sign up and donate as a virtual runner or walker. Wide array of new securit...

HID Global collaborates with Temenos on HID risk-based authentication solution integration with Temenos MarketPlace

HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that it has collaborated with Temenos, the banking software company, to integrate HID’s risk-based authentication solution with Temenos Infinity, a breakthrough digital front office product, and Temenos T24 Transact, the next generation in core banking. The joint offering, available on-premise or in the cloud, provides an agile, simplified path to secure digital banking, reducing the time and cost of delivering risk-...

HID Global case studies

Argentina selects HID goID technology to offer citizens with world’s first Mobile National ID Program

HID Global, globally renowned provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Argentina has selected its HID goID citizen identity technology to power the country’s digital version of its mandatory National Identity Document for its Mi Argentina app. The collaborative effort between HID, Argentina’s Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing through the National Registry of Persons (Renaper), and the Ministry of Modernisation makes Argentina the firs...

HID DigitalPersona fingerprint biometric solution added to BigWise Stellar POS for greater security

HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, has enabled BigWise, a global provider of wise solutions worldwide, to bring the security and convenience of biometrics to its retail and restaurant customers. BigWise went from concept to a pilot of its new biometric-enabled Stellar POS platform at a major customer within 30 days using the HID DigitalPersona fingerprint biometric solution. HID DigitalPersona fingerprint biometric solution HID’s fingerprint biometric solution sig...

Nortech exhibits Nedap UPASS Reach reader for efficient, cost-saving vehicle access control for parking applications

People and vehicle access control specialist, Nortech offers a number of products within the Nedap product range that use vehicle tagging to identify individual vehicles while they are moving through a monitoring point. uPASS Reach reader The uPASS Reach reader offers long-range vehicle identification for up to 5 metres using the latest UHF technology.     With consistent reading up to 5 metres and adjustable onsite reading as just two of the benefits of the system, the uP...