Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) News

AMAG Technology’s Stuart Tucker joins the PSIA Board of Directors

AMAG Technology’s Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Stuart Tucker, joined the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance Board of Directors. The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is a global consortium of physical security product companies and system integrators. These companies and individuals are focused on promoting interoperability of IP-enabled security devices and systems across the security ecosystem and beyond. Adoption of PLAI standard The PSIA develops...

PSIA addresses Physical Logical Access Interoperability specification at ISC West 2018

A critical issue for security officers today is how to make sure temporary or permanent employees are removed from the employee directory system when they are no longer working for the company. This situation arises especially in large enterprises, which may have different Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) supporting different offices or company operations. It is not uncommon for a company to make an acquisition and have two or more incompatible PACS systems. The simple way to address this...

PSIA demonstrates PLIA Agent security integration solution at ISC West 2018

A commercial version of the PLAI Agent will be demonstrated by the PSIA at ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas. Johnson Controls (Software House), Kastle Systems, and Princeton Identity will show the interoperability and exchange of identity information between disparate systems. “Having a commercial PLAI Agent, available to any company, is an important milestone for PLAI,” said David Bunzel, Executive Director of the PSIA. “It will enable Physical Access Control System (PACS) vendors t...

PSIA and Cruatech collaborate to enhance test tools for PLIA security integration specification

The PSIA has announced an enhanced set of test tools for the PLAI specification. The driver behind updating the tool is to make it as easy and intuitive as possible for vendors to adopt the standards. “Effective test tools are critical for a specification to achieve true interoperability,” said David Bunzel, Executive Director of the PSIA. “We recognised that as the PLAI specification has evolved we needed to advance our tools to complement it.” Ensuring specification co...

PSIA announces Mike Mathes and Jason Ouellette will chair identity management iniatives

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has announced it has elected Mike Mathes, Executive Vice President of Convergint Technologies, as its Chairman, and Jason Ouellette, Product General Manager–Access Control for Johnson Controls, as its Vice Chairman. The PSIA membership develops specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems. “Mike and Jason bring us strong technology...

What is the impact of standards on security systems and technologies?

Industry standards make it possible for systems and technologies to connect and work together. Standards enable today’s integrated systems. But does adherence to standards stifle innovation? Does the necessity to interface using an industry-wide standard slow down the implementation of newer (and possibly not standards-compliant) capabilities? Or do standards eliminate extraneous variables, empower more integration and encourage greater innovation? We asked this week’s Expert Panel R...

What new standards are needed in the security marketplace?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) describes standards as guidelines or characteristics for activities or for their results, aimed at achieving the optimum degree of order. They might include product standards, test methods, codes of practice, guideline standards, and management systems standards. In the security marketplace, there are many standards currently used, including those from organisations such as ONVIF, PSIA and ASIS International. Might the value of standardisa...

Integrating security management into broader building systems

Security solutions should be about integration not isolation. Many organisations are considering their existing processes and systems and looking at how to leverage further value. Security is part of that focus and is a central component in the move towards a more integrated approach, which results in significant benefits. Gert Rohrmann, Technical Manager for the solutions division of Siemens Building Technologies UK, examines how by drawing data from a number of different sources...

PACS vendors Lenel and Software House announce integration by including the PLAI in their OnGuard and C•CURE products

Both companies have been active in the development of PLAI and have seen market demand for its features Physical Access Control System (PACS) vendors Lenel (UTC) and Software House (Tyco Security Products) have made a strong endorsement for the PSIA's Physical Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) specification, by including it as a native implementation in their OnGuard and C•CURE products, respectively. OnGuard PLAI adapter Each of these companies has been activ...

What is an open system? Is there a consensus in the marketplace of the definition of “open?”

Open systems are great at providing freedom for end user customers. But does the term “open system” mean the same thing throughout the industry? In the bad old days before the introduction and broad acceptance of open systems, security vendors produced proprietary systems that used only their own hardware and software. This locked in a customer to a specific vendor’s product line, and if another vendor offered a better product, the only way to get it was to switch to that vendo...

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

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...

Grundig Security Professional Line of 16 and 32 channel embedded NVRs with high-end features and storage options

Grundig Security's new Professional Line, 16- and 32-channel embedded NVRs, include an exceptional range of high-end features and storage options. The NVRs support Full HD cameras of up to 6MP, with an aggregate recording speed of up to 200 Mbps. Four SATA HDD slots are available for storage. Network-attached storage (NAS) and eSATA devices can be added to increase storage or offer back up options. Failover functionality allows dual, redundant NVR set-up for high-security applications. If the p...