Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) News

Arecont video surveillance solutions for municipalities, law enforcement, and governments

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PSIA releases test tool and implementation guide for PLAI specification

PLAI synchronises physical and logical identity management and access control The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has released the test tool for its Physical Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) specification.  Reliable implementation and integration PLAI has provided an open and effective solution for dynamic identity management, allowing employee identities and roles defined or revoked in an authoritative logical identity system; these can automat...

PSIA to host Physical Logical Access Interoperability session at ASIS 2015

The PLAI session at ASIS 2015 will outline how optimum identity integration can be achieved There is finally a bridge between the physical access and logical identity management systems in an enterprise environment-PLAI. Through the use of the Physical Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) Specification, PSIA member companies have demonstrated how enterprise customers can use a common identity source, reducing costs and enhancing the functionality of their business. The PSIA...

Open architecture in access control - room for improvement

Integrators and end users should be aware that their definition of open might differ from those of security manufacturers Much of the buzz in the industry today about open architecture is driven by the IT world, with many security-related decisions now falling on an organisation’s IT department, where true open architecture has been around for a long time. Closed systems like we’ve experienced in the security world are not just viewed as foreign to the IT world; th...

Vicon providing openness against “total solutions” manufacturers

We’re seeing a market trend toward manufacturers seeking to provide “total solutions” rather than components. The trend is reflected clearly in recent industry consolidation, for example. When companies that manufacture various components become part of a single corporate owner, it’s not a stretch to expect the new owners to combine those components into a single end-to-end solution – sooner or later. Manufacturers are also leveraging OEM agreements and other partne...

PSIA demonstrates PLAI profile at ISC West 2015

PLAI provides a common platform that allows different PACs systems to communicate and effectively synchronise identities The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) continued to build momentum in its efforts to develop specifications to support interoperability at ISC West 2015. The PSIA hosted a demo that was oversubscribed and featured expanded functionality of the organisation’s Physical Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) profile. Building on previous P...

Convergence of IT networks and physical security

Kevin Brownell, principal physical security consultant at PTS Consulting Group, considers convergence of IT networks and physical security. He argues that current best practice shows that they no longer need to be separate disciplines and reassures installers that their diversity has been exaggerated. Brownell describes experiences of working with IT managers who no longer see networked CCTV and access control as ‘black arts’ and are buying into the idea of IP security as an integr...

Gallagher to present latest physical access control products at ISC West 2015

Gallagher's central management platform Command Centre v7.30 and new mobile application will be among latest releases on display Leading integrated security technology company, Gallagher, is showcasing and demonstrating its latest product releases at the largest security industry trade show in the U.S. - ISC West. The event runs from April 15 to April 17 2015 at the Sands Expo Centre, Las Vegas - Gallagher booth # 28073. Gallagher's Chief Technology Officer Steve Bell is part...

ISC West combines the familiar with the unexpected

For attendees at ISC West in Las Vegas, the show each year brings together elements that are comfortably familiar with elements that are brand new, even unexpected. The U.S. security marketplace’s largest yearly gathering is an unrivalled forum for new product introductions, and the exhibition sets the stage for much that happens in the market throughout the rest of the year. The ISC West exhibit hall at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas will be open April 15-17, and education sessions will be...

Physical security and the quest for interoperability at ISC West 2015

The security industry continues to move away from closed, proprietary systems and instead is fine-focused on open solutions that assist the move to total integration. The benefits of achieving this feat belong to both installing company and end user. Benefits of open security solutions Open, interoperable systems make it easier to integrate a wide array of sensors, devices and communication technologies across the enterprise. That means quicker installations, lower labour costs and heightened...

PSIA to demonstrate PLAI specification at ISC West 2015

In addition to demonstrating functionality of the PLAI specification, the company will cover business and security benefits Join PSIA for this unique session featuring a live demo of the capabilities of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance's new Physical-Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) specification at ISC West 2015. In addition to demonstrating current functionality of the PLAI specification, the company will cover business and security benefits such as:...

The next group of challenges for “Plug-and-Play” access control

In its role to achieve “plug-and-play” interoperability for security system and device integration, the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is looking ahead to some new possibilities in its long-term roadmap. David Bunzel, PSIA executive director, shared with me some of the active discussions among alliance members about where the next wave of interoperability initiatives may lead. Integration of wireless locks is at the top of the list, a response to the growing and...