The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Tony (Anthony) Diodato as the recipient of the 2021 SIA Standards Service Award, an honour presented to an individual demonstrating continued excellence and tireless service in volunteer efforts, related to the leadership, development, education and advocacy of SIA’s standards programs and services. 2021 SIA Standards Service Award Security Industry Association will present Diodato with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be hosted on March 23, 2021 as a virtual event. Tony Diodato is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Cypress Integration Solutions. Before starting Cypress Integration Solutions in 1983, he became acquainted with SIA, 40 years ago, at his first trade show in New York City, where he met prolific industry veteran and SIA volunteer, Sandra Jones. Active in SIA OSDP access control standard development Diodato has been active in efforts to develop SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) Diodato has been active in efforts to develop SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), a SIA access control communications standard designed to improve interoperability among access control and security products, since 2012. He has been co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group, since 2018. “It’s been an amazing journey over the past 40 years in the industry. I’ve had the honor of working with some great colleagues and mentors in the OSDP Working Group,” said Tony Diodato, adding “I’m really looking forward to continue serving and to seeing OSDP gain worldwide acceptance.” Instrumental in development of SIA OSDP version 2.2 Tony Diodato was instrumental in the development of SIA OSDP version 2.2, which was released in December 2020 and improves interoperability, security and support for smart card applications. He also played a critical role in getting SIA OSDP approved as an international standard, by the International Electrotechnical Commission in June 2020. He has spoken at many industry conferences and events on the importance of security industry adoption of SIA OSDP and has introduced the SIA OSDP Working Group to a new generation of industry talent through involving his development team in a variety of working group projects. Educator for SIA OSDP standard Tony Diodato has been a tireless evangelist and educator for the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol standard" “Tony Diodato has been a tireless evangelist and educator for the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol standard, and because of his efforts, SIA OSDP is not just an access control protocol – he has specified it for uses in aerospace and robotics and really amplified the reach of SIA’s activities,” said Joseph (Joe) Gittens, Security Industry Association’s Director of Standards. Joe adds, “SIA applauds Tony for his exceptional contributions to SIA, the industry and the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol standard and is proud to honor him with the 2021 SIA Standards Service Award.” The Advance 2021 virtual event The Advance 2021 will take place on Tuesday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. EDT and be hosted as a virtual event. At this special membership meeting, attendees will review official association business, recognise volunteer achievements in 2020 and exchange market intelligence for the year ahead. In addition to presenting the SIA Standards Service Award, the Security Industry Association will honour the 2021 recipients of the SIA Chairman’s Award, Committee Chair of the Year Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award and Member of the Year Award.
The SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard – developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) – has been approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical committee on alarm and electronic security systems as an international standard. The latest version of SIA OSDP will be listed as IEC 60839-11-5 and be available in the IEC Webstore. SIA OSDP is an access control communications standard developed by SIA to improve interoperability among access control and security products. Maintained and developed by the SIA OSDP Working Group since 2011, the standard was submitted to the IEC as a candidate standard in 2016. Legacy access control solutions “This is really exciting for the industry,” said Anthony Diodato, co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group and founder and chief technology officer at Cypress Integration Systems. “While the process may have been long, the industry can finally point to an international standard that brings higher security and greater functionality to new and legacy access control solutions.” SIA OSDP is an excellent example of how various industry stakeholders can come together to contribute" In the coming weeks, SIA will release a mirror standalone document to the IEC standard – OSDP 2.2 – which will replace SIA OSDP 2.1.7 and be available in the SIA store. “SIA OSDP is an excellent example of how various industry stakeholders can come together to contribute and collaborate on a pivotal international technology standard that provides real business and operational value to the industry,” said Steve Rogers, co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group and president at IQ Devices. Comprehensive testing program The news of international standardisation comes soon after SIA announced various other tools and services to promote interoperability and education around the OSDP standard, including OSDP Verified – a comprehensive testing program that validates device conformance to the SIA OSDP standard and the related performance profiles – and the OSDP Boot Camp series, which offers OSDP training for system integrators and practitioner teams. These OSDP advancements have been a team effort within the SIA OSDP Working Group, and SIA particularly acknowledges Rodney Thayer, convergence engineer at Smithee Solutions, for critical engineering and technical support as the project progressed through the IEC submission and approval process. “The availability of an internationally recognised standard will further create opportunities in the access control marketplace to meet customer requirements,” said Thayer.