The Security Industry Association (SIA) introduces SIA OSDP Verified, a new comprehensive testing program that validates a device’s conformance to the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard and related performance protocols. Products that are OSDP Verified will be displayed in the OSDP Verified Product List and be able to use the SIA OSDP Verified mark in their product marketing materials. Access control communications SIA OSDP is an access control communications standard developed by SIA to improve interoperability among access control and security products. Already in use by many manufacturers, the standard is recommended for access control installations that require advanced security or will be used in government and other higher-security settings. “SIA OSDP has been steadily gaining momentum as the standard for secure access control, and SIA is pleased to present the OSDP Verified program, which will provide an authoritative listing of OSDP solutions and reduce confusion in the access control ecosystem,” said Joe Gittens, director of standards at SIA. High-security access control solution “Becoming SIA OSDP Verified and displaying the SIA OSDP Verified mark on your company’s product will instil confidence in integrators, specifiers and practitioners that the device will work as intended for its access control use cases and provide an interoperable, high-security access control solution.” Benefits of SIA OSDP Verified include an authoritative listing of OSDP solutions; a consultative process that provides vendors with implementation and remediation guidance; a lightweight, nonpunitive program with no annual membership fees; and continuous access to open-source testing tools and community feedback that promotes device conformance through the product life cycle.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved ANSI/SIA CP-01-2019, a security systems standard for false alarm reduction features. The standard leverages technology, industry experience and common knowledge to pinpoint the causes of and decrease the frequency of false alarm dispatches, detailing recommended design features applicable to both residential and commercial properties protected by electronic security systems. The 2019 standard is a revision of ANSI/SIA CP-01 2014 and builds on the 2014 version in meaningful ways, including new guidance for handling informative signals and definitions for remote devices to reduce the frequency of false alarm dispatches and updated language throughout that minimises the dependence on the term ‘control panel’, ensuring increased applicability to innovative security system approaches. Significant reduction in false alarms CP-01-2019 is intended for use or reference by all security industry professionals“When CP-01 was first released, we saw a significant reduction in false alarms, but as technology advances, so must the standards and processes that help reduce false alarms,” said Joe Gittens, director of standards at SIA. “There is still a great deal of work to do industry-wide, but this release is a step forward, and we are excited to continue furthering the mission of eliminating false dispatches.” The effort to update this keystone standard was led by SIA’s Intrusion Subcommittee with valuable input from The Monitoring Association and the Electronic Security Association. Addressing both user- and equipment-caused false alarms, CP-01-2019 is intended for use or reference by all security industry professionals. Areas covered by ANSI/SIA CP-01-2019 include event recognition, information handling sequences and provisions for system layout testing, installer programming options and recommended test procedures to help determine compliance to the standard.
Supported on iSTAR Ultra controllers, OSDP includes secure channel encryption mode for enhanced security Tyco Security Products is announcing that its Software House C•CURE 9000 v2.50 event management platform now supports Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) to allow for enhanced interoperability among security devices, such as reader-to-panel communications. OSDP is supported on Tyco Security Products’ iSTAR Ultra series controllers and has been initially tested and certified to interface with HID Global iCLASS SE platform readers, providing a two-way encrypted link using OSDP Secure Channel. The OSDP specification handles a full range of access control and security commands including LED and buzzer control, text display, tamper and communications status and firmware status for a complete interoperable experience. Additional functionalities with OSDP “Getting onboard with initiatives such as OSDP means greater flexibility through standards-based interoperability for Tyco Security Products,” said Rafael Schrijvers, Access Control Product Marketing Manager, EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “OSDP is both highly secure and intelligent, and we’re excited to support it and continue to build on our portfolio of OSDP compatible products.” HID Global’s iCLASS SE reader platform, including iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE brands, enable highly secure, adaptable and interoperable physical access control. These intelligent readers support a wide variety of traditional 13.56MHz contactless smart cards, 125kHz proximity credentials and magnetic stripe cards, as well as Bluetooth and NFC-enabled smartphones and other smart devices used for opening doors and gates via HID Mobile Access. “Manufacturers who adopt OSDP support into their portfolios recognise the importance of adopting open standards to open up additional functionalities within their products” said Joe Gittens, Director, Standards, Security Industry Association. “These adoptions really help to promote system interoperability across the industry.” Save
Supported on iSTAR Ultra controllers & C•CURE 9000 v2.50, SIA’s OSDP specification allows enhanced network interoperability Tyco Security Products is announcing that its Software House C•CURE 9000 v2.50 event management platform now supports Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) to allow for enhanced interoperability among security devices, such as reader-to-panel communications. The OSDP compliant products from Software House will be on display at the Tyco Security Products booth 20005, at ISC West, April 5-8, in Las Vegas, Nev. OSDP is supported on Tyco Security Products’ iSTAR Ultra series controllers and has been initially tested and certified to interface with HID Global iCLASS SE® platform readers and Allegion aptiQ readers, providing a two-way encrypted link using OSDP Secure Channel. The OSDP specification handles a full range of access control and security commands including LED and buzzer control, text display, tamper and communications status and firmware status for a complete interoperable experience. “Getting onboard with initiatives such as OSDP means greater flexibility through standards-based interoperability for Tyco Security Products,” said Rick Focke, Senior Product Manager, Software House, Tyco Security Products. “OSDP is both highly secure and intelligent, and we’re excited to support it and continue to build on our portfolio of OSDP compatible products.” Tested & certified to interface with HID iCLASS SE® and Allegion aptiQ readers HID Global’s iCLASS SE reader platform, including iCLASS SE, multiCLASS SE®, and pivCLASS® brands, enable highly secure, adaptable and interoperable physical access control. These intelligent readers support a wide variety of traditional 13.56MHz contactless smart cards, 125kHz proximity credentials and magnetic stripe cards, as well as Bluetooth and NFC-enabled smartphones and other smart devices used for opening doors and gates via HID Mobile Access®. aptiQ™ Multi-technology Readers from Allegion interface with magnetic stripe cards, proximity cards, MIFARE® Classic smart cards and ultra-secure MIFARE DESFire™ EV1 credentials, and can read the card serial numbers of a variety of smart cards from other manufacturers. The readers handle applicable ISO standards (14443A, 14443B, 15693) and are versatile enough to read 125 kHz proximity and 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards in a single unit. “Manufacturers who adopt OSDP support into their portfolios recognise the importance of adopting open standards to open up additional functionalities within their products” said Joe Gittens, Director, Standards, Security Industry Association. “These adoptions really help to promote system interoperability across the industry.” Tyco Security Products is participating in the SIA InteropFest & Cocktail Reception at ISC West on April 6 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, which will showcase network interoperability using OSDP.
For many years, the physical security industry seemed at a standstill, maintaining the status quo. In recent years, it’s become clear that change is a constant, effectively altering the landscape of the systems integration industry and all it encompasses. In 2015, we continued to see the proliferation of news about the Internet of Things (loT) and the ways in which connected systems and technologies will affect both the manufacturing and installation communities. As more devices and sensors become network-connected, systems integrators are in the perfect place to make it all come together. In essence, they are becoming technology engineers who can integrate all kinds of disparate devices into seamless solutions that benefit the end user and add new sources of recurring monthly revenue (RMR) to systems integration companies. Educating IoT users in security processes and standards According to Joseph Gittens, Security Industry Association (SIA) Director of Standards, the security market will continue moving in the direction of the loT, but the focus on functionality alone leaves the industry with the job of educating consumers and others on how to secure all these devices. “Hopefully, there will be added security functionality introduced to the loT in processes and standards,” Gittens says. There are different portals and other information that will be opened up as a result of the loT, and this needs to be addressed as a critical part of overall functionality, he adds. “We don’t want Google and Facebook, for example, creating standards for security – because they don’t really know what security is. We need to do a better job explaining what security is, why it’s important and work on technology and standards together.” In addition to the continued growth of the loT, Gittens believes there will be ongoing interest in wearable technologies, especially body cameras. “This will open more opportunities in video for automated actions and deeper analytics to analyse specific events,” he says. "We don't want Google and Facebook creating standards for security - because they don't really know what security is" Interconnectivity of IT and physical security The move to interconnectivity has also caused traditional capabilities of the installer and integrator to morph. Now, systems installers need to be more fully versed in Internet Protocol devices and networking, either adding IT credentials to their certifications or working in partnership with those with this expertise. This has also created new opportunities for systems integrators who can now handle and integrate more network components than ever, adding valuable solutions to their portfolio and an exciting new array of services to the customer. Because IT has become such an integral part of physical security as systems and services merge and converge, the industry has been working to develop recruiting mechanisms that draw more IT-centric personnel to the business. Recruiting top talent, as well as IT-centric workers, will continue as a top priority in 2016 and beyond as the security industry continues its rapid transformation into increasingly integrated and network connected technologies. DIY systems – 2015 trend Just as the security industry is becoming better connected, it’s also becoming more noticeable, with new players coming in from all angles, including the do-it-yourself (DIY) sector. DIY systems, depending on how you look at them, may also open new opportunities for service and maintenance contracts or to provide general support, especially for those alarm companies who aren’t averse to stepping in and helping homeowners with setting up or troubleshooting self-installed technologies. Those who view this as an opportunity in waiting may also offer their own line of DIY systems, bolstering their RMR with long-term support contracts. As technology continues to heighten, systems integrators are becoming technology solution engineers. And those who can embrace and provide as many interrelated systems as possible will find themselves in a good place in the near future. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
The best standards are often baseline, common-denominator standards that leave room for innovation The collaboration between ONVIF and SIA to develop new access control standards is just the latest standards-related news from the Security Industry Association (SIA), the American trade association headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., near Washington, D.C. In fact, SIA has a long history and tradition of standards development, dating back to the 1980s. SIA has produced 15 or so standards in all, including six American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards. (The rest are “industry consensus” standards.) SIA is an ANSI-accredited standards-developing organisation (SDO), participating in activities that promote openness and interoperability of electronic physical security systems and components. Overseeing SIA’s standards activities is the SIA Standards Committee, whose 30 to 40 participants (representing SIA member companies) review proposals for standards activities, design SIA’s standards roadmap and make other strategic decisions. “Anyone is free to submit proposals, which are discussed at the general meeting, and the Committee votes on whether to work on a standard,” says Joseph Gittens, Director, SIA Standard Committee. Whether SIA takes on a standard depends on whether or not there is already another group working on a related standard. “We try to be a harmoniser in the industry, which means eliminating duplicate efforts,” he adds. (Hence the collaboration with ONVIF). Other considerations include the business need for a standard, the time and resources to complete a project, and whether it would need to go through the ANSI process or could be “fast-tracked” as an industry-consensus standard. Membership to all SIA standards subcommittees is open to anyone A variety of SIA Standards Subcommittees deal with specific technology areas, from Access Control and Identity to Digital Video, Intrusion to Perimeter Security. A precursor to a new SIA Standards subcommittee, the Cloud Steering Group, is working to define the role of SIA Standards in the rapidly advancing fields of cloud services and mobility. ANSI accreditation requires that there be no barriers to participation in standards committees, so membership to all SIA standards subcommittees is open to anyone – including end users, integrators, non-SIA supplier companies, and consultants. “Anyone who is interested is more than welcome,” says Gittens. He estimates that around 200 people participate in all, across all the Subcommittees, with the SNMP Subcommittee drawing the most interest with around 50 participants. At the technology cutting edge, SIA’s SNMP (simple network management protocol) Subcommittee deals with network communications at the product level. The group is developing a standardised set of MIBs (management information bases) to monitor the health and availability of security devices on a network using SNMP. The broader Subcommittee reflects the fact that issues of network communication cut across all the various product groups as more technologies migrate to IP networks. Addressing SNMP is a way the physical security industry can help to close the gap with corporate information technology (IT) departments, says Gittens. The gap involved on the physical security framework related to networks and how devices work on the network. “Security is looked at as IT’s stepbrother,” says Gittens. “There’s always been an issue between security and network managers as security products have evolved as things that sit on the network. Use of [SNMP] is a way to speak the same language as network professionals to make that relationship more a partnership and to promote knowledge.” Limitation of Standards "It’s hard to have a standard for interoperability. There are different standard ways of doing things" There is a limit to what can be accomplished using standards, says Gittens. “A lot of people take standards to mean that everything will work with everything,” says Gittens. “A well-defined standard has well-defined elements; it’s not complete interoperability.” “Interoperability means different things,” says Gittens. “It’s hard to have a standard for interoperability. There are different standard ways of doing things. People misuse the word standard to mean total and complete interoperability, which is an unrealistic expectation.” Also, “proprietary” isn’t necessarily bad, and in fact many of today’s de facto standards began as proprietary. “There are many standards in place that have come out of proprietary [specifications]. They have become de facto standards because they are the best way to do something.” He says standards are a default, or a lowest common denominator, onto which companies can build additional bells-and-whistles to distinguish themselves in the market. “We don’t want to have homogenous products, they need to evolve. The best standards are often baseline, common-denominator standards that leave room for innovation,” he says.
The next generation of access control standards will be developed by the recently announced collaboration between the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the American trade association headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., near Washington, D.C. Both organisations have staked a claim in the area of access control standards, and now they’re seeing their interests converge. SIA’s Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard addresses interoperability among peripheral devices, such as card readers and security control panels. Based on the RS-484 protocol for point-to-point serial connection, OSDP seeks to take the place of the industry’s longtime Wiegand protocol (also a SIA standard) for communicating among access control devices. Compared to Wiegand, OSDP offers advanced communications and better security features – at longer ranges, using fewer wires, with bi-directional and multi-drop capabilities. It also offers application enhancements such as direct biometric support, smart card interface, authentication, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliance and interactive terminal capabilities. The new, more secure OSDP standard is already being implemented by manufacturers. At ISC West 2014, SIA’s OSDP Plugfest demonstrated how a growing number of access control manufacturers are using OSDP as a building block for the next generation of physical access control systems. SIA’s next step is to expand OSDP into the IP networked environment. That’s where SIA’s interests converge with those of ONVIF, which has led development of IP standards, including its new Profile C for access control. ONVIF’s Profile C enables interoperability between physical access control system (PACS) panels and other network-based security management systems. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in June 2014, ONVIF and SIA have now formally announced their plans to collaborate and harmonize their respective initiatives related to access control. “Both SIA and ONVIF recognise that our respective access control efforts to date are complementary, in that we have been approaching the goal of access control standards from two different angles, ONVIF at the system level and SIA more targeted between peripheral devices,” says Per Bjorkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “We anticipate our mutual support and collaboration [in the future] will result in a more comprehensive outcome that provides greater benefits to the industry.” ONVIF, which was highlighting its Profile C access control standard at ISC West, has specific expertise related to IP networks. “It seemed like a perfect intersection for the groups to work together,” says Joseph Gittens, Director, SIA Standard Committee. Exactly how the collaboration will work is being finalized now. Among other things, each group will appoint a representative to liaise with the other group to promote information sharing and collaboration. “We want the industry to have the standards it needs as technology changes,” says Gittens. “Our goal is to be a harmonizer of standards, not be duplicative.”