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 active in the development of PLAI and has seen demand from the market for this specification and its features. Lenel will be demonstrating the features of the prototype OnGuard PLAI adapter, which allows OnGuard to exchange cardholder information with PLAI-compatible systems via the PLAI Agent. Microsoft, a company with significant security requirements has been working closely with Lenel to integrate PLAI into their security ecosystem. "Being able to make an acquisition of a company with a different PACS system and having the ability to quickly integrate and synchronise with our existing system is critical to our security operations," said Mike Faddis, Director of Global Security for Microsoft. Software House access control Software House has demonstrated access control capabilities of the PSIA's specifications in previous demos, but made the decision earlier this year to do a native integration of PLAI. "In the large enterprise space, it is common for our customers to potentially have multiple PACS systems and visitor management solutions. We recognize that PLAI provides a standards-based way to accomplish the coordination of personnel and credentials in a quick and cost-effective manner to meet enterprise needs," said Jason Ouellette, Senior Product Line Director, Tyco Security Products. The PSIA will be demonstrating PLAI and its capabilities related to synchronisation of PACS systems, biometrics and mobile credentials at ISC West, on Thursday April 6th 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT. In addition to Tyco Security Products (Software House) and UTC (Lenel), Kastle Systems, EyeLock, Princeton Identity and Allegion will all be part of the demonstration.
PSIA will also provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives One of the more important developments in the physical security industry is standards supporting dynamic identity management. Microsoft has taken a leadership role influencing this with their support of the PSIA’s PLAI initiative. Mike Faddis, the Director of Microsoft Global Security, will discuss and demonstrate the company’s implementation of PLAI and illustrate how it is streamlining the onboarding processes which have to be completed as a part of the acquisition of external companies. The PLAI architecture is allowing Microsoft to save both time and costs for these processes, while ensuring that secure access for its employees is provided when they need it across their global offices and campuses. The PSIA will also provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives. Manufacturers and end users will discuss and demonstrate how real-world solutions have moved from concept to development using the PLAI specification. Hear from: Darren Bain, CTO of RightCrowd: PLAI gains momentum. Current status and future plans Mohammad Soleimani, CTO of Kastle Systems: Bringing it all together in the cloud and IoT Diane Kehlenbeck of Allegion: How PLAI enables credentials and mobile devices David Bunzel, Executive Director of PSIA: Interoperability and Implementation Background: During the last two years, PSIA members from the security industry have worked together to discuss and conceive how to solve “the identity problem” and develop a specification in which manufacturers could implement solutions allowing logical networks and different physical security access control systems to interoperate together using a single identity source. Event details When: Thursday, April 7th from 10AM – 11AM Venue: Bellini 2103 at the ISC West Convention, Las Vegas
Speaking on behalf of Microsoft Global Security will be Mike Faddis, Director of Microsoft Global Security The PSIA will provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives on April 7th at 10 A.M at ISC West in Sand Convention Center, Las Vegas. Manufacturers and end users will discuss and demonstrate how real-world solutions have moved from concept to development using the PLAI specification. Faster and efficient security administration Speaking on behalf of Microsoft Global Security will be Mike Faddis, Director of Microsoft Global Security. Faddis commented, "Global Security and its partners are involved in activities to integrate the various security systems of the various companies that Microsoft has acquired. When a company and its technology is acquired, and the business leadership makes decisions about the geography of assets, and the people that will accompany an acquisition, it's my team's job to ensure that we optimise the mix of new and existing technologies to enable a secure work experience and protect access to assets." "Frequently, after acquisition, some locations will be operated for a period of time, and it becomes important to consider how we might get the best from existing systems while integrating or transitioning to new ones. The PSIA's PLAI technology specification means that we can now pass identities to PLAI-enabled security systems during on-boarding and enable access for team members, while also transitioning identities to new workplaces and systems as that company becomes part of the global Microsoft family." Faddis also says "The very creation of PLAI technology means that different brands of access systems can now utilise identities generated from our corporate security infrastructure, which means faster and efficient security administration, at a lower cost point to the business while we implement an appropriate and compliant level of security experience." Other speakers include: Darren Bain, CTO of RightCrowd: PLAI gains momentum. Current status and future plans. Mohammad Soleimani, CTO of Kastle Systems: Bringing it all together in the cloud and IoT. Diane Kehlenbeck of Allegion: How PLAI enables credentials and mobile devices. David Bunzel, Executive Director of PSIA: Interoperability and Implementation. Background: During the last two years, PSIA members from the security industry have worked together to discuss and conceive how to solve "the identity problem" and develop a specification in which manufacturers could implement solutions allowing logical networks and different physical security access control systems to interoperate together using a single identity source.
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 PSIA demos, the ISC West event featured four PACS (Gallagher, Kastle Systems, Lenel, and STANLEY/Pacom), receiving credentials from a trusted source and synchronising the information across the disparate systems. Additional new features included the use of mobile credentials and role-based identity management. Implementation of PLAI profile in Allegion aptiQmobile Allegion provided the mobile credential capability for the demo, showing how an employee or contractor could be on-boarded in an organisation and have his or her credentials enabled on a smart phone. “Implementing the PLAI profile in our aptiQmobile™ platform was accomplished in a matter of weeks. Seeing this functionality, with the other PACS systems, demonstrates the potential scope and capabilities of PLAI,” said Brad Aikin, the Director of Product Management, for Allegion Electronic Locks Division. Effective identity management is one of the more critical issues facing security directors today. This has become more complex with large companies relying on contractors to supplement their salaried workforce. Contractors are often on limited-term contracts. Being able to terminate access is essential to having a robust physical security plan. In addition, when companies make acquisitions, they often inherit different and incompatible PACs. PLAI addresses this by providing a common platform that allows different PACs systems to communicate and effectively synchronise identities. Critical component – identity management “We became involved with the PSIA because we saw an effective standards-based solution for integration of the various parts of the physical security system. PLAI addresses a critical component – identity management. We not only employ a large number of contractors, but need to provide access for employees at facilities around the world. To be able to quickly invoke and revoke access privileges will save considerable time and money for Microsoft,” said Mike Faddis, a Director at Microsoft Global Security. Microsoft has committed to include PLAI in its internal security system that will go live later this year. This will be offer significant benefits to the company. One of the early benefits will be a means to integrate the security system of Nokia’s mobile phone business, which was acquired in 2014. Microsoft not only added 25,000 employees in 50 different locations to its identity management system, but also had to integrate two different PACs systems. PLAI will make this a simple and cost-effective integration, allowing for a robust security operation. PSIA’s Access Control Specification 3.0 The PLAI profile is part of the PSIA’s Access Control Specification 3.0 and can be accessed at (http://www.psialliance.org/documents.html >. Conformance tools are available in beta-test form for PSIA member companies.
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