News Feature | June 17, 2014

Developing New Innovations In Physical Access Control Systems

By Cheryl Knight, contributing writer

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The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. A collaboration between the leader in developing standards for IP-based physical security products and one of the leading trade associations dealing specifically for solution providers in the electronic and security field could result in many things, but one objective of the partnership is that both entities plan to work together toward the development of IP-based interoperability standards for access control.

Physical Access Control Systems (PACS)

PACS provide companies with the ability to control access to certain areas or resources, including the use of such peripheral devices as card readers in conjunction with security control panels. The companies, each with its own offering — ONVIF’s Profile C and SIA’s Open Supervised Device Protocol (ODSP) — will help promote interoperability between devices and systems. Profile C helps connect PACS panels and various network security systems providing information about doors and access points in a company’s system. Meanwhile, OSDP helps peripheral devices link up, having two advantages over previous access control standards: better communication and unlimited enhancements.

New Partnership Encourages Development In The Access Control Field

The new partnership between ONVIF and SIA means the companies can now show support for each other’s programs and help promote development of further innovations in the access control field. With ONVIF operating at the system level and SIA targeting the communication between devices, both companies bring a distinct perspective to the table.

According to Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s steering committee, “We anticipate that our mutual support and collaboration will result in a more comprehensive outcome that provides greater benefits to the industry.”

Initial steps in the partnership include ONVIF providing support for SIA’s IP extension initiative using OSDP. SIA, on the other hand, plans to push ONVIF’s Profile C to its members and stakeholders. A part of this plan includes liaison officers from both companies to facilitate collaboration and information sharing.

IT solutions providers should keep abreast of the latest developments that result from the ONVIF and SIA collaboration, as any technology developed out of the partnership can have long-ranging effects on the PACS market.