The Future of System Standards

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Defining Area Control

Area Control defines the integration standard for: 1) intrusion detection for both the residential and commercial spaces; and 2) access control for both the light commercial and industrial spaces. This standard will be implemented by security manufacturers for the various devices and software they sell and implement. Consumers of the Area Control standard in the residential space are home automation and back office applications, including billing, cable companies, central station software players and third parties willing to write custom applications for value-added services.

Area Control consumers in the commercial and industry space include fire systems, building management systems and security monitoring applications. These segments, along with industrial markets, each have their own standards for device communication such as OPC/UA and Bacnet. PSIA Area Control is the security equivalent.

The target market as well as the specific application will determine the customer’s central control and command platform. It could be building management software or a security host or a PSIM solution. Area Control will be directly consumed by these central monitoring platforms and, in some cases, used to pass data among various independent systems that need to interoperate.

When the market is ready, network-aware devices with PSIA implementation will be ready for integration with IT tools and monitoring applications and enable these devices to talk to the cloud.
Area Control allows for that seamless integration with multiple security product types and beyond.

Larry Lien is chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). He currently serves as vice president of Product Management for Proximex and has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, product management and business development.






Marine Drive is vice chairman of the PSIA and played an instrumental role in authoring the PSIA Area Control Standard. He is global director of Integration, Honeywell Security Group and has multiple years of expertise in product design and innovation in the areas of access control, video and security product integration. Drive holds more than 20 patents in the security industry.