A solid first step would be for manufacturers to realize consumers no longer accept proprietary solutions and demand open ones. For many years, the security industry has tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to find agreement on common standards and protocols. As the industry re-engages on this topic, it would be wise to involve BAS and IT. These industries already have established common standards and utilize these standards within buildings for most integration.
Joe Feuling heads security and life safety systems at Environmental Systems Inc., with offices in Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan. Visit ThinkESI.com to download the latest building performance, security and life safety trends.