Standard Promotes Interoperability

As part of the ISC West Show, the Security Industry Association (SIA) Standards Committee will present an Interoperability Exhibition at SIA booth 10075. The exhibition will demonstrate how use of the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), enables the integration of a variety of products and software implementations for customers of security systems.

“This exhibition will demonstrate how SIA Standards is working to enable interoperability of devices,” said SIA Standards Committee Chair Steve Van Till, president and chief executive officer of Brivo Systems, Bethesda, Md. “OSDP’s extensibility to IP devices will allow integrators to more easily serve customers in the current technological landscape—and grow their businesses,” he said.

The exhibition will consist of a short presentation on SIA Standards, OSDP and other standards activities. Exhibitions will be given throughout the day. Featured products will include multiple displays connected to readers and panels.


Extending interoperability

In November of 2011, SIA announced it was undertaking a revision of the OSDP standard. Originally developed by HID Global and Mercury Security Corp., with recent contribution from Codebench Inc., the OSDP specification is a communication protocol for interfacing peripheral devices, such as card readers, to control panels or other security management systems.

The SIA version of the OSDP standard will support both IP communications and point-to-point serial interfaces, such as RS-485. The serial version of the protocol has been adopted by numerous manufacturers and others are in the development stages of implementation.

The exhibition is the first step toward a larger interoperability demonstration of the OSDP standard, set to debut at ISC Solutions in October.



Joe Gittens is the director of Standards for the Security Industry Association.