Both standards bodies are also working hard in the access control space. The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), for example, is currently preparing to release test tools for its Access Control and Intrusion profiles. ONVIF continues its work on “Profile C” — a specification that will create interoperability between physical access control systems (PACS) and IP-based video surveillance networks.
Given the key protection role that alarms have played for decades and the fact that it is a mature technology, growth in the alarm sector is tied to growth in new businesses and the replacement of older alarm devices, according to the ASIS/IOFM survey. The survey goes on to report that more than 35 percent of respondents planned to spend more on alarms in 2013, led by the retail, utilities and professional and business services markets.
Be sure to check out the latest in the mobile access control craze — from NFC to Bluetooth and beyond; along with a state of the industry report on the fire & life safety market from SD&I expert Greg Kessinger.