PSIA announces 'Area Control' specification

In an effort to make access control and intrusion detection products interoperable within an organization’s overall security system, the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance this week released its new Area Control v1.0 specification.

According to a statement, the Area Control spec is the fourth-system oriented specification released by the PSIA. The alliance said that it takes advantage of other specs released by the organization, especially the Common Metadata and Events Model, which provides a comprehensive way to process the data received from other security devices.

"Considering that the leaders in this industry, representing more than two-thirds of the access control and intrusion systems market, were involved, we would expect this to be the de facto industry standard," said David Bunzel, executive director of the PSIA.

Honeywell, Tyco and UTC have announced products relying on the Area Control spec that will ship in 2012. Inovonics and Lenel have also announced product plans to support the specification next year.

"This spec addresses some of the heavy lifting that needed to be supported by all manufacturers when integrating access and control products," said Mike Regelski, CTO of UTC Fire & Security-Global Security Products. "We have incorporated it into platforms for our Lenel and Interlogix product groups and expect it to be a strategic component of a number of other product lines."

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