The year 2017 proved to be a huge year for the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) in terms of manufacturer support for the specification. SIA Standards debuted its OSDP conformance tool at SIA InteropFest, held on April 5 at the Sands Expo during ISC West 2017.
With various application profiles available, the focus of the 2017 SIA InteropFest was on conformance. As the first step toward interoperability, numerous access control vendors tested their products for conformance to the various application profiles. The conformance tool debuted at the InteropFest provides product specifiers, integrators and end users more insight to the exact applications for which OSDP-conformant products are equipped.
Interoperability was also a yearlong focus as manufacturers met at ISC West 2017 and then again on the east coast at SIA Headquarters to participate in sandbox events where vendors could test their OSDP products with other vendors’ products and access the OSDP conformance tool to aid in the development of their control panels and readers. These lab-like conditions allowed SIA members to bring their OSDP products to market quicker and guarantee interoperability with a host of other products.
SIA made tremendous inroads toward strengthening relationships with the security end-user community by partnering with the International Security Management Association (ISMA) to develop tools exclusively for SIA and ISMA members—the Security Technology Forecast and a Strategic Planning Playbook. Through interviews and surveys with top security practitioners, SIA could assess the strategic technological requirements of end users securing Fortune 500 organizations.
A small SIA steering committee was then able to match these requirements with an exploration into the emerging technologies and emerging functions that will disrupt the industry in the next three to five years. Emerging Technologies included Robots and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Social Enabled Security. The Strategic Planning Playbook illustrated the best practices and novel solutions being employed by chief security officers (CSOs) to solve some of the most common strategic planning obstacles faced by many other CSOs. This project provided both ISMA members and SIA members with valuable insight as to how security solutions can be deployed soon.
The year ended with the release of a new revision to SIA’s Architectural Graphics Standard–AG-01. A joint effort with the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), this latest release, version 3.1, is compatible with graphics programs including Visio, Auto CAD, PDF and DWG layers. The project was completed by the SIA Architectural Graphics Subcommittee and added symbols that represent new and enhanced technologies such as imaging technology, HDMI ports and millimeter-wave detection. The release was augmented with an editable attribute structure that enhances usability and supports proper spacing and facilitates simplification of plans. AG-01 v. 3.1 is the latest example of SIA providing products and programing that delivers value to industry architecture and engineering stakeholders.