Standards Update: What’s Next for PSIA?

Marine Drive by Marine Drive | 02.08.2012

Device interoperability standards will continue to be one of the security industry’s biggest storylines in 2012, and as they did in 2011, PSIA and ONVIF will undoubtedly lead the conversations. Honeywell is in a unique position in that we have input into and support both standards. Why both? Quite simply, our customers’ needs must come first. Some will choose one, and some will chose the other. As manufacturers, we need to make products that support both.

Last year, PSIA elected me as the group’s vice chairman and recently, with fellow PSIA Chairman Larry Lien, I
co-authored an editorial for Security Dealer & Integrator Magazine that further details the standards’ progress in 2011 and the road ahead. In summary, the organization released the Area Control v1.0 specification in 2011, rounding out its full line of specifications in access control, intrusion detection, IP cameras, video analytics and recording and content management (RaCM). The RaCM spec covers DVRs, NVRs and VMS. And the development of these specifications has been backed by a number of large manufacturers. Now, in 2012, the focus shifts to better informing end users about how these specifications work and soliciting their feedback. Some of the markets we expect to experience quick adoption include banking and finance, large corporate facilities and transportation.

In standards discussions, a lot of attention gets paid to questions about which standard will “win” adoption first, which one will have more backing, etc. In reality, though, there’s never a silver bullet. End users will ultimately need to evaluate their needs and applications first, and from there, figure out which standard best fits their needs.

Because of that, I expect both PSIA and ONVIF will have important roles to play in helping end users realize the benefits of open systems.  To view the article in Security Dealer & Integrator Magazine, click here.