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IEC recognizes SIA access control communications protocol as international standard

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IEC recognizes SIA access control communications protocol as international standard

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical committee on alarm and electronic security systems has recognized the Security Industry Association (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) as an international standard for access control communications, to be published as IEC 60839-11-5 in July 2020, the organization announced.

SIA’s protocol was built to optimize interoperability between access control and security products. Since 2011, the standard has been a work in progress supervised by the SIA OSDP Working Group. In 2016 it submitted its candidacy to IEC.

“This is really exciting for the industry,” said Anthony Diodato, co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group and founder and chief technology officer at Cypress Integration Systems, in a prepared statement. “While the process may have been long, the industry can finally point to an international standard that brings higher security and greater functionality to new and legacy access control solutions.”

SIA will soon publish in its store a mirror document to the standard version 2.2 to replace the previous version 2.1.7.

“SIA OSDP is an excellent example of how various industry stakeholders can come together to contribute and collaborate on a pivotal international technology standard that provides real business and operational value to the industry,” said Steve Rogers, co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group and president at IQ Devices, in a prepared statement.

In April, SIA launched a testing program to validate the conformance of biometric and other secure access control devices to the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard. SIA’s OSDP Boot Camp series provides training for system integrators and practitioner teams. Throughout its efforts, SIA has recognized Rodney Thayer, convergence engineer at Smithee Solutions, for extensive engineering and technical support.

“The availability of an internationally recognized standard will further create opportunities in the access control marketplace to meet customer requirements,” said Thayer, in a prepared statement.

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