Cost is a reality to be managed. No matter how powerful or desirable a technology may be to a customer, the sale often comes down to the basic question: Can I afford it? And affordability extends not just to the purchase price, but to the cost of technology over its lifespan. In addition to advances in technology capabilities, the security industry has also achieved inroads to make its offerings more worth the cost. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the physical security industry doing to make more affordable and cost-effective technology solutions for end users?
HID Global, a worldwide renowned company in trusted identity solutions, has announced that a selection of its reader and controller offerings have been tested and verified to meet the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) communications standard for access control security and interoperability. HID Global is the first manufacturer to have completed testing in the OSDP Verified Certification for Access Control Units (ACUs). The HID Aero and HID Mercury controller product lines, as well as HID Signo Readers now carry the distinguished OSDP Verified mark. SIA OSDP Verified Certification SIA OSDP Verified Certification is a comprehensive testing program that validates whether a device conforms to the SIA OSDP standard and the related performance profiles. The SIA third-party testing lab verification ensures OSDP Verified products meet the stringent OSDP standards. Receiving OSDP verification also ensures that devices will work as intended for their access control use cases. Interoperable, high-security access control solutions OSDP Verified mark validates that our products are interoperable, high-security access control solutions" “We are long-time proponents of the OSDP standard and are proud to now offer the industry’s first controllers to be OSDP Verified by the SIA,” said Jim Dearing, Director of Product Marketing - Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. Jim Dearing adds, “The OSDP Verified mark validates that our products are interoperable, high-security access control solutions and makes it possible for integrators, specifiers and end-customers to use HID readers and controllers with confidence.” OSDP Background Committed to interoperability, industry standards and customer satisfaction excellence, HID Global and Mercury Security, which HID Global acquired in 2017, have co-developed the OSDP standard in 2008 and donated it to the Security Industry Association (SIA) in 2012, free of intellectual property charges. SIA launched its OSDP Verified Certification in April 2020, in order to test and validate that devices conform to the standard and related performance protocols.