The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an industry body comprised of stakeholders from all facets of the security, safety, and building automation space, has announced two important developments, as part of its mission to pave the road towards trustworthy and innovative security and safety solutions. New technical specifications First, a new specification is now available to members, which focuses on camera cyber security measures. The Open Security & Safety Alliance has also introduced a new App Developer Council, designed to attract and involve app developers in the Alliance’s ever-growing ecosystem of security and safety industry players. The newest technical specification, the OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification, contains definitions and guidelines regarding mandatory and optional security determinations for cameras. OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification The OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification is largely based on an existing standard by the IEC The OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification is largely based on an existing standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), with an additional clear focus on the security market and OSSA philosophy, by transparently dividing the roles and responsibilities between camera manufacturers, the operating system (OS) provider and the system-on-chip (SoC) vendor, in particular. The specification also prescribes responsibility changes in the event of individual OS modifications by camera manufacturers. The mandatory part of these guidelines will be used as input for the forthcoming OSSA certification framework. OSSA-orchestrated ecosystem The OSSA-orchestrated ecosystem is designed to enhance trust, enable innovation beyond the limits of a single organization, and fuel opportunity for industry stakeholders and customers. The backbone of this initiative is the Open Security & Safety Alliance’s first Technology Stack that prescribes the use of a common OS, along with the first three OSSA Specifications, including: OSSA Application Interface Specification (available to OSSA members) OSSA Compliant Camera Definition Specification (available to the public) NEW: OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification (now available to OSSA members) OSSA App Developer Council As software application developers are essential to the OSSA ecosystem, the Alliance in early 2021 created a new offering to enable these (usually smaller) companies to weigh-in and be introduced within the security and safety sphere. This is an important corridor to establish between the two groups as the open platform approach continues to flourish and particularly, Android-based apps become an integral part of customization and differentiation across the security and safety IoT (Internet of Things). Early access to finalized Alliance deliverables The annual OSSA App Developer Council fee is affordable at US$ 250 or US$ 500 a year The annual OSSA App Developer Council fee is affordable at US$ 250 or US$ 500 a year, depending on the size of the developer company. It provides a number of benefits, including heavy industry exposure, early access to finalized Alliance deliverables, and exclusive insight into the OSSA specification roadmap. “Although our Alliance is young, I’m continually impressed by member agility and a firm commitment to remove barriers and move the mark for the industry for all to rise together,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA). Advocating truly open ecosystems Johan Jubbega adds, “We’re steadily delivering on that vision. Members have not only embraced the OSSA philosophy, but already have actual hardware available in the market and a digital app store to source from. This has led to a new and natural connection with the app developer community.” He further said, “We’re advocating for truly open ecosystems not only within our specific security and safety sectors, but are now also broadening to cross-collaborate with other industries and stakeholder groups. I am convinced that the best is yet to come.”
The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an industry body comprised of stakeholders from all facets of the security, safety and building automation space, announced it has joined Euralarm, the association of European manufacturers, installers and service providers from the electronic fire safety and security industry. By joining the Security Section within Euralarm, OSSA will contribute valuable expertise in the domain of Internet of Things (IoT), while leveraging on Euralarm’s profound relationships in the European security and safety markets. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents the fire and security categories by providing leadership, advocacy and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies. Efficient standardization processes Digital technology is transforming how we all connect with people, places and things" The European association aims to achieve fast and efficient standardization processes for the region and engages with European institutions on legislative and regulatory issues. Its Security Section represents the intrusion, access and video sector with a focus on surveillance. “Digital technology is transforming how we all connect with people, places and things - and this evolution offers big - literally life-saving - benefits and possibilities to the fire, security and safety space,” said Paul van der Zanden, General Director, Euralarm. Video security cameras “The member companies that make up OSSA are some of today’s strongest innovators and leaders within the video security and building technology categories. Sharing their collective expertise into programs we have in the works makes good sense as we together can lift up the same industries to benefit those we work hard to serve, save and protect.” Through OSSA, Alliance members work together to drive an open platform principle and philosophy to harmonize the security and safety marketplace and fuel innovation beyond the limits of a single organization. Founded in late 2018, members to date have made great strides in laying the foundation for IoT openness within the security and safety markets, starting with video security cameras. Security industry stakeholders Our Alliance was founded to enhance trust and enable innovation for security industry customers" Significant markers include the introduction of the OSSA common Technology Stack and two resulting specifications, the introduction of the first OSSA-inspired digital marketplace, and the newly unveiled “Driven by OSSA” designation for the first commercially available video security devices based on the Alliance philosophy and purpose. “Our Alliance was founded to enhance trust and enable innovation and value for security industry stakeholders and customers, and along this journey toward an open ecosystem platform we’re always interested in combining efforts with fellow associations where there’s shared vision and synergy,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance. IoT experience “In cooperation with Euralarm, we can bring OSSA’s platform and IoT experience to other areas in the security and safety market and speed up innovation in the industry together.” Organizations interested in the Euralarm membership or seeking more information about Euralarm and the important work their members have underway, visit here. Organizations interested in learning more about OSSA, its membership benefits and the Alliance’s activities can stay informed on their websites. Data security and privacy The Euralarm members make society safer through systems and services for fire detection and extinguishing The Open Security & Safety Alliance is a collaboration initiative that brings together like-minded organizations in order to create a framework providing standards and specifications for common components including an operating system, IoT infrastructure, collective approach for data security and privacy, and a drive for improved levels of performance for security and safety solutions. This will help the market and parties involved to focus on the aspects that really add value for their customers and open up new application possibilities, even beyond security and safety. Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies. Video monitoring systems The Euralarm members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection and extinguishing, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and alarm receiving centers. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.
The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) is pleased to announce AndroVideo released its first security camera that follows OSSA’s Technology Stack. OSSA drives an open platform principle and philosophy to open up the security and safety marketplace to fuel innovation beyond the limits of a single organization. Supporting the security industry’s emerging open ecosystem, the new Smart Edge Camera from AndroVideo is available now and bears the ‘Driven by OSSA’ seal. Video security devices This mark indicates the product follows the OSSA Technology Stack for video security devices that prescribes the use of a common operating systems (OS), with the first two OSSA Specifications being: OSSA Application Interface Specification OSSA Compliant Camera Definition Specification The seal also ensures seamless connectivity within the newly established digital marketplace operated by Security & Safety Things – also an OSSA member organization. This single marketplace is a central hub that provides tools and information to enable third-party app development. System integrators can then use the infrastructure to purchase, install and manage the apps on ‘Driven by OSSA’ camera devices. This consolidated approach is a core component of the Alliance’s vision to steer open standards. Open platform principles AndroVideo is a developer and manufacturer of smart edge cameras that offer technological advancements AndroVideo is a developer and manufacturer of smart edge cameras that offer impressive technological advancements. The AndroVideo Smart Edge Camera runs the operating system provided by Security & Safety Things and seamlessly connects to their recently announced digital marketplace. “As an early member of the Open Security & Safety Alliance, we are proud to participate in this ecosystem that facilitates cooperation among camera manufacturers, developers, integrators and end users,” said Jonny Wu, Vice President at AndroVideo/Ability Group and OSSA Contributor Member. “We’re eager to collaborate with all OSSA members to push the envelope on open platform principles that benefit both users and participants.” Application-Ready platform AndroVideo takes security up a notch with its competitive edge computing capabilities. The MD2, EBL2 and VD2 in dome, bullet and vandal dome form factors incorporate various robust technical features. Engineered with expertise in image quality tuning, the new product line provides market players with a highly optimized, application-ready platform for rapid AIoT development. “We congratulate AndroVideo for being one of the first OSSA members to come to market with cameras based on our Technology Stack and the Alliance’s founding vision/philosophy,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance. “By establishing connections and partnerships through the Alliance, AndroVideo secures a strong foothold in this collaborative ecosystem as it evolves and the IoT continues to mature across the security and safety landscape.”
Pushing forward with the surveillance industry revolution, VIVOTEK, the globally renowned IP surveillance solution provider, launches its iNSIGHT series fixed dome camera, the FD9392-EHTV-O, and AI-box, the IE9111-O. The iNSIGHT series presents added value and deeper understanding that goes beyond the surface. Driven by the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), the initiative follows OSSA’s Technology Stack for video security devices that prescribes an open and standardized platform for security and safety solutions. These two products represent the future of implementing an open platform approach in physical surveillance products, enabling system integrators, software application developers and users to cooperatively create in an open, efficient, and intelligent video age. Video content analytics The new iNSIGHT series products adopt Qualicomm SoC, encompassing machine learning and edge computing to deliver computing power through devices. In addition to advanced versatility and flexibility, the new iNSIGHT series was also designed based on an open IoT platform system supported by Security & Safety Things, making it easy for users and system integrators to download and install various Apps with intelligent video content analytics on the AIoT fixed dome camera, FD9392-EHTV-O. For existing security systems, VIVOTEK introduced its edge-computing AI-box, the IE9111-O, allowing system integrators to connect existing network cameras and transform the whole array into an AIoT intelligent system. Retail and parking applications We have received positive feedback in several pilot run projects of retail and parking applications" Steve Ma, Vice President of VIVOTEK’s Open Platform Business Division stated: “In the past, manufacturers and software developers were forced to expend resources on making their systems compatible to one another. From the day we joined the Alliance, our mission has been to create real value through technological innovation. Launching the iNSIGHT series camera and AI-box ‘Driven by OSSA’ is our first vital step as we envision the promising value and business opportunities of what lies ahead." "We have received positive feedback in several pilot run projects of retail and parking applications. Together, we can lead the industry to the next level.” Open platform philosophy “It is extremely rewarding to see the Alliance’s vision literally coming to market in the form of these very first ‘Driven by OSSA’ products. And we are delighted that these first products originate from VIVOTEK, one of OSSA’s founding members,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance. “We are proud to collaborate with industry leaders that understand this collaborative, open platform philosophy spurs innovation beyond the limits of a single organization to ripple benefits outward for greater market potential and a more intuitive, customized user experience.”
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