Interoperability Group Issues Profiles Enabling Security-System Compatibility

A tool for testing whether the products conform to the profiles also made available
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A tool for testing whether the products conform to the profiles also made available

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance has made available to vendors “profiles” that provide information on increasing the compatibility of security products, and it is also providing a tool for testing whether the products conform to the profiles.
The PSIA is making available its Access Control Profile and Intrusion Detection Profile, which will enable manufacturers to easily and quickly adopt PSIA specifications by complying with a smaller subset of interoperability requirements, the alliance says.
In addition, the testing tool is to give integrators and end users confidence that the security products they have acquired comply with each PSIA profile and will therefore interoperate smoothly with each other, according to the alliance.

“We’re excited to introduce the first working profiles and test tool to the physical security industry,” said David Bunzel, PSIA’s executive director. “These profiles will enable a very wide range of vendors to quickly and affordably comply with PSIA specifications and expand plug-and-play compatibility across the security ecosystem.”

Such profiles are common tools in technology standards and address a particular use case within a rich standard or specification, PSIA says. The standard or specification is akin to a section in a library, covering every aspect of a subject, and the profile would be the handful of books on a narrower, very specific topic, the alliance says. In that regard, the Access Control and Intrusion Detection Profiles draw their data elements from the PSIA’s broader Area Control Specification.

“The PSIA’s area control specification is very deep and encompasses many combinations of security use cases,” said Larry Lien, PSIA chairman and vice president of product management for Proximex. “The profiles enable vendors with narrower use cases to easily comply with our specs and guarantee product interoperability,” he said.
In addition, the Profiles Test Tool certifies that a product or system fully complies with either, or both, of the new profiles to ensure plug-and-play interoperability, the alliance says. The PSIA Profiles Test Tool encompasses two distinct testers that simulate both “host” side systems as well as “device” side systems for profile compliance.
“Its simulation capabilities make the test tool invaluable in helping vendors test and validate their PSIA compliance throughout the design and development phases of a product,” said Neelendra Bhandari, Honeywell Security engineering manager.