PSIA Makes Area Control Specification Available to All Vendors

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has released the second generation of its area control specification, and has made the standard publicly available to all industry manufacturers.

The specification incorporates PSIA’s access control and intrusion detection profiles. First introduced in November 2011, the area control specification was previously only available to PSIA member companies. Now, all interested manufacturers can download the specification to ensure their products comply with the profiles.

“Our Area Control specification has been developed by the industry’s leading access control system vendors and is a rich, robust and well-tested specification,” says David Bunzel, PSIA executive director. “With the access control and intrusion detection profiles now built into this version, a broad range of vendors specializing in those areas can easily build PSIA compliance into their products.”

Additionally, PSIA has released 2.0 versions of its core specifications — the service model, the common metadata and event model (CMEM) and the common security model (CSEC). The upgrades will ensure continued plug-and-play interoperability among PSIA-compliant products.

Although PSIA has released the access control and intrusion detection profiles test scripts and conformance tools to the public, the association will issue compliance certifications only for current PSIA members.

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