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FEB 2019

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14 Security Business / / February 2019 SECURITY WATCH COMPILED BY PAUL ROTHMAN, EDITOR–IN–CHIEF Fresh Off the Wire / News from around the industry Alliance Working on New Industry Standards Open Security & Safety Alliance to create standardization for IoT products Though the industry has made great strides in standardization in recent years, much work still remains – for example, the proliferation of network surveillance cameras and the massive amounts of data they generate has placed a premium on cybersecurity and privacy safeguards, which were somewhat overlooked when the adoption IP cameras began to take hold. To address these and other challenges facing security products in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), several manufacturers – including Bosch, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco and Vivotek – created the Open Security & Safety Alliance in Sept. 2018, with the goal of making a common standardized platform for security and safety solutions that is accessible to everyone. Editor Joel Griffin recently sat down with Johan Jubbega, Senior VP and General Manager at Bosch Building Technologies and President of the Open Security & Safety Alliance, for an exclusive interview. Here are some of the highlights: “The Alliance was formed to define a standard to tackle common challenges like data security and privacy, seamless integration of security devices, and easy consumption of data,” Jubbega said. “Today’s market for security and safety solutions, as it continues to be influenced by the IoT and the aggregation of data, is very fragmented. Some device manufacturers offer a short-term ‘quick-fix’ rather than focusing on a long-term solution. To fuel innovation, the market needs a new framework or standard that enables market players to focus on the kind of innovation that adds real value for customers.” When asked how the Alliance differs from other industry standards organizations, such as ONVIF and PSIA, Jubbega said the interoperability approach is different compared to the one of the Alliance. “We see initiatives like ONVIF and PSIA supporting one another in shaping the industry,” Jubbega said. We also expect ONVIF and the Open Security & Safety Alliance to be complementary, and ONVIF profiles may be adopted by the Alliance if they contribute to our purpose.” Jubbega added that the Alliance’s first standards and specifications will be published in the first half of 2019, adding that he “anticipates that a number of Alliance members will be demonstrating their first concept offerings at ISC West 2019.” Read the full interview at ■ ADT Makes Another Commercial Buy Arkansas-based integrator Advanced Cabling Systems is its ninth such acquisition since 2017 ADT has acquired Advanced Cabling Systems, continuing the company’s recent expansion in the commercial systems integration market. According to a statement, Advanced Cabling, which is based in North Little Rock, Ark., will be merged with Red Hawk Fire & Security, which was acquired by ADT last fall. Founded in 1997, Advanced – often ranked in the Security Business Fast50 – has additional offices in Oklahoma and Missouri. “The addition of Advanced is part of our focus on commercial growth and underscores both ADT and Red Hawk’s focus on...commercial and enterprise-level organizations, particularly those with multiple U.S. locations,” ADT Commercial EVP Dan Bresingham said in a statement. “At Advanced, our focus on technology and customer service is why we know that aligning with the most recognizable brands in the fire and security industry will allow us to better serve existing and new commercial customers,” added Michael Kennedy, President of Advanced Cabling Systems. Since Aug. 2017, ADT has acquired eight commercial integration companies, including Red Hawk, Aronson Security Group (ASG), Access Systems Integration (ASI), ACME Security Systems, Protec Inc., MSE Corporate Security and Gaston Security. ■ UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS Feb. 27-28 TMA Technology Summit, Salt Lake City Feb. 27-March 1 NSCA Business Leadership Conference, Tampa, Fla. March 4-8 RSA Conference, San Francisco March 11-15 PSA TEC 2019, Denver April 9-12 ISC West 2019, Las Vegas April 9-11 SIA Education @ ISC West, Las Vegas April 9, 8:30 a.m. AIREF Golf Classic, Las Vegas April 10, 4 p.m. Security Business Fast50 Awards Presentation, ISC West Main Stage

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