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FEB 2019

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February 2019 / / Security Business 25 Tips for Specifying OSDP Are all installation conditions appropriate for OSDP? Not so fast, says HID’s Forchas: “Just because the panels, readers, and wiring are in place, OSDP will not work without the head-end software to initiate and configure the OSDP readers to function – it is a commonly overlooked detail,” he says. “Looking at the OSDP specification, there are many desirable features, but if the hardware and software only support some of those features, the others are difficult if not impossible to use. In the case where all is in place for OSDP, then absolutely push it – it is a superior protocol over Wiegand.” It is also important when specifying an OSDP-based system that the integrator is up to speed on the technology. “Like any other new technology, the first time someone is exposed to OSDP they immediately notice something is different,” Forchas says. “The wire count drops from eight or more conductors for Wiegand to only four for OSDP. As a good business practice, we recommend any integrator to start by wiring up a reader or two on the bench and get familiar with how OSDP works with their particular OEM solution. Although using an OSPD reader is different, it isn’t complicated – and having done it once will make subsequent deployments become routine.” Building Awareness As one would expect, awareness of and support for OSDP has grown among security consultants and integrators, but there is still a ways to go. “Awareness is becoming widespread, but in many cases, that awareness is at a rudimentary level,” Forchas explains. “Most security professionals have heard of OSDP and know it promises several advantages over Wiegand, but not all are up to speed on what OSDP can offer. Adoption of OSDP has been in place for some time with several access control OEMs, but like the level of awareness, there are differences in the level of adoption too. Some have very limited support for OSDP while others are more complete.” If building awareness of OSDP is a key to helping the security community adopt the technology, then I hope I have done my part. SIA offers further resources at, and training is available for integrators through the HID Academy website at ■ » Brian Coulombe is Principal and Director of Operations at DVS, a division of Ross & Baruzzini. He can be reached via email at, through Linked in at, or follow him on Twitter, @DVS_RB. WEBCASTS Evolving Strategies in Active Shooter Mitigation Register Today Earn CEU credits Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Given the number of mass shootings suffered by the nation in recent years and the growing threat of gun-based workplace violence, security professionals have been forced to reevaluate their approach to active shooter mitigation. In this webinar, you will hear from corporate and school security experts who will discuss how active shooter mitigation strategies are changing and what you need to do to stay ahead of the curve and how to fulfill fiduciary Duty of Care. Attendees will also have an opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CEU) for attending this webinar. Speakers: Paul Timm, PSP Vice President Facility Engineering Associates Jerry Wilkins, PSP Co-Owner and Vice President Active Risk Survival Contact to register with SUBJECT – Webinar

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