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JUL 2019

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S12 ACCESS CONTROL Trends And Technology | JULY/AUGUST 2019 provide flexible, cost-effective and future-ready systems. Systems integrators can select products from different interoperable vendors while focusing on seamless integration. This also opens a tremendous opportunity to expand its core business into new competencies by giving customers additional value-add solutions. For manufacturers and software providers, the benefits include the ability to provide greater product innovation and less time to market, as well as easier market acceptance, access to projects and the ability to forge new technology partnerships. For software developers, implementing ONVIF specifications instead of various brand-specific interfaces to address basic functionalities can free up time to focus on developing innovative solutions. Cyber Readiness While ONVIF does not set security policy, many industry-proven cybersecurity measures can be included in the common interface established by ONVIF. Among these are Certificate Based Client Authentication; Keystores and TLS servers. There are also best practices, such as forcing a default password change or out-of-the-box hardening. ONVIF and other standards groups help ensure and deploy real-time security by including industry-accepted and established cybersecurity measures in profiles and standards. In addition, the upcoming body of work targets edge devices that do not themselves take the access control decision and therefore do not need to store any sensitive data. The core purpose is to take some credential input, pass it on to an access control unit or management system that evaluates if the credential has the correct permissions and returns the decision to the new device which grants or denies access. All types of different systems, whether facial recognition, license plate recognition, door stations or other remote devices, can maintain their own communication protocols and manufacturers can integrate conformant products. Ancillary product vendors can grow their products more effectively and access control manufacturers have the ability to control many more devices because they can communicate over a standard protocol. Smart Spaces The future is intelligent spaces, with hundreds of different systems, devices, sensors and peripherals working together. Gartner defines smart spaces as physical or digital environments populated by humans and enabled by technology, which are increasingly connected, intelligent and autonomous. Safe/smart city deployments and loT systems are helping to accelerate the acceptance of interoperability over proprietary systems. Integration is more effective when it creates a holistic ecosystem based on a common technology platform that can easily and securely add new devices and peripherals. ONVIF is continuing to develop its next level of work in this critical area. In the future, as part of PACS management, we may see dynamic identity that authenticates the person and not just the credential. To enable a single digital identity that is authenticated across logical and physical environments, security organizations need a combination of digital capabilities including facial recognition, video analytics and IoT sensors. We can speculate about the future, but ONVIF is preparing for it, working to integrate ancillary systems to access control and video surveillance and embracing new remote technologies and the loT. ■ About the authors: Per Björkdahl is the current Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee and has been since the fall of 2012. Per is involved with ONVIF’s conformance initiatives and represents the member-driven organization as a speaker at trade shows and other technology events and to the media at large. His professional career includes a lifelong commitment to technical convergence with Axis Communications and companies like TAC (now part of Schneider Electric), advocating for the acceptance of communications standards in the building automation industry. Per has worked in the physical security industry for more than 25 years and was an early supporter of IP technology within the industry. Per is currently Axis Communications’ Director of Business Development, a position he has held for more than 16 years. Bob Dolan is the Director of Technology for Security Solutions at Anixter. He brings with him over 29 years of sales, management, and technical experience in the physical security industry. After working with end-users and integrators for many years, Bob earned his RCDD (Registered Communication Distribution Designer) certification from BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Standards International) in 2009 and his CPP (Certified Protection Professional) from ASIS in 2012. Bob is also the Vice Chairman of the ONVIF Technical Services Committee. The overall mission of ONVIF is to establish a common communication interface for all security devices and clients, across security disciplines, systems and vendors.

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