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JUL-AUG 2018

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S-10 ACCESS CONTROL TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY 2018 JULY/AUGUST At Anixter, we have been testing interoperability in our Infrastructure Solutions Lab for many years, con- necting devices and clients from different suppliers to our test server site to ensure that integrations and multi-supplier solutions are going to work correctly for our customers in real-world scenarios. Due to the proprietary way that access control security components have historically been designed and manufactured, achieving interoperabil- ity between different manufacturers' products hasn't always been easy. It sometimes has involved develop- ing specific device drivers or creating workarounds to get readers, panels and other peripherals to share informa- tion and communicate with a common access control management platform. A New Interface Driving Open Access Control As a result of the proprietary nature of the access control market, customers often have remained confined to deploying single-supplier access control systems and felt forced to buy access control panels from a particular manufacturer in order to maintain their current investments in legacy card readers, door controllers The open device driver used in Profile A conformant access control panels allows end users to integrate control panels and management software from different manufacturers. This gives end users the ability to make choices on specific hardware for their access control systems and, even more importantly, means that if you want to install another supplier's access control management software in the future, you don't have to rip and replace existing access control hardware in order to do so. The common interoperability of ONVIF Profile A provides the bridge between the legacy hardware and new software if both are Profile A conformant. Profile A covers credentialing, and from a standardization perspective, has the potential to pave the way for the future of access control. Already there is discussion about the ability for cameras to act not only as a read- er in identifying a person within an access control system but to also act as the system's control panel, and the catalyst that triggers the rest of the system to work; activating the door strike, monitoring the request to exit and door position switch, and so on. While some manufacturers have already experimented with this con- cept, each has undoubtedly come at it with their own approach, utilizing few elements of standardization. Although Profile A has been established as an access control protocol, the future potential exists for it to reside in a camera and carry out the same func- tionalities. This enables the camera to be used as a multi-purpose device, and to not only stream video, but to communicate directly with the door controller and become an integral part of the access control system as well. As the industry continues to improve edge devices by adding addi- tional functions and intelligence, using common interfaces can help pave the way for faster deployments and addi- tional innovation in these areas. This is just one example of how the vision of ONVIF, for the industry to commu- nicate using a common interface, is being realized. As one of the major platforms within a smart building environment, access control systems play a large role in this IoT scenario. and card technology. But the industry is changing as the development of standards-based applications grow and end users and system integrators alike are recognizing the value of open standards, such as the interoperability standards created by ONVIF. ONVIF Profile A provides an interface for ONVIF member devel- opers to use when developing access control software and other security products. Profile A defines the requirements that govern how one Profile A application can com- municate and interact with another, facilitating interoperability for multi- vendor projects.

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