Version 2.2 of the Open Supervised Device Protocol has recently been released by the Security Industry Association, the program being an access control communications standard developed by the Security Industry Association that is designed to help with improving interoperability among both security products and access control.

In version 2.2, users can expect to see both the formatting and messages that had previously been included in the International Electrotechnical Commission 60839-11-5 standard, which was released earlier in the year 2020. This also works to address some of the minor errors that had been contained within that specific document.

Security Today – Version 2.2 of the Open Supervised Device Protocol officially replaces version 2.1.7, which was originally released back in 2015. Included among the updates is a more enhanced method for transferring files, which is a feature that enables the transfer of larger sets of data for graphics and firmware updates from an access control unit to a reader, as well as much clearer instructions for implementing SecureChannel in order to help with facilitating encrypted communications and updated messages in terms of handling smartcard applications in the protocol itself.

Additionally, Version 2.2 of the Open Supervised Device Protocol also acts as a form of a bridge that enables easier updates of the app itself, as well as the subsequent publishing of any and all enhancements as a more international standard. More specifically, it allows devices such as card readers, control panels, and more to work alongside one another, thereby providing the security industry itself with a more viable solution that goes past the Wiegand standard in terms of both functionality and security. For instance, two-way encryption and channels can help to pave the way for more advanced security applications, including handling government applications, biometrics, and smart cards that would otherwise require credentials, Public Key Infrastructure, Access Management, and Federal Identity requirements.

The co-chair of the Security Industry Association Open Supervised Device Protocol Working Group, Steve Rogers, who also serves as president of IQ Devices, had the following to say in regards to the release:

“SIA OSDP version 2.2 is a culmination of all of the work done over the past five years to prepare the protocol for international standardization and fixes the majority of common implementation challenges faced by implementers of version 2.1.7.”

This update is said to be recommended for those types of access control installations that require more advanced security, as well as those that will be used in government and high-security settings.

Security Today – Version 2.2 seeks to duplicate all of the contents and terminology that were initially required in the original IEC standardization process. In terms of future versions of the Open Supervised Device Protocol, these will still follow all IEC formatting conventions, which will enable the continuously evolving work of the Security Industry Association in order to become more easily adopted through the standards process established by the IEC.

Ever since 2011, which is when the Open Supervised Device Protocol standard was both developed and maintained, the standard was approved by the IEC technical committee on both electronic and alarm security systems as a more international standard back in June of 2020.

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