Demystifying OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol)

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Greater Security and Operational Efficiency Drive the Development of Modern Technologies

Physical access control technology is continuously evolving to address emerging threats and vulnerabilities, security protocols, and integration requirements. In response, the standards governing the development and testing of Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) also continue to evolve, improving security and interoperability among access control and security products.

For example, the introduction of Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) significantly shifted the world of access control capabilities and offered an option other than the long antiquated Clock-and-Data and Wiegand protocols, which can leave organizations vulnerable to attack. As we learn more about the vulnerability of legacy PACS, it is increasingly clear that it is critical for organizations to adopt protocols like OSDP that enhance their overall security and support current and future technology requirements. 

Although upgrading to an access control system that adheres to newer standards is a significant initiative, there are many long-term advantages. Most importantly, adopting updated, more flexible protocols can help organizations increase security and operational efficiency.