OSDP in Practice As organizations consider OSDP, the broad range of benefits outweighs the cost to upgrade, a fact supported by the survey data. In fact, 85 percent of respondents said they strongly agree (44 percent) or agree (41 percent) that using OSDP-enabled devices has made a positive impact on their overall organizational access control experience. Survey respondents who implemented OSDP within their organization confirmed that a number of benefits are realized, including increased security (70 percent), convenience in management (45 percent), greater functionality (43 percent), and more flexibility with features (27 percent). While the increased security of OSDP gives organizations added protection against attacks, the real world efficiencies will be immediately evident to those managing the security infrastructure. The interoperability of OSDP ensures that customers can utilize systems from numerous manufacturers, a factor crucial in today's security landscape as security professionals seek to upgrade systems and invest in infrastructure that maximizes protection of critical data transmitted across various channels. In a campus environment — whether a hospital or school — when readers are added using traditional Wiegand protocols, additional wiring is required, along with costly installation fees to effectively scale. With OSDP, security leaders can realize significant cost savings as a result of more streamlined installations. This open functionality also makes adding a new feature-rich readers easier and saves organizations the added expense of requiring all readers be replaced if a new access control solution is implemented. Users transitioning to OSDP also see realized benefits in service and maintenance, because OSDP: Encourages continuous monitoring of system uptime Allows for remote configuration of or upgrades to a reader Enables a user to remotely change the configuration of a reader (i.e. security keys or LED color) from any network-connected location Integrators can also capitalize on the introduction of OSDP by encouraging open standards, which can, in turn, help build new customer relationships and win more projects. The Future of OSDP Advancements in the delivery and protection of physical access control data have taken center stage over the last decade as OSDP has become more widely adopted to achieve security, efficiency and flexibility for end-user customers. "We know the adoption of OSDP is on the rise, but education efforts must be ongoing to help organizations maximize their PACS investments. With OSDP, more of these companies can ensure their ongoing security investments are future-proofed in order to truly protect people and assets well into coming decades," said Brandon Arcement, Director of Product Marketing at HID Global. Industry leaders, such as HID Global, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand, have played a key role in the development of these standards in an effort to deliver physical access control solutions to customers that ensure the highest levels of security from outside threats. ASSA ABLOY is a true partner, providing guidance and innovation within the security industry. Working with integrator partners and end-user customers, ASSA ABLOY offers the enhanced protocols in a wide variety of products aimed at increased levels of protection.