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Javits Center, NYC
Join Cypress and Farpointe in this ISC East session, which addresses the OSDP installation challenges heard most frequently, such as configuration, commissioning, decommissioning, updating firmware, cable requirements, power options, interoperability, and more. Recommended for integrators, installers, consultants and security professionals with a basic knowledge of OSDP. Read more…
Mark your calendar for SIA’s OSDP All Access networking reception, 4:30-6:30 pm PT on March 23, at ISC West 2022.
Join the access control community at ISC West for an exclusive VIP opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders, integrators, consultants, practitioners, and end users over food and drinks while learning about opportunities to participate in this growing group.
Click here to register for the OSDP All Access event.
Hub Test Tool (OSM-HUB).
For integrators, manufacturers and developers in testing environments, where OSDP devices are repeatedly connected and disconnected, the Hub streamlines the testing process. OSDP devices are connected to pluggable terminal blocks and simply plugged into ports on the Hub, instead of being wired together with a busbar, large terminal blocks or wire nuts.
“The Hub is something our engineering team uses every day,” said Jacob LeRoy, Cypress customer support specialist. “They consider the Hub one of the most useful tools that we have for experimenting with OSDP devices, due to its simplicity and versatility.”
The Hub can provide power to each connected OSDP device. Each of the Hub’s seven ports have switches, to turn connected devices on or off, change the polarity of the OSDP data lines, or disconnect them from the bus. More ports can be added by plugging in an additional Hub through an expansion port.
The OSM-HUB is recommended when testing OSDP systems before field deployment, as well as for internal testing.
While security professionals are increasingly understanding the value of using SIA’s OSDP protocol, it can be challenging to source some OSDP components such as door hardware, said Jacob LeRoy, Cypress customer support specialist.
The Cypress OSDP Universal Door Interface (OSM-UDI) is used with an OSDP reader and an OSDP panel to control and monitor door hardware through OSDP messages. Using the OSM-UDI means the installer does not need to run cable from each door hardware device back to the access control panel.
“The OSM-UDI accommodates non-OSDP door hardware, and allows it to be monitored and controlled on the OSDP network,” said LeRoy.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Tony Diodato as the recipient of the 2021 SIA Standards Service Award, an honor presented to an individual demonstrating continued excellence and tireless service in volunteer efforts related to the leadership, development, education and advocacy of SIA’s standards programs and services. SIA will present Diodato with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be hosted March 23 as a virtual event.
“It’s been an amazing journey over the past 40 years in the industry. I’ve had the honor of working with some great colleagues and mentors in the OSDP Working Group,” said Diodato. “I’m really looking forward to continue serving and to seeing OSDP gain worldwide acceptance.” Read more…
One of the first devices to receive the OSDP Verified designation, the Cypress OSM-1000 Converter is a sought-after solution for adopting OSDP, which became an international IEC standard this year.
ISC East, Javits Center, New York
Hackers have shown the ability to exploit Weigand devices and extract data; in fact, at a recurring ISC educational session, attendees can see for themselves how easy it is to do. Check out “Hacked in 60 Seconds” – an educational session at ISC East presented by Tony Diodato, CTO of Cypress Integration Solutions, and ethical “whitehat” hacker Babak Javadi of the CORE Group security auditors.
LAPEER, Michigan — Upgrading to the benefits of the Security Industry Association’s access control protocol is now simpler with the availability of the OSM-CPI interface, developed by Cypress Integration Solutions.
The cost-effective interface enables security integrators and professionals to adopt the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP). OSDP is an IEC international communications standard developed by SIA to improve interoperability among access control and security products. The OSDP standard is beginning to replace Wiegand in access control settings. SIA recommends broad adoption of OSDP, especially for high-security settings.
Installed inside the panel, the OSM-CPI is a dedicated OSDP-to-legacy Wiegand control panel interface that securely connects the panel with an OSDP reader. The CPI panel interface receives the OSDP reader’s credential data and converts it to Wiegand. Likewise, the CPI unit translates the panel’s LED and other I/O signals to their OSDP equivalents, and sends them back to the reader. The entire exchange of data is securely encrypted, from the data received by the reader outside of the door, to the data received inside the panel.
“The Cypress OSM-CPI is the latest addition to a growing suite of OSDP integration solutions,” said Cypress President Paul Ahern. “The OSM-CPI will enable wider adoption of OSDP peripheral devices without a significant investment in new panels, software and infrastructure.”
Cypress led the industry in OSDP adoption tools when it released the OSM-1000 OSDP-Wiegand interface in 2015, and continued development of the interface to offer customers a smaller form factor that would fit inside a panel, a boon for retrofit applications.
Learn more about the OSM-CPI at https://CypressIntegration.com/OSM-CPI.
Cypress will be exhibiting at the Security Canada 2020 show, from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.
Cypress will be exhibiting at the Security Canada 2020 show, from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.
While participants won’t be walking the show floor, the event is a dedicated time to connect with the industry, thanks to Zoom face-to-face meetings that are part of the event.
We would be pleased to meet your access control needs. Cypress offers handheld readers, wireless, fiber optic, and Ethernet solutions, as well as #OSDP adoption solutions, and we are a reliable industry leader in developing custom and OEM solutions.
Register for Security Canada 2020 for free at https://bit.ly/3f5gjaR. We look forward to connecting with you there.
LONDON — Cypress Integration Solutions will be exhibiting at the IFSEC International Security Event & Conference in London, Stand 2640, from June 18 through June 20, 2019.
While Cypress access control solutions are installed at sites ranging from Australia and Singapore to Europe, Japan, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates, IFSEC marks the first time Cypress has exhibited at a security event outside the US.
Session: Hacked in 60 Seconds
April 11, 2019, 11 am – noon
ISC West, Sands 307
…One development helping move the industry forward is the rise and increasing acceptance of standards. A more secure successor to Wiegand, Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), for example, has been around for a while but suddenly gained traction in the past year.
“It has taken that long for OSDP to gain momentum, but we have seen a big uptick in the last year to 18 months of people requesting OSDP information,” says Mercury’s Matt Barnette. “We have been supporting OSDP in our products for about 10 years, but in the beginning of 2018 there was an update to our panels to meet the new OSDP (v2), which provides even higher levels of encryption.”
Tony Diodato, founder and CTO of Cypress Integration Solutions and co-chair of the SIA OSDP Working Group, is encouraged by what he is seeing around standards lately, but says there is still far to go. However, he adds, there is one very encouraging trend:
“Standards are changing the process of how we integrate evolving technologies into access control. This is the first time in my experience that the standards are at the leading edge of the wave, not the trailing edge.”
LAPEER, Michigan — Cypress Founder and Chief Technology Officer Tony Diodato has been named co-chair of the Security Industry Association’s OSDP Working Group, along with Steve Rogers, President of IQ Devices, Carmel Valley, Calif.
The OSDP Working Group is responsible for development of the Open Supervised Device Protocol, the successor to the Wiegand communication standard used in access control since the 1980s. The group is an extension of the Security Industry Association’s Standards Access Control & Identity Subcommittee. Version 2.1.7 of the OSDP standard allows an access reader to securely communicate with a security system, since the communication is encrypted.
View the latest in the Cypress access control solutions April 11-13 at ISC West, Booth 6059. See the new Cypress encrypted Wireless Handheld Readers and Suprex® Reader-Extenders, the Cypress toolbox of integrator’s problem-solver solutions, and products incorporating the benefits of SIA’s OSDP access control protocol. Bonus: Learn why OSDP is replacing Wiegand to safeguard entrance security.
ISC West, Las Vegas – Sands 307 Level 1
1. Identify the technological changes affecting card reader hacking.
2. Analyze areas of vulnerability in access control systems.
3. Diagram the process of retrofitting a card reader to employ the OSDP protocol.
Cypress and Farpointe join forces to address growing demand for OSDP integration
have joined forces to supply integrators with products which will bring integrators improved security and flexibility, thanks to the Security Industry Association’s OSDP™ access control standard.
The Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard is replacing the Wiegand protocol. Farpointe Data’s RFID readers and receivers with OSDP, and the Cypress OSMIUM™ line of Wiegand to OSDP converters are designed specifically to create a simple migration path to the new standard.
Made in Michigan: Cypress Integration Solutions security access systems
“You pull out your key card and swipe it to try and get into the building. Most people take for granted that they have a badge inside their pocket. We’re doing all the stuff behind the scenes to allow for that door or gate to open,” said Project and Production Engineering Director Clinton Bolinger.
Cypress Integration Solutions in Lapeer is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The electronic manufacturing company specializes in making point of access security systems.
“All the stuff that makes it worth it is all kind of in this little chip inside. To everyone else, it looks like a little board that makes flashy lights and little beeps,” said Bolinger.
Secure Channel, which is incorporated into the Open Supervised Device Protocol v2, provides data security and authentication using AES-128 encryption. Secure Channel is the only open, secure protection against hacking and playback attacks, which are known to be vulnerabilities of the Wiegand protocol. According to the Security Industry Association, high-end AES encryption is the encryption required in federal government applications.
LRG Inc. to represent Cypress access control solutions in central United States
“Having LRG Inc. represent Cypress is a win-win partnership,” said Paul Ahern, Cypress president. “LRG is a company which is focused not just on selling pieces and parts, but on solution selling. They are known for providing outstanding technical as well as sales support, and have dedicated personnel which get to the root of customer needs.”
“The Cypress lineup of access control solutions perfectly complements our portfolio of access control and contractor technology solutions,” said LRG President Chris Lanier. “We are excited to help integrators stand out from the competition with Cypress solutions which bridge and extend component capability. We will be able to provide companies a complete, flexible access control package to save time and money for both legacy and new access control installations.”
LRG Inc. will now represent Cypress within the states of Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Established in 2001, LRG has become one of the largest security representative firms in the Central U.S., providing true independent consultation for the access control contractor, along with a six-person support center for pre- and post-installation needs and project assistance. To learn more, call (409) 384-4560 or go to LanRepGroup.com.
Since it was founded in 1983, Cypress Computer Systems, dba Cypress Integration Solutions, has remained a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of electronic security solutions and technologies, with products made in the U.S.A. Currently available solutions include wireless credential readers, data format converters, wireless Wiegand extenders, fiber and wired Wiegand reader extenders, and Wiegand splitters– solutions which are used worldwide to solve unique design and installation challenges. Cypress also custom-engineers solutions, and supplies products to make the transition to the Security Industry Association’s Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard. To learn more, go to CypressIntegration.com.