News and Events
Robert Hoffman joins Cypress sales & marketing team
LAPEER, MICHIGAN — Cypress Integration Solutions of Lapeer, Michigan announces the addition of Robert “Bobby” Hoffman to the Cypress sales and marketing department. Hoffman was recently appointed a Sales & Marketing Specialist with the company.
Hoffman is concurrently a Captain in the U.S. Army National Guard serving as an engineer officer within a logistics brigade. His background is in security operations, high level marketing and sales, and business ownership.
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The OSDP COMSET Configuration Tool, manufactured by Cypress Integration Solutions of Lapeer, Michigan, was named best in Design, Diagnostic and Installation Tools in the New Products and Solutions Awards at ISC West 2023. The awards program, hosted by the Security Industry Association, recognizes innovative physical security solutions… Read More
Cypress names Jon Uren as company VP, COO
LAPEER, MICHIGAN — Cypress Integration Solutions has announced that Jon Uren has been named company Vice President and Chief Operations Oﬃcer, eﬀective immediately.
Cypress Founder Tony Diodato, who recently resumed his role as company President and CEO, is reorganizing the company structure this year, following the loss of former CEO Paul Ahern. Ahern passed away in January 2023 following a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Uren is a veteran of Cypress who ﬁlled a crucial role in maintaining company operations, especially during Ahern’s illness.
“I am pleased to announce the advancement of Jon Uren to Vice President and COO of Cypress Computer Systems, Inc. (Cypress Integration Solutions),” said Diodato. “Over the past 14 years of employment, Jon has held many positions in manufacturing, engineering, and management, and he is our most experienced staﬀ member. I have the utmost conﬁdence in his ability to continue to take on the next level of challenges, as he has done over his career here at Cypress.”
Uren’s tenure with Cypress has included roles such as Product Development Engineer, Engineering Coordinator, and most recently, Operations Manager. In addition, he works with Cypress interns and is known as a leader within the Lapeer, Michigan community where Cypress is based, for his volunteer work mentoring and coaching youth through FIRST Robotics teams.
“I look forward to our continuing collaboration as Jon brings new energy and passion not only to our company, but to the Security Industry as well,” said Diodato.
Further staﬀ changes will be announced in the weeks ahead as Cypress leaders work to seamlessly continue serving customers and providing the industry with access control integration solutions.
Both Uren and Diodato will be on site at ISC West in Cypress Booth 5060, where staﬀ members will be remembering Ahern with a memorial tribute.
Cypress founder Tony Diodato resumes role of company president
LAPEER, MICHIGAN — Cypress Integration Solutions has announced that Tony Diodato has resumed his role as company CEO and president, eﬀective immediately. Diodato founded Cypress in 1983.
Former Cypress CEO Paul Ahern passed away in January 2023, following a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Diodato and Ahern had been business partners for the past 20 years.
“I was thrilled when Paul joined the Cypress team. His leadership took the company to lofty heights,” said Diodato. “We shared a passion and vision for making the world a safer place through technology, and Paul helped me create a stable vehicle to provide that technology to customers around the world. His absence is deeply felt here, as well as within the security industry.”
Having Ahern at the helm allowed him to focus on developing the company’s engineering department, said Diodato, noting that he is returning to his former role with renewed faith in the mission he and Ahern shared.
Other staﬀ changes will be announced in the weeks ahead, and Diodato invites those who were accustomed to contacting Paul to reach out to him. He will also be on site at ISC West with the company, in Booth 5060, where staﬀ members will be remembering Ahern with a memorial.
“Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife and children: Kim, Brien, Anna and husband Brad, and granddaughter Juniper, who will always be part of our Cypress family,” said Diodato. “Paul’s spirit will remain a guiding light as we continue our journey.”
Security Industry Association, Jan. 26, 2023
In Memoriam: Paul Ahern, CEO, Cypress Integration
Security Industry Association (SIA) members and the security industry are mourning the recent loss of Paul Ahern, longtime CEO of Cypress Integration Solutions, who died Jan. 17 at age 66 following a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer.
Ahern joined Cypress in 2005 and was named the company’s president in 2007. During his time with Cypress, he logged over a million miles in meeting with customers regarding Cypress solutions, and he was highly engaged in security industry events, including ISC West, and supported and sponsored SIA’s events and programs.
Ahern was a dedicated member of SIA, having served on SIA’s membership committee and as a strong advocate for the association. He was especially instrumental in SIA’s standards initiatives, particularly around the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Kim; son, Brien; daughter, Anna; son-in-law, Bradley; and granddaughter, Juniper.
Paul viewed Cypress and the security industry as an extension of family. Brien Ahern, Paul’s son, said, “It can’t be stated heavily enough how much he adored everyone at the oﬃce, the people he worked with, at home or on the road. Every car ride I’d be in with him, even if it was only 30 minutes, at least one person was called, or called him to talk about life and family. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was looked after with the highest selﬂessness.”
Ahern was known across the industry for his many contributions to security and his self-deprecating humor, kind nature and giving spirit. He leaves behind a great legacy in our industry and will be dearly missed. Learn more in his oﬃcial obituary here.
Note from Cypress: We will be honoring Paul Ahern with a memorial tribute at ISC West Booth 5060.
LAPEER, MICHIGAN — Cypress Integration Solutions of Lapeer, Michigan, announces the release of the upgraded
OSM-2400 OSDP-Wiegand Converter for customers within the US.
The OSM-2400 retrofits Wiegand access control systems to support OSDP, by using the converter with an OSDP
reader and Wiegand panel. The converter can also be used with a Wiegand reader and OSDP panel. The
OSM-2400 Converter was redesigned due to supply chain issues.
“In general, we intended the original OSDP-Wiegand Converter to be installed with an OSDP reader and Wiegand
panel, with the OSDP reader resolving the Wiegand vulnerability,” said Jacob LeRoy, Cypress customer support
specialist. “With today’s supply chain disruptions, integrators are requesting the converter to use with existing
Wiegand readers and a new OSDP controller. Ideally this would be a short-term scenario, where the migration to
OSDP becomes complete when the budget or supply chain allows.”
Along with addressing supply chain shortages, the OSM-2400 Converter fulfills a common customer request for a
second LED I/O line. The upgraded converter can operate with a single LED line or 2 LED lines, depending on the
type of reader it is used with.
LAPEER, MICHIGAN — Cypress Integration Solutions of Lapeer, Michigan, has released an upgraded
version of the Passive Wiegand Splitter. The new OPTW-100 Wiegand splitter can be powered with
The Cypress OPTW-100 is an upgraded replacement for the discontinued CVX-OPTW. The
discontinued splitter was widely used in access control installations since it connected 2 Wiegand
readers with 1 Wiegand port, or 1 Wiegand reader with 2 Wiegand panels that share the same data.
The upgraded OPTW-100 Splitter functions the same way but offers an expanded power input range.
“Our Wiegand Splitter has been a very popular product, but the most common feedback we received
was the desire to power the device with 12 Vdc. Customers told us in many installations 5V power was
not available,” said Jacob LeRoy, Cypress customer support specialist. “Since the new OPTW-100
splitter supports 12V power input, it can be used in more installations without the need for a separate
Cypress is currently shipping orders for the upgraded OPTW-100 Passive Wiegand Splitter.
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.
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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.