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New Open Security and Safety Alliance

In a reaction to today’s market characterised by the continued evolution of the Internet of Things Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco and Vivotek have all joined forces by founding the Open Security & Safety Alliance.
The goal of this new organisation is to develop a framework providing standards and specifications for components including an industry-specific operating system, IoT infrastructure and a collective approach for data security and privacy.

This alliance is a non-profit corporation that brings together likeminded organisations in order to outline specifications for a common standardised platform for security and safety solutions. “With this initiative, we set the foundation for the creation of a secure and reliable ecosystem for the security and safety industry that brings together hardware manufacturers, software developers, integrators, consultants, users and many others,” says Tanja Rückert, President of Bosch Building Technologies. Collaboration and the definition of commonly agreed standards and specifications enables industry players to focus on the aspects that really add value for their customers and opens up new application possibilities.

“The coming together of different industry stakeholders who appreciate the need for better standardization and innovation in this market couldn’t come at a better moment. Our collective end users depend on us to drive this new way of working together. This is a great initiative for Bosch and the other Alliance members, but ultimately the end users of security and safety solutions will be the biggest beneficiaries,” says Bernhard Schuster, Executive Vice President with responsibility for Sales and Marketing as well as Security and Safety Systems at Bosch Building Technologies.

The establishment of the alliance by the five founding members – who are also forming its board – is the result of intense discussion and exchange of ideas with different companies active in video surveillance, access control, intrusion and building automation. The involved parties were ranging from manufacturers to component suppliers, software developers and integrators as well as distributors and current solution users. Currently, some 30 additional companies have already expressed an interest in joining the alliance. Ambarella, Anixter, Androvideo, Kings Security and Netapp are the first early adopters who signed the membership. The Alliance is open to players within the security and safety markets as well as companies of adjacent markets.

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