There’s no doubt that convergence is a hot button. There are myriad definitions, often based on the perspective of an end user or the market focus of a vendor.
Here is an interview with Michael Cation, CEO of NovusEdge, Austin, Texas, which provides one valuable viewpoint.
ZALUD REPORT: What do today’s security professionals need to know about the convergence of physical security, IT and building automation systems?CATION: History has shown that business economics, coupled with IT technology’s rate of change, will drive ever improving and converged solutions. One example of that trend is the convergence between physical security and IT “cyber” security. However, we believe that is only one part of the convergence story. There is a parallel and complimentary convergence between physical security and building automation, which will drive a consolidation of previously isolated solutions. The value added possibilities for such a consolidation include common access cards, shared video surveillance, energy management, integration with IT business processes, one corporate-wide security policy, etc. There are two major implications to security professionals for such a change:
Security professionals will soon be expected to manage integrated solutions that serve the needs of security, facilities management and IT professionals.
The solutions will need to be built on an open, standards-based architecture.