PSIA Approves PDKC Over ODSP Specification

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) today announced its Public Key Open Credential (PKOC) specification has expanded to support Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP). The new specification, PKOC over OSDP version 1.63, was unanimously ratified by the PSIA Board on March 22. It demonstrates how the ecosystem for PKOC, an open and freely available specification, can be extended to support a range of access control use cases.

The PSIA worked closely with members of the OSDP Technical Subcommittee and a broad group of industry leaders in the card, reader, and access control industries to come up with this specification.

“Today, the members of PSIA are celebrating the incredible milestone of delivering an open specification for the industry which facilitates the implementation of government-level security at commercial pricing, while maintaining full interoperability. This is truly a remarkable accomplishment,” said Mohammad Soleimani, Chief Innovation Officer of Kastle Systems.

PKOC addresses the need for a universally compatible secure credential for the physical access control industry in the form of cards, fobs, mobile devices, and wearables. Progress has been dramatic, with the apps, readers, and cards being showcased at industry events. PKOC over OSDP will be demonstrated at ISC West and commercial panels implementing the spec are expected in the coming months.

“Panels are a critical component in access control systems. Finding a way to provide an open specification that will improve access control security has been our objective. Complementing PKOC with OSDP to support panels is an effective means to accomplish this,” said David Bunzel, Executive Director of the PSIA.

“The ratification of the PKOC over OSDP specification marks a pivotal moment in the security industry for the PSIA. Today PKOC compliant readers can maintain compatibility with legacy Wiegand-based infrastructures for the ease of immediate adoption. This specification paves the way for achieving an even higher level of security for OSDP-based access control system panels. This milestone underscores the PSIA’s commitment to secure communication methods along with a drive towards open standards through these specifications and sets the stage for commercial realization of PKOC this year. This achievement is a testament to the contributions of many of PSIA’s members and their dedication to advancing access control technology in an open and scalable way,” says Jason Ouellette, Chairman of the Board, Physical Security Interoperability Alliance and Director of Engineering and Tehcnology for Johnson Controls Security Products.

PKOC is featured in products from ELATEC, Kastle Systems, INID, JCI, Last Lock, rfIDEAS, SAFR Scan (RealNetworks), Sentry Enterprises, and Taglio.

For more information on PKOC and its open card and mobile credentials please look at the PKOC White Paper. To access the PKOC Explainer Video, please click this link.


  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    Perimeter Security Standards for Multi-Site Businesses

    When you run or own a business that has multiple locations, it is important to set clear perimeter security standards. By doing this, it allows you to assess and mitigate any potential threats or risks at each site or location efficiently and effectively. Read Now

  • Getting in Someone’s Face

    There was a time, not so long ago, when the tradeshow industry must have thought COVID-19 might wipe out face-to-face meetings. It sure seemed that way about three years ago. Read Now

    • Industry Events
    • ISC West
  • Live From ISC West 2024: Post-Show Recap

    ISC West 2024 is complete. And from start to finish, the entire conference was a huge success with almost 30,000 people in attendance. Read Now

    • Industry Events
    • ISC West
  • ISC West 2024 is a Rousing Success

    The 2024 ISC West security tradeshow marked a pivotal moment in the industry, showcasing cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to address evolving security challenges. Exhibitors left the event with a profound sense of satisfaction, as they witnessed a high level of engagement from attendees and forged valuable connections with potential clients and partners. Read Now

    • Industry Events
    • ISC West

Featured Cybersecurity


New Products

  • ComNet CNGE6FX2TX4PoE

    The ComNet cost-efficient CNGE6FX2TX4PoE is a six-port switch that offers four Gbps TX ports that support the IEEE802.3at standard and provide up to 30 watts of PoE to PDs. It also has a dedicated FX/TX combination port as well as a single FX SFP to act as an additional port or an uplink port, giving the user additional options in managing network traffic. The CNGE6FX2TX4PoE is designed for use in unconditioned environments and typically used in perimeter surveillance. 3

  • AC Nio

    AC Nio

    Aiphone, a leading international manufacturer of intercom, access control, and emergency communication products, has introduced the AC Nio, its access control management software, an important addition to its new line of access control solutions. 3

  • Hanwha QNO-7012R

    Hanwha QNO-7012R

    The Q Series cameras are equipped with an Open Platform chipset for easy and seamless integration with third-party systems and solutions, and analog video output (CVBS) support for easy camera positioning during installation. A suite of on-board intelligent video analytics covers tampering, directional/virtual line detection, defocus detection, enter/exit, and motion detection. 3