The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) describes standards as guidelines or characteristics for activities or for their results, aimed at achieving the optimum degree of order. They might include product standards, test methods, codes of practice, guideline standards, and management systems standards. In the security marketplace, there are many standards currently used, including those from organizations such as ONVIF, PSIA and ASIS International. Might the value of standardization be extended to new areas in our market? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What new standards are needed in the security marketplace?
Our growing industry adopts new technologies every day, which opens the path to a new and expanding array of opportunities to embrace standardization. Many of those new technologies come from the IT sector, which has its own set of standards that can also serve us well. A problem with creating and embracing standards is that they can be hard work. Industry cooperation to develop standards requires involvement of industry professionals in work that is outside of (and likely competes with) their daily demands. Incorporating and adhering to those standards also requires effort, although the benefits to customers (and presumably the bottom line) offer rewards for those efforts.