CMEM Demonstrated at ISC West 2011

Santa Clara, Calif. – April 4, 2011 – The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), will feature its Common Metadata and Event model (CMEM) specification in a range of products at a reception at ISC West on April 6, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  This is another important component of the PSIA system specifications which has common application across a number of physical security product categories.

The PSIA CMEM specification was developed by its Systems Working Group, which had already developed a Service Model specification to support common device discovery and configuration.  CMEM provides a common set of services used by disparate physical security technologies, such as chemical/biological sensors, intrusion devices, video analytics, and traffic control sensors, to respond to various types of alerts.  CMEM allows vendors to simplify their interoperability communications by simply putting their device specific information on top of the baseline CMEM protocols and services.

“The CMEM specification is a major step forward in establishing interoperability not only in a single technology category but across technologies as well,” said Michael Regelski, CTO of UTC Fire & Security-Global Security Products.  “The result will be faster and easier implementation by vendors, better assurance of interoperability and lower cost of deployments for customers,” noted Regelski.

“The PSIA realized the common aspects of event communication shared amongst a number of technology areas including access control, video, intrusion detection, sensors and video analytics,” said Bob Cutting, Vice President, Product Management for ObjectVideo.  “PSIA was able to bring together leading industry vendors to develop this common event model and establish consistency across all PSIA working group specifications to maximize market adoption.

The CMEM specification will be demonstrated at the PSIA’s reception, sponsored by Honeywell and UTC Fire & Security, taking place at ISC West in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 6 from 2:00-4:00 PM.  The networking event, which will be held in Meeting Room 302 in the Sands Expo Center of the Las Vegas Convention Center, is an opportunity for all industry stakeholders to view PSIA specifications in action and see first-hand

Since its inception in 2008, the PSIA has achieved a number of important milestones including the industry’s first IP video specification and subsequent specifications to support storage, analytics, access, and intrusion.  In addition, the introduction of a common metadata and event model (CMEM) and common security (CSEC) specification will allow IP-based physical security products to communicate without the need for custom software integration.

About PSIA

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance is a global consortium of physical security manufacturers and integrators focused on promoting the interoperability of IP-enabled security devices across every segment of the industry. PSIA supports license-free standards and specifications, which are vetted in an open and collaborative manner to the industry as a whole. Specifications are developed through member and industry participation in five active working groups: IP Video, Video Analytics, Recording and Content Management, Area Control and SystemsTo date, more than 1,700 industry professionals have downloaded PSIA’s specifications. For more information, visit