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OSSA announces new app developer council and security specification


March 3, 2021
By SP&T Staff

The Open Security & Safety Alliance announced that a new specification is now available to members that focuses on camera cyber security measures. OSSA also introduced a new App Developer Council designed to attract and involve app developers.

The newest technical specification – the OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification – contains definitions and guidelines regarding mandatory and optional security determinations for cameras. It is based on an existing standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), with an additional clear focus on the security market and OSSA philosophy by transparently dividing the roles and responsibilities between camera manufacturers, the operating system (OS) provider and the system-on-chip (SoC) vendor. The specification also prescribes responsibility changes in the event of individual OS modifications by camera manufacturers. The mandatory part of these guidelines will be used as input for the forthcoming OSSA certification framework.

The Alliance’s first Technology Stack prescribes the use of a common OS along with the first three OSSA Specifications:

  • OSSA Application Interface Specification (available to OSSA members)
  • OSSA Compliant Camera Definition Specification (available to the public)
  • NEW: OSSA Camera Cyber Security Specification (now available to OSSA members)

“We’re steadily delivering on that vision: members have not only embraced the OSSA philosophy but already have actual hardware available in the market and a digital app store to source from,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance, in a prepared statement. “This has led to a new and natural connection with the app developer community. We’re advocating for truly open ecosystems not only within our specific security and safety sectors, but are now also broadening to cross-collaborate with other industries and stakeholder groups.”

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