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Orchestrating the Digital Data Flow

Orchestrating the Digital Data Flow
Gijs van den Heuvel, Chair of Marketing at the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) and Manager Strategy and Partner Collaboration at Bosch Security Systems, speaks on orchestrating the digital data flow - bringing about new levels of data and information sharing to smart cameras and related IoT devices
In this article, Gijs van den Heuvel, Chair of Marketing at the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) and Manager Strategy and Partner Collaboration at Bosch Security Systems, speaks on orchestrating the digital data flow – the unfolding trend that will transform the security sector. 

As an industry alliance, we have a good idea of what’s in the works by our members when it comes to innovating across important areas within security, safety and beyond. OSSA representatives hail from some of the most influential companies in this space – such as Bosch, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems and VIVOTEK – and together are determined to continue bringing forth an open, data-driven ecosystem.
The IoT is all about connecting things to make life easier, more intelligent, more intuitive and more productive. OSSA workgroups have projects underway that are primed to unify and elevate the market as a whole, so that there will be headspace to grow for all participants.
Already, OSSA organizations specified hardware and software conditions to make it possible to run third-party (AI) analytics applications securely on existing, brand-agnostic computer vision devices (starting with cameras). Working together spurred a handful of specifications for building common components (e.g., for core system requirements, cyber security directions and application interface APIs) that can be utilized jointly.
Now, a notable future trend our members are funneling expertise into is bringing about new levels of data and information sharing to all we do when it comes to smart cameras and related IoT devices. How can we achieve next-level dissemination of extremely valuable data flows sensed by products that collect data in their brand-specific siloes? How do we establish open but secure pathways to easily share and uniformly interpret data to connect the dots when it comes to surveillance and activities being captured and contained on edge-computing devices?
Millions of "things" generate, accumulate and house heaps of factual insights that – unfortunately all too often – remain untapped and stagnant once recorded. If corralled, connected and optionally given an AI/ML scrub, this information brings a bigger picture of what transpired across, for example, surveillance systems. Taking frames or moments from various devices and drawing relationships between them to form a cohesive “data flow” opens up a massive new corridor of IoT-based possibilities. According to our group, there resides tremendous value in making data from one source consistently interpretable for another.
Imagine harnessing content from a camera that captures a car and applies its license plate app to read the details. This car crosses in front of the building, and minutes later another camera across the facility records an individual scaling a fence in the vicinity where the car was last detected. Finally, a third camera on the opposite side of the building records an individual onsite in an unauthorized area, and an open platform app detects a gun in hand. The system immediately then alerts security personnel about a potential threat. Tying this crucial information together seamlessly across a natural path of data flowing from security and safety devices takes us to a new frontier delivering not only what’s “seen” but more importantly what’s “sensed.” This is the future if device manufacturers and other stakeholders participate in an industry-driven ecosystem.
OSSA members are working on a set of generic, vendor-neutral data Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable this type of uniform consumption and data interpretation across cameras or computer vision gateways in adherence with OSSA standards. It is also designed to apply across other device types within the IoT security and safety domain to provide a loose coupling between any pair of send/receive applications that collect, digest and interpret data. Enabling content from various brands and device types to be interpreted in an open forum brings newfound levels of storytelling and safety to our security situations.
Coupled with progress that continues around allowing for easy integration of third-party AI analytics applications on “Driven by OSSA” video cameras and gateways in an agnostic fashion,  OSSA facilitates cooperation on many levels. There’s a front-row seat for anyone interesting in expanding this collaboration framework to together lift our industry to new levels of openness, innovation, interoperability and success.
If you’ll be at GSX 2022 mid-September, we’d be happy to share more and introduce you to members that are building into the OSSA ecosystem. Or you can always connect with us here.
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