Even the latest in biometric readers can leave facilities vulnerable. What's at fault? The legacy Wiegand connection. Due to advances in technology, the Wiegand protocol can easily be hacked, disabling your access control - or worse. The Security Industry Association's OSDP protocol with Secure Channel is the best defense against hackers.
Compared to its Wiegand predecessor, the emerging OSDP standard offers:
More Security: OSDP protects readers against hacking with Secure Channel – using AES-128 encryption.
More Functionality: OSDP uses 2 wires instead of 10+, allows for multi-drop installation, supervises connections to indicate reader malfunctions, is scalable to connect more field devices, and more.
More Interoperability: Using OSDP enables communication among different manufacturers' devices.
More Consistency: Not only does OSDP provide a concise set of commonly used commands and responses, it eliminates guesswork, since encryption and authentication are predefined.
OSDP specifically applies to peripheral devices (PDs) such as card readers and other devices at secured access doors/gates and their control panels (CPs).
With OSDP, all the functions which used to require 12 or more physical wires between the door location and the access control panel (including wires for the card reader, door strike, alarm contact, and Request to Exit functions) can be fully implemented using just 2 wires.
The OSDP specification is recommended when TCP/IP, USB, or other common protocols do not lend themselves to the application. A primary advantage of OSDP is the low cost of implementation in an embedded device.