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Open Security & Safety Alliance at GSX 2019

Navigating Our Industry Through the IoT, Beginning with A Common Platform

WHO:The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an industry body comprised of leaders, influencers and innovative organizations from all facets within the security, safety and surveillance space, will have a strong presence at GSX 2019 being represented in nearly a dozen member booths across the show floor. OSSA will celebrate its one-year anniversary while in Chicago and demonstrate the rapid progress underway as competing and complementary institutions work together through the Alliance to reduce market fragmentation and friction while increasing interoperability, trust and prosperity across the physical and cloud-based security markets.

See our ever-growing list of OSSA members here.


WHY: The IoT evolution is based on connecting humans and the things around us – and for the security and safety industry, our products must connect and interoperate. As the IoT continues to progress, users expect products to pair and work alongside each other. We can no longer design in silos and single-brand settings.


OSSA's mission is to work with market players so we all start from the same ‘recipe’ when it comes to product genesis. The vision is everyone working with a common, vendor-agnostic Operating System (OS) to enhance trust, usability and choice – and from there companies can innovate and differentiate through apps and inventive offerings by way of a digital marketplace, eventually even beyond security and safety. This concept mirrors the approach taken by well-established digital categories such as the smartphone.


WHAT: OSSA member companies are already creating the first common Technology Stack specification and defining a common Operating System (OS) for the security and safety market. This platform revolution provides a level-set field for all market players and spurs innovation as companies design and deliver value propositions through a digital marketplace, where friction no longer exists. This marketplace is in motion and planned for early 2020. It will allow us all to work in a manner that’s familiar – downloading apps to devices/systems for newfound functionality, convenience, safety and satisfaction.


From GSX 2019, member companies will showcase the first prototype cameras based on OSSA’s commonly defined Technology Stack and OS – and share a glimpse into what’s coming as the digital marketplace prepares to launch next year. Discover what's new, what’s next and who are the newest OSSA member companies.


WHEN: September 9-12, 2019


WHERE: McCormick Place – Chicago


On the GSX show floor, OSSA will be represented by the following member companies:

  • OSSA ‘Ambassador’ at GSX 2019 (rotating role):
    • Bosch Building Technologies (#417)
  • Newest OSSA Members Present:
    • Dahua (#1023)
    • Johnson Controls (#703 and #503)
  • Other OSSA Representatives:
    • Hanwha Techwin (#251)
    • LILIN (#1617)
    • Milestone Systems (#923)
    • NetApp Inc. (#150)
    • Security & Safety Things – SAST (#233)
    • VIVOTEK Inc. (#1960)

If you won't be in Chicago but would like to take a more active role in shaping the market, join the Open Security & Safety Alliance. Learn more here or contact us at to arrange for a meeting/conversation with an OSSA executive from the show or via phone.


About the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA)

OSSA is a collaboration initiative that brings together like-minded organizations in order to create a framework providing standards and specifications for common components including an operating system, IoT infrastructure, collective approach for data security and privacy, and a drive for improved levels of performance for security and safety solutions. This will help the market and parties involved to focus on the aspects that really add value for their customers and open up new application possibilities, even beyond security and safety. For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Heather Chesterman, PR Director
Open Security & Safety Alliance
Office: +1-714-389-5588

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