Partners Converge

Dec 1, 2007 By Michael Fickes,

After years of talk, physical security systems are finally converging with IT networks to automate new tasks.

“We are all talking XML today,” says Mark Allen, director of enterprise convergence solutions with Hirsch Electronics Corp. in Santa Ana, Calif. “Today we can put a Web server on a UNIX system and talk to it from a Windows system. We can even put a Web server on a mainframe and enable other systems to talk to it using XML.”

Think of XML as a common or standard language that all systems understand — from Linux to UNIX to Windows to Mac OSX.

The standard XML language combined with a Web server has made it easy to share data between systems and to automate activities based on the meaning of the shared data.