Cypress Founder and Chief Technology Officer Tony Diodato has been named co-chair of the OSDP Working Group, along with Steve Rogers, president of IQ Devices.

The OSDP Working Group is responsible for development of the Open Supervised Device Protocol, the successor to the Wiegand standard used in access control since the 1980s. The group is an extension of the Security Industry Association's Standards Access Control & Identity Subcommittee.

Diodato said, “Being in our unique position as the go-to company for both reader and panel conversion products, we feel we can contribute to the continuing evolutions of the OSDP specification. I’m honored and excited to take on this new role.”

“Tony has been an esteemed member of the SIA OSDP Working Group for a number of years and has provided invaluable contributions to the technical aspects of the specification that make it a more secure, more flexible specification for our industry,” said Joe Gittens, SIA director of standards.

Gittens, who called Diodato a “natural engineer and problem solver,” said Diodato’s leadership will “certainly ensure the advancement of the specification as it responds to evolving industry demands.”