It offers affiliates opportunities to engage in the Security Industry Convergence of Information Technology and Physical Security. OSE will provide to the Security Industry leading-edge research, education, mentorship, Standards, and Guideline advocacy. Support for OSE is achieved through financial contributions from individuals, companies, and organizations with an interest in the evolution of convergence within the security industry. OSE affiliates will be able to participate in the defining solutions for Convergence with other thought leaders in the industry.

Open Security Exchange (OSE)

OSE is a Guild under the Merge Foundation. The Merge Foundation creates the guidelines for guilds to provide sponsorship and mentorship to youth to create their own project or business canvas to learn every aspect of the trade that they are passionate about. We encourage youth to grow from apprentices to masters in their trade. The following guild partners are available to our youth.

It is a nonprofit organization advances the security profession worldwide by providing a forum for consultants, end-users, government agencies, manufacturers, system integrators, and organizations to mutually define opportunities for Physical & Logical Convergence & Interoperability.

​Ron Martin, CPP, CPOI

SIA is a nonprofit international trade association of electronic physical security product manufacturers, integrators, distributors, suppliers/service providers, and dealers. SIA’s mission is to be a catalyst for growth within the global security industry through insight, influence and information. SIA’s vision is to be the primary resource for the global security industry.

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Through his consultancy, Ron has business relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He served as a board of director for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ron retired from the United States (U. S.) Army in 1999 and the U. S. Government in 2011. In between his tours of Federal Service, he served 5 years as a civilian police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his Federal Service, He served with the U. S. Department of Commerce, where he led the initial implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). At the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, he served as the Program Director for the development and Implementation of the Department’s Identity, Credentialing, and Access Management (ICAM) Program. He now serves on the Security Industry Association and ASIS International Standards Committees. Ron was recently appointed to the ASIS International’s Commission on Standards & Guidelines.


Ron is a member of the ASIS International Physical Security Council and serves as ASIS International’s Regional Vice President Region 3D (Louisiana/Mississippi). He is a voting member of The United States Technical Advisory Group to International Standards Organization, (ISO) which works to develop and articulate the U.S. position by ensuring the involvement of U.S stakeholders from the private and public sectors. Ron is a member of InfraGard Louisiana Membership Alliance (ILMA) Chapter and serves as the North Louisiana Vice President. He was recently selected to serve on the International Foundation for Protection Officers, (IFPO) Board of Directors.


Ron serves as an Adjunct Professor at Capitol Technology University in Laurel MD. Ron holds an AAS degree from Northern Virginia Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a Master of Science degree from Frostburg State University. Recently, Ron began his doctoral work at Capitol Technology University. This work will be completed soon. The Governor of the Commonwealth Kentucky designated Ron as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel for his service to the Commonwealth. In 2005 the Georgia Senate in Senate Resolution 439 recognized and commended him for his outstanding service to Augusta/Richmond County, Georgia. Ron is the Director of the Open Security Exchange (OSE) an organization promoting the convergence of physical security systems with information technology. Additionally, he is the CEO of Consullition, LLC a Shreveport, Louisiana based consultancy.

As OSE undertake initiatives affiliates will become the engines for success.  Below are the three main categories of support.


Affiliates:


OSE Sponsors – Contribute to a functional area

OSE Advocates – Contribute to specific projects

OSE Contributors – Contribute to the OSE general fund


OSE is a Guild of The Merge Foundation. This foundation is a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit organization.

Open Security Exchange