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ONVIF – Setting the Standards in IP Video. We Hope.

Onvif logoIt’s been a long time coming but ONVIF, the IP Video standards-setting collaboration between Axis, Bosch and Sony, is finally running and available to join. We’ll be following and, hopefully, contributing to the project and we fully support the standardisation of network video.

ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard for the interface of network video products. Ultimately, this means that the interfacing between products from different manufacturers will be made easier through open standards, close collaboration and co-operation between manufacturers. It will widen the network video market and prove beneficial for integrators and end users alike by creating easier inter-operability between cameras and other IP video devices.

The current incompatibility between IP video devices can be frustrating, particularly for end users, whose options are ultimately limited by this. Installers like NW Security Group put in a lot of effort to integrate products by different manufacturers into a network video system. Combining systems from many manufacturers, to suit a customer’s needs, is not an easy task and anything which makes this job simpler is a cost saving which can be passed on directly to the customer.

The ONVIF standard will not create terms for how cameras and other IP video devices actually work, but simply how they – in effect – talk to one another. ONVIF will define methods for how cameras communicate their IP video streams to other devices such as NVRs (Network Video Recorders) and Video Management Systems. It will create procedures for communicating video, audio, control data, stream setup and meta data among other factors.

In short, increasing the compatibility between IP video products will reduce the workload for developers, integrators and systems designers and will ultimately benefit the end user through greater choice, flexibility and cost savings.

We will be watching ONVIF closely.

Published on November 4th, 2008 by Kevin Bowyer

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