When will there be ONVIF conformant products on the market? Are there any ONVIF conformant products available?
The first ONVIF conformant products were released in August 2009. ONVIF currently has more than 5,000 IP-based physical security products listed as ONVIF profile conformant and the organization continues to work with its members to expand the number of ONVIF Profiles to meet existing and future market demands.
Conformance to a particular ONVIF Profile is based on self-declaration by ONVIF members for their manufactured products, according to a conformance process (based on a test specification and a test tool). The conformance process specification and the test specification are available on the public area of www.onvif.org, the test tool is available for member only on the member login area of www.onvif.org.
The decision of using/deploying the standardized ONVIF interface will be made by each manufacturer being a member of the forum. The scope of ONVIF is interface standardization of the network layer of IP security devices. Product development and roadmaps are in the hands of individual companies and are not in the scope of ONVIF. ONVIF lists conforming products on the ONVIF website.
How can I tell if a product is ONVIF conformant?
The only way to verify that a product has been declared to be ONVIF conformant (by ONVIF) is via the ONVIF conformant product search page at http://www.onvif.org/Conformant Products/ProfileProducts.aspx. ONVIF DOES NOT provide certificates of conformance or other guarantees of conformance. Products that have been verified to be ONVIF conformant via the ONVIF conformance process are able to utilize the appropriate Profile mark on that product.
Is it possible that two products that are ONVIF conformant will not work together?
The products shall work together. However, a manufacturer might have chosen to position a product without certain optional features. It is obviously not enough that one product supports that feature in ONVIF, so in these cases you will not be able to use that feature. Furthermore, it is important to understand that the conformance test is a self-certification test done by the manufacturer, and not conducted by ONVIF. In the event that two products do not work together, it is quite probable that it is not the quality of the specification in itself that causes integration problems, but rather the product quality, i.e. the quality of the implementation of the specification. It is important to stress that the ONVIF specification does not make any claims about the quality of the products. The responsibility for making good quality implementations of ONVIF falls heavily on the manufacturers, and the market forces should take care of this over time. To minimize the risk for flaws in the specification, there are activities in ONVIF during the development of the specification where prototyping done to ensure good quality of the specification.