SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA. – October 31, 2012. ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted a panel discussion at security essen 2012, an event that drew a diverse crowd of more than 80 people, demonstrating that the issue of standardization and interoperability in the security industry is still a subject of great interest and debate.
The panel discussion, held as part of an ONVIF networking event during security essen, featured a panel of industry experts from the security and standards industries. The panelists agreed that the deployment of standards in the industry would allow systems integrators and end users to more easily compare and select products for IP video deployments and enable interoperability between existing and future components of a system.
“For the most part, we don’t typically build a system from scratch,” said panelist Jürgen Alz, Product Management, BoschSecurity Systems, business area building security. As ONVIF matures and becomes more widespread in installations, he said, this will provide the ability to automatically interface with existing ONVIF conformant surveillance equipment at a customer site and would be a major advantage when upgrading a system for a client.
The panel also included Jonas Andersson, Chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee; Frank Rottmann, Bosch Security Systems, and liaison partner and convener, International Electrotechnical Commission TC 79 ‘CCTV’ and René Kiefer, Siemens Building Technologies, and Chairman of the Video Expert Group, ZVEI Industrial Association Security. Panelists discussed such issues as ONVIF test tools, the impacts of competing standards initiatives in the market and whether technological innovation would be stifled as the result of standardization.
Audience members queried the panel on topics ranging from the timeline of ONVIF’s introductions of the access control specification and future plans for an intrusion spec. Questions were also raised about the potential use of third party testing houses as a standard method for ensuring full product compliance.
“In the end, ONVIF will create more easily interoperable products, which will increase the number of applications for the end user and grow the market for manufacturers and integrators,” stated René Kiefer.
Another ideal outcome of standards initiatives in the security market would be to spread the message to other industries that IP video is a valuable tool outside of surveillance, such as queue management, traffic flow and other functions.
“Standards will enable the security industry to talk with one voice to the rest of the world,” said Frank Rottmann.“Whether it's the logistics industry or a company like SAP, those organizations will think that video is easy because of standards and they should be doing more with that technology within their own businesses.”
Heiko Baumgartner, Publishing Director, GIT SECURITY and Steffen Ebert, Publishing Director, GIT SICHERHEIT, served as the moderatorsfor the panel discussion.
Also featured at the networkingevent was a display of the history of major milestones of ONVIF, which includedthe group’s formation at Security Essen in October 2008, the release of Version2.0 of the ONVIF Core Specification in late 2010, and the release of Profile Sone year later. An interoperability demonstration of Profile S, whichencompasses video and audio streaming, PTZ and relay output control as well asvideo encoder configuration and multicast, was displayed at the event. Demonstrating companies included: MilestoneSystems, TKH Security, StreamLabs, IndigoVision, EverFocus, DRS Technologies, AxxonSoft,Hikvision, Shenzhen Jiaxinjie Electron CO., LTD.
Further information aboutONVIF conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, isavailable on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org.
Established in 2008by Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation, ONVIF is aglobal and open industry forum that is committed to standards communicationbetween network devices and ensure interoperability between network productsfor the security market. ONVIF’s mission is to facilitate the integration ofnetwork security and safety devices using a global open standard. ONVIFmembership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, systemintegrators, end-users and other interest groups that wish to participate inthe activities of ONVIF.