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3 Reasons Why Standards are Sustainable

April 22, 2020 by ONVIF

As a standards organization, ONVIF is dedicated to the interoperability of systems, which enable businesses to continue driving towards sustainable innovations. This fostering of a collaborative environment will be even more important in the future, as the security industry strives to create long-lasting, cutting-edge infrastructure. Here are ONVIF’s three reasons why standards are sustainable:

They offer future-proofed, sustainable systems
Before interoperability standards, customers were required to deploy an entire system from one supplier, or they wouldn’t be able to maintain current investments. Thanks to standards, open interfaces between products eliminate the need to rip and replace – acting as a bridge between existing technology and new hardware/software. This ensures users are able to make secure investments in their security system, while using a variety of vendors and building out a future-proofed system.

They level the playing field and promote collaboration
Many smaller manufacturers offer cutting-edge products, which may be more niche and more likely to be ignored in comparison to larger brands. However, in a crowded market, it’s important to stand out. The implementation of standards helps level the playing field when it comes to showcasing your technology to a broader audience. This also allows customers the flexibility to choose solutions that deliver specific benefits from the vendor of their choice. With standards, integrators have the ability to customize a solution made from a diverse product mix to meet each customer’s needs. Manufacturers offering conformant products can offer new opportunities for collaboration between technology partners and gain additional exposure in the market.

Standards put the focus on sustainable innovation
Without standards, there would be less opportunity for industry partners to come together for the sole purpose of creating and implementing base specifications that help to enable new technologies. The committees behind the ONVIF specifications are from a variety of companies who come together to solve problems affecting security professionals. These collaborations offer members the chance to think creatively and differentiate themselves from competitors, while working together to create deployable solutions. Without the ability to collaborate, many organizations wouldn’t have the chance to develop their solutions and bring them to market. As such, standards eliminate the need to commit to any one brand or technology, opening up the field for manufacturers, integrators and end users to offer and implement customizable security systems – thus building a more sustainable product and solution.

Standards open up multiple opportunities for manufacturers, integrators and end users to efficiently develop and deploy best of breed solutions. In an industry where technology development can be fast-paced and favor the hype over the bleeding edge, it’s important to focus energies also on solutions that are sustainable and fashioned for long-term, ongoing success.

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