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A Common Protocol For IP Security Devices

ONVIF, Open Network Video Interface Forum, is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to create a global standard for the interface of IP-based physical security products, such as IP cameras, encoders, video management platforms (VMS, NVR) and access control systems. The ONVIF specification is a maturing standard, defining a common protocol for the exchange of information between these devices.  As vendors adopt ONVIF, products will work together seamlessly, regardless of manufacturer. 

Why Standardise?

Devices on computer networks communicate using standard protocols, such as TCP/IP or Ethernet. These protocols provide end-to-end connectivity specifying how data should be formatted, addressed, transmitted, routed and received. This allows users to plug the device into the network with the confidence that it will communicate properly with other computers and devices.

Mature technologies, like computer networks and traditional CCTV systems, have long enjoyed this level of plug-and-play interoperability. To accelerate the adoption of IP-based video surveillance systems, the industry has created a standard that makes it easier to buy, configure, integrate and manage these systems.

Who Benefits From ONVIF?

Hardware manufacturers, software vendors, integrators and end users all benefit from ONVIF. Hardware and software companies benefit through easy interoperability, extended market opportunities and reduced in-house development costs. Integrators and consultants find it much easier to specify systems that perfectly suit their customers, while also enjoying simplified installation and immediate interoperability. End users are the biggest winners with ONVIF.

No longer are end users tied to a single vendor or locked in to a product line that may not be a perfect fit for their application or isn’t flexible enough to meet future needs. ONVIF frees customers to choose best-of-breed products, regardless of manufacturer. Along with increased flexibility and greater freedom of choice, end users may also realise reduced cost of ownership with ONVIF-compliant systems, knowing they can upgrade or replace components incrementally.

Onvif Conformance checklist

Benefits of standardisation

  • Products work together seamlessly regardless of manufacturer 
  • Easier to install, configure, integrate and manage surveillance systems
  • End users are not tied to a one vendor or locked in to single product lines
  • Increased flexibility and possible reduced cost of ownership with incremental system component upgrades

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