Avigilon Chooses ONVIF

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Avigilon became the latest company to join the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), announcing its membership as well as the integration of ONVIF standards-compliant IP cameras with its Control Center high definition video management software at the IFSEC 2009 show in Birmingham, U.K.

ONVIF continues to gain membership and is currently larger than the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). The organizations were created last year just a few months apart with a goal toward creating standards-based interfaces for physical security hardware and software platforms. As is natural, the handicapping over which one would "win" began almost immediately. Right now, ONVIF has more members, but then again, its specification is videocentric: dealing first and foremost with the camera-VMS interface. The PSIA aim is broader, looking to create a set of standards that would permit plug-and-play interoperability across all sorts of physical security platforms. At the same time, the broader mission makes the process more challenging and time-consuming. While ONVIF has the numbers, PSIA's influence cannot be discounted, especially when it counts AgentVi, Dedicated Micros, Genetec and VidSys among its members.

Although standards-battles have a tendency to devolve into religious wars, the security industry may be spared that because ONVIF/PSIA is not necessarily an either/or proposition. Witness the fact that at least 14 companies are members of both groups:

  • ACTi
  • Cisco Systems
  • GE Security
  • Geutebruck
  • HiKvision
  • HiTron Systems
  • March Networks
  • Milestone Systems
  • IDIS
  • IndigoVision
  • LG Electronics
  • Optelecom.nkt
  • Pixim
  • PMC-Sierra
To be sure, both groups have members who "win" if the standard they champion emerges. But they are outnumbered by companies who have little to gain from a protracted standards battle.  

The only thing I would handicap right now is the how soon it will be until the two groups merge. There are a number of companies in the list above fully capable of brokering a marriage. Look for talk to start within the coming 6 to 12 months.

Avigilon became the latest company to join the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), announcing its membership as well as the integration of ONVIF standards-compliant IP cameras with its Control Center high definition video management software at the IFSEC 2009 show in Birmingham, U.K.

ONVIF continues to gain membership and is currently larger than the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). The organizations were created last year just a few months apart with a goal toward creating standards-based interfaces for physical security hardware and software platforms. As is natural, the handicapping over which one would "win" began almost immediately. Right now, ONVIF has more members, but then again, its specification is videocentric: dealing first and foremost with the camera-VMS interface. The PSIA aim is broader, looking to create a set of standards that would permit plug-and-play interoperability across all sorts of physical security platforms. At the same time, the broader mission makes the process more challenging and time-consuming. While ONVIF has the numbers, PSIA's influence cannot be discounted, especially when it counts AgentVi, Dedicated Micros, Genetec and VidSys among its members.

Although standards-battles have a tendency to devolve into religious wars, the security industry may be spared that because ONVIF/PSIA is not necessarily an either/or proposition. Witness the fact that at least 14 companies are members of both groups:

  • ACTi
  • Cisco Systems
  • GE Security
  • Geutebruck
  • HiKvision
  • HiTron Systems
  • March Networks
  • Milestone Systems
  • IDIS
  • IndigoVision
  • LG Electronics
  • Optelecom.nkt
  • Pixim
  • PMC-Sierra
To be sure, both groups have members who "win" if the standard they champion emerges. But they are outnumbered by companies who have little to gain from a protracted standards battle.  

The only thing I would handicap right now is the how soon it will be until the two groups merge. There are a number of companies in the list above fully capable of brokering a marriage. Look for talk to start within the coming 6 to 12 months.

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