Updated--Milestone to Support both PSIA and ONVIF

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Milestone Systems will support both digital video specifications under development by the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), IP Video Market.info is reporting.

A Milestone spokeswoman at the company's Brøndby, Denmark, headquarters confirmed the item, stating in an email that its plans call for basic support of each format and development will be dependent on the specific cameras the company has an opportunity to work with.

On a broader level, the announcement is Milestone's call for an intensified push in the direction of standardization of IP video surveillance networks, which Eric Fullerton, president of Milestone Inc. and corporate chief marketing officer, sees as vital in accelerating the conversion to digital networks from analog. They will be especially instrumental in helping drive the price of digital cameras down to levels close to their current analog counterparts, he said. 

"We believe the industry needs standards now," Fullerton said, adding that he sees nothing unusual about supporting both standards, pointing out that in the past, companies have supported a number of competing protocols, such as VHS and Betamax in video and token ring and Ethernet in data networking, sometimes for several years, until a single standard emerged.

Further, he said it was becoming "simply impossible" for the industry to support the huge number of cameras with individual drivers.

While at least 14 camera and video management software (VMS) manufacturers have taken membership in both groups, Milestone appears to be the first VMS company to announce plans to support the two rival formats. Earlier this month, Milestone, in conjunction with IQinVision, conducted what it said was the first PSIA interoperability demonstration between a camera and a VMS, connecting an IQinVision 2-megapixel camera with Milestone's  XProtect Enterprise 6.5 platform.

PSIA and ONVIF were formed last year just a few months apart with a goal toward creating standards-based interfaces for physical security hardware and software platforms. More information can be found here.
Milestone Systems will support both digital video specifications under development by the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), IP Video Market.info is reporting.

A Milestone spokeswoman at the company's Brøndby, Denmark, headquarters confirmed the item, stating in an email that its plans call for basic support of each format and development will be dependent on the specific cameras the company has an opportunity to work with.

On a broader level, the announcement is Milestone's call for an intensified push in the direction of standardization of IP video surveillance networks, which Eric Fullerton, president of Milestone Inc. and corporate chief marketing officer, sees as vital in accelerating the conversion to digital networks from analog. They will be especially instrumental in helping drive the price of digital cameras down to levels close to their current analog counterparts, he said. 

"We believe the industry needs standards now," Fullerton said, adding that he sees nothing unusual about supporting both standards, pointing out that in the past, companies have supported a number of competing protocols, such as VHS and Betamax in video and token ring and Ethernet in data networking, sometimes for several years, until a single standard emerged.

Further, he said it was becoming "simply impossible" for the industry to support the huge number of cameras with individual drivers.

While at least 14 camera and video management software (VMS) manufacturers have taken membership in both groups, Milestone appears to be the first VMS company to announce plans to support the two rival formats. Earlier this month, Milestone, in conjunction with IQinVision, conducted what it said was the first PSIA interoperability demonstration between a camera and a VMS, connecting an IQinVision 2-megapixel camera with Milestone's  XProtect Enterprise 6.5 platform.

PSIA and ONVIF were formed last year just a few months apart with a goal toward creating standards-based interfaces for physical security hardware and software platforms. More information can be found here.

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