Dueling Plugfests!

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The two groups developing competing interoperability standards for IP-based video surveillance systems plan to demonstrate their respective first releases next Tuesday during the annual ASIS International annual seminar and exhibits. For many in the user community, it will be the first chance to get a near side-by-side look at how the two specifications perform.

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) will host "plugfests" at separate hotels adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center that will showcase each standard's initial releases, which are principally designed to connect IP cameras and encoders to IP-based video management systems.

GE Security, IQinVision, Milestone Systems, Arecont Vision, Everfocus, HikVision and Synectics will demonstrate PSIA Release 1.0 at 3 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim.

From there, attendees can head over to the ONVIF Release 1.0 demonstration, set for 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Park Hotel. There, the 10 companies--Axis, Bosch, Canon, Hitachi, IndigoVision, Merit Lilin, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and Zuken--that participated in the first ONVIF plugfest Sept. 1-3 in Tokyo, are expected to repeat the demo.

The competing standards efforts drew big buzz at last year's ASIS show, and this year's demos fit the timetable both organizations laid out for development. An IP video interoperability standard would eliminate the time camera vendors must spend developing individual applications programming interfaces so their cameras can seamlessly connect and share information with VMS systems from other manufacturers. There is general agreement that a standard would reduce time-to-market and lead to faster growth of IP video-based security systems.

While challenging the vendors, standards yield enormous benefits for users because they can upgrade their systems on their own schedule in an environment where suppliers compete on innovation and value instead of being locked into a one-vendor relationship.

The participants in each demo do not represent the complete scope of membership in each group and there is some overlap.

The two groups developing competing interoperability standards for IP-based video surveillance systems plan to demonstrate their respective first releases next Tuesday during the annual ASIS International annual seminar and exhibits. For many in the user community, it will be the first chance to get a near side-by-side look at how the two specifications perform.

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) will host "plugfests" at separate hotels adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center that will showcase each standard's initial releases, which are principally designed to connect IP cameras and encoders to IP-based video management systems.

GE Security, IQinVision, Milestone Systems, Arecont Vision, Everfocus, HikVision and Synectics will demonstrate PSIA Release 1.0 at 3 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim.

From there, attendees can head over to the ONVIF Release 1.0 demonstration, set for 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Park Hotel. There, the 10 companies--Axis, Bosch, Canon, Hitachi, IndigoVision, Merit Lilin, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and Zuken--that participated in the first ONVIF plugfest Sept. 1-3 in Tokyo, are expected to repeat the demo.

The competing standards efforts drew big buzz at last year's ASIS show, and this year's demos fit the timetable both organizations laid out for development. An IP video interoperability standard would eliminate the time camera vendors must spend developing individual applications programming interfaces so their cameras can seamlessly connect and share information with VMS systems from other manufacturers. There is general agreement that a standard would reduce time-to-market and lead to faster growth of IP video-based security systems.

While challenging the vendors, standards yield enormous benefits for users because they can upgrade their systems on their own schedule in an environment where suppliers compete on innovation and value instead of being locked into a one-vendor relationship.

The participants in each demo do not represent the complete scope of membership in each group and there is some overlap.

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