ONVIF, PSIA and the Push for Standards

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Two standards groups--the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA)--are in the process of developing competing specifications they hope to establish as standards for interoperability of digital video surveillance systems. While IP allows for a degree of open interconnection, a standard interface between cameras and video management software is needed to achieve true plug-and-play among devices and eliminate the need for software development kits customized for each brand. Both groups have demonstrated camera-to-VMS interoperability. The race is on to develop the next series of specs, which aim toward standardizing interoperability across the enterprise security ecosystem.

In this video report, which features exclusive footage from the ONVIF and PSIA "plugfests" at the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in September, members of both groups discuss the importance of standards, their value to integrators and end-users, the progress they are making and why, at this point in the process, two standards may be better than none.



Two standards groups--the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA)--are in the process of developing competing specifications they hope to establish as standards for interoperability of digital video surveillance systems. While IP allows for a degree of open interconnection, a standard interface between cameras and video management software is needed to achieve true plug-and-play among devices and eliminate the need for software development kits customized for each brand. Both groups have demonstrated camera-to-VMS interoperability. The race is on to develop the next series of specs, which aim toward standardizing interoperability across the enterprise security ecosystem.

In this video report, which features exclusive footage from the ONVIF and PSIA "plugfests" at the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in September, members of both groups discuss the importance of standards, their value to integrators and end-users, the progress they are making and why, at this point in the process, two standards may be better than none.



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