International Electrotechnical Commission adopts ONVIF specification for new access control standard

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that its newest access control specification has been adopted by the global standards group International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as its new standard for electronic access control systems, in turn positioning the ONVIF specification as the global access control standard in countries, projects and industries all over the world.

The inclusion of the ONVIF specification by the IEC – which is playing a significant role in the continued development of the Internet of Things by establishing interoperability between electronic devices – marks the second time that ONVIF specifications have become IEC global standards, paving the way for the further international adoption of ONVIF as part of myriad security projects.

“The IEC’s adoption of the ONVIF specification for access control is a real validation of ONVIF’s strength and scope,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “It also reflects multi-industry, multi-discipline collaboration for increased interoperability, the importance of which is growing by the day.”

The IEC 60839-11 system and components requirements standard for alarm and electronic security systems will adopt the specification that ONVIF developed for access control monitoring based on web services. Scheduled for release this month, IEC 60839-11 specifies minimum functionality, performance and testing methods for electronic access control systems and components used for physical access.

The standard applies to electronic access control systems and components that are used in security applications for the granting of access and includes requirements for logging, identification and control of information.

Standard for video surveillance systems

Per Björkdahl

Per Björkdahl

ONVIF specifications were previously included in the 2014 release of the IEC 62676 standard for video surveillance systems (the first international standard for video surveillance systems to be established). The ONVIF specification for video, itself based on web services, is referenced in IEC 62676 Part 2-3 which defines the video transmission protocols for communication between network video clients and video transmitter devices.

In addition to the IEC’s recent adoptions of ONVIF specifications, ONVIF plans to continue to support and collaborate with the IEC when it comes to developing future standards.

The IEC is one of three global sister organisations (namely the IEC, ISO and ITU) that develop international standards for the world and is the leading organisation for the preparation and publication of international standards focused on all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

All IEC international standards are established based on consensus and represent the needs of key stakeholders of every nation participating in the IEC’s work.

Founded back in 2008, ONVIF now consists of nearly 500 member companies in six continents and represents more than 5,500 Profile-conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control and the Release Candidates Profile A for access control configuration, as well as Profile Q for improved ‘out-of-the-box’ functionality, ONVIF continues to work with its member organisations on expanding the number of IP interoperability solutions that ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information concerning ONVIF’s conformant products (including details of vendors and conformant models) is available on the ONVIF website:

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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