ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, capping off a decade of growth and rising influence as a provider of interoperability standards to the physical security market. Beginning with a small group of competitive manufacturers who joined forces in 2008 and growing to 500 ONVIF member companies, ONVIF continues to refine and promote its specifications for interoperability between security technology devices and beyond.
“We’re so proud that what began life as just a common mindset ten years ago has transformed into everything ONVIF has become – a dynamic, member-driven organisation dedicated to enabling interoperability and end user freedom of choice to select products from a variety of different security technology vendors,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee.
“Our official recognition and global adoption by the international standardisation community, which is our crowning achievement, is testament to the work of our volunteer leaders and supporting member companies and a direct reflection of our prominence as the leading interoperability standard within physical security today.”
ONVIF was founded as a technical alliance by Axis Communications, Sony and Bosch Security and Safety Systems. Today, ONVIF harbours nearly 10,000 conformant products and a member base spanning no less than six continents and 39 countries.
ONVIF specifications have been adopted by such global standards bodies as the International Electrotechnical Commission and Cenelec and are becoming increasingly applicable in growing security and connectivity environments such as Safe City initiatives, Internet of Things applications and intelligent building automation.
Video surveillance and access control
The alliance’s six Profiles cover the fundamental features in use in IP-based video surveillance and IP-based access control systems, as well as a growing list of more sophisticated functionalities now in demand by the market.
Profile S, for video streaming and configuration, as well as PTZ control, audio, multi-casting and relay outputs for supporting conformant devices and clients was the first ONVIF Profile released and remains the most widely used on the market.
ONVIF’s Profiles also include Profile C (released in 2013) for IP-based basic access control, Profile G (released in 2014) for edge storage and retrieval, Profile Q (released in 2016) for quick installation, Profile A (released last year) for broader access control configuration and Profile T (Release Candidate to be finalised in July) for advanced video streaming.
From its inception in 2008, the ONVIF organisation grew rapidly, attracting some 300 members and 1,000 conformant products by 2011. While the original focus was very much on interoperability between the components of an IP-based video surveillance system, the organisation announced in 2010 that it would expand its scope to IP-based physical access control.
10,000 conformant products
With a new breadth of product choice in place, the increased membership and conformant product levels showcased the expanding reach of ONVIF in the market. By 2015, ONVIF had grown to more than 5,000 conformant products and, between 2016 and 2017, the organisation witnessed its largest increase in membership in a two-year span. This year, ONVIF is preparing to exceed 10,000 products that conform to its Profiles.
“The demand for connectivity between IP-based devices will continue to skyrocket as industries begin to realise the efficiencies and actionable data produced by connecting IP devices within organisations,” asserted Björkdahl. “This aligns well with the vision of ONVIF that, one day, all security systems will share a single interface. We’re eager to help the industry realise this vision within the next decade.”
*Further information about ONVIF conformant products, including vendors and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website at: www.onvif.org