ONVIF” the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products” is launching a proactive education and enforcement campaign designed to ensure that all claims made in relation to ONVIF conformance by the manufacturers of IP-based physical security products are valid. The education and enforcement initiative aims to further protect the ONVIF brand and monitor ONVIF’s copyrights, trademarks and logos on an ongoing basis. The campaign will also help further educate the solutions development community about the specific requirements of compliance and their ability to advertise individual products as being conformant with ONVIF standards. The only method of determining a product’s conformance is through a listing on the ONVIF website, where conformant products can be easily searched using a variety of criteria. An entry on the ONVIF website signifies that the product has undergone ONVIF’s comprehensive testing and conformance process, and has been individually certified by ONVIF as conformant. There are currently more than 3,300 individual conformant products listed on the web site. ” We recognise that, going forward, the credibility of the ONVIF brand is crucial to the success of the standard and the organisation,” explained Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee.” Therefore, we take the protection of this brand very seriously. Our specific objective with this enforcement campaign is to reinforce to the market that the ONVIF name continues to represent interoperability.” New grade of membership To augment these efforts, earlier this year ONVIF introduced a new level of membership to provide access to the ONVIF test tool which is used for testing the validity of product conformance. This Observer membership level allows consultants, systems integrators and media organisations to individually validate the conformance of a specific product to a particular ONVIF Profile. ” As a member-driven organisation we rely very heavily on the efforts of our members to help us develop policies and procedures that ensure the success of ONVIF, both for its members and for the industry at large,” said Stuart Rawling, vice-chairman of the ONVIF Communication Committee.” We encourage anyone who suspects false claims are being made around a given product’s conformance to contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.” Further information about ONVIF conformant products (including details of vendors and conformant models) is available on the ONVIF website here Updated ONVIF training module hosted on Tavcom website An updated version of the ONVIF distance learning training course has been published on the Tavcom website. The free training course focuses on ONVIF-specific issues and includes new product and conformance process modules. As stated, ONVIF is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard focused on the interface of IP-based physical security products. The ONVIF specification is intended to ensure interoperability between products regardless of manufacturer and, as such, defines a common protocol for communication between IP network devices. ” We’re very pleased to have a further opportunity to show our support for the aims and objectives of ONVIF by helping to develop and host the updated training course,” outlined Paul Tennent, managing director of Tavcom. ” We know from an analysis of our website traffic that the previous version of the online course attracted the attentions of large numbers of security professionals who are keen to learn about ONVIF. We have no doubt that this latest version of the course will be just as popular.” Review or participate in the ONVIF distance learning training course by accessing the Tavcom site here.