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Hanwha Techwin to host ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest and F2F Technical Meeting

Video surveillance specialist Hanwha Techwin is currently hosting the 17th ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest which is taking place in The Plaza Hotel, Seoul in South Korea between 8 and 10 November.

As a ‘Local Sponsor’, Hanwha Techwin is supporting the opportunity for manufacturers participating in the Plugfest to test their devices for conformance to the ONVIF standard. This includes simulating real-life scenarios in order to assess the level of interoperability of different manufacturers’ devices operating simultaneously as part of a single system.

ONVIF is a non-profit global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products which was founded in 2008. Its members include manufacturers, systems integrators, end users, members of the security media, specifiers and other security professionals.

With integrated systems increasingly involving solutions from multiple manufacturers, ONVIF’s Plugfest events are important to the electronic security industry as they bring together technical experts in order to test device compatibility and agree up-to-date industrial standardisation of interfaces.

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During the Plugfest, around 20 global video surveillance and physical access control manufacturers are conducting peer-to-peer tests of devices and clients both under development and finalised to see how well they interact with each other. This is to enable any limitations to be identified before a product is launched.

Hanwha Techwin is taking the opportunity to test its cameras, recorders and Smart Security Manager software platform to ensure compatibility with other manufacturers’ products.

F2F Technical Meeting

Hanwha Techwin will be hosting the F2F (Face-to-Face) Technical Meeting from 1316 November which follows on from the Plugfest. The F2F Technical Meeting session focuses on the development of profiles and specifications including conformance and the ONVIF Test Tools. It’s performed after the engineers’ testing session. Full and contributing ONVIF members are invited to this meeting.

Hanwha Techwin has been a full member of ONVIF since 2009 and participated in activities such as forums to build industrial standardisation. The 17th Developers’ Plugfest is particularly significant to the company as its senior engineer, Sujith Raman, has been recognised for his contribution to the development of ONVIF protocol development and elected with honour to the organisation’s Technical Committee.

A spokesperson for Hanwha Techwin said: “In hosting the Plugfest and F2F events, we’re delighted to be able to demonstrate our support for ONVIF’s objectives. We’re committed to the process of the mutual exchange of technical knowledge with other members. We will share ideas, listen to each other, talk and grow together with our global partners for the benefit of our mutual customers.”

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Dahua and GJD partnership delivers advanced detector-activated surveillance

Dahua Technology’s network video recorders (NVRs) now have a direct integration with IP-based outdoor detectors from GJD Manufacturing Limited. This integration provides end users with high quality and reliable detector-activated surveillance and monitoring.

The D-TECT IP range of detectors and Clarius PLUS IP illuminators have been integrated with Dahua’s NVR6-4KS2 range, an enterprise-level NVR providing up to 4K resolution. Its open architecture supports multi-user access and it’s compatible with ONVIF 2.4, enabling interoperability when combined with third party 4K cameras.

The NVR includes intelligent video analytics to detect people and moving objects, as well as other predetermined events, such as abandoned or missing objects, tripwire detection, people counting and facial detection.

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The integration was achieved by incorporating GJD’s API on a special firmware that enables the NVR to accept alarms from the detectors and link them to the recorder’s functions.

The BS 8418-compliant IP detectors are suitable for intruder monitoring, CCTV surveillance and other alarm warning requirements, providing both volumetric and long-range narrow field-of-view sensing, in addition to remote programming.

Eric Wang, head of product support for Dahua UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to have integrated our NVRs with GJD’s IP detectors, providing a professional detection and alarm monitoring solution that’s a fantastic addition to our security portfolio.”

Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Dahua Technology. The integration of Dahua’s surveillance products with GJD’s D-TECT IP motion detectors and Clarius illuminators will provide end users with high quality, reliable and efficient surveillance solutions.”

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ONVIF publishes Release Candidate for Profile T on Advanced Video Streaming

ONVIF – the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products – has announced the Release Candidate for Profile T, a draft specification with advanced streaming capabilities that includes support for H.265 video compression and an expanded feature set that extends the capabilities of ONVIF video Profiles for system integrators and end users alike. 

ONVIF Profile T for advanced streaming employs a new media service that enables the support of High Efficiency Video Coding based on the international H.265 video compression standard that specifies how to decode data into displayable video.

Profile T-conformant clients support both H.264 and H.265 video compression, while Profile T-conformant devices support at least one of these formats.

The new Profile also encompasses Transport Layer Security (TLS)-enabled communications and new functionalities such as bi-directional audio streaming, standardisation of events, imaging configuration and on screen display configuration.

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“Profile T broadens the scope of the ONVIF video profile to include both the H.264 video compression standard that’s widely used in video surveillance solutions today and H.265 video compression, which is set to become the de facto video compression standard in the very near future,” said Fredrik Svensson, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile T Working Group. “In addition to support for multiple video compression types, Profile T establishes conformance regarding motion detection, metadata streaming, analytics and other important features that ultimately offer an expanded and standardised feature set to system integrators and end users, in addition to interoperability between manufacturers’ solutions.”

Profile T for advanced streaming supports transport over Websockets, which allows end users to stream video to a browser instead of a VMS client. Profile T also features bi-directional audio that’s often used in city surveillance, transportation and parking security as well as for other security applications that require two-way audio communication. Support for the TLS protocol adds another level of security to communications between Profile T-conformant clients and devices.

Standardisation of events such as motion detection and tampering is included in Profile T. Digital input and relay output events are covered, as is their configuration through the device I/O service which can expedite installation.

Profile T allows motion region detector configuration through the analytics service, which means that a specific area of an image can be selected for analysis. Streaming of metadata – such as events and analytics data – is also covered by Profile T.

ONVIF circulates a new Profile first as a Release Candidate for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final Profile is published and technology providers will be able to test their products for conformance to the final version of Profile T. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of Profile T is released in 2018.

*Further information about the Release Candidate of ONVIF Profile T and ONVIF conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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ONVIF releases Profile A for broader access control configuration

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced the final release of Profile A for broader access control configuration that establishes a standardised interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options of ONVIF-conformant access control systems.

The release marks the first open specification that allows for the mixing and matching of access control devices and clients within a system, in turn facilitating interoperability for multi-vendor projects.

ONVIF Profile A encompasses daily access control functions for granting and revoking employee credentials, creating and updating schedules and making changes to access control privileges within the system. Profile A deepens interoperability within the access control market by increasing functionality and system management functions at the client level, enabling the configuration of credentialing, scheduling and access privileges through the Profile A-conformant client interface.

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“Profile A is a significant development for the market because it provides a pathway for integrating access control panels and hardware with management software from different manufacturers,” said Per Björkdahl, ONVIF’s Steering Committee chairman. “This pathway for integration also provides future-proofing of an access control system as it allows another manufacturer’s access control management software to be installed in the future, eliminating the need for a hardware ‘rip and replace’ scenario.”

The interoperability established by Profile A allows end users and system integrators alike to make hardware and software choices based on functionality and performance, and will also bridge the gap between legacy hardware and new software if both are Profile A-conformant. The new Profile further enables integration between access control and IP video management systems when combined with ONVIF Profile C for basic access control and Profile S for video streaming.

Profile A has been available in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release. ONVIF circulates a new profile first as a ‘Release Candidate’ for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final profile is published and members can then test their products for conformance to the final version of an ONVIF Profile. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of a Profile is released.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and nearly 8,000 Profile-conformant products.

Backed by Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the new Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including details of vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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Partnership between Cortech Developments and ACT affords end users optimised security solutions

Cortech Developments’ main software product, namely Datalog 5, now offers full integration with ACTpro Enterprise software designed by access control provider ACT.

The partnership between Cortech Developments and ACT will provide end users with an added value solution that optimises security across large estates incorporating multiple sites and buildings.

Commenting on the integration, Jason Blundell (head of sales at Cortech Developments) informed Risk UK: “The ACT collaboration demonstrates how interoperable systems mitigate risk, provide sustainable cost reduction, improve efficiency and deliver greater situational awareness.”

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ACT and Cortech Developments are achieving interoperability that provides cause and effect across an unusually wide range of building systems through data merging.

James McAlister of ACT added: “The alliance with Cortech Developments is another example of constituent parts of facility management coming together. We’re committed to wide-ranging data solutions, so working with a leading SMS provider was a logical step. ACT now offers a broader suite that can be used on complex and multiple sites.”

Both Cortech Developments and ACT operate across sectors including education, healthcare, retail, the utilities, transportation and Government with a particular focus on high-security environments and Critical National Infrastructure.

Cortech’s solutions are deployed in 27 countries, while ACT exports to over 40 nations.

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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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ONVIF expands influence with 5,000 conformant products, 500 members and fifth Profile specification

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has now reached nearly 5,000 IP-based physical security products registered as ONVIF compliant, grown to encompass more than 500 member companies and has developed its fifth Profile specification – Profile A for advanced access control. 

These milestones signify ONVIF’s continuing development and influence as a major driver of interoperability in the physical security market.

“End users in the industry and the broader consumer market now expect basic interoperability when they make purchases, and manufacturers are responding by making more interoperable products as a result of using ONVIF’s specifications,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee.

“We’re proud to have reached these milestones in ONVIF’s growth and development and look forward to working with our members and the industry at large to continue to promote interoperability in the market.”

5,000 conformant products and 500 members

In the last 12 months alone, the number of ONVIF conformant products grew by 1,300 (representing an increase of approximately 35%).

Also in the past year, ONVIF has reached more than 500 members: a membership that now represents six of the seven continents in the world.

5th Profile – Profile A

ONVIF’s fifth and newest Profile – Profile A for advanced access control – is designed to establish an interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options for ONVIF conformant access control systems.

Profile A is available in release candidate status on the ONVIF website.

“Profile A is designed to meet the market’s evolving need for a more advanced access control profile,” said Neelendra Bhandari, engineering leader at ONVIF member company Honeywell Security. “This illustrates ONVIF’s commitment to stay attuned to the needs of its members and the industry which is reflected in its ongoing development of new profiles and continued work to promote interoperability.”

With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for easy installation and advanced security features and Profile A for advanced access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available by accessing ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

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