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ONVIF reflects on year’s activities and achievements at 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, recently held its Annual Membership Meeting to provide members with an overview of important activities that have occurred in 2019 and outline bold plans for the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the growth of ONVIF as well as plans for new Profile development.

ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements over the past year, in particular focusing on the market’s continued support for the Profile concept, with the number of conformant products surpassing 13,000 earlier this year.

With six Profiles to choose from and additional ones in development, ONVIF Profiles have increasingly been included in various bid and specification processes in projects around the world, making it the de facto interface in the industry.

Björkdahl also noted the continued involvement of ONVIF in the International Electrotechnical Commission’s work on international standardisation, in addition to new proposals for cloud connectivity and interoperability between multiple systems.


Contributions recognised

In keeping with tradition, ONVIF recognised the contributions of multiple individuals from various ONVIF Committees. Steve Wolf, who served on several ONVIF Committees on behalf of Pelco, received the ONVIF Service Award, which acknowledges individuals who have provided a long-term commitment to the organisation. While serving on the Technical Committee, Wolf led the Security Working Group and was also an active participant in the Video Enhancement Working Group, contributing towards a number of improvements in how ONVIF approaches video.

Andreas Schneider of Sony received the ONVIF Distinguished Service Award, which recognises individuals who’ve made significant contributions to ONVIF over many years in multiple functions. Schneider’s long-term service to the Technical Services Committee has positioned him as a major facilitator of the ONVIF organisation, with contributions to multiple ONVIF Profiles.


ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl

“The overarching goal of ONVIF is to provide the market with a single interface through which every system can operate,” explained Björkdahl. “Our award winners have shown significant and long-term commitment to our organisation, in turn making this goal a reality one Profile at a time. We thank both of our recipients for their innovation, hard work and service.”

Specification development roadmap

ONVIF Technical Committee chairman Hans Busch of Bosch spoke to members about the specification development roadmap, which highlights plans for future Profile development, as well as the continued alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 Working Groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Specifically, Busch covered what specifications are being examined for future Profiles and how they complement and further enhance existing ONVIF Profiles.

As chair of the Technical Services Committee, Sony’s Schneider gave an overview of the Committee’s work on new and existing Profiles, client and device test tools, updates to the conformance process and tools and the Developers’ Plugfest.

Shi-lin Chan of Axis Communications, who serves as chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2019 and discussed the organisation’s plans for the launch of a Mandarin website later this year.

Driving interoperability

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and 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, as stated, more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers 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, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions that ONVIF-conformant products can provide.


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HID Global security survey reveals attitudes about Best Practice for physical access control

Secure identity solutions specialist HID Global has issued an extremely interesting infographic illustrating the results of a survey the company conducted on the subject of physical access control.

The survey of 600 respondents revealed enterprise end users’ perceptions about change and the importance of industry Best Practice, in addition to how well today’s technology and policy Best Practices are being implemented.

Attitudes uncovered in the survey affect how well organisations can defend against increasingly dangerous and costly security threats, both now and in the future.

“This survey raises questions about how well organisations are keeping up with the bad guys,” said John Fenske, vice president of product marketing for physical access control with HID Global.

“Complacency isn’t wise, however, and adherence to industry Best Practice will be increasingly critical in order to take advantage of the coming generation of technologies and capabilities, including mobile access control on smartphones.”

Fenske believes that a reliance on legacy infrastructure, technology and mindsets will make it hard to keep up with today’s technology advances that address “a world of increasingly sophisticated threats”.

Closer look at the infographic’s findings

HID Global’s infographic combines results from its survey with published data on security breaches and associated costs. Here it is…

HID Global's latest physical access control infographic

HID Global’s latest physical access control infographic

Click the link below to view the infographic on HID Global’s website:
HID Global’s new infographic on physical access control

Key findings incorporated into the infographic include:

 Only 37% of users perform annual security assessments, and most users do not contract a third party to test their existing PACS. This means users either conduct their own security audits or penetration exercise internally, or do not test their systems at all.

 More than half of respondents have not upgraded in the last year, and over 20% haven’t upgraded in the last three years.

 75% of end users said cards with cryptography were important. The majority also believe that magstripe and proximity technologies provide adequate security, despite their vulnerability to cloning.

 75% of respondents state that the highest security technologies were important or very important, but half said they weren’t implementing them well or at all. Over 90% felt the most secure policies were important or very important, with only 70% stating that they were implementing them effectively or very effectively.

 Biggest barriers to Best Practice implementation were budget-related and management not seeing value in the investment. Yet the cost of not investing in Best Practice can be very high (for example, $5.4 million for a data breach according to The Ponemon Institute).

HID Global believes that current perceptions about access control will have an impact on the adoption of future technologies. For instance, mobile access control on smartphones will enable a more hassle-free access control experience for users, who can carry all of their keys and credentials on a device they carefully protect and rarely lose or forget.

However, if the market continues to delay shoring up its Best Practices now against today’s threats to traditional cards and readers, it will be difficult for enterprise infrastructures to seamlessly move towards digital credentials carried on smartphones in a BYOD deployment environment with new and different security threats.

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