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ONVIF targets future Profile developments at 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

ONVIF – the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products – hosted its annual Membership Meeting late last month. Attendees heard presentations on ONVIF success stories from 2014 (including the release of two new Profiles), as well as an outline of new initiatives in the pipeline for 2015 (among them the release of Profile Q and a new client test tool).

The audience at this year’s meeting, which for the first time was held via webinar, enjoyed a welcome address from ONVIF Steering Committee chairman Per Björkdahl (of Axis Communications) who spoke about ONVIF’s growth. The organisation now boasts 500 members representing six continents and more than 4,000 Profile-conformant products.

With the successful 2014 releases of Profile G for recording and storage and Profile C for access control, Björkdahl said that, in relation to the issue of future Profiles, ONVIF will continue to build on its vision and mission that all security systems will eventually share a single interface.

“ONVIF’s growth this year indicates just how vital our work is to the wider security and technology communities,” said Björkdahl. “Listening to what the market wants and needs and obtaining feedback will be instrumental in our future Profile developments.”

ONVIF hosted its annual Membership Meeting for 2014 via webinar

ONVIF hosted its annual Membership Meeting for 2014 via webinar

Building new relationships

Also speaking at the 2014 Membership Meeting was Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric, the Communications Committee vice-chairman for ONVIF, who discussed ONVIF’s focus on building new relationships and soliciting feedback from the physical security community at large in the coming year.

Rawlings also presented the results from recent market outreach and emphasised ONVIF’s desire to continually integrate such feedback into future Profiles and technical support.

Andreas Schneider of Sony, ONVIF’s Technical Services Committee chairman, updated members on the 2015 release of a Profile Q Device Test Tool as well as on some of the features of Profile Q – for faster installations – and Profile A for access control configuration. These features are both currently in development.

During an update from the Technical Committee, chairman Hans Busch of Bosch noted the success of this year’s Developers’ Plugfest – which was the largest yet – and announced plans for two Plugfests in 2015.

Changes on the ONVIF Committees

Members selected new representatives for ONVIF’s Committees. Neelendra Bhandari of Honeywell was appointed to the Steering Committee along with Michael Luetzeler of Siemens.

For the Technical Committee, Honeywell’s Ramesh Subbiah, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf and Siemens’ Gero Baese were elected.

The Technical Services Committee’s newly-elected representatives are Bob Dolan of Anixter, Neelendra Bhandari of Honeywell and Scott Hudson of Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

ONVIF’s Communication Committee now includes Finn Wu of Hikvision, Mike Mao of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling representing Pelco by Schneider Electric.

With more than 500 members and more than 3,700 conformant products under its umbrella, ONVIF is the largest organisation of its kind in the world. Since inception in 2008, ONVIF has seen its membership grow by between 25% and 50% each year, with the number of conformant products increasing by 250% in the last three years alone.

*Further information about ONVIF (including its members and conformant products) is available at: http://www.onvif.org

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ONVIF launches education and enforcement programme to ensure product conformance

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 site: http://www.onvif.org

The education and enforcement initiative aims to further protect the ONVIF brand

The education and enforcement initiative aims to further protect the ONVIF brand

“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: help@onvif.org.”

Further information about ONVIF conformant products (including details of vendors and conformant models) is available on the ONVIF website: http://www.onvif.org

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