‘Interoperability is key’ – ONVIF members discuss standards adoption in the security market
ONVIF is a global and open industry forum dedicated to the adoption of IP in the security market. Here, representatives from five ONVIF member companies discuss the industry’s adoption of standards and interoperable systems, and contemplate ONVIF’s role in the physical industry’s future…
Lucas Lee, Director of Global Marketing for Hanwha Techwin
The importance of the hybrid environment is going to grow and become more widespread in physical security. For this reason, it is necessary to promote the use of such standards as ONVIF in order to enable easier system integration that does not require each manufacturer to develop special protocols to make their products compatible with other manufacturers’ products.
To meet the demand for hybrid security systems, a wide range of perspectives and views must be embraced, where not only manufacturers, but also system integrators are engaged in designing interoperable systems. This collaboration will also be required in meeting the demands of today’s customers.
Bob Dolan, Director of Technology – Security Solutions, at Anixter
The video surveillance market has moved fully into the concept of leveraging open APIs to create open architecture systems. ONVIF is leading the charge to true open architectures, and its continued evolution of its profiles will lead to that level of interoperability.
The access control market is just starting to get into the open API concept, but it is still many years away from true open architecture. The demand for standards in all of security will help end users and integrators plan more effectively for how and what they implement.
Tim Shen, Marketing Director for Dahua Technology
In my personal opinion, ONVIF has most impact in the IP video sector. I expect it will continue to help IP video surveillance grow, perhaps at an even faster pace than it is currently.
Stuart Meyers, Managing Director of Meyertech
In the past 12 months, ONVIF standard adoption appears in nearly every specification. End users continuously submit inquiries regarding ONVIF, which indicates to me that although the standard is moving forward rapidly, there is a lot of education to be done.
A future consideration could be support of camera manufacturers’ features and the breadth of functionality offered across manufacturers’ products.
Ottavio Campana, Product Manager for Videotec
I see that system integrators who are working in highly-specialised applications of CCTV already know ONVIF well and use it every day. In more general scenarios, the adoption of ONVIF isn’t as prevalent and I think it is because this market is driven more by price than by the features and warranties that only standard-compliant devices can offer. I expect that if customers are hit by problems induced by a proprietary solution, that they will start to ask more actively for standard-based products.
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