Bosch Teams With Axis, Sony for Network Video Products Standard


Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corp. are cooperating to create an open forum aimed at developing a standard for the interface of network video products. There is currently no global standard defining how network video products such as cameras, video encoders and video management systems should communicate with each other.

The new standard is expected to comprise interfaces for specifications such as video streaming, device discovery and intelligence metadata. The framework of the standard, incorporating the key elements of network video product interoperability, will be released in October.

“This cooperation represents a great leap forward in establishing an international open forum focusing on network video surveillance,” says Gert van Iperen, executive vice president at Bosch. “For manufacturers of network video hardware and software, the forum and its standard will be an efficient way to ensure product interoperability.”

The new standard is expected to facilitate the integration of various brands of network video equipment and to help manufacturers, software developers and independent software vendors ensure product interoperability. A unified open standard will also offer end users greater flexibility of choice, enabling them to select products from different vendors.

“We are very pleased to announce this cooperation between our companies,” says Ray Mauritsson, president of Axis Communications. “An open standard will make it even easier for integrators and end users to benefit from the many possibilities offered by IP-based video surveillance technology.”

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