First HDcctv Specification Ratified by HDcctv Alliance


The HDcctv Alliance, a security industry group established to promote technical standards for high definition (HD) video surveillance equipment, has ratified version 1.0 of the HDcctv Specification.

The new open standard accommodates the adoption of HD video formats by both surveillance equipment manufacturers and security service providers. HDcctv Alliance members have begun introducing HDcctv-compliant products displaying the HDcctv logo.

According to the alliance, the specification defines the requirements for a flexible system and apparatus capable of creating, transporting, distributing, recording and displaying HD video and metadata. A scalable digital interface with support for external box-to-box digital interfaces is defined with optional audio, metadata and data capability for broad application for video surveillance devices.

“HDcctv is perhaps the first new product category in 10 years to be introduced into the surveillance industry, a new way to provide high resolution on selected cameras on the premises while preserving the existing CCTV system architecture” says Todd Rockoff, chair of HDcctv Alliance.

In an HDcctv-based system, HDTV signals are transmitted digitally over conventional CCTV media without packetization or any perceivable compression latency, according to the alliance.

To learn more about HDcctv Alliance and its efforts, check out SSI‘s “Hot Seat” interview with Rockoff in the August 2009 issue.

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