Interoperability Group Releases Test Tool, Conformance Process

San Ramon, Calif.

The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) has released its test tool and conformance process, making it possible for product manufacturers who have joined the group to declare conformance to the ONVIF specification.

“It is now only a question of time before we see the first ONVIF conformant products on the market,” says Stefan Alfredsson of Axis Communications, chairman of ONVIF’s communication committee. “The core specification and test specification, which were published at the end of 2008, enabled interested parties to prepare their products for the common interface.”

The release of the test tool and conformance process provides for an easy means to verify interoperability and allows companies to market ONVIF conformant products, Alfredsson says.

The release also marks a significant milestone for the industry and for the more than 55 members of ONVIF, according to Simon Harris of IMS Research.

“With the rapid market growth of network video products, the need for a standardized interface has become more and more evident. The release of standards by industry groupssuch as ONVIF will undoubtedly accelerate the migration to network videos,” Harris says. “The real benefits will show when there are several ONVIF conformant products on the market, facilitating the implementation and use of various vendors’ equipment in the same surveillance system.”

ONVIF was founded by Axis, Bosch and Sony in 2008.

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