ONVIF Member Companies Spend 300 Hours Testing Product Interoperability

SAN RAMON, Calif. — ONVIF member companies from around the world spent 300 hours testing 13 video management systems (VMS) and 19 network cameras/encoders at the organization’s developers’ plug fest in Japan.

Held over a three-day period at Canon’s Tokyo headquarters, the event attracted 65 engineers from 26 companies to test the interoperability of their products with the ONVIF specification. Now in its fourth year, the event aims to ensure that ONVIF-compliant products from different vendors work together on end-user networks.

ONVIF was started in 2008 by Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corp. The group’s goal is to ease the integration of network security products with a global standard. It currently has more than 270 member companies and 650 ONVIF-compliant products on the market.

Despite ONVIF’s success, product standardization has a long way to go until it can really make an impact, Bob Grossman, president of consulting firm R. Grossman & Associates tells SSI.

“Standardizing is a mixed blessing,” he says. “On one hand, it ensures interoperability. On the other hand, it stifles innovation. Manufacturers will continue to add features above the standards baseline to differentiate their products. If dealers and end-users  read the features list, see standards compliance and assume another compliant product will access those features, they’ll likely be disappointed.”


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