SIA Releases First Open Standard for Digital Video Components


The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released a first of its kind digital video standard from its body of Open Systems Integration and Performance Standards (OSIPS).

The new American National Standard (ANSI) is referred to as “ANSI/SIA OSIPS DVI-01:2008 – Digital Video Interface Data Model.”

“SIA’s OSIPS family of standards are designed to be open, enable easy integration of diverse components, and provide a means to establish predictable levels of performance,” says Richard Chace, executive director and CEO, SIA. “DVI-01 meets these criteria and fills the market demand for video and IP-related security solutions.”

The voluntary standard specifies interface requirements for the digital video component of a video surveillance solution. For that component, it provides message sets for the information exchange necessary to provision, command, as well as request and receive; event and status information.

For end users, DVI-01 provides an interface to obtain streaming live video and controlling recorded video. Messaging is also provided that will start and stop video analytics for specific camera ports. Control of these ports is defined in the interface to command moveable cameras or obtain the status of a moveable camera, including position and presets. Event reporting messages also support motion detection and camera synch-loss. Finally, the interface provides methods for the provisioning of the component and its individual camera ports.

Intended for use by manufacturers of digital video surveillance systems and cameras to ensure equipment compatibility, the standard also impacts security system installers, specifiers and users dealing with compatibility issues.

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