Interoperability Alliance Releases API Specification


The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has released an IP Media Device Application Programming Interface (API) specification to improve the interoperability of physical security products using standards-based IP networks.

The specification is the first revision recommended by the PSIA, an open-membership organization created to promote the interoperability of IP-enabled security devices.

The scope of this initial API specification is centered on IP-enabled video surveillance devices, such as IP cameras, encoders and digital video recorders. It enables physical security and video management systems to recognize and change the configurations of various IP media devices and control their behaviors. It also eliminates the need for device driver customization in order to achieve interoperability among products from different manufacturers.

“The benefits of this standardization will impact organizations directly by simplifying the implementation process and reducing ongoing operational costs,” says John Fenske, director of global product programs and support, Johnson Controls. “It leaves customers free to deploy the IP security devices that best meet their requirements without concern for interoperability barriers.”

The IP Media Device API specification was created by the alliance’s IP Video Expert Group, which includes leading physical security and IT system manufacturers and integrators

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