First cameras to meet new ONVIF interoperability standards due in a year

Thursday, December 4, 2008

WASHINGTON--Representatives of Sony Corporation and Bosch said Wednesday they should be selling cameras within a year that comply with the new video surveillance hardware and software interoperability standards approved Nov. 26 by the Open Network Video Interface Forum, known as ONVIF.
Sony B&P marketing division deputy general manager Kenichi (Ken) Iwasaki and Bosch director product management IP video Dieter Jocker told Security System News at ONVIF's first national meeting in Arlington, Va., which opened yesterday, Dec. 3.
Axis global sales director of business development Jonas Andersson declined to guess when his company will be introducing cameras conforming with the standards.
Axis, Sony and Bosch founded ONVIF earlier this year. All three men are members of the steering committee, the organization's lead body. (Search "ONVIF" at for more on the body's mission and history.)
The proposed standard, called Specification 1.0, gives guidelines that will allow surveillance cameras from different manufacturers to easily talk to each other and to other electronic equipment from lighting to access control.
Specification 1.0 does not cover playback, recording and enhanced Internet security. ONVIF specifications incorporating these features are expected to be created and adopted within six months.
This first ONVIF meeting and open house attracted 93 attendees from 66 companies. Currently, 21 firms are members of ONVIF.