ONVIF releases test tool

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

SAN RAMON, Calif.--ONVIF, one of a number of organizations working toward IP video standards and interoperability, announced in May a test tool and conformance process for its device discovery specification, which will allow manufacturers who have joined ONVIF to declare conformance to its released specification.

“Writing specifications does not ensure interoperability,” noted ONVIF chairman Jonas Andersson. “It takes much more than that.” He noted that ONVIF’s specification is based on Web services, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, which should allow each manufacturer to generate the correct code. But, he said, “I would say that’s not even enough, it’s just insuring that the interface is correct. If you request the H.264, you have to make sure that you get that stream, so you need a test tool and a conformance process to ensure that interoperability.”

ONVIF now predicts that ONVIF-conformant products will soon be on the market. At the first ONVIF members meeting last fall, Sony, for one, predicted compliant products before the end of 2009.

By way of comparison, IQinVision demonstrated its compliance with the PSIA specification for device discovery with a camera at ISC West.