ONVIF (the Open Network Video Interface Forum) is a global and open industry forum with the goal of facilitating the development and use of a global open standard for the interface of physical IP-based security products. ONVIF creates a standard for how IP products within video surveillance and other physical security areas can communicate with each other. ONVIF is an organization started in 2008 by Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony.[1]

Open Network Video Interface Forum
Year started25 November 2008 (2008-11-25)
DomainInterface of physical IP-based security products

It was officially incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)6 Delaware corporation on November 25, 2008. ONVIF membership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, system integrators, end users and other interest groups that wish to participate in the activities of ONVIF. The ONVIF specification aims to achieve interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.

ONVIF concerns itself with standardization of communication between IP-based physical security products to achieve open interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers.

Members edit

In December 2009, the ONVIF member base had grown to 103 members. This comprised 12 full members, 13 contributing members and 78 user members.[2] In December 2010, the forum had more than 240 members and more than 440 conformant products on the market.[3] By January 2015, this had grown to more than 3,700 ONVIF conformant products and 500 members.[4] By August 2016, this had grown to more than 6,900 conformant products on the market but shrunk to 461 members.[5] In February 2020, ONVIF reached more than 14,000 conformant products.[6] As of June 2022, there are 496 members and more than 23000 conformant products.[7]

Name edit

ONVIF originally was an acronym for Open Network Video Interface Forum. The longer name was dropped as the scope of the standard expanded beyond video applications.[8]

Specification edit

The ONVIF Core Specification aims to standardize the network interface (on the network layer) of network video products.[9] It defines a network video communication framework based on relevant IETF and Web Services standards including security and IP configuration requirements. The following areas are covered by the Core Specification version 1.0:

  • IP configuration
  • Device discovery
  • Device management
  • Media configuration
  • Real-time viewing
  • Event handling
  • PTZ camera control
  • Video analytics
  • Security

ONVIF utilizes IT industry technologies including SOAP, RTP, and Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, H.264 video codecs and H.265 video codecs. Later releases of the ONVIF specification (version 2.0) also cover storage and additional aspects of analytics.[10]

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References edit

  1. ^ "A brief history of ONVIF: How the global industry standard has grown".
  2. ^ PSIA and ONVIF: Measuring Video Standards
  3. ^ ONVIF Chairman, Jonas Andersson, On The Importance Of Open Protocol In IP Video And Access Control
  4. ^ 7 FAQs about the ONVIF Standard
  5. ^ "Conformant Products". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  6. ^ "Conformant Products". ONVIF. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  7. ^ "Conformant Products". ONVIF. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  8. ^ Per Björkdahl (2016-05-13). "ONVIF: The Evolution of a Standard". Memoori.
  9. ^ Ted Knutson (December 4, 2008). "First cameras to meet new ONVIF interoperability standards due in a year". Security Systems News. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  10. ^ "Profiles, Add-ons and Specifications". ONVIF. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  11. ^ "Open Network Video Interface Forum Core Specification, Version 1.0 November, 2008" (PDF).
  12. ^ "ONVIF Profile S Specification" (PDF).
  13. ^ "ONVIF Profile C Specification" (PDF).
  14. ^ "ONVIF Opens Doors With Profile C, New Membership Level". www.sdmmag.com. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  15. ^ "ONVIF Profile G Specification" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Profile Q deprecation". ONVIF. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  17. ^ "Specification History". ONVIF. Retrieved 2021-11-17.

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