A group prompting a single standard for Internet protocol (IP)-based physical security products says it will introduce profiles that can simplify the selection of interoperable versions of the specification for end users and systems integrators.
The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) says the profiles will be issued before the end of 2011, and will be one of several key initiatives planned for 2012 including the issuance of Version 2.2 of the ONVIF specifications.
The profile concept is expected to enable end users to easily identify features that are supported by a profile without requiring them to have extensive technical knowledge of the specific version of the ONVIF specification, the group says.
With the profiles, users will no longer need to determine if specific devices introduced in ONVIF 2.0 are compatible with clients that conform to ONVIF 1.0 or with newer versions introduced at a later date. Instead, users will be able to easily select the appropriate profile that offers interoperability at a specific functional level between units and software that fits their needs, the ONVIF says.
With a planned expansion of its specification to include physical access control systems, ONVIF is focused on providing a global open network interface standard for physical IP-based security equipment. The ONVIF Core Specification 2.0, which covers video storage, display devices, video analytics and other areas, was released in late 2010.