ONVIF Unveils Expanded ‘Core Specification’

Now includes video storage devices and video analytics engines, in addition to cameras and encoders.
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ONVIF, a multinational nonprofit organization providing internet protocol (IP)-based physical security solutions, has released a new core specification that expands the original specifications to include video storage devices and video analytics engines, in addition to cameras and encoders, the company says in a written statement.

“Core Specification 2.0” also supports wireless interfaces; 802.1X secure link layer; and audio backchannel, says ONVIF, which is focused on the development of a global standard for the interface of IP-based physical security products.

Based on the ONVIF specification for cameras and video encoders, the new core specification defines standardized interfaces also for network video recording, display and video analytics devices. With equipment based on ONVIF Core Specification 2.0, integrators and end users will have flexibility when building complete video surveillance systems using ONVIF-conformant products, the company says.

According to the company, the new specification covers configuration of video analytics units, configuration and operation of IP-connected screens and monitor walls, as well as the configuration, storage and playback of video recordings in a security system.

The ONVIF service architecture now supports recording features ranging from local recording in cameras over digital video recorders up to enterprise-class distributed network video recording solutions. “By releasing ONVIF Core Specification 2.0 and extending the reach to video storage, display devices, video analytics and several other areas, we are getting even closer to the goal of ONVIF to facilitate simple integration of IP-based physical security equipment using a global open network interface,” said Hans Busch, chairman of ONVIF’s Technical Committee.