Physical Security Interoperability Alliance Shows First Working Spec

California-based camera and security system manufacturer IQinVision staked ground as the first company to integrate the spec.
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In a step toward interoperable standards for IP security systems, the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) held a demonstration of the first working implementation of the PSIA 1.0 API Media Device specification, just three weeks after the spec was ratified and released for public use.

California-based camera and security system manufacturer IQinVision staked ground as the first company to integrate the spec, demonstrating it in its new IQ 4 Series cameras.

"IQinVision is leading the pack to drive integration,” said Ian Johnston, vice president of engineering and CTO for IQinVision. “We're also developing partnerships with a host of VMS companies to continue the progression of the PSIA spec."

The demonstration took place at PSIA’s first developers’ meeting, March 31, ahead of ISC West.

The spec saves software manufacturers significant time and money as it eliminates the need to write individual drivers, PSIA said. With the spec, the camera is automatically recognized and streams video from one driver written on the open standards specification.

"We're thrilled to see such enthusiasm coming from manufacturers," said Dave Bunzel, executive director for the PSIA. "To show a working implementation just three weeks after ratification testifies to the ease of implementation of the API spec and the significant interest by manufacturers in having truly open standards in this industry."

The PSIA Analytics Group said it plans to release a .9 version of the baseline document in June 2009, focusing on alerts and metadata, and the IP Video group offered developers the opportunity to attend a plugfest where manufacturers can test products alongside others for real interoperability. Details for the plugfest will be announced in the second quarter of 2009.

More than 400 companies have registered for the 1.0 API Media Device spec since its initial release in September 2008. Participating companies include Adesta LLC, Arecont Vision, Cisco Systems, GE Security, Genetec, Honeywell, IBM, IQinVision, Johnson Controls, March Networks, NICE Systems, ObjectVideo, OnSSI, Pelco, SCCG, Stanley Security, and Texas Instruments.



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