ONVIF Hosts Annual 2017 Member Webinar

ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products has recently hosted its annual membership meeting providing an update to members on the accomplishments of ONVIF in 2017 and its outlook for the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile A in 2017 and the ongoing development of Profile T for advanced video streaming, activities which are enabling the growing prevalence of the nearly 9,000 ONVIF conformant products in bid and specification processes in projects around the world.

In the webinar’s opening remarks, ONVIF Steering Committee Chairman PerBjörkdahl highlighted collective achievements of ONVIF since its founding in 2008, including the continued inclusion of ONVIF in international standards from organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), on its IEC TC 79 standard for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Björkdahl also cited the progress of ONVIF on a system-to-system approach for interoperability between various management systems, work which is happening in tandem with continued development of additional profiles to keep pace with the changes of the industry.

Björkdahl also recognized the extensive contributions of three individuals to various ONVIF technical committees. Arsenio Vilallonga, vice president, Networked Systems, FLIR Systems, Inc. and Nicholas Brochu of Genetec, one of the most active participants in the development of Profile T, were recipients of the 2017 ONVIF Award, which recognizes individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to ONVIF. Sriram Prasad Bhetanabottla of Canon Inc., was recognized with the 2017 ONVIF Distinguished Service Award for his role as an active, contributing core member to the Device Testing activities of the Technical Services Working Group’s and Profile T.

Hans Busch of Bosch, Chairman of the ONVIF Technical Committee, spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardization activities within the IEC TC 79 working groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee (TSC) Chair Andreas Schneider of Sony gave an overview of the committee’s work on profiles, test tools, the conformance process and Developers’ Plugfests, and highlighted the new conformant product database launched earlier this year. ONVIF Communication Committee Chair Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric followed the TSC with a recap of the internal and external communications of ONVIF in 2017, activities designed to promote the adoption of ONVIF Profiles.

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