PSIA Shows First Working Implementation Of 1.0 Spec At Developers Meeting

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), an industry organization created to define, recommend and promote standards for IP-enabled security devices and systems, announced recently that its first developers meeting, held on March 31 in conjunction with ISC West 2009, was a success.

The PSIA developers meeting was attended by dozens of developers, who received detailed updates from each working group and viewed 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.

"IQinVision is proud to be the first of many to integrate the released 1.0 PSIA interface on our 4 series line of cameras," said Ian Johnston, vice president of engineering and CTO for IQinVision. "IQinVision is leading the pack to drive integration. We're also developing partnerships with a host of VMS companies to continue the progression of the PSIA spec."

IP network camera manufacturer, IQinVision, is the first company to deploy the PSIA 1.0 device specification into an IQ 4 Series camera. This deployment saves software manufacturers significant time and money as it eliminates the need to write individual drivers. The IQ 4 is automatically recognized as a camera 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."

In addition to demonstrating the first working implementation by IQinVision, additional discussions were held from the chairmen of several working groups. The analytics group announced plans to release a .9 version of the baseline document in June, 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 Q2.

The 1.0 version of the Media Device API specification was reviewed and ratified on March 18 by technical experts from a broad group of companies that represent the critical segments of the IP video market.

These companies included video management software providers, camera manufacturers, analytics software providers, network video recorder manufacturers and security solution integrators.

The 1.0 API Media Device specification demonstrates a big step toward real interoperability between products, which leads to additional market opportunities for any company in the physical security industry. The 1.0 specification is available free of charge and can be viewed at

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