ONVIF Connects with International Audiences

ONVIF, a standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its 11th Developers’ Plugfest September 29-October 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany. With record numbers of interoperability implementations and multiple testings of ONVIF conformant video, access control and edge devices, this year’s Developers’ Plugfest was the most fruitful in ONVIF’s history.

The 2014 Developers’ Plugfest, held in conjunction with security Essen, a security trade show, allowed member companies to verify their products’ ONVIF interoperability with other manufacturers’ products. This year’s Plugfest included 29 companies and more than 60 attendees. Plugfest attendees logged 249 hours of total testing time during the three-day event, with all of ONVIF’s profiles tested for interoperability. The profiles tested were: Profile S, for IP-based video systems; Profile C for IP-based access control; Profile G for edge storage and retrieval as well as the upcoming Profile Q for improved connectivity. Interoperability tests were conducted between a device and a client supporting both Profile S & G, as well as across profiles.

“Our Developers’ Plugfests provide a unique opportunity for technical experts to develop best practices and approaches that benefit the entire IP video industry, but they are just one way in which ONVIF interacts with the market,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “Our activities at major industry events are an important part of how we garner feedback and direction from the market for our standards activities.”

ONVIF also hosted a public interoperability demonstration and reception during security Essen on Sept. 25. ONVIF members showcased devices and clients that are conformant with ONVIF profiles, with a short address from Björkdahl about the benefits of standardization. ONVIF was also an exhibitor at the 60th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibition, September 29-October 2, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia, where ONVIF hosted conversations with conference attendees regarding their experiences with ONVIF in the marketplace, soliciting feedback regarding existing profiles and future opportunities.

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