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ONVIF, the US-based standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its annual membership meeting in late October, updating members on ONVIF in 2017 and the outlook. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile A in 2017 and the development of Profile T for advanced video streaming.

In the webinar’s opening remarks, ONVIF Steering Committee Chairman Per Björkdahl, pictured, highlighted achievements of ONVIF since its founding in 2008, including the continued inclusion of ONVIF in international standards from bodies 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 inter-operability between various management systems, work which is happening in tandem with continued development of more profiles to keep pace with change.

Björkdahl also recognized the 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 is for individuals and companies. Sriram Prasad Bhetanabottla of Canon Inc., was recognised with the 2017 ONVIF Distinguished Service Award for his role as an active core member to the Device Testing activities of the Technical Services Working Group’s and Profile T.

Björkdahl said: “Arsenio, Nicholas and Sriram have made significant contributions to the development of Profile T, our newest release candidate for advanced video streaming, as well as to the ongoing work of ONVIF. As a member-driven organization, it’s important to recognize members who contribute many hours of service to the work of ONVIF, and contribute to fulfilling our mission. Thank you for your service and congratulations.”

Hans Busch of Bosch, Chairman of the ONVIF Technical Committee, spoke about specification development 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, to promote the adoption of ONVIF Profiles.

The results of the annual elections for committees of ONVIF were announced by Stan Moyer, ONVIF Executive Director. Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Hanwha Techwin’s Sujith Raman, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf, Panasonic’s Hasan Ozdemir were re-elected, while Tyco Security Product’s Stephen Serplus joined as a new member. Bob Dolan of Anixter, Andrew Downs of Pelco by Schneider Electric and Giri Guntipalli of Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee. Tim Shen of Dahua, Mike Mao of Honeywell and Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric were re-elected to the ONVIF Communication Committee; Hikvision’s Jens Berthelsen joined the committee as a new member. Founding members Axis, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.

About ONVIF

Founded in 2008, it has camera, video management system and access control company members and nearly 9,000 Profile conformant products: Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and the new Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming. Visit: www.onvif.org.


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