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ONVIF working group

ONVIF, the US-based standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, has formed the ONVIF Use Case Working Group (WG). Its aim; developing real-world use cases. These will be used as input for ONVIF specifications, the development of profiles and to assist updating and maintaining ONVIF’s technical roadmap.

The group works primarily with ONVIF members but can also interact with installers, system designers, ONVIF stakeholders and others through meetings, workshops, tradeshows and conferences to gather feedback regarding Profiles, future specifications and Profile development. Participation is open to all ONVIF members at the full and contributing membership level or by invitation from the Use Case WG.

Per Björkdahl, ONVIF Steering Committee Chair, said: “The Use Case WG will act as an additional ‘ear to the industry’, and help ONVIF to gather input on what is currently happening in the market. At the same time, the new group offers another avenue for members to participate in the development of specifications and Profiles. This can only benefit ONVIF and the integrity of our specifications.”

The use cases that the Use Case WG provides to the ONVIF Technical Committee are based on the working group’s communications with stakeholders and are used as input for future versions of ONVIF’s technical specifications and new Profiles. The Use Case WG also collaborates with the Technical Committee to update and maintain ONVIF’s technical roadmap.


Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of nearly 500 member companies in six continents and more than 5500 Profile conformant products. Profile S is for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control and the Release Candidates Profile A, for access control configuration, and Profile Q, for out-of-the-box functionality. ONVIF’s website:


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