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ONVIF, the US-based standardisation body for IP-based physical security products held its annual membership meeting in early November, with an overview of activities of 2018 and perspective on the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile T in 2018.

Marking the forum’s 10th anniversary, ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements, including an overview of the six ONVIF profiles, with emphasis on the newly released Profile T for advanced video streaming. The profiles provide support for the more than 10,000 conformant products. Björkdahl also cited the continued involvement of ONVIF as part of the work of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s TC79 for international standardisation.

ONVIF also marked the contributions of four people from various ONVIF technical committees for their work on profiles and committees. Fredrik Svensson of Axis, and Dora Han of Hikvision were recipients of the ONVIF award, which acknowledges people and companies who have made contributions to ONVIF. As chairman of the Profile T Working Group, Svensson was a force in the development and final release of the Profile T specification. Han received the award for her extensions to the specification, and for supporting the development of other members’ extensions to the specification.

One of two 2018 ONVIF Distinguished Service Awards was given to Baldvin Gislason Bern of Axis for his role in developing and proofing the evolution concept as chair of the Technical Services Device Test Tool Evolution; and Dr Hasan Timucin Ozdemir of Panasonic, who served as chairman from 2009 to 2018 of the ONVIF Video Enhancement Working Group, which is responsible for formulating and prototyping new features for the ONVIF specification.

Björkdahl, pictured, said: “All of our honorees have shown their significant and long-term commitment to the organisation as a whole, and in turn have directly and positively impacted the work of ONVIF. The success of our organisation would not be possible without the innovative contributions and hard work of our members, and for that, we say thank you.”

ONVIF Technical Committee Chairman, Hans Busch of Bosch, spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standards 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 new and existing profiles, client and device test tools, updates to the conformance process and tools and Developers’ Plugfests. ONVIF Communication Committee Chair, Tim Shen of Dahua provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2018, with a continued focus on market education about the specific profiles through presence at industry events and media activity. He also reported on a first ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge earlier this year.

The results of the annual elections for committees of ONVIF were announced by Kevin Schader, 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, and Tyco Security Product’s Stephen Serplus were re-elected, while Hikvision’s Dora Han joined the committee as a new member. Bob Dolan of Anixter and Giri Guntipalli of Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee, along with new member Marwan Obeidat of Pelco by Schneider Electric. Tim Shen of Dahua, Jens Berthelsen of Hikvision and Xinming Kang of Honeywell were re-elected to the ONVIF Communication Committee, while Cathy Zhou of Huawei joined the committee as a new member. Founding members Axis, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.


Founded in 2008, ONVIF is an industry forum for interoperability for IP-based physical security products; members are camera, video management system and access control companies offering more than 10,000 profile conformant products. ONVIF offers Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming. Visit


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