Interface of network video products standardized

This new standard will offer increased flexibility to integrators and users of network video equipment.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff May 12, 2008

Axis Communications , Bosch Security Systems , and Sony Corp. have announced that they will be cooperating to create an open forum aimed at developing a standard for the interface of network video products.

Highlights of this agreement:

* First cooperation in the security industry to establish a global open standard for the interface of network video products
* Interoperability between different vendors’ products will simplify installation of network video products regardless of brand

* Greater freedom for end users when choosing equipment, resulting in

* Creation of an open forum for further development of the new standard.

Currently, there is no global standard defining how network video products such as cameras, video encoders, and video management systems should communicate with each other. The new standard is expected to include interfaces for specifications, such as video streaming, device discovery, and intelligence metadata. The framework of the standard, incorporating the key elements of network video product interoperability, will be released in October 2008 at the Security show in Essen, Germany .

The main goal of this new standard is to facilitate the integration of various brands of network video equipment and to help manufacturers, software developers, and independent software vendors ensure product interoperability. A unified open standard also will offer end users greater flexibility of choice, enabling them to select products from different vendors in order to develop systems that fully meet their needs. This standardization initiative demonstrates the strong commitment of Axis, Bosch, and Sony to supporting the ongoing shift from analog to digital surveillance in the security market.

A forum set up by the said three companies will be open for all companies and interest groups who would like to participate in the standardization work. The forum will be established in the fourth quarter of 2008 and will work on further development of the standard and on reaching agreement on how the new technology should be implemented.