Per Björkdahl, Chairman of ONVIF Steering Committee, explains how the standard is influencing manufacturers and industry in general.
How strong do you think is the need for standardization in the security market would say, and how has contributed ONVIF to meet that need?
We would not be here today if there was such a need. It is a fundamental need within the industry and ONVIF as an organization has achieved great momentum and has really been able to collaborate with traditional surveillance industry. Thanks to the profiles of ONVIF and standardization now users can use a well-defined set of functions. Before without standardization, different manufacturers should invest much time and money to achieve interoperability. All claimed that it was possible to benefit from interoperability, but only if he was willing to pay for its development. Now, thanks to ONVIF, the industry is much more open.
So I would say the advantages that ONVIF has brought to the industry have been numerous?
Definitely. In addition to meeting the need for interoperability, ONVIF has helped build consensus between manufacturers and has eased the burden for manufacturers involved continuous updating drivers for certain products. If we continue to work together on interoperability, areas that were previously patented will become more accessible and open. In the end, customers will have more options.
How do you see the future development of profiles and ONVIF ONVIF as a whole? Will it be more industry-oriented or end users?
ONVIF members are also technological innovators, so the technology itself within the industry becomes increasingly sophisticated. I think the methodology profiles ONVIF has taken is very intelligent. Change the specifications of a product can be a laborious process, but the development of a profile can be achieved relatively quickly. ONVIF is able to respond to market demands as they arise and is able to develop a profile to meet these demands using the underlying ONVIF to do so.
So you say that ONVIF is an excellent way for different industry sectors to collaborate and work jointly to find solutions?
Of course yes. I think that contributes to the standardization becomes increasingly important within the security industry. Because government organizations around the world increase their spending, interoperability between different vendors provides transparency, which is key when it comes to public expenditure. The recognition by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is excellent for ONVIF and a big step towards standardization in the sector.
Do ONVIF standards are geared toward end users?
The ONVIF standard has always been designed to make life easier for people who use the products. The accession of more companies want to work with ONVIF has occurred naturally because the ONVIF specifications have struck a chord on end users, who have begun requesting interoperability when specifying a new security system. Companies have realized that it is definitely a need within the industry.