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ONVIF Compliance

The surveillance industry has created an open standard protocol called ONVIF.  By definition it is a standard for physical security equipment, which is open to anyone and ensures interoperability regardless of manufacturer.  Initially focused on video, ONVIF is being extended to other areas of physical security including Access Control. ONVIF standards vary by version, which dictate feature compatibility and system integration.

It is important to note that not all cameras manufactured are ONVIF compatible. ONVIF is a relatively new standard. Some manufacturers may have produced equipment before the ONVIF standard was introduced, therefore some cameras may not be complaint. As an example, a non- ONVIF compliant camera may only provide basic video connectivity and viewing but lack the ability for more advanced features, such as motion detection.

ONVIF Profiles

Profile S:

  • IP-based video systems
  • Video & audio streaming
  • Pan-tilt-zoom control & relay output
  • Video configuration & multicast

 Profile C:

  • IP-based access control
  • Site info & configuration
  • Door access control
  • Event & alarm management

Profile G:

  • Edge storage and retrieval
  • Video & audio streaming
  • Configure, request and control recording from conformant devices
  • Receive audio & metadata stream
ONVIF Profile S Versions

ONVIF Profile S continues to evolve along with the industry. Make sure the feature you desire (such as motion recording or video analytics) is supported by all the products, regardless of manufacturer. The simplified ONVIF compliance table below shows features supported by the various versions.

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