ONVIF is an organization which started in 2008 by Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony. ONVIF or ” Open Network Video Interface Forum ” is an open and global industry forum with the goal to facilitate the development and use of a global open standard for the interface of physical IP-based security products. This creates a standard for how IP products within video surveillance and other physical security areas can communicate with each other.
It was officially incorporated as a non-profit, corporation on November 25, 2008. ONVIF membership is open to manufacturers, consultants, system integrators, software developers, end-users and other interest groups that wish to participate in the activities of ONVIF. The main aim for ONVIF is to achieve interoperability between network video products regardless of the manufacturer.
An Open Standard
Interoperability – products from various manufacturers can be used in the same systems and “speak the same language”.
Flexibility – end-users and integrators are not locked within proprietary solutions based on technology choices of individual manufacturers.
Future-proof – standards ensure that there are interoperable products on the market, no matter what happens to individual companies.
Quality – when a product conforms to a standard, the market knows what to expect from that product.
Reduced total cost of ownership. Interoperable products result in less integration costs, and enable end-users to choose the most suitable combination of IP-based physical security products for their specific needs, regardless of vendor.