What does the ONVIF protocol mean?

What is ONVIF?

In IP not all cameras and video recorders are compatible with each other, which is a conflict between products of different brands, for this the ONVIF committee created a communication standard between devices from all manufacturers. Here we explain what the ONVIF protocol is and what it means.

The ONVIF protocol (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is a communication standard based on the IETF and Web Services models, for connection between physical security products based on IP, such as video surveillance cameras and video management platforms.

What is it for?

The main objective is facilitate the integration of different brands of video equipment, standardizing the communication between them, being able to connect the devices in a simple and almost automatic way. ONVIF in cameras means that the user has the possibility to select network video products from different manufacturers with the security of being able to connect them between them and thus completely cover their needs.

In the same way, the ONVIF standard means that the user ensures that he is not subject to proprietary solutions based on technology from an individual manufacturer as it is open to all companies and organizations.

ONVIF was created in 2008 and is backed by several of the world's largest manufacturers of IP video products. Currently, it is present in most IP cameras, thus marking the direction of the market and expanding the list of cameras and video servers compatible with the standard. If you still have doubts about what the ONVIF protocol is, do not hesitate to contact us.

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