Forum planned to help develop interface for network video products


Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation are initiating a forum aimed at developing a standard for the interface of network video products. Development of such a regularity will help media firms to aim for their target audience with a focused approach and standardise their mass communication plans.

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 comprise interfaces for specifications such as video streaming, device discovery, intelligence metadata and the like.

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 to product interoperability. A unified open standard will also 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 initiative demonstrates the strong commitment of Axis, Bosch and Sony to support the ongoing shift from analog to digital surveillance in the security market.

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

"We are very pleased to announce this co-operation among our companies," said Ray Mauritsson, President of Axis Communications. "An open standard will make it even easier for integrators and end-users to benefit from the many possibilities offered by IP-based video surveillance technology."

"This deal represents a great leap forward in establishing a global open forum focusing on network video surveillance," says Gert van Iperen, executive vice-president at Bosch. "For manufacturers of network video hardware and software, the forum and its standard will be an efficient way to ensure product interoperability."

"We entered this discussion based on our common belief that an open standard will provide great benefits for users and everyone involved in the security industry," says Yoshinori Onoue, SVP, corporate executive, Sony Corporation. "Representatives from Axis, Bosch and Sony are working to develop a framework."