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This year many cameras and systems were demonstrated to be “talking ONVIF.” I expect next year’s suite to include demonstrations of how simple and easy it is to deploy the products, and to replace one product brand with another as a demonstration of true interoperability.

The PSIA suite contained companies that formerly would not be expected to work together: Honeywell, UTC Fire & Security and Tyco. Along with Hikvision, Arecont Vision, IQinVision and ObjectVideo, the demonstrations achieved interaction between access control, intrusion detection, cameras and video systems all using the same communications driver. The individual demonstrations were significant because the product interactions provided advanced functionality that formerly would have required extensive (and expensive) integration work across brands.

Next year we should see demonstration stations providing a low-level technical view into the “single driver” approach. This is needed to provide the kind of technical insight that designers, specifiers, support personnel and integrators require to be confident about the inner workings.

Look for more evidence of these trends at the September ASIS 2011 annual conference in Orlando.

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