With new leaders in place, PSIA focuses on adoption of specifications

Chairman doesn't rule out collaboration with ONVIF, but says current focus is market education


"One of the things the market needs right now is education," Lien said. "We're going to push more programs to educate people about standards and PSIA standards and why they're important. There are specific benefits for integrators, specifiers and manufacturers that are all slightly different. We need to show those good concrete benefits if we are going to see adoption."

The benefits of the PSIA specification are already there, said Honeywell's Marine Drive, the new vice chairman at PSIA. He says the specs are "lightweight and secured", and says the specification was designed to work with small-footprint intrusion systems as well as more powerful devices like cameras and head-end systems. He adds that manufacturers' product architects are likely to find favor in PSIA's specifications because it is not a "glue" of different protocols.

"PSIA specs were derived clearly from system use cases to create value for the end-users and reduce installation costs for the systems integrators – in comparison to being a mere protocol compatibility specification. … PSIA specifications adopt a platforms approach through common metadata, event and security models that form a common base for all its specifications."

That "platform" approach, added Drive, "makes adoption [by product manufacturers] simpler, accelerated and with less overall investment in comparison to a non-platform appoach."

As to the competition from ONVIF, as that organization widens its focus beyond camera-to-recorder interfaces, Lien said that its not out of the question that there might someday be collaboration among the organizations, which already share some key members. Lien said that its unreasonable to expect that to happen overnight, however.

"As a company in the industry, it would be great to get a single standard, but the two organizations have separate focuses. … There is definitely a potential for the different standards bodies to work together. Only time will tell."