PSIA ratifies API spec for IP security devices

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) announced this morning that it has ratified the version 1.0 of its IP Media Device API specification. The specification -- which is designed to offer interaction standards for IP-enable security devices like cameras, recorders and even access control -- can be accessed at The group simultaneously announced that it would be holding a developers meeting at the ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The new specification was part of an interoperability effort that has involved networking companies, video management firms, camera companies, recorder manufacturers, integrators and video content analytics companies.

"The ratification of this 1.0 specification demonstrates how eager companies are to work together to create open standards for the physical security industry," said Rob Hile, chairman of the PSIA and vice president of business development for systems integrator Adesta. "In one year since the PSIA began, nearly 40 companies have joined the organization to participate in the process of advancing the IP Media Device API specification. Meeting this important milestone is even more noteworthy because of the significant support and collaboration of various industry vendors."

The developers meeting which PSIA announced will be held on March 31, 2009, at 1 p.m., the day before the ISC West tradeshow floor opens. It will be held at the Venetian Hotel (adjacent to the Sands Expo center where the ISC West event occurs). The group said the meeting will discussing the "road map" from PSIA working groups such as IP video, analytics, recording and content management and area control. The meeting will also see presentation on the implementation of the IP Media Device API spec announced today; that presentation will be conducted by Ian Johnston, the vice president of engineering and CTO at surveillance camera company IQinVision. The meeting will also see Frank Yeh from IBM Global Technology Services discuss the overall PSIA interoperability model.

According to Danny Petkevich, the video surveillance and imaging business manager at Texas Instruments, the work that PSIA can offset the problems that lack of device standards has placed on the industry in terms of interoperability.

"The lack of standardization has been one of the key barriers to the diffusion of IP network cameras to date," said Petkevich. "We see the PSIA 1.0 specification as a way to enable simpler installation, similar to that of analog cameras today, but with the feature richness provided by IP cameras."

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