ONVIF expands scope to include access control systems

ONVIF (The Open Network Video Interface Forum) announced this week that it’s expanding its scope to include access control systems.

According to a statement issued by the organization, the goal of their expanded scope is to create an interface standard for access control products to ensure their interoperability with network video products and access control systems.

The standards group noted several benefits for such a standard which include; increased flexibility for system integrators, enabling them to design integrated solutions based on best-of-breed products from different vendors; Better market penetration for manufacturers by providing future-proof devices with standard network interfaces; and, reduced integration costs and lower cost of ownership for end users.

"Since its foundation in 2008, ONVIF has taken major steps towards its goal to achieve global interoperability for network video devices," said Jonas Andersson, chairman of the ONVIF steering committee. "By extending the ONVIF scope to include access control systems, we now take a step further to facilitate the integration of IP-based security and safety devices using a global open standard."