Report: Majority of IP market made up of ONVIF, PSIA members

According to new report from UK-based IMS Research, nearly 66 percent of all work being done in the IP video surveillance market is being conducted by members of either the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) or the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA).

The new research also points out, however, that ONVIF members hold a greater percentage of the market with 40 percent, with the remaining 25 percent going to PSIA members. The difference is even greater when comparing the IP equipment market, with ONVIF members commanding nearly 60 percent of market revenues compared to just 20 percent for PSIA member organizations. According to the research firm, some 14 percent can be accounted for as overlap (companies in both bodies), thus some 66 percent of the IP video market revenues are held by companies in either ONVIF, PSIA or both.

IMS Research Analyst Alastair Hayfield attributes the disparity in market share between the two standards organizations to the strength of the market share of Axis, Bosch and Sony, ONVIF’s three founding members.

“The IP market share of the three founding members of ONVIF is far greater than the IP market share of the PSIA founding members. This may have attracted some vendors to ONVIF because of the perceived future market opportunities,” Hayfield said.

Though there is a disparity in the two organizations’ market share, Hayfield doesn’t necessarily believe there is a competition between two or that a merger between them help the cause of standards.

“Clearly, two standards are better than the multitude of protocols in place currently. However, I'm not sure you can say there is a competition between these bodies because companies can be a member of each group,” he said. “A unified approach might make things simpler, but perhaps there is an argument to say that some differences might stimulate a 'best-of-breed' standard.”

Though the first ONVIF/PSIA compliant devices are scheduled to be released this year, video management system providers will still need to create and offer software drivers for legacy surveillance equipment.

“Multiple device integration will be needed for some time to come. Furthermore, as I understand it, the ONVIF/PSIA protocol development will initially allow device discovery and the viewing of video; more advanced camera features will not be supported. I believe the plan is to add these features into the standards, but until this happens I would guess the VMS guys would still need to offer integration to support these features,” Hayfield added.

Already making up more than 60 percent of the IP market, it’s clear that there is a demand for standards in the network video space and membership in these organizations is only expected to rise. In fact, according to the IMS report, 11 of the top 15 CCTV vendors have already joined one of the two standards groups.