ONVIF announces final release of Profile C for physical access control

ONVIF this week announced the final release of Profile C, which brings the functionality of its interface specification into the physical access control space. Through Profile C, systems integrators, specifiers and consultants are able to achieve interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control systems (PACS) and network-based video systems. With this final release, including the availability of the Profile C Test Tool, manufacturers are now able to introduce Profile C conformant products to the market.

Profile C will help improve compatibility between access control edge devices and clients, as well as simplify installation and reduce training time due to the reduced need for multiple proprietary monitoring systems to handle different PACS devices.

“Extending the ONVIF interface into other areas of physical security emphasizes ONVIF’s recognition that systems designers need a consistent interface to enable seamless integration within their security systems,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “With the release of Profile C for access control, integrators and specifiers can be confident that products bearing the Profile C mark will work together, ultimately enabling a better physical access control solution or integrated access and video system for their clients.”

In addition to Profile C for PACS, ONVIF offers Profile S as the interface to stream video and audio between conformant devices and clients, and Release Candidate Profile G, which will encompass video storage, searching, retrieval and playback. Profile C can also be combined with Profile S so that users can group related access and video devices, sharing the same device management features such as network configuration and system settings. There are approximately 2,500 products conforming to Profile S in the market from nearly 500 ONVIF member companies.