ONVIF creates 'Observer' membership level

ONVIF on Thursday announced that it is adding a new membership level within the standards organization dubbed “Observer.”

According to a statement, this membership level is open to security consultants, systems architects and engineers, as well as members of the media, and is intended to provide these individuals with an opportunity to access Network Interface Specification test tools to be able to independently test products to evaluate their conformance with ONVIF profiles.

“We recognize the importance of making ONVIF as inclusive as possible to those wishing to participate in the conformance verification process,” said Per Bjorkdahl, Chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “Through the addition of this fourth membership level, we are granting more individuals access to ONVIF’s test tools and empowering them to independently authenticate Profile conformance on products they wish to present to their clients or readers.”

ONVIF currently has three other membership levels to accommodate individual levels of participation: user member, contributing member and full member. Full and contributing members can actively influence the development of the standard by participating in the work of the forum. The user member level is open to organizations who wish only to use the network interface specification and have access to specification proposals.

There are more than 2,700 ONVIF-conformant products on the market covering Profile S for video and audio streaming, and the recent release of Profile C for physical access control enables manufacturers to claim conformance for Profile C conformant products.