Just four years ago, IP camera standards were no more than a dream. All IP cameras were integrated with proprietary interfaces or using the simplest most basic connections. This added to the cost of using IP and blocked out many cameras from being used.
About two years ago, it became clear that ONVIF had beaten PSIA as the industry's choice for an IP camera 'standard'. Today, ONVIF has massive adoption while PSIA's video efforts have stalled. ONVIF lists over 1800 products from more than 100 manufacturers supporting their 'standard'.
Clearly, standards have evolved from a dream to an operational reality. It is very possible to use ONVIF to connect most of the IP video products around the world. However, how often is that really happening? How well is it working out?
In order to find out how these issues have really impacted ONVIF's usefulness in the eyes of integrators, and how often it is being used in production deployments, we asked the following question of integrators in our Spring 2012 survey:
A majority of integrators said they have never used ONVIF in a field deployment (57%) while almost a third said they have used it a few times yet only 7% use it regularly. However, it did seem that almost all integrators were familiar with ONVIF as only 6% selected the "I don't know what ONVIF is" option. We break down their reasons for using or not using ONVIF inside.