In this groundbreaking report, we share findings of in-depth ONVIF testing.
ONVIF Real World Integration
We tested 14 camera manufacturers with 5 VMSes, performing 70 total integrations.
The camera manufacturers included: ACTi, Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, DRS, Geovision, Hikvision, Honeywell, Pelco, Samsung, Sony, Wodsee (the super cheap Chinese offering).
The VMSes included: Exacq, Milestone, VideoInsight, Axxon and Wodsee. The first 2 are ONVIF Profile S conformant, the middle 2 are 1.x / archived products and the last is not officially conformant, just claims it in marketing. This provided a range of products / conformance to evaluate.
The testing checked (1) connectivity, (2) video streaming, (3) setting resolution, (4) setting frame rate and (5) enabling camera side motion detection.
ONVIF Test Tool
ONVIF has an official test tool that we accessed by paying $500 to become a member. This is the tool that each camera manufacturer uses to verify their conformance. We tested this with 15 cameras to determine how useful this tool is for verifying conformance and understanding problems.
ONVIF Device Manager
Finally, we tested the ONVIF Device Manager, an open source tool, to understand what value it offered and how it compared to the official ONVIF test tool.