Estimated Timetable for PSIA and ONVIF AdoptionBy John Honovich, Published Oct 20, 2009, 08:00pm EDT
With ASIS announcements demonstrating broad manufacturer commitment to IP camera specifications, the key questions now turn to timetable for actual production deployment and use in general commercial projects.
A number of points should be kept in mind that impact the timing for adoption:
- While a number of camera manufacturers are announcing support for one of the protocols, many of them are not planning to ship the PSIA/ONVIF firmware in commercial products until the first half of 2010. Such pre-announcements are common for product releases and should be factored in estimating general availability.
- Even on an announcement basis, most of the committed public support is coming from the camera manufacturers rather than the VMS providers. This is not to say the VMS providers will not support the specifications. However, it is likely that the timetable for general VMS support may be even later than the first half of 2010.
- Many manufacturers seem to be releasing support first for their new product releases. Axis has made this clear in their announcement. Discussions with other manufacturers confirm that others will take this approach. To the extent that older models do not support these specifications or are released later, general usability of these specifications in commercial deployments could be impacted.
- These limitations being noted, even manufacturers who have not publicly announced ONVIF/PSIA release have consistently told us privately that they are working on implementing support. As such, it is likely a matter of when, rather than if all major manufacturers offer support.
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