ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products has announced the release of its first Client Test Tool, which tests clients for conformance to ONVIF’s Profile S, G, and C specifications. The new test tool specifications are now available to members on the ONVIF website within the Developers’ Forum.
ONVIF’s Client Test Tool allows hardware and software-based clients such as video management systems, building management systems, physical security information management (PSIM) systems to be tested for conformance to ONVIF profile specifications. It determines conformance to the mandatory requirements of Profiles S, G and C.
ONVIF has more than 500 members on six continents and more than 4000 conformant products. Since its inception in 2008, the organisation has seen its membership grow by 25-50% each year, with the number of conformant products increasing by 250% in the last three years alone.
Previously, manufacturers needed to claim that their client worked successfully with a minimum of three individual profile devices in order to obtain a Declaration of Conformance. The new test tool allows ONVIF to verify that the client has been tested with multiple devices and that the client meets conformance specifications.
“ONVIF’s Client Test Tool was created to answer the physical security community’s call for increased interoperability and accountability,” said Hugo Brisson, chair of ONVIF’s Client Testing Workgroup. “With this initial release of the Client Test Tool, this brings ONVIF one step closer to a transparent and integrated process to achieve ONVIF conformance.”
The Client Test Tool tests conformance to the mandatory requirements of Profiles S for video streaming and configuration, Profile G for recording searches and Profile C for door/access point control. The conditional specifications for each profile will be included in the Client Test Tool’s second release, currently scheduled for summer of 2015. New service releases will be introduced every six months to expand the test scope of the Client Test Tool and will address improvements in usability.
More information about ONVIF, including its members and conformant products, is available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org
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