What is ONVIF? And why is it so Difficult to Implement?


ONVIF is an acronym for Open Network Video Interface Forum. ONVIF was founded in 2008 by a collaborative effort between Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems, and Sony Corporation. It is a standardized protocol for different network devices to transmit data to one another, ensuring compatibility between IP-based security products.

Why does ONVIF matter?

Any device which conforms to the ONVIF specification will be able to send and receive data to any other ONVIF conforming device. This is important because it allows system integrators to add additional security devices to an existing system without having to worry about incompatibility. It also allows integrators and end-users to mix and match devices from different vendors to create a customized solution. As an example, if a client is interested in adding our Uniview Starlight Series cameras to their existing security system, they should have no issues as long as their NVR supports the ONVIF standard.

How can I tell if a product is ONVIF conformant?

The only way to verify that a product has been declared to be ONVIF conformant (by ONVIF) is via the ONVIF conformant products page. Products that have been verified to be ONVIF conformant via the ONVIF conformance process are able to utilize the appropriate Profile mark on that product. Please note that some optional features may not work while using ONVIF, such as smart tracking, advanced analytics, or other special features. ONVIF ensures that mandatory features such as video data are able to be transmitted between devices.

Are the cameras you sell ONVIF conformant?

Yes, all the surveillance cameras we have available are ONVIF conformant! Our NVRs and DVRs are also ONVIF conformant. You can integrate our cameras with your existing video security system if your current system is also conformant with the ONVIF protocol. Typically most systems made within the last 2-3 years will work with ONVIF, but you may want to double check on the ONVIF website. Please contact GS Global Security if you are not sure, we will try our best to find out if our products will work with your security system.

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