published: November 17, 2017
Earlier this month Travis Gredley, Product Manager for Integrations at Avigilon, sat down with ONVIF, to discuss the importance of being a member of ONVIF. ONVIF’s mission is to provide and promote a global standard for effective integration of IP-based security products. As pioneers in HD surveillance, Avigilon recognized early on that being an ONVIF member would be an integral part of offering our customers the ability to integrate third party IP cameras, in order to support an open platform for integration. Below is Travis’s full interview, which can also be found in ONVIF’s November Newsletter.
What does Avigilon do? Avigilon provides trusted security solutions to the global market. We design, develop, and manufacture video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions, which can work with a wide range of 3rd party systems.
How long has Avigilon been in the physical security market? Avigilon has been in the physical security market since the first commercial launch in 2004.
Why did you join ONVIF and how long has your company been a member of ONVIF? In 2009, we adopted the ONVIF API because of its ability to facilitate a transition from analog to IP to high definition (HD) surveillance. As pioneers in HD surveillance, we recognized early on that ONVIF would be a key driver of the industry. Providing an open interface was both powerful and would enable Avigilon to continue supporting our open platform for integration.
Is your company involved in any particular working groups? We are currently interested in both the Use Case and Profile T working groups because we aim to continue increasing the support we offer to our growing customer base. In particular, the Profile T working group is addressing some market needs that have significantly grown in importance since the release of Profile S, and we’re committed to upgrading our standard interface to be Profile T compliant.
What does it mean to you to be member of ONVIF and what kinds of benefits have you seen as a result? Since 2009 we have utilized the ONVIF protocol as our standard API within our VMS offering and, with limited exceptions, in all of our camera offerings. We believe this is a strong example of our commitment to the advancement of the standards ONVIF has put in place. Moreover, for our customers this provides them with a consistently open Avigilon solution that simplifies integration. As a result, the Avigilon solution supports a broad range of ONVIF compliant 3rd party cameras and VMS applications. And with this integration, we can build systems that both support legacy systems that our customers have already invested in, while also allowing them to migrate over to new platforms as they scale.
Are there any specific benefits it brings to your business? Avigilon’s ONVIF membership has helped us continue to be at the forefront of developing solutions that provide tremendous value to our partners and customers. Our industry is at the verge of further advancement in artificial intelligence technologies and IoT, which require connected systems. Standards such as ONVIF will continue to play an important role for this advancement and growth.
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