Brian Sims

ONVIF agrees data ontology and metadata development plan with OSSA

ONVIF, THE open industry forum supporting standardised communications between IP-based physical security products, has formalised an agreement with the Open Security and Safety Alliance to take over the development of data ontology and metadata specifications. The initiative will continue under a new ONVIF Metadata Working Group.

The new ONVIF Metadata Working Group is firmly focused on developing standardised ways of richly describing the context in which objects of interest appear in captured video. This work enables the physical security industry to easily share and make use of data generated by analytics applications running on Internet of Things devices – cameras, for example – for security and analytical purposes.

“ONVIF is excited to build on this platform to ensure descriptive and detailed data that’s generated by ONVIF-conformant products can be used across surveillance systems and elsewhere,” commented Leo Levit, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “We encourage ONVIF full and contributing members and their registered affiliates alike to join the new Metadata Working Group and contribute to this initiative.”

ONVIF was established back in 2008 to develop a global open standard for IP-based physical security products. Membership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, system integrators, end users and other interested parties who wish to participate in ONVIF’s activities.

*For more information visit the ONVIF website at

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