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The ONVIF standard - network communication protocol


ONVIF - Open Network Video Interface Forum was founded in 2008 by: Axis, Sony and Bosch to establish compatibility between the network devices. Anyone who has ever tried to set up devices by different manufacturers must have encountered issues with compatibility between cameras and IP recorders. Global ONVIF standard to a certain degree standardizes the IP interface. Searching, adding and configuring network devices is not as demanding as it was several years ago when the manufacturers used their own interfaces, often incompatible with each other. Currently, ONVIF is an association of several hundred companies. The standard is supported by leading manufacturers in CCTV industry.


In 2012, ONVIF started to develop and introduce standard profiles. The profiles are used to improve compatibility of the devices. The same profile used on different devices guarantees compatibility.


S profile is used in the IP-based video systems. It defines video and audio streaming rules, PTZ and relay output control methods.


G profile is used for writing, searching and playing videos from the recorder on the client device.


C profile is used for integrating the system with access control. The profile allows remote access to information and system configuration.


In most cases, ONVIF allows easy installation of any cameras, however, before introducing new cameras and IP recorders into your offer, we thoroughly test them for compatibility. A list of compatible devices is included under each IP device description on our website.