Australian Standards EL-051 sub-committee chairman Vlado Damjanovski has reported that the draft of the 62676-5 international IP Camera standard is now in the final stages of commenting and should be finalised by the end of 2016. Once finalised, it will be adopted as an Australian Standard.

“All voting countries at the IEC standards will now have the opportunity to comment on the 62676-5 draft which we hope to be finalised by the end of this year,” Damjanovski said. “In the past, Australia was an observing member of the IEC TC-79 committee and not entitled to comment. But after a lot of work we were ratified as a participating member around 2 years ago.

“This membership allows us to not only adopt the IEC standards more easily and quickly, but to influence the standard with our own experience and findings. Once the 62676-5 is accepted by the IEC, it becomes an international IP Camera standard 62676-5 and at this point, Standards Australia will adopt it as our own IP camera standard.”

According to Damjanovski, Standards Australia is currently going through the parallel process of adopting the already-voted IEC standards for IP CCTV, referenced as 62676-1, 2, 3, and 4 in order to be in a position to adopt the new standard when it’s ratified.

“The overall process for Standards Australia is that after initiating the adaptation process, it will eventually go through public comments by the industry, and hopefully after that, it will be accepted as a formal standard. This means Australia may soon have the IP CCTV standards we have been missing up until now.”

The draft 62676-5 IP Camera standard was developed by many international experts in their capacity as members of the International Electrotechnical Commission TC-79 Workgroup 12 based on the existing 62676-1 standard. The current IEC 62676-1 standard, which provides the framework for the draft standard, cover the following areas:

– 62676-1-1
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 1-1: System requirements – General

– 62676-1-2
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 1-2: System requirements – Performance requirements for video transmission

– 62676-2-1
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 2-1: Video transmission protocols – General requirements

– 62676-2-2
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 2-2: Video transmission protocols – IP interoperability implementation based on HTTP and REST services

– 62676-2-3
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 2-3: Video transmission protocols – IP interoperability implementation based on Web services

– 62676-3
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 3: Analog and digital video interfaces

– 62676-4
Video surveillance systems for use in security applications –
Part 4: Application guidelines.

Damjanovski is chairman of the Australian Standards CCTV sub-committee, as well as Australian representative at the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission). Damjanovski and other members of the Standards Australia committee EL-051, including chairman of the Standards Australia committee EL-051, Les Simmonds of independent consultancy, Les Simmonds and Associates, Ryan Talbot from Canon Australia, and John Fleming from ASIAL, have all been involved in the process of establishing IP camera standards in Australia for many years. Ratification of this IP camera standard has involved many late night international teleconferences conducted with workgroup WG12 (IEC TC-79 WG12).♦

By John Adams