ONVIF reports it is implementing open source for its network interface specifications for physical security technology.

According to ONVIF, the shift will streamline administrative and collaborative processes while leveraging the collective ingenuity of the global developer community. ONVIF interoperability specifications are already publicly available as open standards and are widely used as common communication interfaces between devices and software clients, such as IP surveillance cameras, video management software (VMS) and physical access control systems from different manufacturers.

The use of GitHub, an online open source development platform, will allow for easier contribution and collaboration on ONVIF specifications by applying state-of-the-art software development tools to specification engineering, according to ONVIF. This will enable software engineers and developers from security, IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), Cloud services and other industries to contribute new ideas and proposals, spurring greater feature interoperability and new interface specifications that will help ONVIF continue to contribute to these industries.

Other important aspects of the organization, such as the development of ONVIF profiles and test tools, the conformant product submission process, the activities of the ONVIF committees and working groups, and membership and governance structure remain unchanged.

The source files of ONVIF specification-related documents, including schema files, which describe the XML framework of specific ONVIF features and functions, will be available on GitHub. The ONVIF technical committee will continue to govern the integration of new technical proposals and, once approved according to the ONVIF Rules of Membership, these will be published on the organization’s website. All contributors are required to sign a contributor license agreement, and any changes that are ultimately accepted by the technical committee will be licensed to ONVIF.