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The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) is a group founded in 2008 with the goal of creating and facilitating the interoperability of Internet protocol (IP)-based security devices such as security cameras.

What is ONVIF?

The security technology ecosystem is vast. There are many tools available to reduce security risks, and they all need to be interoperable to maximize their security value. If each company used proprietary software, then customers would be stuck only using hardware from one company.

The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) saw the problems with this system in 2008 and set out to create a single set of protocols for all Internet protocol (IP)-based security devices. They now maintain a single interface for IP-based security devices.

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Why is ONVIF important?

Without ONVIF, there might not be any modern security systems. That might sound like an exaggeration, but so much of modern security technology comes from combining two or more different streams of data in ways that produce business insights that could not be gained by any one data source.

For example, Solink can integrate with your point of sale (POS) and security cameras so you can search for specific types of transactions and then see video of those transactions. Without the ability to integrate different pieces of equipment and extract the data, you would need to go through your POS data, find the timestamps of all the transactions of interest, and then scan hours of video footage to watch them occur.

Here’s a list of all the different cameras Solink can work with, thanks to the ONVIF system.

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