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ONVIF: Global Standards Group IEC Adopts Specification for New Access Control Standard



San Ramon, Calif — April 25, 2016 — ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced that its newest access control specification has been adopted by the global standards group International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as its new standard for electronic access control systems. That positions the ONVIF specification as the global access-control standard in countries, projects, and industries all over the world. 

The IEC is playing a significant role in the continued development of the Internet of Things by establishing interoperability between electronic devices. Its inclusion of the ONVIF specification marks the second time ONVIF specifications have become IEC global standards, paving the way for further international adoption of ONVIF as part of security projects. 

“The IEC’s adoption of the ONVIF specification for access control is a real validation of ONVIF’s strength and scope,” said Per Björkdahl, steering committee chair, ONVIF. “It also reflects multi-industry, multi-discipline collaboration for increased interoperability, whose importance is growing every day.” 

The IEC 60839-11 System and components requirements standard for Alarm and Electronic Security Systems will adopt the specification that ONVIF developed for Access Control monitoring, based on Web services. Slated for release in late April, IEC 60839-11 specifies minimum functionality, performance, and testing methods for electronic access control systems and components used for physical access. The standard applies to electronic access control systems and components that are used in security applications for the granting of access and includes requirements for logging, identification, and control of information. 

ONVIF specifications were previously included in the 2014 release of the IEC 62676 standard for Video Surveillance Systems, the first international standard for video surveillance systems to be established. The ONVIF specification for video, which is based on Web Services, is referenced in IEC 62676 Part 2-3, which defines video transmission protocols for communication between network video clients and video transmitter devices. In addition to the IEC’s recent adoptions of ONVIF specifications, ONVIF plans to continue to support and collaborate with the IEC in developing future standards.

The IEC is one of three global sister organizations (IEC, ISO, ITU) that develop international standards for the world and is the leading organization for the preparation and publication of international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. All IEC International Standards are established based on consensus and represent the needs of key stakeholders of every nation participating in IEC work. 

Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of nearly 500 member companies in six continents and more than 5,500 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control and the Release Candidates Profile A for access control configuration, and Profile Q, for improved out-of-the-box functionality, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions that ONVIF conformant products can provide. 

For more information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, visit


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