The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance Unveils Video Analytics Specification

Santa Clara, Calif. – September 30, 2010 – The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (, a global consortium of physical security providers focused on promoting the interoperability of IP-enabled devices, has released its Video
Analytics 1.0 specification.

The Video Analytics specification, based in part on ObjectVideo’s OV Ready protocol, enables video analytics to more easily and consistently
integrate with video management systems and physical security software
platforms through standard interfaces. The document, developed by the
PSIA Video Analytics Working Group, recently moved through a public
comment period prior to being finalized. A wide range of comments and
suggestions were posted during the public comment period, which were
used to further refine the document.

“The PSIA Video Analytics specification will enable a faster and more widespread adoption of video analytics,” said Bob Cutting, Vice
President of Product Management, ObjectVideo, and Chairman of the PSIA
Video Analytics Working Group. “This provides users with freedom of
choice as it enables video analytics of all types and brands to
communicate with existing infrastructure.”

The specification — crafted through collaborative input from multiple analytic, IP camera, VMS and platform vendors that participate in the
Video Analytics Working Group — defines a standard way to share video
analytics capabilities supported by an intelligent device and output,
receive, store and use various video analytic events. The open
interface addresses event output including security alerts, counting
events and analytics system health messages. The interface also
supports the streaming of object metadata output, which includes
foundational analytic output regarding all objects tracked by the
analytics, including object classification, bounding box data and

“The Video Analytics specification is the culmination of input from numerous industry-leading technology providers,” said Tomas Brodsky, Technology
Integration Leader, Honeywell Security Group. “This collaborative
approach to standards development enables us to develop specifications
that best represent the needs of the industry and greatly simplify
integration of analytics into customer’s systems.”

The PSIA Video Analytics specification will be on display at the PSIA Interoperability Reception at the ASIS International 56th Annual
Seminar & Exhibits on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This networking event, which will be held in Room A122 at the Dallas
Convention Center, is an opportunity for all industry stakeholders to
witness the benefits of the PSIA systems-based approach to
interoperability. Arecont Vision, Milestone and Synectics are the
sponsors of this year’s event.

The Video Analytics specification is now available on PSIA’s Web site (

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