SIA, ONVIF to Collaborate on Physical Security IP-Based Standards

Security Industry Association (SIA)

The two organizations sign a memorandum of understanding to help both parties move toward their organizational goals of delivering open IP-based standards, specifications and interfaces.

Silver Spring, Md. — The Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association for electronic physical security, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ONVIF, a prominent global Internet Protocol (IP) security interoperability consortium.

The memorandum outlines a collaboration and information-sharing agreement between SIA Standards and ONVIF that is intended to help both parties move toward their organizational goals of delivering open IP-based standards, specifications and interfaces that meet the business needs of the electronic physical security industry.

The agreement comes at a time when ONVIF has released its ONVIF Profile C, which enables interoperability between physical access control systems and other network-based security management systems and SIA is beginning work on expanding its Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) peripheral to panel specification to include a networked version using Internet Protocols.

“We are extremely pleased to work with ONVIF in the near and long term,” said SIA Access Control and Identity Subcommittee Co-Chair Perry Levine (Siemens). “The work in this area by SIA and ONVIF are quite complementary and both projects have reached a point where input from the other organization would be valuable for success.”

SIA and ONVIF hope that through sharing of information, the organizations can mutually promote the activities of the other party in industry forums and events, promoting interoperability and harmonization of IP security standards to a wider audience than they can alone.

Said SIA Standards Chairman Steve Van Till (Brivo Systems), “It’s exciting that the technical interoperability paths that these organizations have set forth on in their respective roadmaps have come to an intersection. Cooperation and collaboration of these two standards organizations at the working group level should help bring clarity to the standards landscape for physical access control systems.”

SIA and ONVIF are planning a coordination meeting, to be held in the near future, to initiate action on the working agreements of the MOU.

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 500 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities, and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.


ONVIF (, a nonprofit organization, is an open industry forum promoting and developing global standards for interfaces of IP-based physical security products. The work in ONVIF is driven and carried out by its members in various committees and working groups.