Since its foundation in 2008, the ONVIF organisation continued to grow as the need of interoperability between IP devices has constantly increased. Over the years, seven different ONVIF Profiles - A, C, D, G, M, S, & T- were created to standardise interface between IP-based physical security products in different categories such as video streaming, access control, meta data, edge storage and retrieving devices etc. The organisation now counts over 20,000 conformant products and our REDSCAN Pro LiDAR series are a recent addition to the list.

With the increase of OPTEX IP detection sensors being implemented in complex network security systems, it was important for us to look at using standard communication protocols rather than proprietary. ONVIF compliance makes the integration of our LiDARs with a security system far easier, and gives more flexibility to the customer as it means they are not locked in a specific system.

What is ONVIF Profile S

ONVIF Profile S specifies a set of IP video streaming features that must be supported by a conformant device. The inclusion of the assistance camera in the REDSCAN Pro LiDARs opened up the potential for OPTEX to utilise this open standard – not only for streaming the video, but also for alarm transmission. The added bonus being that the 180-degree assistance camera utilised to enhance the setup procedure, can also be streamed directly back to the Video Management System (VMS) for maintenance checks, ease of setup, and even as a way of verifying genuine or nuisance alarms.

How are the REDSCAN PRO alarm events passed on?

The REDSCAN Pro alarms are configured in the sensor unit prior to connecting to the VMS. There are six ONVIF digital inputs available to us, and any of the RLS-Pro alarms events can be configured to each of these inputs – alarm zones, trouble events, tamper, device monitoring – in any combination. Please note that some VMS platforms may not support as many as six ONVIF inputs on their side.

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How is the camera module managed?

The video stream will be discovered as part of the ONVIF discovery process – just like with any other ONVIF-compliant video camera and can be used for set up and event analysis.

How are users managed?

Within the REDSCAN Pro, multiple ONVIF user profiles can be configured, to enable the three main ONVIF roles – Administrator, Operator and User. These user profiles are entirely independent from the REDSCAN user profiles, allowing for full flexibility in configuration.

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Which VMS platforms are integrated so far?

Currently our REDSCAN Pro LiDARs are integrated with Genetec Security Center, Milestone XProtect, and Panasonic Insight, with many more in the pipeline. Please check our integration page for more information

How can REDSCAN Pro be integrated using ONVIF protocol?

Integration via ONVIF is simplified for VMS and PSIM providers, with a simple SDK containing all the required information available from the OPTEX Technical team, please contact your local OPTEX support team for details.