HDcctv Alliance Ratifies Compliance Certification Process To Enable Video Surveillance Products to Display HDcctv Logo

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Certificate of compliance ensures interoperability per version 1.0 of the HDcctv standard, and allows HDcctv Alliance members to display the HDcctv Logo on cameras, DVRs and other HDcctv products.

HDcctv Logo: Look for this logo on HDcctv Alliance products

With HDcctv, there is no need to extend the LAN all the way out to the camera mounting location: Simply replace the camera, connect the encoder near the DVR, and megapixel IP video is streaming on the LAN

The HDcctv Alliance™, the global security industry consortium established to manage and promulgate technical standards for HDcctv equipment interoperability, announced today that it has ratified the HDcctv compliance certification program. The certification program consists of a suite of standards documents that describe the requirements, methodology, compliance test process and test specifications that HDcctv product manufacturers must follow to apply for a certificate of compliance. Obtaining a certificate of compliance qualifies an HDcctv product to bear the unique HDcctv logo indicating interoperability per version 1.0 of the HDcctv standard. Compliant products are included in the Compliant Products List maintained by the Alliance on its website (http://www.highdefcctv.org/). HDcctv-compliant cameras, DVRs, IP streamers, monitors, and other products are expected to be added to the Compliant Products List in Q4 2010.

“The delivery of the HDcctv Alliance Compliance Test program is a major milestone for the industry. In little over a year, the HDcctv Alliance has developed a comprehensive standard that provides an easy to use and install, all-digital, high-resolution, high-definition video interface to the CCTV industry. The addition of a practical method to prove compliance to this standard ensures that any interconnected HDcctv-compliant products are guaranteed to interoperate,” explained John Hudson, HDcctv Alliance Technical committee Chair.

“HDcctv cameras replace analog cameras as easy resolution upgrades for CCTV systems. Meanwhile HDcctv cameras, coupled with single-channel IP encoders, are an alternative to megapixel IP cameras: the HDcctv solution allows nearly any CCTV camera location to be converted easily to provide a megapixel IP video feed,” added Todd Rockoff, HDcctv Alliance executive director. “With HDcctv, there is no need to extend the LAN all the way out to the camera mounting location: Simply replace the camera, connect the encoder near the DVR, and megapixel IP video is streaming on the LAN”, Dr. Rockoff elaborated.

“As a result of these expected advantages of HDcctv cameras, anticipation has been building in the end market for HDcctv-compliant products: People want to know when they can get them. With the finalization of the compliance certification process and the establishment of the first of many planned independent HDcctv Compliance Test facilities, there is now a practical way for Alliance members to certify their products and display the HDcctv logo as a guarantee of interoperability” concluded Dr. Rockoff.

The version 1.1 HDcctv compliance certification standard specifies procedures, tools and criteria for testing the compliance of devices to the physical and electrical requirements of the version 1.0 HDcctv specification. Each individual test is designed to guarantee compliance with one or more of the v1.0 requirements; taken together, the tests ensure that the candidate product complies with the v1.0 HDcctv standard and ensures interoperability with other HDcctv-compliant products.

The compliance certification standard is an integral part of the HDcctv trademarks licensing program. The program is designed to ensure a specific level of interoperability such that end customers’ interoperability expectations are met by all equipment bearing the unique HDcctv logo. All HDcctv products bearing this logo have demonstrated compliance to the v1.0 HDcctv specification, which assures that the end buyer can successfully mix-and-match HDcctv products from diverse manufacturers.

By delivering all-digital high-resolution video, HDcctv cameras are an alternative to CCTV cameras, whose resolution is limited, and to megapixel IP video cameras, whose adoption has been impeded by issues of cost, complexity, and image degradation due to compression prior to transmission over IP networks. The HDcctv standard enables HDcctv cameras to seamlessly interoperate with HDcctv DVRs, HDcctv IP streamers, HDcctv monitors, and other types of HDcctv products. The HDcctv interface delivers the highest possible signal integrity, without any perceivable latency or image artifacts from transmission-related compression or transmission packet loss.

The HDcctv Alliance has partnered with SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) to leverage the HD-SDI (High Definition Serial Digital Interface) broadcast television standard as the basis for the HDcctv Specification. The HDcctv standard is planned to include a variety of enhancements to HD-SDI that are vital to surveillance, including bi-directional audio and data, up-the-cable power, and Long Reach Mode for 300m transmission over conventional RG-59 cable.    

The Alliance is growing rapidly, drawing its international membership from diverse sectors of the security industry, from component, OEM and branded equipment manufacturers, to security sales, support and system installers. Alliance members benefit from access to the complete specification, participation in the standard creation process, and certification of compliant products. Marketing benefits include access to the HDcctv logo as a product brand signifying interoperability, as well as promotions to increase members’ international visibility. Information about the Alliance is available at http://www.highdefcctv.org, and membership registration information can be obtained by emailing membership@highdefcctv.org.

To learn more about HDcctv, watch videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee1Iq8mBCYg

Follow the Alliance at HDcctvAlliance on Twitter and join the LinkedIn HDcctv Alliance group for discussions and news.

About HDcctv Alliance

HDcctv Alliance is the non-profit, global consortium that develops and promulgates the global industry specification for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). The original HDcctv specification is derived from broadcast industry standards for serialized transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. However, HDcctv is being developed to provide for transmission of digital video over various media (including optical fiber and CatX), and the HDcctv standard optimizes the camera interface for video surveillance requirements. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv technology, and it provides education to the security industry and end market. The Alliance compliance program facilitates the development of high-quality, readily interoperable HDcctv products. Products that have earned a certificate to display the HDcctv logo are advertised as having done so by the Alliance. Detailed information about the HDcctv specification is available to Alliance members. Further information is available by visiting the HDcctv Alliance website at http://www.highdefcctv.org.

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