Industry Standards

At Milestone, we recognize that interoperability of equipment has enormous value for the end customer and we have designed our open platform software products with this in mind. Milestone supports standards development as a way to move the industry forward and deliver on its promise that a true IP video open platform will provide freedom of choice.

The ONVIF and PSIA standards represent a giant step forward for the security industry as they help IP video products work seamlessly together. Milestone is proud to be among the first VMS vendors to support these standards.

Milestone participates in the following standardization organizations:



ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard for the interface of network video products. ONVIF is committed to the adoption of network video in the security market. The ONVIF specification will ensure interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. The cornerstones of ONVIF are:

  • Standardization of communication between network video devices 
  • Interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer 
  • Open to all companies and organizations

The ONVIF specification defines a common protocol for the exchange of information between network video devices including automatic device discovery, video streaming and intelligence metadata.


PSIA (The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) is a global consortium of nearly 50 physical security manufacturers and systems integrators focused on promoting interoperability of IP-enabled security devices across all segments of the security industry. 

PSIA’s objective is to develop standards relevant to networked physical security technology. Under the direction of its Board of Directors, PSIA promotes and develops open standards relevant to networked physical security technology across all segments including video, access control, analytics and software.


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