On November 7, the HDcctv Alliance announced a new global, open standard that will allow HD analogue video over coaxial cable. The new standard is based on HDCVI technology from Dahua, and it will aim to ensure that any certified HDCVI product will work with any other HDCVI certified product. Users will have complete freedom of choice to choose the security equipment that fits their needs best, without regard to brand — it will all work together.
HDCVI was originally developed by Dahua, which also owns the patents. Now Dahua has taken what was once their proprietary technology and developed it into an open, global standard. Any manufacturer, including Dahua competitors, can now implement HDCVI in their products and give their clients the benefits of analogue HD video. Plus, manufacturers who partner with the HDcctv Alliance will be able to collaborate on HDCVI 2.0 implementation, which will help secure faster and wider acceptance by the market.
HDCVI technology has already been recognized as something of a global standard in the CCTV industry. Dahua is a steering member of the HDcctv Alliance, and according to Dahua VP Henry Zhang, it’s seen a great deal of attention from all around the world since its introduction in 2012. Now the standard is being opened to everyone, so it is no longer just one of several different analogue HD solutions in the security industry.
Other manufacturers have already adopted the standard into their products. During the press conference at Bejing’s Security China Exhibition, Shany Electronics (a member of the HDcctv Alliance) showed off their latest product, a PoC-capable WDR camera using HDCVI technology.
For Shany, the HDCVI technology is another way to differentiate their products in an ever more crowded market. The company has been supplying the security industry for over 20 years, and delivers cameras capable of everything from Auto Defog, True WDR, PoC, and now HDCVI. Most important to Shany is how the HDCVI standard offers extremely good product stability and proven image quality, as well as some other unique features besides HD.
Other HDcctv Alliance members are just starting to explore the new open standard. In order to ensure proper implementation and compatibility, the Alliance is planning to play a more active role in testing products and issuing the HDCVI certification mark, according to Alliance chairman Todd Rockoff.
The Alliance has taken on the role of administrator for the HDCVI compliance marks for all versions of the analogue video standard — including HDCVI 1.0 and the next-generation HDCVI 3.0 standard, which industry observers expect to see released inside of 12 months.
The compliance marks will play a critical role in the success of HDCVI as a global standard for analogue HD in the security industry, as they allow customers to recognize which products will be compatible and be sure their planned system will work seamlessly prior to installation. Therefore, only Alliance members who can pass the certification process will be able to display HDCVI compliance marks on their packaging and products.