You may have read some product listings specify ‘Supports Hikvision Private Protocol’.
What is this IP Camera Private Protocol and why is it important to you?
With IP cameras, inter-connectivity between different manufacturers of cameras and DVRs / NVRs is based on ONVIF. This is a public protocol, every camera manufacturer must be compatible with this protocol otherwise they will find it very hard to sell their products. So using ONVIF, manufacturer A’s cameras can connect with manufacturer B’s NVRs. The protocol includes realtime live stream, recording, pan, tilt, zoom controls, etc.
At the time of writing this, our cameras support ONVIF ver 2.6 (the very latest)
So why if everything works well on ONVIF, what would a private protocol do?
As only a few companies like Hikvision, XM, Tongsee, etc. produce their own cameras and recorders. So lets say they have a family of products. With your family you speak openly without having to follow guidelines dictated by external bodies. These standards are decided by you i.e. your private protocol. Lets not confuse these handful of few super manufacturers with those you may find online on alibaba or other sites that buys PCBs from a solutions provider, fits the PCB, lens, etc. into the camera casing and provides it to you or resells you an XM solution DVR in a different casing. Their camera solutions use ONVIF.
The IP camera private protocol achieves a level of integration that ONVIF doesn’t include.
For example, when you connect an ONVIF camera to an NVR, you need to search for that camera, add it and then view live. If your camera speaks through private protocol, you can connect the camera to the network and it will automatically notify the recorder which will connect, add and display the live stream. You will often find the image quality if using Hikvision NVR with a third party camera is lower than using Hikvision’s own camera. This is not necessarily due to the camera quality being poorer, Hikvision purposely make it such that you would prefer getting the entire set from them (NVR and cameras). Now if we could speak the same private protocol, such issues wouldn’t exist. Hikvision makes a really good NVR so to get the best of both worlds, some solution companies (including us) are able to integrate these private protocols into the firmware which means the recorder talks with the cameras as if it was of the same brand.
Our IP camera private protocol includes support for Hikvision, XM and Tongsee.
We also have our enterprise range recorders and camera solutions which use our own protocols to create a seamless connection between front end cameras and backend NVR. Taking it to the next level, our 4k IP cameras work over coax upto 800m with our NVRs. This is a technology no one else has and is only possible by private protocol. With your support, maybe one day, when we are a much larger company, more camera manufacturers will integrate our private protocols as well.
Private protocol IP cameras also include ONVIF.
When choosing your camera manufacturer, it is preferable if they support these private protocols so that your clients will have a better experience with the product while you don’t have to buy expensive equipment from the original manufacturer.