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Provisional new Question 12/16 (ex Q.VS)

Visual surveillance systems and services

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A visual surveillance system is a telecommunication system which is used to remotely capture and present multimedia to the end user via networks with ensured quality, security and reliability.

In the past decade, there has been significant development in security industry worldwide, and visual surveillance applications are becoming more and more popular in both developed and developing countries. According to a recent research report, the global visual surveillance market is expected to grow from 36.89 billion US dollars to 68.34 billion US dollars from 2018 to 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 13.1%. The potential market is huge.

There is a growing need of interworking between visual surveillance systems for communications. For visual surveillance, cloud computing, cloud storage, edge computing, edge storage, AI, big data, and intelligent analysis are needed in addition to video acquisition, coding, transmission, distribution and storage. Visual surveillance is no longer a traditional independent service, but a whole ecosystem, highly connected to smart city and safe city construction. Standards should be used to support the development of the industry, and meet the need of rapid development. In addition, new information technologies continue to emerge, and the visual surveillance platform should be open to and capable of continuous evolution. The scope of the visual surveillance standards should be expanded to align with the market and to promote the development.
A range of standardization-related and industry initiatives have commenced across the globe examining different aspects of visual surveillance. There are various activities, including international exhibitions, and exploratory workshops. Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) was established in May 2008, aiming at providing and promoting standardized interfaces for effective interoperability of IP-based physical security products. At present, ONVIF has released two versions of core specifications, two data format specifications, six profiles and 22 service specifications. The IEC TC 79 WG12 is focusing on video surveillance system (VSS) to produce IEC standards for VSS and applications taking into account the system, component and equipment requirements, testing and integration. Many other SDOs such as ISO/IEC JTC1, 3GPP and ETSI are also developing visual surveillance standards according to their scope.

ITU-T SG16 developed various Recommendations on visual surveillance, including ITU-T F.743 series, H.626 series and H.627 series. Furthermore, many new work items are being developed in ITU-T SG16. In order to meet the strong standardization need from the industry and accommodate the existing work with ITU-T, including the enhancement and maintenance of the Recommendations and development of ongoing many work items, it is necessary to create a new Question on visual surveillance.

The following major Recommendations, in force at the time of approval of this Question, fall under its responsibility: ITU-T F.743, F.743.1, F.743.2, F.743.3, H.626, H.626.1, H.626.2, H.626.3, H.626.4, H.627, H.627.1.

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