Axis Communications introduces F34 Surveillance System for retail and office sector end users

Axis Communications is now offering a cost-efficient, four-camera surveillance solution for the retail and office markets. The Axis F34 Surveillance System comes with all the necessary hardware and software for a complete and integrated remote video monitoring and management solution.

The Axis F34 Main Unit adds to the company’s flexible and modular F Series. “We’ve focused on putting together a smart and efficient solution that’s easy to install and use,” explained Erik Frännlid, director of product management at the Lund-based company.

“Everything that’s required for a video surveillance system is in one box. Business receive a highly discreet, four-camera surveillance system with easy and secure remote monitoring and management, even from mobile devices.”

The Axis F34 Surveillance System includes one F34 Main Unit with an external power supply and four thumb-sized F1004 Sensor Units that can be discreetly recessed or surface-mounted on ceilings and walls using the included accessories. Also supplied are two Axis Surveillance microSDXC Cards 64 GB (with SD card adaptors) specifically engineered to handle continuous overwriting for lasting performance.

The cards are compatible with the F34 Main Unit’s built-in SD card slots for local storage of recordings and enable the system to run independently without the need for an external PC or a recording device for day-to-day operation.

Another important component of the system is the use of the freely downloadable video management software – namely Axis Camera Companion 3.10 – for easy and secure remote monitoring and management from any device with the software application.

The system operates efficiently with two Axis 64 GB cards that allow one-to-two weeks’ worth of video recording to be retained before overwriting takes place. Recording and storage are optimised thanks to smart programs and technologies in the Axis’ F34 Main Unit and Axis Camera Companion 3.10 that enable:

*Automatic configuration of the F34 Main Unit for recording based on video motion detection

*Support for Video Motion Detection 3, a video analytics program that has a false alarm filter to ignore motion such as swaying trees and small animals such that it can reliably detect moving objects of interest

*Axis’ Zipstream technology: a more efficient implementation of the H.264 video encoder that can lower bandwidth and storage use by an average of 50% or more for many surveillance scenarios

Divided network camera concept

Axis F34 is part of a series of products based on a divided network camera concept whereby the camera is split into a sensor unit (made up of a lens and image sensor with a cable) and a main unit, which is the body of the camera. The cable connects the sensor unit with the main unit and affords security installers the flexibility to mount the small sensor unit discreetly or in tight places, while the main unit can be placed elsewhere where there’s space.

Four-channel main units such as the Axis F34 can connect to four sensor units at any one time.

With the Axis F34 Surveillance System, the four F1004 Sensor Units can be installed in four different indoor locations up to 15 metres away from the F34 Main Unit. Since F1004 supports 720p resolution, the main unit can simultaneously stream full frame rate HDTV 720p videos from the four connected sensor units through its one Ethernet port.

When the F34 Main Unit is used with 1080p F Sensor Units, the main unit can stream 1080p videos at 12.5/15 frames per second (50/60 Hz) or 720p videos at full frame rate (25/30 fps) from each channel. F34 also supports quad view streaming, which combines four separate views from the connected sensor units into one for simultaneous viewing.

Besides Axis’ Zipstream technology and Video Motion Detection 3, the F34 Main Unit supports active tampering alarm and third party applications based on the Camera Application Platform. The main unit can be powered using PoE or an external power supply.

*For instructional videos and more information about the Axis F Series visit: www.axis.com/products/axis-f-series

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