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Bullet-style outdoor network thermal camera unveiled by Axis Communications

Axis Communications has just introduced an affordable bullet-style outdoor network thermal camera with powerful performance for analytics via the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP).

The Axis Q1941-E offers “outstanding” high contrast thermal images. It’s the first thermal camera that supports both Electronic Image Stabilisation, which helps reduce the effect of vibrations, and Axis’ Zipstream (which lowers bandwidth and storage requirements).

This affordable, bullet-style IP camera is designed for 24/7 detection in challenging conditions. The camera is outdoor-ready ‘out of the box’ and said to be ideal for perimeter protection of those facilities where early detection of an intrusion attempt is critical.

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“We know that thermal cameras are not only reliable for round-the-clock detection,” explained Erik Frännlid, Axis Communications’ director of product management. “They’re are also useful for verification, helping to distinguish between a nuisance and a real alarm. This new addition to our Q19 Series supports a powerful processor which is highly capable of running video analytics via the ACAP. By boosting our Q19 Series, we believe that customers will be able to find a tailored surveillance solution that works in all conditions.”

The Q1941-E offers 384 x 288 thermal resolution and “outstanding” image contrast that yields reliable detection and quick verification.

Thanks to a selection of five different lens alternatives (7 mm, 13 mm, 19 mm, 35 mm and 60 mm) that optimise detection performance, customers can be sure the camera will meet their requirements.

In addition, the following capabilities are offered:

  • The camera can easily be integrated with other existing IP security equipment and with third party applications
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation provides smooth live viewing when the camera is mounted in unstable places where vibration can be perceived as an issue
  • Thanks to Axis’ bespoke Zipstream technology, areas with no motion are filtered out – the camera focuses only on the parts of the image that are moving, in turn significantly reducing the bandwidth and storage required

The Q1941-E thermal network camera is planned to be available in Q4 2015 through Axis’ regular distribution channels.

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Axis Communications unveils Guard Suite for enhanced video surveillance efficiencies

Network surveillance specialist Axis Communications has developed Guard Suite, a series of robust video analytics applications that quickly turn the company’s network cameras into smart security systems, thereby allowing a more pro-active approach to video surveillance.

This particular solutions offering targets small and medium-sized installations with an easy-to-install and affordable system for efficient surveillance that’s well suited to commercial, industrial and public buildings and indoor areas.

Available for various monitoring requirements, the applications complement Axis’ range of network camera solutions and are easily integrated with Camera Station, the proven video management system (VMS) specifically optimised for Axis Communications’ network video products.

“With Guard Suite you can enhance the video surveillance capabilities of network cameras and turn them into even more powerful devices,” said Peter Friberg, ‎director of solutions management at Axis Communications. “Small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from efficient detection capabilities, resulting in fewer false alarms and missed incidents along with more effective investigative features. Guard Suite is an ideal, cost-efficient and reliable add-on that will enable our customers to ensure safer and better protected premises and assets.”

Axis Communications' Guard Suite in operation

Axis Communications’ Guard Suite in operation

Guard Suite offers a reliable solution for use in low-traffic areas such as after-hours monitoring of retail outlets and offices, parking zones and other unattended areas where reliable motion detection is needed.

In addition, other video motion detection features are available through Axis’ application development partners. These provide a broad range of video analytics that work with Axis’ network video products.

Guard Suite provides robust detection as video analysis is performed directly on the camera’s uncompressed video stream and supported by dedicated False Alarm Filtering technology for high reliability.

In total, Guard Suite offers three applications:

*Motion Guard: For general motion detection, typically on premises that are supposed to be empty after hours (eg parking areas and construction sites, etc)

*Fence Guard: For the protection of a fenced-off area by detecting attempts to climb or sabotage the fence

*Loitering Guard: For detecting suspicious behaviour in semi-public areas where loitering may pose a security issue

Guard Suite is designed to be installer-friendly. The applications are downloadable from the Axis Camera Application Platform gallery and easy to install and configure, with an intuitive user interface, contextual help and smart configuration options. A quick, five-step set-up wizard guides the installer through calibration, area, filters and custom profile settings (eg for night-time and windy days, etc)

*Further information and a demonstration video may be accessed at: http://www.axis.com/products/axis-guard-suite

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Axis introduces first model in new series of multi-sensor fixed domes with panoramic overview

Axis Communications’ new Q3709-PVE Network Camera has three 4K sensors that together provide a detailed 180º overview of a large area, outdoors as well as indoors, in an efficient one-camera installation.

The cameras provide video with “unparalleled” streaming performance, smoothly capturing movements in high detail at 30 frames per second (fps).

As the first camera in the new Q37 Series. the Q3709-PVE provides situational awareness of large areas, making the camera ideal for city surveillance applications as well as logistic centres, airports and train stations.

“An effective one-camera installation providing overview and image detail at the same time is an efficient way to ensure that surveillance needs are met in large open areas,” commented Erik Frännlid, Axis’ director of product management.

“Multi-sensor cameras are also well-suited in applications such as squares, stadiums, parking lots and perimeter surveillance where large areas need to be monitored in high image detail in order to ensure complete situational awareness.”

Axis Communications' Q3709-PVE Network Camera

Axis Communications’ Q3709-PVE Network Camera

Installation is easy, reliable and cost-efficient. No focusing is required since the lenses are factory-focused.

The camera comes in a stylish and discreet design with a removable weather shield that protects against rain, snow and sunlight and allows for an easy ‘blend’ with the local environment.

These cameras provide a “perfect” 180° overview in up to 33 Megapixel resolution. They offer a video streaming performance of 3 × 4K at 30 fps or 3 × 11 Megapixels at 20 fps.

Further features of the Q3709-PVE include the following:

  • outdoor-ready with IP66 and NEMA 4X ratings
  • vandal-resistant with an IK10 rating
  • operational in a wide temperature range with standard Power over Ethernet (PoE+)
  • video motion detection and tampering alarm

The cameras are supported by the Axis Application Development Partner Program and Axis Camera Station. They also include support for edge storage, Axis Camera Application PlatformAxis Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with intelligent capabilities.

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Digital Barriers to showcase SafeZone-edge embedded video analytics at IFSEC International 2014

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014. By combining outstanding detection reliability with affordability and simplicity, SafeZone-edge offers a genuine alternative to costly and complex server-based intelligent video analysis (IVA) as well as lower cost but unreliable video motion detection (VMD).

With organisations typically facing an underwhelming choice when selecting between video-based intrusion detection systems, SafeZone-edge was designed to specifically address the limitations and compromises of conventional solutions.

This started with streamlining the efforts of the installer and operator by replacing the complex and time-consuming manual calibration of cameras with a fully-automated set-up procedure. This even includes a unique function that allows multiple cameras to be calibrated in a single step, in turn saving time and offering greater flexibility to installers in their deployments of cameras and analytics at site.

Dave Oliver, director UK enterprise account sales at Digital Barriers, said: “SafeZone-edge was designed with a ruthless focus on simplicity, refining the product to concentrate on the key features and outcomes that are valued most – practical configuration of the system and reliable detection of intruders.”

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014

Oliver continued: “A default intrusion detection zone and user-defined scenarios cover typical perimeter security and sterile zone monitoring operations, while set-up is streamlined by using a simple scene walkthrough to provide the reference data for automatic calibration of each camera. An advanced analytical engine with automated scene learning enables SafeZone-edge to detect reliably in even the most difficult environments, including adverse weather and variable illumination, as well as adapt to seasonal changes and day/night operation.”

Accreditation from the i-LIDS® scheme

Despite this focus on simplicity and ultra-efficient edge-based processing, detection performance remains uncompromising. SafeZone-edge is one of the very few truly edge-based applications to achieve the highest possible accreditation under the internationally recognised UK Home Office i-LIDS® evaluation scheme.

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications, as well as being an i-LIDS® approved event-based recording system for sterile zone monitoring applications.

Dave Oliver added: “SafeZone-edge uses an analytical engine that actually derives from a sophisticated server-based solution, with extensive re-engineering and code optimisation to create an edge-embedded application that runs directly on cameras and encoders. This effort was aided by the decision to develop the initial SafeZone-edge product on the world-leading ACAP open camera application platform from Axis Communications.”

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications

IFSEC International 2014 will feature the latest release of SafeZone-edge, with the innovative multi-camera automated set-up feature, enhanced object tracking, expanded thermal camera compatibility and the option to define multiple scenarios and alarm events on each camera.

SafeZone-edge is available through leading value added resellers and distributors, with an affordable and simple pricing approach. It’s already presenting system integrators, installers and consultants with a compelling case to re-evaluate their use of IVA and VMD for major projects as well as smaller site installations.

In one of the earliest trials, SafeZone-edge reduced the false alarm count at one site from an operationally unviable 10,000-plus per week to just one without any loss of detection sensitivity.
SafeZone-edge has launched on ACAP from Axis, the world’s leading network camera manufacturer.

Daren Lang, business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis, explained: “SafeZone-edge is a very exciting solution and a class-leading intrusion detection package that provides Axis camera users with a compelling argument for embedding video analytics at the edge of the network. This is a great working example of how the Axis Camera Application Platform is evolving. In this case, Digital Barriers is using Axis cameras as the platform to deliver a solution that’s not only very cost-effective but also provides levels of accuracy and robustness usually only associated with server-based applications.”

Further detail on IFSEC International 2014

At IFSEC International 2014, Digital Barriers will be exhibiting with Axis Communications on Stand E1000.

Digital Barriers will also be featuring its RDC intelligent ground sensors and TVI wireless video and alarm distribution platform. These innovative capabilities provide organisations – and particularly those in the CNI domain – with greater flexibility in their security and surveillance operations.

For more information on SafeZone-edge visit: http://www.digitalbarriers.com/safezone

IFSEC International 2014 takes place at ExCeL London from 17-19 June. Register as a visitor for free at: http://www.ifsec.co.uk

Delegates can see a live demonstration of SafeZone-edge on the Axis Stand (E1000)

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