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84% of small businesses call for intelligent video surveillance as existing systems “fail to protect premises”

A survey1 of small businesses in the UK has discovered that 84% of retail, office and hospitality owners are looking for video surveillance with high resolution images and intelligent features such as remote monitoring to provide superior security for their premises.

85% of respondents also stated that high quality and reliability would be important purchasing considerations when looking to invest in video surveillance.

The survey demonstrates a wide consensus among small business owners that current surveillance solutions in place are not viable to provide the necessary proof of crime at a time when the cost of shop theft is at an all-time high2. It also reveals that new technology is sought to provide the required security level within a given business.

Axis Communications carried out the survey in order to establish small business owners’ key challenges regarding video surveillance and how they believe it could be improved. In addition to stating that high quality images and the ability to access footage remotely on a smart phone or other device is desirable, 70% also suggested that ease-of-use is also high on the agenda.

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In light of accessible intelligent technology, 82% of small business owners are considering new video surveillance technology for their premises in order to provide a more up-to-date solution.

The survey results also demonstrate the challenges currently faced by small business owners in regards to their existing video surveillance solutions. A number of factors were revealed as unsatisfactory within their present set-up, including poor quality of images and difficulty of use.

These small business owners reported facing issues with their current video surveillance including “bad quality of system”, “lack of ability to monitor outside of premises” and providing “limited proof of crime”. This feedback further confirms the desire for more intelligent surveillance solutions to help protect businesses and make staff feel safe.

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, observed: “Pioneering technology and the benefits that come with it shouldn’t be limited to corporate entities. With the help of dedicated IT and security installers, the network camera is becoming more accessible and affordable for the small business than ever before. Many small business owners have an awareness that high quality, intelligent solutions are available and are looking for guidance as to how they can make the most of this to protect their premises and, ultimately, their bottom line. A rise in theft and the continued improvements in technology such as remote monitoring and high-quality images are only set to exacerbate this situation.”

Rajput continued: “As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we’re witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions. Once regarded as a standalone investment, many now consider IP cameras as a vital upgrade that forms a part of their larger IT infrastructure. Along with this, end users are also looking to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. The ultimate benefit of this is a solution that delivers information rapidly and cost-effectively and that can benefit from the latest applications as and when they become available.”

References 

1Research was conducted by OnePoll independent market researchers on behalf of Axis Communications between 22 July and 10 August 2016 via an online survey. 500 UK business owners of companies with 1-20 employees that would be involved in the decision to purchase video surveillance equipment for their company premises were surveyed

2http://brc.org.uk/news/2016/cost-of-theft-for-retailers-at-highest-level-since-records-began

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Axis Communications’ Q61-E network camera series wins prestigious Good Design Award 2015

Axis Communications has received recognition from the Japanese Institute of Design Promotion for its Q61-E PTZ dome network camera series. The cameras feature a dome geometry that allows operators to identify objects as much as 20° above the horizon.

The Good Design Award, also known as the G Mark Award, is a mark of excellence and gives recognition to innovative product design. It dates back to 1957 as the sole comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan.

The Q61-E features a unique design concept which resulted from listening to customers and partners. To blend in better with their environment when mounted, the cameras are easily re-paintable and 45% smaller than previous generations. The ‘Speed Dry’ function causes the cameras to vibrate, thereby effectively shaking off water drops in rainy weather.

“With the Q61-E, we’ve broken with conventional designs and introduced an entirely new dome geometry, offering effective video surveillance of objects located above the camera horizon,” explained Erik Frännlid, director of product management at Axis Communications. “We also took a look at nature. A dog shaking off rain water inspired our Speed Dry function that quickly removes water drops from the dome glass.”

Frännlid concluded: “This prestigious design award win underlines our commitment to continuously innovate as we strive to provide our customers with smarter solutions.”

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Axis Communications publishes detailed Sustainability Report for 2014

Network camera specialist Axis Communications has issued its Sustainability Report for 2014, with environmental considerations, business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very much in focus. The company’s fifth annual Sustainability Report describes the progress made in a number of fields such as environmental impact and anti-corruption. Great progress has also been made in work dedicated to informing and auditing suppliers in order to ensure compliance with Axis’ Supplier Code of Conduct. The Sustainability Report was prepared according to the G4 global reporting standard.

“Axis Communications works proactively with sustainability issues on a long-term basis since a responsible attitude is an important success factor for our global business operations,” explained Ray Mauritsson, the company’s president. “I’m proud of what we have achieved during 2014, from optimising our logistics flows to minimising our environmental impact as well as countering corruption in the value chain and working to create a safer and more secure world.”

Axis aims to be a driving force behind the development of innovative security solutions which assist end users in both the private and public sectors to meet today’s critical challenges, such as protecting people and important infrastructure while also helping to solve today’s urban problems such as traffic congestion.

As a global company with employees in 49 countries and partners in 179 countries, Axis aims to be a leader in the security industry when it comes to CSR and, as a result, assumes a long-term responsibility for how the company’s operations affect employees, partners, suppliers, end users and other important target groups.

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

“Our ambition is to serve as a model for the industry in terms of sustainability,” added Mauritsson. “This latest report shows how our sustainability work has delivered positive results across the entire value chain. I look forward to continuing the work relating to Axis’ industry-leading measures such as our anti-corruption program.”

Key facts and figures in the report

Some important points raised in the 2014 Sustainability Report are as follows:

  • Axis’ comprehensive anti-corruption work has been intensified. All employees have participated in training and more than 100 of the company’s distributors have undertaken to comply with the company’s policy of zero tolerance against corruption, bribes and conflicts of interests
  • 96% of Axis’ suppliers that have an impact on the company in terms of the environment or sustainability have either been audited by Axis supplier inspectors or are certified to ensure that they follow Axis’ requirements relating to environmental considerations, the working environment and occupational safety
  • Axis has managed to cut the company’s carbon dioxide emissions by 13% during 2014, primarily through its optimised logistics flows and reduced distances for transportation
  • The company has continued to phase out PVC plastic from its products while 65% of the company’s network cameras and video encoders are now PVC-free
  • During 2014, Axis’ employees participated in surveys conducted by Great Place to Work in Sweden, USA and Germany and the company realised top positions in all countries
  • In order to raise environmental awareness among its suppliers, Axis held webinars through its training program Axis Supplier Academy, whereby all suppliers were informed about the company’s views on sustainability issues as well as rules and laws for material accounting
Axis Communications' headquarters in Lund, Sweden

Axis Communications’ headquarters in Lund, Sweden

In the 2014 Sustainability Report, as stated Axis has changed over to the new G4 reporting standard which is an update of the leading rules for sustainability reporting drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative.

As part of Axis’ transition to the new reporting standard, the company has initiated dialogue with key target groups and stakeholders which has provided important insights that can be used to continue improving the company’s long-term sustainability work.

*The Axis Communications Sustainability Report for 2014 can be downloaded from this link: http://www.axis.com/corporate/sustainability/index.htm

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Samsung Techwin open platform WiseNetIII Series cameras integrated with Milestone XProtect VMS

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone XProtect video management software.

Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) is powerful, reliable, easy-to-use and proven in more than 100,000 installations worldwide. Based on a true open platform, XProtect VMS enables integration with the industry’s widest choice of cameras and ‘Best in Class’ business solutions, such as access control and video analytics.

All of the 1.3, 2 and 3 MP IP network cameras and domes within the WiseNetIII Series have been integrated with Milestone XProtect, including the recently launched SNP-6320. This is the world’s first 2 MP 32x PTZ dome, while the 1.3 MP SNP-5430 can claim to be the world’s first 43x PTZ network video surveillance dome camera with intelligent auto-tracking.

Samsung Techwin’s open platform WiseNetIII DSP chipset recently won the Video Hardware of the Year category at Benchmark Magazine’s 2014 Innovation Awards. The spare processing power and open platform capabilities of the chipset provides end users with complete freedom to choose their perfect combination of on board video analytics, as well as a VMS that best matches the requirements of individual video surveillance projects.

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone's XProtect video management software

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone’s XProtect video management software

“A key element of our product development strategy is based on the understanding that customers are looking for easy to implement and easy to operate integrated video surveillance solutions,” said Peter Ainsworth, head of product and marketing for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“Integration with independently developed video management software such as Milestone XProtect is essential in order to provide the option for the latest generation of Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII cameras and domes to be controlled and monitored alongside devices and systems produced by other manufacturers, as well as facilitate a gradual transition from an existing analogue system to a full IP network-based surveillance solution.”

Samsung Techwin is a member of the Milestone Systems Camera Partner Programme, in turn enabling a tight collaboration with Milestone for developing new and innovative solutions.

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Axis Communications introduces interactive camera visualisations tool for SketchUp® 3D CAD software

Using the Axis Communications Camera Extension for the SketchUp® 3D CAD software, system designers can conveniently select Axis Network Cameras and insert them into 3D models of buildings.

Different mounting positions and view angles can be evaluated through interactive camera views showing the respective camera coverage areas. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to determine the optimal set-up for the best video surveillance coverage.

The Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp provides interactive 3D models of Axis Network Cameras to aid in the planning and design of video surveillance systems. Users can place cameras directly into CAD building plans and visualise the areas the cameras will cover.

The new SketchUp extension from Axis allows users to see exactly how the cameras fit into the building layout and to easily spot if camera views are obstructed by columns or walls. This effectively reduces the risk of unexpected blind spots when planning and designing video surveillance systems.

SketchUp in action

SketchUp in action

Axis Network Cameras can be conveniently selected from the SketchUp toolbar allowing users to compare and evaluate different camera models as well as to determine the optimal camera mounting positions. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to adjust the field of view and define the optimal camera settings.

Precise planning of camera angles and coverage

“SketchUp is a popular and easy-to-use 3D CAD software for security system design,” explained Peter Friberg, director of systems and services at Axis Communications. “With the new Axis Camera Extension, system integrators can use SketchUp to place Axis Network Cameras into virtual buildings to precisely plan camera view angles and coverage.”

Friberg continued: “As SketchUp integrates with Google Maps, it makes it easy when working on city surveillance or critical infrastructure projects to get a good overview of the environment where the cameras are placed. The Axis Camera Extension allows system integrators to find the optimal camera model and settings for a given mounting position, and significantly streamlines the overall planning and design process for video surveillance systems.”

Axis Communications' headquarters in Lund, Sweden

Axis Communications’ headquarters in Lund, Sweden

Axis’ broad portfolio of video surveillance system design tools also includes Axis Coverage Shapes for Microsoft Visio and Axis Camera Families for Autodesk Revit.

The Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp may be downloaded free of charge from axis.com/tools. The Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp is initially available in English. More languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese) will be added in Q2 2014.

SketchUp is a trademark of Trimble Navigation Limited

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