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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 Communications heralds plans for new Lund hq to secure continued growth and focus on R&D

Network surveillance solutions developer Axis Communications is building a new headquarters to secure continued growth with R&D in focus. In early 2016, the company will initiate the construction of a new premises located adjacent to the company’s existing offices in Lund, Sweden. The building is expected to be ready in early 2018 and will be designed to accommodate over 1,000 employees.

Together with principal owner Canon’s chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai, Axis announced the expansion plan at a meeting held on Tuesday 16 June which involved representatives from the municipality, Lund University and the Faculty of Engineering.

“Since its inception, Axis Communications has been a company with its heart in Lund and, through this new investment, we will strengthen our long-term presence in what is undoubtedly a dynamic growth region,” explained Ray Mauritsson, president of Axis Communications.

“Proximity to Lund University and the Faculty of Engineering is natural for us as an innovative industry leader in the security world. On that basis, we’re focusing on continued R&D in Lund and advancing our local collaboration.”

Ray Mauritsson: president at Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president at Axis Communications

The nine-storey office building covering a total area of 32,000 square metres will occupy an entire block at the Ideon Science Park and accommodate many of Axis’ existing corporate functions. R&D, which constitutes the largest part of the operations in Lund, will also remain in the existing main building on Emdalavägen.

Apart from a mix of individual offices and open plan landscapes, the new building will house a restaurant and a café on the ground floor, a new visitor centre for demonstrations of Axis Communications’ solutions and conference facilities.

The new building will make a new contribution to Lund’s cityscape and be strongly associated with Axis’ long history as an innovative growth company. The building will be environmentally certified according to an environmental and energy optimisation standard with functions such as district heating and heat recovery very much to the fore.

As a major employer in an expansive region, Axis Communications has enjoyed long-standing co-operation with the Faculty of Engineering and Lund University in general. This co-operation manifests itself in many ways. For example, Axis offers engineering students the chance to carry out thesis work at the company.

At present, over half of Axis Communications’ 2,000-plus employees work in Lund.

In 2014, Axis was named as one of Sweden’s best workplaces in employee surveys conducted by Great Place to Work and Universum.

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Lukasz Pitera appointed to head up UK internal sales at IDIS Europe

IDIS has announced the appointment of Lukasz Pitera to the role of head of UK internal sales based out of the company’s European headquarters in Brentford, London.

IDIS is a global security company that designs, develops, manufactures and delivers surveillance solutions for end users operating in a wide range of commercial and public sector markets.

Headquartered in Korea and operating across 35 countries in tandem with its strategic partners, IDIS is a leading DVR manufacturer with an annual turnover of $314 million and more than 2.1 million installations worldwide to date.

The company’s next generation DirectIP surveillance solutions meet the needs of an increasingly demanding security landscape to protect people, property and assets through the deployment of flexible and cost-effective technology coupled with “unrivalled performance, quality and functionality”.

Lukasz Pitera: joining the team at IDIS Europe

Lukasz Pitera: joining the team at IDIS Europe

Lukasz joins IDIS Europe in the UK to lead the internal sales team and focus on the development of new and existing customers across. Working closely with systems integrators and distributors alike, he now assumes responsibility for matching the DirectIP line-up directly with specific project and end user customer requirements.

Lukasz will also be instrumental in implementing robust internal sales procedures to ensure exceptional customer service following a significant growth period for the business.

Expanding the customer base

“I’m thrilled to welcome Lukasz on board,” enthused Jamie Barnfield, senior sales manager at IDIS Europe. “He’s already proving to be a great asset to the sales team and will play an integral role in developing and supporting our expanding customer base.”

Barnfield added: “We’re focused on continuing investment in our infrastructure to ensure that we maintain outstanding levels of technical and sales service.”

Speaking about his appointment, Lukasz Pitera told Risk UK: “The DirectIP line-up is underpinned by a commitment to continuous innovation. That makes it a great fit when it comes to meeting the demand for simple-to-install, Full HD and network surveillance that combines high performance with a low cost of ownership.”

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