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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 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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Milestone Systems expands device support with launch of Pack 7.9 for partners and customers

Milestone Systems – the open platform company specialising in IP video management software (VMS) – has released Device Pack 7.9 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect security solutions. Device Pack 7.9 has support for 1,012 tested ONVIF devices, all using the same optimised driver.  

The XProtect Device Packs include tested and certified drivers optimised to enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by the XProtect software. Testing the drivers ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is obviously important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. The company has always promoted driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.

In the case of ONVIF-supported devices, it’s often assumed that a device which has passed the ONVIF test tool will just work in a given infrastructure. This isn’t always the case as there are marked idiosyncrasies that need to be taken into account to insure proper interoperability and leverage the full feature use of a device with a VMS.

Before ONVIF supported devices are listed on the supported hardware list on milestonesys.com, they’ve been tested to ensure 100% functionality with the XProtect open platform technology.

In the Milestone CaPP, this ONVIF functionality test can be done by Milestone or vendors can conduct the testing procedures in their own facility after they’ve completed a four-day Milestone training course. The ability to do the complete Milestone certification test can save time and costs for camera manufacturers in their go-to-market strategy.

Advanced compression support

Device Pack 7.9 also includes support for the Axis Zipstream technology, an advanced mode enabling variable compression as well as variable bit rate. According to Axis Communications, this can reduce the bandwidth requirement by up to 50% without major loss in picture quality.

This technology increases compression when less movement is detected in the video. Beyond reducing the bandwidth, the use of advanced compression technologies like Zipstream can also save disk space on the recording servers in a system.

The Milestone VMS has been supporting advanced compression technologies since 2012.

Extended support for Vivotek cameras has been added, so too 64 new devices from Dahua all based on ONVIF where the compliance test was conducted by Dahua.

Other vendors with new device support in this release include Pelco by Schneider, Vicon’s IQEye and Canon.

*Milestone Device Pack 7.2 is available now for download from the following link: www.milestonesys.com/solution-partners/supported-hardware/

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Axis Communications introduces Zipstream compression technology for end users

Axis Comunications has launched its Zipstream compression technology, developed specifically for video surveillance applications. This new technology reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without the need for end users having to invest in new cameras or software. In addition, Zipstream is fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 compression standard.

In use, Zipstream analyses and optimises the network camera’s video stream in real-time. Scenes containing interesting details are recorded in full image quality and resolution, while other areas are filtered out for optimal use of available bandwidth and storage. This allows important forensic details like faces, tattoos or license plates to be isolated and preserved.

Irrelevant areas such as white walls, lawns and vegetation are sacrificed by ‘smoothing’ in order to achieve the better storage savings.

The new Zipstream security solution from Axis Communications

The new Zipstream security solution from Axis Communications

End user customers can deploy Axis’ Zipstream technology alongside other Axis Communications network camera technologies such as Lightfinder  and Wide Dynamic Range – Forensic Capture. Zipstream will also work with third party video management software installations already in place.

Axis Communications is making its Zipstream technology available on the existing network camera models Axis Q1615 and Axis Q1635 and also in the Axis Q35 Series via firmware updates.

New fixed network cameras and fixed dome network cameras due for release this year will also include the new Zipstream technology.

*Zipstream is now available through distributor Norbain

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