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Product video: Is the Axis P1367-E an ideal choice for outdoor CCTV surveillance?

December 21st, 2017 by Nathan Mount

New demo video for the Axis P1367-E IP camera

It’s always interesting to see new developments in IP camera technology and Axis’ ‘true’ outdoor P13 models where defiantly a duo that piqued our interest. Eager to take a closer look, we felt it a great opportunity to put one of the units through its paces and showcase the findings in our latest product video. The P1367-E is one of the first outdoor-ready CS-mount cameras from Axis, featuring a unique mechanical platform and the ability to function in even the most extreme temperatures – ranging from as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C (intermittently). This featured packed unit also includes a range of advanced imaging technologies and is an ideal choice for high-quality, round-the-clock surveillance.

The P1367-E delivers detailed 5 megapixel video at up to 25 frames per second (fps) and offers a horizontal viewing angle of up to 83°. With support for both CS- and intelligent CS-mount (i-CS) lenses, the unit’s innovative built-in camera rail system gives you the flexibility to fit larger zoom lenses when different focal lengths are required. In addition, the rail system also allows you to easily roll the sensor to enable Corridor Format – maximising area coverage and reducing bandwidth when monitoring narrow scenes.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Understanding Axis’ WDR options

December 7th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutions

Optimum light levels are key for the delivery of clear, detailed CCTV footage. If light conditions become challenging, the usability of images will often suffer – resulting in poor quality surveillance video. To ensure optimal image capture, most IP camera manufacturers will now include a handful of enhancement technologies to help improve imaging in difficult lighting environments; one of the most common being Wide Dynamic Range.

But what is WDR? …

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Which type of IP camera setup is most suitable for your CCTV application?

When designing your IP CCTV system, an initial consideration will be which type of IP cameras can deliver the most efficient security surveillance for your application.

Small to medium-sized locations will typically choose one of two options: a single panoramic unit or a multi-IP camera system.

To help you make an informed decision when building your system, we decided to take a look at the beneficial features and limitations that come with each type of IP camera setup.

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Product video: Does the Axis M1065-LW deliver a suitable indoor CCTV solution?

October 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Axis M1065-LW IP camera

When it comes to indoor CCTV surveillance, Axis have a diverse range of IP camera solutions to choose from that offer a host of interesting features and viewing angles up to 360°. From this varied selection we have chosen to highlight the Axis M1065-LW for our latest product video – due to its attractive feature-set, HD resolution, cost-effective price and ease of installation.

This compact unit provides a horizontal viewing angle of 110°, giving you wide coverage of indoor locations in full HD 1080p resolution – at up to 25 frames per second (fps). Images captured in high contrast scenes are improved with wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. By ensuring details in both bright and dark areas are not lost, objects and individuals can be more easily identified. Not limited to only monitoring during the day, this model supports true day/night recording and offers improved imaging in low light thanks to the integrated IR LEDs that illuminate up to 10m.

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Beyond the datasheet: Does your CCTV system need an NVR?

October 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV system

When it comes to the storage of your video surveillance footage, a common assumption is that to do this job successfully, a network video recorder (NVR) is required.

Back in the early days of IP, NVR’s provided a familiar and straightforward storage solution for users moving away from their analogue DVR’s towards a digital CCTV system. Although it is still clear that NVR’s have a place in the market, constant developments in IP technology have resulted in alternative options to help meet a wider range of requirements and applications.

With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the options available when choosing a suitable recording and storage solution for your CCTV system.

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Beyond the datasheet: The importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

October 11th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

In the competitive IP camera market, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. With the clear majority already being able to deliver cameras in the highest resolution, an increased focus has been put on making improvements in other areas, such as camera-based video analytics, compression technology and low-light imagery. However, one area that we find proves to repeatedly be an issue for our customers is the usability of the cameras web interface.

Due to our vast experience serving different types of customers in multiple industries we know that the quality & flexibility of the web interface is still a crucial area to consider. So, to give you a better understanding of what you can expect from the web interface when you come to choose your IP camera, we have picked out four well-known brands to give you a short review of the experience. We have focused on how easy it was to use and navigate the different interfaces, the features available and how compatible they are with the current leading web browsers.

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Axis intelligent speaker systems – an all-in-one audio solution

August 30th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Axis cabinet and ceiling speakers

Already seen as one of the market leaders in network video, Axis Communications has expanded its offering by entering the smart sound system market, releasing the Axis C1004-E Network Cabinet Speaker and the Axis C2005 Network Ceiling Speaker.

These Axis loudspeakers offer a complete audio solution with each unit containing an amplifier, mixer, digital signal processor, streaming functionality, edge storage and microphone. Both the cabinet and ceiling speaker are supplied preconfigured for quick and easy setup and can be powered using a single network cable (PoE). The speakers can provide background music across multiple locations seamlessly and allow the broadcast of announcements, either live or via scheduled pre-recordings, making them ideal for retail stores, amusement centres and public institutions such as museums. Even if these speakers are part of a multi-speaker setup, these flexible units can be controlled individually, allowing users to adjust volume levels and set different background music on each speaker separately.

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Product video: We put the Axis P1425-LE Mk II to the test

July 26th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Axis P1425-LE MKII

Following the positive response from our Axis M2026-LE product video, we decided to put the Axis P1425-LE MkII through its paces with a round-the-clock demo. We chose this camera due to its impressive feature-set and performance in low-light conditions, all at a competitive mid-range price point.

With a viewing angle of 93°, the unit’s 2 megapixel sensor provides high-quality 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) which is enhanced with advanced imaging technologies such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) – Forensic Capture technology, which lowers noise levels and improves the quality of images captured in high contrast scenes, and Lightfinder technology which allows the capture of full colour images even in low-light environments. This popular bullet camera also comes with handy accessories including an adjustable weather shield and an integrated mounting bracket that allows you to easily install the unit on walls or ceilings – either indoors or out.

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Axis enhances Zipstream to embrace new 360° cameras and 4K resolution

June 27th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

New Axis M30 Domes and enhanced ZipstreamIn response to customer demand for video surveillance with improved image quality, resolution, and coverage whilst simultaneously controlling costs in relation to bandwidth and data storage (a significant part of the total cost of a surveillance system), Axis Communications has announced enhancements to its video compression technology, Zipstream. This technology ensures that important forensic details of video footage are maintained, while minimising bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more. Embracing the developments in network camera capabilities, these improvements will allow support for the increased data streaming and storage demands of 360-degree panoramic cameras and models with 4K resolution.

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How can you make your CCTV system greener?

June 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Helpful tips on making your CCTV system greener

In a recent blog we explored how easy it was to find the green credentials of the major IP camera brands we supply, in an aim to see “how green your IP camera really is”. It’s clear that most manufacturers are continuously looking at ways that they can be “greener” – from the materials they use through to their transportation options, but the end-user can make a difference too.

Recognising the impact your CCTV system can have on the environment is a challenge for everyone, but it’s worth remembering the additional benefit of reducing the energy consumption of your video surveillance system is a potential saving for your organisation.

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