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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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Axis’ new generation of positioning cameras offer improved responsiveness across wide locations

June 2nd, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

New range of Axis positioning cameras deliver high-performance CCTV over large locations

Situational awareness is crucial when it comes to the effective security surveillance of large-scale sites, but if your perimeters are hundreds of kilometres in length, this is a challenging task if using static cameras alone. Axis’ new positioning cameras have been designed to deliver comprehensive monitoring across wide locations and offer faster and more accurate pan/tilt capabilities, giving operators the ability to respond to perimeter breaches and on-site incidents instantly.

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How Green is your IP Camera?

May 24th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

How Green is your IP Camera?Taking responsibility for the impact on the environment is a 21st century challenge for all businesses. For some organisations, green credentials are an important consideration when purchasing any equipment they use.

How do the IP camera brands we supply at Network Webcams compare when looking at their environmental responsibility policies? To see how green your IP camera is, we researched 8 manufacturers to see how easily we could discover their stance on the environment. Do they highlight their goals and commitments to being more energy efficient? How are they reducing their carbon footprint or minimising the materials used in their products? How do they reduce waste?

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Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

May 10th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

Since the Axis M20 series was added to our store near the end of 2016, the M2025-LE and M2026-LE have proven to be a popular choice with customers seeking high quality video monitoring at a cost-effective price.

These two mini-bullet IP cameras are suitable for deployment on ceilings, walls and corners, both indoors and out. An optional recessed wall or ceiling mount can also be used for a neat and more discreet installation. The Axis M2025-LE and M2026-LE add to their versatility by featuring built-in IR at a range of 15 metres for night-time surveillance and Axis’ Corridor Format technology which ensures that the whole sensor covers the area of interest in narrow scenes (ideal for retail store aisles or office corridors).

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Axis break the mould with their P13 Series update

April 28th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis' update P13 Series with advanced features and new outdoor-ready design

Promising features such as improved light sensitivity, better image quality and higher frame rate capabilities, the new Axis P13 models look set to be Axis’ latest ‘all-rounder’ trio. The two 5MP models and 4K Ultra HD unit will all be capable of monitoring large locations and delivering smooth IP video at full frame rate. On top of this, two of the units will also feature an outdoor-ready design that is not currently seen in any other external Axis CS-mount IP camera.

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Axis’ FA Series: The new player in multi-view surveillance?

April 20th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Monitor multiple areas discreetly using the Axis FA Series

Recently showcased at ISC West 2017 in April, the new modular FA Series by Axis could provide an answer to the IP camera market’s demand for multi-view surveillance in discreet scenarios. Consisting of separately-sold sensor modules and a main unit, this interesting series will allow you to cost-effectively monitor up to four closely situated areas – using just one camera system.

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Using image rotation to optimise coverage and bandwidth usage

March 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Demonstrating how rotating the image is beneficial

When choosing a camera for video surveillance in narrow scenes such as long corridors, staircases, aisles and tunnels, the traditional landscape-oriented setup may not be the optimal choice. If you’re monitoring a narrow corridor or passageway, a sizeable portion of the scene is going to be walls either side, making a lot of your image redundant. The full area and resolution of the camera’s image sensor is not being fully utilised and this means that evidence of events occurring outside this limited area of coverage may be missed. These redundant sections either side of the image also consume bandwidth and storage that could really be put to better use.

This is where the ability to rotate the image proves to be very handy. This feature allows you to obtain a portrait-oriented video stream – effectively turning an HD camera’s 16:9 aspect ratio to a 9:16 aspect ratio. By filming in this orientation, you are ensuring that the whole sensor covers the area of interest, maximising coverage and eliminating bandwidth and storage waste.

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