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Product video: Does the cost-effective Axis M5525-E PTZ deliver great bang for your buck?

January 25th, 2018 by Network Webcams

New demo video for the Axis M5525-E IP cameraWhen it comes to monitoring large locations, a PTZ IP camera can often provide a more flexible surveillance solution than a fixed IP camera with a wide angle of view. This is due to capabilities such as pan/tilt movements, optical zooming and configurable preset positions – allowing activity to be specifically pinpointed and viewed on-the-fly. However, accommodating these features will usually result in a higher price tag – making PTZ models sometimes unaffordable to the budget-conscious customer. When Axis then announced the release of their cost-effective M5525-E PTZ IP camera, we were eager to put it to the test and show off what we found in our latest product video.

This PTZ dome is capable of delivering Full HD 1080p resolution at up to 25 frames per second, complete with true day/night recording – for 24/7 surveillance. Users can precisely navigate across wide indoor or outdoor areas using the camera’s variable pan/tilt movements (including 360° continuous rotation) – this is particularly helpful when closely monitoring a person or incident. Also, a 10x optical zoom enables real-time investigation into specific regions of interest and 12x digital zooming allows for quick close-ups of the original image to be obtained.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Our top IP camera contenders for 2018

January 25th, 2018 by Network Webcams

Looking back over 2017, we saw continuous growth of the IP camera market with the introduction of new product ranges and interesting technologies. Industry leaders Axis released their first ever, innovatively designed, ‘true’ outdoor-ready CS-mount IP camera and also brought the best-selling M31 Series to the table. Meanwhile, Samsung Wisenet’s P, Q and X ranges were introduced to Network Webcams and we saw Bosch’s new ‘intelligent’ range of IP cameras which feature edge-based, IVA and Essential video analytics. It was also a big year in terms of software, with Milestone releasing two new ‘business-ready’ XProtect products: XProtect Express+ and Professional+. Both of which provide access to a host of advanced Milestone features and allow you to take full advantage of the latest in IP camera technology.

With an abundance of IP cameras available, it can often be a daunting task to choose the right model for your needs. To make things a little easier, we decided to highlight some of the units which we feel could be popular ‘go-to’ choices this year.

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Major differences between Axis’ old and new browser interfaces

January 23rd, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

It may not be widely known, but Axis Communications have always had a largely cross-browser capable user interface to their products. This is especially important with network devices such as IP cameras, since the browser is often the initial method of access the device in order to get it set up. A great deal of end-user support has historically been caused by browser and compatibility issues for NW and with this new interface these have dropped off significantly, since browser compatibility is no longer an issue – with Axis cameras at least.

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

December 21st, 2017 by Network Webcams

New demo video for the Axis P1367-E IP cameraIt’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 was 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 Network Webcams

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutionsOptimum 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.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Network Webcams

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 Network Webcams

new demo video for the Axis M1065-LW IP cameraWhen 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 Network Webcams

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV systemWhen 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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The importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

October 11th, 2017 by Network Webcams

importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interfaceIn 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 Network Webcams

Axis cabinet and ceiling speakersAlready 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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