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Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:03

New cameras and video encoder from Axis Communications


Axis has released a raft of new products, including IP surveillance cameras and a video encoder blade to integrate analogue cameras with an IP video system.

Axis Communications' latest dome camera is an "aggressively priced" ran/tilt/zoom unit available in indoor and outdoor models.

The P5522 and P5522-E provide day and night functionality, with a maximum resolution of 720 x 576 for 50Hz operation. Power over Ethernet is used to simplify installation, while an optional cable allows the use of external sensors and relays.


"The indoor AXIS P5522 and the outdoor-ready AXIS P5522-E are aggressively priced pan/tilt/zoom network cameras that are ideal for price-conscious business owners," said Wai King Wong, Axis' ANZ country manager ANZ.

"The cameras are easy to install and allow any owner or manager to pan and tilt the cameras to see a 360° area and zoom in 18x with autofocus for detailed and sharp images. The cameras also have day and night functionality, which means that they automatically change to black and white mode in low light conditions for clearer results," he added.

The P5522 and P5522-E go on sale in April at prices that are yet to be announced.

What else is new? Find out on page 2.

Also new are the palm-sized M31-VE dome cameras, designed for monitoring outdoor entrance areas with an operating temperature range of -20C to 50C. Some models are fitted with a weather shield for protection against sunlight, rain and snow.

Video resolution varies up to 720p depending on the model.

The M31-VE series goes on sale in the second quarter at prices that are yet to be announced.

The Axis Q7414 video encoder blade can be used with the company's 291 1U Video Server Rack or the Q7900 Rack to integrate analogue cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system.

The blade has four video channels and four bi-directional audio channels, and supports H.264 with true multi-streaming from each channel. Features include enhanced video motion detection; active tampering alarm; and pan, tilt, zoom support on each channel.

"The new video encoder blade brings the benefits of intelligent network video and audio to existing and new analog systems" said Mr Wong. "With the new blade Axis offers the market's most comprehensive set of network capabilities, optimising the network video solution for security, efficiency and manageability."

The Q7414 will ship in the second quarter at prices that are yet to be announced.


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