Axis Communications shares update at ISC West

Ever wondered how long it could take a guy riding a unicycle to install a network camera? How about someone with a blindfold on? Axis Communications gave the press a chance to find out on Wednesday morning at the ISC West show in Las Vegas.

Keying on its premise of "ease of installation," the company proved it at the press conference. The man on the unicycle (Larry Newman, Axis' director of sales) and the man in the blindfold (James Marcella, director of technical services) both were able to install the camera in less than three minutes.

"In the old days of network cameras, they were very cumbersome to install," Axis general manager of the Americas, Fredrik Nilsson said. "IP cameras today have become much easier to install."

In addition to the unicycle/blindfold appearances, Axis introduced several new products that you can easily go examine on the show floor today.

The company has introduced a 5-megapixel camera series (HD1080p), the Axis P13. This camera series features the supplier's exclusive P-Iris control, which helps improve image quality.

"The limiting factor with megapixel cameras are the lenses," Marcella said. "Our new lens technology gives cameras precise control over the iris." The P13 series is available in both indoor and outdoor models.

Additionally, Axis introduced the P5532 PTZ Network Dome, which offers high-quality H.264 video in D1 resolution. It is designed for use in airports, train stations, warehouses, shopping malls and other areas that need high resolution or require wide area surveillance coverage. The T8310 video surveillance control board is a modular system with three separate joystick, keypad and jog dial units for camera control and video management.

The AXIS M11 Network camera series offers a compact and affordable high-resolution surveillance solution. Features include multiple H.264 streams, PoE, a pixel counter and digital PTZ. As part of the media event, Nilsson also introduced a camera application platform for the firm's cameras; the application platform enables end-users to download components directly to the camera - much like an application on an iPhone.

Finally, the company announced its efforts in the hosted video space, and introduced the Axis video hosting system software. Axis has partnered with companies such as Niscayah, Sonitrol, Brivo, Reach Systems, Iveda Solutions and Securei as part of this effort.

To see more from Axis Communications, head over to Booth #18051.