Axis releases three new video encoders

Encoders enable analog cameras to be integrated into IP based surveillance systems


Axis Communications has announced that they will be introducing three new video encoder products to network security market that support the latest and highly efficient video compression format, H.264. The products enable analog cameras to be integrated into a more efficient and powerful IP-based video surveillance system.

"The new and upcoming Axis products are based on a high-performance video encoder platform that has unparalleled image processing capabilities," said Anders Laurin, executive vice president at Axis. "It enables the products to deliver superb image quality with higher resolutions, frame rates and multiple streaming capabilities, and with much lower bandwidth and storage requirements using the H.264 compression standard. In addition, there is increased capacity for running intelligent video applications that help users effectively manage large-scale video surveillance systems."

The three products consist of the standalone AXIS Q7401 Video Encoder for integrating one analog camera; AXIS Q7406 Video Encoder Blade, which supports six analog channels; and AXIS Q7900 Rack, which is one of the industry’s highest-density rack solutions with support for up to 84 analog cameras. The video encoders, which support all types of analog video cameras, convert analog signals into digital streams that are then sent over IP networks for viewing and recording on networked computers.

Both the AXIS Q7401 and AXIS Q7406 incorporate an encoder for H.264, which is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC. Without compromising image quality, Axis’ H.264 encoder can reduce bandwidth and storage requirements by more than 80 percent compared with Motion JPEG and as much as 50 percent more than with the MPEG-4 Part 2 standard. The products also support Motion JPEG for increased flexibility.

The AXIS Q7401 and AXIS Q7406 can also provide multiple, individually configurable video streams from each channel at full frame rate in all resolutions. Both products include intelligent capabilities such as enhanced video motion detection and active tampering alarm.

The AXIS Q7401 also supports Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), which enables the unit, as well as the analog camera that is connected to it, to receive power through the network cable. It also offers two-way audio and audio detection, and has an SD/SDHC memory card slot for local storage.

The AXIS Q7900 Rack offers an expandable system that is ideal for use in installations with large numbers of analog cameras. The 19-inch rack holds up to 14 hot-swappable video encoder blades. With four ports that support Gigabit Ethernet, it can handle multiple video streams from each analog channel. It is also highly reliable with its redundant power supply units. In addition, it enables fan cassettes to be changed without the need to cut off power.

The Axis video encoders offer the market’s most comprehensive set of network capabilities, optimizing the network video solution for security, efficiency and manageability. The products are also supported by the AXIS Camera Station video management software, as well as the industry’s largest base of application software through Axis’ Application Development Partner program. The products are available through Axis’ distribution channels in Q3 2008.