CHELMSFORD, Mass. â€“ (March 28, 2007) â€“ Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, launched today a 1.3 megapixel network camera for professional surveillance applications that provides three times better resolution than a high-resolution analog camera. The AXIS 211M Network Camera uses megapixel resolution in advanced MPEG-4 streams for achieving video surveillance with exceptional image detail. Axis Communications has a portfolio of megapixel cameras ranging from AXIS 207M, the worldâ€™s smallest wireless megapixel network camera, to AXIS 223M, a 2.0 megapixel network camera used for the most demanding video surveillance needs, and now the AXIS 211M.
The AXIS 211M, which is suitable for banking, retail, government, education and transportation applications, provides exceptional image detail enabling identification of objects and persons. For example, the technology is ideal for viewing visitors entering a bank or a store, or for close monitoring of cash register transactions. Another use of the increased resolution is to monitor an overview scene three times larger than that of a traditional analog camera.
â€œOne of the benefits with network video is the ability to use megapixel resolution, something that is not possible in analog DVR based systems,â€ said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications. â€œBecause of this, megapixel offerings like the AXIS 211M are important additions to Axisâ€™ product portfolio and will help us meet customer demands for higher resolutions.â€
The AXIS 211M delivers simultaneous Motion JPEG and advanced MPEG-4 streams in full megapixel resolution, which allows users to optimize both image quality and bandwidth consumption. The megapixel sensor uses progressive scan to drastically reduce blur on moving objects, compared to traditional NTSC cameras with interlaced video. The camera also uses a high-quality lens, with auto-iris for improving the depth of focus and protecting the sensor at intensely illuminated scenes. Other features include Power over Ethernet (PoE) support that enables the camera to be powered through the Ethernet cable, and two-way audio functionality that allows users to listen to and speak with intruders.
The AXIS 211M includes support for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) in addition to the standard IPv4. It also offers sophisticated network security capabilities such as HTTPS encryption, IEEE 802.1X for port-based authentication, multiple user access levels, and IP address filtering. It supports Quality of Service (QoS), which enables the reservation of network capacity and the prioritization of mission-critical surveillance data in a QoS-aware network.
The AXIS 211M is supported by the industryâ€™s largest base of application software through the Axis Application Development Partner program, as well as the AXIS Camera Station video management software. It will be available in Q2 through Axisâ€™ distribution channels for the manufacturerâ€™s suggested price of $749.
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. The company is the global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analog to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring, and are based on innovative, open technology platforms.