Axis Communications

Axis Introduces World's Smallest MPEG-4 Network Camera

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, launched today the AXIS 207 Network Camera, a true bandwidth-efficient network camera that utilizes MPEG-4 image compression to provide the best image quality of any camera in its class. At about the size of a deck of cards (approximately 2 x 1 x 3 inches), the AXIS 207 is the world's smallest MPEG-4 network camera. It is designed for indoor surveillance and remote monitoring applications and is ideal for securing small businesses, home offices and residences.

Unlike Web cameras, the AXIS 207 operates independently of a PC and contains a built-in Web server. This enables users to access live images from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The camera provides full-motion video (up to 30 frames a second) using MPEG-4 compression or Motion JPEG video streaming. It also contains a built-in microphone that enables users to hear intruders or visitors, and its input/output port allows for the control of alarms, doors and locks. The high audio quality is guaranteed by built-in MPEG-4 AAC encoding technology in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

"The AXIS 207 provides the highest quality video of any network camera designed specifically for entry-level users," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications. "Security and surveillance has become increasingly important to small businesses, home offices and residences, and Axis is meeting this market's needs by offering a high quality camera at an affordable price."

The AXIS 207 comes with a high-quality progressive scan CMOS image sensor to provide excellent images in lighting conditions as low as one lux. It also has a built-in ActiveX media player and is compatible with QuickTime, Real Networks, Mplayer, PacketVideo, and handheld devices such as PDAs and cell phones. Additional features include alarm and event management, video motion detection and multiple user access levels with password protection.

The AXIS 207 will be available in August through Axis' distribution channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $349.