Axis adds auto-tracking to its PTZ dome cams

July 29, 2008
New feature allows cameras to automatically follow moving objects

Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, today announced auto-tracking functionality for its top-of-the-line AXIS 233D Network Dome Camera.

Auto-tracking will detect a moving person or vehicle and follow it within the camera’s area of coverage. Auto-tracking is particularly beneficial in unmanned video surveillance situations where the occasional presence of people or vehicles requires special attention.

Video surveillance often takes place at times and in areas with little or no activity -- for example, at schools and offices after working hours, or at retail stores, hotel corridors and parking garages during nighttime. Such situations usually have an unmanned video surveillance setup with automated recording.

The challenge is in ensuring that when an incident occurs, the right part of a scene is recorded with ample image quality to enable identification. Costs often prohibit the installation of large numbers of cameras or the use of operators to control manually pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras. Axis’ auto-tracking solves this by enabling a PTZ dome camera to follow automatically an object moving in a scene.

"Axis’ auto-tracking enables a single PTZ dome camera to cover a large area and to detect automatically, follow and record video of moving persons or vehicles," said Fredrik Nilsson general manager, Axis Communications. "In unmanned surveillance situations, the auto-tracking functionality not only substantially cuts down the cost of the solution since fewer cameras are needed to cover a scene, but it also increases the effectiveness of the solution."

Auto-tracking is embedded in the AXIS 233D and allows for scalability and flexibility that are not achievable with analog camera technology. The added intelligent video functionality exemplifies Axis’ strategy of continually increasing the value of its network video products by introducing more functionality.

Auto-tracking is now available as a feature in the AXIS 233D. Current AXIS 233D owners can install auto-tracking for free by downloading the latest firmware at