Axis Introduces Active Tampering Alarm Providing New Level of Intelligent Video

Sept. 25, 2007

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – (September 25, 2007) – Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, announced today the introduction of the Active Tampering Alarm, further enhancing its network camera offering. Active Tampering Alarm is a video intelligence feature in network cameras that enables security staff to detect disruptions by automatically alerting an operator when a camera has been diverted, obstructed or manipulated.

The Active Tampering Alarm technology in network cameras is appropriate for schools, prisons and public transportation where vandalism may be common. The technology detects incidents such as accidental redirection, blocking or even out of focus cameras. The alarm also reacts when a security camera is vandalized, spray-painted or intentionally covered by an assailant. The technology is designed for harsh conditions such as inclement weather, environmental vibrations or dirt, all of which can disturb the performance of surveillance cameras.

Without the Active Tampering Alarm, attacks, impairments or interferences can go unnoticed for long periods of time. This is especially true for applications where one operator monitors multiple cameras. “Without the Active Tampering Alarm enhancement, security can be severely compromised due to a delay in collecting and capturing useful video surveillance data,” says Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications. “The Active Tampering Alarm eliminates issues of camera manipulation by immediately alerting the control center when there has been a security breach, whether intentional or accidental.”

According to Nilsson, network cameras and video encoders from Axis Communications provide built-in video analytics that are easy to set up and are robust. The Active Tampering Alarm is designed to support security operators and resolve “real-world challenges” they face everyday. “The Active Tampering Alarm works with the advanced functionality of network cameras such as audio and video motion detection,” adds Nilsson. “Unlike analog security cameras, these intelligent features are built into network cameras and allow for ease-of-use and technology upgrades and evolution.”

The Active Tampering Alarm is available now in the AXIS 209FD-R network camera and will be available in AXIS 216FD, AXIS 221, AXIS 223 and AXIS 225 later this year. For more information, please visit