New PTZ network camera for harsh environments with long-range OptimizedIR

Axis Communications has launched the AXIS Q6215-LE PTZ Network Camera in South Africa to meet the increasing demand for more heavy-duty PTZ cameras with built-in IR (Infrared) illumination.

“This camera is ideal for open-area surveillance such as airports, harbors and highways, and its robust design can withstand the toughest weather conditions including wind speeds up to 245 km/h (150 mph),” says Justin Ludik, Business Development Manager: CI & End User from Axis Communications SA.

This new model comes with a ½-inch sensor and combines great image quality with fast pan, tilt, and zoom functionality.

In addition, the camera features long-range OptimizedIR with IR-LEDs that adjust to the camera’s zoom and can deliver superior videos in low light or complete darkness up to 400m (1300ft).

Key features include:

* OptimizedIR  400m (1300ft)

* ½” sensor for high light sensitivity and dynamic

* Compliant with MIL-STD-810G and NEMA TS-2

* HDTV 1080p resolution, WDR, Lightfinder and 30x optical zoom

* AXIS Guard Suite analytics included

The camera’s flexible design allows it to be mounted facing up or down, directly to a surface or with a wall or pole mount. Additionally, it includes a wiper for removal of excess water, and is compliant with IP66, IP68, IK10 and NEMA 4X.

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Axis 7th generation of own ARTPEC chip brings powerful capabilities to cameras


Axis announces the 7th generation of its own ARTPEC chip, optimised for network video. This new chip will be the basis for the vast majority of Axis network video products in the future.

The new chip will power an array of new capabilities and features coming to Axis network cameras. These features include even better imaging, enhanced security features, powerful compression and a possibility to run impressive analytics on the edge.

Moreover, since the chip is fully developed by Axis, it provides a layer of control that is crucial for effective cybersecurity.

One of the first cameras to include this chip is the AXIS P1375, which is set to be showcased at ISC West in Las Vegas in April 2019.

“In the current market situation, we believe Axis has a strong competitive advantage as one of only a few manufacturers with our own system-on-chip,” says Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer. “We have complete control over every single transistor, which is very good from a trust and cybersecurity perspective. Plus, unlike other chips, it’s not a generic all-purpose design. Rather, it’s 100% optimised for creating high-quality Axis network video solutions.”

Even better imaging under any conditions in any mode

Thanks to a completely redesigned image processing pipeline, the chip further improves all the signature Axis technologies that have been created to address difficult light conditions. For example, Lightfinder 2.0 will deliver more saturated and realistic colors than ever in low-light, along with the sharpest images of moving objects even in the darkest areas. Likewise, Forensic WDR will provide clearer images of moving objects as well as enhanced detail in backlit scenes, or scenes with big differences between the lightest and darkest areas. Increased sensitivity to light also significantly extends the range of illumination for Axis cameras with IR.

Enhanced security features

ARTPEC-7 enables “built-in” security features for Axis cameras, including signed firmware so only secure authorized firmware can be installed, and secure boot, which prevents booting of unauthorized firmware.

Powerful compression

Future Axis cameras will also let users choose between H.264 and H.265 video encoding depending on what best suits their system and surveillance needs. Either encoding standard in combination with Axis Zipstream technology will now require even lower bandwidth and storage space without sacrificing image quality. In addition, users are free to reevaluate their choice of codec at any time if their requirements should change.

Impressive analytics on-the-edge

Finally, this chip features a real-time object detection engine that will make it possible for Axis and Axis partners to develop powerful analytics to automatically detect and differentiate between people, faces and objects.

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New explosion-protected network cameras can reduce health, safety and environmental risks


Axis Communications is pleased to announce the release and local availability of three new cameras in its ExCam XF range. The explosion-protected network cameras have been designed for industrial environments where a customer’s first concerns are the safety of employees and secondly of business operations.

With a robust exterior in a lightweight finish, the three new cameras, namely the Excam XF P1367 Explosion-Protected Network Camera, ExCam XF Q1645 Explosion-Protected Network Camera and ExCam XF Q1785 Explosion-Protected Network Camera, can be installed in hazardous industrial environments where surveillance is key. Each camera also boasts intelligent analytic capabilities enabling users to gather insights into how to improve security operations and resource allocation.

“Industrial environments are some of the most important to have surveillance in, yet they remain the hardest to monitor because of the environmental conditions that can affect the quality of images and longevity of the cameras,” states Justin Ludik, Business Development Manager, Critical Infrastructure at Axis Communications SA. “Mines, manufacturing plants, industrial factories all pose not only risks from the outside, but risks from the inside too. It is with this that the ExCam XF range has been developed to assist and address two key issues faced by industrial sites namely protecting operations and reducing health, safety and environmental risks.”

The cameras are able to withstand temperatures from -60 °C to 60 °C, and are made from robust materials, but are still light enough to ensure easy installation and management, even on high towers or buildings. All three cameras are also ATEX, IECEx, and EAC Ex, Zone 1, 2, 21, 22, IIC, IIIC certified, ensuring only the best in quality and safety. With built in Lightfinder and Forensic WDR technologies, users are assured of perfect balance in scenes with strong variations in light and they can be seamlessly integrated into your existing security system.

Notably, when a sensor is triggered, the fixed box ExCam XF explosion-protected cameras let operators visually verify safety information from the system or monitor the process to ensure operations remain running smoothly and personnel are able to work safely in the event of an incident.

Each camera in the range support a specific application, which includes:

  • ExCam XF P1367 – Features an i-CS lens that allows the camera to automatically set its focus, and the field of view can be adjusted remotely. Additionally, it delivers excellent image quality and detail even in low light. It delivers 5-megapixel resolution at 25/30 fps in H.264. This makes it ideal for detecting unauthorised individuals, monitoring employee safety in hazardous areas, monitoring production efficiency and verifying information from sensor systems.
  • ExCam XF Q1645 – The camera is engineered for light sensitivity that’s second to none and delivers HDTV 1080p resolution at 100/120 fps (with WDR disabled). It also supports electronic image stabilisation (EIS), which greatly improves video quality where the camera is subject to vibrations. Further, it also features an i-CS lens to automatically set its focus, and the field of view can be adjusted remotely. As such, it gives operators reliable real-time information about the status of the industry processes, such as monitoring temperature gauges, sensors and/or valves.
  • ExCam XF Q1785 – The camera is designed for 24/7 long-range surveillance of vital operation, such as conveyor belts. This is delivered through 32x optical zoom, combined with HDTV 1080p resolution at 50/60 fps (with WDR disabled), which provides superb zoomed-in views of people and objects of interest. Furthermore, it provides high resolution footage even under extreme lighting conditions, has barrel distortion correction for great image quality, even at the edges of the image, and supports electronic image stabilisation (EIS), which greatly improves video quality where the camera is subject to vibrations.

“These cameras are not just built for purpose but can also assist a customer to ensure operational efficiency and become proactive when faced with potential accidents in an industrial environment. For customers who are able to thwart a potential hazard or remove people from a hazardous environment by having full ‘sight’ into what is happening in the area from afar – the return on investment is massive. Not to mention the fact that lives can be saved,” ends Ludik.

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The impact of video surveillance in healthcare

Last year, in a written reply to a question in the Legislature, Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa revealed that 107 nurses had been attacked in hospitals between January 2016 and September 2017. According to the MEC many of the attacks took place at night or over the weekend, particularly in the casualty departments of hospitals.

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Making our cities smart-city-ready

The future of cities is smart interconnected systems, that drive sustainability and efficiencies, and that make the lives of the people who live in them easier.

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Axis introduces easy-to- install and easy-to-integrate explosion-protected PTZ dome camera

Axis Communications has added ExCam XPT Q6055 Explosion-Protected PTZ Network Camera with low weight and profile, to simplify installation in hazardous environments.

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Axis continues design innovation with two specialty corner cameras for specific market needs

Axis Communications has continued to listen to industry needs and announces two specialty camera models for corner-mount usage, with specific design features to meet particular use cases.

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How to curb cash-in-transit robberies

Axis Communications MEA Country Managing Director, Roy Alves as he shares his views on how to curb the spike in cash-in-transit robberies.

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Surveying the shift in customer experience within retail

Price has always been the most vital differentiator for consumers, when choosing between competing offerings. In the digital era, however, customer service and experience is fast replacing price as a way for retailers to distinguish themselves from the competition.

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Axis launches advanced 5 MP stainless-steel and 4K dome cameras for solid performance in harsh environments

Axis complements top-of-the-line AXIS Q35 Series with two multi-megapixel, outdoor-ready fixed domes. Developed for solid performance in challenging light conditions and rough environments, the new models are perfect for surveillance in a wide range of areas such as critical infrastructure, city surveillance, airports, railway stations, harbors, healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries.

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About Us

Axis is a Swedish-based IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. Founded in 1984 and operating worldwide with offices in more than 20 countries, Axis is an innovative global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analogue to digital video surveillance.  The products are used for security surveillance and remote monitoring, but also in installations in order to streamline customers’ business processes. Based on open IP standards, Axis network cameras connect to any kind of IP network, including the internet, providing advanced video analytics features, such as motion detection, audio detection and tampering alarm solutions.

Retail: the introduction of network video has revolutionised the way retail professionals work with loss prevention, store optimisation, fraud detection, security and customer service.

Education: students and teachers hampered by the threat of harassment or violence will be comforted by the presence of reliable network cameras in the school’s public spaces.

City Surveillance: Network video is one of the most useful tools for fighting crime and protecting citizens, acting both to detect and deter. In emergencies, network cameras can help police or fire-fighters pinpoint where their assistance is most needed.

Banking: solutions installed in local bank branches can transmit images to a central location for remote viewing us

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Contact Us

Tel: +27 11 548 6780

Fax: +27 11 548 6799

Address:

The Crossing
372 Main Road
Bryanston
Johannesburg

Email:sasha.bonheim@axis.com

Web: www.axis.com

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Our People

Roy Alves, Sales Director – Africa   

Sasha Bonheim, Marketing Manager

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