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Axis Communications unveils version 2.1 of award winning AXIS Camera Companion

Published on 20 September, 2013

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, unveils version 2.1 of the popular and award-winning AXIS Camera Companion, the digital surveillance solution used in installations of 16 cameras or less. “With thousands of cameras installed every week this shows that users really appreciate the simplicity and the superb HDTV image quality offered by AXIS Camera Companion,” says Peter Friberg, Axis’ Director of System and Services.

The new version includes support for 360° overview recording with de-warping when zooming into the image. This allows users to take advantage of the benefits from Axis’ 360° fixed dome HDTV cameras, providing great overview and details with only one camera, see film.

The new release also includes support for easy installation of a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) when increased storage capacity is needed. A set-up wizard makes it possible to easily install any NAS brand to the system, and for further simplicity One-Click NAS configuration is available for selected brands.

“We know that easy operation of the system from anywhere is important to our customers. To complete the system, we have close cooperation with our partners to broaden and improve our selection of mobile viewing apps. With this release the existing apps are updated and new ones introduced.” says Peter Friberg.

Unlike analogue surveillance installations, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device – a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR), or even a computer. All images are recorded onto a standard SD memory card in each camera, and the cameras keep recording even if the network fails. The cameras are powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables. This reduces cost, simplifies installation, and makes the system more robust as there is no single point of failure. To further protect customer’s investments, existing analogue cameras can be integrated via video encoders.

Further features of AXIS Camera Companion 2.1 include:

  • Multi-view streaming to increase surveillance efficiency for multi-megapixel cameras
  • Search filter for easy navigation to different sites
  • Visual system status notification
  • Windows 8 touch screen support
  • Third-party apps for viewing live and recorded video from EyeSpyFX and BrightSentry
  • One-click configuration for NAS units from QNAP

The new AXIS Camera Companion 2.1 software client is available for free download from

The cameras are available through Axis’ security installation and system integration partners. A majority of Axis network cameras and video encoders with firmware 5.40 or later support AXIS Camera Companion.

For a complete list of the supported products, please see:

AXIS Camera Companion won ASIS Accolades Security’s Best Award, Maximum Impact Awards as the Best Video Surveillance System, both in USA and Futurshop 2012 Awards for Best Security Product in Spain.

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