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Axis introduces unique thermal network cameras for professional surveillance

Published on 21 January, 2010
Axis has introduces new thermal network cameras for professional surveillance 
The new cameras use thermal imaging and integrate with video surveillance systems 

Axis Communications, the global market leader in the network video market, has introduced Axis Q1910 and Axis Q1910-E Thermal Network Cameras, two unique products that perfectly complement any network video system that is required to secure an area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new cameras use thermal imaging, which allows users to detect people and incidents with great reliability even in complete darkness and other difficult conditions.

"We see a great demand from customers in high-end professional applications to enhance their IP-Surveillance systems with thermal cameras," says Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer, Axis Communications.

"Up until now, there have been no full-featured thermal network cameras available on the market, and analogue thermal cameras have proven a challenge to integrate with modern video surveillance systems. AxisQ1910 and Q1910-E change this by being the industry's first thermal cameras that mesh perfectly with any network video system, delivering all the benefits that customers have learned to expect from network cameras."

Thermal cameras create images based on the heat that always radiates from any object, vehicle or person. This gives thermal cameras the power to see through complete darkness and deliver images that allow operators to detect and act on suspicious activity. Thermal cameras can also handle many difficult weather conditions better than conventional cameras, e.g. allowing operators to see through haze, dust and smoke.

Axis Q1910 is designed for indoor surveillance, while Axis Q1910-E is an IP66-rated, outdoor-ready camera

Axis Q1910 is designed for indoor surveillance, while Axis Q1910-E is an IP66-rated, outdoor-ready camera. "Axis Q1910/-E Thermal Network Cameras are an excellent complement to conventional cameras within area protection, perimeter monitoring and building security. Another typical scenario is monitoring of freeways and railways - including platforms, bridges and tunnels," says Johan Paulsson.

Both cameras offer competitive thermal imaging capabilities such as 160 x128 resolution, 8.33 fps and 17° angle of view. In addition, they are unique on the market in supporting key IP-Surveillance features such as H.264 and Motion JPEG, audio, local storage and Power over Ethernet. Intelligent video is a key component of any thermal camera, and Axis Q1910/-E provide tampering alarm, motion detection, and support for Axis Camera Application Platform.

Axis Q1910/-E Thermal Network Cameras are supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner program as well as Axis Camera Station. They also support the ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products. The cameras will be available in January 2010 through Axis' distribution channels.

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