Published on 26 April, 2012
Axis Communications recently announced a series of outdoor-ready, dual PTZ network cameras. The cameras offer pan/tilt flexibility and simultaneous video streams from a visual camera and a thermal camera, and allow detection, recognition and identification from one single unit even in darkness and difficult light conditions. The combined visual/thermal camera unit provides a powerful surveillance solution, making it ideal for round-the-clock surveillance of restrictive areas, building premises and harbours.
“Axis’ new dual PTZ cameras combine a thermal camera and a visual HDTV camera in one housing unit. They are the answer to mission-critical surveillance scenarios that demand 24-hour monitoring of restricted areas,” says Phil Doyle, regional director, Northern Europe, Axis Communications. “We believe that the outdoor-ready AXIS Q87-E Network Camera Series is a powerful surveillance solution that perfectly synchronises pan and tilt movements. It offers an exceptional ability to detect, recognise and identify objects even in low light or adverse weather conditions.”
An AXIS Q87-E Network Camera consists of one thermal network camera and one visual camera mounted on a motor that allows the entire unit to tilt and pan, and the models are connected to the network using one Ethernet cable. AXIS Q87-E Series comprises two models: AXIS Q8721-E provides a visual HDTV 1080i network camera with 10x optical zoom and autofocus, and a thermal network camera with 384x288 resolution. AXIS Q8722-E provides the same visual camera but its thermal camera offers higher resolution, VGA (640x480). The thermal camera can achieve higher detection accuracy than a visual camera in complete darkness and adverse weather conditions. The visual camera with its high-definition images allows for better identification possibilities. At night, the visual camera can benefit from optional add-on IR illuminators with a range of 100 metres.
Each camera has an SD/SDHC memory card slot for storing recordings locally. AXIS Q87-E models can pan 360° endlessly and tilt between +45° to -20° with a preset accuracy of 0.02°. The products are IP66 rated and have operating temperature ranges between -30 ºC to 45 ºC (-22 ºF to 113 ºF).
AXIS Q87-E Network Camera Series is supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software through the Axis’ Application Development Partner Program as well as by AXIS Camera Station. The cameras include support for AXIS Camera Application Platform for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with additional intelligent capabilities.
AXIS Q87-E Network Camera Series will be available in Q2, 2012.