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Jay Kay Event – Axis

May 4, 2013

During the Jay Kay Systems event, we had opportunities to meet in small groups with each manufacturer. These are my notes from the various sessions.

Axis
Scott – out of Calgary

IP Cameras
Axis tries to deal with standards – HDTV – min 720p, 30 fps, etc.
Megapixel -> not really a standard, different companies can refer to it differently

WDR – Wide Dynamic Range -> Helps with severe bright background light.

H.264 reduce HD video from 23 mbps to 1.8ish mbps – very nice.

Going from 30 fps to say 15 fps really isn’t much different in what we can see, but reduces bandwidth and storage significantly.

Lightfinder – take a really faint light source, make a very nice video picture.

IR Illumination is a little tougher – bit of a niche technology -> hard to have good picture quality.

Cameras have some built-in analytics. ie. Loitering, dwell time, people count.

Three product lines:

m – entry level – great image quality, may not have day night, no audio, fixed view
p – -40 temperature rating, maybe some i/o ports, maybe audio
q – Very nice

m series has 1 year warranty
p/q has 3 years warranty

There is a software package that can be downloaded, but really intended for managing a camera or two.

Really focus on the cameras, NOT the management software.

I was really impressed with the Axis approach, their camera products and their willingness to be very clear about where their strengths and weaknesses are.

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