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Axis Intros Smallest, ‘Smartest’ HD Network Cam Around

The AXIS M1054 Network Camera, the latest in the AXIS M10 Series, provides 30 frames per second in HDTV 720p resolution.

High-definition security isn’t just for casinos. Now Axis Communications is bringing the benefits of HD to a broader user base with a lineup of new cameras, including one the company says is the smallest and smartest HD network camera available.

AXIS M1054 Network Camera

“The current rapid adoption of high-definition TV–-led by the sports entertainment industry–has made HDTV network video products one of the fastest growing and most demanded technologies in the security and surveillance industry,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications Inc. “With these innovative and affordable product releases, a whole new group of end-users can now experience the resolution, full frame rate, aspect ratio and color fidelity of HDTV surveillance, packaged together with the many other core benefits of Axis network cameras.”

Add to that the efficiency of H.264 compression, which reduces bandwidth needs by up to 50 percent, and the technology should spread more and more.

The AXIS M1054 Network Camera, the latest in the AXIS M10 Series, provides 30 frames per second in HDTV 720p resolution. It comes with Power over Ethernet IEEE 802.3af support

AXIS M1054 includes the same features as the popular AXIS M1031-W (excluding the wireless interface), such as a passive infrared (PIR) sensor for detecting movement even in the dark, and a white LED light for illuminating the scene when motion is detected or when requested by the user. It also features two-way audio with an integrated microphone and speaker, allowing remote users to listen in on an area and communicate with visitors or intruders. Uploaded or recorded audio clips can also be played in response to an alarm event. In addition to these features, it includes I/O (one input and one output) for connecting devices such as sensors and external relays to activate lights or open/close doors.

Axis is also introducing the AXIS M32 Series and P3304, flexible and easy-to-install HDTV solutions.

The AXIS M32 Series is a brand new line of compact fixed dome cameras for users that require dependable, affordable video surveillance at an affordable cost. The AXIS M3204/-V offer HDTV 720p / 1 megapixel resolution at full frame-rate, while AXIS M3203/-V operate in SVGA resolution. The M32 cameras come with practical features such as Power-over-Ethernet, varifocal lens and mechanical design adapted for flexible adjustment of field of view.

The AXIS P3304 and AXIS P3304-V are HDTV versions of the AXIS P33 Series and offer discreet video surveillance with superior image quality, including wide dynamic range and auto-iris in 720p / 1 megapixel resolution at full frame-rate. They also offer Power over Ethernet in addition to two-way audio and powerful event capabilities. The company figures they’re suited for schools, banks, retail stores, prisons and airports.

The P3304/-V also support the AXIS Camera Application Platform, which enables development of intelligent video applications to be installed directly on the network camera.

The vandal-resistant models, AXIS M3203-V, AXIS M3204-V and AXIS P3304-V, feature a rugged, vandal-resistant casing with a metal base specifically adapted for environments subject to the risk of vandalism.

All cameras in the AXIS M32 Series as well as the AXIS P3304/-V and M1054 provide multiple, individually configurable H.264 and Motion JPEG streams and utilize progressive scan technology to provide HDTV images of moving objects without motion blur. Furthermore, the new network cameras offer sophisticated software features such as digital PTZ, and the M32 Series and P3304/-V come equipped with a pixel counter that helps verify that the pixel resolution of an object or face meets regulatory or specific customer requirements.

The cameras will be available in Q2 2010 through Axis’ distribution channels and will be offered at the following suggested retail prices: AXIS M32 Series will range from $399-$539; the AXIS P3304/-V will be set at $699/$739; and the M1054 at $399.

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