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Axis develops rugged video encoder for tough environments

The new video encoder is “ideal for demanding applications such as traffic monitoring, city surveillance, airports and railway stations”.

“With the recent successful introduction of a completely new product range of cost-effective and affordable video encoders, we are now taking the next step with the launch of the rugged and versatile Axis Q7424-R video encoder,” explained Phil Doyle, regional director for Northern Europe.

“The video encoder, which withstands tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks and extreme temperatures, offers our customers excessive flexibility. Its addition makes for an excellent complement to our existing video encoder portfolio, offering customers a rugged video encoder suitable for a variety of tough applications.”

The new video encoder complies with the American NEMA TS-2 standard for temperature, vibration and shock and supports operating temperatures of -40 degrees C to +75 degrees C (-40 degrees F to +167 degrees F).

They encode one to four analogue video sources and provide “outstanding performance” in order to gain the attractive benefits of professional network video technology. The video encoder supports key IP surveillance features such as H.264 and Motion JPEG, two-way audio, Edge storage with the built-in SD/SDHC memory card slot and Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af).

Furthermore, the video encoder features a 1 Gbps SFP slot for fibre connection as well as an Ethernet port.

Axis’ Q7424-R provides powerful event management capabilities with embedded intelligent video features such as tampering alarm, motion detection and audio detection, in addition to support for the company’s Camera Application Platform applications on one video channel.

The video encoder also includes PTZ support enabling control of analogue PTZ cameras.

For even more network interface flexibility, the Axis Q7424-R can be used together with the T8604 media converter switch, in turn providing two SFP slots and two Ethernet ports.

The Q7424-R is supported by Camera Station video management software as well as the industry’s largest base of application software through Axis’ Application Development Partner program. The video encoder also supports the ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products.

The Q7424-R video encoder and T8604 media converter switch will be available to order from March.

Axis introduces ARTPEC-4 for improved video quality and analytics in network video systems

Axis Communications has also introduced a new chip, the ARTPEC-4. The latest version of the market-leading system-on-chip for network video products significantly enhances image quality and video analytics performance in Axis’ network video cameras and video encoders.

ARTPEC-4 is designed to offer video with lower noise and higher light sensitivity for sharper images of moving objects. The chip is a key enabler of Axis’ Lightfinder technology, which allows cameras to ‘see’ clearly in dark and low-light conditions.

Lightfinder is included in the award-winning Axis Q1602 network camera, “the market’s most light sensitive surveillance camera”.

In this latest chip, Axis has further improved H.264 compression. ARTPEC-4 supports simultaneous H.264 and Motion JPEG streams, and the built-in multiple streaming means that video streams can be optimised individually.

All in all, this leads to better HDTV images, increased flexibility and lowered costs for network and storage.

With a powerful CPU and a co-processor for accelerating video analytics, ARTPEC-4 also boasts more processing power for intelligent video analysis. This is particularly beneficial for analytics applications running on the Axis Camera Application Platform for scalable, distributed analytics in video surveillance.

As the move from analogue video surveillance to IP surveillance solutions accelerates, video encoders are generating significant interest from the market. Since ARTPEC-4 offers improved de-interlacing and multi-channel video ports on one chip, it lowers the cost per port for video encoders and enables more affordable, multi-channel video encoder products.

ARTPEC-4 is optimised for Axis-branded video encoders and cameras, and will complement the existing chip portfolio (which also includes the world’s first HDTV-enabled network camera chip, the ARTPEC-3).

“The development of ARTPEC-4 underlines the importance of our in-house development in cementing our leadership in the technology field,” asserted Phil Doyle.

“With our newest chip we see improved image quality leading to more usable video surveillance systems, broadening the usage of Axis cameras in more applications and extending the scope of where they can be used.”

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