Award-winning AXIS Camera Companion in new upgrade

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AXIS has released an upgrade to its AXIS Camera Companion video surveillance solution, including improved site sharing capabilities and digital zoom support.

The rapid evolution of the multiple award-winning AXIS Camera Companion continues. Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today presents a new release.

“As of April 2013 we have registered over 60,000 downloads of the free software client. This indicates that users really appreciate the simplicity and the superb HDTV image quality offered by AXIS Camera Companion,” said Peter Friberg, Axis’ Director of System and Services.

“By combining the advantages of a de-centralized system with the power the cloud brings, we can provide the market with a very flexible, easy-to-use and affordable recording solution.”

The new version also includes support for digital zoom in live and recorded video. Customers can now take advantage of the increasing range of HDTV cameras, as well as support for the panoramic views from Axis’s 360° fixed dome cameras, providing great overview and details with only one camera.

AXIS Camera Companion allows small business owners to easily navigate to different sites and by the use of HDTV network cameras clearly identify intruders, shoplifters and other incidents. Video can be viewed live and recordings played back from anywhere – onsite or remotely over the Internet.

Unlike analogue surveillance installations, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device – a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR), or even a computer. All images are recorded onto a standard SD memory card in each camera, and the cameras keep recording even if the network fails. The cameras are powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables. This reduces cost, simplifies installation, and makes the system more robust as there is no single point of failure. To further protect customers’ investments, existing analog cameras can be integrated via video encoders.

Further features of AXIS Camera Companion include:

  • Third-party apps for viewing live and recorded video and for integration of Public View Monitors for loss prevention on leading smartphones and tablets, such as iPhone, iPad and Android.
  • Support for 64 GB SDXC cards in all network video products with SD card capabilities
  • Administrator, operator and viewer user access levels
  • Support for motion detection and pan/tilt/zoom control and one-way audio
  • Easy and secure export of video and snapshots from single or multiple cameras


“When we add new cameras to our range, it’s vital they are easy to set up and adhere to the very highest quality standards. Previously we installed analogue cameras for our clients, but when we started looking at Axis’ alternatives, we quickly realised there would be numerous advantages to using to an IP video surveillance system.

“One of the best selling points for Axis’ cameras was the sheer ease with which they can be set up. It can be quite a steep learning curve when installing a new system, but Axis’ staff are incredibly helpful and talked us through the whole process from start to finish; it really made the whole thing a breeze. The ease with which our clients can get up and running with an Axis system also means we can install them for more clients in one day.

“We now have our first few customers under our belt, who are all delighted with the added flexibility they get from the Axis Camera Companion and who enjoy the ease of being able to monitor their shops on their smartphone and check their domestic driveway in HD and on the go, all at an appealing price.”
Matt Morrell, director, Safe Simple Secure Limited

“We have been installing Axis network video solutions for two years now, and have been absolutely delighted with the service we’ve received. Axis cameras are solid and reliable which means, as installers, we can ‘fit and forget’, because we know that once they’re installed, they will keep on working.

“The quality of Axis cameras doesn’t just end with reliability either; the hardware is really ahead of the curve. For example, Axis’ edge storage technology is a great innovation that allows us to create more bespoke solutions for our clients, either by allowing us to create small, affordable solutions that don’t require a DVR or NVR, or for customers who want the added reassurance of having coverage at all times. If a part of the system fails, it’s great to know that the cameras can keep functioning.

“Perhaps the best thing about Axis cameras is that you get all this quality and innovation in product that’s easy to install and at the right price.”
Ben Aspland, project manager, Obsidian Security


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