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Axis Launches New Lines of IP Video Cameras

Axis Communications has released a new round of IP-based video surveillance equipment. The company's Axis M11 network cameras support HDTV quality and the H.264 video compression standard. These fixed cameras capture 30 frames per second, use power over Ethernet, and range in price from $349 to $549.

On the higher end, the company has developed two network cameras, the Axis P1347 and the outdoor-ready Axis P1347-E, which are intended for installations that require extremely high image detail or coverage of a large area. Both deliver digital pan/tilt/zoom and multi-view streaming with 5 megapixel resolution video at 12 frames per second. These cameras run on power over Ethernet and also support two-way audio, audio detection, an active tampering alarm, input/output ports, and a built-in SD/SDHC card slot for local storage of recordings. The P1347 will be available in June for $1,499, and the P1347-E will be out in July 2010 for $1,749.

Axis has also released the T8310, a modular control board that supports the use of a joystick, keypad, and jog dial to simplify pan/tilt/zoom control of cameras on the network and management of recorded video. The device allows users to select different cameras views and search through recorded video. Modules, which are available to be used separately or together, include a joystick with a turn knob for pan/tilt/zoom control and six push buttons; a video surveillance keypad to navigate between workspaces, cameras, views, and PTZ presets; and a video surveillance jog dial, used to move through recorded video. When using the control board, the modules are interconnected via a USB interface, with the keypad serving as a hub. The control board is priced at $1,149; the joystick and jog dial are each $399; the keypad is $449.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

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