Axis Communications unveils new technology to automate PTZ cameras

Sweden based Axis Communication has unveiled a new technology that helps in automating PTZ camera movements. Axis Zipstream compression technology not only helps in automating PTZ camera movements, but also assists in reducing storage and bandwidth consumption needs, while surveillance operators’ pan, tilt or zoom network cameras.

As PTZ camera movements over IP cause bandwidth peaks resulting in frames being skipped, Axis zipstream technology avoids such troubles with the help of dynamic rate controller that is automatically enabled when the camera is being panned, tilted and zoomed.

Axis introduced Zip stream technology a year ago and the technology has gathered a lot of accolades from niche players in the surveillance industry. Now, the latest addition will adapt to PTZ camera movements in real time, offering further storage and bandwidth savings and making bitrate peaks a thing of the past.

The best video surveillance evidence is of no value if the system was configured to automatically overwrite the footage before it was needed. Also, it makes little sense to invest in high quality cameras when reducing the video bit rate, resolution or frame rate to a level where important details are no longer captured and footage does not provide clear evidence anymore.

Nowadays, H.264 video compression has become a standard for lowering bandwidth and storage costs. Axis Zipstream is fully compatible with existing H.264 network infrastructure and all leading video management software and ensures that users witness a 50% reduction in their bandwidth and storage usage. It’s possible by adding the new module inside the video compression engine of a network camera that ensures important details in the image will get enough attention in video streams, while unnecessary data can be eliminated.

The highlight of Zipstream is that the scenes containing interesting details are recorded in full image quality and resolution while other areas are filtered out to optimally use available bandwidth and storage. The other highlight of this technology is that important forensic details like faces, tattoos, license plates are isolated and preserved. In order to reduce video storage costs, images of white walls, lawns and vegetation are sacrificed.

More details will be updated shortly!

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