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Axis Communications, the network video product company, has introduced a modular camera series. According to the Swedish firm it not only gives customers discreet surveillance and image detail, but also flexibility in choosing units.

Erik Frännlid, Axis’ Director of Product Management, says: “AXIS F Series enables great flexibility and discreetness with superb video performance, even in high-contrast lighting conditions. The series is based on a divided network camera concept, where the camera is split into a lens and image sensor unit, and a main unit. This concept was first introduced in the AXIS P12 Series. When we developed the AXIS F Series, we took into account the feedback we received from AXIS P12 to provide customers with even better solutions.”

The divided network camera concept allows a small sensor unit, pictured, to be installed in tight places and the bigger main unit to be placed elsewhere, away from public view. The F Series consists of units that are all sold separately. The series includes AXIS F41 Main Unit and four compatible F sensor units with different form factors and lens types for different field of views. The F41 Main Unit houses the processor, network, power, SD card slot and other connections, and can connect to one F sensor unit. Each sensor unit, which consists of a lens and image sensor, comes with the choice of a 3-m or 12-m (10-ft. or 39-ft.) pre-mounted cable for connecting to the main unit.

Frännlid says: “The small sensor units give users the flexibility to easily and discreetly install them, even in very tight spaces. They can be flush-mounted in walls, ceilings, doorways, elevators and behind sheet metal with only the small lens surface visible—in the case of the pinhole unit, just a tiny hole for the lens. Certain AXIS F sensor units can also withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks and temperature fluctuations, which make them ideal for use inside and outside of emergency vehicles. The modular concept also gives customers the flexibility to purchase the sensor unit that is ideal for their application.”

The F41 Main Unit features:

Axis’ Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) – Forensic Capture, which enables details from both bright and dark areas of a scene to be visible; for scenarios such as at entrances or in front of ATMs where the subject may be dark against a bright background, or in nighttime situations where the camera must handle low-light with bright lights from vehicles, street lamps, signage and stores;

HDTV 1080p video at up to 50/60 frames per second, for capturing fast-moving objects and generating smoother video

Two-way audio

Input/output ports to external devices for enhanced alarm management

RS232 port for integration of external data to the video

Full-sized SD card slot for local storage

Power over Ethernet, as well as the option of connecting to an external power supply

Intelligent video such as video motion detection, active tampering alarm and downloadable applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform.

The four compatible AXIS F sensor units (with two cable lengths to choose from) consist of:
· IP66-rated AXIS F1005-E Sensor Unit with a fixed lens and 113 degrees horizontal field of view
· AXIS F1015 Sensor Unit with a varifocal lens for a 53 degrees to 108 degrees horizontal field of view
· AXIS F1025 Sensor Unit with a pinhole lens and 89 degrees horizontal field of view
· IP66-rated AXIS F1035-E Sensor Unit with a fisheye lens for a 194 degrees horizontal field of view.



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