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Axis Communications has announced the AXIS Q86 PT Head network camera series, a product line that includes visual and thermal cameras. The pan-tilt capabilities, with low-light visual and thermal features, make the cameras suitable the Swedish makers say for perimeter protection, border control and transportation monitoring.
Erik Frännlid, Axis’ Director of Product Management, says: “With the introduction of fast moving pan/tilt head cameras we offer operators managing perimeter protection and border surveillance a solution for covering large areas, reducing the number of cameras needed. The PT head’s rapid movements of up to 100 degrees per second make video surveillance more efficient and secure and serves as a deterrent to potential intruders as well.”
The Q86 series consists of two visual models and two thermal models. The visual model Q8665-E PTZ camera, pictured is most suitable the company says where there is ambient illumination during night time, such as in cities or highways where streetlights are present. For surveillance in complete darkness the Q8665-LE PTZ camera comes with integrated IR LED illuminators that can monitor a distance up to 150m (164 yd) from the camera, for use the firm says at perimeters or fields.
The thermal models (AXIS Q8631-E/Q8632-E) can be used in complete darkness, for long-distance surveillance and in difficult weather according to the makers. They are a choice when the installation of IR light is not feasible or recognition is required for distances of more than 150 m/164 yd. Thermal imaging is the firm says suited for monitoring critical infrastructure such as solar plants, data centres, nuclear stations and electrical substations, as well as transport installations for highways, airfields and harbours.
The visual cameras come with a wiper to remove excess water or rain that impedes vision. In those places with high risk for dust, salt, sand and emission of soot from vehicles, a washer can be purchased to clean the window of the cameras. The new Q86 series is planned to be available in the third quarter of 2015, through Axis’ distribution channels.