Axis collaborates with technology institute for apps development
Axis Communications is collaborating with Boston-based Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) to supply students with a yearly hands-on training program. The goal is to accelerate IP-video surveillance learning and software application development in the physical security industry.
WIT was founded in 1904 and caters to areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science, and computer networking.
The educational initiative began with Axis providing network video equipment and training for professors and student in Wentworth’s Department of Computer Science and Networking. The professors encouraged students to design applications that they believed would help deal with challenges in the security industry, such as retail store management, webcasting and telemedicine.
Students are developing applications using the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP), an open platform that enables software developers to create third party applications that can be downloaded to run inside Axis IP cameras and video encoders.
Wentworth students Nicholas Gelfman and Joshua Ramirez, with the help of associate Provost and Professor Chuck Hotchkiss, presented the “Smarter Surveillance” at ISC West. It was created over the past semester using Axis’ embedded Linux environment.
Gelfman, a computer science major, with the guidance of Professor David Rilett, tried to create a motion detection application for Axis cameras that could improve the number of tasks, such as enabling the camera to detect when object is moving toward it, in order to prevent vandalism or damage.
Ramirez, a computer information systems major who also manages Wentworth’s Internet Radio Station, WIRE, created an object and facial tracking application used for time logging of recognized objects.
“Wentworth provides students practical, hands-on learning experiences and our collaboration with Axis offers a unique framework that encourages students to build new and creative applications on top some of the world’s most innovative network video technology,” said Hotchkiss in a press release. “We were eager to put Axis’ impressive IP camera technology in the hands of students to further their education and help them craft their real-world developer skills.”
Other IP-video applications produced on Wentworth’s campus that were not displayed at ISC West include:
• Customizable in-camera filters to improve image quality inspired by High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography;
• A free video management system that automatically detects and resolves Axis IP cameras on the network and enables instant remote control over some core functionality; and
• Real-time video effect modification of live images.