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Axis launches body-worn camera


March 18, 2020
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff
Image courtesy Axis Communications

Axis Communications announced Wednesday its first body-worn camera solution for law enforcement and private security.

The announcement came during a virtual press conference in lieu of Axis’s regular press breakfast at ISC West, which was postponed to July as a result of COVID-19 concerns.

Axis said that its solution includes a camera, docking station and system controller, and has been designed on open system architecture, allowing it to be integrated with a range of VMS and evidence management systems. The system can be used on-premise or in the cloud with Axis Camera Station, the company’s VMS solution, as well as third-party tools.

“When we’re in the process of developing a new solution, we’re always committed to deliver the best possible quality of video and audio within the constraints of the specific form factor.  For the body worn camera, obvious challenges relate to finding the optimum combination of size, weight, the need for robustness and maximizing battery life. To get all these elements right, our research and iterative design process included numerous conversations with customers, multiple product prototypes and a number of early-stage pilot projects,” said Fredrik Andersson, global product manager, New Solutions Initiative at Axis Communications, in a statement.

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“The same level of thoroughness has been applied throughout the solution, not just the camera unit. We took a holistic view of the customer requirement, from video capture in the field to presentation of evidence in the courtroom. This is where the openness became imperative – customers didn’t want to be forced into a specific VMS and EMS – and also drove key aspects related to security and ensuring the integrity of evidence.”

The camera captures video up to 1080p @30fps and audio through dual microphones for noise suppression capabilities.

Wide dynamic range technology is employed for image quality and Zipstream, Axis’s compression solution, is designed to reduce demands on storage. Battery power is designed to cover a “full shift,” according to Axis, with 12 hours of normal usage and the capability for charging in-car or from a power bank.

The docking station and the system controller are separate units. The system controller provides a single integration and management point, and fast video offloading (100Mbit per camera), according to the company. All data is encrypted both at rest and in transfer using AES256 and TLS.

The camera also features built-in:
• GPS/GNSS receiver for location tracking
• Bluetooth Low Energy 4.1
• IEEE 802.11b/g/n
• 6-axis gyro and accelerometer

An Axis Body Worn Assistant mobile application allows users to review footage and add categories, descriptions and notes.

The body-worn camera solution will be available in Q2 of this year.


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