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Axeze Studio interfaces with ONVIF IP Cameras. In order to address issues of standardization of IP video surveillance, two industry groups were formed in 2008: the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). While the PSIA was founded by 20 member companies including Honeywell, GE Security and Cisco, and ONVIF was founded by Axis Communications, Bosch and Sony, each group now has numerous members and Axeze Studio operates with ONVIF.
An IP camera is a networked digital video camera that transmits data over a Fast Ethernet link. IP cameras (also called “network cameras”) are most often used for IP surveillance, a digitized and networked version of closed-circuit television (CCTV) which is now linked to access control systems like Axeze.
Benefits of IP camera over analogue technology include:
- Remote administration from any location.
- Digital zoom.
- The ability to easily send images and video anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Progressive scanning, which enables better quality images extracted from the video, especially for moving targets.
- Adjustable frame rates and resolution to meet specific needs.
- Two-way communication.
- The ability to send alerts if suspicious activity is detected.
- Lower cabling requirements.
- Support for intelligent video.
Whilst the Axeze provide a VPN to overcome the challenges of storage for IP Cameras it is worthy to note that disadvantages of IP surveillance include greater complexity and bandwidth demands. One alternative for organizations with substantial investment in analogue technology is to use a video server to, in effect, turn analogue CCTV cameras to IP cameras. A video server is a small standalone server that converts analogue signals to a digital format and provides the analogue cameras with IP addresses, but as stated this challenge is overcome with our VPN.
Nevertheless, because it offers much more sophisticated capabilities, IP surveillance is increasingly replacing analogue CCTV.