updated 11:45 am EST, Tue December 16, 2003
MPEG-2 network videocam
Axis today launched the first network camera based on MPEG-2 compression. Designed for around-the-clock security and surveillance applications, the is a day/night camera that delivers 30fps of DVD-quality video and synchronized audio over IP networks. It is designed for customers requiring continuous, high quality audio and video in a variety of lighting conditions, such as departments of transportation, airports, casinos, hospitals and universities.
The camera's MPEG-2 video and audio compression enables the AXIS 230 to provide the highest quality video (up to 720x576 pixels) and DVD-quality audio while consuming low amounts of bandwidth. It includes an 18x optical zoom lens as well as a 12x digital zoom that can be controlled remotely via the Internet. In addition, the network camera has a built-in microphone for one-way audio from camera to viewer. The AXIS 230 also provides support for multicasting over a local area network, allowing an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers.
The AXIS 230 provides color video in daytime lighting and black and white video in the dark, with or without an infrared (IR) illuminator. Authorized users can access and manage all audio and video feeds via the Internet and a standard Web browser. Other features include an audio-based alarm that will send an alert based on a selected volume level. The AXIS 230 will be available in the first quarter of 2004 for $2,000.