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Network surveillance cameras with embedded audio analytics

Axis Communications : 24 October, 2012  (Company News)
Axis Communications has partnered with Sound Intelligence to create embedded audio analytics functionality into its range of network IP surveillance cameras
Network surveillance cameras with embedded audio analytics

Sound Intelligence, a supplier of advanced audio analytics technology, is the first worldwide partner of Axis Communications to integrate embedded audio analytics into its network video cameras.

Cameras with embedded audio analytics enable users to recognise sounds based on preconfigured parameters for example aggression, gun shots, car alarms, breaking glass or graffiti spray cans, while other sounds can be filtered and ignored. The precise detection of these aggressive sounds allows for early intervention and the right action being taken by authorities.

Audio analytics have been around for a while, but this is the first time they have been integrated into the camera rather than using an external server. This has been possible due to the processing power available in Axis' cameras and the fact Axis' ARTPEC-4 chip using its Camera Application Platform can be programmed.

Daren Lang, business development manager, Axis Communications said: "Putting the technology into the cameras means that audio analytics do not have to rely on a central server, saving on cost as well as increasing flexibility and  scalability, as the analytic can be deployed to compatible legacy camera systems. Additionally, bandwidth can be saved as there is no need to stream in full HD all the time; only when a desired sound is detected."

Thanks to increased simplification, flexibility and cost savings, small systems, hosted systems and systems with limited Internet connectivity (ADSL, 2G/3G) can now benefit from advanced audio analytics by means of this embedded solution.

Derek van der Vorst, CEO of Sound Intelligence said: "We are very proud to be the first partner to bring this solution to market with Axis Communications. Our software is the ears while Axis' cameras are the eyes and will add real value to both legacy and new systems. This new solution is targeting prisons, healthcare institutions, city surveillance, banks and ATMs, public transport, retailers and car parks."

Sound Intelligence has been an Axis Communications Application Development Partner (ADP) for more than 7 years and its commitment to developing an edge-based audio analytic for Axis' cameras further enhances Axis' channel partners' offering to the end customer.

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