Award-winning AXIS Camera Companion Client Software Upgraded
to Support Audio, Video Identification, Public View Monitors
and Corridor Format
After topping 20,000 downloads, ASIS
Accolades-winning software a popular choice for retail
and small business environments; new AXIS M1014 Network
Surveillance Kits create most affordable 720p HDTV
CHELMSFORD, Mass. – ASIS International Booth #2622 –
September 5, 2012 –
Axis Communications, the world leader in network
video, today announces a major upgrade to the free
award-winning software client,
AXIS Camera Companion, that includes support for
audio, Public View Monitors,
Axis’ Corridor Format and video identification.
These upgrades to AXIS Camera Companion, which was
recently named "Security’s Best Winner" in the
2012 ASIS Accolades Awards Competition, will be
especially beneficial for retail stores that have
surveillance systems of 16 cameras or less.
"The first version of AXIS Camera Companion was well
received by the market. By August 2012, we had already
registered more than 20,000 downloads of the software.
This indicates that users really appreciate the
simplicity of AXIS Camera Companion and the superb HDTV
image quality offered by IP cameras," said Peter Friberg,
director of system and services, Axis Communications,
AB. "Based on input from customers and partners, we are
taking the next step (with this upgrade) and introducing
a selection of features that will add even more value
for small business owners."
New features of AXIS
Camera Companion 1.2 include:
• Support for
one-way audio to easily listen in on the area under
surveillance. Since AXIS Camera Companion leverages IP
technology, audio integration is simple and affordable
with a single network cable to transmit both audio and
• Integration with
Public View Monitors for loss prevention in retail
environments. By downloading a third-party application
to a mobile device, the cameras can be configured to
stream live images to any standard monitor.
• Ability to leverage Axis’ unique
Corridor Format with compatible network cameras to
produce a portrait-view, 9:16 aspect ratio for more
accurate surveillance of vertically-oriented areas such
as hallways, staircases and aisles.
• Features for digital identification of exported
material to ensure that the video is accurately
preserved for use as evidence.
Axis also announces the availability of
AXIS M1014 Network Camera Series Surveillance Kits,
a package of four 720p HDTV IP cameras coupled with an
AXIS Camera Companion CD starting at $799 that is
perfect for the smaller retail store.
Unlike analog CCTV installations, AXIS Camera Companion
does not require a central recording device – i.e. a
digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder
(NVR) or even a computer to operate – making the
IP-based digital surveillance system affordable and easy
to use for small camera system owners. All images are
recorded onto a standard SD memory card inside each
camera or video encoder, and the system continues to
record even if the network fails.
The free AXIS Camera Companion client software enables
surveillance system owners of 16 cameras or less to use
network cameras – including HDTV-quality cameras – to
help clearly identify intruders, shoplifters and other
incidents as part of an affordable IP-based surveillance
system. Video can be viewed live and recordings played
back either onsite or remotely over the Internet, and
the system supports third-party apps on leading
smartphones and tablets, including iPhone, iPad and
Android devices. The system supports motion detection
and PTZ control, and video clips and snapshots can be
easily exported to colleagues and authorities.
AXIS Camera Companion will be formally named the ASIS
Accolades "Security’s Best Winner" at the ASIS
International 2012 award luncheon on Monday, Sept. 10th.
Additionally, the software client will be on display
recently announced AXIS P3384/-V Fixed Dome Network
Camera in the Accolades Showcase in the Grand Hall
during next week’s show. Winners will also be
highlighted during the Seminar’s "What’s New on the
Floor" session on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 1:45-3:00 p.m.
in Room 114 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
AXIS Camera Companion was also honored with an
ESX Maximum Impact Award as the Best Video Surveillance
System in June 2012.
The new AXIS Camera Companion 1.2 software client is
available immediately for free download from