Axis Introduces Interactive 3D Camera Visualization Content for Autodesk® Revit® CAD Software

  Axis Introduces Interactive 3D Camera Visualization Content for Autodesk®
  Revit® CAD Software

    Axis Camera Families allows architects, engineers and security system
designers to interactively virtualize camera layout and fields of view during
  building design; Models include detailed metadata for Building Information

Business Wire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- February 5, 2013

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today launches a
strong addition to its toolbox for security system designers with the
introduction of Axis Camera Families, a collection of 3D surveillance camera
models to be used with Autodesk^® Revit^® ^ software.

Based on direct feedback from the Axis Architecture & Engineering (A&E)
community, Axis Camera Families includes detailed metadata required for
Building Information Modeling (BIM), such as power requirements and mounting
accessories, and the camera models created for use in Autodesk Revit 3D CAD
building layouts will allow security system designers to interactively
visualize camera coverage, select the proper Axis cameras for surveillance
needs and optimize the system layout.

“We have used Axis Camera Families in CCTV designs for our clients,” said Todd
Kotlaba, Associate & Systems Project Manager at TLC Engineering for
Architecture, who received an early release of Axis Camera Families. “The true
3D models of the cameras provide us with the ability to run clash detection
and conflict avoidance simulation with other building systems, such as
mechanical, electrical and plumbing, to avoid routing conflicts and
obstructions to a camera’s intended field of view.”

With the new 3D models in Axis Camera Families, security system designers can
place different Axis network camera icons directly into CAD building plans to
illustrate what the real life camera set-up will look like once installed and
simultaneously showcase the areas that the surveillance system will cover.
This allows designers to see exactly how the cameras fit into the building
layout while helping to reduce unexpected blind spots by easily detecting if a
camera’s field of view will be obstructed by columns or walls.

Kotlaba continued, “Axis Camera Families is extremely helpful for our clients
that often cannot visualize what will be seen when construction is complete.
The information also identifies pixels per foot for the camera selected, which
helps meet our client’s expectation for the quality of the viewable image and
recording resolution.”

With Axis Camera Families, security system planning can now be completed as an
integrated part of building design using the same exact tool flow used by
architects and engineers. Users of the CAD system can also access information
about each camera, such as the model number, mounting accessories, power
consumption and resolution.

"The role of the professional consultant is one of the most valuable in the
surveillance design process, and Autodesk Revit has become a prolific tool for
our A&E community,” said Jack Meltzer, A&E Program Manager at Axis
Communications, Inc. “By listening to their wants and needs, well designed
Revit models using Axis Camera Families can now improve planning and work
efficiency by allowing architects and engineers to showcase an interactive
representation of camera functionality that clearly demonstrates the different
fields of view. This will result in more effective value engineering, device
placement, conflict identification and aesthetic coordination.”

Axis Camera Families for Autodesk^® Revit^®, which includes the vast majority
of Axis network cameras, is available today free of charge for existing Axis
partners and members of the Axis A&E Program.

Note: BIM is a concept where all components in a building, such as walls,
doors and plumbing, are compiled in a CAD database to provide a complete
picture of every detail included in the design. This database is not only used
in planning and constructing of the building, but also throughout the
building’s entire lifespan to plan maintenance and management initiatives.

About Axis Communications

As the market leader in network video, Axis is leading the way to a smarter,
safer, more secure world – driving the shift from analog to digital video
surveillance. Offering network video solutions for professional installations,
Axis’ products and solutions are based on an innovative, open technology

Axis has more than 1,300 dedicated employees in 40 locations around the world
and cooperates with partners covering 179 countries. Founded in 1984, Axis is
a Sweden-based IT company listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker
AXIS. For more information about Axis, please visit our website


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