Network video solutions specialist, Axis Communications announces the availability of edge storage in Axis network cameras with tight integration of the capability with leading video management software (VMS) partners such as Aimetis, Genetec, Milestone, OnSSI and SeeTec.
The integration of Axis’ edge storage with VMS enables more reliable video surveillance solutions.
According to Peter Friberg, Director of Systems and Services, Axis Communications, edge storage improves reliability and flexibility in IP surveillance systems, allowing cameras to record video locally in the camera to an SD/SDHC card, or to a network device such as Network Attached Storage (NAS).
He adds that the major benefits of edge storage solutions are only realised when integrated with video management systems, delivered presently through Axis’ collaboration with leading VMS partners.
Also known as local storage or onboard recording, edge storage has been in the market for some years, but there has been no full-featured solution that integrates edge storage cameras with leading video management systems.
Edge storage solutions offer several benefits to customers in their video surveillance systems. Edge storage can be used to enhance redundancy and reliability in a system.
It can also be set up to store video in the camera during a power or network failure, or when the VMS is taken down for maintenance, and then automatically feed the recorded clips back to the VMS when the system is up again, ensuring the user gets seamless, uninterrupted video recordings.
The capability is especially useful in mission-critical installations such as airport or mass transit hubs, where edge storage in cameras that are covering entrances and exits could be a critical part of the strategic backup plan.
Morgan Pasnon, Senior Technology Alliance Manager of Genetec comments that Axis’ edge storage is a critical enabler for the innovative Video Trickling feature launched by them earlier this year in Omnicast, allowing their customers to optimise bandwidth usage by transferring and storing only video of interest on schedule, on event or manually while also offering a server-less option for remote site recording.
Providing support for Axis’ edge storage in their SeeTec 5 video management system, Roland Keiser, Chief Technology Officer at SeeTec AG says that using storage on the edge device for failover recording is an important way to increase the reliability of flexible video surveillance systems in case of a network loss.
Marc Holtenhoff, CEO of Aimetis echoes the excitement to support Axis in its Aimetis Symphony video management system, adding that edge storage is a critical enabler for their system redundancy feature, which helps Aimetis provide new ways of building dependable and fail-safe video surveillance solutions.
Christian Bohn, VP Marketing & Product Management at Milestone Systems says that they have a large, satisfied global customer base using Milestone XProtect video management software with Axis network cameras and encoders.
Milestone supports the interoperability of new technology offerings by integrating Axis’ edge storage with XProtect, and providing new ways of building even more reliable video surveillance.
Edge storage is also useful in systems with low network bandwidth where scenes could be monitored in a low bandwidth configuration, but recorded locally in very high quality. After an incident, the system can upon request retrieve high-quality recordings from the cameras.
Edge storage solutions can also be powerful tools for handling video recording in installations where network access is not constantly available, for example at very remote locations, or in mobile surveillance installations such as on trains.
Edge storage is available currently in a selection of Axis’ cameras and video encoders, and will be introduced across the portfolio over time. It is supported by several leading vendors of video management software through Axis’ Application Development Partner Program and Axis Camera Station.