AXIS Motion Guard

Smart motion detection


  • Indoor and outdoor motion detection
  • Multiple profiles for extra flexibility
  • Perspective configuration for fewer false alarms
  • Bounding box alarm overlay in live and recorded videos
  • Quick and easy configuration

AXIS Motion Guard is a video motion detection application that detects and triggers an alarm whenever an object, such as a person or vehicle, moves within predefined areas in a camera’s field of view. It is ideal for low-traffic areas such as after-hours monitoring of office buildings, retail stores, industrial properties, vehicle depots and other unattended areas in non-critical applications. 

AXIS Motion Guard can be used by indoor and outdoor Axis network video products with firmware 7.x and higher. It is available for free download.

More effective. More efficient.

AXIS Motion Guard integrates with a camera’s event management functions. This means you can decide how you want the system to automatically respond to detected movement in defined areas.

Having the camera send live video and email alerts to security staff allows a guard to focus on potential problems and take preventive action. Setting the camera to send and record video only on alarm also makes reviewing and searching for incidents easier, and reduces bandwidth and storage requirements. You can also program the camera to activate a loudspeaker or turn on lights to scare off intruders.

Fewer false alarms

AXIS Motion Guard uses intelligent algorithms to cut back on costly false alarms. It analyzes movement and ignores ordinary background motion. It further supports false alarm filters that can disregard motion caused by short-lived objects such as headlights, swaying foliage and small moving objects such as animals.

The small object filter can be further refined using perspective configuration. This function allows you to configure the application to associate an object’s image size at different distances from the camera, with the actual size of that object. In this way, AXIS Motion Guard is able to alert security staff to the presence of a suspicious truck further away, while ignoring a harmless animal that is at close range.

Easy configuration. Extra flexibility.

AXIS Motion Guard is easy to set up and configure. The application enables you to create multiple profiles with different configurations. Each profile supports a maximum of one “include” area and three “exclude” areas. And each profile can be used simultaneously or at different times. This allows you to configure different responses to different trigger settings, or apply different trigger settings for different times of day.

The user interface provides real-time visual confirmation, supporting features such as bounding boxes that turn from green to red when an alarm is triggered. The visual confirmation makes it possible to ensure that objects are correctly detected.

Configuring AXIS Motion Guard
Profiles and Alarm Overlay

Alarm overlay

On a number of Axis video products, AXIS Motion Guard supports alarm overlays that help you easily determine the objects that are triggering the alarms. Taking the form of red bounding boxes around alarm-triggering objects, the overlays can be used on one selected video resolution and are permanently burnt in into any live or recorded video using that resolution.


Download software

The latest version of this software is 2.3.0

Compatible with

Axis network video products with firmware 7.x and higher. See list here