Training tomorrow’s health care professionals with Axis

Fanshawe College records human patient simulation scenarios with Axis cameras, microphones and AXIS Camera Station to prepare students for demanding careers

“With AXIS Camera Station, all we have to do is turn on our computer, select whatever Axis camera we want to use, adjust the volume of the Axis microphone and we’re good to go. When we do remote viewing, we can pull up whatever camera we want and stream it live to students in a different room. It’s really quite easy.” Carol Butler, simulation lab coordinator, Fanshawe College.


Fanshawe College in London, Ontario uses clinical simulation in order to provide realistic training scenarios for aspiring health care professionals. During simulation, students interact with actors or high-tech simulation manikins (mannequins) portraying patients with clinical issues and independently providing care. The sessions are recorded so students can reflect on and review their performance afterwards—ultimately improving their practice. The lab originally relied on a complex analog camera system that generated unreliable, poor quality audio. The college needed a simplified solution that could deliver high-definition video synched with a crystal clear soundtrack.


Systems integrator and Axis partner, Durell Control Systems, Inc., recommended an IP-based solution featuring HDTV-quality fixed dome Axis cameras, Axis omni-directional microphones and AXIS Camera Station video management system. Durell outfitted each simulation room with four to six cameras and paired each camera with its own highperformance microphone. Lab technologists manage the system with AXIS Camera Station in a separate control room. Video of the simulation is archived on dedicated servers and can be retrieved to share with professors and students on request.


The Axis camera solution provides high quality audio and video that gives valuable insight to students during their learning and development. Managing sound and video through the same AXIS Camera Station software eliminates the synching problems the college experienced with its old analog system. The simulation training videos are easy to download and incorporate in presentations or broadcast over the web for remote viewing by more students. Based on this success, the system is being expanded to all simulation rooms at the college.

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