Course description:

This course gives you a solid introduction to network video surveillance. The theory is presented in a range of eLearning modules (for self-paced studies), while the hands-on exercises take place in a classroom. In the exercises you will learn how to connect and configure Axis products. Afterwards, there is a virtual help session, giving you the opportunity to review the most relevant topics and ask questions.

Practical information:

Format: eLearning + Instructor-led classrooms
Length: 8 hours eLearning + 1 day Instructor led classroom
Language: English
Current Price: Free of Charge

Course outline:

The course contains a mix of theoretical presentations and hands-on exercises.

STEP 1. eLearning modules (prerequisite for step 2):

  • 1. Portfolio overview 

    The different types of Axis network video products and their most common use-cases. How to use the Axis naming convention to identify a product’s features and capabilities. 

  • 2. How a camera sees 

    How an image is created in a network camera, components such as lenses and sensors, and terms such as focal length, field of view, exposure time and motion blur. 

  • 3. What a camera sees 

    Properties of light, wide dynamic range technologies, mechanics of thermal cameras and their most common use cases. 

  • 4. The cost of bitrate 

    What impacts the bitrate, scene complexity, purpose and functions of codecs. 

  • 5. Cybersecurity 

    Cybersecurity hardware components including system-on-chip, trusted platform module, and secure element. How Axis device ID, secure boot, and signed firmware protect product integrity. 

  • 6. System design 

    Best practices for conducting site surveys. PoE classes and power budgets. Pixel density requirements. Axis system design tools. 

  • 7. Installation and troubleshooting 

    Mounts and accessories. Hardware and software tools to facilitate installation. Troubleshooting, remote and on-premises. 

  • 8. The power of integration 

    How network audio, radar, strobe sirens and analytics can enhance a surveillance system. Entry management solutions. Function and purpose of video management software.


STEP 2. Classroom module (mandatory):

The one day classroom is focused on hands-on exercises, putting the online theory into practice. You’ll also learn how explore the settings on the camera’s web interface and how to manage multiple devices.

Course objectives:

After completing all modules, participants will have gained a solid understanding of:

  • The role of each component in a network video surveillance system
  • The inner workings of a camera
  • What makes an image usable
  • The factors that affect bandwidth consumption
  • The benefits of edge storage
  • How a camera’s output (I/O) ports enable further functionality
  • The advantages of using video analytic apps
  • How a thermal camera works
  • Cybersecurity in a network video surveillance context
  • How to troubleshoot a system and involve Axis technical support

Who should attend:

Professionals working with system integration and network video design.


Before attending the classroom session, you need to have completed the online self paced modules.


In order to get the most out of the training, you need to have an understanding of networks in an IP video context.

Before attending Network Video Fundamentals, we strongly recommend all students spend 30 minutes on Axis’ free online course Introduction to network technology and Axis network camera naming convention

It would also be desirable to read the Network Video Technical Guide.

Information about the trainer:

Mike Ruck  
Technical Trainer UK and Ireland