AXIS Motion Guard

Smart motion detection

  • Indoor and outdoor motion detection
  • Multiple profiles for extra flexibility
  • Perspective configuration for fewer false alarms
  • 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 helps security personnel to focus on real threats. It also helps reduce storage and bandwidth requirements if the camera is set to record only on alarm.

AXIS Motion Guard can be used by indoor and outdoor Axis network video products with firmware 7.x and higher.

Easy configuration

AXIS Motion Guard is easy to set up and configure. The intuitive user interface allows you to define the area to be monitored, and real-time visual confirmation provides an easy way to validate that the application detects objects correctly. AXIS Motion Guard integrates with the camera's event management system, which can respond to an alarm by sending email notifications, streaming video to a video management software system, recording video to edge storage, and setting off external devices through the camera's output ports. 

Multiple profiles for extra flexibility

AXIS Motion Guard supports multiple profiles for creating multiple configurations; for instance, one configuration for daytime and one for nighttime, or configurations with different “include” areas. Each profile, with a maximum of one “include” area and three “exclude” areas, triggers its own alarm and has its own settings.

Fewer false alarms

AXIS Motion Guard reduces false alarms by analyzing and disregarding normal background motion. Support for Axis False Alarm Filtering provides an additional layer of defense against false alerts as the application can ignore disturbing, short-lived motion caused by objects such as headlights, swaying trees or small animals.

Furthermore, the application’s support for perspective configuration allows the small object filter to be refined to further reduce the number of false alarms. Perspective configuration allows an object’s size as it appears in the image to be compared with the actual size of the corresponding physical object. In this way, it can ignore, for instance, a small animal that is at close range, while detecting a truck further away.

How to buy

You can buy single or 10-pack license codes from an Axis distributor. One license is required per camera. The license can be activated from the camera or online. A 30-day trial version is available online. Note that this application is free for AXIS Q-line products with firmware 7.x or higher.



This application is free for Axis Q-line products with firmware 7.x or higher

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Compatible with

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