Step into the future of audio - a smart and easy network solution
At Axis, we are always on the lookout for new opportunities and we are confident that by developing network audio products, we have created a flexible and future-proofed solution that benefits both installers and end users. Not only is audio a perfect addition to a physical security system, but Axis has redefined the concept of network-based audio to include public announcement and background music capabilities. For customers that want to integrate security with other business functions, the addition of audio provides that added value they are seeking.
Innovation is in our nature. New developments are always on the horizon and Axis leads the way in the development of cutting-edge network security technology. IoT and network audio are no longer visions of the future. They exist today, and we are beginning to see real benefits.
What is Axis’ audio offering?
To illustrate our audio technology, we must break it down into three distinct areas.
Audio for security: A network-based audio system is the perfect addition to a video based security installation. Perimeter protection is a great example of this. Imagine if a potential intruder climbs a fence; the camera alerts a security guard to give a warning to the intruder - "We can see you, you are trespassing". More often than not this type of warning is sufficient, preventing the need for additional security measures.
A public-address system: In certain environments, including schools, retail stores, hotels and public buildings, there is a need for informative messages and updates to be sounded. This may be as simple as calling a member of staff to a specific area, such as "Staff to checkout 2". Never has this been as easy as it is with network audio technology. Furthermore, messages can be automated when used in conjunction with queue management software.
Background music: Our audio technology can support retail stores and hotels in their need for background music. With pre-set volume and music choices, the solution allows for central and remote control, meaning better management of background music. The music can be combined with scheduled and live announcements, further helping to enhance the customer experience. Research has shown that productivity, mood and behaviour are positively influenced by music, something that can be actively exploited in retail and manufacturing environments.
What are the advantages of network-based audio technology?
Our audio solution is a complete all-in-one system. No additional hardware is required, meaning a smooth installation process with minimal storage space needed. Fewer components also mean lower costs. The system has no controls, which is a great benefit to a system’s maintenance as fewer mistakes can be made.
System management and fault search are both easier to control. Each speaker can be directly integrated within existing data network. This can then be managed remotely via a PC or laptop. Products can be added and removed easily and effectively. PoE (Power over Ethernet) means only one cable is needed per product to supply power to the unit and transmit sound and data.
We strive to make innovative technology simple and accessible. This simplicity is a great advantage to our customers; if you can install a network camera, you can also install an audio system alongside it. It is easy to add and remove speakers as configuration takes place centrally. For example, in an office environment the customer does not have to set sound zones and volume levels in advance. This process can be managed afterwards. This means the customer is not tied to a system which becomes expensive and difficult to renew and refine. At Axis, we understand flexibility is critical.
A network-based audio system can also be integrated with other network products. For example, a passage control system where a door control unit is coupled to a network camera and a speaker creates a complete security solution for passage monitoring.
From our kettles to our fridges, in today's high-tech society intelligence is at the centre of what we do. That is why we have developed network-based audio products with intelligent functions. These applications can be loaded into our devices via the Axis ACAP platform. One example is sound analysis which can detect abnormal sound levels, such as a scream or gun shot. In this scenario, the audio system can generate an "alert", which provides security teams information about abnormal activity which may require further investigation.