IP security wasn’t always revered — in fact, it was a topic of suspect by many A/V professionals only a short few years ago. But with advances in encryption and other cybersecurity measures, things like IP-based monitoring systems started cropping up all over the place. But Swedish-founded company Axis Communications says it was the first to make the switch from “analog” to “digital” security.
Chris Wildfoerster, business development manager, audio solutions, says the company’s history of innovation in IP security will be on display at the company’s InfoComm 2019 booth.
Importance of Audio to Security
You may be used to installers telling you how important audio is to UC & collaboration. While they aren’t wrong, Wildfoerster stresses that it is an equally important element of security.
“When you look at a surveillance system, they record events in time and make people feel safer. But with audio, you can actually prevent a situation from occurring just by sending a message or messages through the speakers,” he says.
“Telling people, ‘hey, step away from that fence’ before they decide to do it: that can save money and time and resources.”
Another example: say there’s a fight breaking out in a school hallway. Audio warnings can be sent out directly towards those involved as soon as the incident is spotted on security cameras.
“The goal is to de-escalate and prevent any further damage or incidents, and audio is really useful for that,” he says.
IP Security Products that Focus on Audio
Here are some Axis Communication products to consider for IP security systems:
“Taking intelligence of a racked system and putting it on a de-centralized system that sits on network, stores messages on built-in SD card, health monitoring & scheduling built-in, lots of flexibility,” Wildfoerster says about their networked speakers.
2N LTE Verso – “world’s first” LTE intercom
From the Axis Communications website:
“Using LTE technology means no other cable apart from a power supply is needed, with a benefit of all functionalities such as a video communication. The main unit with HD camera can be accompanied by RFID reader, Bluetooth or Fingerprint reader supporting modules.
- “Ideal retrofit solution
- Secure configuration via cloud
- Pick any of the 14 modules available”
More from Wildfoerster:
“Our AXIS C8033 and AXIS C8210 solutions provide the ability for legacy analog audio systems to “live” on the network. This allows these systems to be controlled and monitored via the network using our software. Great for applications where the client wants network audio capabilities but doesn’t want to “rip and replace” their existing system. It’s also good for applications where the client needs a speaker with performance characteristics the Axis product portfolio can’t yet address.
“An example might be in a school where an administrator wants network control over each classroom, but don’t have the budget to replace existing speaker and audio systems. Using our POE powered (6watt POE / 15 watt POE+) AXIS C8210, they can assign each classroom a network address, offer network capability, schedule announcements / bells / chimes and power those speakers all with one solution.
“If system integrators or security systems managers want to combine legacy analog and digital systems, they would use our AXIS C8033, which allows analog systems to integrate with our Axis Network audio while providing the same capabilities as above but offering no power via amplifier.”
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