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Axis Introduces Interactive 3D Camera Visualization Content for Autodesk® Revit® CAD Software
|By Business Wire
|February 5, 2013 08:47 AM EST
Communications, the world leader in network video, today launches a
strong addition to its toolbox
for security system designers with the introduction of Axis Camera
Families, a collection of 3D surveillance camera models to be used with Autodesk®
Based on direct feedback from the Axis
Architecture & Engineering (A&E) community, Axis Camera
Families includes detailed metadata required for Building Information
Modeling (BIM), such as power requirements and mounting accessories, and
the camera models created for use in Autodesk Revit 3D CAD building
layouts will allow security system designers to interactively visualize
camera coverage, select the proper Axis cameras for surveillance needs
and optimize the system layout.
“We have used Axis Camera Families in CCTV designs for our clients,”
said Todd Kotlaba, Associate & Systems Project Manager at TLC
Engineering for Architecture, who received an early release of Axis
Camera Families. “The true 3D models of the cameras provide us with the
ability to run clash detection and conflict avoidance simulation with
other building systems, such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing, to
avoid routing conflicts and obstructions to a camera’s intended field of
With the new 3D models in Axis Camera Families, security system
designers can place different Axis network camera icons directly into
CAD building plans to illustrate what the real life camera set-up will
look like once installed and simultaneously showcase the areas that the
surveillance system will cover. This allows designers to see exactly how
the cameras fit into the building layout while helping to reduce
unexpected blind spots by easily detecting if a camera’s field of view
will be obstructed by columns or walls.
Kotlaba continued, “Axis Camera Families is extremely helpful for our
clients that often cannot visualize what will be seen when construction
is complete. The information also identifies pixels per foot for the
camera selected, which helps meet our client’s expectation for the
quality of the viewable image and recording resolution.”
With Axis Camera Families, security system planning can now be completed
as an integrated part of building design using the same exact tool flow
used by architects and engineers. Users of the CAD system can also
access information about each camera, such as the model number, mounting
accessories, power consumption and resolution.
"The role of the professional consultant is one of the most valuable in
the surveillance design process, and Autodesk Revit has become a
prolific tool for our A&E community,” said Jack Meltzer, A&E Program
Manager at Axis Communications, Inc. “By listening to their wants and
needs, well designed Revit models using Axis Camera Families can now
improve planning and work efficiency by allowing architects and
engineers to showcase an interactive representation of camera
functionality that clearly demonstrates the different fields of view.
This will result in more effective value engineering, device placement,
conflict identification and aesthetic coordination.”
Axis Camera Families for Autodesk® Revit®, which
includes the vast majority of Axis
network cameras, is available today free of charge for existing Axis
partners and members of the Axis
Note: BIM is a concept where all components in a building, such
as walls, doors and plumbing, are compiled in a CAD database to provide
a complete picture of every detail included in the design. This database
is not only used in planning and constructing of the building, but also
throughout the building’s entire lifespan to plan maintenance and
About Axis Communications
As the market leader in network video, Axis is leading the way to a
smarter, safer, more secure world – driving the shift from analog to
digital video surveillance. Offering network video solutions for
professional installations, Axis’ products and solutions are based on an
innovative, open technology platform.
Axis has more than 1,300 dedicated employees in 40 locations around
the world and cooperates with partners covering 179 countries. Founded
in 1984, Axis is a Sweden-based IT company listed on NASDAQ OMX
Stockholm under the ticker AXIS. For more information about Axis, please
visit our website www.axis.com.
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