Bangalore, February 12, 2013: Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, has launched an addition to its offer of tools for security system designers. The camera models in Axis Camera Families include detailed metadata required for Building Information Modeling (BIM). The 3D models will also let security system designers interactively visualize camera coverage to help them select the right camera model and optimize the system layout, a press statement said.

“Security should be an integral part of the design process of any new large building,” explains Peter Friberg, Director of System and Services, Axis Communications. “To achieve the best level of security and avoid blind spots that could potentially become a security issue, security systems need to be planned at the same time as other essential services such as electricity and plumbing.”

With the new 3D models in Axis Camera Families, security system designers can place Axis Network Cameras directly into CAD building plans and visualize the areas the cameras will cover. The software allows them to see exactly how the cameras fit into the building layout and to easily detect if views are obstructed by columns or walls, to help reduce unexpected blind spots. This means security system planning can now be completed as an integrated part of the building design, integrating into the same tool flow that is used for the rest of the building design.

Todd Kotlaba, Associate & Systems Project Manager at TLC Engineering for Architecture, received an early release of Axis Camera Families: “We have used Axis Camera Families in CCTV designs for our clients. The true 3D model of the camera provides 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 the camera’s intended field of view. Axis Camera Families is also 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.”