|[March 13, 2014]
Axis for Best Picture: LAPD Selects Axis Network Cameras to Secure Red Carpet at the 2014 Academy Awards
CHELMSFORD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Communications, the global leader in network video surveillance,
today announced the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) selected a mix
of HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) Axis (News - Alert) network cameras to provide
video security and live situational awareness along the red carpet at
the Academy Awards on March 2.
The LAPD's commitment to rock solid, reliable security technology is
essential to protecting high profile events like the Academy Awards, pro
sports victory parades and the
final journey of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour. The red carpet
scene is one of the most popular entertainment spectacles of the year,
and viewers from across the globe tune in to watch the media interview
and photograph their favorite celebrities as they arrive in style
wearing clothing and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The
LAPD was confident that Axis IP cameras and software connected via a
wireless mesh network would provide the necessary support to help keep
the night glamorous, fun, and incident-free.
"What I appreciate most about the Axis camera system and software is
that we no longer have to think about the technology or how to use its
capability. High quality resolution, video storage that is searchable
and retrievable helps us best leverage our resources," said
Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Commanding Officer for Counter Terrorism
and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department.
Axis' PTZ cameras were strategically placed in the block surrounding the
Dolby Theatre. A wireless mesh network connected the cameras to the
command center at the police headquarters seven miles away in downtown
Los Angeles. With the cameras managed remotely through AXIS
Camera Companion software, the LAPD had an easily deployable,
temporary solution to ensure the safety of Hollywood megastars waving to
the world on their way to the theatre.
Video Surveillance: Beyond Hollywood Magic
Despite what movies and television often show, the ability of a computer
lab technician to magically enhance poor quality video with software is
vastly overstated. In the real world, it's paramount that the
surveillance cameras capture the best possible video for image
usability. Faced with a number of challenges including large crowds,
variable outdoor lighting conditions, cameras flashes and the fact that
red is one of the hardest colors for video to render, the LAPD chose IP
cameras that could overcome these challenges, capture the best possible
images at the forefront and ensure the video was reliably recorded and
This meant the LAPD needed HDTV-standard quality cameras with responsive
pan/tilt/zoom functionality, ability to handle a wide dynamic range of
lighting (WDR), Power over Ethernet connectivity and on-camera SD card
edge storage. Camera placement was also critical, and the LAPD combined
comprehensive, wide angle overhead views with additional dedicated
cameras at high risk zones throughout the area. With this set up,
officers on the ground could relay any suspicious activity back to
police headquarters so commanders could zoom in and provide instant
For the job, the LAPD chose HDTV
1080p AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and HDTV
720p AXIS P3354-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras. Each outdoor-ready
camera was connected to a wireless mesh node housed inside a
custom-built watertight enclosure to protect against inclement weather.
The edge-based AXIS Camera Companion software running inside the camera
network allowed commanders the ability to select, control and view all
cameras wirelessly on 70-inch display monitors at City Hall, as well as
access the recorded video.
"With all the TV cameras, world-famous celebrities and expensive
wardrobes packed into a single city block, the LAPD had an incredibly
tough job," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications (News - Alert),
Inc. "We're proud the high quality images and flexible installation
opportunities offered by Axis network cameras allowed the LAPD to
provide the top-notch security needed for such a high profile event."
About Axis Communications
Axis offers intelligent security solutions that enable a smarter,
safer world. As the global market leader in network video, Axis is
driving the industry by continually launching innovative network
products based on an open platform - delivering high value to its
customers and carried through a global partner network. Axis has
long-term relationships with partners and provides them with knowledge
and ground-breaking network products in existing and new markets.
Axis has more than 1,600 dedicated employees in more than 40
countries around the world, supported by a network of over 60,000
partners across 179 countries. Founded in 1984, Axis is a Sweden-based
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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