Axis 3D Design Offering

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 06, 2013

Axis is releasing 3D design models that aims to improve camera design and layout. In this note, we explain what they are, what platform it works (and does not work on), the benefits and limitations of this offering and its potential industry impact.

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Comments (5)

As a regular user of both Revit and Axis cameras, this is very interesting. I'll have to check it out.

re: "While 'generic symbols' are offered, they will not be fined-tuned to represent performance qualities of non-Axis equipment." We'll see about that. :-)

To that end, let us know what you work out, Richard. Thanks!

"Axis Only: The most meaningful use of ACF comes when specifying Axis equipment."

I don't think Axis cares too much about integrators using this new tool....

At this very moment, there are rooms full of dude(tte)s who 'specify' stuff for a living at the Axis A&E Technology Summit in Scottsdale :)

Did you seriously think Axis would include other camera brands in their tool that they offer for free?

Axis needs a tool that will work with AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT or BlueBeam. Offering tools for Visio and Revit only hit the opposite ends of the spectrum and leave most integrators and A/E's that do not use Revit out of the loop.

@John Grocke: Axis does have generic shapes at the top of its Visio templates, which you can use for any brand of camera. In my functional specifications I design by what the scene contains and what the security needs are, then find the most appropriate equipment. For highly demanding applications this often turns out to be Axis cameras, but not always.

I haven't seen the Revit tools, but if there are no generic shapes I'll be requesting them myself, since I forecast a need for them in the near future, based upon architectural trends. Right now, most clients give me base AutoCAD or Visio drawings as the starting point, and that's what they want to get back from me. However, I know of two projects where the client's insisted on Revit, and I know that the use of BIM holds tremendous value.

Axis will be producing tools for AutoCAD, and if you write to Jack Meltzer (jmeltzer@axis.com) who oversees the A&E program, you can tell him your preferences and Axis will take them into account.

I have known some clients whose own security personnel (sometimes working with Engineering) develop their own drawings to provide to integrators. As the use of 3D drafting continues to grow, I'd expect that some cilents will have a preference for #d and will provide such drawings as the project starting point.

But that won't be overnight, as hardly anything is. I'm still helping clients redeploy analog cameras that are not at end-of-life yet, moving them to other less demanding locations and replacing them with megapixel network cameras.

Analog is not dead, but it use is shrinking as analog products age and as network cameras continue to grow in capability.

The same will happen with 2D and 3D as drawings evolve. IMO 3D drawing wasn't technically feasible a decade ago, as PCs hardly had enough horsepower for large 2D drawings. It's a different situation, now. Still the 3D software is costly at the present time, but I expect that will change as 3D usage grows.

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