Axis 3D Surveillance Design Tool

By Brian Rhodes, Published Feb 27, 2014, 12:00am EST (Info+)

Want to layout your cameras in a 3D model showing how far, wide and at what angle they cover? Like so:

Axis has announced a free extension for a popular free 3D modeling software to do so.

IPVM has tested it out and found it useful for cameras generically, not just Axis. Inside this post, we share a video screencast review and analysis of this option.

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Comments (4)

This seems like an interesting tool.

But I am not sure if you can use the free version of sketchup for professional work.

To download the sketchup installer you need to choose if you plan to use Sketchup for "Professional Work" or "Personal Projects". If you chose "Professional work" then Trimble website lets you to download SketchupPro and asks for $590 (US$ 495 + $95) for 1 single user license.

I used the 'free' version of Sketch (Make) with the Extension, and was not asked to disclose professional or personal use before download. However, I downloaded a current version from a site other than Trimble (Google used to own SketchUp and user groups are common) so, I'm not sure how they police that.

At Trimble's website, however, I noticed you are correct: Trimble allows you to download the 'free' version for 8 hours, then asks you to buy a $495 license to continue use.

after covering this tool in class, I began researching as best I could how to acquire this. Indeed the source at Trimble does ask you to disclose your usage type and directs you to a download if Either Sketchup Make (personal/non-commercial) or SKetchup Pro (Business use).

Per the Trimble License:

"Non-commercial use means: you may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services."I

I think it's grey if I use it to determine camera coverage and location as part of my work product. Guess everyone will need to decide. But above all that, there is quite a learning curve to make this work and many will turn away from the complexity anyways!

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Sketchup has released a beta for a web-browser based version: http://www.sketchup.com/products/my-sketchup

For 3D design, it works pretty nicely. I haven't found a way to import extensions, but it may just be a simple workflow issue to make it happen.

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