Axis Multi-Imager Panoramic / PTZ Q6000-E

By John Honovich, Published Sep 29, 2014, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

Axis has launched its first multi-imager panoramic, entering in to a promising market with limited suppliers, most notably Arecont.

However, Axis has taken a unique approach to this camera.

In this note, we examine the features, pricing, strengths and weaknesses of it.

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This is certainly a unique approach. I'm curious to see how this product does, my experience is that the 180 degree panoramics tend to get far more use than the 360's and a big draw of both approaches is to limit the overall visibility of cameras installed. This does address the other major selling point of multi-imagers, which is reduced cabling and install time.

Also, I'm guessing to make this work as intended you need some specific VMS integrations? I wonder how licensing is done, especially when very few PTZs have a true 360 degree coverage requirement (eg: they're mounted to a building corner and typically need 270 degree or less coverage.) Is this 1, 2, or 5 channels of video?

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I believe it's 5 channels of video - 4 from the panoramic, 1 from the PTZ.

It's one IP address, so under Milestone's rules, perhaps it's just 1 camera license. I am sure this will become clearer as this rolls out.

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Not to totally sidetrack this, but...

I'm not super familiar with Milestones licensing, but if it's 1 license per IP address, could you put all your IP cameras behind an internal firewall using port-forwarding and write a custom driver to break them out by channel to appear like a multi-channel encoder or multi-sensor camera? Or it seems like you could "easily" write some iptables rules and a little bit of nginx coding on a cheap linux box to mimic the API of a 32 channel Axis encoder? At some point that would quickly add up to huge savings in license costs.

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Its one license per Mac Address in Milestone. In this scenerio the router would present the Mac's. :) But I get what your saying yes you could "pretend" to be a 32 Way Encoder and have 16 HD IP cameras.. I think alot of the axis encoder use an IP / Mac per 4 channels.

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No, given that the router is a router, the Milestone server would only be aware of the MAC address of the router itself, not of any cameras behind it.

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I meant "wouldn't present" so you might add one but you can't have duplicate Mac's in M/S :)

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One Mac per device, You license the MAC to create a DLK the DLK is registered against the SLC. In the old days different devices create a different channel requirement on the MAC. I've seen a twin channel ip camera ( one built in channel and one analogue input) let you have 2 but a 4 way encoder have 4 channels :madness: Of course now the analogue channel has been removed, but you need to be careful on the IP/MAC the device actaully has like the 16 axis units, which have a 4x macs - IP's so 4 license requirement :)

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4,000$ isn't that too high for a saving in cable and a network port VS a standard PTZ with a multi-imager ex:arecont ( incase the above VMS licensing doesn’t work).

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Nidal, agreed.... if you want both. If you want just a panoramic multi-imager, that's the issue.

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So far given poll results, comments and the fact this does not provide a direct competitive product to Arecont's multi-imager product except in maybe a very small percentage of cases, I'd say except for Axis fans and dealers, this is pretty insignificant offering.

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Yep, or PTZ fans....

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It would be interesting to get Axis's input on the intended markets and expected market share for it.

Maybe they could shed some light on an angle we are missing.

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We talked to Axis. It is marketed towards larger PTZ users, which they clearly have a lot of. It will help them differentiate against bigger PTZ rivals like Pelco, Sony, etc.

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I was equally perplexed on what the target market was. However they did say they believe it would be used for traffic cameras over an intersection as an example of a use case.

Maybe there is a use in casinos or along the front lines in retail?

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Seems like Axis got the idea from Scanzone to have a PTZ and multiple cameras in a single enclosure on a pole www.sanzone.ie. I think the Axis product looks a little more refined(cheaper)

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Such combinations have been around for a decade or more. The first one I remeber is DyanPel - combo with analytics.

Most recent i've seen is Vivotek's panormaic PTZ.

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Are the 4 (360) imagers Day / Night?

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Our Axis sales manager said they would eventually release it standalone with a plug to make up for the PTZ. Also the gray banding in between will eventually switch to all black.
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Update: Axis has released a demo video showing how the cameras work together. Video below:

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Interesting. Have they mentioned anything about how many they are selling?

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Axis rarely gives commentary on what individual products they are selling, so I didn't see any on this one and we have not asked.

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