Testing Axis Camera Station - VMS Software

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 31, 2009

Axis is much better known for its IP cameras than its VMS software. Nonetheless, their VMS, Camera Station, is quite interesting because of the relative sophistication of the product, Axis' market size and speculations about the future of Camera Station.

[For background information, see Axis' product page on Camera Station, its datasheet  and a product evaluation]

In the video below, we provide an overview of the basics of Camera Station and background on the test conducted:

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