Axis Communications puts camera technology to the test

Camera technology from Axis in ice

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Axis Communications has conducted an experiment to explore the limitations of its own camera technology, by deploying one of its solutions underneath the ice in an ice hockey rink.

“An ice hockey game is covered by cameras from all angles, except one,” said Carl-Axel Alm, Concept Engineer, Axis Communications.

“We’re all about pushing our limits and doing it in an innovative way.

“We want to broaden the general idea of what our cameras and systems can do, that is how the experiment came to be.”

A test of endurance

According to the company, the experiment was carried out by engineers from Axis in collaboration with a film team and ice hockey players, resulting in footage that pushes the boundaries of traditional security camera technology.

The discrete modular camera, usually seen in ATM machines, onboard vehicles and other small spaces where a tiny camera needs to fit, was frozen inside ice, offering a new angle from below the ice.

Axis highlights that to capture this, a modular camera technology setup was chosen.

The AXIS F2135-RE Fisheye Sensor was frozen in the ice together with a cable connecting it to the AXIS F9114 Main Unit which powered the camera sensor as well as processed the video feed coming from the sensor.

Axis says that its range of surveillance camera technology, access control, intercom and audio systems are engineered to withstand a wide range of extreme conditions.

The cameras used in the experiment offer up to full HD/1080p at 60 frames per seconds, with a 185° field of view.

Combined with good low-light performance, the cameras captured the action in color, even with temperatures as low as negative 40° degrees.

“With this project, we are proud to show the versatility of our product, as well as the durability and image quality,” Alm added.

“The experiment also sets the stage for potential future explorations in other challenging environments.

“There are endless possibilities that we look forward to exploring.”

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