Axis Communications, with its well-known surveillance cameras, is branching out into network audio, video analytics, network-based access control, and intercoms. Apart from providing surveillance technology, the company is now implementing AI in its solutions to provide customers with detailed data for use in real-time or retroactively.
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The foundation for a successful smart city
For true efficiency in a smart city, everything needs to be integrated. The technology does its part by laying the foundation and enabling cooperation. It is then vital that different city departments can communicate and work together to harvest the fruits of their investments. Callenfors highlights the necessity for various departments to be able to take part in data collected through the devices as this data can be valuable in many different contexts, allowing for cooperation between departments when tracking, planning, and more.
We see more and more organizations viewing it as a given factor that the technology used is open, from devices deployed to the systems that collect data and act upon it. Open technology allows you to own your data, control the data, change providers easily, and integrate devices and systems that best fit your needs.
Why is an open platform vital for Axis?
An open platform such as Sensative’s horizontal DiMS platform (Digitalization Infrastructure Management System) Yggio allows Axis’ devices to play scenarios and exchange data between sensors and management systems. The standardization of data that Yggio enables allows for integrations to run smoothly, making a drive for standardization of data and openness all at the same time. As Callenfors puts it, an open platform gives you “control over how a city develops over time, and control over sensors used.” Axis’ sensors collect data, and Yggio cross-reference and visualize that data, making it actionable.
What Axis needs
How Sensative enables
Open standards enable the technology to integrate and collaborate with different systems and applications from different compliant manufacturers. Yggio brokers, translates, and makes sense of data to be acted upon, by analysis or by setting up scenarios. As a customer, it is important to not end up in a situation where the technology needed is incompatible with the platform. With its open structure, Yggio enables users to implement a vast range of IoT devices from many different suppliers. New devices are continuously being added, and the integrative layer is wide open.
Both the devices and the platform need to be built on open APIs that are standardized, well documented, and easy to understand for the user when it is time to implement new devices or integrate systems. We have built Yggio on standardized APIs, such as FIWARE, and offer an extensive archive of documentation and available support for any unique integrations that a customer is looking to realize. In other words, Yggio’s open API also makes it easy for customers to develop their own applications suitable for their individual needs.
By using Yggio, customers control their data. They are free to change technology or vendor based on their own needs, never having to worry about becoming locked into a vertical solution where the provider owns their data or forces them to choose between a minimal range of IoT devices to implement. Acting as an integration layer and context broker, Yggio’s horizontal model offers possibilities that can only be dreamt of with the standard vertical solutions.
An increasing number of companies and organizations realize the need of freedom for control that an open platform offers. No one knows what technology will reach the market tomorrow, so an adaptable and flexible system is required to be future-proof. The ability to smoothly scale up your operations based on new use cases, your growing needs, or the market’s technological developments is also vital. Our Yggio DiMS IoT platform is based on open standards with scalability in focus, so that customers can expand their operations as the need arises. Think big, start small, and scale fast.
Use cases for Axis products
Callenfors highlights the versatility of Axis cameras and talks about several use cases that can be valuable in a smart city.
With real-time updates from the camera devices, issues can quickly be detected and acted upon. Collected video material can also be important as evidence after accidents or other events. Furthermore, the collected data can be used to visualize trends in the usage of public space. Data of behavioral patterns can be invaluable for planning infrastructure development, such as roads or public areas.
Callenfors also highlights how customers can use such data gathering to analyze, for example, the results of infrastructure changes. Are the new traffic lights soothing the traffic as intended? Are citizens utilizing the new square as expected?
Detect and classify objects
With the help of AI, Axis cameras can identify objects such as humans or cars still or in motion. They are capable of detecting large crowds, count the number of people in a room, analyze traffic flow, and plenty more. Based on this data, one can then set up scenarios in real-time, e.g., to increase AC activity when a certain number of people are in a building. Another example is to collect data and report on empty or occupied parking spaces – An increasingly popular use case in smart cities.
Not only can the cameras detect cars, but the AI also enables the cameras to read license plates automatically, which customers can use for applications such as distributing automatic parking fees at a mall or detecting traffic violations and issuing fines. When customers deploy the technology on a large scale, i.e., with many devices, it also becomes possible to track moving vehicles and other objects.