Axis Zipstream Compression, Half Storage and Bandwidth of H.264

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Axis M1124
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Axis Communications’ is a new compression technology the company says consumes half the storage and bandwidth of H.264.

“We launched H.264 in 2008; people ask if Zipstream is as big of a deal? It’s a bigger deal,” Fredrik Nilsson, Axis Communications GM Americas told SSN recently.

“Zipstream is fully compatible with the existing H.264 standard and all the video management systems out there,” Nilsson said. “Integrators can upgrade most [Axis] cameras right away with a firmware update. 

According to Nilsson, Zipstream works by filtering blue sky or moving trees [for example] that are not very interesting - you then compress harder for an average or 50 per cent or more reduction in bandwidth and storage.

Zipstream technology will be available on existing network cameras via firmware updates, including AXIS Q1615, AXIS Q1635 and the AXIS Q35 Series. The first new products with Axis’ Zipstream installed are planned to be:

AXIS M1124/-E and AXIS M1125/-E indoor and outdoor-ready network cameras
AXIS P1365 and the outdoor ready AXIS P1365-E
AXIS P3224-LV/-LVE and AXIS P3225-LV/-LVE fixed domes. ♦