Through the partnership, Axis will be a driving force in Securitas’ entry into the IP surveillance market in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />U.S. Under the agreement, Securitas’ Systems Division will offer Axis’ network video products to its U.S. customer base.

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“As the market leading provider of IP surveillance products, we are a natural fit for helping Securitas, the leading solutions provider within the global security market, enter a new arena,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager for Axis Communications.

“Not only will this partnership help Axis expand its U.S. customer base, it will also help further facilitate the security industry’s shift to IP based network video.”

After an initial education phase, Axis’ network video solutions, including network cameras, video servers and application software, will be available for purchase from Securitas. Axis’ IP surveillance solutions will be offered throughout Securitas Security Systems branch offices across the U.S.

“We are always very careful in the evaluation of new potential partners. We need to make absolutely sure that our partners live up to our very high demands on quality and reliability,” said Trygve Kolstad, vice president product management for Securitas Security Systems USA, Inc.

“In Axis, we are confident that we have found one of the best partners and product providers for our customers’ needs for digital security surveillance solutions.”