Axis Celebrates the First Ten Years

Axis Communications celebrates the tenth anniversary of its introduction of the world's first network camera, the Axis 200. The launch of the AXIS 200 in 1996 marked one of the first steps of the technology shift from analogue CCTV to network video.

From the beginning Axis Communications has been the market and technology leader within network video, a market growing by 40 percent every year. In the mid-1990's, Axis Communications was known for print servers and a deep knowledge of network applications. The potential of network video occupied the minds of the company's R&D engineers, who realised the many possibilities of image distribution over a LAN network or the Internet. The challenge was to develop a high quality camera that could easily be connected to the network.

The answer was the AXIS 200, launched in 1996. Equipped with a built-in web server, the new network camera enabled access to its pictures from any web browser in the world. The user friendly AXIS 200 soon rocked the world of video surveillance.

Since the launch of the AXIS 200, Axis Communications has developed a large number of network cameras and today has the market's broadest product portfolio. Today's development focuses on new solutions such as Intelligent Video, i.e. the ability to program the camera into recognising unexpected events or movements. The market for network cameras and video servers is growing by 40 percent every year, underscoring the ongoing technology shift from analogue CCTV to modern network video.

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