Axis Opens Cameras to Third Party Apps

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Axis Communications is taking a page from Apple's playbook for the iPhone with a new camera platform that accommodates third-party applications.

The Axis Camera Application Platform will allow any company to develop downloadable applications for selected Axis IP cameras and encoders. The platform will be contained in a free software upgrade available to Axis customers in the first quarter of 2010, said Fredrik Nilsson, Axis general manager. As with the iPhone model, application prices will be set by the developer. An IBM people-counting application and an Agent Vi analytics system will be two in the initial library, Nilsson said, which he hopes will grow to list several hundred.

While the program represents another example of Axis' commitment to open standards and interoperability, it also leverages its market share - the largest among IP network camera manufacturers. Whether another company with a smaller footprint could attract a large enough group of third party developers is questionable. 

There's no doubt, however, that the approach will increase the choices available to Axis customers. Even as it is opening its cameras to Agent Vi's analytics package, Axis is also offering its own. Axis will also certify all applications before approving them for their equipment.

Axis Communications is taking a page from Apple's playbook for the iPhone with a new camera platform that accommodates third-party applications.

The Axis Camera Application Platform will allow any company to develop downloadable applications for selected Axis IP cameras and encoders. The platform will be contained in a free software upgrade available to Axis customers in the first quarter of 2010, said Fredrik Nilsson, Axis general manager. As with the iPhone model, application prices will be set by the developer. An IBM people-counting application and an Agent Vi analytics system will be two in the initial library, Nilsson said, which he hopes will grow to list several hundred.

While the program represents another example of Axis' commitment to open standards and interoperability, it also leverages its market share - the largest among IP network camera manufacturers. Whether another company with a smaller footprint could attract a large enough group of third party developers is questionable. 

There's no doubt, however, that the approach will increase the choices available to Axis customers. Even as it is opening its cameras to Agent Vi's analytics package, Axis is also offering its own. Axis will also certify all applications before approving them for their equipment.

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