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With the new Axis camera extension of SketchUp 3D CAD software, system designers can easily select THIS vendor's IP video surveillance systems and insert them into 3D models of buildings.

Axis SketchUp 3D CAD

This free tool Axis Communications for SketchUp software provides interactive 3D models of this manufacturer's IP cameras to assist in the planning and design of video surveillance systems. Users can directly place cameras on CAD plans of buildings and visualize the areas that will cover each of these devices.

This new extension for SketchUp 3D CAD allows you to evaluate different mounting types and viewing angles through interactive camera views, showing the respective areas of coverage. Users can make a horizontal move, vertical and zoom of IP devices to determine optimal installation and ensure the best possible video surveillance coverage, easily detecting any element that may obstruct vision.

This significantly reduces the risk of unplanned 'blind' zones when planning and designing video surveillance systems. Axis network cameras can be chosen from the SketchUp toolbar for users to compare and evaluate different models and determine the optimal mounting type.

Axis SketchUp 3D CAD

For Roberto de los Santos, sales engineer from Axis Communications, "thanks to the new Axis camera extension, system integrators can use it to determine the location of Axis IP cameras within virtual buildings, allowing precise planning of the viewing angles and the area covered by each camera. Since SketchUp integrates with Google Maps, when working on critical infrastructure or urban video surveillance projects you can get a good overview of the environment in which the cameras are placed, optimizing the overall process of planning and designing video surveillance systems".

This extension is now available for free download from this Link. It will initially be available in English, what remains of the year will be added versions in other languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Chinese). Axis tool catalog for designing video surveillance systems also includes Axis Coverage Shapes for Microsoft Visio and Axis Camera Families for Autodesk Revit.

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By • 22 Jul, 2014
• Section: Training, Urban security, Services, Video surveillance