Back to School
Training becomes a top priority as network surveillance advances
- By Fredrik Nilsson
- Oct 02, 2007
It seems that life in the 21st
century is all about the digital
cars to multitasking smart
phones to high-definition digital
television sets. Perhaps one of the
biggest reality checks of this digital
age is the additional training
required for professionals who sell,
install or even repair such devices
to remain competent in their fields.
Without continuing education,
thousands of professionals and
technicians lose work.
The surveillance camera industry
is shifting very quickly toward
network cameras. As a result of the
improved image quality, security
and flexibility network cameras
offer, enterprises from all business sectors are converting to Internet
protocol (IP)-based solutions. Just take a look at the numbers. Last year,
3 million surveillance cameras were sold in the United States alone, signaling
a 10-percent growth, according to industry research. Just below
10 percent of those cameras were network cameras.
Furthermore, the cumulative annual growth rate for IP-based network
cameras in 2006 exceeded 40 percent. Anecdotal evidence suggests
that rate may be as high as 60 percent. By 2010, the network video
industry is estimated to be worth $2.5 billion. More companies are
adopting IP-based systems because of the technological advances they
provide and, as a result, resellers, engineers and integrators must stay
current with the features these new systems offer.
Ahead of the Curve
Network cameras are, by definition, more technical than their analog
predecessors. So, just like the auto mechanic who needs training on
how to service a modern car, specialists who work with network cameras
must stay up to date with new technologies and system updates.
Axis Communications created the AXIS Academy Program for its
partners—resellers and security integrators—to provide comprehensive,
hands-on training on network video solutions. The courses are
designed to educate people who are required to recommend and implement
network video solutions.
AXIS Academy is exclusive to members
of the Axis Channel Partner program who regularly distribute or install
its suite of network video systems. Since the technology is new to many
partners and is developing quickly, it is crucial Axis keeps its partners
abreast of the technological advances that will help them and their customers
maximize surveillance video solutions.
Since 2005, AXIS Academy has trained more than 800 partners
throughout the Americas. All training at the AXIS Academy is conducted
by qualified trainers with high technical expertise and in-depth knowledge
of the latest in IP surveillance. In addition, the academy course levels
range from introductory classes to higher levels with a greater focus on
more specialized topics. Students leave sessions with highly developed
technical proficiency in network technologies and solutions. AXIS
Academy course work is ideal for sales engineers, technical sales support,
technicians and business development professionals with IT or CCTV
During the training program, participants review in-depth presentations,
participate in hands-on lab exercises, contribute to group discussions
and take a certification exam. At the end of any AXIS Academy training,
candidates passing the final test receive official Axis certification, allowing
them to add Axis to their portfolio of products.
In addition to Axis certification,
participants who successfully complete
the coursework receive special,
third-party credentials recognized
by BICSI. As the leading
certification association of 15,000
members in more than 100 countries,
BICSI offers continuing education
credits (CECs) that help
people stay abreast of the everchanging
technologies in cabling
design and installation for voice,
data and video technologies. CECs
also validate competency of specialists
in select technical fields.
BICSI credential training for
Axis channel partners translates
into knowledge and technical skills
participants will use in solution-oriented environments. Training develops
the skills and competencies that are essential to support IP-based
network solution customers throughout the project lifecycle, including
demonstration and evaluation, implementation and operations, and continuous
support. BICSI CECs must be renewed every two to three years.
Advances in Technology
Effective training methods and credentials will ensure the continued
successful adoption of IP-based solutions and the ability to leverage
camera intelligence to better meet customer needs. The transition from
analog to digital surveillance is inevitable—IP products are more flexible
and cost less to maintain. Unlike analog systems, IP-based network
video solutions offer remote accessibility, easy, future-proof integration,
scalability, cost-effectiveness and distributed intelligence.
The technology is widely used today. For instance, Axis has more
than 1 million network cameras installed globally. Out of those cameras,
most have basic video intelligence, and a few feature advanced
intelligence. But that will change as cameras become more and more
Network cameras have advanced features, such as built-in
motion detection and alarm management. In other words, the camera
decides when to send video, at what frame rate and resolution and
when to alert a specific operator for monitoring and/or response.
Some have more sophisticated customer draws, such as license plate
recognition, people counting and camera tampering detection. In
effect, intelligence at the camera level implies a far more effective
means of surveillance than is possible with a DVR or other centralized
Network cameras keep communities and institutions safe from
potential mishaps, fraud and criminal activity. They provide security
and remote monitoring of school playgrounds, hallways and classrooms.
In transportation, IP surveillance solutions offer increased
remote inspection and supervision of railway stations and tracks, parking
lots and garages, highways and airports. Banking, government,
retail and the industrial sectors all have specific security and remote
monitoring challenges that IP-based network cameras are resolving
seamlessly. With so much at stake, it is crucial that maintenance teams
have the knowledge and power they need to ensure these systems work
to the best of their ability around the clock.
Axis network cameras are prepared for technological advances, like
next-generation Internet protocol, or IPv6. Axis sees its channel partners
the same way; its commitment is to provide staff with credentialed, comprehensive
and hands-on training so they have the education they need
in a rapidly changing industry. In essence, they too become future-proof.