Axis Communications AB is a Swedish manufacturer of network cameras for the physical security and video surveillance industries.
Axis Communications originally started out as an IT company selling print servers. It then applied its knowledge in networks and embedded computing to develop network cameras for the security industry. Most of its products contain an embedded computer with some flash memory and run a custom version of Linux. One of its major breakthroughs in technology was the development of JFFS, which extended the lifetime of the devices’ flash memory.
Axis Communications develops and sells network cameras for many applications. Products include PTZ, vandal resistant, thermal, outdoor, nitrogen-pressurized, HDTV, wireless, motion detection and progressive scan cameras. It introduced the industry’s first thermal network camera, the AXIS Q1910, in January 2010 and the industry’s first HDTV network camera, the AXIS Q1755, in December 2008. In March 2020, Axis Communications entered the body cam market with its own open architecture system competing with market incumbents Axon, Digital Ally, Wolfcom and Motorola Solutions with its Watchguard Video brand.