AXIS Site Designer 2

Project management

Before you start

AXIS Site Designer 2 stores your projects locally on your computer, using your browser's local storage. That enables you to work offline in your web browser. However, each browser has its own local storage, so if you are using more than one browser simultaneously, you may see different versions of the projects. Web browsers keep local storage separate for different web sites, so projects you have created without signing in to your My Axis account will not be accessible from other devices and browsers.

Note

We recommend that you sign in to your My Axis account. Your projects will then be stored online and accessible from any browser.

Create a project

To create a new project

  1. Click Add project.

  2. Fill in the project details in the Project overview page.

  3. Click Location to set an install location. Make sure that the Country where the project will be installed is the right one, otherwise the bill of materials will not display the correct part numbers.

  4. To add cameras and other devices, go to the Devices page.

Note

You can add cameras or any other device, such as recording and networking products, to your project in any order you like.

Duplicate a project

To save time and effort, you can duplicate a project that is similar to your new project.

  1. Select the project you want to duplicate.

  2. Click ... to open the drop down menu for the project.

  3. Select Duplicate.

  4. Enter a new name for the duplicated project.

Import a project

You can import any existing AXIS Site Designer project file to AXIS Site Designer 2.

  1. Click Import project

  2. Select the .asdpx or .asdp project file you wish to import.

  3. Once the import is finished, the Project Imported dialog is displayed. Your project is now available for editing.

Export a project

In order to make a backup, or share a project with someone else, you need to export it to a file.

  1. Select the project you want to export

  2. Click ... to open the drop down menu for the project.

  3. Select Export.

An .aspdx project file will be downloaded to your downloads folder.

Share a project

Once a project is finished you can import settings like camera names, frame rate and resolution for all cameras and other devices to AXIS Camera Station. To share a project with AXIS Camera station:

  • Go to Project overview and click Share in the project menu.

    • If you AXIS Camera Station installations is connected to the internet, click Generate code to create a snapshot of the settings online, that you then import by typing the code into your AXIS Camera Station system.

    • If you have an offline AXIS Camera Station installation, click Download settings file. The file can then be imported to the AXIS Camera Station system on site.

Design your solution

Add devices to your project

Before you start

If you know the exact model name of the camera or the encoder, enter the whole or part of the model name in the Quick add a device field, select the model from the drop-down list and click on the model to add it to your project.

  1. Go to the Devices page.

    Another way is to click Add devices when you create a new project.

  2. Click Add camera to go to the camera selector.

  3. Use the requirement panel to and the additional filter panel to find the cameras that are the best fit for your needs. Select a model either from the list of Top recommendations from the list of Matching cameras.

  4. Once you selected a camera, click Add to add the camera to your project with a default scenario. To add more cameras, repeat these steps. To add encoders, modular cameras and other devices, continue with the next step.

  5. Click Other devices > to see a list that includes encoders, F/FA series and speakers. If you select more, you can select a number of other devices like door controllers, door stations and radar detectors.

  6. Use the check-boxes on the encoders-, F/FA series-, and speakers-page, to set your preferences for the devices and make your selection from the list of matching devices.

  7. Once you selected a device, click Add to add the selected encoder to your project with and indicator on the number of devices it can be used with.

Note

You can add cameras, encoders, modular cameras and speakers to your project without specifying a model. If specified, key requirements for your device are stored so you can select a specific model later.
To review the product information of a device, click See specs to go to the product page on axis.com

Add accessories

To add device specific accessories:

  1. Select the device you would like to add accessories to in the list

  2. Click to open the Accessories tab.

  3. Choose the placement of the camera and AXIS Site Designer suggests compatible mount and mounting accessories.

  4. Click Add accessories to select one or more additional accessories from the list.

Add camera applications

To add camera based applications:

  1. Select the camera you would like to add applications to in the list

  2. Click to open the Applications tab.

  3. Select one or more compatible analytics applications from the list.

Add recording and networking devices

To add recording and / or network devices to your project

  1. Go to Recording.

  2. Click Add product and browse the list of available products to make your selection.

  3. Select a product and click Add. The product is added to your project with information on available licenses, server capacity, storage options, specification on available ports and PoE.

  4. Note

    Depending on the devices added to your project, the parameters will indicate if the selected device covers the capacity of the project or if you need to add another, more suitable product that fulfills the project requirements.

Add Axis system accessories

To add Axis system accessories to your project:

  1. Go to Accessories.

  2. Select the type of accessory, or select All accessories

  3. Click Add to add the specific accessory.

  4. Adjust the quantity as required.

Add other items

To add Axis system accessories, accessories from other vendors or any other item needed for the bill of materials, go to Other. To add Axis accessories:

  1. Go to Other

  2. Type the name and part number, select category and type the quantity.

  3. Click Add.

To edit a post, simply select the value you wish to edit. To duplicate or delete a post, click ... to access a drop-down menu.

Scenarios and schedules

About scenarios

In AXIS Site Designer, Scenarios are used to define all the relevant settings needed to estimate storage and bandwidth for a camera. The settings are the following:

  • Scene settings

    • Motion estimates in the scene

    • Scene level details

    • Location and light conditions

  • Recording settings

    • Resolution, frame rate, compression settings

    • Schedules for motion triggered recording, continuous recording and live view

A camera within a project is always associated with a single scenario that specifies a scene and recording setting. You can define as many scenarios, all with different scene and recording settings, as required or necessary for your projects. Schedules for recordings (that determines when a recording is active) can be the same for many scenarios, but the recording and the scene settings will be specific to the scenario.

Create a new scenario

To create a new scenario

  1. Go to Project overview.

  2. Click the Add scenario button

  3. A default scenario with the name New scenario is added to the list of scenarios.

Edit scenario

You can select different scenarios and add various options for recording, live view and storage for the scenario at the same time. All changes automatically update the camera settings associated with that scenario. To edit the settings of an existing scenario:

  1. Go to Project overview.

  2. Click on the scenario you wish to modify, or click and select Edit scenario from the drop-down menu.

    The scenario panel is displayed with the options to define scenario, recording and storage settings.

  3. Modify the scenario according to your needs. Your changes are saved automatically.

    All changes automatically updates the camera settings associated with that scenario.

  4. To finish working with the scenario, click Close.

Set a new default scenario

To set a new default profile

  1. Go to Project overview.

  2. Select the scenario you wish to set to default

  3. Click the star icon, or click and select Make default from the drop down menu.

    The new default scenario will automatically be assigned to each new camera added to the project.

Copy a scenario

To create a copy of a scenario:

  1. Go to Project overview

  2. Select the scenario you wish to copy, and from the menu, select Duplicate

    A new scenario with the same properties is created.

Edit schedules

To create a new schedule:

  1. Go to Project overview

  2. Click Add schedule to create a new schedule.

  3. Click the schedule name and enter a new name.

To modify an existing schedule:

  1. Select the schedule you wish to modify.

  2. Adjust the time by moving the anchor points on the timeline.

  3. Specify the days that the schedule is active.

    Your changes will be saved automatically.

Note

Modifying a schedule will update all scenarios where the schedule is used.

Rename a scenario or a schedule

To rename an existing scenario or a schedule

  1. Go to Project overview or Schedules.

  2. Select the scenario or schedule you wish to modify.

  3. To edit the name, click the scenario or schedule name and enter a new name. Your changes will be saved automatically.

  4. Note

    Modifying a schedule will update all scenarios where the schedule is used.

Set recording storage time

To modify how long a recording is stored you need to modify the scenario settings. See Edit scenario. You can select or enter the amount of days you wish to store recordings associated to the selected scenario. All changes to a scenario automatically update the camera settings associated with that scenario.

Delete a scenario or a schedule

To delete a scenario or a schedule

Important

A scenario that is assigned to a camera (including the default scenario) cannot be deleted. A schedule that is used in a scenario cannot be deleted.

  1. Go to Project overview.

  2. Select the scenario or schedule and go to... and click Delete.

    Your changes will be saved automatically.

Reports

Create Sales quote

  1. The Sales quote lets you review the bill of materials and edit the quote price before sending the document to the end customer.
  2. Go to Reports.

  3. Note

    You can also access the reports if you click the icon next to the projects and select View reports .

  4. Click the Sales quote tab, and you will be presented with a preview of the sales quote.

  5. Click View quote to see the details as they will appear when sent.

  6. Click Edit to enter or change the quote price. You can also add a header or footer to the document.

  7. Select the date the sales quote is valid until.

Create bill of materials

  1. Go to Reports.

  2. Note

    You can also access the reports if you click the icon next to the projects and select View reports .

  3. Select Export to Excel or Print the bill of materials

  4. When printing the bill of materials, you can adjust the print settings in your browser’s print dialog.

Create bandwidth report

Important

Bandwidth and storage values in the generated report are estimates only.

  1. Go to Reports.
  2. Note

    You can also access the reports if you click the icon next to the projects and select View reports.

  3. Click the Bandwidth report tab and choose to export or print the report.

  4. When printing the report, you can adjust the print settings in your browser’s print dialog.

Create installation report

  1. The installation report provides the number of device to install, the storage and bandwidth needed and an overview of the schedules configured for the site.
  2. Go to Reports.

  3. Note

    You can also access the reports if you click the icon next to the projects and select View reports .

  4. Click the Installation report tab and choose to export or print the report.

  5. When printing the report, you can adjust the print settings in your browser’s print dialog.