Milestone XProtect™ Enterprise 6.5
Milestone XProtect™ Enterprise 6.5

Milestone XProtect Enterprise suits larger installations or multiple sites that need robust surveillance software with advanced management, flexible scheduling, fast searching, analysis, and integration with other systems - easy to install and easily scalable.Scalable solution: Support for unlimited servers, sites and clients allow you to design the system freely.Freedom to choose: Compatible with more than 400 different IP-based video cameras, encoders and selected DVRs from over 40 vendors.Dependable, robust and stable: Proven in operation at more than 35,000 customer installations worldwide.Use existing IP networks effectively: Use effective video compression (MJPEG, MPEG4, MPEG4 ASP, H.264 and MxPEG) and bandwidth optimized multi-streaming to leverage existing IP networks effectively.Cost-optimised archiving: Move your video data to more cost-effective storage media either locally or on the network.High performance: Achieved on standard computer equipment by utilising powerful multi-threaded technology.Flexible remote access: Reach your video surveillance data from any location at any time using a desktop computer, laptop or PDA.Open architecture: IP technology, a versatile API/SDK and support for industrial protocols (OPC Data Access) provides you endless integration possibilities with e.g. access control systems, alarms, gate barriers, etc.Licensing per video channel: Grow your installation along with your needs incrementally per camera.Export evidence material fast: Deliver authentic video proof to public authorities or use in internal investigations.Foreign language support: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Korean are available in the user-friendly Smart Client graphical user interface, online help function, installation procedures and some Remote Clients.

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Milestone aggregates video analytics tools under a single user interface with XProtect Analytics Framework
Milestone aggregates video analytics tools under a single user interface with XProtect Analytics Framework

Milestone Systems, a leader in true open platform IP video management software, offers an analytics operating framework that is unique in the industry: XProtect™ Analytics 2.0. XProtect Analytics seamlessly integrates video analytics tools from different manufacturers under a single, easy-to-manage interface. This gives a powerful, future-proof framework for implementing and managing different video analytics applications that addresses some of the key industry issues such as the end user's need to easily correlate alerts between various analytics tools. Using the Milestone correlation tools, they can rapidly search across alerts and events to easily find relevant video evidence about security incidents from multiple sources.A combination of advanced analytic tools and optimized IP-based video technology based on the Milestone open platform, XProtect Analytics Framework enables video analytics at the edge (on camera) and at the server, minimizing processing power and adding value to archived video. With XProtect Analytics users can correlate events from generic tools such as license plate recognition, facial recognition and traditional real-time access control with alerts from video content analysis tools, such as object detection, etc. Users can build strong, accurate evidence by cross-matching events in real-time and from archived video.Integrating video analytics with open platform video management systems gives a flexible choice of hardware and software that greatly expands the potential for video analytics and increases the value of archived video. A true open platform solution, such as the Milestone Video Analytics 2.0 Framework, simplifies system operation by integrating a wide variety of video analytics products under one easy-to-manage user interface. This gives a powerful surveillance solution with a flexible IP video management system and a central console for operating, collecting and correlating events from multiple sources. Click here to view the framework in full Click here to view the screenshot in full

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Milestone releases XProtect Corporate 3.1 with enhanced GUI
Milestone releases XProtect Corporate 3.1 with enhanced GUI

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software, today announces the release of XProtect™ Corporate 3.1 with a significant new version of the user interface: Smart Client 5.0. Ground-breaking functionality like the Sequence Explorer investigation tool and independent playback significantly increase efficiency in security operations and investigations. Milestone version 3.1 of XProtect Corporate is powerful IP video management software designed for largescale, mission-critical security implementations, supporting unlimited cameras, users and sites. This release includes streamlined and optimised installation procedures for easier deployment, Management Server Failover using Windows® Server Clustering, plus Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 support. Even more important news about this release, however, is the innovative version 5.0 of XProtect Smart Client that takes a giant leap forward in usability and functionality. It is available in 20 languages including online help, which extends the software's ease of use around the world. Milestone XProtect Smart Client 5.0 also improves the user experience through an enhanced, adaptable interface that focuses on personalised usability and operational efficiency. The intuitive layout allows users to show only the dialogs preferred or needed for surveillance tasks, or hide them all for a pure full-screen mode of viewing, if desired. In addition to selecting controls on the fly, each user can choose to remove controls from the interface, so only the most relevant ones are displayed. This makes the system interface easier to understand and navigate - especially for new users. With this release, XProtect™ Smart Client features an industry first called Sequence Explorer that previews tiled video from recorded sequences or time intervals from multiple cameras. The Sequence Explorer displays a drag-and-throw wall of video preview images in thumbnails with smooth slider scrolling and easy selection of preview images for closer scrutiny of details. The Sequence Explorer is a powerful new investigation tool to browse through recorded video sequences to find incidents and evidence fast. Milestone XProtect™ Smart Client now also provides video overlay playback controls to view individual cameras in live mode. This means that operators can play back events on one camera without losing track of what happens live. This feature also works in the normal playback mode so operators can see recorded camera images in the view from different times. Overlay buttons can also be added on each camera to facilitate common actions such as triggering events and outputs, using PTZ, and other tracking tasks - all to improve surveillance effectiveness. "XProtect Corporate 3.1 with Smart Client 5.0 offers innovative new combinations of tools for improving the user's experience and efficiency on the job, which translates to more rapid response and better security. Independent playback and the unique Sequence Explorer make investigations far easier than ever before, and the adaptable GUI in particular is a game-changer in the surveillance industry that operators at all skill levels will really appreciate," says John Blem, CTO and Co-Founder of Milestone Systems. XProtect Smart Client 5.0 shows up to 100 concurrent cameras in a single view with unlimited numbers of more via carousel and HotSpot windows. Customers can ramp it up with XProtect Smart Wall for large command centre installations, and add even more value through integrated solutions with other systems offered by Milestone Solution Partners. Milestone is revealing XProtect Smart Client in a webinar today at 9 a.m. Pacific Coast time, also shown at the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium that is being held in Hollywood, California. The webinar will be made available for viewing thereafter on the Milestone website.XProtect Corporate 3.1 with the new Smart Client 5.0 will be demonstrated live at the upcoming industry trade shows this spring around the world.

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Milestone XProtect Enterprise 8 IP video management software: Seeing is believing
Milestone XProtect Enterprise 8 IP video management software: Seeing is believing

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), presents XProtect® Enterprise 8. Setting the standard in IP VMS, XProtect Enterprise 8 is comprehensive, open platform IP VMS for medium and large-scale installations, primarily multi-site, multi-server deployments. The consolidated single-management interface provides a coherent and efficient way to view and control an unlimited number of cameras giving situational awareness for quick response and accurate investigation. Situational awareness: The Camera Navigator and other innovative features provide comprehensive visual verification of the entire surveillance installation. Scalable solution: Distributed master/slave servers support an unlimited number of cameras, servers, sites and users. Optimised performance: Expanded viewing, recording and storage possibilities increase the performance of hardware Quick and easy to set up and manage, XProtect Enterprise includes system configuration wizards and auto-detection of hardware to significantly reduce the time and cost of deploying large security installations. "XProtect Enterprise 8 features the Camera Navigator, an industry-exclusive innovation from Milestone," says Christian Bohn, VP of Product Management and Marketing. "Moving objects are easily tracked with the Camera Navigator for consistent and comprehensive visual verification to ensure easy object tracking in geographically complex security locations." XProtect Enterprise 8 provides situational awareness. Alarms are consolidated from all security devices and systems into the video-enabled Alarm Manager for immediate visual verification of alarms, which decreases the number of false alarms. Interactive, multi-layered maps provide a comprehensive overview of cameras and layouts of an entire surveillance installation for fast detection of trouble areas. Daily operations are easily executed through the XProtect® Smart Client that provides instant access to live and recorded video, with interface options in 26 languages. The XProtect Smart Client also comes with support for 64-bit operating systems to enhance performance of the system. It is delivered with the XProtect® Smart Client-Player, an intuitive video viewer for exported material from XProtect VMS systems. The open architecture of XProtect® together with the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK) brings endless possibilities to add functionality and create increasingly powerful, surveillance solutions. Milestone XProtect acts as the core of the system, providing the widest choice in third-party hardware components and integrations with other business systems: a foundation that is cost effective and flexible both today and tomorrow.

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Milestone Systems XProtect® Expert – Powerful control for advanced surveillance
Milestone Systems XProtect® Expert – Powerful control for advanced surveillance

Milestone XProtect® Expert is advanced open platform IP video management software (VMS) for medium and large installations. Its powerful central management interface allows large systems with multiple Recording Servers to be efficiently managed as one uniform system. Using scheduled and event-driven rules, it is easy to automate security actions and control external systems, reducing the amount of manual tasks. Ideal for daily users and operators who want sophisticated live monitoring, XProtect Expert features efficient alarm handling, multi-layered and interactive maps, and the ability to flag suspicious incidents for later review. Reduce total cost of ownership Central management: Centrally manage all aspects of the surveillance system, such as connected cameras, devices, storage and users from a single client interface Powerful management interface: A wide range of administration tools help ease the initial configuration and daily administration of large systems that are deployed across different geographical locations System Monitor: Gives instant feedback on system performance and enables proactive administration of the system Configuration reports: System integrators can document system delivery and provide a detailed listing of all configuration settings High-performance video recording 64-bit Recording Server: Users can run more cameras on fewer servers helping to save money on total system costs Unlimited system scalability: Full flexibility to add additional Recording Servers and expand the system Edge Storage with flexible retrieval: A redundancy option that ensures continuous recording of audio and video and allows users to control when recordings are retrieved from camera storage based on time schedules and events Versatile rule engine: Easily automate different aspects of the system, such as lights and doors, based on security events or time schedules, eliminating the need for manual control Real-time situational overview Alarm Manager: Single-point alarm function that provides a clear and consolidated overview of security and system-related alarms and gives instant access to cameras for immediate visual verification, decreasing the number of false alarms Bookmarking: Flag video sequences of particular interest and add descriptive notes, enabling users to easily share information and increase efficiency in investigating incidents Interactive maps: Gain a comprehensive overview of camera locations and layouts of an entire surveillance installation, allowing for quick detection of trouble areas

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Milestone-Agent Vi integration protects logistics perimeter
Milestone-Agent Vi integration protects logistics perimeter

Milestone and Agent Vi protect major logistics enterprise site against perimeter breaches Integrated with Milestone open platform VMS, the real-time alerts from Vi-System on Axis thermal cameras enabled a decrease in guards, cutting costs without lowering security. "We are very happy with Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution. The seamless integration with our Axis thermal cameras offers excellent detection rates at all times of day, and in all lighting conditions... The real-time alerts generated by Vi-System and sent to the monitoring station have allowed us to decrease the number of security guards stationed around the perimeter, effectively cutting our costs without lowering our level of security."     Operations Manager            KDL Trans Product: Vi-System - Real-Time Video Analytics  Application: Security and Perimeter Protection Customer: KDL Trans  Location: Brussels, Belgium  Vertical Market: Enterprise Agent Vi Partners: Axis Communications - Cameras Milestone Systems - Video Management System (VMS)ESSC - Certified Systems Integrator ChallengeFounded in 1991, KDL Trans is a globally-oriented logistics provider that specializes in electronic and computer equipment, offering services such as air freight, ocean freight, packing, storage, customs brokerage, and more. The company is based out of a new 11,000 square meter facility close to Brussels airport, which offers easy access to important trans-European highways. The extensive facility is home to a fleet of some 100 trucks and vans, and includes a range of loading docks, storage warehouses and areas for sorting and other logistical activities. KDL Trans sought to provide the highest level of security at the new premises, and thereby offer the best possible service to their range of customers, comprised of both local and international high-profile businesses and organizations. Recognizing that the high value of the goods passing through the facility could attract intrusions by thieves, KDL Trans looked for the most effective way to undertake early detections of unauthorized people in their facility. KDL Trans sought a perimeter detection solution that connected with its monitoring station, to cut down costs associated with employing multiple guards stationed around the premises on weekends when the site is less busy.  SolutionAfter testing for an optimal solution, KDL Trans decided to deploy Vi-System - Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution, with Axis cameras. The challenging environmental conditions, among them outdoor areas with natural vegetation, harsh weather and extreme changes in lighting, led to a decision to employ Axis thermal cameras, which eliminate these parameters to a large degree. Together with Agent Vi's analytics, the thermal cameras offer excellent range and deliver highly accurate detection results.  Specifically, the site's 8 Axis thermal cameras (AXIS Q1910-E and 1921-E) - which are strategically located around the building's perimeter - were enabled with Agent Vi's embedded video analytics component (Vi-Agent) to allow the following real-time detection rule to be active on each camera: Person moving in an area to detect and alert to unauthorized personnel entering the premises and moving freely in restricted areas. KDL Trans employs Milestone XProtect® Professional as their VMS recording and viewing application, which is fully integrated with Agent Vi's software. Therefore, events detected by Vi-System generate an alert which is displayed in the Milestone XProtect Smart Client. ResultThe deployment of Vi-System at the site has lifted the level of security by allowing the early detection of intruders entering the site. In fact, a number of perimeter intrusions have been picked up by Vi-System, and the lead time gained by these early detections enabled a more effective response by the security guards. Furthermore, the added layer of security offered by Vi-System has been instrumental in KDL Trans' efforts to build business relations with new and existing clients, as they can point to the superior level of security offered at their site. Jurgen De Laet, Operations Manager at KDL Trans, said that "We are very happy with Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution. The seamless integration with our Axis thermal cameras offers excellent detection rates at all times of day, and in all lighting conditions." Furthermore, he commented on the return on investment enabled by Vi-System, saying that "The real-time alerts generated by Vi-System and sent to the monitoring station have allowed us to decrease the number of security guards stationed around the perimeter, effectively cutting our costs without lowering our level of security."Toon Eeckelaert, Co-Owner of ESSC, stated that: "We tested a range of solutions, including active infra red beams, radars and video analytics, to identify the best option for the site. We compared the products, level of security offered, added value and price. On all levels, video analytics had the highest score." As a certified member of Agent Vi's Channel Partner Program, Mr. Eeckelaert is familiar with Agent Vi. He commented that: "It's all about trust, experience and knowledge. We have found that Agent Vi has the highest level of professionalism for all three, compared to other providers."  Ariel Frischoff, VP Sales EMEA & APAC at Agent Vi said: "The installation at KDL Trans demonstrates the synergy of Axis thermal cameras with Agent Vi's video analytics, which provides the customer with some significant benefits. Firstly, the false alarm rate (FAR) is extremely low, due to the analytics software being more immune to environmental changes such as shadows, rain and snow, when using thermal cameras. Furthermore, the solution enables accurate detections at long distances without the need for expensive illuminators. KDL Trans was able to deploy a minimal number of thermal cameras to cover its entire perimeter, thereby providing the customer with the lowest cost of ownership compared with other surveillance systems."

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Milestone presents XProtect Corporate 2013
Milestone presents XProtect Corporate 2013

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), presents its XProtect Corporate® 2013 R2. With this version of XProtect Corporate Milestone extends their offering of distributed security solutions by widening the array of products that can be interconnected with XProtect Corporate, while simplifying the licensing of its more advanced Milestone Federated Architecture™ concept. With support for an unlimited number of cameras, users and sites, XProtect Corporate offers a centralised, single-management interface for efficient surveillance administration including all connected devices, regardless of the size or distribution of the implementation. Milestone Interconnect™ provides a flexible way to gain central surveillance operation across geographically dispersed sites. It combines remote Milestone surveillance installations with the advanced surveillance functions of XProtect Corporate in one cohesive security solution. With the R2, Milestone strengthens its offerings of distributed surveillance solutions by including XProtect Expert, Milestone Arcus™ embedded solutions and Milestone Husky appliances to the list of products that can be connected to an XProtect Corporate system using Milestone Interconnect. The ability to detect incidents and remotely monitor interconnected sites from one central system reduces operational costs and the need for on-site visits. Intelligent video storage management makes optimal use of available network resources, as well as remote and central storage. “Covering the full Milestone XProtect product line, the Milestone Husky NVR series, plus appliances and cameras embedded with Milestone Arcus software, Milestone Interconnect offers ultimate flexibility in matching any need for functionality, system form factor or budget,” says Bjorn Eilertsen, VP Corporate Business at Milestone Systems. “This will allow our customers to truly grow with our solutions, where customers who initially have installed isolated XProtect VMS or NVR point solutions, or even embedded Milestone Arcus systems from any of our Milestone Arcus technology partners, now can interlink them by adding an operational overlay based on Milestone Interconnect and a central XProtect Corporate system.” In addition to the extension of the Milestone Interconnect offering, the use of Milestone Federated Architecture is now provided totally free of charge. This means that customers building federated systems with Milestone’s top range products XProtect Corporate and XProtect Expert can do so without the need to buy extra licenses. XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is bundled with a new release of XProtect Smart Wall which gives seamless manual or rule-based display of any camera in a distributed setup. This includes integrated and interactive multi-layered maps, as well as a consolidated Alarm Manager for comprehensive overview and fast response. XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is packaged with versions of three user interfaces, available in 26 languages: XProtect Smart Client 2013 R2, XProtect Web Client 2013 R2, and Milestone Mobile 2013 R2. In addition to the existing support for iOS and Android devices, Milestone Mobile now introduces support for devices running the Windows Phone 8 operating system, giving users an even wider choice of mobile devices to access Milestone video surveillance systems.

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Milestone Systems Releases XProtect® 2014
Milestone Systems Releases XProtect® 2014

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is announcing the release of the Milestone XProtect  2014 VMS product suite for partners and customers.  The XProtect 2014 product suite addresses the entire security market regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation. The Milestone XProtect clients are also optimised and updated to take advantage of the new XProtect 2014 capabilities. XProtect 2014 introduces several new advantages* for Milestone customers and the Milestone partner ecosystem. New smart integration abilities The Milestone add-on product, XProtect Access Control Module 2014, makes it possible to integrate different access control systems within the same customer installation. XProtect Smart Client provides a consolidated interface for operating integrated access control systems with dedicated functions to effectively monitor access events, manually assist passages and conduct investigations of specific access points or cardholders. Intelligent video handling with metadata Milestone introduces an ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant framework for handling and storing video-related metadata for its XProtect Advanced VMS Product range that includes XProtect® Corporate 2014 and XProtect® Expert 2014. Metadata is any data adding an information layer to video and audio streams. The metadata framework can enable new possibilities for high-level integration. Integrators can use metadata to interconnect with all types of IT systems. Milestone’s camera partners can use the metadata integration to support cameras with built-in analytics.    More efficient evidence handling workflow Video handling in XProtect 2014 is enhanced with new features to streamline the user experience. Several of these features using the metadata framework include: The Smart Search function utilises the motion metadata generated during the motion detection analysis in the recording server. By searching on this generated metadata, sequences with motion in specific areas of a camera view can be found quickly and accurately, reducing the time required to conduct manual investigations. Evidence Lock is a new function in XProtect 2014 VMS that secures the availability of video recordings for investigations, by allowing the retention time for selected video sequences to be extended beyond the defined retention policies. The Storyboard function turns video into evidence by documenting a sequence of events. Piecing together video sequences from multiple cameras into an structured flow makes object tracking easy for logical, objective and straightforward review. Extended system security A new security feature in XProtect is tiered administrator rights where administrative staff can be granted access to functions based on responsibility levels.  Dual authentication provides an option for an additional level of system security, where a log-in or access is successful only when a second user approves it. Ease-to-Use features for partners and end users New ease-to-use features in XProtect 2014 VMS are centered on both Milestone partners and end users to ensure a simple and optimised experience working with a Milestone solution. For example, the product upgrade processes are enhanced to reduce time spent on maintaining the system. End users will benefit from a new interactive map functionality in XProtect® Essential and XProtect® Express that provides a graphical overview of the entire installation. Tooltips and customisation possibilities are added to XProtect Smart Client to lessen the need for end user training. Video Push with GPS metadata in Milestone Mobile enables first responders and security personnel to use a smartphone as a mobile camera for video coverage of incidents not covered by stationary cameras. The GPS coordinates together with the video stream are pushed from the smartphone to the XProtect VMS system. Also of note is the Milestone Customer Dashboard, an online system monitoring service that enables Milestone resellers to obtain real-time system status of their customers’ installations. This enables proactive service to improve the customer’s experience.    Janne Jacobsen, Vice President of Professional Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “The 2014 update of the Milestone XProtect VMS suite reflects our dedication to provide solutions that are optimised for different market segments and customer needs. For small to mid-sized installations, the 2014 edition of the XProtect Professional VMS Product suite is focused on simplifying every step in the deployment and use of our products. The goal is to provide solutions that meet our customers’ demand for easy-to-use video solutions that are also cost efficient to install and grow.” Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “I am very excited about this 2014 release and the possibilities it gives both our customers and partners. If you look at the major enhancements we have done to the workflow around evidence handling, one will find that the new Smart Search, combined with Evidence Lock and the new storyboarding capabilities, shorten the time dramatically for producing evidence material. To this, add the new security capabilities that will make our advanced VMS products even more attractive for large and high-security installations. And this is just half of the story! We have also taken the open platform to a whole new level, introducing ONVIF compliant support for metadata and a framework for integrating access control systems with our new XProtect Access Control Module. Both these initiatives empower our ecosystem of partners to develop new solutions and meet our customers’ needs.” The Milestone XProtect 2014 product suite is available now through the Milestone partner network. 

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Milestone XProtect 2016 VMS gives partners power and puts customers in control
Milestone XProtect 2016 VMS gives partners power and puts customers in control

XProtect focuses on partners’ needs The fast-paced changes in our world make short product development cycles a necessity. In response to feedback from the Milestone partner community, extensive enhancements have been made to XProtect software to allow for frequent product releases. Three core VMS product releases will be delivered every year in addition to the bi-monthly device pack releases for supporting third-party cameras. The multiple yearly release schedule will ensure that Milestone can rapidly respond to market demands, with a more frequent timetable enabling implementation of new features and enhancements to existing product capabilities within a very short lead time. The XProtect 2016 release is the largest-ever development effort for Milestone. Milestone has also created new beta-lab testing for Milestone Solution Partners (MSPs). This gives developers a first look at new integration options, new features in the VMS product suite and the possibility to engage directly with the Milestone development teams. This feedback contributes to further enhance the VMS and MSP integrations. “We are really excited to put even more focus on our open platform development partners, as we transition our product development to a partner and market-driven process,” says Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products at Milestone Systems. Milestone maximising VMS business value In continuation of Milestone’s ongoing commitment to maximise the business value of video management systems for partners and customers, the theme of XProtect 2016 is ‘In control like never before’. This highlights the partner and end user focus in this release. The user benefits: Improved System Performance –Hardware decoding with XProtect 2016 enables use of the latest 4K/UHD camera technology and improves video rendering performance dramatically. An extended system monitor gives real-time overview of system status to enable proactive service. New functions let users move devices between servers for seamless system expansions. “We are really excited to puteven more focus on our openplatform development partners,as we transition our productdevelopment to a partner andmarket-driven process” Optimised Incident Handling –Rich Smart Wall content from alarms, images, bookmarks, maps and more improve incident response time and operational focus.  XProtect 2016 is introducing Push Notification that notifies a remote user of an alarm (including instructions and video). Video can also be pushed from the mobile device’s own camera to XProtect, to share and document incidents wherever they are. Video Enablement - Milestone XProtect LPR and XProtect Access (formerly called XProtect Access Control Module) have been further improved. XProtect Transact 2016 for retail solutions has been further integrated with the XProtect Smart Client to make investigation of incidents more efficient.        For partners:                 Improved deployment and customer operations - License handling has been simplified to facilitate faster installation and easier updates. Off-line systems now have far more elasticity in licensing without needing to be online. Smart Connect makes it easy to set up mobile users. The Customer Dashboard online remote system monitoring enables proactive service by Milestone partners to ensure optimum operations, and this has been extended in XProtect 2016 with the ability to document maintenance history and system performance. Open platform architecture for expanding systems Because the Milestone VMS is based on open platform architecture with a focus on distributed systems, the capacity of a Milestone-based video system can be extended to cover thousands of cameras. Milestone Interconnect enables XProtect systems and Milestone Husky network video recorders be networked to form robust and reliable infrastructures. The user is able to start with a small stand-alone system and expand capacities as needed, seamlessly. “The numerous enhancements to XProtect 2016 let users harvest all the benefits of an easy-to-use, efficient video system that is able to upgrade for any future needs,” says Janne Jacobsen, Vice President of Professional Products at Milestone Systems.

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Milestone now reads license plates with XProtect™ Analytics
Milestone now reads license plates with XProtect™ Analytics

Milestone Systems, a global thought leader and developer of open platform IP video software, has announced the release of XProtect Analytics License Plate Recognition (LPR) that transforms surveillance video into an effective and powerful business tool for improving customer satisfaction and loyalty, as well as protection of assets. XProtect Analytics LPR 1.5 is a system that detects, reads and stores license plate information from a digital video stream.  It is designed to control vehicle access, as in traffic surveillance and law enforcement, toll and parking management, gas stations, transportation or any other application and situation where there is a need for registration, recognition and detection of vehicle license plates. How it worksThe system receives video streams from a camera.  This video stream is analyzed, and license plates are automatically detected.  The license plate information is then checked against the system that determines which actions are initiated automatically, such as opening a gate barrier for specific cars or sending an alarm. XProtect Analytics LPR is operated with the user-friendly XProtect Smart Client interface that enables fast searches of the historical video data to find and match specific license plates.  The data can be searched based on a certain license plate text or by a wildcard combination, date, time, or simply by browsing through recordings. "The true value from video analytics is derived through a video management system like XProtect with an open framework that can correlate feed from multiple video analytics with different behaviours - regardless of whether the video content analytics are performed in a camera - at the edge - or server based," explains Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Milestone Systems.  "Best-of-breed analytics can be integrated with the Milestone open platform to allow a combination of license plate, facial recognition and object tracking, for example, from three different vendors to be used as one comprehensive solution."Customer scenariosCustomers can leverage the XProtect Analytics in multiple ways.  One example is improving the customer experience at hotels by allowing guests to pre-register and drive directly into the hotel's parking lot.  The guests will avoid the stress of arriving at the hotel and waiting in line to check in. The system is also a powerful tool in large privately run parking lots.  Regular visitors pay a monthly fee, whereas rare guests validate tickets at pay-and-display machines.  Using License Plate Recognition enables regular visitors to simply drive to the gate, which opens automatically when the license plate is recognized. In addition, the Milestone solution allows customers to build effective loss prevention systems, such as integration with the company's transaction system to detect and track cars that are leaving without paying.  This is an effective way to address problems with gas station drive-offs.  According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, gasoline theft is a $100 million-plus problem in the US, and one in every 3,300 fill-ups is gasoline theft. "XProtect Analytics is more than a loss prevention tool.  It is also an efficient way of improving customer service and ultimately increasing revenue.  For instance, gas stations can register a license plate to a company or individual's gas credit card.  The software recognizes the license plate and allows the customer to simply drive to the pump, fuel and go," says Jan Bjerring Aabyvester, Product Manager, Milestone Systems. At the recent 2008 IIPSEC show in the UK, Milestone was a finalist for the Best Software Product of the year for XProtect Analytics.

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XProtect Enterprise 7.0 is feature-rich IP video software with ultimate usability
XProtect Enterprise 7.0 is feature-rich IP video software with ultimate usability

Milestone Systems, the open platform company for IP video management software, announces version 7.0 of XProtect™ Enterprise.  With a new administration interface and tools such as system configuration wizards, automatic device discovery, bulk maintenance options and much more, system operators can reduce both the time and costs of managing large security installations.Milestone XProtect Enterprise is a world-leading IP video management solution that handles unlimited numbers of cameras, servers, users and sites. Distributed server architecture optimises bandwidth usage, keeping video data traffic between all the elements to a minimum. Version 7.0 will provide security system administrators with significant improvements through an intuitive new Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a series of powerful tools for ultimate usability:System configuration wizards quickly set video quality, online scheduling, frame rates, storage, archiving schedules, and moreAutomated device discovery uses fast Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) and broadcast detection in addition to IP range scanningSmart bulk configuration options apply to both devices and usersAdaptable application behaviour guides novices and aids experts in optimisationsExport or import system and user configuration data for backups or multi-site cloningImport off-line configuration data including camera definitionsRollback to previous configurations is easy with automatic system restoration points"Several innovations and state-of-the-art features have been developed for this newest version of XProtect Enterprise to bring customers even better ways to manage video installations. For example, you can auto-detect, find and configure 100 cameras on the network in less than 2 minutes," states Christian Bohn, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. "That's an amazing time-saver for larger security systems, and only one of the many great administration tools available. In short:, it makes the security administrator's work fast, efficient and flexible."

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Milestone takes openness to the next level with the Universal Driver
Milestone takes openness to the next level with the Universal Driver

Milestone Systems, the open platform company within IP video management software, has announced the release of the Milestone Universal Driver for fast, basic device support of IP network cameras in XProtect solutions. The Universal Driver matches the most standard video and audio streaming formats in the market, and it is available immediately.During more than a decade, Milestone Systems has developed device support for 650+ network hardware models from over 60 leading manufacturers - a key differentiator of the Milestone open platform that gives partners and customers the widest choice for best-of-breed solutions. The Milestone Manufacturer Alliance Partner (MAP) program ensures full innovative engineering expertise from the Milestone Device Team, and close collaboration for dedicated device support in XProtect video management solutions, providing users with such comprehensive functions as PTZ control, the ability to handle events and alarms, other device (Input/Output) connections, and much more."Milestone delivers a new device pack every two months and we have accelerated the device driver development over the years, continuing to offer the industry our software's complete support for the most network devices, with a guaranteed Quality Assurance process," explains Henrik Friborg, VP Strategic Alliances and Co-founder of Milestone Systems. "Yet demand has risen to such levels for integration with our platform that we could see the need for a Universal Driver for IP/network camera vendors who want a fast integration with basic functionality. This enables even more cameras in the global marketplace to operate with XProtect video management software."The new universal device driver is able to detect virtually any network camera responding to the ARP command (Address Resolution Protocol) for the Milestone platforms of XProtect Corporate and XProtect Enterprise. The Universal Driver matches the most standard video and audio streaming formats in the market, including JPEG, MPEG4, and H.264, plus 19 different audio codecs. The Universal Driver provides more basic camera functionality than the Milestone MAP-developed drivers, but as long as cameras operate with the listed codecs, video and audio streams are supported.The current initiatives in the security industry by groups like ONVIF and PSIA are working to agree on standards for surveillance hardware that relate to this area of development. Each camera manufacturer up to now has made products with different standards for interoperability. The Milestone Driver Team works diligently with these various standards today to ensure that XProtect IP video management software is interoperable with the different hardware models - and with a mix of these brands - so customers can manage surveillance installations with the full Milestone functionality and effectiveness."Milestone is a member of both ONVIF and PSIA and will naturally support the upcoming standards from both organisations," confirms Henrik Friborg. "For now, the Milestone Universal Driver addresses a need in the market for even more camera types to receive basic XProtect support, and the Milestone Manufacturer Alliance Partners will continue to receive the fully comprehensive, dedicated device drivers."

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Connect instantly to surveillance from any computer with XProtect® Web Client
Connect instantly to surveillance from any computer with XProtect® Web Client

In today’s connected world, security operators expect constant access to surveillance and the ability to take immediate action when incidents occur, even when they are away from their desks. Milestone Systems recognises this need and offers the new XProtect Web Client, a streamlined, efficient web-based interface for viewing, playing back and sharing video. Designed by Milestone, XProtect Web Client works with the entire XProtect video management software (VMS) product line. With no need to install additional software on the client computer, XProtect Web Client makes it easy to monitor XProtect systems anywhere from any Internet-enabled computer or device. XProtect Web Client features a landing page with an instant live overview of cameras and access to the most commonly used functions, making it quick to learn and simple to operate for users of all levels. While out of the office, security managers can easily use XProtect Web Client from all of the most common operating systems and web browsers to investigate an incident and tell the officer on duty to take action. If an incident has occurred, users can export a snapshot or video clip directly from the client. XProtect Web Client  is compatible with the following operating systems: Microsoft® Windows®, Linux and OS X® and the following web browser versions and higher: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 9, Safari® 5, Google Chrome™16 and Mozilla® Firefox® 11.

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Milestone offers Online Test Tool and XProtect Screen Recorder
Milestone offers Online Test Tool and XProtect Screen Recorder

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has released Device Pack 5.4 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect® surveillance solutions. This release announces the Milestone Online Test Tool for vendors to verify the compatibility of their hardware - including ONVIF standard specifications. In addition, Device Pack 5.4 informs about the Milestone Screen Recorder, which captures screen recordings from any Windows-based PC or point-of-sale terminal to help manage loss and fraud through monitoring the use of business systems and documenting customer transactions.Milestone Online Test Tool and trainingA key parameter of the Milestone VMS open platform is providing the widest choice in hardware for surveillance installations to ensure the right technology for each customer need and to make use of the latest innovations as they become available. The rate of new camera offerings increases continually, and Milestone Systems develops both dedicated drivers with full-featured interoperability and support for the ONVIF and PSIA standard specifications, which are in progress.The Milestone Online Test Tool for manufacturers helps speed up the delivery of XProtect compatible hardware to fulfill customer demand. Milestone Manufacturer Alliance Partners (MAPs) can test the full line of models in a series after Milestone has done an initial device's dedicated driver development and testing, or they may test their products using ONVIF-supported specs that have been developed by Milestone. On the Milestone website, the list of supported devices for XProtect software indicates when the interoperability has been tested by the manufacturer.Training in the Milestone Online Test Tool is also being provided for Manufacturer Alliance Partners, with the first session at the Copenhagen headquarters June 6-10. This training gives camera vendors the opportunity to learn how to best conduct a test and helps increase the quality of product support for customers using Milestone IP video management software.XProtect Screen RecorderThe Milestone XProtect Screen Recorder is a new product that captures screen recordings from any PC or point-of-sale system. It can help improve operational efficiency through auditing staff activities or assisting with training initiatives. It is easily installed, and the view recordings are managed by the XProtect software and fully synchronised with other video data."The XProtect Screen Recorder can be used in a wide range of industries. Users can easily create evidence - captured screen recordings of transactions provide accounts of fraudulent activities. They can increase productivity through monitoring critical activities to ensure operations are running efficiently. The Milestone XProtect Screen Recorder also helps manage staff by supervising multiple computer screens, and training can be improved by using the recordings to educate staff," explains Lars Gudbrandsson, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems.1,000 compatible modelsA detailed list of the Milestone Device Pack 5.4 newly supported network hardware is available on the Milestone website. Within a total of more than 1,000 models that are now compatible with XProtect software, the new release includes support for devices from the following manufacturers: Axis, Arecont, Black, Canon, CBC, Hikvision, Hunt, Pixor, Toshiba, Panasonic, Pelco, Samsung, Toshiba Teli, Vivotek and Zylotech.

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Physical security and the cloud: why one can’t work without the other
Physical security and the cloud: why one can’t work without the other

Human beings have a long-standing relationship with privacy and security. For centuries, we’ve locked our doors, held close our most precious possessions, and been wary of the threats posed by thieves. As time has gone on, our relationship with security has become more complicated as we’ve now got much more to be protective of. As technological advancements in security have got smarter and stronger, so have those looking to compromise it. Cybersecurity Cybersecurity, however, is still incredibly new to humans when we look at the long relationship that we have with security in general. As much as we understand the basics, such as keeping our passwords secure and storing data in safe places, our understanding of cybersecurity as a whole is complicated and so is our understanding of the threats that it protects against. However, the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity is often interlinked. Business leaders may find themselves weighing up the different risks to the physical security of their business. As a result, they implement CCTV into the office space, and alarms are placed on doors to help repel intruders. Importance of cybersecurity But what happens when the data that is collected from such security devices is also at risk of being stolen, and you don’t have to break through the front door of an office to get it? The answer is that your physical security can lose its power to keep your business safe if your cybersecurity is weak. As a result, cybersecurity is incredibly important to empower your physical security. We’ve seen the risks posed by cybersecurity hacks in recent news. Video security company Verkada recently suffered a security breach as malicious attackers obtained access to the contents of many of its live camera feeds, and a recent report by the UK government says two in five UK firms experienced cyberattacks in 2020. Cloud computing – The solution Cloud stores information in data centres located anywhere in the world, and is maintained by a third party Cloud computing offers a solution. The cloud stores your information in data centres located anywhere in the world and is maintained by a third party, such as Claranet. As the data sits on hosted servers, it’s easily accessible while not being at risk of being stolen through your physical device. Here’s why cloud computing can help to ensure that your physical security and the data it holds aren’t compromised. Cloud anxiety It’s completely normal to speculate whether your data is safe when it’s stored within a cloud infrastructure. As we are effectively outsourcing our security by storing our important files on servers we have no control over - and, in some cases, limited understanding of - it’s natural to worry about how vulnerable this is to cyber-attacks. The reality is, the data that you save on the cloud is likely to be a lot safer than that which you store on your device. Cyber hackers can try and trick you into clicking on links that deploy malware or pose as a help desk trying to fix your machine. As a result, they can access your device and if this is where you’re storing important security data, then it is vulnerable. Cloud service providers Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software in the personal computer Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software that is likely in place on your personal computer. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Service (AWS) are able to hire countless more security experts than any individual company - save the corporate behemoth - could afford. These major platform owners have culpability for thousands of customers on their cloud and are constantly working to enhance the security of their platforms. The security provided by cloud service providers such as Claranet is an extension of these capabilities. Cloud resistance Cloud servers are located in remote locations that workers don’t have access to. They are also encrypted, which is the process of converting information or data into code to prevent unauthorised access. Additionally, cloud infrastructure providers like ourselves look to regularly update your security to protect against viruses and malware, leaving you free to get on with your work without any niggling worries about your data being at risk from hackers. Data centres Cloud providers provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and AI Additionally, cloud providers are also able to provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and artificial intelligence, as well as data redundancy, where the same piece of data is held within several separate data centres. This is effectively super-strong backup and recovery, meaning that if a server goes down, you can access your files from a backup server. Empowering physical security with cybersecurity By storing the data gathered by your physical security in the cloud, you're not just significantly reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, but also protecting it from physical threats such as damage in the event of a fire or flood. Rather than viewing your physical and cybersecurity as two different entities, treat them as part of one system: if one is compromised, the other is also at risk. They should work in tandem to keep your whole organisation secure.

Making school safety a priority with smart technology
Making school safety a priority with smart technology

With pupils in the UK set to go back to school on 8 March, there are a number of safety measures schools need to implement to ensure the health and wellness of the staff, students, and school communities.  The first lockdown and closure of schools brought on by the coronavirus pandemic fired a “warning shot” for education facilities managers, forcing head-teachers to re-examine school safety standards. Now that a third lockdown is here and schools have been shut down for a second time, anyone behind the curve with the benefits of smart technology should get on board now before children return to the school environment. And with the ever-changing variants of the COVID-19 virus, schools can’t afford to be “late to class” when it comes to health and safety. Preventing the spread of disease Some schools in the US have been using smart technologies for a while to measure utility consumption and efficiency, streamline maintenance and enhance general school safety. These technologies are playing a significant role in keeping school buildings healthy and preventing the spread of disease. Let’s take a look at how smart technology can help schools to become safer, as well as more energy-efficient and cost-effective.   Thermal detection cameras  Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing. These cameras provide medically-accurate, real-time temperatures of individuals in real-time. If a high temperature is detected, the software sends an instant alert to the relevant party. It can also be set to deny access to those with high temperatures or to people not wearing masks.  Safer water  As the coronavirus continues to sweep through the world’s population, healthcare providers should also be on heightened alert for Legionnaires’ disease, another potential cause of pneumonia with similar symptoms. Legionella is a potentially deadly bacteria that can infect a school’s water supply and cause an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. It’s a school's duty of care to prevent Legionella infection by monitoring the risk of the bacteria proliferating.  Particularly as schools reopen and previously stagnant plumbing and cooling systems return to use, additional Legionella cases could rear their ugly head to emergency departments in the coming months. Traces of Legionella were recently found at a Worcestershire school. The school was forced to remain shut while treatment and testing took place. Automated flushing and temperature testing Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters The Health and Safety Executive advises, “If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease… If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.” Typically, managing the risk of Legionella includes running all outlets for two minutes, taking and recording the temperature of the water to ensure that it’s not conducive to Legionella growth. This is a time-consuming process, which is why schools are looking for automated water temperature monitoring systems. This smart system with automated flushing and temperature testing reports and records water temperature data in real-time. Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters.  Cleaner air  Advisers say that improving air filtration and ventilation in schools can help mitigate the potential airborne transmission of COVID-19. Strategies include: Increasing outdoor air ventilation Filtering indoor air Using portable air cleaners with HEPA filters  Smart building technologies such as advanced HVAC controls can help facilities managers promote cleaner air with less hassle. For example, smart HVAC systems use sensors to remotely monitor and control variables such as:  Humidity Temperature Indoor air quality The level of carbon dioxide and other pollutants The technology is also energy-efficient and cost-effective.  While these solutions may be key to the reopening of schools in the era of COVID-19, they also bring long-term benefits. Although COVID-19 may have accelerated the adoption of smart technology, many of these solutions are focused on health, wellness, and security in general; which have been needed in school systems for a long time.

Will network requirements help you build your business or put you out of business?
Will network requirements help you build your business or put you out of business?

Once upon a time, providers had end-to-end control when deploying a physical security platform, which is not the case anymore when we consider the modernisation to IP. When considering the move to IP physical security, the provider needs to ensure the customer has a robust PoE backbone to connect the IP security device back to the application. Network readiness requirements have complicated IP security deployments, making it challenging for current providers while opening the door to new competitors. Competition is increasing Network providers see the move to IP as an opportunity to expand their wallet share. As the trusted advisors to IT teams, network providers leverage their position to win over the physical security business. As the time, cost, and complexity increases to move a customer to IP; providers need to expand their offering, considering the decline in endpoint revenue margins (the "race to the bottom"). Unfortunately, PoE networks are becoming increasingly complex as IoT endpoints are continually introduced to the network. Before the IP/IoT deployment can occur, the network provider (now your competition as well) will have the opportunity to edge you out and offer an IP/IoT solution with the network. The traditional approach is outdated They have standardised this cookie-cutter solution that may work for some, but not for all While we accept that we are collectively relying on our networks to support an increasing number of devices and applications, many have not considered the local area network's evolution. Organisations no longer only connect data terminals and printers to the network - they connect all manner of intelligent devices, including Wi-Fi access points, cameras, phones, access control, lighting, intercoms, and more. Many traditionalists will recommend the rip-and-replace of existing infrastructure while layering all IoT devices on the same network. They have standardised this cookie-cutter solution that may work for some, but not for all. What if there was a better way? Create the best outcome for you and your customer Let's start by thinking about the customer's desired outcome. The customer wants new capabilities within an acceptable ROI. Given the complications surrounding COVID-19, these organisations may require solutions very quickly to operate safely and within governmental guidelines. However, these organisations first need to establish a LAN framework without high costs, disruption to business, or complexity. They do not want to compromise network security or their business. They do not want network requirements to account for the majority of their budget as there is no ROI in infrastructure. The infrastructure supports the ROI gained from the devices and applications it enables. How do we provide a network solution that addresses both the customer and the provider's needs? Customers need a network that: Eliminates competitive pressures, giving providers end-to-end control over the network and the entire digital transformation experience. Shorten sales and deployment cycles to simplify network readiness and reduce the budget allocation towards infrastructure. Focus on device and application implementation and adoption to improve the customer's ROI. Build a physically separate PoE backbone for IP/IoT applications to maximise network security and performance while simplifying ongoing management. Eliminate the dependency on other providers. Advice from Albert Einstein We cannot solve a problem using the same kind of thinking we used when we created it" To help achieve these outcomes, I encourage you to accept some advice from Albert Einstein. Einstein once said, "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Sometimes we are unwilling to accept new ideas because of preconceived notions about how things "ought to be done." We must embrace innovation and challenge our best practices that are based on past education. Einstein also said, "We cannot solve a problem using the same kind of thinking we used when we created it." Sometimes we must challenge ourselves to think differently by using innovations to create better outcomes for our businesses and customers. Consider this for a second: are you focused on the problem rather than finding a unique alternative solution? Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Your customers are all unique with different digital transformation challenges and objectives. The cookie-cutter, rip-and-replace method has not worked for all. If it did, every organization would have all the IP and IoT solutions they need. It's time to consider a fresh new approach that may challenge your education. Don't let our education get in the way of your learning! Looking to innovation and modern solutions The idea of The Modern LAN, introduced by Frost & Sullivan, aims to present a paradigm shift in LAN design for IP and the IoT. The whitepaper, available for free using the link above, offers an enhancement to traditional LAN design to address IP and IoT devices' specific needs. Today, we connect more than just data terminals, and we must design our networks accordingly. Instead of starting with the network, Modern LAN design suggests starting with the endpoint requirements and building a network to address these considerations. One of the foundations of Modern LAN design is to consider all networking innovations available. NVT Phybridge PoE innovations allow you to leverage different cable types, including coax, single-pair UTP, and multi-pair UTP cabling, to enable IoT devices at much greater distances than traditional switches. Aligned with Modern LAN design, you can transform the existing network into a robust and secure PoE backbone instead of removing and replacing the reliable infrastructure. PoE switch solutions PoE switch solutions leverage different core technology that vary in capability and effectiveness I know what you may be thinking: Am I compromising on network performance by leveraging these innovations? The answer is: it depends on the technology. PoE switch solutions leverage different core technology (Homeplug, VDSL, ADSL, Ethernet, etc.) that vary in capability and effectiveness. For more than 15 years, NVT Phybridge has been a global pioneer in long-reach PoE technology. We were the first company to develop a switch that delivered Ethernet and PoE over a single pair of UTP wire with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, which is four times the reach of standard switches. We have spent the last 15 years surprising the industry with our capabilities and satisfying customers with our technology. Performance is paramount We understand that innovation is met with scrutiny and skepticism. We also know that some companies make claims that they cannot back up, which can sometimes shed a negative light on an entire industry or product category. However, our enterprise-grade networking solutions have helped thousands of customers modernise to the next generation of intelligent devices without high costs, complexity, or disruption to their business. For example, our CLEER24 switch is a 24-port Ethernet over Coax innovation that delivers Ethernet and PoE+ over a single coax cable with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach, which is 18-times the reach of a standard switch.  Transform network readiness requirements into an opportunity to grow your business! Be a thought leader, leverage Modern LAN design, and introduce NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to your customers. It's time to change the conversation around LAN design and improve the outcome for you and your customers.

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BCD International debuts Harmonize iDRAC plug-in with Milestone Systems XProtect Video Management Software
BCD International debuts Harmonize iDRAC plug-in with Milestone Systems XProtect Video Management Software

BCD International, the global video data infrastructure manufacturer comprised of BCDVideo, Video Storage Solutions (VSS), and BCDOEM, announced its Harmonize iDRAC plug-in integration with Milestone Systems XProtect® video management software (VMS). iDRAC, which stands for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller, is a health monitoring agent for secure remote and local server management, powered by Dell Technologies, that resides on BCD servers and appliances. BCD has taken the iDRAC service and tightly integrated it with XProtect® so that hardware events, notifications and alarms are now presented within the VMS. Now, end-users and system integrators can monitor iDRAC features, such as hard disk status, temperatures, fan speed and power supplies, through XProtect®. BCDVideo and VSS appliances will be available with the Harmonize iDRAC plug-in with XProtect® beginning May 2021. BCD Harmonize iDRAC API Continuing to expand its technological prowess from its foundation in 1999 as a provider of high-availability IT servers to Fortune 500 companies to the pioneering provider of purpose-built video appliances in the surveillance security market, BCD remains committed to delivering the best user experience and value to its customer base. BCD achieves this by adding integrations that are available only through BCD’s purpose-built appliances, as standard features on all of its related appliances. The Harmonize iDRAC plug-in for XProtect® is just one of the notable offerings under BCD’s Harmonize portfolio of software solutions. How the integration works is BCD’s Harmonize software suite ingests the iDRAC API and listens for specific events, such as drive failure, and shares this critical system information in real-time to operators. The integration ultimately empowers end-users and system integrators to be ahead of failures and proactively manage any server crashes that may happen. It also gives them insight as to how well or poor the server resources are being utilised by being able to monitor central processing unit (CPU) and random access memory (RAM) consumption. Milestone’s XProtect This has been the missing link for the complete visibility of the health of the Milestone solution" “The BCD Harmonize iDRAC plug-in with Milestone’s XProtect® software is a game changer,” said Andrew Hubble, Managing Director, APAC at BCD International. “BCD’s unique innovation completes the integrated relationship of the BCD appliance and the XProtect® software to provide the ability to receive alarms from both BCD’s appliance and Milestone’s software via the XProtect® graphic user interface.” “This has been the missing link for the complete visibility of the health of the Milestone solution. Additionally, the Harmonize iDRAC plug-in now gives users basic configuration of the BCD appliance along with Milestone’s software, providing better return on investment, competitiveness, and user experience for customers and their supporting system integrators.” As video is mission critical, there has been strong demand for remote server management and health monitoring technologies from a single application across the industry. Any issue that arises from the video surveillance platform should be handled with the same importance as a camera tamper event, a door forced the issue in an access control system, or complex analytics setting. Those events are immediately pushed to an operator. With the Harmonize iDRAC plug-in, operators using XProtect® will now be able to immediately see and respond to storage issues before failure or other catastrophic events occur via the same screen as they are live viewing the site.

Milestone achieves positive results with a net revenue of DKK 1 billion in 2020
Milestone achieves positive results with a net revenue of DKK 1 billion in 2020

With a solid COVID-19 continuity plan, a strong focus on people retention, and new ways of collaborating with partners, Milestone Systems achieved a net revenue of DKK 1 billion in 2020. Milestone’s net revenue amounted to DKK 1 billion in 2020, a decrease of 1% compared with 2019. The operating income (EBIT) was DKK 112 million, a decrease of 9%, reflecting the pandemic’s impact on sales, an increase in development capacity, and investments in new headcounts to fuel future growth. New ways to collaborate “Given the challenging situation of the pandemic, our annual result is a successful outcome, made possible by our people, without whom long-term sustainable growth would not be possible." "We quickly turned around how we manage the company and found new ways of supporting our network of partners. This resilience combined with the adaptability of our people and partners prepared us to face the new challenges,” says Chief Executive Officer Thomas Jensen, Milestone Systems. People First In 2020, Milestone’s People First approach was tested to its core. It was crucial for Milestone to avoid restructuring while supporting its people — keeping them motivated and feeling included as part of the team. To support this, Milestone launched the Grow Together program that focuses on mental and physical health and knowledge-sharing about exercise, food, and sleep. In addition, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Milestone lived up to the ambition to invest in people and growth, increasing the number of employees by 69 to a total of 934 at the end of 2020. Increased support of partners The wide network of channel and technology partners is the core of Milestone’s open video technology platform. When the pandemic hit, Milestone optimized its support to help partners keep selling Milestone solutions. Product training went online with webinars attracting thousands of partners and, with the Milestone Care™ campaign, Milestone helped its partners to continue their business without having to be onsite with their customers. Future growth opportunities Looking ahead, Thomas Jensen expects challenges but also looks forward to Milestone’s continued growth journey. He concludes, “COVID-19 created a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability in 2020." "The pandemic is not behind us yet, and therefore we see challenges as well as opportunities ahead. But with our strong COVID-19 continuity plan, we are confident that 2021 will become another growth year for Milestone.”

Disruptive innovation providing new opportunities in smart cities
Disruptive innovation providing new opportunities in smart cities

Growth is accelerating in the smart cities market, which will quadruple in the next four years based on 2020 numbers. Top priorities are resilient energy and infrastructure projects, followed by data-driven public safety and intelligent transportation. Innovation in smart cities will come from the continual maturation of relevant technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), fifth-generation telecommunications (5G) and edge-to-cloud networking. AI and computer vision (video analytics) are driving challenges in security and safety, in particular, with video management systems (VMSs) capturing video streams and exposing them to various AI analytics. Adoption of disruptive technologies “Cities are entering the critical part of the adoption curve,” said Kasia Hanson, Global Director, Partner Sales, IOT Video, Safe Cities, Intel Corp. “They are beginning to cross the chasm to realise their smart city vision. Cities are taking notice and have new incentives to push harder than before. They are in a better position to innovate.” “Safety and security were already important market drivers responsible for adoption of AI, computer vision and edge computing scenarios,” commented Hanson, in a presentation at the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) 2021. She added: “2020 was an inflection point when technology and the market were ripe for disruption. COVID has accelerated the adoption of disruptive technologies in ways we could not have predicted last year.” Challenges faced by cities Spending in the European Union on public order and safety alone stood at 1.7% of GDP in 2018 Providing wide-ranging services is an expanding need in cities of all sizes. There are currently 33 megacities globally with populations over 10 million. There are also another 4,000 cities with populations over 100,000 inhabitants. Challenges for all cities include improving public health and safety, addressing environmental pressures, enabling mobility, improving quality of life, promoting economic competitiveness and reducing costs. Spending in the European Union on public order and safety alone stood at 1.7% of GDP in 2018. Other challenges include air quality – 80% of those living in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits. Highlighting mobility concerns is an eye-opening statistic from Los Angeles in 2017: Residents spent an average of 102 hours sitting in traffic. Smart technology “The Smart City of Today can enable rich and diverse use cases,” says Hanson. Examples include AI-enabled traffic signals to help reduce air pollution, and machine learning for public safety such as real-time visualisation and emergency response. Public safety use cases include smart and connected outdoor lighting, smart buildings, crime prevention, video wearables for field agents, smart kiosks and detection of noise level, glass breaks and gunshots. Smart technology will make indoor spaces safer by controlling access to a building with keyless and touchless entry. In the age of COVID, systems can also detect face mask compliance, screen for fever and ensure physical distancing. 2020 was an inflection point when technology and the smart cities market were ripe for disruption, Kasia Hanson told the MIPS 2021 audience. Video solutions Video workloads will provide core capabilities as entertainment venues reopen after the pandemic. When audiences attend an event at a city stadium, deep learning and AI capabilities analyse customer behaviours to create new routes, pathways, signage and to optimise cleaning operations. Personalised digital experiences will add to the overall entertainment value. In the public safety arena, video enables core capabilities such as protection of people, assets and property, emergency response, and real-time visualisation and increased situational awareness. Video also provides intelligent incident management, better operational efficiency and faster information sharing and collaboration. Smart video strategy Intel and Milestone provide video solutions across many use cases, including safety and security Video at the edge is a key element in end-to-end solutions. Transforming data from various point solutions into insights is complicated, time-consuming and costly. Cities and public venues are looking for hardware, software and industry expertise to provide the right mix of performance, capabilities and cost-effectiveness. Intel’s smart video strategy focuses around its OpenVINO toolkit. OpenVINO, which is short for Open Visual Inference and Neural network Optimisation, enables customers to build and deploy high-performing computer vision and deep learning inference applications. Intel and Milestone partnership – Video solutions “Our customers are asking for choice and flexibility at the edge, on-premises and in the cloud,” said Hansen in her presentation at the virtual conference. “They want the choice to integrate with large-scale software packages to speed deployment and ensure consistency over time. They need to be able to scale computer vision. Resolutions are increasing alongside growth in sensor installations themselves. They have to be able to accommodate that volume, no matter what causes it to grow.” As partners, Intel and Milestone provide video solutions across many use cases, including safety and security. In effect, the partnership combines Intel’s portfolio of video, computer vision, inferencing and AI capabilities with Milestone’s video management software and community of analytics partners. Given its complex needs, the smart cities market is particularly inviting for these technologies.

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