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Milestone Systems is a global industry leader in open platform IP video management software, founded in 1998 and now operating as a stand-alone company in the Canon Group. Milestone technology is easy to manage, reliable and proven in thousands of customer installations, providing flexible choices in network hardware and integrations with other systems. Sold through partners in more than 100 countries, Milestone solutions help organizations to manage risks, protect people and assets, optimize processes and reduce costs. For more information, visit: www.milestonesys.com.
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Intelligent video surveillance and deep learning dominate MIPS 2018 agenda

Milestone Systems is embracing artificial intelligence and deep learning in a big way at this week's yearly Milestone Community Days (MIPS 2018) in Las Vegas. The Danish company's theme is "Creating an Intelligent World," and Milestone's stated goal is to make "the Milestone community part of every surveillance installation in the world."    Science fiction becomes reality In a presentation on opening day, Milestone CSMO Kenneth Hune Petersen pointed to the 2002 movie The Minority Report as highlighting a variety of gadgets and systems that seemed futuristic at the time but are now perfectly possible, and in some cases outdated. Films have previously highlighted gadgets and systems that were futuristic, but are now perfectly possible, or outdated "If we dare to dream together we can make this a better world," says Petersen. "Through AI and machine learning, we can help define tomorrow. There's no doubt about it: There is a massive business opportunity for us in artificial intelligence." Despite all the talk about artificial intelligence, only about 0.5 percent of all the data in the world has currently been analysed or used, says Peterson. "Our open platform technology is the foundation for intelligent video systems and our partners have the expertise and infrastructure needed to reach the next frontier in intelligent video solutions," said Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems CTO. "Together, we can provide unlimited solutions for our customers." Deeper integration and broader coverage Expanding the Milestone community this year has included the addition of 1,000 new models of supported hardware devices; there are currently more than 7,000 models supported. Milestone is also pursuing broader coverage of installations through their partners, with deeper integration of functionality, and by deepening existing relationships with customers. ‘Creating an intelligent world’ includes deep learning and lots of video systems, says Milestone at their annual conference Under new agreements, hardware partners such as Dell EMC and BCDVideo now provide XProtect Essential+ software pre-loaded on servers they sell. The focus at MIPS 2018 on AI included a presentation by Tanmay Bakshi, the "world's youngest IBM coder" and TED Talk speaker, at 14 years old. The prodigy, who has been coding since the age of 4, has worked with IBM and other companies on a variety of AI-related projects. Using deep learning with video is currently limited because so much video is unlabelled and unstructured In his MIPS 2018 keynote speech, Bakshi traced the development of AI through high-profile events, such as IBM's development of the "Watson" computer, which successfully competed on Jeopardy!, and Google's development of AlphaGo, a program that successfully plays the complex ancient board game, Go. Data demands deep-learning Bakshi focused on security and healthcare as two disciplines where deep learning can potentially have a big impact. Using deep learning with video is currently limited because so much video is unlabeled and unstructured. Still, projections are that there will be a billion cameras worldwide by 2020, providing an over-abundance of data that demands the use of deep learning to make sense of it all. "There is a misconception that AI is meant to replace us, to make humans obsolete. AI is not replacing us. It is created by humans to amplify human skills. AI can reduce information overload to enable humans to work with the data more efficiently," said Bakshi. He suggested that AI is equivalent to IA; Bakshi's abbreviation meaning "intelligence augmented." AI can reduce information overload to enable humans to work with the data more efficiently The ability to scale AI applications using "distributed deep learning" and graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware is paving the way for greater use of deep learning in video applications. Adam Scraba, Global Business Development Lead at NVIDIA, outlined the trends that are making the current "Big Bang" of deep learning possible. He said it is "the most exciting time in tech history," with "software that can write its own software" now among the tools that make previously unsolvable problems now solvable. AI-driven intelligent video analytics can now achieve "super-human" results, he said. An intelligent world to combat crime Instead of sitting for hours staking out a suspected drug dealer alone, entire investigations now take hours instead of days A success story about the game-changing capabilities of video data was supplied by Hartford, Conn.'s Capital City Crime Center (C4). The Hartford police department uses video data in a "predictive policing" approach. They have created an "intelligent world with smart policing to combat drug trafficking," according to C4 Supervisor Johnmichael O'Hare of the Hartford Police Department. Instead of sitting for hours staking out a suspected drug dealer, for example, video of a site can be analysed to determine areas with higher levels of foot traffic that indicate drug buys. The result is investigations that take hours instead of days. Hartford incorporates several technologies, including ShotSpotter gunshot detection, Briefcam video synopsis and other systems, all tied together using the Milestone platform. More than 700 attendees make MIPS 2018 the largest such event ever, and exhibits by around 60 Milestone partner companies attest to the continuing expansion of the Milestone community. [Main image: Tanmay Bakshi (left) and Johnmichael O’Hare of the Hartford Police Department (right) discuss key security issues of the modern day]

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How should your security company measure total cost of ownership (TCO)?

How much does a security system cost? We all know that total costs associated with systems are substantially higher than the “price tag.” There are many elements, tangible and intangible, that contribute to the costs of owning and operating a system. Taking a broad view and finding ways to measure these additional costs enables integrators and users to get the most value from a system at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). However, measuring TCO can be easier said than done. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to share the benefit of their collective expertise on the subject. Specifically, we asked: How should integrators and/or end users measure total cost of ownership (TCO) when quantifying the value of security systems?

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Arcules heightens value of IoT data and cloud video through focus on business optimisation

Leadership roles are changing inside enterprise companies, where higher profiles of roles like CIO and CISO are blurring the lines separating legacy security departments from the larger enterprise. The role of security – protecting the company – now overlaps with broader concerns such as business optimisation. The changes are impacting how technology is used; what was once considered a “security system” can now impact the company in larger ways. It’s not just protecting the business but making it better. Expanding the role of security systems also makes it easier to justify their costs. Leveraging technology changes Arcules is a new company looking to capitalise on changing business trends by leveraging technology changes to increase the value of a customer’s data. Arcules aggregates video and Internet of Things (IoT) data in the cloud and uses artificial intelligence to identify business insights within a rich – and previously untapped – data archive. Arcules aggregates video and Internet of Things (IoT) data in the cloud A Canon Group company, Arcules is in the process of launching its headquarters in Irvine, California, hiring needed cloud talent and relocating some of the incubation team. Arcules is an outgrowth of Canon-subsidiary Milestone Systems and its Arcus cloud video initiative, a product of the Danish company’s Incubation and Ventures department. An earlier success story from Incubation and Ventures is Milestone’s popular Husky line of network video recorders. Combining cloud video and IoT data “There is a convergence of enterprise IT, analytics and security functions,” says Andreas Pettersson, CTO of Arcules. “Customers have a more opportunistic mindset and realise that everything is connected. They can marry data from traditional security systems, including video, with other data within the company.” The other data comes from IoT devices and is integrated with video data in the cloud; Arcules can combine cloud video and IoT data to yield new information and insights to drive revenue, reduce costs and improve customer experience. Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the capabilities expand way beyond video analytics to include analytics in general, crunching a variety of data provided by IoT sensors. “Marrying together video and IoT data provides more actionable information,” says Pettersson. “Devices have to be Internet-connected to enable data to be analysed and visualised on a broader basis.” The approach is valuable in a range of vertical markets. The cloud approach aggregates data from cameras and other IoT sensors and applies the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning tools that are more easily (and cost-effectively) available in the cloud. Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning End-to-end solutions Arcules provides an end-to-end solution for video and IoT data, and is focused on cybersecurity, compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other privacy concerns. “In the CIO’s office, security is everything,” says Pettersson. Arcus (meaning “a low-horizontal cloud formation”) was the name Milestone gave to its video-as-a-service (i.e., cloud) system. However, “the business problem we wish to solve and the technology we are building have evolved beyond what the Arcus name originally represented,” explains Kelly Kucera, Arcules Global Marketing and Commercial Strategy Director. “When we take video and IoT and machine learning and analytics, the system goes beyond video surveillance and provides data for business optimisation – hence, the new name Arcules, denoting strength and action. We have to do more and make it actionable. Not just safer, but smarter.”

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