Bjørn Skou Eilertsen
Milestone XProtect Corporate 2019 R2 is the first major video management software product to obtain a complete GDPR-ready certification from EuroPriSe. XProtect Corporate 2019 R2 is the first major video management software product to obtain the highly sought-after EuroPriSe (European Privacy Seal) GDPR-ready certification. With the GDPR-ready certification from the independent and recognised institute EuroPriSe, end-users can be confident that they have the right foundation to build a GDPR compliant video surveillance installation. Video management installations GDPR is on par with, or in many cases tougher than these domestic regulations" The certification covers all core capabilities of Milestone XProtect Corporate, building on the native XProtect cyber security features. To help system integrators and end-users design, implement, and operate GDPR-compliant video management installations, Milestone Systems provides a holistic set of tools, including an extensive GDPR Privacy Guide with ready-to-use templates, as well as privacy awareness training for end-users. “While GDPR is an EU-centric regulation, data privacy is a concern in many parts of the world, where we see similar regulations coming into force. GDPR is on par with, or in many cases tougher than these domestic regulations, so the EuroPriSe GDPR-ready certification is of great importance to us. System integrators and end-users can rest assured that they have the right foundation on which to build GDPR-compliant solutions,” says Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems, and continues: Protect personal data captured “With the continuous technology evolution, video management products have become very powerful, which calls for a responsible use by end-customers. In 2017, Milestone Systems leaders joined more than 150 representatives from tech companies around the world in signing the Copenhagen Letter, a declaration that calls on tech companies to use technology in a responsible, human-centred way. Enabling our customers to protect personal data captured and processed by XProtect VMS systems is a natural extension of this commitment.” The GDPR-ready certification covers Milestone Systems’ top range product XProtect Corporate. The ambition is to certify the entire XProtect VMS product range, to allow all sizes of installations to build their video management installations on a proven GDPR-ready base. Video push functionality Other updates in the new XProtect 2019 R2 release include a simplified process of working with and getting test licenses, as they can now be obtained directly from the Milestone Customer Dashboard, allowing partners to evaluate, test, and demo XProtect for one year without having to purchase the software upfront. The 2019 R2 release includes enhancements to XProtect Mobile by adding audio support The 2019 R2 release also extends the capability of the existing audio support in the XProtect Web Client by adding support for broadcasting announcements to multiple camera-connected speakers at once, allowing personnel to use the XProtect Web Client to do mass communication when they want to warn a crowd or do promotional announcements. Also, the 2019 R2 release includes enhancements to XProtect Mobile by adding audio support to the innovative Video Push functionality. Manage device passwords With the addition of supporting audio, this completes the solution and allows users to create even stronger documentation of incidents, even as they happen. With the 2019 R2 release, it is possible to manage device passwords per device or per group of devices, directly from the XProtect Management Client. This provides an easier and faster way of securing the device security system and addressing potential vulnerabilities. Milestone Systems is taking yet another step forward in ensuring the best possible end-to-end security of XProtect by removing the ability to generate self-signed certificates in the XProtect Mobile Server and eliminating the option to use self-signed certificates in the XProtect Mobile client. This means that users can rest assured that XProtect Mobile complies with the highest security standard in the industry, with support for CA-signed certificates only.
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces Tom Bjerre as its new Vice President for Research & Development. He will oversee planning, development, testing and release of Milestone Systems’ video management software, and supervise employees located in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Sofia. IoT and data management The investment encompasses development capacity in deep-driver device integration, advanced video rendering & IoT One of Tom Bjerre’s primary tasks will be to ensure the return on investment by Milestone Systems to increase its development capacity by 45%, that will reinforce the company’s ability to create unique innovations to meet market demand for smart solutions. The investment encompasses development capacity in deep-driver device integration, advanced video rendering, IoT and metadata sources, online services, advanced data management and the platform Software Development Kit (SDK). Tom Bjerre is well experienced from working in platform-based and market-disrupting companies, bringing the perfect mindset to Milestone Systems. Milestone Systems VMS “I believe that the power of platform economy and platform business model is a game-changer. Milestone Systems’ open platform enables partners to reach customers, with Milestone Systems as the orchestrator of the platform. This makes innovations available to buyers through enabling the industry to build intelligent solutions together and expand their reach. I’m excited to take this open platform approach to the next level,” says VP R&D Tom Bjerre, Milestone Systems. Culture and values are also of huge importance to Tom Bjerre. Milestone Systems’ culture is based on values such as growth, passion and empathy - people values that I believe are essential for a company’s success. And always people first: The most creative ideas come from diverse teams. Mixing people with different backgrounds and cultures brings different viewpoints into the discussion, and this is the fuel that sparks innovation.” Hybrid cloud solutions Tom Bjerre will be playing a significant role in executing on Milestone Systems’ cloud strategy “Tom Bjerre is a great match for Milestone Systems’ values and culture and has the required skills that the job requires in terms of agile management and ability to collaborate across teams and within the wider leadership group,” says Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems. He adds, "Moreover, Tom Bjerre is an experienced leader of large-scale and mission-critical IT development and operations. He has been responsible for Saxo Bank’s global IT Infrastructure, Application Infrastructure and Business Support and IT Services. In his most recent position as CIO at TV 2 Danmark A/S, he was responsible for Data, Integration & Services, IT Operations and TV Technology.” Tom Bjerre will be playing a significant role in executing on Milestone Systems’ cloud strategy, which will offer hybrid solutions combining on-premise and cloud solutions to fit customers’ needs and levels of market maturity. During his time as CIO at TV 2 Danmark A/S, Tom Bjerre and his team worked both with cloud and on-premise solutions. A migration of digital services, including an online video platform, required an entirely new architecture, including transforming the platform from a large, complex on-premise monolith to a more flexible architecture based on microservices.
Milestone Systems, the open platform video management software (VMS) company, named Roger Meier, Managing Director of EET Europarts, the winner of the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest 2019, during the Milestone Community Days (MIPS) event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) Innovators from 16 countries submitted ideas to the contest, and four made it to the final round at MIPS in Copenhagen. Here, they presented their ideas and prototypes. A judging committee and the partner community present voted for their favourite idea via an app, and the winner was announced during the MIPS gala dinner. The winning project is a digital nurse that uses sensors on top of video to ensure the safety of the elderly and disabled people, as well as assists healthcare professionals in nursing homes around the world. Integration with Milestone XProtect Innovation, creativity and technical feasibility are at the heart of the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest" “This year’s winner not only demonstrated innovation and seamless integration with Milestone XProtect, but also provided a solution that utilises sensors on top of video to improve the life and safety of the elderly and disabled while assisting nurses and care givers. Innovation, creativity and technical feasibility are at the heart of the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest and we are happy to provide the platform for new technology partners to continue to push the boundaries of video management.” says Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems. “We are truly honored and proud to win the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest among all these great finalists, and we are excited to further develop our solution and take it to market. As the elderly population increases rapidly, there is a demand now to deliver new, innovative healthcare solutions. We believe that we, as a community, with all the knowhow available, can make a difference.” says Managing Director of EET Europarts Roger Meier. Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit Milestone Systems awarded Roger Meier and his team cash prizes of US$ 10,000 and US$ 55,000 in development and marketing resources. Roger Meier will be working closely with Milestone Systems to finalise the winning project in the coming year. This will also include completing of the integration with the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK), along with getting the integration certified by Milestone Systems and bringing the solution to market.
The Milestone Husky X series is designed to unlock the full potential of Milestone’s XProtect video management software (VMS), offering remarkable performance and low total cost of ownership. All NVRs in the Milestone Husky X series utilise hardware accelerated video decoding for server-side motion detection to further increase performance and camera capacity – all that in hardware that is customisable and can be matched to specific functional, operational and budgetary requirements. The Milestone Husky X2 is a plug-n-play network video recorder with a built-in PoE switch and input/output panel. With a verified continuous recording rate, it provides the power and scalability required in most small to mid-market surveillance installations. Uninterrupted operation The Milestone Husky X2 comes with pre-loaded XProtect Essential+ VMS, allowing everyone to start right and be able to scale up their license according to need. Milestone Husky X8 is a high-performing network video recorder for the high-end market, offering remarkable performance and reliability The Milestone Husky X8 is a high-performing network video recorder for the high-end market, offering remarkable performance and reliability with component, storage and application redundancy, ensuring continuous uninterrupted operation. Leveraging the XProtect video management software, hardware-accelerated video processing and Western Digital Purple HDD technology, the unit offers a proven capacity of more than 300 cameras with server-side motion detection. Greater flexibility “Scalability and reliability are two of the main criteria selecting hardware infrastructure for a security system. The Husky X2 and X8 units deliver on both these points through their dedicated design and high build quality. And thanks to the use of hardware-accelerated video decoding the Husky X series NVRs offer the market’s highest performance, reducing both the initial and operational costs,” says CTO Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems, who continues: “The new Husky X series is an important complement to our ambitious System Builder program where we work with some of the market’s leading and most-recognised hardware vendors to offer servers, storage and workstations pre-installed with Milestone XProtect VMS software.” With higher performance, greater flexibility and scalability, the new Husky X series will replace Milestone Systems’ existing Husky M series of NVRs. By June 30, 2019, after five successful years in the market, Milestone Systems will terminate the production of Husky M series. This includes Husky M20, Husky M50, Husky M500 Advanced and Husky M550 Advanced.
Milestone Systems, the provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS), invites coders, developers, individuals and organisations to test their development skills within video management technology. The Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest is a unique opportunity to discover new applications and capabilities within video management, security surveillance and even beyond security; applications that can ‘plug in’ to the XProtect VMS product family. "We want to invite the community of developers to help make the world see how Milestone Systems’ open platform technology can ensure safety, protect assets and increase business above and beyond the world of traditional security. We believe that there are amazing ideas out there, and the Community Kickstarter Contest has proven to be a great opportunity for developers to get their ideas turned into actual products and business,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technology Officer, Milestone Systems. Three finalists will be given free entry and an exhibitor booth at the annual Milestone Integration Platform Symposium Video integration in physical security The winning concept can be an integration, added functionality, widget or code that extends the use of video in physical security or improves everyday life. Participating developers can use Milestone VMS as a visual tool, a device trigger, a base for analysing data or to measure information that can be applied in totally new ways. The only requirement is that the solution is created using the free Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK) and that the idea must be the contestant’s own intellectual property. Three finalists will be given free entry and an exhibitor booth at the annual Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) in Nashville, US, on January 15, 2019. This is where the winner will be announced. Market exposure for developers “Milestone Systems enables an open platform community that drives collaboration and innovation in the development and use of network video technology. This contest is a great way for developers out there to get their solutions integrated and certified by Milestone Systems, and a chance to break through to a global market of thousands of potential customers worldwide and turn their ideas into big business,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen. The winner will receive a prize valued at USD 65,000: A cash prize of $10,000 $20,000 in development resources, including review, feedback and Milestone Solution Certification $ 35,000 in global marketing activities with Milestone Systems The Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest enabled us to demonstrate our idea in a global context" 360-Camera Surveillance System Last year’s winner was Soko Aoki from Tokyo, Japan. Soko Aoki’s winning project was integrating Milestone Systems’ XProtect VMS with 360-enabled cameras and a head-mounted display (HMD) to see omni-directions by just moving your head using RTSP and MIP drivers. “We presented our solution, a 360-camera surveillance system with VMS at the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest 2018, followed by a fruitful exhibition at Milestone Systems’ flagship event MIPS, during which we had the opportunity to talk to enterprise clients who showed interest in our idea and solution." "The Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest enabled us to demonstrate our idea in a global context, and we highly recommend others to join the contest,” said Soko Aoki.
Milestone Systems will increase innovation capacity by 45% by 2019 year-end and deliver on its promise to develop unique innovations that will meet future market demands in six key long-term innovation areas. These innovation investments will take place in multiple locations between Copenhagen, Sofia and Barcelona. The objectives of this investment are to increase development capacity of disruptive innovations within deep driver integration, advanced rendering, IoT and metadata sources, online services, advanced data management and Milestone Systems’ platform software development kit (SDK). The results of which will accelerate Milestone System’s position in enabling the processing of video and data from solution partners who use neural networks, deep learning and AI technologies. Market growth opportunities “Market trends are changing at accelerated rates towards device aggregation, artificial intelligence and visual intelligence augmentation. We believe that by increasing our development capacity within these disruptive innovation areas, Milestone Systems will be able to enable our partners with new market growth opportunities,” said President & CEO Lars Thinggaard, Milestone Systems. We want to push our technology beyond security in areas such as smart buildings and cities" According to The World Economic Forum, more than one trillion sensors will be connected to the Internet by 2022. Alongside the development of these market trends, the demands for smart solutions and machine learning technologies increase. Executives expect Internet of Things (IoT) and AI to bring about the biggest change; 73% say they are investing in IoT and 54% in AI (PwC Global Digital IQ Survey). As part of the long-term innovation investment, Milestone Systems will partner with leading technology companies on the development of Imaging of Things frameworks to connect, aggregate and secure the ecosystem of IoT devices and frameworks. Video Technology Platform “Milestone Systems wants to be part of every video installation in the world. To do this, we must be able to offer the most innovative Video Technology Platform which can enable our partners to address the wide range of challenges that our end-customers are facing. We want to push our technology beyond security in areas such as smart buildings and cities where our video technology can play a vital role,” says Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems.
Milestone Systems will increase innovation capacity by 45% by 2019 year-end and deliver on its promise to develop unique innovations that will meet future market demands in six key long-term innovation areas. These innovation investments will take place in multiple locations between Copenhagen, Sofia and Barcelona. The objectives of this investment are to increase development capacity of disruptive innovations within deep driver integration, advanced rendering, IoT and metadata sources, online services, advanced data management and Milestone Systems’ platform software development kit (SDK). The results of which will accelerate Milestone System’s leading position in enabling the processing of video and data from solution partners who use neural networks, deep learning and AI technologies. Executives expect Internet of Things (IoT) and AI to bring about the biggest change; 73% say they are investing in IoT and 54% in AI Increase in demands for smart solutions “Market trends are changing at accelerated rates towards device aggregation, artificial intelligence and visual intelligence augmentation. We believe that by increasing our development capacity within these disruptive innovation areas, Milestone Systems will be able to enable our partners with new market growth opportunities,” said President & CEO Lars Thinggaard, Milestone Systems. According to The World Economic Forum, more than one trillion sensors will be connected to the Internet by 2022. Alongside the development of these market trends, the demands for smart solutions and machine learning technologies increase. Executives expect Internet of Things (IoT) and AI to bring about the biggest change; 73% say they are investing in IoT and 54% in AI (PwC Global Digital IQ Survey). Offering an innovative video technology platform As part of the long-term innovation investment, Milestone Systems will partner with leading technology companies on the development of Imaging of Things frameworks to connect, aggregate and secure the ecosystem of IoT devices and frameworks. “Milestone Systems wants to be part of every video installation in the world. To do this, we must be able, to offer the most innovative Video Technology Platform which can enable our partners to address the wide range of challenges that our end-customers are facing. We want to push our technology beyond security in areas such as smart buildings and cities where our video technology can play a vital role,” says Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems.
Milestone Systems, specialising in networked video management software (VMS), has announced a new global program for hardware partners in the Milestone community. This unique open program enables hardware manufacturers to ship their servers, clients and storage solutions powered by Milestone XProtect software. The Milestone Channel Partners and customers will benefit from tested and validated hardware configurations from leading hardware manufacturers. With XProtect Essential+ preloaded on the hardware, the System Builder Program enables easy deployment of the Milestone award-winning VMS with just a few clicks, or rapid upgrade to one of the more advanced editions through a Milestone channel partner. Milestone supports the VMS software, ensuring a world-class operation and maintenance experience, while the hardware partners joining the System Builder Program will leverage their existing support structures. This initiative extends the market reach for all community partners beyond the markets Milestone already targets with the Husky NVR offerings.Milestone customers will benefit from a wider range of tested and validated hardware with XProtect preloaded IoT and AI-powered surveillance In addition to the XProtect functionality, Milestone customers also get access to the many software add-on options from Milestone Solution Partners and the wide range of more than 7,000 supported camera models and other hardware devices. The hardware partners in the Milestone System Builder Program, responsible for shipping products with the Milestone VMS software, will be able to design hardware to fit specific surveillance market segments, and will benefit from the opportunity to tap into the IoT and artificial intelligence market through the solution power of the Milestone community. Milestone customers will benefit from a wider range of tested and validated hardware with XProtect preloaded, which contributes to an optimal user experience, system performance and return on investment. Milestone Solution Partners will discover new business opportunities by adding their solutions to an even wider installed base of XProtect software. Easing hardware deployments Milestone resellers and integrators will benefit from easier deployments on hardware configurations that are tried and tested and will discover additional up sell opportunities from a wider range of customers starting right away with XProtect Essential+. “The System Builder Program is all about ease of deployment. Customers can now get the XProtect experience on their hardware of choice in a few clicks. Nobody else is doing this,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems. “Customers will also be able to easily enter the world of intelligent video solutions by tapping into the rich spectrum of add-ons from Milestone Solution Partners.”
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]
A growing emphasis on the impact of data – storing it, analysing it, and getting more value from it – was a common theme at this year’s IFSEC. Throughout the three days of the show at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre last week, there were many conversations about the growing benefits of the data generated by today’s physical security systems. Industry embraces deep learning & artificial intelligence Video analytics increasingly critical Access control provides business intelligence The move towards edge-based storage Deep learning and video analytics Video data was one key focus; especially how tools such as artificial intelligence and deep learning will create more value. However, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technology Officer of Milestone, warns that some companies may be adopting the deep learning buzzwords prematurely for marketing purposes. “I am surprised that so many companies at IFSEC have picked up on deep learning without having meat on the bone,” he says. The real challenge is to drive the deep learning value proposition, and truly deliver on the innovations to customers. Not surprisingly, he sees Milestone’s “open system community” approach as the best way forward. Embracing deep learning and artificial intelligence will change the dynamics of video analytics and could lead to a renaissance in the market, says Eilertsen. Historically, video analytics have been rules-based and “you have to know what you’re looking for,” says Eilertsen. The approach has limited ideas about what analytics can do, while issues such as ownership of patents have made companies hesitant to enter the fray. The deep learning approach both breaks through the confines and makes patents covering rules-based analytics irrelevant. Deep learning and artificial intelligence will change the dynamics of video analytics, says Milestone Systems' Bjørn Skou Eilertsen “It’s changing the dynamics of the analytics market and inviting new players to engage,” says Eilertsen. “Deep learning and neural networks are not managed the same way, they are easier to engage, and more people are engaging.” Growing camera counts and multiplying data streams More and better video analytics are a necessity as camera counts grow and video data streams multiply. Video analytics add a critical automation aspect to video systems, enabling systems to process video and provide needed information without requiring operators to view hours of video to find a needed detail – the proverbial needle in the haystack. Using neural networks to analyse video offers a clear advantage over the process of monitoring 10,000 cameras, for example. The extra processing power for deep learning comes from graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware, which provides faster, parallelised computing and enables neural networks. “It changes the way the industry looks at analytics,” says Eilertsen. He sees coming innovation around more predictive modeling and systems that change over time to solve a shifting array of problems. Milestone’s future lies in supplying a deep learning element operating alongside the video management system, providing a platform onto which innovators from the Milestone “community” can solve new problems that leverage the value of tons of video. Milestone has extended its VMS ecosystem to even the industry’s smallest customers. Milestone has released a free video management system (VMS) product for use with up to eight channels. The approach allows a small business to embrace video surveillance on a small scale and low cost, and then grow the system over time, hopefully eventually becoming a customer of Milestone’s XProtect corporate-level product. The transition path only involves upgrading the licence as the system grows. A basic, eight-channel system is built using the same binary code as the larger products. AI education at IFSEC NVIDIA, the GPU manufacturer that provides hardware for the industry’s transition to artificial intelligence and deep learning, exhibited at IFSEC as part of its continuing awareness push in the physical security market. NVIDIA also raised awareness of AI and deep learning at its GPU technology conference in San Jose Eddie Seymour, European Technical Director of NVIDIA, acknowledged a mission of “evangelism” at IFSEC. “We’re not here to sell you anything, it’s more of an education,” he said. NVIDIA is working with partners to incorporate GPUs, including Jetson “embedded” systems, into various technologies. To illustrate the sheer power of AI platforms, a flat screen monitor at NVIDIA’s stand displayed video analytics working simultaneously on 30 high-definition video streams, illustrating the fast processing capabilities as the system identified anomalies on each stream as a rapid pace. Seymour said they have had a lot of conversations with end users at IFSEC about how they might use the technology. NVIDIA can then act as “matchmaker” to pair up end users’ needs with various partners that are working in those specific areas. City-wide projects are a focus for NVIDIA, and Europe is another place where cities are embracing newer intelligent systems. Seymour says the market is more fragmented in Europe than in the U.S., and there are more startups playing in this arena. Leveraging access control data Data is driving innovation in the area of access control, too. More customers are looking for ways they can leverage access control databases for information about buildings, people, movements, and behaviour in the corporate environment. Combined with information from IT systems, access control can provide a holistic view of a business. “You can see the trends and statistics, can predict some issue about a certain door,” says Raf Schrijvers, Project Marketing Manager EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “You can discover anomalies in terms of business users, for employees and for subcontractors and visitors. In the case of subcontractors, you can verify how long they were on the premises. Access control becomes a tool to track work time.” Tyco's customers want to capture access control data as useful information Being at IFSEC (in a meeting room at the back of the hall), Tyco had a chance to hear the voice of customers. “They want to use access control systems in a good way, capturing data and doing something with that data as useful information,” says Schrijvers. “We can go into complex reports and make them easy to read for management. They can evaluate building uses and energy costs, or calculate cost savings over time. Access control becomes a real tool for them, and they can even make the company money over time.” In addition to listening to customers, Tyco’s meeting room also provided a forum to discuss the corporate roadmap and strategic vision with select customers. Product enhancements include embedded visitor management, dual-factor authentication and enhanced security. Mobile apps are another area of focus, offering new ways for users to interface with their access control systems. Users can provide “I am safe” messages in an emergency, for example, or pop-up alarms can be communicated easily from the central system. Optimising storage for video surveillance Storage is another aspect of data in the physical security market that was well covered at IFSEC 2017. Western Digital (WD) focused at the show on their broadening range of storage products, now including in-camera flash (SD) storage as a result of WD’s acquisition of San Disk. Resonating with the market trend toward more edge-based storage, San Disk products offer high endurance, which is needed for video surveillance applications where they might need to last for five years or more. A mistake integrators make is using consumer-grade SD chips, which have not been optimised for video surveillance applications, says Ziv Pax, Director, MCS Industrial Channel Business, San Disk (a WD brand). WD also unveiled its Gold storage platform for larger enterprise uses (550 terabytes per year in workload) as well as the Purple product, which accommodates 180 terabytes per year in workload and now offers up to 10 terabytes of storage (new at the show). In addition to better security, an emerging byproduct of our industry’s products and systems is a steady flow of data that can be translated into useful information for customers. It was one of several hopeful signs revealed in our discussions at IFSEC. The industry is clearly moving in new directions, with new vibrancy and towards renewed prosperity.
Milestone Systems, the global open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio. “XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems. “Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.” Open platform benefits By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses, and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access. XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away. Milestone also offers marketing support for developers as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organisations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients. XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2 Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs. All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power. The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost. XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.
Milestone Systems, the leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), will once again be at IFSEC International 2017 in London, June 20-22. On show at the Milestone booth E750 will be the full Milestone XProtect 2017 portfolio of products and the Milestone Husky Advanced NVRs for enterprise use, in addition to the full range of Milestone Husky NVRs. A number of Milestone partners will be showcasing integrated solutions at the Milestone booth and throughout the showroom. Milestone partner showcases Milestone will have a benchmark setup on its stand to highlight the high performance of Milestone XProtect 2017, a performance made possible by hardware acceleration. This results from a unique collaboration between Milestone and strategic partners NVIDIA and Dell. Milestone will also be present at the NVIDIA Booth D425. Visitors to the Milestone stand will also have the first chance to see Milestone’s two new products, XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+. These introduce connectivity, adaptability and extendibility particularly in installations with low to medium camera counts. Keynote about video analytics and IoT Milestone Chief Technical Officer, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen will give a keynote at IFSEC on June 22 at 12:40 PM about hardware-accelerated video content analysis and the Internet of Things, asking how this can be put to work for surveillance. “This IFSEC will be truly great as we are not only showcasing our partners but also the highest performance solutions in the business”, said Raziel Baraket, regional director North and South Europe, Milestone Systems. “I give great thanks to all in our partner community for their contribution to our top market position. We are also thrilled to announce two new products, giving the partner community a whole new range of solution possibilities for installations with lower camera counts.” Milestone community solutions The partner community is essential to the Milestone business strategy and a strong partner presence in the Milestone trade show booth is an illustration of that commitment. A wide array of innovative partner solutions will be shown; from advanced storage solutions to video analytics on the edge. A wide array of innovative partner solutions will be shown; from advanced storage solutions to video analytics on the edge Highlighted Milestone Solution Partners include: Araani: Video Smoke Detection for Critical Environments Araani’s smart video analytics make it possible to detect smoke and other dangers in critical environments at a very early stage. Edesix: Body-worn Camera Solutions Edesix shows their flagship product series, VideoBadge is a Body Worn Video system often styled as an ID card holder with simple operation, footage encryption and wire-free design. Nedap: Access Control with No End of Life With AEOS Access Control, authorisations are allocated to people not cards, making it an easy access control system to manage. Users can configure everyone’s profile centrally and their cards update automatically. Oncam: Experts in 360° and Wide-Angle Video Oncam's sole focus is on 360-degree smart IP video - working with partners to deliver high-value business solutions for customers that leverage Oncam's award-winning technology. Milestone partners at IFSEC Agent VI: Comprehensive Video Analytics Solutions CNL: Complete Integrated Situation Management Digital Barriers: EdgeVis Live Wireless Real-time Video Ipsotek: Intelligent VCA for Challenging Environments Siklu: Millimeter Wave Wireless Connectivity Southwest Microwave Ltd.: Integrated Perimeter Protection since 1971 Venzo Secure: Engineering the next in high performance computing and IoT
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has announced that Jesper Just Jensen, former Head of Front End Innovation in the LEGO Group, will take on a new role as Milestone’s Vice President, Products. New opportunities at Milestone As VP, Products, Jesper Just Jensen will drive Milestone’s product strategy, including product management and product marketing, with focus on rolling out new open platform products to meet the future needs of the Milestone community. “Jesper understands the importance of a strong partner community and how we develop innovative solutions and technology together with the community. His product management expertise will no doubt strengthen our strategy to offer even better open platform products and services going forward,” said Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems. Bringing new solutions to market “I look forward to drive our vast range of products and services to the next level. Milestone is an innovative company with a unique approach to the market and our community of partners. I’m really excited about bringing my experience with innovation and co-creation with the community into play to help Milestone and our partners to bring new and innovative solutions and technologies to market together,” said Jesper Just Jensen. Jesper Just Jensen holds a Masters in BA & Intercultural Management from Copenhagen Business School.
Paving the way for the creation of AI cities, NVIDIA has unveiled the NVIDIA Metropolis™ intelligent video analytics platform. Metropolis deep learning Metropolis makes cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management and resource optimisation. More than 50 NVIDIA AI city partner companies are already providing products and applications that use deep learning on GPUs, many of which will be on display this week at the GPU Technology Conference. “Deep learning is enabling powerful intelligent video analytics that turn anonymised video into real-time valuable insights, enhancing safety and improving lives,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Metropolis platform enables customers to put AI behind every video stream to create smarter cities.” Intelligent video analytics Video is the world’s largest generator of data, captured by hundreds of millions of cameras deployed in areas such as government property, public transit, commercial buildings and roadways. By 2020, the cumulative number of cameras is expected to rise to approximately 1 billion. Humans currently monitor only a fraction of captured video, with most stored on disks for later review. Initial efforts at real-time video analytics techniques have proved far less reliable than human interpretation. Intelligent video analytics solves this challenge by using deep learning in cameras, on-premises video recorders and servers, and in the cloud to monitor video instantaneously with accuracy and scalability. Metropolis spans multiple NVIDIA products that operate on a unified architecture. High performance deep learning inferencing happens at the edge with the NVIDIA Jetson™ embedded computing platform, and through servers and data centres with NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators. Rich data visualisation is powered by NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics and the entire edge-to-cloud platform is supported by NVIDIA’s rich software development kits, including JetPack, DeepStream and TensorRT™. “NVIDIA’s end-to-end Metropolis platform can be applied to video streams to create smarter and safer applications for a variety of industries" Growing AI city partner support More than 50 NVIDIA AI city partners already help customers reveal insights and take real-time action using deep learning on NVIDIA GPUs. Among them are industry leaders such as Avigilon, Dahua, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision and Milestone. “With the fast-paced environment of a city, there are a near infinite number of activities taking place,” said Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, chief technology officer at Avigilon. “We’re excited by the potential of NVIDIA’s Metropolis platform, as Avigilon continues to deliver AI-powered surveillance solutions and video analytics that focus users’ attention on what matters most, in order to take action.” “NVIDIA’s end-to-end Metropolis platform can be applied to video streams to create smarter and safer applications for a variety of industries – from transportation to commercial,” said Shiliang Pu, president at Hikvision Research Institute. “The benefit of GPU deep learning is that data can be analyzed quickly and accurately to drive deeper insights.” “City management customers using Milestone’s upcoming Video Processing Server with NVIDIA Metropolis are positioned to take the lead in the adoption of deep learning for video-enabled IoT devices,” said Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, chief technology officer at Milestone Systems. “Unleashing the value of this metadata will provide intelligent insights to take smart action.”
The new appointments will focus on technology innovation, both externally and internally Milestone Systems, a provider of open platform IP video management software, has started 2017 by making two senior level recruitments and promoting and appointing four high-performing members of its staff to new roles. As the company extends its global reach and influence, these high calibre individuals will support Milestone’s future innovation and growth. Milestone’s growing community As part of its stated objective to support the VMS open platform community with the best possible levels of talent, innovation and service, these new appointments, promotions and recruitments address the needs of Milestone’s growing community of partners and customers. With the aim of strengthening the Milestone platform and product value propositions, these new appointments will focus on technology innovation, both externally and internally. Milestone new recruits To strengthen the Milestones Business Support organisation, Kim Jørgensen has joined Milestone in a newly created position as Vice President, Global IT and Operations. In this position, he will be part of Milestone’s Extended Leadership Team, with focus on continued improvements of internal IT solutions, as well as Online Services. He joins Milestone at a time where numerous strategic initiatives are being launched to support the overall Milestone purpose, Make the World See. Kim brings a strong business and technical background and a proven track record in helping fast-growing businesses to align and mature their technical services and underlying IT infrastructure. After more than 15 years at Microsoft, Jesper Lachance Ræbild has joined Milestone as Director of Product Marketing. Heading up the global product marketing team in Copenhagen, he will use his strong background in software channel business and global product marketing to further accelerate the Milestone platform and products. Working closely with Milestone’s regional business development managers, he will ensure a smooth launch, readiness and feedback process with the company’s community partners. After more than 15 years at Microsoft, Jesper Lachance Ræbild has joined Milestone as Director of Product Marketing Promotions and appointments within Milestone Milestone has always taken great pride in its ability to nurture existing personnel by offering employees opportunities to excel and develop their careers within the company. Four new promotions and appointments have been announced across the organisation: Henrik Sydbo Hansen has been promoted to Group Manager – Devices and Integrations, a role that involves managing both the Milestone Camera Partner Programme and platform integrations. Mikkel Winther has been promoted to Group Manager for Product Management and will drive the collective product portfolio planning to ensure community feedback and strategic fit, working closely with the Research and Development team to progress product innovation. Casper Sten Felding has been appointed Director of Global Sales Operations. Casper will be responsible for heading up a new function covering partner programme strategy, internal sales training, the Large Projects bid desk, sales tools and internal business development and projects. Keven Marier has been appointed Director of Technology Business Development. He will advise consult and develop strategic, long-term technology opportunities in company-wide alignment. Commenting on the new hires and promotions, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Chief Technology Officer, stated, “By combining proven security professionals and emerging talent, our intention is to build on our best-in-class sales, service and support for the open platform community.”
MIPS 2017’s theme ‘Together We Make the World See the Future’ reflected a newly clarified company purpose Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), held its 12th Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) this month in San Antonio, Texas, with over 500 attendees. It is an open platform community event engaging hundreds of channel and alliance partners, customers, media people, Milestone experts and management. Milestone business activities and product innovations were shared, and 60 solution partners showcased their integrated offerings and services. Community focus on combined solution power This year’s event theme ‘Together We Make the World See the Future’ reflected a newly clarified company purpose. The emphasis is on community focus for the combined solution power of the Milestone open platform and its partners. CEO & President Lars Thinggaard appeared virtually as the audience put on VR headsets to visit beautiful landmarks of Denmark as inspiration to ‘see the future’. “We can only do this together,” said Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Milestone, from the stage. “We believe that the co-creation of value is unique to our open platform community.” Milestone community initiatives Petersen presented the three pillars of the new Milestone community initiatives begun last year, and more are planned in future. The Milestone Marketplace will start with new developments for the Milestone Store, the Solution Finder is evolving into the Solution Portal, and the Developers Forum is expanding. The afternoon was devoted to touring the Community Innovation Lab where Milestone Solution and Technology Partners demonstrated the latest innovations in the industry. After more VR fun watching introductions for the exhibit sections, each group was led by Milestone managers, and feedback walls in each category throughout the hall journey invited brainstorming. Milestone’s open platform community offers a framework to succeed – together – leveraging each other’s innovations Key note speeches On day two, Milestone VP Americas Tim Palmquist gave his keynote speech, further developing his topic from last year’s MIPS event: End to End is a Dead End; The Road to the Future is Open. He questioned whether the glory days are over for the surveillance market and recommended a more realistic look at today’s maturing IP market which is experiencing a natural consolidation, product price wars and other competitive factors. “It’s no longer fast growth and ‘easy money’ like the early phases in a technology lifecycle, so new business models must be developed to encompass the next market disruptions that will come. Milestone’s open platform community offers a framework to succeed – together – leveraging each other’s innovations,” said Palmquist. Digitisation of security systems Mike Sherwood, Milestone Director of Technical Operations, Americas, spoke on ‘The Engine of Innovation’: “We are driven to see one another succeed: we cannot develop in a vacuum. The best companies understand that it takes more than just one company alone to really succeed. I would reword Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing remark, that we believe in many small steps to make a big leap!” DELL VP Ron Pugh took the stage to talk about the digitisation of everything in our lives and how the Internet of Things (IoT) can unlock the potential of the unconnected by bridging IT and Operational Technology (OT). Milestone Partner NMS presented the breakthrough SpotterRF compact radar surveillance integration with XProtect VMS that gives aerial and ground views for perimeter protection. Milestone open platform solutions Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport shared knowledge gained from growing their systems on the Milestone open platform, including RFIDreaders to manage taxi traffic, and a Unified Command Vehicle with six cameras as well as a Mobile Camera Trailer with solar power. Jamie Ritchie said: “We are building for capacity with a focus on multi-purpose solutions. In our work, we always run into the unknown: the future is just the next exit away – and with the open platform, we are excited about it!” Breakout sessions in the afternoon had parallel Technology and Business Tracks covering such topics as ‘New Cool stuff in the XProtect platform’, ‘Advances in Technology Evolving the Business Model’, Video Enabling IoT with Metadata’, ‘Public Safety & Transportation Interoperability’, ‘Video-Verified Access Control’ and ‘Cloud Solutions that Work with Today’s Technology’. "The feedback we are getting from our community is a key element for setting the direction in our product development" Global Advisory Board In early 2016 Milestone created a new global Advisory Board with the first of several groups focused on the Advanced products. Others are being formed to focus on the Business Ready portfolio, overall Business Strategy and the Developers Forum. Each has members that represent the spectrum of stakeholder roles: end users, partners and Milestone staff. Monthly questionnaires have been sent (in addition to the annual global partner survey), and quarterly meetings held. “The feedback we are getting from our community is a key element for setting the direction in our product development. We see a big opportunity for high-performing, platform-centric products with strong connectivity. This shift from product to platform thinking applies to both our software and hardware offerings, and is initially addressed in the XProtect 2017 R1 release,” said Milestone CTO Bjorn Eilertsen. Awards and recognitions The final night of MIPS announced the following awards: Anixter: Distribution Partner of the Year (Americas) Wesco: Distribution Partner of the Year (USA) Southwest Microwave: Solution Partner of the Year Quantum Corporation: Technology Partner of the Year Differential Networks/ Spotter RF/ NMS: MIP Integration of the Year Convergint Technologies (Seattle, WA): Installation of the Year Brady Integrated Security: Education Partner of the Year Convergint Technologies (Houston, TX): Retail Partner of the Year Tactical Micro/Benchmark Electronics: Transportation Partner of the Year Tech Systems: Healthcare Partner of the Year Stone Security: City Surveillance Partner of the Year App-Techs Corporation: Regional Partner of the Year AND Government Partner of the Year Prosegur Technologia (Argentina): Regional Partner of the Year Presidio: National Partner of the Year Bosch: Camera Partner of the Year, Americas Axis Communications: Supported Camera #6,000 in Milestone Device Pack release 9.0 The first-ever Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest Winner of awards valued at $50,000 was Parking Spotter. Milestone Systems will be hosting MIPS Community events in Macao end of February and in Dubai early May, as well as other Milestone events in many regions throughout the year.
Are the glory days of IP video behind us? Not by a long shot, if you listen to the upbeat message at ‘Milestone Community Days’ in San Antonio this month. Pledging to ‘Make the World See,’ the community of technology partners, distributors, integrators and customers joined in a celebration of past successes, with an emphasis on future possibilities, at the yearly gathering hosted by the video management system (VMS) vendor. Milestone software integrations "The industry is changing and it's not a time for business as usual," said Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "Our Open Platform Community is changing the way video technologies are used." Milestone has completed more than 150 software integrations using its platform, supports more than 6,000 camera models and is deployed in more than 150,000 surveillance installations around the world. The emphasis on community – how multiple companies can work together on systems built around the Milestone platform – has become a familiar theme at the yearly Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS), this year re-dubbed ‘Milestone Community Days.’ Unified and integrated experience There was a lot of talk about ‘co-created innovation’ and ‘co-created value’; the premise being that a ‘community’ working together through successful partnerships can accelerate collective innovation, combining best-of-breed solutions into a unified, integrated experience for customers. The community strategy creates an external ecosystem to generate complementary products and service innovations and to build positive feedback between the complements and the platform. The emphasis on community has become a familiar theme at the yearly Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) "If you rely on your own employees, you will never solve all your customers' needs," added Eilertsen. "No matter who you are, most of the best people work for someone else. If you believe you have all the smart guys in your organisation, you are wrong. We need the whole community to engage." There are more glory days ahead for video, according to Milestone. Video is changing the way companies are working, automating and driving compliance. It is becoming part of every industry and companies are using video in new ways. The Milestone community works to ensure continued innovation through a developer programme, technology adoption programmes, advisory board and other initiatives. In effect, the community approach will continue to fuel growth, even if "the easy money is over," as Tim Palmquist, Milestone vice president, Americas, acknowledged. Virtual Reality Technology was a big part of MIPS 2017, including an exhibition of industry partners showing their contributions to the collective innovation. It was called the ‘Milestone Community Innovation Lab.’ A tour of the exhibition focused attention on each category of partners – storage systems, cameras, video analytics, etc. Attendees were provided with virtual reality (VR) goggles to view videos positioning Milestone's approach to each category, and then had time to meet with the various partners. The VR goggles were also used to view Lars Thinggaard, Milestone's president and CEO, addressing the group in a VR video produced at Milestone's headquarters in Denmark, formatted into the full virtual reality experience. One technology topic was hardware acceleration, which can increase surveillance system performance at the client level, at the recorder and/or for a mobile server application. Hardware acceleration involves leveraging the power of a graphics processing unit (GPU) to ease the computing load on the central processing unit (CPU). It is seen as an important enabling technology for the larger computational loads of higher camera count systems, and higher resolution/4K cameras. Milestone testing has confirmed a massive improvement in video processing using hardware acceleration. “Video is changing the way companies are working anddriving compliance. It is becoming part of every industry" Milestone solution portal Pre-recorded buffering in RAM (random-access memory) is one of the ways Milestone is improving performance and lowering costs of storage solutions. Buffering extends the life of the hard drive with minimal impact on RAM. Milestone has committed to provide a ‘solution portal’ as a peer-to-peer resource to promote greater innovation, such as bundling together solutions from various companies. Enabling co-selling among partners, the portal makes it easy to explore and combine elements with a global reach. A ‘Milestone store’ portal is also being devised, providing fast configuration, efficient order handling through distribution and encompassing the complete product portfolio. Applications beyond security are growing, with more on the horizon. "More than 35 percent of global installations have purposes instead of, or in addition to, surveillance," says Eilertsen. "It's changing the way companies are working, automating and driving compliance. Video is becoming part of every single industry." Plenty of reasons to be optimistic – and in the case of Milestone, ambitious: "We want to be a part of every surveillance installation in the world through video technology,” said Kenneth Hune Petersen, Milestone's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.
This high-performance level enables Milestone community partners to offer large solutions using a reduced number of servers, or even smaller servers The first product update of 2017 enables record-breaking performance for XProtect users, lower hardware costs and lower total cost of ownership. Cybersecurity is another focus in the new version of the award-winning VMS. Milestone Systems, the open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect 2017 R1. Milestone is committed to delivering three VMS product releases every year, in addition to bi-monthly device pack releases supporting third-party devices. This frequent release schedule will ensure Milestone’s rapid response to market and Milestone community needs. Highest VMS performance Thanks to the true open platform technology in XProtect, Milestone can rapidly respond to community needs and enable cost-efficiency in large installations. For XProtect, this entails a recording server performance of 3.1 Gigabit/S. This high-performance level enables Milestone community partners to offer large solutions using a reduced number of servers, or even smaller servers. This contributes to hardware costs savings and a simplified infrastructure. In short, it significantly reduces the total cost of a Milestone solution. Pioneering hardware acceleration In the latest XProtect releases, Milestone has harvested the advantages of the close relationships with Intel and Microsoft by implementing hardware acceleration. The processor-intensive task of decoding (rendering) video is offloaded to the dedicated graphics system (GPU) inside the processer, leaving the main processor free to take on other tasks. The GPU is optimised to handle computer graphics and video, meaning these tasks will be greatly accelerated. Using the technology in servers can save even more expensive computer muscle. Hardware-accelerated video motion detection is new in XProtect 2017 R1 - another industry first for VMS software. Customers can have twice as many cameras on the same server with the same CPU load, or experience up to 90 percent reduction in the CPU load with the same number of cameras on the server. This use of hardware acceleration lets mid- to large-scale installations experience improved performance at a lower hardware cost. Hardware acceleration was already implemented in the XProtect 2016 Smart Client. This provided an 80 percent reduction in the processor load on computers with selected Intel processors, firmware, drivers and Microsoft operating systems. This paves the way for the use of 4K cameras and processing-intensive video compressions like H.265. New cybersecurity features As video management systems are becoming more and more business-critical, cybersecurity is a natural focus. In 2016, Milestone launched several initiatives aimed at strengthening security in Milestone software. Like the Hardening Guide that details how an XProtect installation can be better secured against cyber threats and the Kerberos strict user-verification in XProtect. "As video management systems are becoming more and more business-critical, cybersecurity is a natural focus" The XProtect 2017 R1 update includes several security enhancements for improved cybersecurity, including two-step verification and greater control when granting user permissions for the Milestone Advanced VMS products. Two-step verification Two-step verification is an industry-first security feature for XProtect 2017 R1. It is designed to prevent unauthorised access to the VMS when a password is compromised, as a code from the user’s mobile phone is needed to complete login. Keeping VMS systems isolated from the Internet is one important element when it comes to keeping a high security level. XProtect Smart Maps (introduced last year) now include support for OpenStreetMap offline maps: This means that customers with offline installations can take advantage of improved situational awareness by using maps, without exposing their XProtect system to online threats. “We take cybersecurity very seriously. Milestone is constantly adding security features to XProtect software and helping the Milestone community focus on VMS security,” Eilertsen says.
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces XProtect LPR 2015 with general availability April 15. As a fully integrated add-on component to the XProtect® Smart Client, the 2015 version of XProtect LPR provides customisable match list fields and an extended reporting capability. This not only empowers operators to take the right decisions when granting vehicles access, it also enables easy documentation of recognised vehicles with full details, video thumbnails and license plate close-ups. With its new configuration wizard and extensive localised documentation, XProtect LPR 2015 is easier than ever to setup and configure, while ensuring high recognition accuracy with a new snapshot driven tuning process. The 2015 edition of XProtect LPR works with 13 new country-optimised recognition modules and covers an extended geographical area of over 100 countries and states in total. Actionable and extendable with open platform technology XProtect LPR 2015 enables customers to automate actions, which reduces the need for manual intervention. Examples of such cost reductions include: Controlling gates to facilities automatically Automating toll way/highway gates Identifying cars belonging to VIP customers for gas stations or shopping malls Sending alerts, if black listed cars are detected Using the Milestone Integration Platform SDK the XProtect LPR can be integrated with external systems and applications further extending the usability of the system. Examples of this could be: Statistical applications and business intelligence applications Looking up owner information in national vehicle databases for integration with CRM or other relevant systems Managing license plate lists automatically with information from external systems Fully integrated - optimised work productivity XProtect LPR is fully integrated with the XProtect Smart Client where the license plate functionality can be seamlessly used with maps, alarm management and other functions in the XProtect Smart Client A dedicated LPR event log instantly presents detected license plates and presents the information together with the related camera. New reporting function XProtect LPR 2015 can easily document recognised vehicles in an XProtect LPR report that meets user-defined search and filtering criteria. The PDF report includes video thumbnails of the recognised vehicles, close-up of the license plates, match list information and details about detection time of day. Advanced match list handling XProtect LPR uses match lists to group and determine actions for detected license plates. Examples of such custom lists could be lists of stolen cars, expected visitors or priority customers. Custom fields in match lists makes it possible to link additional vehicle, driver or owner information to a specific license plate. This information is automatically presented in the XProtect Smart Client user interface or in reports, whenever the particular license plate is recognised. The new XProtect LPR module also supports wildcards in license plate list matching, which handles cars with similar license plate information. Match lists can be managed via the XProtect Smart Client interface, where operators can add and remove vehicle registration numbers to selected lists, making it easy to ensure that lists are always fully updated. Easy configuration The new configuration wizard guides the system integrator through the configuration steps and provides recommendations to configuration settings and the physical installation. High recognition accuracy is ensured through a new snapshot driven tuning process. “The new release of XProtect LPR enables us to be agile and react timely to the rising demands in the marked for highly automated and integrated LPR-solutions. We see a growing need for automated license plate recognition in a wide range of application areas.” Says Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems. “XProtect LPR 2015 provides the opportunity for Milestone channel partners to explore new possibilities beyond the traditional security domain.”
The full range of Milestone XProtect 2014 software will be showcased in live presentations at the Milestone booth E800 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. The full range of Milestone XProtect 2014 software will be showcased in live presentations at the Milestone booth E800 at IFSEC International 2014 in London June 17-19. 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 connect with all types of IT systems and Milestone Manufacturer Alliance Partners can use the metadata integration to support cameras with built-in analytics. "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" More efficient evidence handling workflow Video handling in XProtect 2014 is enhanced with new features to streamline the user experience: 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 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 a 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-of-Use features for partners and end users New ease-of-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 the 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 viewed by stationary cameras. The GPS coordinates together with the video stream are pushed from the smartphone to the XProtect VMS system. "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" 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 alerts and service to improve the customer 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, you will find that the new Smart Search, combined with Evidence Lock and the new storyboarding capabilities, shorten the time dramatically for producing evidence material. 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.