Quantum Corp. has announced the release of the new VS-Series, an efficient, flexible storage cloud platform that has been specially designed for surveillance and industrial IoT applications. The VS-Series is available in a broad range of server choices, suitable for deployments with fewer than ten cameras, up to the largest environments with thousands of cameras. Using the VS-Series security platform, security professionals can efficiently record and store video surveillance footage and run an entire security infrastructure on a single platform. Multiple systems integration Surveillance and security operations continue to get more complex, with more cameras, higher-resolution imagery, and increasing data retention requirements. As buildings become smarter, everything from access control systems to lighting and HVAC systems are now connected – part of the “Internet of Things.” There is an opportunity to simplify operations by consolidating and converging many applications onto a single platform. The Quantum CSP was designed specifically for video and other forms of high-resolution content Quantum’s VS-Series architecture is based on the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform (CSP), a new software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing machine and sensor-generated data. Like storage technologies used in the cloud, the Quantum CSP is software-defined, can be deployed on bare metal, as a virtual machine, or as part of a hyperconverged infrastructure. Unlike other software-defined storage technologies, the Quantum CSP was designed specifically for video and other forms of high-resolution content – engineered for extremely low latency, maximising the streaming performance of large files to storage. Quantum VS-Series cloud storage platform The Quantum Cloud Storage Platform enables high-speed video recording with optimal camera density and can host and run certified VMS management applications, recording servers, and other building control servers on a single platform. The VS-Series product line is being offered in a variety of deployment options; including software-only, mini-tower, 1U, 2U, and 4U hyperconverged servers. Key VS-Series attributes include: Efficiency: Quantum’s VS-Series supports high camera density and software architecture that enables users to run their entire security infrastructure on a single hyperconverged platform. Flexibility: The VS-Series is a software-defined platform which offers the broadest range of deployment options. Many appliances can scale out for more cameras or scale up for increased retention. Easy to Deploy, Operate and Maintain: The VS-Series comes pre-installed with certified VMS applications, and can be installed and configured in minutes. It is backed by the world-class service and support of Quantum and our integrator partners Resilience: The VS-Series software offers a fault-tolerant design to minimise hardware and software issues, designed to virtually eliminate downtime Quantum products at ISC West 2019 The first products in the VS-Series to launch are the VST10x mini-tower appliances, and the VS2112 and VS2124 2U servers Quantum will highlight the new VS-Series at ISC West, booth #22137. The first products in the VS-Series to launch are the VST10x mini-tower appliances, and the VS2112 and VS2124 2U servers, available this quarter. Additional offerings will be available later this year. Josh Woodhouse, Principal Analyst, IHS Markit, said “There are huge increases in ubiquitous video surveillance data required to be processed, analysed and stored. The total market capacity shipped for enterprise storage systems in video surveillance is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent from 2017 to 2022. Storage demand is strongest in safe or smart cities installations, and in retail and transportation hubs around the globe, where end-users are looking to both protect against security threats and maximise the efficient use of collected data. Scalable, flexible data storage systems are important in achieving this goal.” High-resolution network cameras Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliance Partner Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems said, “Security systems today include more high-resolution cameras to capture relevant situational information. Our partnership with Quantum lets us deliver scalable video surveillance solutions with the storage capacity and access suited to the increased data volumes these systems generate.” I’m pleased that we were able to bring this VS-Series to market so quickly" Keith Bishop, Strategic Growth Manager for Data Enabled Business, Johnson Controls stated, ” Buildings and cities have internet connected devices everywhere – cameras, badge readers, lighting, HVAC systems, and more – which creates a need to consolidate and manage this digital data in one place. Being able to converge surveillance recording, VMS systems, and other building control applications onto a single platform means our customers can simplify their infrastructure as we help them create smarter and safer buildings and cities.” Hyperconverged security infrastructure Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum, says “As we worked with partners to design a platform for surveillance, we knew that streaming performance and camera density would be critical, as well as hyperconvergence both for efficiency and to consolidate the security infrastructure. I’m pleased that we were able to bring this VS-Series to market so quickly – it demonstrates both the software-defined nature of the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform and how we can take our years of expertise working in movie and TV production and construct a platform with leading performance for the surveillance industry.”
An innovative technology is changing the way law enforcement agencies combat crime and ensure public safety. Footprint, a web-based situational awareness software, aggregates, analyses and monitors data from multiple video monitoring systems and other sensors in one intuitive platform. The tool enables law enforcement to solve cases quicker using data-driven decisions, while minimising manpower and driving down costs as a result. Copp Integrated Systems, a Dayton, Ohio-based security systems supplier, is one of the licensees of Footprint and introduced the product to the global market. Bill DeFries, CEO of Copp Integrated Systems, says Footprint is a game changer for law enforcement agencies of any size. Footprint provides a 21st-century crime data and video analytics infrastructure that is easily deployed and visually useful" Deterring and preventing crimes “For the first time, law enforcement has total situational awareness,” said DeFries. “Footprint provides a 21st-century crime data and video analytics infrastructure that is easily deployed and visually useful. By leveraging crime data and using predictive analysis, Footprint users can deploy resources more efficiently, catch criminals faster and deter and prevent crimes before they happen.” Developed in partnership with the University of Dayton Research Institute’s (UDRI) Software Systems Group, Footprint is at the forefront of ensuring the highest level of public safety. Seamless video analysis experience “Footprint is a force multiplier,” said DeFries. “It brings together any number of disparate data sources, including public and private video, CAD 911, RMS and arrest records, and visualises it all on ESRI heat maps. Because Footprint can be accessed via smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices, it allows law enforcement officers to rapidly gather critical information at the scene of a crime.” With the Milestone integration, Footprint can ingest and store live and recorded video from multiple sources and locations" Footprint combines several industry-leading technologies into a single operating platform. In partnership with video management solutions provider, Milestone Systems, Footprint provides a seamless video analysis experience. Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliance Manager at Milestone Systems, said, “With the Milestone integration, Footprint can ingest and store live and recorded video from multiple sources and locations, including CCTV footage. The open platform software operates with many different brands of access control, analytics and IoT devices as well, making it a flexible tool for law enforcement.” Video content analytics platform Footprint’s extensive video content analytics capabilities are provided by BriefCam, which enables users to review hours of video surveillance footage in minutes and rapidly search and identify people or objects of interest. BriefCam’s video content analytics platform saves law enforcement agencies precious time and resources, said Stephanie Weagle, Chief Marketing Officer at BriefCam. “BriefCam takes raw video content and transforms it into actionable data that is searchable, actionable and quantifiable. Video surveillance footage has never been more valuable with the ability to efficiently and effectively review and analyse its content to accelerate investigations, attain situational awareness and derive operational intelligence,” she said. Integrated for seamless user experience It is projects like Footprint that help foster collaboration between multiple platforms for best-of-breed solutions that make a real difference"Because BriefCam and Milestone are deeply integrated for a seamless user experience in the XProtect Smart Client, the partnership with Footprint was a natural fit. As Scott explains, “It is projects like Footprint that help foster collaboration between multiple platforms for best-of-breed solutions that make a real difference. This illustrates the power of what we can do together with a third party such as Footprint.” One law enforcement agency that has deployed Footprint is the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in Defuniak Springs, Florida. Dave Markham, President of Copp Integrated Systems, has been working closely with WSCO on the implementation of the crime-fighting software. “I have seen first-hand how the implementation of Footprint has become a force multiplier and enabled WCSO to maximise their resources and focus on keeping all their citizens safe,” Markham said. Higher level of situational awareness Footprint could be used to deliver a higher level of situational awareness and public safety in any populated environment such as hospitals, airports"He added, “With Footprint tightly integrated with both Milestone and BriefCam, WCSO can now work closer with their local community in a private-public partnership analysing video crime data from both WCSO cameras as well as independent owners’ video feeds.” While Footprint was initially developed with law enforcement in mind, the technology can also be adapted for other environments, said DeFries. “Since Copp Integrated Systems first introduced Footprint to the market, it has garnered attention from national and international state and countrywide public safety agencies,” he said. DeFries added, “Beyond law enforcement, Footprint could be used to deliver a higher level of situational awareness and public safety in any populated environment such as hospitals, airports, arenas, stadiums, office or school campuses and military bases.”
Arxys announces that they are now a verified Milestone System Builder. The Arxys Shield | Key NVRs with built-in GPUs deliver impressive performance improvements at lower cost for organisations looking to implement AI-enhanced video surveillance, video motion detection and video analytics. With Arxys Shield | Key NVRs in the System Builder program, Milestone channel partners and customers will benefit from verified and certified hardware configurations with Milestone XProtect Inside. The Arxys Shield | Key NVRs are fully Milestone Certified and featured in the newly launched Milestone Marketplace. The Milestone Certified performance report proved that these new NVRs deliver truly breakthrough performance achieving maximum total throughput of 15,000 frames per second and over 1,600 Mb/s bandwidth. Advanced video analytics and the Milestone XProtect Smart Search deliver intelligent security and surveillance“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,” says Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliance Partner Program Manager – Americas, Milestone Systems. “Customers are also able to easily enter the expanding world of intelligent video solutions by tapping into the rich spectrum of add-ons from the global Milestone open platform community.” Intelligent security and surveillance Arxys’ GPU-based, Activated Hardware Acceleration for video encoding and decoding, allows the Shield | Key NVRs to deliver up to 50% higher camera counts on the same hardware platform. This means that system integrators and security dealers can give their customers a single Milestone Certified NVR system that can record up to 300 full HD 1080P cameras at 25 frames per second using server-side video motion detection (VMD) with up to 504TBs of video retention. Advanced video analytics and the Milestone XProtect Smart Search deliver the intelligent security and surveillance that modern organisations are demanding. Arxys has developed a unique tuning and optimisation stack for their Shield | Key systems that delivers 30% higher performance on common off the shelf hardware. Massive storage capacity All Shield | Key systems use enterprise class hard drives and hardware RAID to deliver 2x faster data accessibilityThe Shield | Key family includes two workgroup desktop models: the T4 and the longer retention time T8 (Both support up to 64 cameras w/ VMD) starting at only $2,995 MSRP. For larger security installations, the three rack mount models deliver massive storage capacity, impressive performance and advanced data protection. The R12 (200 cameras w/ VMD), and the R36 (300 cameras w/ VMD) bring enterprise-class protection and performance at working class prices starting at only $6,359 MSRP. All Shield | Key systems use enterprise class hard drives and hardware RAID to deliver 2x faster data accessibility and 2.5x higher reliability. Arxys will have their Shield | Key NVRs powering the Boring Lab pod in the Milestone Systems booth at ISC West in Las Vegas, NV April 10-12. Easy deployment of Milestone VMS “Security integrators can take advantage of our Activated Hardware Acceleration to deliver substantial performance and protection improvements that we have engineered into the Arxys Shield Key products.” says Deborah Inman, President, Arxys. “With our 25 years of experience delivering world-class service and support, our security partners can ensure successful installations that come in under-time and under-budget.” With XProtect Essential+ preloaded on the hardware, the System Builder Program enables easy deployment of the Milestone award-winning video management software (VMS) with just a few clicks, or rapid upgrade to one of the more advanced offerings through a Milestone channel partner. Milestone customers get access to the many software integration options from Milestone Solution Partners And with Milestone XProtect inside, on-site setup time is cut to mere minutes, so security technicians can get back out in the field faster. Milestone supports the VMS ensuring its reliable operation and flexible maintenance experience, while Arxys as a System Builder leverages their existing support structures. Accelerating the community In addition to the XProtect functionality, Milestone customers get access to the many software integration options from Milestone Solution Partners and the wide range of more than 7,500 supported camera models and other hardware devices. The hardware partners in the Milestone System Builder Program, who ship products with the Milestone VMS software inside, are able to design hardware to fit specific surveillance market segments, and 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 inside, which contributes to an optimal user experience, system performance and return on investment.
The Boring Labs announces that it was named Solution Partner of the Year-Americas by Milestone Systems. The Boring Toolbox is a series of functional tools that help enterprises and integrators more efficiently manage medium-to-large distributed video surveillance/security networks using Milestone Systems XProtect Express+, Pro+, Expert and Corporate. Managing installations The Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) held its annual Americas event last month to explore the intelligent world of video and other technologies. Every year Milestone recognises partners, solutions and customer installations for their innovations and achievements. Although The Boring Lab debuted less than 6 months ago, Milestone recognised The Boring Lab as a key community member that allows systems integrators and self-maintaining end-users to more efficiently and effectively manage large and complex Milestone installations, and in some cases to go from hours of laborious tasks to just minutes. Tedious operational tasks “It’s an honor to be recognised right out of the gate by Milestone Systems,” said Ronen Isaac, CEO of the The Boring Lab. “As a longtime Milestone Partner who has managed and supported many customer implementations, we knew The Boring Toolbox was a useful solution that addresses tedious operational tasks and makes them quick and painless. This award validates that we were on point.” “As an open platform, Milestone encourages innovative solution providers to develop plug-ins and extensions for the Milestone community of offerings,” said Jeremy Scott, strategic alliance program manager at Milestone Systems, Americas. “Products like the Boring Toolbox provide valuable enhancements to the Milestone experience. Our larger customers will find that it’s the cure for tedious camera management and reporting that previously took hours out of a system administrator’s time.”
BriefCam, the provider of Video Content Analytics and Video Synopsis solutions, announced that its extensible video content analytics platform has again achieved certification with Milestone Systems’ XProtect video management software (VMS). BriefCam works seamlessly with third-party products, providing partners and end-users alike with freedom of choice, while delivering a disruptive, scalable and easy to use video content analytics platform. BriefCam, a Milestone Platinum Technology Partner, also announces its participation in the newly launched Milestone Marketplace, a digital community platform for channel partners to leverage when designing intelligent end user solutions. Real-time alerts for situational awareness BriefCam’s video content analytics solutions have been an integral part of the Milestone XProtect VMS environment since 2009BriefCam’s video content analytics solutions have been an integral part of the Milestone XProtect VMS environment since 2009, enabling users to review hours of video in minutes, pinpoint objects of interest, derive quantitative insights for operational efficiency and data-driven decision making, as well as provide real-time alerts for situational awareness. This certification reinforces the companies’ long-standing interoperability, ensuring that current and new customers benefit from the highest level of functionality and performance. “We are pleased to have achieved certification with Milestone for our v5.3 platform,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam. “Our ongoing work with Milestone provides the partner ecosystem with an extremely powerful, and validated integration of BriefCam’s breakthrough video content analytics platform.” On-demand and real-time operation “We continue to be excited about the value that BriefCam brings and has brought to our community of partners and customers these last 10 years,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Program Manager, Americas. BriefCam’s v5.3 video content analytics platform is now available through the Milestone Marketplace“BriefCam is deeply integrated with our solution, offering both on-demand and real-time operation, as well as seamless access within our XProtect Smart Client user interface. As both of our companies continue to develop our offerings, I am excited about where our technologies will take things next.” Also announced today, BriefCam’s v5.3 video content analytics platform is now available through the Milestone Marketplace, a digital hub, virtual showroom and meeting place for technology partners to connect with system integrators on a global scale. Instructional information and reviews The Milestone Marketplace presents innovative partner applications, hardware and services, accompanied by instructional information and reviews. Helping to untangle increasing scope and to simplify complex choices, it will be a source of inspiration and opportunity, connecting all the pieces of video management around the open platform. BriefCam is a diamond sponsor of the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) being held February 25-27, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. BriefCam will deliver a keynote at MIPS on Wednesday February 27th at 11:00 AM Central Time, “Video Analytics in an Intelligent World: A Paradigm Shift.” The presentation will include a discussion on the history of AI and analytics in the video surveillance industry and the disruptive capabilities of video analytics today.
The Boring Labs announces its Boring Toolbox, a series of functional tools that help enterprises and integrators more efficiently manage medium-to-large distributed video surveillance/security networks using Milestone XProtect Express+, XProtect Professional+, XProtect Expert and XProtect Corporate. Initial tools include hardware/device name, password and device-group management that reduce the time spent on these manual functions by up to 97%. “While working as a leading Milestone integrator, we found that our customers regularly ignored cybersecurity compliance recommendations for passwords because of XProtect’s inability to change passwords in bulk. Tasks such as camera grouping were arduous and manual and could take system administrators hours or days to complete,” said Ronen Isaac, CEO of The Boring Lab. “We’ve created The Boring Toolbox to make managing Milestone XProtect installations easier and less boring.” Allows bulk camera password changes in Milestone to comply with modern IT cybersecurity policiesImproving application speed The Boring Lab’s newly developed application programming interface (API) is optimised to work with the Milestone software development kit (SDK) to improve application speed and user experience for greater performance and flexibility. Initial functions include: Password Management: Allows bulk camera password changes in Milestone to comply with modern IT cybersecurity policies—showing a reduction from 67 hours of labour for a thousand camera system down to just 20 minutes and 10 clicks. Passwords can also be simultaneously synchronised to Axis cameras, speakers and other devices. Device Group Management: Allows for the automatic grouping of cameras based on models, firmware or recording server storage configuration. Trials show that The Boring Toolbox reduces task time by 97%. Hardware & Device Name Management: Renames hardware and devices in bulk—potentially reducing task time by over 90%. Reporting Function: Quickly exports filterable Excel spreadsheets with information such as point-in-time camera snap shots, recording server hardware type, network information and video stream for at-a-glance system audits that will ensure system compliance to customer or company standards. Managing medium-to-large XProtect systems “The Boring Toolbox is a really exciting verified Milestone Technology Partner product that fine-tunes the operational side of managing medium-to-large XProtect systems,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Program Manager - Americas, Milestone Systems. “With The Boring Toolbox, our customers and system integrators can see an exponential decrease in time spent on management functions. We look forward to seeing more features added by the team at The Boring Lab.”
Five leading manufacturers specialising in secure technologies have teamed to provide safety and security at the 72nd Annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) for the players, coaches and fans. For the first time BriefCam and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company are joining Axis Communications, Lenel and Milestone Systems to provide video surveillance systems, access control and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament. The five technology providers have come together to develop a comprehensive security strategy for the 16 Little League Baseball teams and worldwide fans participating in the World Series from August 16-26, 2018, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Little League International officials strive to promote a fun, exciting experience for players and fans, while ensuring the highest level of security during the games. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feedsProviding safety and security to visitors “Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety. “Along with the safety of all of 16 participating teams, our top priority during the Little League Baseball World Series is to provide a safe and secure facility for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Thanks to these providers, we can continue to offer all of our fans, players, and volunteers a fun and safe location to create lifelong memories and exciting experiences during their visit.” BriefCam, one of the newest contributors, is providing the company’s latest video content analytics platform to this year’s Little League Baseball World Series state-of-the-art security solution. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feeds. By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables security operators to review hours of video in minutes. Comprehensive video surveillance and analytics solution For the LLBWS, this means if children and parents are accidentally separated during the event, the security team will be well equipped to potentially locate and reunite related parties more quickly. Additionally, BriefCam’s solution can be used to optimise operations such as attendee and vehicle traffic flows to ensure a safe and positive guest experience. The company’s video content analytics platform aligns with Axis IP-based digital video surveillance cameras and Milestone’s XProtect video management software for a comprehensive video surveillance, management and analytics solution. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured “As this global event draws families from far and wide, it is important to further enable comprehensive safety, security and operational efficiencies,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam. “Our technology will be on-hand to support the Little League in their endeavour to extract actionable intelligence from their video surveillance in the event that parents or family members need assistance in finding each other or streamlining operations to ensure that all involved have a great experience.” Top-notch performance for HD video over Wi-Fi Ruckus Networks, the second newest technology contributor, is providing a wireless mesh backhaul to deliver connectivity to both the scoreboards and surveillance cameras. Ruckus is deploying its T300 access points (APs), along with its SmartZone 100 management controller, to ensure seamless connectivity for the outdoor environment. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured. For the LLBWS, this capability allows all the video cameras in the stadium to be constantly streaming, ensuring maximum safety and security at all times. “In a digitally connected world, safety and security are critical elements that need to be part of every network,” said Bart Giordano, Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Cloud, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company. “We are teaming with other companies to bring the most innovative security capabilities to the games so that every family can feel safer onsite. Our robust wireless technologies ensure every video stream is captured from all cameras, at all times, helping make this annual event fun and secure.” The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly 4K resolution for improved video quality Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has been a technology provider with Little League for nine years and is providing AXIS Q6128-E PTZ Network Camera, a compact, outdoor-ready PTZ dome, offering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 12x optical zoom and autofocus. The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly. Both of these cameras will be integrated into the scoreboard in Lamade Stadium. "Each year we look forward to evolving the security system by leveraging the newest technology in the industry," said Robert Muehlbauer, Senior Manager, Business Development Partner Ecosystem, Axis Communications, Inc. "The total solution provides a comprehensive system to help keep players and fans safe so they can enjoy America’s favourite pastime, baseball. We are proud to collaborate with all of the companies involved and to continue our work with Little League Baseball.” OnGuard access control platform and XProtect VMS For the 20th consecutive year, Lenel, a provider of advanced security systems, will provide its OnGuard access control platform. Players, coaches, officials, staff and vendors are all enrolled in the system and receive a photo identification badge providing access to predetermined areas. The system is integrated with the Axis surveillance cameras so when someone presents a badge at one of the access card readers, live video and the cardholder’s photo are displayed on a nearby monitor, allowing a guard to authenticate the identification. Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers. The XProtect Smart Client interface includes advancements in system performance by leveraging the processing power of NVIDIA GPU cards for measurable hardware acceleration, enabling more concurrent High Definition or Ultra HD video streams on high-resolution monitors. Easy access to video The LLBWS is also using the XProtect Smart Wall for viewing and sending pertinent video to monitors around the facilities, including a mobile command centre. BriefCam is embedded in the XProtect Smart Client with a dedicated screen tab for easy access to search hours of video in just minutes. “It’s truly inspiring to see the open platform community of partners coming together for this great international family event, ensuring safety through ongoing technology innovations,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems. “Every year brings new winners - on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes.”