Promise Technology Inc., a developer of open storage platforms for video surveillance, has been named the ‘Best Storage Solution Partner’ in Africa by Milestone Systems. Promise has now received this honour from Milestone on two continents, having also been designated as its leading storage solutions partner for the past two years in APAC. Latest Milestone certifications Milestone is a provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS), and the company’s relationship with Promise is a longstanding one that enables strategic collaboration. In 2014, Promise became one of the first IT infrastructure vendors to be certified by Milestone, and by continuing to qualify its storage appliances with XProtect® VMS Promise provides customers with even more solutions to solve their security challenges. Integrators and end users designing, installing and operating surveillance systems which incorporate the Vess A-Series storage appliances and XProtect VMS can have confidence that the system will deliver an optimised user experience and perform reliably. Promise’s Vess A2330 and A3340 storage appliances are the latest offerings to become Milestone-certified. Promise’s dedication to solutions "Our open platform and community approachenables our joint customers to take a ‘best of breed’ approach to buildingtheir security solutions" "We take pride in our extensive partner ecosystem and work tirelessly with these partners to ensure that we can provide our customers with optimal solutions for each and every project,” noted John van den Elzen, general manager, Surveillance Business Unit, Promise Technology. "We are honoured to have received this award from Milestone again. It is validation of our dedication to providing solutions that are purpose-built for the video surveillance market.” "Our open platform and community approach enables our joint customers to take a ‘best of breed’ approach to building their security solutions. Our focus is here totally on lowering total cost of ownership, thanks to smart solutions and high performance.” commented Jurate Beniulyte, Head of Strategic Alliances, Milestone Systems. "Our community approach presents a unique value proposition in the market, and partnerships like this are adding to the total solution power in the community. Promise was one of our very first Milestone-certified providers, and we are delighted to present them with the ‘Best Storage Solution Partner’ award for the third time.” The award was presented at the Milestone Partner Open Platform Day held earlier this month in Johannesburg. Promise has set its sights on being named Milestone’s top storage solution partner on all continents, and will be making announcements in support of this quest in the coming months.
Milestone Systems and Nedap Security Management announced a strategic partnership recently. The main driver for this close cooperation was the increasing demand for smart buildings and integrated IT and security systems for monitoring and managing people and buildings. As part of their partnership, both companies committed to a deep integration of the Milestone XProtect VMS and Nedap’s AEOS Access Control. In May, Nedap Security Management received Milestone’s New Solution Partner of the Year Award, which was presented at the Milestone Community Days in Dubai. The award is a recognition of the strategic cooperation between the two companies, in both the commercial and technological area. Jeroen Harmsen, Director of Product Management at Nedap Security Management, explains the rationale and benefits of the partnership. Open platform technology “Globally, there is a growing demand for smarter buildings”, says Jeroen. “As a result, the need for integration of security systems has increased significantly. More and more facilities and cities discover the great benefits of integrated IT-systems for monitoring and control. The use of open platform technology has been instrumental in integrating Nedap access control with the Milestone XProtect VMS.” In November 2016, a large publisher in the Netherlands was the first to combine the two systems, only weeks after the integration of AEOS and XProtect was officially launched. As their access control was integrated with their HR database, Nedap’s AEOS significantly reduced the chance of manual errors and resulted in a time saving of almost 30%. In addition, they got access to a wide range of video management functionalities with Milestone’s XProtect. Jeroen and his team are very proud of the recently received Milestone Award. “It really underlines the intensity and strength of our cooperation. We are both really committed to providing our clients with integrated security solutions that allow them to quickly respond and adapt to suspicious or dangerous situations.” Jurate Beniulyte, Head of Strategic Alliances, Milestone Systems, adds: “We are delighted about the tight partnership with Nedap, as it leverages the business value that first class integrations and partners can provide to our mutual clients. Milestone strongly believes in the solution power coming from our community. Nedap is truly a proof point of this power.” Smooth communication Jeroen: “One of the main objectives of working closely with the Milestone professionals, is the complete unburdening of our - mutual - clients when it comes to security. We are both very innovation-driven and share the ambition to always look for ways to improve our products and services and to exceed expectations.” Another important success factor in Jeroen’s view is the very smooth communication between the two companies. The lines are very short, resulting in quick decision making and an ongoing sharing of ideas, he explains. “It’s wonderful to see how people from different organisations - and often with different, specific skill sets - work together as one team, almost as if they’re from the same company. I’d say it is the perfect partnership.”
The customer wanted to see the events from their AEOS access control system in a powerful video management system A large publisher in the Netherlands has become the first to combine Nedap’s AEOS access control platform with Milestone’s XProtect video management system. This comes just weeks after the integration between AEOS and XProtect was officially launched. Nedap AEOS access control system “The customer wanted to see the events from their AEOS access control system in a powerful video management system,” explains Kim te Kaat, Business Development Manager at Nedap Security Management in the Netherlands. “They needed to harness the power of AEOS’s open platform and only work with one database. So, procedures and processes are defined just once, and there are no duplicates.” As their access control is integrated with their HR database, AEOS significantly reduces the chance of manual errors and offers them a time saving of almost 30%. “On top of that,” adds Kim te Kaat, “they now also have access to the wide range of video management functionalities available with XProtect from Milestone. It’s a real win-win situation for them.” “The customer wanted to see the events from their AEOS access control system in a powerful video management system” Cost-efficient solution The integration was implemented by Nedap’s channel partner, Voskamp Beveiligingstechniek, which is also a partner of Milestone. “Because of the strategic partnership between Nedap and Milestone we could offer a great, cost-efficient solution for our customer,” says Michiel de Graaf, Manager S&O at Voskamp. Jurate Beniulyte, Strategic Alliances Manager, Milestone Systems, adds: “This is another proof point of the power of the Milestone community and open platform technology and the business value that first-class integrations and partners can provide. Milestone strongly believes in partnerships as the way to provide the perfect solutions to our mutual customers as showcased by Nedap and Voskamp Beveiligingstechniek in this first installation.” This market-leading project will be implemented by the end of 2016.