Watch the Milestone MIPS partner conference in Las Vegas 2009

Watch the Milestone MIPS partner conference in Las Vegas 2009

Milestone Systems, developers of the XProtect suite of video management software products, held its Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) this past week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the symposium gave an honest look at the future of IP/network video.

The company, which is the largest provider of software-only video management systems, brought together a number of its integration channel partners, vendor partners, press and analysts to talk honestly and openly about integrated IP video. Kicking off the program, Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO of Denmark-based Milestone Systems, set the tone for the entire program.

"Of the five values that drive our company, openness is the most important," said Thinggaard.

His remarks referred not only to the open discussions on how to improve the product (and how to use the product -- for those who were in Vegas for the training aspect of the conference), but also to the company's intentions to be vendor-agnostic. The company's video management software works with over 500 IP-based security devices and can be run on common PC hardware like Dell servers, or it can be run as the VMS for an NVR -- as JVC has notably done.

The openness, said Milestone's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Eric Fullerton, isn't slowing down. The company is already working on support drivers for 100 more IP cameras and other devices in 2009.

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