One of the most important benefits of modern IP video surveillance systems is the flexibility in video management - using the power of the internet you can log into your system and see surveillance video at any time whether you are at work or not.
Remote monitoring allows you to monitor and manage your surveillance system from a computer anywhere with an internet connection using port forwarding (learn how to set up port forwarding). A mobile app, on the other hand, allows you to log into your system using a smart phone.
While specific features will vary between remote and mobile applications and manufacturer, in general you will be able to view live and recorded video and manage alerts. This gives managers and security staff greatly increased flexibility in how and when they respond to issues back at work if they are off-site for other projects, get notifications late at night or on the weekends, or on vacation.
License plate recognition, or LPR, is an incredibly useful software feature that allows you to track traffic, control entry into your business, find stolen vehicles, and much more. But do you know how LPR works and when to use it?
License plate recognition software is based on a database - your camera captures video of the license plate numbers and then either stores it for later use, or compares it to an existing database. For example:
- Secured & gated entrances, such as military bases or permit-based parking garages, will automatically compare each approaching vehicle's license plate to a database of authorized personnel, and only open the gates if that license plate number is on the list
- Parking enforcement officials can record cars as they enter and park, giving them a video to refer to if cars go over the time limit or attempt in and out parking
- Police and other law officials can review local traffic videos to search for the license plates of stolen vehicles or suspected cars in other crimes
To record these videos, however, you'll need a specialized system and camera setup. This includes:
- Video management software with advanced options for license plate recognition
- Cameras installed in locations that are at the right height to record license plates
- Low speed limits for oncoming traffic, so the camera has long enough to focus on each car as it approaches
- Proper lighting, either external or built-in IRs, to combat harsh overhead lighting in parking garages or dark shadows in underground structures
LPR is available on a wide range of video management software, including industry leading Milestone. Their Milestone XProtect LPR software includes database searching, filtering, and sorting, along with alarms if your system detects an unknown or blacklisted license plate.
This blog will walk you through adding an ONVIF-compliant PTZ camera to Milestone software. The process can take some time, so please review all the steps before beginning.
When you add a PTZ camera to Milestone, it will not automatically recognize that the camera has PTZ capabilities. To enable the PTZ controls, open up your XProtect Management Application.
Once the application is open, right click on the hardware device that you want to enable PTZ controls, and click on properties.
Once the properties screen has opened, click on the PTZ Device menu.
To enable PTZ controls you need to check the box for Connected Cameras have Pan/Tilt/Zoom capabilities.
Once that is selected, change the PTZ type on the first field, COM1, to Absolute. Then change the camera type to Movable. Click OK to save these settings. When you open your Smart Client you will be able to move the PTZ camera remotely.
Please note, however, that enabling a camera as PTZ with Milestone will not give a fixed camera PTZ capabilities, the camera must be a PTZ model.
If you have any questions, or run into problems, please call VidoeSurveillance.com technical support at 866-945-6806 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milestone has garnered a reputation as a game-changer in video management software for delivering modern features for IP and hybrid IP-CCTV video surveillance systems. At VideoSurveillance.com you can find a wide selection of Milestone XProtect software and servers to meet your security needs. What makes Milestone XProtect video management software so unique? Let's take a look at some of the software's key features:
Three Viewing Clients: Milestone offers three viewing clients to allow users to access their video surveillance systems from virtually any location on a mobile device, laptop or tablet. All free with Milestone software, the Smart, Mobile, and Web client make the experience of monitoring, recording, and managing that much more convenient.
Easy Evidence Search & Share: With Milestone it's effortless to locate and review video evidence thanks to video search tools. Finding quality evidence of an incident can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack but not with Milestone -- the software gives the user the ability to quickly navigate through recorded video. You can also export video evidence with a media player, email, and MMS.
True Integration Capability: Milestone is by far one of the most versatile video management software platforms available today, allowing the user to add on other security solutions as needed, including new cameras, third-party software applications, video analytics, and access control.
Automatic Configuration Wizards: One of the advantages of Milestone XProtect software is quick set-up. Milestone XProtect software boasts automatic configuration wizards and camera detection to make it easy to get your video surveillance system up and running in no time. The camera discovery tool swiftly configures any new surveillance cameras that are added to the system.
Interactive Maps: The interactive map feature from Milestone gives you the ability to see through several camera views for a complete picture of a facility or space. The map also provides a full view of your camera installation. Depending on what XProtect software edition you have, Milestone features both single- and multi-layer maps for comprehensive visual overviews.
For a full list of Milestone products offered by VideoSurveillance.com see http://store.videosurveillance.com/shop-by-brand/milestone-vms-software
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Utilizing Milestone video management software (VMS) and over a thousand Axis IP cameras, New Zealand's Restaurant Brands has reduced theft, improved quality control, and optimized store workflow with a new video surveillance system.
Installed in 180 sites which include KFC, Carl's Jr., Starbucks, and Pizza Hut, the system allows store managers to access live surveillance video at any time. This has allowed them to monitor each location's peak hours to maximize profit, reduce workplace accidents, and deter both customer and employee theft.
"Although there was no target set for loss prevention, there was a remarkable increase to the net profit after the installation of the Milestone video system. The main benefits of the software included user responsiveness and the open platform architecture that will enable us to integrate with other systems in the future," said Geoff Holton, Commercial IT Manager. Read more.
If you're interested in installing Milestone software in your own fast food location to improve profits and reduce theft, contact our VMS experts today!
The video surveillance industry may be quickly moving toward IP equipment, but that doesn't mean your older analog system has to go. Hybrid NVRs allow you to connect both CCTV cameras and IP cameras to the same system while giving you the benefits of IP.
Milestone has two new hybrid NVRs, giving you a range of channel options. The Milestone Husky M30 NVR supports 16 analog channels and 4 IP channels, and 6 TB of storage. For larger surveillance systems the Milestone Husky M50 NVR supports 32 analog channels and 16 IP channels, with 16 TB of storage.
Both the M30 and M50 feature remote access, which allows you to log into and monitor your system from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. They come preloaded with Milestone XProtect software, and include a three year software upgrade plan. As your surveillance system continues to grow, Milestone software and products are ONVIF compatible so you can easily add new cameras and equipment.
If your video surveillance system is managed by Milestone XProtect VMS software, then this feature might appeal to your organization or business. Video Push, a Milestone Mobile Client add-on feature, makes it even easier to collect video evidence by using your own mobile device's camera. This feature is beneficial to several applications, including parking lot monitoring, building surveillance, event security, and more.
As a way to obtain further video evidence, you can record an incident or investigation with your smartphone (i.e. an Android or iPhone) through Milestone Video Push. You can send the recorded video stream to your Milestone XProtect video management system, where you'll be able to take advantage of the same high-level features that apply to your IP surveillance cameras like sequence explorer and video timeline searches.
The innovative feature is a must-have for security officers and managers when out patrolling. Learn more about Video Push by clicking here.
Video Push Screenshot
A pioneer in IP video management technology, Milestone announced on October 13th that a new (7.0) version of Milestone XProtect Device Pack is now available for download on its website.
The 7.0 version supports XProtect Corporate, XProtect Expert, XProtect Enterprise, XProtect Professional, XProtect Express, XProtect Essential and XProtect Go software packages. The release notes for XProtect Device Pack 7.0 makes mention of some of the improvements:
~ Added support for Digest Authentication on ACTi cameras
~ Added support for Axis Streaming events on all M, P & Q series w/firmware 5.30 or newer
~ Added support for Video Profile 2 and Multicast for all Sony generation 5 cameras
Additionally, the latest device pack is now compatible with more IP camera models. For the full list of supported devices, you can view it here.
If you currently use Milestone open-platform video management software, then Milestone's latest device pack version might apply to you. Milestone announced on September 4th, 2013 that Milestone XProtect Device 6.9 is now available to users. This is an update from the 6.8 version.
The device pack supports the following software versions:
-XProtect Corporate 1.5 - 6.0, 2013
-XProtect Expert 2013
-XProtect Enterprise 5.0 - 8.1
-XProtect Professional 4.0 - 8.1
-XProtect Express 1.1
-XProtect Essential 1.0 - 2.1
-XProtect Go 1.0 - 2.1
Here are just some of the many changes that come along with the updated device pack:
->Added support for new devices & firmware
->New universal driver has been added to support 64 channels
->The stretch driver has been rewritten to handle multiple connections
->Fixed issues with various camera models to ensure full performance
->Fixed problem with ONVIF where selecting the Settings Tab would crash Management Client if the device had over 10 profiles per channels
To download the device pack release notes & the latest software version, click here.
Good news for those using or considering Milestone video management software: the Milestone XProtect Corporate pack version has been updated from 6.7 to 6.8, offering several new support features for XProtect Corporate (1.5 to 6.0 versions) and XProtect Expert (1.0 version) software.
The latest upgrade is compatible with 1,970 camera models and related devices from 100 camera manufacturers, including leading brands like Axis, Vivotek, and ACTi. Some of the device pack changes entail added support for edge storage, analytics events, tamper alerts, and H.264 on various camera devices. To see the full list of supported devices, visit Milestone's Supported Hardware page.
VideoSurveillance.com has expanded its line of Milestone XProtect VMS platforms by adding XProtect Express, XProtect Professional, XProtect Enterprise, and XProtect Corporate. We also now offer both base license packages and individual camera licenses for XProtect Express and XProtect Professional.
Milestone is a global leader in open-platform video management software solutions. With advanced certifications in Milestone, VideoSurveillance.com is well versed in all Milestone software editions, including Milestone add-on products and viewing apps. In addition, we specialize in pre-configured Milestone security camera systems as well as bespoke systems for large, multi-site installations.
XProtect Software is compatible with over 1,000 network cameras and ONVIF-compliant cameras, and supports integration with Milestone add-on products and third-party business applications. Some of the core features across all XProtect software platforms include thumbnail search & export, system configuration wizards, free viewing clients, NAS archiving, built-in video motion detection, and privacy masking.
With Milestone XProtect, you can choose from three free viewing applications to manage video: Smart Client, Mobile Client, and Web Client. Users can tap into live & recorded video on a smartphone, tablet, or remote PC for utmost convenience in a fast-paced world. Browse the latest XProtect software products in our online store today.
Milestone Systems, a vendor of state-of-the-art video management software, continues to hold its number one position in the worldwide video management software market (VMS). According to market research and consulting firm IMS Research, Milestone achieved the highest sales of all VMS providers in 2011.Read More
Milestone Systems, a leading manufacturer specializing in open platform video surveillance software, recently launched XProtect Mobile. The new app enables those using XProtect VMS software to view IP video using a compatible smartphone or tablet.Read More
As of today, Milestone's XProtect Device Pack 5.7 is available. The update enables support for dozens of IP cameras and devices from manufacturers such as ACTi, Sony and Vivotek. In addition, the new update offers improved support for existing products.
For more information on which devices are now supported and other changes, read the Device Pack Release Notes.
Download XProtect Device Pack 5.7.
Milestone Systems is keeping the new product momentum going at ASIS International 2011 by announcing a full refresh of their XProtect product line. Milestone also introduced the new XProtect Express, a budget-friendly version of the popular VMS software.Read More
Arecont Vision named Milestone Systems its technology partner of the year. This award is reserved to recognize partners with whom Arecont Vision has joined forces with to expand and support the market for megapixel network surveillance camera systems.Read More
Good news for Milestone XProtect users; Milestone has further expanded its comprehensive list of supported IP cameras with the new XProtect Device Pack 5.6. This free upgrade also offers updated support for IP cameras previously supported by XProtect.Read More
When Alloin, an international player in the freight and courier market needed a video management software solution to help support their anti-intruder video surveillance system for their 33 courier depots, they turned to Milestone XProtect Enterprise. XProtect Enterprise is ideally suited for handling multi-site operations with rich functionality and resilience on high data traffic servers.Read More
When people head out on the town looking for a bit of adventure, most don't want to compromise their safety for a good time. Increasingly, clubs like Karel van Mander in Copenhagen, Denmark, are installing video surveillance systems to help keep crime and violence out. This upscale night club recently began using Milestone XProtect to manage its network video surveillance system. In addition to increasing safety and security, the nightclub also uses the system to provide proof in the case of discrimination claims.Read More
This past January, France unveiled its new multisport stadium to the world, complete with an innovative network camera system featuring Milestone Xprotect and Sony IP cameras. Located in Le Mans, the large venue can support up to 38,000 people during concerts and 25,000 during sporting events such as soccer and rugby. With such a vast capacity, MMArena poses a challenging surveillance scenario.Read More
Milestone XProtect software is monitoring beaches and ocean swells around the world with its powerful network video management tools. Australian and American coastal management officials are connecting IP cameras to the open platform IP video management software to reap the benefits of secure live monitoring, real-time data collection and camera controls.Read More
Milestone Systems recently announced its impending release of a new product, the XProtect Essential NVR. Designed for easy setup and usability, this stand alone network video recorder comes equipped with preinstalled video management software and runs on Windows 7.Read More
Today Milestone Systems announced the release of version 4.0 of their XProtect Corporate software. XProtect Corporate is open platform IP video management software designed for use with high-capacity, multi-site installations. The software supports an unlimited number of cameras and users.Read More
Earlier this week Milestone released XProtect Device Pack 5.2, which includes support for new devices and updated support for existing devices on their XProtect video management software platform. The Device Pack also includes support for new firmware on a range of different devices and solves different issues related to Device Pack 5.1.Read More
Milestone, one of the leading providers of video management software introduced Service Releases for several of their XProtect software platforms. As of today, Service Releases are available for XProtect Enterprise 7.0, XProtect Professional 7.0, XProtect Essential 1.0, and XProtect Go 1.0 installations.Read More
For small businesses in need of an intuitive video management platform, we recently added Milestone XProtect Essential to our software selection at VideoSurveillance.com. XProtect Essential offers cost-effective video management and can support up to 26 cameras and five simultaneous users. Software users can access recordings locally or remotely over the Internet.Read More
Milestone recently released XProtect Device Pack 5.1 that updates support for new devices on their video management software platforms including XProtect Enterprise, Professional, Essential, Go, and Corporate. The 5.1 version Device Pack also includes support for new firmware on a range of different devices and solves different software issues that were related to Device Pack 5.0.Read More
With over 400 facilities and 53,000 students, staff and visitors to contend with on a daily basis, efficiently monitoring the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus was a challenge for the 55-member campus police force. To help combat everyday challenges such as thefts on and around campus, including a string of laptop thefts from the university library, security officials turned to Milestone video management software and Axis network cameras to provide the school with a secure surveillance solution that would help the police increase security around campus.Read More
Milestone Systems has released a free version of its popular XProtect software platform. It's called Milestone Xprotect Go, and you can now pick it up as a free download from the Milestone Systems website. XProtect Go offers a wide set of features and allows users to view and manage up to 8 security cameras. The software is easy to use, and serves as the perfect startup solution for small business and home surveillance applications.Read More
Milestone XProtect Device Pack 5.0 is now available, offering increased support for a host of new IP cameras and devices. Users of XProtect Enterprise, Professional and Essential video management software editions can now download the updated XProtect Device Pack 5.0 straight from the Milestone website. Milestone's XProtect Device Pack 5.0 delivers support for new products from such leading manufacturers as ACTi, Axis, Honeywell, JVC, Mobotix, Pelco and more.Read More
Milestone Systems XProtect Enterprise video management software is taking center stage in the video surveillance operations of Bulgaria's Varna and Burgas airports. Each airport has installed several hundred Axis IP network cameras along with IBM servers all operating on a Cisco network infrastructure. Both surveillance solutions are using Milestone software to access cameras and manage airport surveillance footage.Read More
Erste Bank Ukraine has completed installation of over 1000 IP network cameras throughout its 139 retail branches, with Milestone IP video software managing the large-scale surveillance network. The software was chosen to manage a mix of IP cameras from such popular manufacturers as Axis, Sony, JVC and IQinVision.Read More
Users of Milestone XProtect video management software can now download the updated XProtect Device Pack 4.9 straight form the manufacturer. The XProtect Device Pack 4.9 provides support for a host of new IP cameras and devices from leading brands such as Axis, ACTi, Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. Specific models supported by Device Pack 4.9 include the new Axis M10, M11, and M30 network camera series, Panasonic's fresh batch of i-Pro HD cameras, and the new lineup of Sony HDTV network cameras.Read More
Milestone Systems and Sony recently announced a new joint venture that aims to improve the reliability of IP surveillance through edge recording (or recording straight to the camera). The system is called Edge Storage, and it basically works as stand-by storage in case of an outage or a lost connection. Footage is stored on camera, and when the connection is restored, it's automatically delivered from the camera to the Milestone XProtect server.Read More
Milestone Systems is in Birmingham, UK this week for the 2010 IFSEC event. Representatives from the company are showcasing the latest XProtect video management software offerings and a host of new open-platform IP video solutions. The highlight is milestone's Smart Client 5.0, which is available with XProtect Corporate 3.1. The idea behind XProtect Corporate 3.1 is to provide a platform that can integrate with any other type of management system as well as third-party devices and utilities. This open platform helps customers get the most out of their surveillance systems, and is geared towards those with enterprise-level surveillance requirements.Read More
The Milestone XProtect Device Pack 4.8 is now available for users of XProtect IP video software. This device pack offers support for new IP video cameras and devices, plus updated support for existing devices from such popular brands as ACTi, Arecont Vision, Axis, Bosch, D-Link, Sanyo and more.Read More
Milestone Systems has announced the upcoming releases of XProtect Analytics 2.1, a framework that allows integration of multiple video content analysis (VCA) systems from different manufacturers all operating within a single user interface. With XProtect Analytics 2.1, operators can instantly display, search and compare alerts from multiple video analytics systems.Read More
Milestone has just released its new XProtect Enterprise 7.0 software platform for management of medium to large-scale IP video surveillance installations. XProtect is an open platform solution that offers powerful tools for IP video management and recording, and easy integration with third party systems. Milestone XProtect Enterprise 7 is geared towards larger applications, including multi-site camera deployments.Read More
Milestone Systems has announced the availability of its XProtect Device Pack 4.6. The updated device pack offers additional support for new and existing network cameras and IP video devices on XProtect Enterprise, Professional, Basis +, and XProtect Corporate video management platforms.Read More
This month marks the ten-year anniversary of AL Bank's transition from analog to IP-based video surveillance. Ten years ago the Denmark bank, which has 66 branches and about 1000 employees, switched to a network surveillance solution using open-platform IP video management software from Milestone Systems. Today, the bank continues to use Milestone software to manage a mix of 650 security cameras providing increased safety for customers, employees, and of course assets throughout its many locations.Read More
Milestone has released the XProtect Device Pack 4.5, which offers support for new devices, and updated support for existing devices on XProtect video management systems. The Device Pack 4.5 is valid for XProtect Basis, Basis +, Professional, Enterprise, Matrix, and XProtect Corporate software platforms.Read More
Milestone Systems and ioimage have announced a technology partnership in which ioimage intelligent network cameras and video servers will now be supported by Milestone's XProtect video management platform. The pairing gives users unique IP surveillance capabilities for applications of all sizes.Read More
Milestone Systems is on hand at ASIS International, showing off a sampling of video-enabled integrations from the company's many solution partners. Milestone is an industry leader in developing open-platform IP video software solutions that aim to drive the convergence of video surveillance and IP-based management systems. At ASIS, the company has set up a Milestone Solution Center which gives attendees a chance to experience multiple application integrations all in one location.Read More
Milestone Systems has revealed the latest edition of its XProtect Enterprise IP video management software platform. XProtect Enterprise 7.0 offers a new administration interface and a host of tools that allow for faster deployments, intuitive surveillance operations, and easier maintenance. The software is designed to handle an unlimited number of cameras, servers, users, and sites.Read More
Last year, members of Denmark's Hojstrup Housing Association decided the time had come to crack down on theft and vandalism. Sadly, such acts were a common problem throughout the housing area, often resulting in hefty repair costs. In an effort to cut down on these problems, and to create a safer environment overall, the association voted to move forward with an IP-based video surveillance project that would incorporate network cameras and Milestone XProtect Enterprise video management software. Today, 120 IP cameras monitor the properties, while authorized users can access both live and recorded footage from remote locations.Read More
Milestone Systems just announced the release of the XProtect Software Development Kit (SDK) version 3.3, further positioning itself as a leader in open-platform IP video management. The Software Development Kit is used by authorized and certified Milestone partners to create integrated solutions that incorporate IP video into a wide range of network-based security and business systems. The SDK is also used internally by Milestone to develop integrated surveillance solutions for retail loss prevention, centralized surveillance, and matrix solutions.Read More
IMS Research has published a new report that ranks Milestone Systems as the global leader in IP video surveillance software. The report rates Milestone as having the highest world market share for software-only vendors of open platform network video management solutions. The IMS Research report, entitled "The World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment" was published last month.Read More
Milestone Systems has announced the latest edition of its XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+ IP video software platforms. Milestone XProtect Professional 6.5 is designed for small to mid-sized surveillance installations, and can manage up to 64 IP cameras. Milestone XProtect Basis+ 6.5 is a single server surveillance system that can support up to 25 network cameras. Each new edition offers some exciting features that improve upon past releases.Read More
Milestone Systems has released version 2.0 of its XProtect Analytics video management software. XProtect Analytics is a sophisticated software platform that can support video analytics tools from different manufacturers under a single interface. This provides users with a future-proof solution that can handle new technology and makes it easy to search through video surveillance footage from multiple sources.Read More
The Rhode Island Convention Center is no stranger to large crowds. The facility houses numerous events and conferences throughout the year. Like any venue where a healthy amount of people gather, security is a key concern. Recently, the complex embarked on a project to upgrade its analog surveillance system to one which uses IP cameras and video management software from Milestone.Read More
Milestone Systems has released the latest incarnation of its XProtect Corporate video management software solution. Milestone XProtect Corporate 2.0 is designed for large-scale video surveillance applications. The software supports an unlimited number of security cameras, servers and users, and offers central control and intuitive access clients that simplify the process of managing big installations.Read More
Milestone and Vidient Systems have announced a partnership aimed to improve the effectiveness of video analytics in IP video surveillance. While Milestone is a leader in IP video management software, Vidient specializes in video analytics software for a range of security and safety applications. The two companies plan to integrate Vidient's SmartCatch 3.0 analytics software into the Milestone XProtect open platform solution for IP video management.Read More
Designed to assist vehicle access control, traffic surveilance and law enforcement, Milestone's XProtect Analytics LPR 1.5 is a video analytics video management platform that uses special analytics to recognize and record license plate and other registration data from a wide variety of vehicles.Read More
Milestone has upgraded its powerful, and popular, Xprotect Enterprise video management software. Milestone XProtect Enterprise 6.5 is designed to handle the needs of large video surveillance installations and multi-site security camera systems by offering sophisticated management tools, fast search capabilities, flexible scheduling, analysis, and integration. Improvements have been made in the areas of audio support, storage, bandwidth use, data access support, and localization.Read More