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Suprema integrates with Milestone video

Suprema integrates with Milestone video

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, one of the leading global providers of technology in biometrics and security, announced the integration of its access control and biometric solutions with Milestone video management software (VMS).

Make it Simple
Milestone and Suprema users can now seamlessly link cameras to access control devices, track access control events in Milestone VMS and display related recorded video. This integration is bringing convenience to the security industry, because operators can quickly react to events such as “Access denied”, “Door left open” and “Door forced” with a unique access to video and access control.

Ready Now
On Milestone's side, the integration supports XProtect Enterprise (including Professional and Express) version as well as XProtect Corporate (including Expert) version. On Suprema's side, both BioStar software Basic Edition and Standard Edition are supported.

Turnkey Solution
“The security industry has specialist in Camera, VMS, Access Control and Biometrics. This said, our customers think security as a single requirement.” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema “This way, our goal is to provide our customers with the turnkey package they are looking for. And this package includes Cameras, Video Management, Access Control and Biometrics.”

Suprema is the first biometric based solution provider to integrate with the Milestone XProtect Access Control Module. This achievement was possible thanks to the advanced knowledge and expertise of Smartprotect, a Suprema and Milestone partner. Smartprotect has already integrated Suprema and Milestone in early 2013 and this new 2014 integration is bringing convenience to the next step.

"This is advanced security system integration. In case of events such as a fire alarm being activated or a door being left open, the system issues a local audible sound and also displays the alarm on the operator monitor. In addition, issued alarms can trigger a predefined video management of the event, such as camera zoom and video sequence recording. So later, the operator can see the video evidence before/during/after the event. We know who has triggered an event, when and where. And also how was the event managed." explained Francois Malan, Director of Smartprotect.

Milestone Arcus embedded VMS matures into intelligent cameras

Milestone Arcus embedded VMS matures into intelligent cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems announces the next step for open platform technology driving innovation through embedded solutions. Milestone Arcus is designed as a video surveillance platform for low-complexity, low-cost deployments, customized for the selected hardware devices of Milestone partners.

In combination with Milestone Interconnect as a key building block for future scalability of Milestone-powered systems, this allows end users at any time to remotely monitor all edges of the video management network using Milestone XProtect Corporatle VMS.

"I am excited that intelligent cameras as the newest addition to the range of embedded solutions powered by the Milestone Arcus platform. This is another significant step in offering unlimited scalability ranging from installations with one single intelligent camera such as those from IQinVision to large, remotely monitored installations in a global network." says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems.

Milestone solution partner GuardTrax integrates officer phone app with XProtect IP VMS

Milestone solution partner GuardTrax integrates officer phone app with XProtect IP VMS

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 9/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

GuardTrax announces the completion of a game-changing integration of the GuardTrax™ officer phone app with Milestone XProtect® video management software (VMS). This solution delivers unique threat alert, identification, video verification, resolution and reporting capabilities for security guarding companies, mobile patrols and in-house units.

The relationship between GuardTrax and Milestone Systems is built on the premise that platinum-level security involves physically present and mobile security personnel and surveillance equipment - all brought together via open platform video management software. Guarding companies whose officers use the GuardTrax app integrated with Milestone XProtect video gain entry into the new era of technology-based security.

For customers, the connection to the VMS platform expands alerts with video verification and real-time situational awareness, enhancing their security investment. Installing channel partners gain new sales and integration opportunities through close collaboration with the guarding company universe, GuardTrax and Milestone.

Rich Pekmezian, CEO of GuardTrax, says: "GuardTrax recognizes the significant role of the security officer in providing thorough security with physical response always at the ready. Our app is the connection between the security officer, surveillance equipment and video management. GuardTrax and Milestone see a strong partnership that is critical to provisioning today's most effective blended security solution.”

With this integration, the Milestone Mobile client and GuardTrax app are downloaded to the Android devices used by the mobile officers. GuardTrax alerts are also seen in the XProtect® Smart Client display at central operations or being shared with other security professionals. Officers can also generate incident reports from their devices while on the move.

Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Partner Alliances Manager at Milestone Systems, says: “The industry has reached an inflection point realizing the need for more than just persons on location. Mobile security officers also need alerts with video verification to substantiate what is happening, where, and how best to respond to incidents.”

Every security incident or situation has a beginning and an end. Some incidences can be avoided while those that cannot need to be resolved quickly and properly. The GuardTrax/Milestone integrated solution provides real-time capture and consolidation of critical security threat data that can then be analyzed and acted upon to bring about optimal resolution.

In-person interviews with C-level execs in the guarding industry reveal that guard companies today must empower their officers and supervisors in a technology-forward fashion. Gone are the days of just sending an officer to a property with a notepad and flashlight. The research indicates that the GuardTrax app improves officer efficiency while lowering the cost base to provide premium guarding services. The GuardTrax/Milestone integration further aligns guarding companies with technology delivery so they are poised to realize new sales opportunities.

“Success for the channel is all about expanding business with new and innovative solutions to offer the customer. The GuardTrax/Milestone integration enables new service levels for guarding companies to be on the leading edge, and customers gain the rewards of safer environments,” says Tuinzing.

The GuardTrax/Milestone integrated solution will be demonstrated at the 2014 ASIS event to be held September 29-October 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, in Milestone's Booth 1043.

FLIR releases Muon thermal imaging camera core for OEMs

FLIR releases Muon thermal imaging camera core for OEMs

Editor / Provider: FLIR Systems | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems announced its latest thermal imaging core, Muon™, a product which dramatically simplifies the integration of thermal imaging capabilities for OEM customers.

The new Muon core lowers costs and simplifies the thermal imaging integration by providing a plug-in module with calibrated video output using industry-standard interfaces. To minimize system design complications, the Muon is designed to operate on standard imaging device power and communication protocols.

Muon is based on FLIR's latest high volume wafer-scale packaged detector technology and is available in multiple resolutions up to and including VGA. Optimized for size, weight, power, and cost (SwaP-c), Muon has a form factor of 22 mm x 22 mm x 6 mm, a mass of less than 5 grams, and depending on the configuration, uses less than 300mW of power.

It's the latest milestone from FLIR's OEM and Emerging Segment, which is recognized as the leader in the merchant supply of thermal imaging camera cores to an increasingly expanding market. FLIR's OEM group introduced the industry's first small micro bolometer camera (the Alpha™) in 1999, and has since launched five industry-leading successor products, Omega™, Photon™, Tau™, Quark™, and most recently, Lepton™.

"Muon provides an optimal solution for OEM customers who want to develop their own thermal camera systems at lower cost," said Andy Teich, FLIR President and CEO. "Muon utilizes several low-cost, high volume technologies that were first deployed in our Lepton core launched earlier this year. With a focus on ease of integration, Muon is yet another example of FLIR's industry-leading innovation in the area of thermal imaging technology."

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon Industries has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Fullerton, formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone Systems A/S, to succeed Kenneth M. Darby as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vicon.

In its search for a new CEO, the Board sought a candidate who could return Vicon to prominence in the video security and surveillance systems market and also integrate the businesses and operations of Vicon and IQinVision, Inc. following their recently completed merger.

“We had very specific criteria for our new CEO, and we were highly strategic about finding the right person – Eric is that person,” said Julian A. Tiedemann, a Vicon Director, “No one better understands the market intersection of video management software and HD/megapixel cameras, which he demonstrated during his 10 year tenure at Milestone Systems, the world's leading provider of open platform IP video management software. Eric has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead teams and drive growth and innovation at the highest level. He is also a natural cultural fit for Vicon. This is a great development for our company.”

Following senior positions at netVigilance, Inc., Intel and Nokia, Fullerton joined Denmark based Milestone Systems A/S in 2004. During his tenure, the company grew from start-up to more than $70M in revenue and was named a Europe Fast 500 company.

“It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Vicon at this important juncture in the company's history,” said Fullerton. “I see great opportunities ahead for us by combining IQinVision's strong brand in HD/megapixel cameras with the long history that Vicon has in video management systems. I look forward to joining this great team.”

FLIR releases Muon thermal imaging camera core for OEMs

FLIR releases Muon thermal imaging camera core for OEMs

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems announced today its latest thermal imaging core, Muon, a product which dramatically simplifies the integration of thermal imaging capabilities for OEM customers.

The new Muon core lowers costs and simplifies the thermal imaging integration by providing a plug-in module with calibrated video output using industry-standard interfaces. To minimize system design complications, the Muon is designed to operate on standard imaging device power and communication protocols.

Muon is based on FLIR's latest high volume wafer-scale packaged detector technology and is available in multiple resolutions up to and including VGA. Optimized for size, weight, power, and cost (SwaP-c), Muon has a form factor of 22 mm x 22 mm x 6 mm, a mass of less than 5 grams, and depending on the configuration, uses less than 300mW of power.

It's the latest milestone from FLIR's OEM and Emerging Segment, which is recognized as the leader in the merchant supply of thermal imaging camera cores to an increasingly expanding market. FLIR's OEM group introduced the industry's first small microbolometer camera (the Alpha) in 1999, and has since launched five industry-leading successor products, Omega, Photon, Tau, Quark, and most recently, Lepton.

"Muon provides an optimal solution for OEM customers who want to develop their own thermal camera systems at lower cost," said Andy Teich, FLIR President and CEO. "Muon utilizes several low-cost, high volume technologies that were first deployed in our Lepton core launched earlier this year. With a focus on ease of integration, Muon is yet another example of FLIR's industry-leading innovation in the area of thermal imaging technology."

Milestone adds support for offline camera recording using ONVIF

Milestone adds support for offline camera recording using ONVIF

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.5 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for ONVIF Edge Storage: cameras with Edge Storage can record video directly on internal storage.

Milestone XProtect Corporate supports the intelligent use of camera-integrated Edge Storage as a complement to centralized video storage. Edge Storage can be used as a safeguard function for uninterrupted video recording in the event of network or server failure. The flexible retrieval function in XProtect Corporate helps preserve network bandwidth when retrieving recordings from the Edge Storage in the camera. This ensures transparent operation, seen from a user perspective.

Support of Edge Storage previously demanded dedicated driver programming by Milestone, working with the Camera Alliance Partners (CaPs). Milestone XProtect Corporate, for example, has been supporting Axis and Sony implementations of Edge Storage using dedicated drivers since 2012. The new implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage in Device Pack 7.5, enables Milestone partners and customers to choose devices from any camera manufacturer supporting ONVIF Edge Storage.

The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability. Milestone is constantly promoting driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to support the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.

"This is yet another testimonial of the power of open platform technology," says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. "This rapid implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage is a clear illustration of our dedication to giving our partners the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market - now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive video enabling business by utilizing such possibilities in open platform technology. "

The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders which allow analog cameras to be connected to the VMS. Support for 15 new encoders from Bosch, Ateme, Mango DSP, UDP Technology and ACTi has been added in this version of the Device Pack, lifting the number of supported encoders to well over 200.

The extensive encoder support in Device Pack 7.5 combines positively with Milestone's recent change in encoder licensing which offers end users and partners an easy and cost-effective transition from analog to IP technology. The new licensing model only demands one license per encoder unit, as opposed to the industry norm of one license per connected camera.

Milestone is scheduled to showcase open platform technologies at these upcoming industry events:
• ISAF – Sep 18 – 21, Stand A-760 (Turkey)
• Security Essen – Sep 23 – 26, Hall 2/stand 216 (Germany)
• ASIS – Sep 29 – Oct 2, Stand 1043 (United States)

Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Modern hotels require modern security hardware, so the project for providing video surveillance at the new premium-class hotel began when the building was still under construction. The integrator was faced with the task of building a reliable video surveillance system that could not only perform the required security functions, but also harmoniously blend in with the hotel's luxurious interior.

Solution
In order to solve this task, specialists from the integrator, Tekhnika Dlia Biznesu (Equipment for business) LTD, carefully analyzed the options available on the market and selected indoor and outdoor Axis fixed cameras: AXIS P1344-E, AXIS M1114, and AXIS P3343. The main points in favor of this solution were the equipment's high quality and wide range of functions. Another important factor was the excellent compatibility of Axis cameras with equipment and software from other manufacturers, since the video stream is managed using Milestone software, and HP servers were chosen to record the archive.

Result
The outcome of the project was a modern, reliable, trouble-free video surveillance system that ensures round-the-clock security for Nobilis Hotel's guests, employees and property. All cameras support HDTV mode, which allows the hotel security service to clearly identify individuals both inside the hotel and in the surrounding area. The clarity of the picture sent from Axis network cameras makes work much easier for the security personnel watching the monitors.

Nobilis is Lviv's only premium-class hotel, and is the benchmark of luxury and elegance. Opened in late 2011, Nobilis harmoniously blends into the architecture of the city's downtown. A refined interior and outstanding service make Nobilis the perfect place for both vacation and various top-level business events. Despite its “youth” the hotel has already won several awards. In the fall of 2012, Nobilis won first place in the “Best Small Hotel in Ukraine” category at the International Hotel Awards. Nobilis is on the list of the hundred best hotels in Ukraine, a partner in the Five Star Alliance, and a leader at Booking.com among Lviv hotels. Owing to its unique architecture with hand-painted murals and musical clock with life-sized figurines, Nobilis is a stop on sightseeing tours as a city landmark.

Security functions
On the one hand, guests and business visitors at hotels of this caliber are generally people for whom personal safety is a very high priority. On the other hand, conferences and other business events attract a large number of people. Therefore, the video surveillance system must record the occurrence of any event or incident, and also allow security personnel and law enforcement officials to see all activity down to the finest detail. Consequently, security cameras must have high image resolution and the ability to identify the participants in an incident.
These requirements are met today by megapixel IP cameras that record in HD quality. Failure of even one security camera weakens site security, which is why high equipment reliability and real-time manufacturer technical support were important requirements for the cameras.
Both the security equipment market and the hotel business are developing rapidly; therefore, despite the fact that the video surveillance project for Nobilis Hotel has been fully completed, options for future system upgrades and expansion must be considered.

Axis selections
Axis network cameras meet all of the project requirements. The HD image ensures high resolution. Support for the ONVIF industry protocol allows the cameras to be integrated with a wide spectrum of equipment from other manufacturers, increasing Axis equipment compatibility in integrated security systems. In addition to meeting requirements, Axis cameras were also chosen in no small part because of the integrator's positive experience working with this equipment and the manufacturer's tech support service. This is why Tekhnika dlia biznesu engineers regularly choose Axis solutions for key projects.
The equipment and software supplier for the project was IQ Trading, an equipment distributor for building integrated security systems, passive network equipment, and solutions for building data processing centers.

Industry report: Marriage of IP Video and VMS

Industry report: Marriage of IP Video and VMS

Editor / Provider: EIFEH STROM, a&s International | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

By now, the news of Canon Europe acquiring Milestone Systems has made its way into every nook and cranny of the security industry. While the acquisition itself may not have come as such a surprise, the fact that Canon Europe, a small fish in the video surveillance game, was the acquirer proved to be much more of a shocker. Now, the question of what this means for other video surveillance and video management software (VMS) companies is weighing heavily on the industry's mind.

In a recent report by IHS Research, Milestone Systems was named the number one VMS company globally in terms of market share in 2013, with a year-over-year revenue growth of 32 percent. Despite being at the top, Milestone still has a market share of less than 10 percent, making the fragmentation of the VMS market quite apparent.

When the announcement came in June that the global leader in VMS was acquired by Canon Europe, many were stunned. The fact that Milestone was acquired wasn't the surprise; it was the acquirer, a relative nobody in the IP video surveillance industry that was the shocker. However, beyond the shock and surprise, the acquisition of a software company by a hardware company, regardless of brand, makes complete sense in an increasingly competitive industry.

Hardware and software: The perfect match
The convergence of IP video with the larger information technology (IT) world is no surprise. “IP video will converge with IT,” asserted Stephan Rasp, CEO of SeeTec.

“Traditional security systems are just the first step. Buzzwords like ‘Internet 4.0' and ‘Internet of Things' attempt to capture the dynamics of processing a diverse set of sensors and actors on the same IT infrastructure as management systems.” To that effect, the fact that software on its own is a non-starter should make the acquisition of a software company by a hardware company unsurprising. In the case of Canon Europe and Milestone, it was simply the names that made this otherwise natural marriage surprising.

“What Canon's acquisition of Milestone tells is basically emphasizing the importance of the synergy brought by the integration of software and hardware,” said Steve Ma, EVP of VIVOTEK. “The integration of hardware and software platforms not only can generate a powerful synergy for customers, but also can be critical to keep products and services at the forefront of innovation, with the latest cutting-edge applications to meet a variety of customers' needs. Therefore, since the company's establishment, VIVOTEK has collaborated closely with international and regional VMS programmers to seamlessly integrate camera functionalities onto different platforms.”

According to James Wang, Product Director at Dahua Technology, “the integration of hardware and software will become more common due to the development of new technology, such as cloud, big data, going mobile, etc., which speeds up the consolidation in IP video surveillance.” In particular for VMS vendors, Wang pointed out, “As the number of VMS vendors are on the rise, it is natural for the market to have a reshuffle and make the strong ones stay and become even stronger.”

Implications for small VMS vendors
So, what does this mean for smaller VMS vendors? “In general, the challenge for smaller brands is not really a consequence of the Milestone deal but the sign of a market, which turns from a growthdominated market to a more mature, competitive market,” said Rasp. “For smaller players it will be crucial to find ‘blue oceans,' which are less competitive, and not to attack the major players in their core business.” Blue oceans (untapped market space) may make survival in an increasingly competitive market possible for smaller VMS vendors that may better be able to fill niche segments and more specialized demands or markets beyond the traditional security sector, explained Rasp.

On the other hand, Keen Yao, International Marketing Director for Hikvision Digital Technology, highlighted one of the major challenges currently facing smaller, more traditional VMS companies. “The traditional VMS, their position is being replaced by hardware manufacturers,” pointed out Yao. This is all due to a changing VMS market, particularly for small-sized projects, where a VMS can be replaced with an IP camera/NVR solution. “IP cameras with an embedded standalone NVR can be provided to small projects, like 10 to 30 cameras. It's very easy for them to get this kind of solution.” Not only is it easier for smaller projects to get these solutions, it is also more cost effective.

 

New strategies for companies
With such changes occurring in the security industry, companies are thinking of ways to adjust their strategies in order to grow with the changing industry. “With the burgeoning of Chinese manufacturers and the M&As in the security industry, the competition is undoubtedly getting fiercer,” pointed out VIVOTEK's Ma. In order to sustain market competitiveness, Ma outlined three key strategies of VIVOTEK to better create added value and return on investment for customers — customizable, flexible, and reliable. Furthermore, by adding intelligent functionality to its products, companies like VIVOTEK are doing what they can to make their products standout.

Companies such as Dahua and Hikvision have taken a customized approach to VMS in order to better cater to end-user needs. In order to best accommodate certain verticals, Hivision has dedicated separate teams to seven verticals in their home market of China, which includes safe city, transport, finance, etc. Similarly, Wang from Dahua noted of his company's plan, “We will be more ‘vertical' in what we sell according to market segmentation. For example, the retail market is no way the same as others, so we will refine the solution oriented to the demands of the retailers.”

Single-product Survival
In regard to companies that specialize in one specific type of product, market consolidation and the push to provide full solutions may be driving these companies to change their strategy, but that does not mean there is no place for them in the market. “Pure software or pure hardware suppliers must have their added value,” said Yao, in regard to the future of singleproduct vendors. “The chance to survive is no problem, but if you want to develop very fast you need much more contribution and investments,” he continued.

According to Ryunosuke Kawashima, Strategic Marketing Manager for Video Security at Sony Europe, “Customer expectations are continuing to rise as more functionality becomes prevalent, and it is difficult to maintain a competitive edge by singularly selling IP cameras.” Despite this, Kawashima revealed, “a number of customer challenges remain in terms of image quality, identification, and post-incident analysis; we [Sony] believe that 4K ultra high definition will be the answer to these. As a result of this, Sony has shifted the core of its business strategy to focus on our 4K security solutions by offering a complete solution in both 4K cameras and recording software.”

Another way to deal with this challenge is with unique features, as suggested by Wang. “As for companies that focus on one specific type [of product], I think it is also a good approach as long as they are really into it and keep innovation to provide products beyond ordinary, make themselves differentiate from others on the market, which means, hard to replace,” he said. Along the same idea, Rasp opined, “Adding value through interoperability will be the way forward as the number of applications and combinations increases.” Rasp continued, “VMS are more and more becoming a part of ecosystems, containing amongst other components access control, PSIM, and intrusion detection.”

Future of consolidation
What it comes down to is market consolidation, which is unescapable; however, Niall Jenkins, Research Manager for Video Surveillance and Security Services at IHS Research, says it won't be because of the Canon-Milestone acquisition. “Canon's acquisition of Milestone is unlikely to change the market dynamics for consolidation in the short term,” said Jenkins. “A more likely driver of consolidation is the new pricing pressure exerted from Chinese vendors recently. From network cameras to HDCCTV cameras, prices have declined sharply in the last year.” This, according to Jenkins, “could result in some vendors looking to leave the market or be acquired.”

Furthermore, as the market continues to consolidate, the openness of the market is another thing that the industry may fear is in jeopardy. Rasp believes that the acquisition will influence some IP camera manufacturers to provide their own VMS. However, “A market going from open to closed would be a new phenomenon,” said Rasp. Based on this, questions about who would want such a phenomenon to occur are raised. Furthermore, would this move then require every camera vendor to supply a VMS for each of the different sizes and complexities of each installation, posited Rasp. “The ultimate decision maker is the customer. Whoever provides better value will prevail.”

Milestone and Axis secure the largest Scottish University campus

Milestone and Axis secure the largest Scottish University campus

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/29/2014 | Article type: Education

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications are helping all of the campus locations for the University of the West of Scotland to more efficiently manage security through one unified surveillance solution, designed, delivered and maintained by Boston Networks.

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the country's largest modern universities, providing higher education and innovative research, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley which indicates an important regional role in the communities. The university currently has over 18,000 students and approximately 1,300 staff. Ensuring their safety is a top focus.

The four campuses across the west coast of Scotland had all been previously running disparate security systems. The university recognized that a centralized approach to the control and maintenance of its entire security estate would create a more effective solution and safer campuses. UWS had already begun the migration of its infrastructure to a more streamlined IP video solution, resulting in multiple variations of Milestone VMS which were not yet centralized.

Boston Networks then worked with the university to review each of its existing installations across multiple campuses, to produce a detailed migration plan which incorporated the following:
- Centralized Milestone XProtect Expert VMS to control the largest campus
- Integration of all Axis digital cameras to provide ubiquitous surveillance
- Maintenance and support service to ensure ongoing maximum system performance

The initial phase of the migration included the introduction of additional Axis IP cameras across indoor and outdoor areas of the Paisley campus to provide surveillance throughout key areas, including hallways and corridors, libraries, building entrances and exits, car parks and outdoor campus areas. Boston Networks then began the integration of more than 200 new IP cameras and the consolidation of the existing VMS platforms to a central monitoring station at the Paisley campus. The platforms were then wholly upgraded to one standard Milestone XProtect Expert platform.

The use of industry-leading technology coupled with the professional consultancy, design and deployment services from Boston Networks has enabled the university to increase security with enhanced image quality and centralized control. The advanced Axis network cameras and Milestone XProtect Expert open platform IP VMS provide HD-quality footage with a powerful management interface to effectively control the university's multi-campus surveillance in a single, uniform system.

Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks, says: “This solution provides many benefits for the university: superior image quality from Axis cameras, future-proof integration capabilities from the Milestone open platform software and distributed intelligence with IP scalability and cost effectiveness. Moreover, Boston Networks will continue to work with the university to maintain its system and ensure that performance and security are never compromised.”

Milestone XProtect Expert VMS was chosen for its strengths as a central management tool. The software interface delivers a wide range of dynamic resources to streamline the system administration of the university's multi-campus solution, including device group management which ensures efficient and structured handling of hundreds of cameras. The XProtect System Monitor also gives real-time feedback on system performance to drive proactive administration, and there are intelligent configuration reports.

High-performance video recording is achieved with the XProtect 64-bit recording server, which allows the university to efficiently run more cameras on less hardware. Unlimited system scalability gives full flexibility to add additional servers and expand the system to suit the university's changing requirements over time. Multi-live streaming of live footage, with optimized bandwidth and viewing performance, is ideal for the university's multi-campus estate.

Boston Networks continues to work with the university to maintain the new security system, in its entirety. The maintenance service provides direct access to the Network Operations Centre (NOC) and 24/7 vendor-accredited support to deliver maximum service availability.

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