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Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, launched AXIS C3003-E, the first open standard, network loudspeaker for remote speaking. AXIS C3003-E is simple to install and integrate into a video surveillance system or an IP telephony system, making announcements possible from anywhere with network connectivity.

“AXIS C3003-E is really an IoT (Internet of Things) device that provides many advantages because it is connected to an IP network,” says Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis. “For instance, you can assign a regular phone number to the loudspeaker and simply dial in to it to get heard. It enables integration with just about anything.”

Complementing Axis' network video offering, AXIS C3003-E was developed in close cooperation with customers in the video surveillance industry. The loudspeaker's benefits include lower installation costs, easy integration and ensured reliability. It allows customers to easily add a remote speaking function to their surveillance system to deter crime or other unwanted activities.

“Horn speakers allow our operators to immediately intervene when video analytics alerts us of trespassing at customer sites,” says Lars Kämpe, Business Development Manager at Securitas, which equips virtually all of its outdoor perimeter protection installations with loudspeakers. “Normally, a trespasser will flee the scene when notified of his detection. This saves cost for our customers due to reduced damages and also no unnecessary callouts.”

AXIS C3003-E is a self-contained loudspeaker that offers signal transmission, decoding, amplification and speaker all in one unit. Unlike many analog speakers, there is no need for AXIS C3003-E to connect to a separate amplifier or to a network camera to plug into a network.

As a standalone unit, AXIS C3003-E can be placed anywhere, enabling a flexible, scalable and cost-effective approach to system design. An external power supply is also not required, thanks to the speaker's support for Power over Ethernet (PoE). With one network cable, AXIS C3003-E receives power and plugs directly into a video management system and/or Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony system.

The loudspeaker offers a high sound pressure level for intelligible speech over long distances. It enables high-quality voices, thanks to advanced signal processing. An innovative feature in AXIS C3003-E is the unique Auto Speaker Test, which can check that the speaker is in working order by providing audio feedback to the system.

“Securitas has worked with analog loudspeakers until now,” says Kämpe. “With analog loudspeakers, there is always an uncertainty since there is no way to remotely detect if they are actually working correctly. AXIS C3003-E allows us to remotely monitor the heartbeat of the speaker and check the sound quality. The speaker also supports PoE, which makes it easier to install and lowers installation costs. It also gives us the possibility to use pre-recorded messages. With Axis' loudspeaker, our customer proposition is greatly enhanced.”

AXIS C3003-E can play a pre-recorded audio file when it is manually or automatically triggered in response to an alarm event. The speaker comes with pre-recorded audio files such as trespassing and emergency messages, and allows users to upload their own audio.

The loudspeaker easily integrates with video management systems. Compatible software include those from Aimetis Corp., Genetec, Milestone Systems and NICE Systems, as well as the forthcoming.

AXIS Camera Station 4.20, which is aimed at small and mid-sized installations. AXIS C3003-E also integrates with VoIP telephony systems that use SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), enabling users to call the loudspeaker and make announcements even from their mobile phone. As a network product, each AXIS C3003-E can be selectively addressed since each has a unique IP address.

AXIS C3003-E will be available through Axis distribution channels on April 9.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Education

HIGHLIGHTS
* Designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system
* Enhanced public safety initiatives and improved operational efficiencies
* Streamlined monitoring capabilities
* Integrated various technologies delivering a new layer of safety and security

CUSTOMER
With a population of more than 53,000 students, faculty, and staff, the University of Illinois is a “city within a city.” Like any municipality, the university works to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies by offering a variety of programs that create a safer place in which to study, work and socialize.

Campus lighting improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol and self-defense classes are just a few of the resources available to enhance student safety. The university has also invested in the technologies to support its safe campus initiatives, including access control and video security systems. At the Urbana-Champaign campus in east-central Illinois, for example, the University Police and Campus Informational Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) group have partnered to design an advanced, campus-wide security camera system, which includes Scallop Imaging cameras to better protect students, staff and assets across the 1,800-acre campus.

CHALLENGE
When the university made the decision to add more cameras to its existing system, there were two primary areas of focus: situational awareness and image identification. Scallop Imaging delivers full situational awareness with a constant 180° view and simultaneous zoom details in one standard video frame, delivering on both key requirements. “Scallop Imaging addressed our need for a camera that could deliver awareness in areas across campus where we wanted a wider view, such as hallways and open areas,” explained Uros Marjanovic, Network Service Engineer at the University of Illinois. Each department is responsible for its own security budget, so cost was also a key consideration.

SOLUTION
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus has hundreds of cameras installed in academic, athletic, cultural and student housing buildings, as well as outdoor public areas. “The Department of Public Safety takes a holistic approach towards security on campus, with the camera system being a key piece of that plan,” said Ken Felsman, Life Safety Engineer at the University of Illinois, who explained that the campus-wide system runs on Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS). The team has installed 150 Scallop Imaging cameras – about 16 percent of the total camera count – including both the D7-180 and M6-200 security cameras in areas where standard cameras were unable to perform at a high enough standard for clear identification.

The 6 MP Scallop Imaging M6-200 camera is the first distributed image panoramic camera specifically designed to provide outstanding image quality under very low-light conditions, giving the university the ability to accurately see events at any time of the day or night. “We installed the M6-200 cameras in areas that are naturally darker or not well lit and in corridors where there are exposed light switches that can be turned off,” noted Marjanovic.

As part of its mandate to provide patrol, investigation and emergency response services, the University Police have access to the campus-wide camera system 24/7. “Campus Police use the information gathered to create reports about specific events and can easily export video to share with stakeholders if necessary,” commented Felsman.

RESULTS
Each department requests system access for specific employees to see their departmental cameras. Those employees may use the cameras primarily for live viewing. “Someone might check the cameras to be sure the path to the parking lot is clear before leaving at the end of the day,” said Felsman. The Scallop Imaging technologies directly address the university's key requirement for complete situational awareness and detailed image quality, while meeting budget requirements. Instead of the traditional “one lens, one piece of film” box camera approach, Scallop Imaging distributes the imaging task among multiple sensors and combines their output at video rates in the camera itself to work similar to the human eye. Delivering a true 180° view without using fish-eye lenses that can distort images, Scallop Imaging can deliver exceptional image quality.

The cameras are durable, easy to install and have an extremely low failure rate. “We do all installations in-house and found it very straightforward,” affirmed Marjanovic.

One of the main reasons the university chose to install Scallop Imaging cameras was because of the cameras' sleek and discreet form factor. The fact that Scallop cameras blend in where conventional cameras do not was of particular importance because the university strives to maintain the architectural integrity of its buildings “Scallop cameras fit in better with the campus' overall design than a traditional dome camera mounted on a wall would,” commented Marjanovic. The cameras are so discreet that individuals walking by may not even know that there are cameras in the area.

From a security and safety standpoint, the university's goal is to deter criminal activity and protect students and staff from potential harm using a variety of methods and tools. “The Scallop Imaging cameras have helped achieve objectives put forth by our Department of Public Safety,” concluded Marjanovic. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus plans to add more as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Milestone hires new manager to support consultants

Milestone hires new manager to support consultants

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 3/19/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has brought on board Thomas O'Connell as the new Manager of A&E Business Development for North America. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, he will report directly to Mike Taylor, Director of Sales for North America, with a focus on working with A&E consultants who specify large security projects. O'Connell will work closely with Gavin Archery, A&E Program Manager at Milestone Systems, based out of the UK.

“The Milestone Architects and Engineers Partner Program (AEPP) is intended to support the design of high quality video surveillance solutions and introduce the system integration possibilities offered by Milestone Solution Partners (MSPs) and Camera Partners (CaPs). This allows consultants to create tailored security solutions that use standard software and hardware products to precisely meet their clients' operational requirements,” says Archery.

Thomas O'Connell has a rich background in sales, spending the past 12 years specializing in the security arena. He was previously Security & Fire Sales Manager at Johnson Controls, Inc., where he successfully implemented a strategic sales business plan while leading and coaching the sales and support teams, building alliances in customer relations. He has a Senior Engineering Technician Certification through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).

“Thomas O'Connell's leadership skills have helped his previous companies secure their position at the forefront of their respective areas, and we're confident he will continue such success at Milestone,” says Mike Taylor. “He brings proven experience in addressing high complexity implementations with consistent support and management through the entire sales life cycle.”

Milestone Systems names WLANmall/Continental Computers as regional partner

Milestone Systems names WLANmall/Continental Computers as regional partner

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

WLANmall and its parent company, Continental Computers, were named Milestone Systems' 2014 Regional Partner of the Year at the 10th Annual Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) 2015 in Las Vegas.

WLANmall was recognized because of the sophisticated surveillance systems it planned, built and implemented throughout the US, which included Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS), for a variety of customers, including:

A sprawling technology campus with multiple locations that required facility control/monitoring (Milestone XProtect Professional/Milestone XProtect Access Control Module); Numerous law enforcement agencies for both covert (i.e. undercover investigations) and overt (i.e. public space observation) surveillance (Milestone XProtect Corporate); Several municipalities to ensure public safety (Milestone XProtect Corporate); and Elementary, secondary and tertiary educational facilities for student protection and early notice of suspect activity (Milestone XProtect VMS).

“We are honored to receive this award from Milestone Systems, which is such an innovator in the IP video management space,” said Ronen Isaac, vice president of WLANmall. “Milestone continues to expand its offerings of leading edge, scalable and reliable solutions that have been the cornerstone of our end-to-end security and surveillance systems that help keep our customer assets secure and municipalities safer.”

“WLANmall is the winner of our Regional Partner of the Year award for 2014 for showing dedication to the Milestone brand and for a strong mutual partnership that has produced significant revenue growth year over year,” said Tim Palmquist, VP Americas for Milestone Systems. “Their commitment to achieving and maintaining Milestone's Expert Certification in its staff has resulted in exceptional quality in the design, installation and support of our XProtect video management systems.”

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Editor / Provider: Sony | Updated: 3/12/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The New York City Marathon is a tradition held sacred not only by New Yorkers, but by people from around the globe who come to take part in the yearly event. Participants from more than 130 countries vie for a select number of spots to run the 26.2 mile course. Meanwhile, the whole city unites as spectators to cheer on those undertaking one of the most grueling feats of physical stamina and endurance, which in 2014 took an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon — held November 2, 2014 — was completed by more than 50,000 runners who ran through all five boroughs ending in the scenic embrace of Central Park. Furthermore, over one million spectators crowded the length of the course for hours to cheer on runners on.

When large crowds gather in confined areas for many hours, the topic naturally turns to security. As a result of this spotlight on safety issues at large-scale and widespread events, like a marathon, a comprehensive plan is put in place to keep the race runners and spectators secure. This year, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the running club who organizes the annual race and their medical team chose New York City-based networked technology and systems integrator, Virsig, LLC to spearhead and execute their security plans, and to provide technological assistance and direction to increase safety.

Sony was chosen by Virsig to be the IP camera of choice to securely monitor the world's largest marathon, along with support from several other global technology partners including: Firetide, Inc.—a Division of UNICOM Global; Milestone Systems and Network Video Technologies. Sony's cameras were required to perform multiple functions ranging from situational awareness at all entrances and exits, to threat assessment, and personnel management. In excess of 50 Sony security cameras were installed along the route, including SNC-HM662, SNC-XM632, SNC-WR632C, SNC-CH260 and SNC-CH280; which includes fixed cameras with on-board video analytics, dome, bullet, 360 degree and pan-tilt-zoom style cameras.

“To help ensure the safety of the biggest marathon in the world is no small task. Sony is pleased that we were able to be an integral part of the security process for the second year in a row,” said Phil Coppola, Northeast Security Manager, Sony Electronics' Security Systems Division. “Virsig worked day and night to get their system up and running and they had to contend with some terrible weather leading up to the race. With their experience in wireless transmission and video surveillance system design and installation, Virsig allowed the Sony cameras to operate to their fullest potential and play a pivotal role in helping to secure the marathon participants and spectators.”

Although the marathon takes place during the day, the setup occurs over the course of several preceding day, and Sony's cameras needed to be able to perform reliably during daytime and nighttime hours. The Sony high-definition bullet cameras that were used come equipped with infrared illuminators that provided race coordinators with uninterrupted views, regardless of lighting conditions.

Sony's IPELA ENGINE security cameras, which were also installed at the 2013 New York City Marathon, were coordinated through Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate, a powerful IP video management software (VMS) designed for large-scale and high-security deployments. Meanwhile, Sony's new, ultra wide dynamic range IP surveillance cameras were placed throughout the last mile of the race in Central Park and around the finish line.

The innovative SNC-XM632 IPELA ENGINE camera was used in multiple locations for a broad overview of the areas around the entrance and exit points at the race. The camera has a 113-degree wide angle field-of-view and a hi-res, full HD imager, allowing for images that were far more detailed and expansive than anything used in the past.

Additionally, the marathon coordinators required a camera that would provide situational awareness to monitor the activities inside the emergency and medical tents. Because these were temporary structures, they were unable to take advantage of multiple camera views. For those areas, the SNC-HM662, a 5MP camera capable of providing 360 degree views from a single sensor, was selected. From this one camera, race organizers were able to know exactly what was going on in each tent, at all times.

 

“We selected Sony for multiple reasons; first and foremost because of the quality of the picture, and secondly because of the ease of installation,” said Glenn Taylor, Executive Director, Virsig. “We have a very short window to get the equipment up and running and we don't have a lot of direct access to the cameras during the actual marathon. This is particularly why we relied on the photo framing and auto focus that's built into the electronics of the Sony camera.”

The weather leading up to the marathon was very challenging, including freezing cold temperatures and rain, so it was important for Virsig to use cameras that were durable, reliable and self-sufficient. Sony's security cameras automatically adjust to meet requirements in lighting and environment, and hold up to the unpredictable demands of the weather. This ensures that race managers can deal with unforeseen circumstances and medical emergencies and rest assured that the cameras will perform their functions without the attention of a team.

The casual observer may not have noticed Sony's cameras or seen them on the front lines of the marathon, but according to all involved, it was a job well done. Runners were able to focus on their exhausting task while race organizers could concentrate on logistical issues and medical matters, without worrying themselves with the overall safety. Sony's end goal of maintaining a secure and worry-free environment for the over one million people involved in the world's largest race was met, for the second year in a row.

Milestone Systems earns Elite Partner from Infoblox

Milestone Systems earns Elite Partner from Infoblox

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/6/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has earned Elite Partner status from Infoblox, the leader in automated network control.

“Infoblox clearly differentiates itself from other vendors from a security perspective,” said Mark Greer, President of Milestone Systems. “Almost all advanced persistent threats (APTs) use the Domain Name System (DNS). Infoblox provides solutions for detecting malware communications that slip past traditional network security. So it fit with other alliances with F5, Juniper, FireEye, Riverbed and SafeNet.”

“What has made the Infoblox channel program so successful is that we empower our partners by making serious commitments to them,” said Tim Colby, Infoblox Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales. “By adding Milestone Systems as one of our Elite channel partners, we know that together we will strategically advance their business with Infoblox. From engineering to certify Infoblox training, Milestone Systems is an end-to-end provider. ”

Infoblox delivers network control solutions, the fundamental technology that connects end users, devices, and networks. These solutions enable approximately 7,900 enterprises and service providers to transform, secure, and scale complex networks. Infoblox helps take the burden of complex network control out of human hands, reduce costs, and increase security, accuracy, and uptime. Infoblox is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has operations in over 25 countries.

VIVOTEK IP cameras integrated with Milestone Systems XProtect VMS

VIVOTEK IP cameras integrated with Milestone Systems XProtect VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/5/2015 | Article type: Security 50

In a step which will allow the optimal integration of VIVOTEK's network cameras and the Milestone XProtect open platform IP video management software, VIVOTEK announces that Milestone, based on VIVOTEK's web API (Application Programming Interface), has launched a driver in Milestone XProtect Device Pack 7.8 dedicated to VIVOTEK's IP network cameras. The launch of this optimized driver enables even more efficient and effective communication and collaboration between VIVOTEK's hardware and the Milestone XProtect software.

For years, VIVOTEK has been committed to delivering reliable IP surveillance solutions to satisfy market demands. Installation flexibility and expandability are two important factors that lie behind customers' considerations when implementing an IP surveillance system. With this in mind, the integration of hardware and software platforms is critical to keep products and services at the forefront of innovation, with the latest in cutting-edge applications to meet a variety of customers' needs. The launch of a dedicated driver will facilitate the implementation of Milestone's software and VIVOTEK's hardware in dynamic vertical applications to be more efficient and cost-effective.

Milestone Systems is a global industry leader in open platform IP video management software, founded in 1998. Milestone technology is easy to manage, reliable and proven in thousands of customer installations, providing flexible choices in network hardware and integrations with other systems. Sold through partners in more than 100 countries, Milestone solutions help organizations to manage risks, protect people and assets, optimize processes and reduce costs.

Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances, says: “We are delighted about the new possibilities for Milestone Channel Partners and customers that this announcement brings to them. The Milestone eco system of partners now gain the full advantage of the new integration between VIVOTEK's cameras and Milestones award winning open platform Video Management Software. This will surely be a business accelerator and an important proof of the momentum of open platform technology.”

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK, stated: “VIVOTEK has been dedicated to integrating our cameras with leading software and hardware platforms. Looking at the increasing importance and significant synergy brought by the seamless integration of hardware and software, it is our great pleasure to have this dedicated driver. The cooperation with Milestone, in addition to demonstrating VIVOTEK's strong commitment in delivering world-class security solutions, further opens up more business possibilities for both companies in the future.” Milestone's Dedicated Driver in Device Pack 7.8 supports VIVOTEK's new devices: FE8171, FD8335H, FD8135H, FE8174, FE8181, SD8363E, SD8364E, IP8155HP, IP8165HP, FD8355EHV, FD8365EHV, IP8335H, FD8363, FD8362, FE8180, IB8367-(R), FD8167 & FD8367-V.

The XProtect Device Pack 7.8 and the Device Pack Release Notes are all available for download from the Downloads section of Milestone's website.

Must-know: How to choose the right combination of VMS and VCA

Must-know: How to choose the right combination of VMS and VCA

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Tech Corner

As video content analytics (VCA) becomes ubiquitous, end users are faced with more and more options regarding their choice of systems. Should they opt for an open platform or choose a bundled solution? What are the implications of different technologies used in VCA? a&s looks at several issues that can help choose the right system.

End users today can choose between vendors that offer their own VMS and proprietary video analytics or a VMS vendor that integrates third party analytics. “There are credible arguments for either option but the devil is in the details,” explains Dr. Sadiye Guler, Founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based intuVision.

“For systems integrators and users, having a combined VMS and VCA solution - if nothing else - is convenient. On the other hand, having the flexibility to choose the most suitable VCA product for requirements at hand is only possible if a VMS system can integrate with multiple third party VCAs; we all know there is no silver-bullet VCA solution that suits every application,” added Guler.

OPEN PLATFORM ADVANTAGES
An open platform VMS allows for a mix-and-match approach to best answer end-user needs.

“Best of breed approaches offer more flexibility and there are many specialized VCA solutions available. VCA providers often have profound knowledge of vertical applications and offer adaptations of their VCA solutions for larger installations,” said Joacim Tullberg, Product Manager for Video Management Systems at Axis Communications.

“By choosing an independent, open platform VMS that integrates with multiple third-party video analytics, customers have many more options available than one single vendor with their own VMS and VCA could ever have - the open platform VMS even allows video analytics from multiple vendors to be used together, for example, license plate recognition (LPR) and face recognition. Another example: I have seen some customers request smoke or flame detection capabilities,” said Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager for the Americas at Milestone Systems.

Furthermore as new technologies and algorithms are developed, an open platform allows the end customer to remove one analytics vendor and replace with another that better meets their needs over time and as new innovations come to market. An open platform VMS also enables integration with multiple third-party systems like laser perimeter detection and access control software, along with the video analytics. The opportunity for end users is that they have many vendors with many capabilities to choose from.

When selecting a vendor, the end user must be very specific about what they want to do with the analytics. “For instance, what do you want to do with the LPR? Are you going to connect to the regional motor vehicle database or the national database; will you build your own database for a home owner association, or are you looking to build your own database for a hotel; is this for cars running at speed or in a parking lot; will the cameras be situated on a pole or at bumper level? All the factors will help you to select the right vendor,” added Tuinzing.

Users who buy from two vendors need to review the level and quality of the integration between the two systems. They should also explore the track record of the two vendors working together by looking at reference customers, and verify the companies' support models.

For example, “at Verint, we provide a solution from one of the best VCA suppliers, and at the same time, we take full responsibility over the integration and the pre-/post-sale support, in effect supplying a one-stop shop for our customers,” said Guy Shahmoon, Senior Director of Product Management at Verint Systems.

PROS AND CONS OF CLOSED PLATFORM SOLUTIONS
Most VMS are designed to work with their own VCA and/or third party software, however there are some advantages when the customer uses VCA from the same vendor, such as: deeper integration and a lower total cost of ownership, explained Doron Girmonsky, Head of Technology and Innovation for Security Group at NICE Systems.

When coming from the same vendor, VMS and VCA integration is more profound. More information can be used since the solution has the “internals” of the analytics, such as object parameters (size, directions, etc.), common routes, etc. From a cost perspective, the analytics can run on the same server as the VMS and does not require additional servers. Having less servers is an important cost saving factor, added Girmonsky.

The advantage for a VMS vendor who integrates with third-party VCA is that each developer is specialized in their respective field. However, full integration is not guaranteed, especially when new features and updates are introduced. Having multiple vendors in the solution poses a challenge when identifying the source of problems, stated Maor Mishkin, Product Champion of Video Analytics at DVTel. On the other hand, a potential downside of closed solutions would be that the VMS or VCA could not be switched if either had a problem, added Mishkin.

“Users who buy a solution from one vendor with proprietary VCA must make sure that the analytics solution is comprehensive and supports many types of rules, is easy to install and calibrate (this is a key factor), and provides accurate results. Customers should ensure that the company intends to continue to develop and support analytics as part of their core technology offering,” detailed Shahmoon.

End users should always seek out the combination that works best for their specific application and environment. For example, video analytics designed for perimeter security needs are very different than those that are ideal for the retail environment. When it comes to video analytics, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, so it is important for users to work closely with their integration partners to select a solution that works well for their unique needs. Also, users should feel free to evaluate various systems to ensure their chosen analytics solution is highly reliable, summarized Mishkin.

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by 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 Christian Ringler as Regional Director in EMEA

Milestone Christian Ringler as Regional Director in EMEA

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces Christian Ringler as the new Regional Sales Director for the DACH and SET territories in Europe. He is based in Munich, and reports to Milestone VP EMEA, Thomas Lausten.

“I am thrilled to be in a global company, and I am eager to experience the power surge of the Milestone partner ecosystem,” says Christian Ringler. “It is clear to me that success depends on partnerships and that open platform technology is the enabler here.”

Christian Ringler has held positions in G4S, Siemens, Panasonic and SeeTec, bringing a wealth of experience from within the physical security industry. He spent the last six years at SeeTec AG as Head of Sales and Country Manager for Germany.

“Christian’s strong experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Milestone family. His appointment is a sign of our commitment to further accelerate and expand our business in EMEA. The ever-increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and partnerships, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Christian’s caliber to fulfill this role,” says Thomas Lausten, VP EMEA, Milestone Systems.

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