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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.

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Philippines have defeated all odds and will make a remarkable recovery in 2015 despite the impact of natural disasters over the past few years. Economic growth is back on track, with public-private programs that will help boost the growth of the private sector, and big events happening this year will fuel the growth for security.

This year will be a positive year for the Philippines, with a forecast GDP growth of 6.8 percent, fueled by inflow of foreign direct investment and remittances. Impacted by a string of natural disasters in the past two years, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, the Philippines still managed to achieve a 5.3 GDP growth last year. According to BDO UniBank, the biggest likely change for 2015 will be accelerated implementation of infrastructure projects under the government's public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Moreover, as the world's largest center for business process outsourcing (BPO), opportunities will present itself with more demand for security and protection for data and employees who work at unruly hours.

Uncertainty for 2016 Elections
Presidential elections will be held in 2016, which may lead to postponement of some projects. Some investors may delay key decisions till a new government is formed and wait to gauge what the future policy environment will be before launching major projects. At the same time, nearing the upcoming election, talk of more projects and activities from the government to gain more votes will hopefully turn into real projects, as growth initiatives must continue. According to Rosalie Real, Project Manager of CBR2 Marketing, “Some agencies will hurry up and purchase before elections, while others who are either indecisive or have no final requirement yet will have to wait after the election is over to continue their projects.”

According to Matthias Boehm, Country Manager of Bosch Security Systems, the elections are considered to be “hot months” in security and safety; most projects are still being rolled out, while some are put on hold.

Security Growth Benefits From Economy
The Philippines has recently been named one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, and the security industry has benefitted from this trend. “The security industry matures almost every day. As we integrate electronics to this field, the security industry then takes a bigger leap, which opens up many possibilities for surveillance, access control, finger prints, face detection, voice recognition, and building management systems (BMS), etc. If we look at it on a general basis, growth for the industry doubles every year,” said Zel A. Ortiz, Sales and MD of Alcon Philippines Technologies and Solutions.

2015 is a busy year for the country, with events that will be sure to fuel the growth of security. The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Summit will be held in Manila this year, which the country will appoint a large amount of the budget to security, as it is a main concern. “We are preparing for important visits in 2015, particularly for the APEC summit, for which reason our airports are already in the process of renovation. Entertainment facilities such as casinos and resorts are also in progress in several parts of the country, but predominantly in Manila,” said Boehm.

Also this month, Pope Francis will visit the Philippines to give blessing to the country that suffered from Typhoon Haiyan, which will urge the country to be more aware of security, and take extra precautions by upgrading their current systems at crowd drawing events during the Pope's visit. The Pope's decision to ride in an open vehicle instead of a bulletproof, enclosed "popemobile" poses as a security challenge, and the country has issued additional security forces to ensure protection, including additional soldiers and maritime security surveillance.

“No CCTV, No Permit” Fuels Growth
The policy “no CCTV, no business permit” implemented in 2014, is an essential driver for the security industry, especially surveillance growth and security awareness. With law enforced to mandate surveillance systems as part of business owners' security measures, the public will soon realize the importance of monitoring their premises that can not only deter criminal activity, but also catch culprits.

The policy is implemented in most of the major cities in the Philippines, requiring new and existing businesses to install surveillance systems on their premises in order to obtain business permits. Establishments such as banks, shopping malls, service stations, super markets, money changers, 24-hour convenience stores, schools, fast food restaurants, car dealerships, and other crime-vulnerable establishments such as jewelry and pawnshops, hotels, game and amusement establishments, and health clubs are under the ordinance to install surveillance cameras in order to continue their businesses. “The new legislations implemented by local government units all over the Philippines have definitely placed importance on security, particularly in the use of surveillance systems as a preventive measure against crime. It is now a matter of strictly implementing this policy that will define the standard for surveillance with help of video surveillance manufacturers. This way, more options will be made available to SMBs and will then spur growth in the sector,” Boehm explained.

“No CCTV, no business permit” has set the standard for surveillance systems as the policy has specified a range of requirements for surveillance placement of cameras inside and outside of the establishment, hardware requirements that are needed to record incidents and clearly identify culprits, as well as suitable storage memory that can store the footage for forensic evidence. “The policy will push surveillance growth because it can greatly reduce petty crimes in SMB sectors like supermarkets, convenient stores, etc., and at the same time it helps to contribute security in the public,” said Ortiz. Moreover, in order to push the growth of surveillance in the Philippines, education is essential to allow consumers to know what is appropriate for their requirements. “We manufacturers have to keep educating SMB customers what will be their benefit when they deploy security surveillance systems, or they will simply install no-use cameras just to meet regulation, which is not beneficial at all,” Masami Eguchi, GM of APAC at Panasonic System Communications stressed.

As growth for surveillance is fueled by the policy, business owners have started to realize the importance of video surveillance for their establishment. “Since the government issued a video surveillance requirement, most business owners at first resolve to buy cheap surveillance products just for compliance. Later on as they experience the importance and what good quality products could bring, they are adapting to change. IP cameras and HD-over-coaxial products are fast becoming popular. Consumers learn by asking about resolutions, clarity, and infrared for night viewing. The Philippine government offices, schools, private businesses will surely evolve to upgrading their system these coming years,” said Real.

Private Sector Takes the Lead
Recently, growth in the private sector has been booming with the help of PPP projects. As a result of the government's agenda in the development and implementation in infrastructure, project demand is high. “Mid-high projects have been stronger driven from the commercial sector, e.g., hospitality and gaming that needs security in their operations, which are verticals driving the security industry in the Philippines. It will continue in 2015 with commercial projects from the private sector driving forward,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales in APAC at Milestone Systems.

According to Eguchi, though the current market size in the Philippines is still small, it has extremely high growth. “Panasonic would like to contribute to the commercial sector, such as retail stores, and banking,” he added.

Projects to Improve Tourism 2015 is “Visit the Philippines” year, a campaign designated to bring in more tourism to the country, with a target to reach 10 million tourist arrivals. To promote this, there is a need to improve facilities for airports, hotels, residential, commercial, and entertainment establishments that will help bring in more tourists within the year, which will also further boost the security market. According to Tamir Ginat, Senior VP for APAC at IndigoVision, some of the big projects going on that will boost tourism in the Philippines are casinos, smart city projects, the Philippines international airport, and the Philippines light rail transit (LRT).

According to Ivan Tjahjadi, Country Manager of ASEAN at Axis Communications, “To date, the highest growth for us is manufacturing, transport and commercial projects. These industries now require more security and intelligence in their system. Integration also is a big factor since most of them have old systems running.”

Residential Boom
In recent years, various verticals have been growing, especially the residential sector which continues on its cycle of boom as a result of rising demand, capital growth, and rental yield. Developers are committed to addressing the problem on housing shortage. Lately, the trend now is to build mix-use township projects in order to house various types of establishments.

“In all these constructions, security will definitely have a big part to play in ensuring the safety of the general public,” said Boehm.

All Eyes on Philippines
All eyes are on the Philippines as it continues to grow at an optimistic pace, with the help of the BPO industry and government spending for PPP. Additionally, the “no CCTV, no business permit” policy will be a crucial factor that can help the security industry in the Philippines to grow awareness and promote growth. The Philippines will see a prosperous year as it goes on the fast track to success.

Red Hill Car Wash upgrades surveillance system with Axis

Red Hill Car Wash upgrades surveillance system with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/18/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Red Hill Car Wash is a six-bay coin-operated car wash in Hamilton, Ont., Canada. The facility sees a continual flow of traffic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Owner JJ Woodley manages the site along with three part-time employees who work during peak hours. Existing analog cameras used for security were too limited in playback capability, video quality and remote access to properly prevent vandalism and theft. Woodley needed a security solution that offered easily searchable, higher resolution images from which culprits could be quickly identified.

Solution
Fellow car wash owner and systems integrator Brian Owens recommended Axis network cameras because of their reliability and HDTV-quality video. IP video cameras were set up at multiple locations across the car wash's almost one acre lot to provide detailed views with special focus on areas such as car bays, the garage and cleaning vacuums.

Using Milestone XProtect Essential video management software (VMS) , Woodley can monitor video live and quickly search archived video captured by the 19 installed Axis network cameras. The VMS is programed to store the high-quality IP video for two weeks on a custombuilt server and accessed remotely through the Milestone Mobile app by phone or tablet for security and operational purposes.

Result
Since implementing the Axis network cameras, vandalism and attempted theft decreased by 80%, and the business had clear photographic evidence when police were called in to deal with an issue. In addition, Red Hill has been able to improve business operations by monitoring service and customer traffic, and the video has saved the carwash significant amounts of money by supplying documentary evidence for customers and regulators.

Shoring up security
Red Hill Car Wash in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 24-hour car wash with an onsite ATM. Because the car wash bays are coin-operated, the coin boxes are vulnerable to theft. Originally, the business was monitored with analog surveillance cameras, but following an attempted theft, the video quality was too poor to identify the suspect. Owner JJ Woodley knew something had to be done. Woodley turned to integrator Brian Owens, president of Brick Properties and Security, who also owns Kerman Car Wash in Grimsby, Ont. Owens recommended Woodley replace the outdated analog technology with 19 Axis network cameras and Milestone IP video management software.

For areas such as the coin-operated bays, they selected AXIS M3114-VE Network Cameras to provide detailed views in HDTV-quality 720p resolution. The vandalresistant cameras also feature a tampering alarm to alert Woodley to any attempts at disruption or manipulation. These were paired with a set of AXIS P13 Series Network Cameras to deliver detailed imaging across distances. In addition, AXIS P33 Series Fixed Dome Network Cameras record HDTV-quality video at the ATM, while a pinhole AXIS P1204 Network Camera installed inside the ATM captures anyone around or using the machine.

Combined, these cameras ensure high-quality video captures suspects' faces, clothes, and car models, as well as the front and back license plates. This selection of cameras also has the resolution needed to catch clear shots of the plates of vehicles entering the car wash, as well as in “hot spots” around the lot.

Within six months of the implementation, the cameras caught two incidents of vandalism. The clarity of the images, especially of culprits and licence plates, resulted in arrests and, in one case, restitution. Since then, such instances have dropped off 80 to 85% and continue to decline rapidly. The six car-wash bays have signs informing criminals and customers that the site is under 24-hour surveillance. “I think word gets around in the underground community that this isn't a place to mess with. There's certainly been a notable drop off in criminal activity,” Woodley says.

Clean operations, remotely monitored
Although originally intended for security, the cameras have helped make significant improvements in business operations. Instead of driving an hour to and from the lot, Woodley can now monitor operations remotely on his phone or tablet with the Milestone Mobile client. This means he can manage traffic peaks better and ensure consistent, quality service at all times. Video from the cameras in the equipment room can also help identify malfunctioning equipment, while those focused on car bays assist in assessing customer complaints. “If they say they put $3 in the machine and it didn't run, I can see immediately if they actually did so,” Woodley says.

The high-quality video has already saved the car wash money. In one instance, a customer complained his car's paint job was damaged. Time-stamped photos collected and stored through the Milestone XProtect VMS were promptly forwarded to prove the damage existed before the wash. More significantly, the video helped Red Hill avoid an incorrectly assessed regulatory fine. When city inspectors accidentally took wastewater samples from the wrong part of a system that captures oil, the car wash appeared in violation and faced a fine of $50,000 a day. Woodley provided video showing the error, and the fine was cancelled.

A bright future
Based on this success, Woodley plans a more extensive IP camera system for his next, larger car wash. He's also investigating license-plate recognition technology to track suspicious vehicles, as well as understand traffic patterns to better serve customers. “It's good to have it all locked down,” Woodley says. “People feel more comfortable and it improves our long-term reputation.”

Vicon appoints Jennifer Hones as National Distribution Program Manager

Vicon appoints Jennifer Hones as National Distribution Program Manager

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 2/16/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon Industries, a leading manufacturer of video surveillance equipment, announced that as part of their new strategic direction towards establishing a two-tier sales distribution model, Jennifer Hones has joined the company as National Distribution Program Manager.

Jennifer brings successful project and partnership program experience in the security industry to Vicon. In this new role, she will create, implement and manage new distribution programs and channel development. Jennifer’s appointment supports Vicon’s integrated merger plan with IQinVision for growing revenue and market share by strengthening its channel network.

“This is an exciting time to join Vicon, which has begun to put into place strategic plans in this fast growing field of integrated video solutions,“ said Jennifer. “Having spent the past 5 years working within a two-tier distribution model, I am excited to help Vicon implement this strategy into the marketplace, with the goal of becoming the most channel-friendly company."

Bret McGowan, Vicon Senior VP Sales, commented, “Jennifer is a natural choice for this new position, and I am confident that her experience, knowledge and leadership will successfully build and cultivate a new channel-oriented sales model that will help drive our company goals for the coming year.”

Prior to joining Vicon, Jennifer worked for Milestone Systems, Inc., most recently as their Knowledge Program Manager, and previously as the Technical Assistant to the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In these positions she researched, developed and implemented a variety of highly effective strategic projects and programs. She graduated with a Master of Arts and BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

Milestone certifies BCDVideo Nova Series on XProtect

Milestone certifies BCDVideo Nova Series on XProtect

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has now tested and reported performance component certification of BCDVideo's Nova Server and Storage Series.

IT infrastructure, server, storage and client platforms are integral parts of networked video management deployments, so any miscalculations of the server or storage requirements impact the success of a system's operation, causing system outages and downtime. To address this, Milestone worked closely with BCDVideo to ensure that their systems can be optimized for the Milestone XProtect software portfolio, helping implementations to be specified, built and delivered as optimal systems for each customer's technical environment.

The Milestone Solution Certification gives verification of the components as interoperable and optimized for performance with XProtect VMS. The certification process delivers documentation of a solution's proven maturity and quality as assurance of system integrity and differentiation from non-certified components.

“Integrators can build solutions with confidence when referencing the tested configuration data from the Milestone certification process. The documented proof describes how these video solutions operate within the parameters of the maximum performance tests," says Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems. "We have been doing integration certifications for several years, and these additions continue to build trust in Milestone solutions for both partners and customers."

Each certification project has three phases, starting with two scenarios of a benchmark test and a maximum performance test. Statistics from the Milestone XProtect Recording Servers are gathered to judge the performance as a platform for video recording. The analyzed data and findings are presented in a complete report with details on the configuration of the test system and a summary published on the Milestone website.

These tests identify that the system integrations meet minimum expected performance thresholds based on known benchmarks for best practice. The certification also measures the maximum number of cameras, at a given frame rate, resolution and codec that can be supported by the server and storage system. A summary report from the Solution Certification includes optimal configuration for a surveillance system using the Milestone XProtect VMS with BCDVideo. This contains the solution architecture, the performance results, use-case information, and detailed system configurations for the components of the combined solution.

“The BCDVideo storage solution to date is among the best VRP/NRP that Milestone has tested with the given parameters. With the video profile used for the tests, the system should easily support 150 cameras (storage limited). The system outperformed the given video simulator and testing had to stop with the given parameters: the maximum number of cameras achieved on the system was set at 150 1MP cameras at 10 frames per second and 60% video compression. It is noteworthy that this was achieved with only 32% of the system resource utilization on the BCDVideo server,” says Jeff Burgess, President/CEO of BCDVideo.

Both system integrators and end customers of this best-practice, Milestone-certified system can rest assured that their video will record and archive successfully. BCDVideo's enterprise-grade VRP solution has been designed for maximum performance on a Milestone XProtect platform with long-term value and performance in mind.

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

Editor / Provider: IHS | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Canon announced a public offer today to acquire Axis Communications. Axis is one of the world's largest suppliers of video surveillance equipment.

This is a massive development in the video surveillance equipment market. Until 2014, Canon was a small player in this market. However, back in August 2013, it revealed big ambitions when its CEO, Fujio Mitari, spoke about security cameras becoming an “important pillar” for the company and the market having “limitless possibilities for growth”. Then in June 2014, Canon acquired the world's largest supplier of video management software, Milestone Systems. Now, Canon is purchasing the world's largest supplier of network cameras. All of this shows just how seriously Canon is about expanding its interests in the video surveillance equipment market.

IHS estimates that Axis Communications was the third largest supplier of video surveillance equipment in 2014 with over 5% of a global market worth around $15 billion. Despite this, the company has faced intense competition, particularly from Chinese rivals in recent years. The largest of these, Hikvision and Dahua, have both been gaining market share faster than Axis. At the same time, the average selling price of a network camera has more than halved between 2010 and 2014.

Canon's acquisition of Axis is the latest in a number of major changes to the structure of the supply chain for video surveillance equipment. It comes just two months after Samsung Group sold Samsung Techwin. Today, the supply chain remains highly fragmented. The top fifteen suppliers account for less than 50% of revenues and there are thousands of small suppliers. Consolidation has been anticipated for some time and Canon's purchase of Axis could be just the start of a series of industry acquisitions in 2015.

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