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What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?

September 15th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and ExpressMilestone has worked hard to nurture XProtect into a mature and comprehensive Video Management Software (VMS) suite and this year they’ve been pruning their offering to promote further growth. We’ve seen the phasing out of Milestone Enterprise and now a further trim has been announced.

Starting October 10th 2016 – Milestone XProtect Go, the free VMS product will be discontinued and Milestone Essential will take its place as Milestone’s free VMS. When this happens, Milestone Express will take up its position as the entry-level product in the “paid-for” software suite.

These changes make sense in many ways and bring distinct benefits for many entry-level users, but unsurprisingly, there will be some limitations in the newly positioned Milestone Essential. It’s these limitations that need careful consideration and based on what we’ve learned so far, it appears that for many users, it may actually make more sense to use Milestone Express.

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Latest Axis firmware now supports ONVIF Profile G

September 1st, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Axis firmware supporting ONVIF Profile GAxis products using firmware 6.3 or above will now support not only ONVIF Profile S for streaming video and audio, but also ONVIF Profile G for edge storage and recording.

This is good news for anyone using an Axis IP camera with Video Management Software (VMS) that uses ONVIF standards to support Axis cameras rather than a specific Axis driver. We see this scenario sometimes with a CCTV system that has expanded over time using components from a variety of manufacturers.

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Bosch begin adding edge-based video analytics as standard

August 25th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Bosch video analyticsBosch is renowned in the world of IP CCTV for its background in engineering and the ability to create innovative products.

They’re a manufacturer that prefers to launch new technology only when they’ve been able to maximise its full potential, so when we heard they were introducing edge-based video analytics in their cameras, we wanted to know more.

There are two types of Bosch video analytics – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. You could think of these as “Standard” and “Advanced” but it’s fair to say that even the “Standard” version is feature-rich with a varied choice of intrusion, object, direction and behaviour related motion detection rules including people counting and crowd detection.

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Axis improves Zipstream with dynamic frame rate

August 24th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Zipstream with dynamic frame rate - everything you need with LESS of what you don'tZipstream has been around for a year now. In that time it’s already proven itself as a game-changing technology, able to lower bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without sacrificing important details.

Development has continued and earlier this year Axis enhanced Zipstream so it could adapt to PTZ camera movements. Now, just when you may have wondered if could get any better, Axis announced another enhancement – dynamic frame rate.

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Creating a free to use CCTV system easily with an app and no PC

August 11th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

App-based CCTV ideal for small businesses and home usersIf you’re a small business or home user seeking a simple CCTV solution, you’d probably like to be able to mount your new IP camera in a suitable location, connect it to your network and then use a free app on your mobile phone or tablet to access live video and recordings whilst on the go. That’s it – safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up and configuration. Some might call this approach “Plug and play”.

Until recently, it’s not been that easy and as a minimum, a PC was still required during the installation of the IP camera. Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app and although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.

Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach and we’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.

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Axis boost the performance of their latest high-end Q60 PTZ cameras

August 5th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Axis Q60 series PTZThe latest Q60 PTZ cameras from Axis will include features for improved performance and efficiency, ensuring this top-of-the-line series continues to be a reliable choice for demanding video surveillance applications.

The Axis Q6052/-E and Q6054/-E introduce focus recall which provides instant focus in predefined areas and the Q6055/-E comes with several Axis video analytics applications already built-in for greater efficiency and added value for the user.

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Exclusive special offer on select Hikvision 4 megapixel day & night cameras

July 26th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Hikvision DS-2CD2642FWD-I(ZS) and DS-2CD2742FWD-I(ZS) IP camerasFor a limited time this summer, we are offering an exclusive saving of £30 / €35 on the Hikvision DS-2CD2642FWD-I(ZS) and DS-2CD2742FWD-I(ZS) IP cameras.

Both cameras are true all-rounders, suited to a wide range of applications and offer a cost-effective 24/7 video surveillance solution. Each camera has essentially the same specification but different form factors – you can choose from a bullet or dome shape to best suit your needs.

These two cameras have more than enough of the basic features you need to create a high resolution CCTV system and at the special price of just £184 each, they’re unbeatable value:
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Milestone XProtect and Windows 10 – read this before upgrading

July 22nd, 2016 by Kevin Bowyer

Milestone XProtect and Windows 10With the July 29th deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade you may well be considering pressing ahead with the upgrade. Windows 10, now that most of the bugs have been worked out, is a welcome improvement in most areas, especially for non-business use.

However, if you are running the Milestone XProtect VMS on a machine that you intend to upgrade, please take a pause and read on.

Important: the only version of Milestone XProtect currently fully supported by Windows 10 is XProtect 2016.

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Latest high-end fixed domes from Axis will use new remote PTRZ to reduce installation time

July 4th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Axis Q36 series IP camera capable of pan, tilt and rollEver the innovators, Axis are always looking for ways to make the installation of their IP cameras more efficient. Having recently announced the introduction of an intelligent CS-mount lens for accurate optical adjustment during installation, Axis has now made physical adjustment of the lens even easier.

The new Q36 series will offer exceptional image quality and uniquely, remote pan/tilt/roll/zoom (PTRZ) will greatly reduce the time it takes to set the view during installation. The cameras’ PTRZ function also means that should surrounding conditions change and adjustments to the view are required, a site visit may not be necessary. Axis has also included a smart conduit connection and cable management but there’s more to these new cameras than quick and reliable installation.

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Behavioural analytics now available in Mobotix hemispheric ceiling cameras

June 22nd, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Example of Mobotix behavioural analytics U-turn eventMobotix has now made behavioural analytics available to monitor specific human and vehicular patterns of movement. Once configured, the camera can count objects or people moving in a defined corridor and the user can be notified of several different events including “Duration of stay”, “U-turn”, “Opposite direction” and “Speed”.

All Mobotix cameras have built-in analytics and although these new behavioural analytics form part of the MX Analytics suite, these new tools are only available with the c25, Q25 and S15M. This is because they’re most effective when deployed using a panoramic, top-down field of view and that typically means being mounted in a ceiling.

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