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This year has seen Sony raising the bar for ultra low-light network cameras to new heights and news of eight new high sensitivity models being added to the line-up in 2017 indicates this trend is set to continue.
All of the new cameras will include Sony’s cutting-edge imaging technologies and a high performance sensor – allowing them to deliver clear detail and improved visibility with excellent low-light performance.
This September, Milestone announced that starting from the 10th October 2016, Milestone XProtect Go was to be replaced by Milestone Essential as Milestone’s free VMS. This meant that Milestone Express would become the entry-level product in the “paid-for” software suite, instantly raising questions about the real impact of making Essential free.
To help customers migrate to the new system, Milestone introduced a special offer that runs until the 31st December 2016 – that wasn’t long to allow many customers to upgrade and time is running out to take advantage of this offer.
Axis has expanded and updated their Q35 fixed-dome series to include a range of advanced features such as increased light sensitivity and improved WDR capabilities. By combining these new technologies with the existing features of the Q35 range, such as IK10+ vandal-resistance and continuous operation in temperatures as low as -50°C, the new Q35 models continue to stay ahead of the pack – delivering improved IP CCTV performance in the most demanding applications.
All models in the series now include Axis’ powerful wide dynamic range (WDR) – Forensic Capture technology that ensures details are visible in both bright and dark areas. Increasing the ability to identify persons or objects in high contrast scenes like this can be particularly useful if the footage is ever required for evidential purposes. In addition to this, Axis’ award winning Zipstream technology is also supported throughout the series – providing optimal compression with preserved image quality.
On October 10th this year, Milestone replaced XProtect Go with XProtect Essential as their free Video Management Software (VMS) option for entry-level users.
Ahead of this change, we posed the question “What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?” in a blog post that highlighted the known limitations of the newly positioned product. It was clear even back then that it would actually make more sense for many users to use Milestone Express rather than Essential but, the real difference in cost was still unknown.
It’s now 6 weeks since Milestone launched the new free 8ch version of Essential and we now know more about the new annual subscription packs, the availability of key features and software updates plus the associated costs.
Milestone XProtect Essential is now a non-starter whether your CCTV system is large or small and it all boils down to one crucial element – provision of Care Plus.
The development of advanced imaging technologies and increased low-light performance has been a welcome trend in the IP camera market during the last couple of years, but it comes at a price.
Some small business users may have found cameras featuring this technology have been just beyond their budget but Axis is now bridging the price gap with their already popular P32 fixed dome series. Their newly released Mk II models deliver clear, HD resolution video in all light conditions – whilst remaining at an attractive price point.
Milestone 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.
Axis 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.
Bosch 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.
Zipstream 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.
If 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.