Milestone, the open platform leader in video management and recording software for security and surveillance, has announced changes to their product range affecting medium and large installations, available from May 21st 2013.
Sony has announced an extension of the warranty period from one to three years on their SNC range of network cameras and SNT series of video encoders. As from 1st April 2013, we (as Sony Certified Partners) sell all Sony network cameras and video encoders with a Three Year Advanced Replacement Warranty as standard.
Axis communications have announced the release of firmware 5.50 which will roll out soon across all of their network cameras. The new firmware adds a wide array of new and improved features designed to enhance the usability and effectiveness of IP-based security using their popular devices.
This is a significant update to their camera firmware and to their VAPIX API/SDK (affecting hardware and software integrators).
Having been in the business for more than the last 13 years, we figure we know a thing or two about a number of things: what’s likely to be a fad; which piece of high-tech is not quite mature enough for the marketplace, and which systems are coming into their own.
At this time of year, it’s always interesting to predict the big hitter developments in the industry. Here at NW Systems, we offer our predictions of what’s hot and what’s not in video surveillance and IP cameras for 2013.
We all want to live in a safe and happy place, right? We all want our fellow citizens to live in healthy and secure places, don’t we? And if we see horrible things happening to good people, we are all outraged and demand better protection for our fellow citizens. This is certainly the case in India right now.
Indian Citizens Secure Protection With IP Cameras
IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is the latest version of the Internet Protocol – the method by which devices (including those which are available publicly as websites) link together and communicate with each other. It also enables Smartphones, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and use mobile data. That little router blinking in the corner of your living room supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) wouldn’t connect to the ISP exchange circuits without using the Internet Protocol.
2013 is likely to be the biggest year yet in the switch to IPv6 for homes, business and internet providers alike.
Are you concerned by private companies and the state spying on our every move?
Do you fear our public places are becoming swamped with CCTV devices?
Or are you more interested in making sure people who commit crimes in our streets get caught; that the best video surveillance evidence can be used against them and they are prosecuted accordingly?
There has been a flurry of recent articles and features concerned with the way extraordinary developments in IP cameras mean that not only does it get easier to observe, identify and provide evidence, but that placed in the wrong hands, our privacy may be invaded.
We’d like to inform our customers that the Milestone XProtect PMA/SUP amnesty is due to end on 2nd January 2013.
Milestone recently replaced their PMA (Product Maintenance Agreement) with an SUP (Software Upgrade Plan) and with this change introduced a beneficial amnesty meaning that if you were running Milestone without a valid PMA, you could buy an SUP without having to pay for backdating the agreement. This meant great savings for Milestone XProtect users who bought XProtect without a PMA or whose PMA had expired.
That amnesty ends on 2nd January 2013.
If you are running Milestone XProtect without a valid PMA/SUP then you have until 2nd January to pick one up. After that Milestone’s official line is that SUPs cannot be backdated. i.e. If you do not have a valid SUP after this date you will not be able to purchase one and your Milestone system is at risk of quickly becoming outdated.
Importantly, customers not purchasing an SUP will NO LONGER automatically receive Device Pack updates (newly supported cameras, firmware updates, bug fixes etc) with their Milestone license. For this reason we recommend that any customer currently without a valid SUP purchases one within the amnesty period (before 2nd January) in order to get future software upgrades.
Call us now on +44(0)151 633 2111 to make use of this offer before the amnesty runs out.
The Sony SNC-EP521 is a feature-packed pan-tilt-zoom IP camera at an attractice price point. With 340° pan, 105° tilt and impressive 36x optical zoom, the camera is suited to surveillance of large, open areas.
With the current price of £588 / €735, the camera is one of the least expensive professional PTZ cameras on the market. Hundreds of pounds less than its nearest competitor, the new Sony SNC-EP521 offers incredible value with high-performance including 36x optical zoom. How well does the SNC-EP521 stand up to scrutiny?