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Beyond the datasheet: Does your CCTV system need an NVR?

October 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV system

When it comes to the storage of your video surveillance footage, a common assumption is that to do this job successfully, a network video recorder (NVR) is required.

Back in the early days of IP, NVR’s provided a familiar and straightforward storage solution for users moving away from their analogue DVR’s towards a digital CCTV system. Although it is still clear that NVR’s have a place in the market, constant developments in IP technology have resulted in alternative options to help meet a wider range of requirements and applications.

With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the options available when choosing a suitable recording and storage solution for your CCTV system.

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Why choose a Milestone Husky M20?

August 22nd, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Milestone Husky M20 network video recorderSetting up a surveillance system can often be a daunting task and with so many different video monitoring solutions to choose from, you may find yourself asking the question: ‘How can I make this job as quick and straightforward as possible?’.

Fortunately, Milestone designed the Husky M20 in response to the need for versatile video solutions that can be deployed quickly. Sitting between its two siblings (the M10 and M30) in the ‘Business-ready’ NVR range, this compact NVR packs a big punch and combines some handy features to help you get your surveillance system up and running in no time.

With the ability to power, record and efficiently manage up to 16 IP cameras – we like to think of the M20 as ‘Milestone in a box’. This means that with the purchase of just one piece of hardware, you have all the essentials required to deliver a reliable surveillance solution for your small to medium-sized business.

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Milestone XProtect Express and Professional licences and upgrades

June 15th, 2017 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Express and ProfessionalAs you may be aware, Milestone has recently added two new products to their ‘business-ready’ Video Management Software (VMS) range – XProtect Express+ and Professional+.

This is an exciting development for small to medium-sized systems because these two new products are built on the same software architecture as their more advanced variants, Expert and Corporate. Not only does this mean users benefit from extra features such as full alarm management, support for multi-layer maps, and hardware accelerated Video Motion Detection (VMD) for higher system performance, they can also easily migrate from Express+ to Professional+, Expert, or Corporate.

These new XProtect “+” products are undoubtedly the way to go for new systems – it’s a sound investment for any organisation because the VMS is scalable to meet the needs of a surveillance system that grows over time.

But what’s the situation for users running the original XProtect Express or Professional?

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How can you make your CCTV system greener?

June 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Helpful tips on making your CCTV system greener

In a recent blog we explored how easy it was to find the green credentials of the major IP camera brands we supply, in an aim to see “how green your IP camera really is”. It’s clear that most manufacturers are continuously looking at ways that they can be “greener” – from the materials they use through to their transportation options, but the end-user can make a difference too.

Recognising the impact your CCTV system can have on the environment is a challenge for everyone, but it’s worth remembering the additional benefit of reducing the energy consumption of your video surveillance system is a potential saving for your organisation.

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Securing remote access in Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

May 24th, 2017 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and XProtect Express

Milestone has changed their practice of using a default user and password in their entry-level XProtect products, Essential and Express.

This is in response to a security vulnerability that relates to customers who have enabled remote access via the mobile server on these variants of their video management system (VMS) software.

This issue only affects:

  • XProtect Essential 2.0a to 2017 R1
  • XProtect Express 1.0a to 2017 R1

No versions of Expert or Corporate are affected and none of the Husky NVRs are affected either. Professional and Enterprise (now discontinued) are only affected if they were upgraded from the entry-level products noted above.

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Milestone energise small to medium-sized systems with two new ‘business-ready’ XProtect products

May 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Milestone XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+ product range

Over the past decade, Milestone have invested heavily into research and development to ensure their ‘Advanced VMS’ XProtect products (Expert and Corporate) use the highest-performing video management engine for complex, business-critical applications. Organisations with large surveillance systems and those with more demanding technical requirements have clearly benefited from this investment.

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Milestone XProtect Essential upgrade offer ends soon

December 8th, 2016 by Nathan Mount

XProtect Essential upgrade offer

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.

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Milestone Essential v Express

November 24th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

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.

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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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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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