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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.
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.
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.
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With 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.
Milestone launched “Milestone Care” back in July 2015 and since then, those XProtect customers that purchased Care Plus are now benefiting from being able to easily upgrade their product to the recently launched XProtect 2016 version – at no extra cost.
Milestone Care is a revamped and tiered suite of support services designed as a successor to the after-sales care provided by the old Software Upgrade Plan (SUP).
If you’re still unsure why it’s worthwhile having such a package in place or which “Milestone Care” plan is actually the most suitable, we’ve compiled a breakdown of the tiered plans on offer with “Milestone Care” and 5 reasons to protect your investment in Milestone by keeping your software updated.
Milestone’s XProtect video management software remains the market leading package for video surveillance and it’s a product that we at NW both sell and use and don’t hesitate to recommend as the go-to platform for video surveillance and recording.
XProtect’s underlying performance and feature-set has always been good (they’ve been developing XProtect now for 15 years or so), but the 2016 variants bring some welcome improvements in performance for the end user, for the operator and for the integrator.
Leading Video Management Software (VMS) provider Milestone Systems now offers their open platform software as a hardware solution in the form of the new Husky range of Network Video Recorders (NVRs). The Husky M10 NVR delivers a very similar feature set to Milestone’s XProtect Essential software, whilst the more advanced M30 and M50 units are comparable to XProtect Professional. The new Husky NVRs are worth considering if you prefer to buy Milestone-in-a-box instead of sourcing a separate PC/server.
As you are probably aware the video surveillance world is going IP. But what does ‘Going IP (Internet Protocol)’ really mean? On the face of it this change looks innocuous and some would say unnecessary. You are going from a world where video data which used to travel over coaxial cable is now travelling over CAT 5+/CAT6 Ethernet cabling, fibre, WIFI, or even 3G. It means that video can be moved, recorded, stored and managed using the same type of network infrastructure as firms use for their other computer-generated data.
We’ve just spent three days at the annual security exhibition IFSEC, taking place at the Excel in London this week. It’s a huge show and impossible to look at everything but overall the sense is that the evolution of IP-based security technologies is continuing to gather pace and analogue-based solutions have now been marginalised. I did not see one analogue camera on the show at any of the main stands, but then I was not looking for one.