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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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Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

May 10th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

Since the Axis M20 series was added to our store near the end of 2016, the M2025-LE and M2026-LE have proven to be a popular choice with customers seeking high quality video monitoring at a cost-effective price.

These two mini-bullet IP cameras are suitable for deployment on ceilings, walls and corners, both indoors and out. An optional recessed wall or ceiling mount can also be used for a neat and more discreet installation. The Axis M2025-LE and M2026-LE add to their versatility by featuring built-in IR at a range of 15 metres for night-time surveillance and Axis’ Corridor Format technology which ensures that the whole sensor covers the area of interest in narrow scenes (ideal for retail store aisles or office corridors).

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Axis break the mould with their P13 Series update

April 28th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis' update P13 Series with advanced features and new outdoor-ready design

Promising features such as improved light sensitivity, better image quality and higher frame rate capabilities, the new Axis P13 models look set to be Axis’ latest ‘all-rounder’ trio. The two 5MP models and 4K Ultra HD unit will all be capable of monitoring large locations and delivering smooth IP video at full frame rate. On top of this, two of the units will also feature an outdoor-ready design that is not currently seen in any other external Axis CS-mount IP camera.

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Axis’ FA Series: The new player in multi-view surveillance?

April 20th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Monitor multiple areas discreetly using the Axis FA Series

Recently showcased at ISC West 2017 in April, the new modular FA Series by Axis could provide an answer to the IP camera market’s demand for multi-view surveillance in discreet scenarios. Consisting of separately-sold sensor modules and a main unit, this interesting series will allow you to cost-effectively monitor up to four closely situated areas – using just one camera system.

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SecuritySpy DDNS changes and upgrade offer

April 6th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

security-spy-version-4

In order to support the ever-growing number of Mac users taking advantage of SecuritySpy, its creator “Ben Software” have had to make significant changes, including moving the whole system to a new faster server. Unfortunately, this means that the free DDNS service will stop working for SecuritySpy version 2.x and 3.x users after 30th April 2017.

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Bosch DIVAR IP desktop units offer powerful recording and storage solutions

April 3rd, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 and 5000 units

Following the well-received arrival of Bosch’s IP camera range to Network Webcams, we’ve now added a couple of recording and storage solutions from this premium manufacturer that are suitable for any medium sized business. The Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 and 5000 units are now available – delivering high-performance recording and storage in a neat desktop sized box to complement the extensive range of Bosch IP cameras.

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Panasonic’s Elite range features 9 ‘go-to’ choices for high-performance IP CCTV

March 21st, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Panasonic highlight 9 'go-to' IP cameras in their Elite range

Panasonic has made the task of choosing a suitable IP camera from their extensive product catalogue a little easier by creating their new Elite range. It’s an interesting collection of 9 popular models, each one chosen to deliver high performance IP CCTV that you can rely on.

Panasonic’s announcement of an Elite range piqued our interest. Which models had been picked and what were the criteria? We decided to group the feature-sets and take a closer look at just what is on offer in this newly labelled assortment.

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Using image rotation to optimise coverage and bandwidth usage

March 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Demonstrating how rotating the image is beneficial

When choosing a camera for video surveillance in narrow scenes such as long corridors, staircases, aisles and tunnels, the traditional landscape-oriented setup may not be the optimal choice. If you’re monitoring a narrow corridor or passageway, a sizeable portion of the scene is going to be walls either side, making a lot of your image redundant. The full area and resolution of the camera’s image sensor is not being fully utilised and this means that evidence of events occurring outside this limited area of coverage may be missed. These redundant sections either side of the image also consume bandwidth and storage that could really be put to better use.

This is where the ability to rotate the image proves to be very handy. This feature allows you to obtain a portrait-oriented video stream – effectively turning an HD camera’s 16:9 aspect ratio to a 9:16 aspect ratio. By filming in this orientation, you are ensuring that the whole sensor covers the area of interest, maximising coverage and eliminating bandwidth and storage waste.

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The Axis V59 series – made for live streaming

February 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Axis V59 live streaming camera

In recent years we have seen the continued growth in live streaming. This is not surprising when you think of the many benefits of live streaming for both marketing and interacting with your audience. While IP cameras are already currently used for streaming in sectors such as hospitality, leisure and tourism, we’re seeing more varied applications becoming more popular – for example, business events, Q&A’s, university lectures and sporting events.

There are a number of camera options available for live streaming, but there is something to be said about using a camera that is built for the job. For starters, you get a camera that has all the right features and is designed to produce the best results. That’s certainly been the thinking behind Axis’ V59 series.

The 2 models in the series (Axis V5915 and V5914) take the versatility of IP cameras and combine them with live production features that help you create high quality video without the broadcast-quality price tag.

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