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Perimeter security – what to consider in a camera

October 30th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Dome, PTZ and bullet IP cameras in front of chain link fence

Monitoring and protecting a perimeter, be a school ground or business premises is one of the most common surveillance scenarios. However, with such an array of cameras to choose from, how do you narrow down your options?

This article covers the main features to consider when purchasing cameras to protect a perimeter. Of course, budget is important too, so this guide can help you determine which features are required for your installation.

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Axis Companion – small business solutions

October 3rd, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Axis Companion range

You may have noticed the addition of ‘small solutions’ to our menu. The full title is small business solutions and it’s where you’ll find the Axis Companion range. Designed to give small businesses a straightforward, professional security surveillance system, the Companion range of cameras and NVRs can be purchased separately or as a system.

What’s in the range?

There are three recorders:

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How to migrate to Milestone XProtect plus products

September 26th, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

Essential, Express and Professional to Essential+, Express+ and Professional+

Milestone has for several years offered two different VMS systems under the XProtect product banner. These are termed the Business-Ready or Professional range (Essential, Express and Professional) and the Advanced range (Expert and Corporate).

Because these different variants look and are administered differently, as well as having different capabilities, this has always caused some confusion. Additionally, it has meant Milestone has two pieces of software to develop and support and not one.

Recently, however, Milestone has released ‘+’ variants: Essential+, Express+ and Professional+ to resolve this issue and to homogenise their offering, meaning that support becomes easier and the platform as a whole is unified, easier to develop and most importantly, can be clearer to the end user.

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Axis Camera Station Core Licence Change

September 1st, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Axis Camera Station - Core device licences for Axis, Universal for Non-Axis

The maximum device limit has been removed from Axis Camera Station 5 (ACS 5) Core device licences. This is good news as it makes ACS 5 more flexible, it simplifies the licence structure and the cost has stayed the same.

Created for small to medium sized businesses, Axis Camera Station enables companies to monitor and record from cameras and supports integration with access control and speakers, all from one interface. There’s also a mobile app, for monitoring on the go.

As with most Axis products it’s easy to set up and use, with a setup wizard to guide you through camera integration as well as smart search to make finding an incident simple.

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Milestone ‘move hardware’ bug fix available

August 31st, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Blue closed padlocks with one red open padlock

A new patch has been released by Milestone to fix a bug which occurs when the ‘move hardware’ functionality is used. The bug deletes all footage from a moved camera without generating an error, ignoring retention and evidence locks.

This effects XProtect Express+, Professional+, Expert and Corporate from version 2016 (10.0a) to 2018 R2 (12.2a). The fix for this bug is built into the next release, R3 (12.3a).

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How to select the right Milestone product

August 15th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Milestone recording software is a powerful way of analysing and acting on information from connected IP devices. This could be anything from opening a barrier to an authorised vehicle or finding footage from incident which occurred last week. As an open-platform it’s compatible with thousands of different cameras, fantastic if your system has built up over time and is comprised of different makes and models.

What can sometime stump customers is choosing the right XProtect product. There’s an array from the entry level Essential+ up to Corporate, with each one successively expanding the feature set. If you’d like a steer on which might be suitable for your organisation, read on.

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Standout PTZ with IR – Axis Q6125-LE

July 24th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Axis Q6125-LE PTZ camera

As the latest offering in the Axis Q61 series known for its feature rich solutions which work well in demanding applications – great things were expected of the Q6125-LE.
We weren’t disappointed!

As one of a small number of pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras with infrared (IR), Q6125-LE may seem at first glance to be similar to its competitors, so what does it offer to differentiate it?

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Top 5 Hikvision picks

July 23rd, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Last month, Hikvision returned to Network Webcams due to their market position and popular demand. Since we last featured them, Hikvision have now moved on to the EasyIP 2.0+ and 3.0 ranges.

We’ve picked out some of the front runners in this competitively priced range which you may want to consider on your next project.

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Number plate recognition – factors for success

July 20th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Car with detected number plate

If you’re thinking of investing in a number plate recognition system, perhaps to restrict traffic into your site, reduce losses or to analyse the frequency of visits to your premises, there are a number of factors you’ll need to consider to get a system that delivers reliable detection and information.

Known as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), License Plate Recognition (LPR) or Number Plate Recognition (NPR) is powerful technology that can help you remotely detect and log vehicles that pass your cameras.

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Securing your small business IP camera network

June 26th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Small business with padlock

If you’re looking to protect your small business by installing IP cameras, take a look at the steps below for ways to make your installation more secure. This blog covers the system set up aspect of your camera network security.

Date and time setup

Setting the right date and time at system set up ensures that your recordings show the correct time information. This makes it much easier to find and review incidents, rather than having to watch hours of footage. If you’re using a video management systems (VMS), it’s important that all parts of the system are in time sync at all times otherwise components can be prevented from functioning correctly.
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