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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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How to license Milestone XProtect

May 22nd, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

How to license Milestone XProtect

Milestone XProtect is a great VMS platform and like any commercially-offered software it is a paid-for product which has a licensing mechanism. In the case of XProtect, licencing can be done both online (with a connection to the Internet on the server with the software installed) or offline.

The process can seem complex, but is actually quite simple. If you’ve bought your software through Network Webcams, we provide you with a guide to licensing along with your licence key (or SLC – Software License Code – as Milestone call it). This blog has been created to help you go through the registration process with ease.

There are a number of things which need to be in place before the XProtect software is installed. Let’s go through the process.
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What makes the Axis M5525-E our fastest-selling PTZ?

May 14th, 2018 by Paul Sandford

Axis M5525-E overlooking shopping centre

When the Axis M5525-E was listed on Network Webcams in October 2017, it certainly created a bit of stir; a feature-packed PTZ camera in Axis’ affordable “M” range and crucially, below the £1000 price-point. Having a PTZ camera in this competitive price bracket was a first for Axis and despite the unit being priced towards the top end, we anticipated it would be popular.

A few months on, and the M5525-E is proving to even more popular than we initially expected. We put the camera through its paces in January this year and created a demo video which has only increased the rate at which it flies off the shelves.

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Milestone fix available for potential security vulnerability

April 25th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

XProtect against a padlock

If you’ve got Milestone XProtect Corporate, Expert, Professional+, Express+ or Essential+ and it hasn’t been updated recently then your system could be vulnerable.

Milestone have advised that in certain setups where a set of specific ports are open, this can be exploited to achieve elevated user rights and/or interrupt user’s access to the system.

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5 reasons to choose a modular IP camera system

April 10th, 2018 by Paul Sandford

Modular IP camera system featuring an Axis F-series main unit and 4 sensors

A modular IP camera is comprised of a camera body (often referred to as the main unit) and one or more sensor units which each consist of a lens and image sensor, and are connected to the main unit via a cable.

The main unit typically houses the processor, any edge storage such as an SD card, plus power and network connections. The maximum resolution and angle of view for each sensor unit is determined by the combination of lens and image sensor, as it would be for a regular IP camera. Sensor units can be purchased separately from the main unit and come in a wide variety of lens and feature combinations, allowing you to put together the hardware specification that best suits your needs.

The modular approach is incredibly flexible, allowing you to easily build a standalone CCTV system, deploy cameras discreetly into tight spaces or monitor several closely situated areas in a very cost-effective way. A handful of manufacturers offer modular IP camera ranges, but the most popular by far are from Axis and Mobotix.

Here are 5 great reasons to choose a modular IP camera system.

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Dynamic DNS: is it still useful, or is it now irrelevant?

March 27th, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

Dynamic DNS

Over 10 years ago I wrote about Dynamic DNS (DDNS), asking if you really need a static IP address if you want to access your camera or CCTV system from the Internet. The answer was ‘no’, because of the ubiquity of Dynamic DNS services which were, at that time, starting to become embedded in camera firmware. Similarly, IP camera manufacturers were beginning to offer their own DDNS services which made life a whole lot easier for end users.

As DDNS is now a mature technology, is it still useful and relevant today?

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