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Why do you need Care Plus for Milestone XProtect?

June 26th, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

Computer with Milestone Care Plus for XProtectYou don’t have to have Care Plus to be able to run your Milestone XProtect video management system. However, as with all other pieces of software, you leave yourself vulnerable to weakened cybersecurity if you don’t keep it up to date. You miss out on constantly evolving features and technologies that improve the use of your system on an ongoing basis.

If you have Care Plus in place you have access to three version updates from Milestone each year, known as Release 1, 2, and 3 (or R1, R2, and R3 as Milestone likes to call them). Each of these releases includes security updates, new functionality, and improved performance, overall giving you a better, safer, and more powerful CCTV system as time progresses.


Axiscam.net – a DDNS service for Axis IP cameras – being phased-out

June 13th, 2020 by Kevin Bowyer


We learned recently of the phase-out of the highly reliable DDNS service for Axis IP cameras called axiscam.net (or Axis Internet Dynamic DNS Service). New registrations to the service were turned off in early April 2020 and all existing usage will be closed by the end of 2020.

As the announcement of the free service closure came somewhat out of the blue, our Technical Director, Kevin Bowyer, spoke with one of Axis’s technical managers to understand the motivations for ending the service.


How can IP camera technology help businesses manage in a much-changed world?

May 20th, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

Abstract technology imageBusinesses are looking for solutions to adapt to the new requirements of social distancing, improved hygiene and screening people for COVID-19 symptoms. Health and Safety protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) are being reviewed and rewritten in response to the new rules. The increased use of digital technologies is playing a critical role to businesses running their operations in new ways, home working and video conferencing being the obvious examples. We also see increased interest for IP camera technology as a key tool for adapting to the new situation.


Coming soon: Milestone XProtect on AWS

May 13th, 2020 by Kevin Bowyer

Milestone AWS cloud network imageMilestone will soon have a cloud capability to make deployment and scalability issues a thing of the past, via Milestone XProtect on AWS. The launch date is set for 9th June 2020.

Milestone XProtect is one the world’s leading video management suite of products for business, of this we have no doubt. Our earlier blog on why XProtect is our go-to VMS explains why. We have been deploying Milestone in virtualised environments for many years and the move to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an extension of this. Read more >>

Thermal cameras for Coronavirus screening – a note of caution

April 30th, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

Thermal cameras for coronavirus screeningWe have noticed some recent reports in mainstream media, including this one from the BBC, regarding the use of thermal imaging cameras for the purpose of detecting people with fever. This in the light of the possible measures organisations are investigating in preparation for controlling coronavirus spread when businesses reopen and lockdowns ease. Airports, hospitals, train stations and restaurants have been quoted as the type of environments where thermal cameras may be of use.

We are concerned that media reporting is not detailed enough and may create an impression that thermal cameras are an effective tool to fight the spread of coronavirus. They are not. At least, not in their own right.


COVID-19 Notice from NW Security Group

March 20th, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

NW Security Group logo

Updated 28th May 2020

We have adapted our operation in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we’ll be able to continue to serve you in a resilient manner. The health and safety of people inside and outside our business is central to this with our risk control measures geared towards the prevention of people falling ill or spreading the virus.

We continue to be largely operational with the latest service updates being as follows.


Milestone ‘move hardware’ bug fix available

August 31st, 2018 by Network Webcams

Blue closed padlocks with one red open padlockA 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).


Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017

January 25th, 2017 by Network Webcams

List of the Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017With a continually growing catalogue of IP cameras to choose from, it can be tricky trying to decide which camera is the best fit for your requirements. As always, our aim is to make it easier for the customer to find the right camera and we recently brought you a blog that looked back and highlighted our best selling cameras for 2016. This time, we’re narrowing the field by looking ahead and listing models that we feel have all the right attributes to make them a popular choice in 2017.

We’ve selected a variety of camera types in a broad price range, so whether you need simple monitoring for your retail store or you have more demanding surveillance requirements at a large industrial site, there’s something here of interest.


Best selling IP camera highlights for 2016

January 12th, 2017 by Network Webcams

List of the Best selling IP cameras for 2016Looking back at 2016, it was an interesting year in the IP camera market with a surge of interest in Hikvision cameras (despite some controversial press coverage on the Chinese brand) and the response of other brands to this rise in popularity. We saw brands such as Axis release a flurry of new products during the latter part of 2016 and our Bosch camera category also grew exponentially with new high quality units. New 4K resolution cameras continued to appear through 2016 and whilst the adoption of this resolution has been slow, we can see that advances in compression technology and hardware accelerated image processing is helping make 4K more viable while users wait for network infrastructure and available bandwidth to catch up.


IP camera overview videos

January 26th, 2016 by Network Webcams

IP camera overview videosWe like to make it easier for the customer to find the right IP camera to suit their needs.

If you’ve found yourself wishing you could see a particular IP camera in detail, from front to back, you’ll find our new series of 30 second overview videos provide the bite-sized summary you need.

Of course, some manufacturers already create videos of their IP cameras and we regularly share the best of these but we wanted to add some elements to our videos that we know customers are interested in, but are not often covered.

Where possible, we’ve included views of:

  • dome cameras without dome covers to reveal lens and pan/tilt mechanisms in detail
  • outdoor housing lids removed to show cable routing and the accessibility of connections
  • lens adjustment rings, I/O connections and back plates in close-up
  • articulated brackets and stands being moved through their full angles of adjustment