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How to configure the new Axis C1410 mini network speaker for social distancing messaging

July 12th, 2020 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis C1410 mini network speaker - front view offsetThe Axis C1410 network mini speaker is an affordable, highly versatile little PoE-powered amplified speaker with built-in PIR for audio announcements programmed and on-demand, safety warnings, background music and much more. It opens up a lot of possibilities for practical applications, its most pertinent one at present is its use for automated social distancing and hygiene messaging at entrances of shops, workplaces and in leisure parks. Spoken social distancing reminders are more effective than just signage with people responding better to gentle reminders played at the right moments. It is an effective tool in your wider measures of minimising the risk of coronavirus spread.

Here is how to set up the Axis C1410 IP speaker to automatically play an audio clip when visitors or staff arrive at your place. We also provide a number of scenario-specific audio files for you to download and use for free.
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Monitor your buildings remotely using your Milestone Web or Mobile Clients – its free

April 6th, 2020 by Greg

Abstract image showing a CCTV network

During these unprecedented times many businesses and organisations have been forced to close their doors or have a minimal number of staff on site.

Of course, this leaves buildings vulnerable to illegal occupation, theft or criminal damage.

However, if you are using Milestone XProtect CCTV management software you will be able to monitor your buildings and property remotely using the Milestone XProtect Web Client or Mobile Client.  The majority of Milestone users normally use the Smart Client and therefore may not be aware of the existence of the Web or Mobile Client.  With many people now working away from their normal place of work these have now become very useful tools. They are included with your existing Milestone CCTV system, so there is no cost.

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CCTV camera lens guide

January 30th, 2020 by Network Webcams

Stylised CCTV camera lensIf you’re new to security cameras you may think all lenses all the same… but they’re not. This is why choosing the right one is an important consideration, as this impacts your security footage.

There are actually a wide variety of lenses which produce different scenes, known as field of view. CCTV camera lenses are designed to address specific surveillance needs.

Before we delve into your different choices, let’s go back to basics on field of view…

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Making sense of the Axis camera naming convention

January 24th, 2020 by Network Webcams

Axis network camera product name cloudAs the manufacturer of the first network camera, Axis have had a long time to get their naming convention right.

With a wide product range, they’ve adapted their naming for different sets of devices. For example, covert cameras numbering has a different meaning to their full-sized cousins.

Let’s dive into what those letters and numbers mean…

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What’s the difference between varifocal and fixed lens CCTV?

January 8th, 2020 by Network Webcams

Fixed and varifocal IP camerasOne of the most frequent questions we get asked is the reason some cameras are priced differently to others. There’s often a variety of reasons, but one of the main culprits is the lens.

In short, fixed lens cameras give a specific field of view, while the viewing angle of a varifocal is set during installation. The moving parts and lens adjustment required for varifocals increases the price of a camera.

Though, of course, there’s a little more to it than that.

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Guide to the Wisenet product naming convention

October 23rd, 2019 by Network Webcams

Wisenet product names word cloudThe Wisenet range (also known as Samsung Wisenet) has a wide variety of products which share a similar naming convention. They typically start with three letters, a dash, then four numbers and sometimes a letter or two afterwards.

Wisenet are an increasingly popular choice for customer of all budgets. So, now it felt like the right time to delve into what lies behind their product naming convention.

First thing to note is that there are different meanings for IP camera product numbers and other products. First the cameras…

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Crucial steps when installing Milestone XProtect for the first time – installation and beyond

August 13th, 2019 by Kevin Bowyer

Milestone Smart Client view of multiple cameras with a ticked checklistCongratulations you’ve purchased Milestone XProtect and have got a Software Licence Code (SLC), what do you do next?

This blog runs through the steps to get you up and running on this powerful video management software. We also cover where to look for help and how to get the best out of your system.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our pre-installation pro tips for advice on how to choose the right hardware to run XProtect on and how to set up your XProtect system. Now your hardware is ready, let’s begin.

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Crucial steps when installing Milestone XProtect for the first time – pre-installation pro tips

August 12th, 2019 by Kevin Bowyer

Milestone Husky X2 with a monitor, mobile phones and tablet showing Smart ClientAs the market leader in video management software, Milestone XProtect is packed with features to manage your security surveillance. While this is great once the system is set up, it does mean you need to think about your set up before installation so you can get the most of your software.

So, how can this be done?

The hardware system should, ideally, be designed around your actual requirements. This includes the number of cameras, resolution, frame rate, retention period and number of clients viewing live.

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What do Hikvision IP camera model numbers mean?

April 3rd, 2019 by Network Webcams

DS-2CD? against an abstract backgroundAt first glance the long Hikvision model numbers can look completely unintelligible. You’re certainly not alone if they make you scratch your head and rely on the product description instead. This guide can help you penetrate the logic behind the string of letters and numbers.

The first thing to note is that the naming convention is slightly different depending on the type of product. The letters and number in the model number mean different things for static and PTZ cameras. It will all become clearer shortly.

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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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