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Lilin starts 2013 with massive price reductions on HD security cameras

January 17th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Lilin IPD-2220ES 1080P HD dome IP cameraDuring 2012 we have seen HD 720p cameras below £200 being launched into the CCTV market. Axis, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and Lilin all joined the frame. The rapidly, ever improving, price v. performance ratio in the world of IP cameras is great news for CCTV users.

2013 has only just started and we have already seen the first HD 1080p camera dropping below the £200 mark. The trend of 2012 seems set to continue in the coming year.


Milestone users – Be aware of PMA amnesty expiry on 2nd January

December 20th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

We’d like to inform our customers that the Milestone XProtect PMA/SUP amnesty is due to end on 2nd January 2013.

Milestone recently replaced their PMA (Product Maintenance Agreement) with an SUP (Software Upgrade Plan) and with this change introduced a beneficial amnesty meaning that if you were running Milestone without a valid PMA, you could buy an SUP without having to pay for backdating the agreement. This meant great savings for Milestone XProtect users who bought XProtect without a PMA or whose PMA had expired.

That amnesty ends on 2nd January 2013.

How to license cameras offline in Milestone XProtect

October 18th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

In another of our Milestone XProtect series of how to blogs, I’ll take you through how to license new cameras whilst not connected to the Internet.

Why might you want to licence a camera offline?

Any manager of a security system needs to make decisions about how that system is connected to the network. We encounter XProtect-based security systems of all sizes and configurations. Some are connected to the Internet and some are not. XProtect’s mobile server capability would require an online connection, but if you have no need for this feature or tie your network down tightly your XProtect server may be operating offline, and in this case you’ll be licensing cameras offline.


What’s new in Axis Camera Companion v1.2?

September 21st, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Last week, Axis announced a new version of its Axis Camera Companion (ACC) software which allows small security systems to be created very quickly and in a user-friendly manner.

Aimed at the retail market, but applicable to small systems of up to 16 cameras in any sector, and touted in some discussions as a ‘VMS Killer’ (which I don’t think it is – more on this another time), the updated version includes support for audio, Corridor Format (portrait orientation) video, digital evidence features and more integration options.

So what are the changes?


Milestone release 6.0 Device Pack for XProtect software

May 3rd, 2012 by Emily

Milestone Advanced Partner logoMilestone have released their latest XProtect Device Pack. This update to the popular IP camera recording platform has added support for new IP cameras and has also corrected specific issues previously raised with certain camera models.

This system expansion and added support re-instates Milestone’s drive to maintain their position as the market leader in Video Management Software.

Unboxing Panasonic’s latest pan/tilt IP camera: The i-Pro WV-ST165

April 13th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Hot off the production line, here’s a sneak peek at Panasonic’s replacement for their popular BB-HCM715; the i-Pro WV-ST165 pan/tilt IP camera. We’ve unboxed the camera to show you what to expect.

Image of the box for the Panasonic i-Pro WV-ST165


Lilin launch iMEGAPRO range of HD IP cameras

April 12th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer


Lilin have launched a new range of HD IP cameras with HD resolutions of up to 1080p and 3 megapixels. The iMEGAPRO range is now available from Network Webcams.

The range is split into two types: Series II with 1080p and 30 frames per second (FPS), and Series III with 3MP at 15 FPS.

iMEGAPRO cameras feature Lilin’s ‘Sense Up+’ technology which attempts to combat the key disadvantages of some other HD IP cameras; namely poor low light sensitivity and motion blur. Sense Up+ does not rely on frame integration, so the problem of motion blur is overcome.


Milestone release XProtect Smart Client version 7.0

April 10th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Milestone Smart Client 7.0 banner image

To coincide with the launch of their flagship VMS XProtect Corporate 5, Milestone has announce an upgraded version of their client software: Smart Client 7.0.

The upgrade is a substantial one. Milestone have completely redesigned the application, improving usability across the application and making it easier to manage installations of all sizes. They have streamlined the interface to give instant access to live and recorded video along with customisation options allowing the user to tailor their viewing experience to match their working environments. Using Milestone Integration Platform also allows control over various types of security and business systems such as point-of-sale integration or video analytics, direct from the new Smart Client.


Panasonic i-Pro security cameras replace popular predecessors

March 28th, 2012 by Emily

The Panasonic BB-HCM715 and BB-HCM735 will soon be discontinued. Their successors are part of Panasonic’s i-Pro professional series, offering an improved feature set.

The BB-HCM715 will be replaced by the WV-ST162 and WV-ST165, providing SVGA and HD720p resolution respectively, while for outdoor environments, the WV-SW172 and WV-SW175 replace the BB-HCM735, coming with IP55-rated casing.


Axis introduce the Axis Camera Companion, an easy way to network video surveillance

March 21st, 2012 by Emily

Designed specifically to allow smaller businesses to enjoy the benefits of IP video surveillance, the Axis Camera Companion is a free software client for Axis network cameras or video encoders with SD-card support. This solution is designed for 1 to 16 cameras – perfect for retail, offices and hotels.