Milestone Systems has released XProtect 2017 R2; plus XProtect Essential+ a free entry VMS product to the company’s portfolio.
XProtect 2017 R2
Milestone meets the increasing demand for connected business and video systems by releasing three new products – XProtect Essential+; XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+.
These new products cover installations from a few to thousands of cameras. All the products fully support hardware acceleration, where system performance can be boosted just by adding a supported graphics card that can handle the heavy lifting in decoding video, leaving room for the system to handle other tasks.
Expanding possibilities through connectivity
Support for Milestone’s integration programming platform (MIP SDK) and built-in customization options with the rules engine, enable tailored video solutions made by Milestone Partners. This could be video analytics or integrations to other systems like building management systems, financial systems or other enterprise systems.
XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+ support Milestone Interconnect, enabling these systems to be part of a larger network of video business systems.
These new products open new possibilities for the Milestone Community because they enable video service solutions targeted to each customer’s needs. If the customer has the Milestone Care maintenance service, system performance monitoring can be handled online to give all the benefits of advanced video systems with full remote operation.
“As the number one global VMS vendor, we are positioned to drive open platform innovation through the solution power of the Milestone Community. With these new products, we are giving our community a whole new range of possibilities. Milestone proactively designs for the market trends we see growing with networked systems,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.
New features in Milestone XProtect 2017 R2
As video management systems are becoming more business-critical, cybersecurity is a growing concern in today’s fast technology curve.
The XProtect 2017 R2 update also includes several security enhancements for improved cybersecurity, including securing the video recordings using strong encryption for the media database. The integrity of the recordings is ensured by digitally signing using SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm 2), an important security standard. These new features support Milestone in meeting the highest security demands of customers.
As part of the continued refining of Milestone’s software usability, audio functionality in XProtect has been enhanced. New features have also been added for handling maps to improve operational efficiency.
XProtect 2017 R2 is available through the Milestone Partner community now.
“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.
“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”
Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.
XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.
Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation.
Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organisations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.
Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:
Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile.
The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics.
Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.
Source: Milestones Systemes