Milestone Systems, the open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect 2017 R2. The company also states that it is meeting 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.
Support for Milestone’s integration programming platform (MIP SDK) and built-in customisation options with the rules engine enable tailored video solutions made by Milestone Partners. These can include video analytics or integrations to other systems such as 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 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,’ stated Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems. ‘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.’
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 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.
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.