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Smart Search enhanced in XProtect 2020 R2

by Benchmark

With the latest update of Milestone XProtect VMS 2020 R2, Milestone Systems offers three new search categories and improved geographical awareness. Searching for evidence is one of the core missions of video management operations but it can sometimes become a time-consuming task. With XProtect the ambition is to enable users to work smarter by allowing them to spend less time searching and more time finding.

Milestone introduced a new centralised Search framework in the 2019 R3 software update which enabled users to search for motion, alarms, events, bookmarks and other types of data, in one single place making it quicker, easier, and more efficient to find specific video sequences. With the 2020 R1 update, the centralised search framework was expanded to include license plate recognition searches.

In the 2020 R2 update, the  framework is extended once again, to include three new categories allowing users to search through ONVIF compliant metadata. This means users can now also target their searches by searching for people/humans, vehicles and location. This provides more filtering options to work smarter and find reelvant footage.

‘With the extended centralised search framework, our customers will spend less time on searching and more time on finding,’ stated Jesper Just Jensen, Vice President Products, Milestone Systems.

The new search categories work out of the box and support any device generating ONVIF-compliant metadata. This is another benefit of the Open Platform proposition.

Often large-scale installations make use of multi-layered maps in video operations to create a visual overview of – for example – camera placements and incoming alarms. With the 2020 R2 update it is possible to visualise the centralised search results on a smart map, ensuring that the operator immediately understands where the potential incident is happening. This capability ensures complete situational awareness and enables the operator to make fast and evidence-based decisions.

The 2020 R2 release contains many more new and improved features and capabilities such as direct streaming, improved security, a new Server Configurator, new device packs and improvements to the customer dashboard.

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