Milestone Launches Smart Client Upgrade

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Milestone Systems has issued a new release of its XProtect Corporate video management software coupled with a substantially upgraded version of its Smart Client graphical user interface that makes VMS control and operation easier for rank-and-file security personnel.

Unveiled Thursday during its 2010 Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) in Hollywood and carried live worldwide via webcast, Milestone XProtect Corporate 3.1 features support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 Release 2, a server failover feature for additional redundancy, and streamlined installation and optimization procedures.

But the most significant addition to the package is Smart Client 5.0, the latest version of the XProtect graphical user interface. The upgraded interface increases the space for camera windows while reducing and simplifying menu bars and pull downs, said, Eric Fullerton, Milestone's chief sales and marketing officer, who declared it "the most user-friendly GUI on the market." The new version of the software is available now and can be downloaded from the Milestone web site.

Users can choose to display control buttons they wish to use and hide others, eliminating clutter and confusion. Users can also overlay control buttons on specific camera feeds to independently playback footage while other feeds in other windows continue to stream live. It also features a wizard-based rules system.

One new feature, dubbed Sequence Explorer, presents a series of video sequences as thumbnail images, seperated by user-defined intervals. Using this feature, a user can quickly find and jump to a recorded event, reducing investigative times. Once the event is found, the user can immediately synchronize all cameras to the same time to view all surveillance footage of the incident.

The Sequence Explorer caught the attention of Charles Wilde, president of EPS, a Milestone integrator based in Canal Winchester, Ohio. "It is easy to use for those who might not be tech-savvy," he said, adding that he looked forward to "kicking the tires" on the new release.

As VMS software becomes more feature-rich, ease of use is becoming more of a user demand, Fullerton told Security Squared after the presentation. "As new features are being added, interfaces are getting complex," he said, "Users are getting lost."

XProtect 3.1 and Smart Client 5.0 are the first of a series of enhanced products and features that Milestone has in the pipeline. Smart Client 5.0 will be supported on the upcoming release of XProtect Enterprise 7.0. said Christian Bohn, head of product management. Releases in 2010 will also emphasize ease of use and scalability, with an aim to putting integrators in a position to continue to add value to security systems they sell as their clients grow.

The company is planning to introduce a federation platform on its XProtect Corporate software by the end of the year, Bohn said. This platform, is essence a management server, will sit above isolated "islands" of VMS systems that tend to proliferate in user networks, yet provide a central management interface into all of them.

Milestone is also planning to introduce a unified interface that will streamline API integration up and down the XProtect line. Right now, the same application requires a different API or plug-in depending on whether the XProtect platform is Corporate, Enterprise, Professional or Basic+. The uniform interface, the form of a shell, will allow one API to work across all platforms. "It will have all the hooks you need to get the application done and working across all Milestone platforms and Smart Client," Bohn told Security Squared.

 


 
Milestone Systems has issued a new release of its XProtect Corporate video management software coupled with a substantially upgraded version of its Smart Client graphical user interface that makes VMS control and operation easier for rank-and-file security personnel.

Unveiled Thursday during its 2010 Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) in Hollywood and carried live worldwide via webcast, Milestone XProtect Corporate 3.1 features support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 Release 2, a server failover feature for additional redundancy, and streamlined installation and optimization procedures.

But the most significant addition to the package is Smart Client 5.0, the latest version of the XProtect graphical user interface. The upgraded interface increases the space for camera windows while reducing and simplifying menu bars and pull downs, said, Eric Fullerton, Milestone's chief sales and marketing officer, who declared it "the most user-friendly GUI on the market." The new version of the software is available now and can be downloaded from the Milestone web site.

Users can choose to display control buttons they wish to use and hide others, eliminating clutter and confusion. Users can also overlay control buttons on specific camera feeds to independently playback footage while other feeds in other windows continue to stream live. It also features a wizard-based rules system.

One new feature, dubbed Sequence Explorer, presents a series of video sequences as thumbnail images, seperated by user-defined intervals. Using this feature, a user can quickly find and jump to a recorded event, reducing investigative times. Once the event is found, the user can immediately synchronize all cameras to the same time to view all surveillance footage of the incident.

The Sequence Explorer caught the attention of Charles Wilde, president of EPS, a Milestone integrator based in Canal Winchester, Ohio. "It is easy to use for those who might not be tech-savvy," he said, adding that he looked forward to "kicking the tires" on the new release.

As VMS software becomes more feature-rich, ease of use is becoming more of a user demand, Fullerton told Security Squared after the presentation. "As new features are being added, interfaces are getting complex," he said, "Users are getting lost."

XProtect 3.1 and Smart Client 5.0 are the first of a series of enhanced products and features that Milestone has in the pipeline. Smart Client 5.0 will be supported on the upcoming release of XProtect Enterprise 7.0. said Christian Bohn, head of product management. Releases in 2010 will also emphasize ease of use and scalability, with an aim to putting integrators in a position to continue to add value to security systems they sell as their clients grow.

The company is planning to introduce a federation platform on its XProtect Corporate software by the end of the year, Bohn said. This platform, is essence a management server, will sit above isolated "islands" of VMS systems that tend to proliferate in user networks, yet provide a central management interface into all of them.

Milestone is also planning to introduce a unified interface that will streamline API integration up and down the XProtect line. Right now, the same application requires a different API or plug-in depending on whether the XProtect platform is Corporate, Enterprise, Professional or Basic+. The uniform interface, the form of a shell, will allow one API to work across all platforms. "It will have all the hooks you need to get the application done and working across all Milestone platforms and Smart Client," Bohn told Security Squared.

 


 

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