In the latest product update of Milestone XProtect 2019 R3 video management software, Milestone Systems introduces several new features and capabilities. These include centralised search, a new driver framework, adaptive streaming and enhanced device password management.
One of the main features of the 2019 R3 release is ‘Search’ – a new centralised search platform in XProtect Smart Client, making it possible for users to search for everything in one place. Previously, users performed several standalone searches, depending on what data they were searching for. With the new Search tool users can search for motion, alarms, events, bookmarks and other types of data, in one single place, enabling rapid and efficient video investigations.
Moreover, the new Search platform also smoothly embeds partner integrations and their analytic capabilities via dedicated filtering options. Through specific plug-ins and devices, search criteria such as line-crossing and object-in-field will be enabled directly in the Search tab, saving time and increasing efficiency.
Milestone’s Driver Framework
Milestone provides customers with support for more than 8000 cameras and devices, the widest device support in the industry. In order to allow XProtect device support to grow exponentially with the number of devices in the market, and in order to provide support for new types of devices such as IoT, Milestone introduced Milestone’s Driver Framework. The driver framework within the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (SDK) allows devices manufacturers, big or small, to develop their own drivers and provide faster device compatibility and deeper integration that goes beyond the capabilities of ONVIF.
This new feature will enable users to receive lower-resolution streams from the recording server when a high-resolution one is not required, for example when displaying video in the smart client or smart wall in window sizes smaller than a full screen. This will give users smoother viewing and a better user experience, a lower total cost-of-ownership (TCO) due to less hardware needed to decode unnecessary high-resolution video, and a better use of bandwidth that can then be utilised for other needs in the organisation.
New Device Password Management
The new Device Password Management continues XProtect’s focus on ease-of-use and enhanced cybersecurity during setup of new installations, as well as when expanding existing ones. This feature makes it possible for system administrators to manage all devices’ passwords directly from the XProtect Management Client for selected device manufacturers. In the 2019 R3 update Milestone doubled the number of supported device manufacturers and added the option to schedule future password changes according to the cadence in the organisations and their password policies, making device password management fully automatic.
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