Milestone adds support for ONVIF storage
Milestone Systems has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.5 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for ONVIF Edge Storage: cameras with Edge Storage can record video directly on internal storage.
Milestone XProtect Corporate supports the intelligent use of camera-integrated Edge Storage as a complement to centralized video storage. Edge Storage can be used as a safeguard function for uninterrupted video recording in the event of network or server failure. The flexible retrieval function in XProtect Corporate helps preserve network bandwidth when retrieving recordings from the Edge Storage in the camera. This ensures transparent operation, seen from a user perspective.
Support of Edge Storage previously demanded dedicated driver programming by Milestone, working with the Camera Alliance Partners (CaPs). Milestone XProtect Corporate, for example, has been supporting Axis and Sony implementations of Edge Storage using dedicated drivers since 2012. The new implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage in Device Pack 7.5, enables Milestone partners and customers to choose devices from any camera manufacturer supporting ONVIF Edge Storage.
The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability. Milestone is constantly promoting driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to support the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.
“This is yet another testimonial of the power of open platform technology,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This rapid implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage is a clear illustration of our dedication to giving our partners the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market – now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive video enabling business by utilizing such possibilities in open platform technology. “
The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders which allow analog cameras to be connected to the VMS.
Support for 15 new encoders from Bosch, Ateme, Mango DSP, UDP Technology and ACTi has been added in this version of the Device Pack, lifting the number of supported encoders to well over 200.
The extensive encoder support in Device Pack 7.5 combines positively with Milestone’s recent change in encoder licensing which offers endsers and partners an easy and cost-effective transition from analog to IP technology. The new licensing model only demands one license per encoder unit, as opposed to the industry norm of one license per connected camera.