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Milestone’s director of sales in MEA, Peter Biltsted opened proceedings with an overview of where the company is and what we can expect of it in the coming months. The theme of his presentation, as well as the conference, was Winning Together – The Power of Partnership.
The first news on the African front is that Milestone’s local operation has expanded with the addition to the team of Wesley Trollip, a solutions engineer. We can also expect the official launch of a Milestone office in the near future and more feet on the ground in the region. This is in line with the company’s growth. Milestone has beaten the average growth rate of VMS systems, which grew at a CAGR of 21% between 2009 and 2014, by posting 28% growth over the same timeframe.
Biltsted noted that Milestone always strives to lead the market through innovation, from its first IP video management offering in 1998 to its latest Linux offering named Arcus, its Husky NVR series and its Interconnect software.
And even though some criticised the recent acquisition of Milestone by Canon as the end of the company’s open platform approach, Biltsted says the opposite is true. Milestone is still run by its own management and has an 'open platform DNA' – which is not going to change.
He ended by noting that the security market is still growing, offering significant opportunities for Milestone partners to offer services and solutions in a host of verticals. And as the transition from analogue to IP continues, Milestone partners will be able to assist customers in the transition.
As is the norm at MPOP events, Milestone held a banquet on the first evening of the conference to honour its partners. Part of the proceedings, apart from the party itself, was to hand out awards to those partners who have distinguished themselves over the course of the past year.
Read the full article for the full list of award winning Milestone Systems partners and for MPOP Africa event.