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XProtect Essential

XProtect® Essential

Basic to small surveillance solution

XProtect Essential is video surveillance software for small businesses, such as shops and offices, which require basic surveillance capabilities.

Entry-level IP video management software

With support for up to 26 cameras, XProtect Essential is easy and affordable open platform video management software (VMS) for single-location businesses requiring basic surveillance. It is ideal for installations that primarily capture video recordings of incidents and reactively conduct investigations. A standard viewing interface, web-based interface and mobile application provide flexible access to live and recorded video for users of all skill levels. XProtect Essential is an entry-level product that allows users to effortlessly add cameras and quickly identify video sequences with easy-to-use search tools.   

XProtect Essential is compatible with Milestone Customer Dashboard enabling resellers to system monitor installations to ensure optimal operation.


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Milestone Systems what's new

What’s new in XProtect Essential 2014

  • Simple map for a complete overview
  • Common installer simplifying the deployment process
  • Easy upgrade procedure with improved licensing flow
  • Update notification of new software releases and device packs
  • Automatic motion detection sensitivity adjustment
  • Now supports Korean language

Try a free 30-day XProtect Essential trial

Experience all the benefits of XProtect Essential and try a free trial for 30 days!


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XProtect: Easy to install

Milestone has reinvented the process of installing, configuring and using an IP video solution. With automatic configuration wizards and camera detection, it is easy to get up and running quickly with XProtect.

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XProtect: Easy to upgrade

It is easier than ever to keep current with the latest advancements and upgrade your XProtect system. When updating to a new version of the same product, the installer automatically obtains a license for the latest software version. When upgrading from one XProtect VMS to a more advanced product, re-installation of the software is no longer required. You can also see notifications about software releases and new device packs in the Management Application when the system is online.

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XProtect: Easy to maintain

The Milestone Customer Dashboard is an online system monitoring service that enables resellers to obtain real-time status updates of their customers' installations. With this monitoring system, resellers can keep track of even the simplest technical issue on a customer's installation and proactively solve it before it becomes a problem for the user.

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XProtect: Easy to manage

Milestone Interconnect™ is a unique system concept that connects all XProtect video VMS, Milestone Husky™ NVRs and Milestone Arcus™ appliances with Milestone's premium software XProtect Corporate. Milestone Interconnect is the ideal solution to centrally manage installations for a variety of industries, such as retail, transportation and monitoring stations.

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XProtect: Easy to use

Milestone continually strives to make XProtect VMS easy to use, so we offer three flexible ways for users to view surveillance: XProtect®Smart Client, Milestone Mobile and XProtect® Web Client. Depending on where you are and what features you need, you can choose the mobile device or computer you prefer to use and whether you want to access XProtect VMS on-site, off-site or on-the-go. And because all of our clients are free of charge, you can use all three or any combination of the clients based on your preferences.

Easy to setup and maintain

  • Automatic configuration wizard: A unique wizard sets up your system and removes time delays and challenges during initial XProtect VMS deployment

  • Automatic camera discovery: Automatically detects and configures new cameras that are added to an existing system, enabling users to quickly expand their installation

  • Milestone Care Plus: Includes one-year of Milestone Care Plus, which ensures users have access to future software versions of XProtect Express to take advantage of new technologies as they come to market

Immediately identify problem areas 

  • NEW – One-layer interactive map: Users can easily identify and navigate through different cameras and camera views

  • System alarms: Ensure system components are running properly with system alarms which alert when issues, such as malfunctioning cameras and storage servers, are detected

  • Remote response: Users can quickly address issues at all times with the ability to access video and respond to incidents from various locations using computers and mobile devices

  • Built-in motion detection: Cameras can record video when specific motions are detected, such as people entering the building at night

Evidence collection and export

  • Video archive: Hourly to daily archive available for playback ensures video evidence is stored and easily accessed during incident investigations

  • Smart Search: Efficiently locate video footage by searching for motion in one or more areas of video from a specific camera

  • Export options: Easily export and share video or image evidence through a media player, email and MMS

IP Cameras





Perimeter Devices

Enhance XProtect Essential with a wide range of third-party hardware

XProtect Essential works with the industry's widest choice of hardware for effective surveillance, including cameras, encoders, DVRs and joysticks.

Learn more about the Milestone ecosystem.

XProtect Smart Client

Feature-rich interface

XProtect Web Client

Web-based access

Milestone Mobile

On-the-go surveillance

Three powerful ways to view your XProtect Essential system for free 

XProtect Essential is easy to use with three free, flexible interfaces. XProtect Smart Client is the daily client interface for control over the entire installation. XProtect Web Client lets you view, play back and share video on web browsers and computers. Milestone Mobile is for viewing and controlling video from smartphones and tablets.


Free add-on software: XProtect® Screen Recorder

XProtect Screen Recorder allows you to inconspicuously capture screen recordings of any Microsoft® Windows-based PC or point-of-sale terminal to monitor transactions and train staff.

Learn more about XProtect Screen Recorder.

Milestone Interconnect connects remote sites for cost-efficient distributed video surveillance

Milestone Interconnect is a unique system concept that allows all XProtect software, the Milestone Husky NVR series and Milestone Arcus embedded appliances to be interconnected with XProtect Corporate. Milestone Interconnect provides a cost-efficient and flexible way to gain central surveillance operation across geographically dispersed sites. 

Learn more about Milestone Interconnect.

Try a free 30-day XProtect Essential trial

Experience all the benefits of XProtect Essential and try a free trial for 30 days!

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