New release of Xprotect Business sets milestones in hardware support

Several notable breakthroughs in support of Axis, Panasonic, Sanyo and Sony.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 6 November 2003

New release of Xprotect Business sets milestones in IP surveillance hardware support.

Milestone Systems announces today a new release of their flagship software for IP based video surveillance: Xprotect Business. This release represents several notable breakthroughs in its support of new network devices from major hardware manufacturers.

Xprotect Business version 3.1c, in addition to more than 50 other hardware models from the industry's leading manufacturers, also supports the following new network devices for operating IP-based video surveillance:

- The two newest products from Axis Communications, the Axis 205 camera and Axis 2411 video server, are cost-efficient combined with dependable quality from this pioneer manufacturer of network video solutions.

- The Panasonic WV-NS320 series of network cameras are the first Xprotect supported high-end IP dome products with 360-degree Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) functionality.

- The Sanyo WB2000P and WB4000P are the first network cameras from this company to be supported by Milestone software; they provide efficient JPEG 2000 compression technique and one also offers day/night functionality.

- The Sony Z20 is a high-end fixed IP network camera that can zoom AND auto-focus, a new and unique combination in the marketplace.

Xprotect software from Milestone is designed with open architecture. This means that customers get the flexibility to choose which hardware they want to use with it. This also means that the software can be integrated with other security systems like alarms, door entry and access controls.

In addition, surveillance solutions with Xprotect software can take advantage of intelligent functions like setting the cameras to record images when triggered by motion detection, speeding up frames per second on activity for better coverage of events, controlling PTZ, and automatic alerting via email or SMS. Remote access is an option, too.

These are just some of the advantages over the old analog CCTV approach to video monitoring that required proprietary equipment. Other benefits of the digital approach that is transforming the surveillance industry include the freedom from changing and storing videotapes, or from searching laboriously through tapes for evidence. Digital surveillance over IP networks also provides the scalability to add new cameras easily at any time.

"Milestone is committed to keeping our wide choice of hardware support up-to-date with the best offerings from leading manufacturers of network video devices," states John Blem, CTO at Milestone Systems. "We're experiencing increased interest in our partner alliance activities, and are very pleased to strengthen these important relationships. It furthers our mutual business goals of providing better surveillance solutions for the end customers."