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Milestone Consultancy projects are an important hallmark of true open platform IP video software

Milestone Systems has a Consultancy Department working full time with integration projects using a rich Application Programming Interface and an extremely well documented Software Development Kit.

COPENHAGEN – 14 January 2009. Many security companies today claim to offer open platform IP video solutions, but very few actually deliver what the security industry and end users really need. Milestone Systems has a Consultancy Department working full time with integration projects using rich Application Programming Interfaces and a very well documented Software Development Kit.

Milestone Systems has offered consultancy expertise for most of the past decade, and this service has grown considerably in size in recent years. The primary purpose of the Consultancy Department is to provide integrations to third party systems and applications, with an eye to deliver more value to end users. In addition, the constant input from customers gives useful input to feed innovations in continual product developments.

Whenever possible, the integrated solutions are built on top of the Milestone Software Development Kit (SDK), which uses Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for integrating other software or systems data with the XProtect open platform IP video management software. This activity provides constant improvement, extensions and testing of the Milestone SDK, which was launched in its first version almost five years ago.

Milestone Systems continues to be at the forefront of the convergence of IT and traditional security. With the realization of the inevitability of IP-based surveillance, many other companies have jumped on the bandwagon to offer some of its many benefits. Customers are learning, however, that certain criteria must be met in order to deliver a true open platform IP video solution that is non-proprietary: external APIs with a documented SDK and consultancy expertise, as well as training to support it. All of these are delivered by Milestone Systems, who are proving to be "The True Open Platform Company" in today's security market.

The Milestone Consultancy Department has been involved in many interesting projects that have created some of the following integrations:

  • Access control systems like Paxton, Gunnebo, Honeywell and others working together with Milestone IP video
  • Analytics software like Agent VI, Bosch, Dacolian, and an extended LPR (License Plate Recognition) solution where a License Plate blacklist can be redistributed automatically
  • Cash Register provider integrations for XProtect Transact like Wincor-Nixdorf and IBM, NordStore, InStore 2000, CheckPoint's CheckView solution, and more
  • XProtect Retail customizable solutions that integrate third party ERP systems with Milestone surveillance for retail customers like IKEA
  • Remote integrations to the Milestone Smart Client for more access to and control of the surveillance from other systems
  • Camera drivers for specific projects and Manufacturer Alliance Partners who represent leading equipment producers worldwide

"My experience with the Milestone SDK has been very positive. The solution is flexible and extremely easy to use. We are able to use our preferred development environments and operate on platforms that some other vendors do not support. In addition, remote support was top notch and our requests for enhancements to SDK components were turned around quickly," says Frank Yeh, Sr. Security Architect at IBM Global Technology Services.

"As the Milestone software is very robust and mature, and with a continuous influx of ever larger installation projects, there is an increasing need for specific adaptations," explains Paolo Blem, Manager of the Milestone Consultancy team. "We also provide training in the use of our SDK, to ensure the highest quality functionality and integrations with our video platform."

For more information contact:
Courtney Dillon Pedersen, PR & Communications Manager at +45 88 300 330.

About Milestone:
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is the leading global developer of open platform IP video management software. Milestone XProtect™ gives users a powerful surveillance solution that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in more than 45,000 customer installations. With support for the industry's widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to "video enable" organizations - reducing costs, optimizing processes, protecting people and assets. With headquarters in Denmark and eight international offices, Milestone software is sold through authorized partners in 90 countries.