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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 cost-efficient, easy-to-use IP video surveillance software with everything you need for a light security installation. It’s the perfect match for small businesses that primarily capture video recordings of incidents to be able to conduct post-incident investigations. Customers usually use XProtect Essential for office buildings, storefronts or shops that need video surveillance to prevent break-ins, vandalism and other security-related issues.

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Access video from anywhere

  • Three ways to access: On-site, off-site and on-the-go, enabling you to quickly identify and respond to issues.

  • Know when something needs your attention: Push notifications sent directly to your mobile device let you know when an alarm is triggered on your premises. You can go about your day with the peace of mind that if something happens, your security system will let you know.


Locate videos with ease

  • Quickly find the cameras relevant to the investigation with the interactive map function

  • Save time with efficient video search tools that help you find the exact footage you need

  • Built-in motion detection records only when necessary, making investigations easier as you only have to sort through relevant footage

Sharing video is a cinch

  • Choose any format: Export video as JPEG images, MKV, AVI and the native database format

  • Choose any medium: Easily export and share video via a media player, email or MMS

  • Choose to make it secure: Ensure your evidence stays private by password protecting database exports

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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