Milestone gets into hardware

VMS provider to offer pre-configured NVR for those just getting comfortable with IP
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

COPENHAGEN—Marking a milestone in its history, video management solution software provider Milestone will introduce its first hardware product—a bundled NVR (with Hewlett-Packard)—called XProtect Essential NVR at ISC West this year.

“It’s a best-of-breed solution,” Lars Gudbrandsson, head of product management for Milestone, told Security Systems News. The VMS provider decided to offer this hardware product as the result of “partner requests.”

“It’s good for the 75 percent of the market that still uses analog, but is interested in IP,” he said.

“The Milestone XProtect Essential NVR is a high-performing bundled IP video management offering, designed for the small business market supporting up to 8 or 16 cameras—with our software pre-installed and pre-configured. It has advanced IP surveillance features and is easy to deploy. It’s that simple.”

“Installing partners may choose any XProtect software products or the new NVR solution, as it does not replace any other XProtect IP VMS software in the Milestone portfolio today,” Gudbrandsson said. The NVR will be available in Europe in the spring and will be released in the U.S. later in the year.

Milestone is a VMS provider. Its XProtect VMS is available in five versions ranging from a free, small-application version to enterprise and corporate versions that can be integrated with other third-party systems. In the past, JVC has offered NVRs pre-configured with Milestone’s VMS software. This is the first time Milestone has offered pre-configured hardware directly.