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Milestone research: Video, metadata, operational intelligence

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Interesting piece of news in my inbox this morning having to do with research that VMS provider Milestone Systems (recently acquired by Canon)  is working on.

The VMS provider is working with Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University, Securitas and Nabto, on a research project that looks at using video for operational intelligence.

The news release said that Milestone is putting some of the research into practice already. From the release: “Research that is ongoing in a 3-year project to develop technological innovations is already paying off: the latest release of Milestone XProtect 2014 launched a new metadata framework that vastly improves the speed of searching and analysis with the video software. … Milestone's software manages video for security uses, but can also support and optimize activities in production, logistics, marketing, sales, healthcare, intelligent buildings, environmental control, and other analytical applications. Thanks to the XProtect open platform architecture, other companies are integrating software applications with Milestone's video management software to adapt it for particular operational needs in different business sectors.”

The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation provided funding (DKK 15 million) for the project. The goal is “to interpret the recorded video material so the content can be described automatically.”

In a prepared statement, Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, Milestone VP of R&D said:
"We are still in phase one and expect to present to the market several new solutions for searching in metadata—the framework has already been released in XProtect 2014. During the next phases, we will do research among other things on how the software can learn to distinguish between normal and abnormal activity in video images. This means video surveillance can proactively give an alert before an incident occurs, and further enable use as a business tool in many more operational scenarios. … For example, if there is an accident or an assault at a bus station, the police or security personnel can search for the exact area where the incident happened by linking GPS coordinates with the video recordings from the buses, and within a few seconds they will have the relevant recording of the offender or other people involved.”
 
The release says that the metadata technology “can also be used with mobile phones as moving security cameras where GPS coordinates and compass information can be stored with the video. Operators thereby will know precisely where the video was recorded. Used in this way, mobile phones can increase security and safety, and threatening behavior can easily be proven. The technology can also be used as evidence of pollution emissions, for resolving insurance claims, or many other applications yet to be explored.”

Canon to buy VMS provider Milestone Systems

Milestone will operate as stand-alone division; Canon committed to open platform
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06/13/2014

LONDON—Camera manufacturer Canon announced today that it will acquire VMS provider Milestone Systems. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Milestone Systems debuts XProtect 2014

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06/09/2014

COPENHAGEN—VMS provider Milestone Systems has released its XProtect 2014 VMS product suite for partners and customers.

Pro-Tec helps create ‘ring of protection’ in Minneapolis

Independent integrator provides standard Milestone system to cities, government entities all around Minneapolis
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02/12/2014

MINNEAPOLIS—A growing number of cities and some government agencies in the Minneapolis region have compatible Milestone systems that “with the flip of a switch” will enable them to share video and collaborate. This so-called “ring of protection,” was the initiative of Pro-Tec Design, an independent integrator based here.

Milestone dashboard called RMR generator for less complex projects

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02/12/2014

ORLANDO—Now that it has been vetted by major integrators on large projects, Milestone Systems is trying to get the word out that its new customer dashboard can be an RMR generator for integrators working on less complex jobs.

Milestone acquires Connex International

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11/04/2013

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Milestone Systems is purchasing all outstanding shares of Connex International, a Minneapolis-based surveillance training, certification and consulting company, Milestone announced today.

Milestone’s Husky applications: ready to use right out of the box

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09/12/2013

COPENHAGEN—Milestone Systems is introducing its Husky Series, a ready-to-use line of IP video management software, the company announced Sept. 12.

Milestone reorganized into three divisions

New Silicon Valley office opened
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04/16/2013

LAS VEGAS—Open-platform VMS provider Milestone Systems has reorganized into three business units. Milestone executives announced details of the company's new structure, which was instituted last summer, here recently at the annual Milestone Integration Platform Symposium.

Women in security and your business

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I hope you’ll make room on your ISC West calendars to attend the second annual Women’s Security Council educational session focusing on networking and career advancement for women in the security industry, which will be moderated by yours truly.

The session will take place on the first day of the show, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, from 12:45pm-1:45pm in rooms 206-207.

What can your business do to hire and retain highly qualified women?

This is one of the topics the panelists will address. And we've got three awesome security industry executives on the panel: Kelly Bonds, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Alarm Capital Alliance, Media, Pa.; Renae Leary, Senior Director, ADT Global Accounts, Boca Raton, Fla.; and Juliette Gustavsson, Head of Corporate Marketing at Milestone Systems in Copenhagen.

Kelly is responsible for increasing sales through acquisitions and driving the overall marketing and business-to-business development strategy. Renae has more than 15 years of managerial experience in strategic sales and marketing, with eight years of global responsibility. Juliette oversees brand and marketing initiatives, and is responsible for the Milestone Systems website, video, graphics and collateral teams.

Panelists will share tips, tactics, and resources with the audience and participate in a question and answer session.

And speaking of the WSC, make sure to stop by the WSC cocktail reception at the Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian on Tuesday night, March 27, between 6 and 9. Winners of the first annual WSC Women of the Year awards will be announced.

Questions about the WSC? Email Rhianna Daniels at rdaniels@compasspublicrelations.com

Milestone hires and promotes

SSN Staff  - 
03/21/2011

COPENHAGEN—Milestone Systems, a provider of open platform IP video management software, on March 14 announced new hires and promotions in North America.

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