Targeting small business, Milestone Systems offering IP security management software bundled with custom PC workstation

March 31, 2011
Powered by the HP Z200 Workstation, the platform delivers the Milestone XProtect Essential video management software preinstalled on a turnkey workstation.

Milestone Systems, a supplier of open platform IP video management software (VMS) for use in IP security applications, has expanded its product line with a pre-loaded and easy-to-configure solution called XProtect Essential NVR. Powered by the HP Z200 Workstation, the platform delivers the Milestone XProtect Essential video management software preinstalled on a turnkey workstation designed especially for those in the small business market, where fast setup and ease-of-use, proven reliability, and guaranteed support are all important.

The HP Z200 Workstation comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and Milestone XProtect Essential VMS, ready to operate with 8 or 16 video channels and up to 5 concurrent users.

"Milestone is living up to its vision of driving the convergence to IP video surveillance: we are leaving no reason for people to buy analog systems anymore. For small businesses, the choice couldn’t be easier with this guaranteed best-of-breed combination from two world leaders," says Lars Gudbrandsson, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. "With our pre-loaded software, automatic camera detection, and video configuration wizards, the surveillance is up and running in no time at all."

Via the new platform, the company maintains that the cost and time of setting up the entire installation is minimal since the software is pre-loaded with all of the storage and technical IT configurations required. All that is left to do is camera configuration, which is a snap with the built-in wizards to guide swiftly through the process. In addition to offering easy setup, XProtect Essential NVR is user friendly, with a consolidated single-management interface and search tools that make the daily operations of video surveillance easier than ever.

Milestone and HP support services for the platform include:
• Performance validated with rigorous testing
• Three-year on-site hardware support from HP worldwide
• Three-year hardware limited warranty from HP
• Software support from Milestone Systems

General availability and shipment to the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member countries is scheduled for April 14th, with global availability rolling out in 2011.

Milestone will continue to offer its entire line-up of software-only XProtect solutions, while this bundled hardware product represents the company’s focus on reaching analog users in the industry who are interested in moving to IP. Milestone cites market analyst reports that close to 75% of surveillance system purchases were still analog through 2009, and that IP solutions will increase to 50% by 2014.

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