For improved safety and better documentation of those wearing body cameras, see what Milestone has come up with

by Brianna Crandall — September 14, 2018 — Milestone Systems, a global provider of open platform networked video management systems (VMS), has released Device Pack 9.8 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. The bi-monthly device packs contain software updates for XProtect video management to support new hardware.

Next level of support for highly mobile and body cameras

The use of body-worn cameras enables wireless documentation of events not totally covered by fixed cameras. This can improve situational awareness for safety-related incidents, but also increase safety for lone workers or document maintenance and construction work, since body cameras send real-time video feed to the Milestone VMS, giving instant alert on a situation. However, bandwidth restrictions can affect the quality of the transmitted video, limiting the investigational possibilities.

Internal storage in the body cameras can be a way to bypass this restriction, as high-quality video can be recorded internally while lower quality video is transmitted in real time to the Milestone software. When the body-worn camera is later connected to a higher bandwidth network, the recording on the device will be transferred to the XProtect System and synchronized with the recording sent in real time. The ONVIF profile G standard enables this and has now been implemented in XProtect in Device Pack 9.8 for selected models from the Milestone Camera Partners Edesix and Zepcam.

Cyber security on Axis cameras increased

Support for SRTP has been added for selected Axis cameras. Secure Real-Time Protocol (Secure RTP or SRTP) is an extension of the RTP protocol with an enhanced security mechanism. It provides encryption, authentication and integrity verification of data and messages passed through the RTP-based communication protocol.

The possibility to use SRTP has been implemented across all Axis drivers for Milestone XProtect. The implementation utilizes the smart configuration abilities of the supported Axis cameras to make it easy to activate the extra level of security.

Other highlights from this device pack

XProtect support for Bosch cameras with edge storage has been increased: media status can now be accessed by the VMS. Support for Mobotix MxActivitySensor in camera analytics has also been added to handle alarms such as motion detection from intelligent cameras. Several models of Hanwha thermal cameras are now fully supported as well, providing the Milestone community with the broadest range of thermal cameras to use.

The Milestone XProtect Device Pack 9.8 is available now for download from the Milestone website. Founded in 1998, Milestone is a stand-alone company in the Canon Group.