Milestone as a VSaaS

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 22, 2012

While Milestone seeks global VMS domination, many view the VSaaS market as a potential new rival that could undercut the growth and future of traditional VMS applications like Milestone's XProtect. While Milestone has talked about their VMS as a VSaaS, until now it has been fairly vague and high level. However, with the release of their Corporate 5.0 version comes the first product expansion into VSaaS. In this note, we look at the implementation, potential applications, and how it compares to competitive options.

Overview

Milestone added support for Axis One-Click integration in XProtect Corporate 5.0. This allows remotely located Axis cameras to "phone home" to an Milestone deployment, reducing installation time and complexity. This automates camera additions, eliminating the need to add cameras by IP address, and reduces network configuration needed at the remote site, since manual port forwarding setup is no longer required.

Essentially, the server registers with the Axis Dispatch service, which directs Axis cameras supporting One-Click to the XProtect server, all identified by a unique username and password. Users should refer to the XProtect Administrator's Guide (page 86) for Milestone-specific configuration details, and refer to our One-Click overview for more details on functionality.

Milestone's support for this feature is limited to their top-tier, most expensive VMS offering and cannot be added to other VMS versions, like Enterprise, Essential, etc.

This image, taken during our discussions with Milestone at ISC West, shows the location of the Axis One-Click service in the XProtect Management Client:

While this one shows configuration instructions from the Admin Guide:

Potential Applications

This integration enhances Milestone use in two key scenarios:

  • Integrator-hosted VSaaS: With this addition, Milestone Corporate could be used by integrator partners to create an in-house VSaaS solution. This would allow the integrator to resell service, installing only cameras at customers' sites, with simplified network requirements. Since no account management features are included, such as starting/stopping service, billing, etc., managing many accounts this way may become troublesome, and many integrators are not equipped with proper server infrastructure and internet bandwidth to handle these connections. However, for a handful of accounts, it may be a simple solution.
  • Private VSaaS deployments: Using One-Click, XProtect Corporate may be used by corporate customers to set up a "private cloud", eliminating recorders at remote sites. This enables multi-site deployment and remote viewing, without the ongoing costs of using a third-party VSaaS. Initial capital costs will be higher, due to server and licensing purchases. However, given typical VSaaS pricing of $10-20/month or more, camera licenses may be less expensive than ongoing VSaaS charges.

Given the limited bandwidth and potentially unreliable nature of most internet connections, the ability to continue recording at the edge during network failure is an advantage for Milestone in both these scenarios.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Competitive Comparison

Milestone is the largest VMS provider to implement Axis One-Click. Salient Systems and ipConfigure have added this integration, as well, but given Milestone's prominent market position in the VMS industry, their moves will likely have greater impact. Also, ipConfigure uses One-Click not in their core VMS offering, Enterprise Surveillance Manager, but in a separate, hosted-only solution.

Prime competitor Genetec also recently began positioning themselves as an alternative to VSaaS, using Security Center and its edge recording features to create private clouds (similar to the second deployment scenario above):

  • Edge recording support: Security Center offers the ability to record at the edge full time, reducing bandwidth needs between sites, an advantage compared to Milestone's failover-only features.
  • One-Click integration: Genetec does not offer Axis One-Click integration in Security Center, nor are there plans to implement it. This is a substantial advantage for Milestone in setting up remote cameras, as far less network configuration is required.

Future Development

We asked Milestone about the use of Axis One-Click and the future of XProtect as a VSaaS. They replied:

"The support of the Axis One-click is the first step in our remote camera connectivity effort. This is a cost-effective way of connecting remote cameras. Low installation and maintenance costs for the end user is the initial goal. Simplifying the connectivity of remote devices with the Axis one-click server is a building block toward a fully developed VaaS/MVaaS solution."

Aside from this, Milestone did not indicate future releas plans, but we will be following this development closely.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

The IP Camera Lock-In Trend: Meraki and Verkada on Jan 18, 2019
Open systems and interoperability have not only been big buzzwords over the past decade, but they have also become core features of video...
Mobile Surveillance Trailers Guide on Jan 17, 2019
Putting cameras in a place for temporary surveillance where power and communications are not readily available can be complicated and expensive....
Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
Avigilon Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 15, 2019
Since IPVM's 2017 Avigilon favorability results, the company was acquired by Motorola and has shifted from being an aggressive startup to a more...
Gorilla Technology AI Provider, Raises $15 Million, Profiled on Jan 15, 2019
Gorilla Technology is a Taiwanese video analytics manufacturer that recently announced a $15 million investment from SBI Group, saying this...
Pelco Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 11, 2019
Pelco had a significant favorability problem amongst integrators in our previous study (see 2016 Pelco results). Now, in the first edition of our...
Winter 2019 IP Networking Course on Jan 10, 2019
Today is the last day to register for the Winter 2019 IP Networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
NTP / Network Time Guide For Video Surveillance on Jan 10, 2019
Inaccurate time can lead to missing or inadmissible video, yet this topic is often overlooked, with cameras and servers left defaulted,...
Managed Video Services UL 827B Examined on Jan 09, 2019
Historically, UL listings for central stations have been important, with UL 827 having widespread support. However, few central stations have...
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial on Jan 08, 2019
H.265 support improved significantly in 2018, with H.265 camera/VMS compatibility increased compared to only a year ago, and most manufacturers...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Cable Trenching for Surveillance on Jan 21, 2019
Trenching cable for surveillance is surprisingly complex. While using shovels, picks, and hoes is not advanced technology, the proper planning,...
Milestone Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 21, 2019
Milestone's favorability moderately strengthed, in new IPVM integrator statistics over their results from 2016. While the industry has been...
Intersec 2019 Live Day 1 - Massive China Presence on Jan 21, 2019
There’s a massive presence from Chinese or China-focused video surveillance firms, chiefly Hikvision, Dahua, Huawei, and Infinova, at...
The IP Camera Lock-In Trend: Meraki and Verkada on Jan 18, 2019
Open systems and interoperability have not only been big buzzwords over the past decade, but they have also become core features of video...
NYPD Refutes False SCMP Hikvision Story on Jan 18, 2019
The NYPD has refuted the SCMP Hikvision story, the Voice of America has reported. On January 11, 2018, the SCMP alleged that the NYPD was using...
Mobile Surveillance Trailers Guide on Jan 17, 2019
Putting cameras in a place for temporary surveillance where power and communications are not readily available can be complicated and expensive....
Exacq Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 17, 2019
Exacq favorability amongst integrators has declined sharply, in new IPVM statistics, compared to 2017 IPVM statistics for Exacq. Now, over 5 since...
Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
Access Control Records Maintenance Guide on Jan 16, 2019
Weeding out old entries, turning off unused credentials, and updating who carries which credentials is as important as to maintaining security as...
UK Fines Security Firms For Illegal Direct Marketing on Jan 16, 2019
Two UK security firms have paid over $200,000 in fines for illegally making hundreds of thousands of calls to people registered on a government...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact