Millestone Hawk-i Mobile App ExaminedBy: John Honovich, Published on May 22, 2011
A new iPhone application supporting Milestone's VMSes, named Hawk-i [link no longer available], has been released. While many affordable options exist for surveillance apps generally, until now the only apps supporting Milestone's VMS were extremely expensive. This had placed Milestone, one of the most frequently cited VMS providers, at a competitive disadvantage. In this note, we examine the positioning of Hawk-i and contrast it to LexTechs Labs [link no longer available], the most commonly used Milestone mobile solution.
Here are key points about the Hawk-i mobile application:
- Developed by D-Complex who offers a series of mobile apps for other VMSes and NVRs
- Supports all paid versions of Milestone (Essential, Professional, Enterprise) except for the high end Corporate version
- Costs $64.99 per client license
- Supports live monitoring, recorded video review, PTZ controls, etc.
- Watch a series of vendor provided YouTube videos overviewing the Hawk-i application
LexTech Labs Contrast
Here are key points about LexTech Labs mobile offerings for VMS systems (such as Milestone):
- Offers 2 versions: a single user optimized offering called iRa Pro [link no longer available] and the team oriented C3 [link no longer available]
- Both versions are similarly expensive: iRa Pro is $899 per client license; C3 is $900 per user or $250 per camera (selectable by client)
- Both offerings support all paid Milestone versions including Corporate
- The C3 offering includes additional 'team' features - central management, no need to setup users or cameras on individual devices, web browser support, ease of access for outsiders/police, additional platforms such as BlackBerry
A number of key advantages stand out for both offerings:
- LexTech: Milestone Corporate support, BlackBerry support, centralized management and sharing access via web browser
- Hawk-i: Same core live and recorded video access at ~90% less cost
As such, we would expect Hawk-i to be an attractive option for small to medium size Milestone deployments that only need a few mobile clients and want to save thousands vs LexTech. By contrast, larger operations (such as campuses) who need dozens of mobile operators and want to facilitate sharing with third parties, are more likely to be willing to spend the significant premium on LexTech.
For Milestone, while many VMS vendors are now providing mobile apps for free, we believe Hawk-i will significantly reduce the competitive disadvantage their mobile offering had previously.