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Milestone Integrated Platform Symposium

03 September, 2007
IP networking is clearly the way forward for integrated security systems so ProsecurityZone went along to the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium in Copenhagen to find out what its all about.
The Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) kicked off in Copenhagen today in front of a record number of attendees who had converged on the Danish capital from 28 countries to learn more about the growing market for open IP surveillance platforms and what part they can play in it.

This is a market which Lars Thinggaard, Milestone's CEO, said is growing at an annual rate of 50% against the backdrop of the overall surveillance market which is itself growing at a healthy rate of 10%. With these kind of figures, it was no surprise to see the event well-attended by a keen audience representing the entire scope of applications which Milestone provides the platform for. These included hardware suppliers as well as vendors of such applications as video analytics and biometrics.

Milestone made it clear from the start of the Symposium that the company's goal is to become the de facto standard for open standard IP video surveillance management software. So what does this goal entail?

The whole scheme involves taking a best of breed approach to video networking by providing the means to glue together a variety of hardware including video servers, megapixel and analogue cameras and integrate them with databases, legacy systems, other security systems such as access control and applications that run on them.

As surveillance systems become more integrated and the security community become more reliant on intelligent applications to add value to the detection process, there is clearly a need for a best-of-breed approach and a dispersal of expertise throughout the supplier community. One major advocate of this approach is Jo Stark, the Digital Video Surveillance Director of IBM. Once renowned for it's "big blue" approach to marketing, the IBM of old would never have dreamt of pushing anyone else's products. Having long since adopted the best-of-breed approach to enterprise IT systems, IBM is taking the same approach to security systems by providing, as Jo Stark said, a project oriented model using their expertise and state of the art products from their partners.

In my opinion, this is the only sensible approach to building a surveillance system of any size. The industry is constantly changing, there are new demands, new regulations and a constant flood of new products from a wide variety of suppliers. Being able to pick and choose those that best suit your requirements and linking them on a non-proprietary platform makes eminent sense.
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