Milestone set to strengthen its position as the #1 VMS

Posted June 20th, 2018 by Paul Sandford

Milestone invests in developing machine learning technologyMilestone Systems is set to remain the global number 1 Video Management Software (VMS) with major investment in key technology areas, increasing its innovation capacity by 45% by the end of 2019.

From its Denmark-based Head Office, the VMS market leader announced that investment will help drive development in disruptive innovations including deep driver integration, advanced rendering, IoT, metadata sources and its own Software Development Kit (SDK). These technologies all help Milestone continue its advancement in the processing of video and data from solution partners who use neural networks, deep learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

Milestone has proudly held the number 1 position globally for the last 10 years (figures provided by business intelligence provider HIS Markit) and occupies the same position across Europe / Middle East / Africa (EMEA). This track record has been set over the last decade by Milestone Systems continually breaking new ground and consistently improving the product portfolio. This commitment to progress is among many reasons why XProtect is our go-to VMS and with Milestone making its continued commitment to innovation very clear, we expect XProtect to remain our first choice for the foreseeable future. But, what do we think the future holds for video surveillance?

The future is machine learning technologies.

The decade ahead

The Internet of Things (IoT) and AI are undoubtedly going to bring about huge changes in the next few years as video technology plays a vital role in areas beyond security such as smart buildings and cities. According to The World Economic Forum, more than one trillion sensors will be connected to the Internet by 2022, so there is no getting away from a more connected world.

There has been a buzz around AI in recent years and as impressive as some of the advancements are, the prospect of machines that can do any job a human can, doesn’t sit well with many people. Realistically, we’re a long way off software making the sort of informed decisions that a trained CCTV operator would make whilst monitoring events unfolding in real time. What is likely to have an impact sooner however, is a counterpart technology to AI known as Intelligence Augmentation (IA).

IA aims to use similar machine learning technologies to assist, rather than replace humans. We predict this is where we’ll see Milestone changing the way we use video surveillance – visual intelligence augmentation will improve the ability to detect threats early. In the future, we believe security personnel will use video surveillance to not only respond to events more swiftly but also more proactively to prevent events occurring in the first place.

This month, Milestone’s Chief Technology Officer, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen declared that “Milestone Systems wants to be part of every video installation in the world”. We’re not sure how long it will take to get to that point, but Milestone certainly isn’t holding back. What we are sure of though, is the XProtect suite of VMS products will only become more powerful and probably require more expertise to maximise its potential when deployed in the video surveillance systems of the future. Our commitment is to continue offering unrivalled XProtect expertise in the UK as we enter what will be a decade of incredible technological development.

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