From an operational perspective, retail centres like The Strand at Coolangatta in Queensland, are tough. There are multiple conflicting demands in complex environments. Surveillance must support safety, security and insurance risks, while being unobtrusive. The security upgrade at The Strand is part of an $A60 million redevelopment designed to reinvigorate Coolangatta and create a unique retail, dining and entertainment precinct.
The Strand’s video surveillance solution is managed by Milestone’s XProtect Professional VMS. The smart client interface allows operators easy management of live and recorded video, as well as control of cameras and integrated security devices. “We used an unrestricted open platform such as Milestone due to its storage facility and so that future upgrades could be made at any time and additional cameras installed when and if required,” says Chris Wadsworth of Chris-Tech Security Alarm Systems says.
Key features of Milestone XProtect include a multi-layered map function allowing users to manage cameras and security devices, and overlay buttons that intuitively control cameras, camera integrated devices and connected systems via camera views. There’s also a virtual joystick allowing easy PTZ control.
Other neat Milestone XProtect features include a single-point alarm management function, the ability to bookmark video sequences with attached notes, independent playback while viewing live video and multi-screen handling incorporating floating windows across multiple screens. Something else the system will do is email authorised users if it’s running out of recording space or there are critical failures.
XProtect also has a function called sequence explorer, which shows previews of recorded video sequences as time-based groups of drag-and-throw thumbnails that allow management to easily locate specific events during investigations. And useful for police are advanced export options with digital signature, as well as the XProtect Smart Client Player, which includes room for commentary.
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