Breakthrough Video Performance with Intel-Milestone Development

XProtect 2016 software leverages Intel® Quick Sync Video technology to save more than 80 percent when processing video data. This dramatically increased efficiency in video system performance means that Milestone customers can now save costs on the number of client workstations required, and they can handle more high definition (HD) cameras, achieving greater video clarity and fluidity. The extra capacity can be used for handling UltraHD/4K video cameras to improve video details and more cost-efficient PCs can be used, thanks to the improved XProtect Smart Client 2016.

We worked closely with Intel for our Milestone XProtect 2016 release to take advantage of the Intel Quick Sync Video. It is integrated into select Intel processors to fluidly display video at full HD from as many as 25 cameras at the same time on a cost-effective, single-socket, four-core client PC powered by a high-end Intel Core i7 processor. That’s equivalent to showing 25 Blu-ray movies at the same time without dropping a single frame! These performance parameters make a really critical difference for the security industry.
– Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, at Milestone Systems.

Do Much More with Less

It’s increasing popular to use 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras for their heightened clarity of images. For monitoring large environments such as city surveillance, critical infrastructures, heavy traffic scenarios, crowded events, etc. 4K UHD cameras cover broader areas while retaining fine details at higher zoom levels. While the video might be seen on a relatively small screen, the 4K UHD stream lets an operator to zoom into a specific area of interest without losing image quality on the display.

However, along with this improved technology come greater demands for processing the video data. It is critical that the VMS and its clients are able to decode and fluidly show multiple 4K UHD cameras at the standard frame rates of 25/30 frames per second, as the Milestone software now does.

Milestone Collaboration with Intel    

Intel Inside logosIn testing carried out by Milestone engineers and documented in the new Intel white paper, the same client hardware could handle five times more video streams using XProtect Smart Client 2016 with the Intel capabilities for hardware acceleration, compared to the 2014 version of the client.

Computers that include Intel Quick Sync Video use the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel Graphics Technology to efficiently decode H.264 video streams. The latest version of the Milestone XProtect Smart Client capitalizes on this to achieve more than an 80 percent reduction in processor utilization. The Intel chipset and instructions decode the video stream – leaving the processor free for other tasks. This vastly reduces the operational cost of Milestone solutions and accelerates data throughput significantly.

Partnerships are important to Milestone in every facet of our business model. When this engenders innovative developments that mark leaps forward in both performance and cost savings for our customers, it is really exciting. This breakthrough was possible through the close collaboration between Intel and Milestone, and it has been a pleasure to work together to boost the XProtect Smart Client capabilities.
– Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, VP of Research, Development and Support, Milestone Systems

See the video on Hardware Acceleration in Milestone XProtect 2016.

To read more about this, check out the Intel – Milestone White Paper.

Courtney Pedersenby Courtney Dillon Pedersen, Communications Manager, Milestone Systems