Milestone XProtect Gets Smarter and More Secure

Milestone has announced the release today of  XProtect 2018 R3 video management software (VMS). With this third annual release, Milestone continues to respond to the requirements of the partner and customer community. We live in an ever-changing world, and the frequent release cycle ensures that the needs of Milestone stakeholders are rapidly met.

Integrated and enhanced Axis camera support

Many modern-day surveillance cameras are shipped with advanced analytical functions like motion detection, temperature detection and perimeter protection. These camera functions generate ‘events’ in the Milestone video software user interface. With the versatile Rules Engine in the XProtect VMS, these and other device inputs can be used to trigger actions like starting and stopping recordings, manually or automatically, sending alerts or other responses.

With the newest Milestone XProtect 2018 R3 version and Device Pack 9.9a, users can benefit from an extended event list, allowing them to make use of all the event features a camera has to offer. This improvement starts with support for network cameras from Axis Communications, enabling the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP) to work even better with XProtect.

New, more secure and improved Log Server

An important aspect in keeping a video system secure and best protected against attacks or unwanted behavior is having clear knowledge of what is happening in the system. Here the Log Server plays a vital role, storing all log messages for the entire video monitoring system. This provides information about patterns of use, access logging, system performance and administrative activities. With the XProtect 2018 R3 update, users can enjoy a new and greatly improved Log Server that provides even faster identification and documentation of historical system activities and user interactions in the system.

Besides continuously building strong software security features, Milestone has a number of initiatives in place that help secure a system against cyber attacks:

  1. Milestone CyberSecurity Development Policy: details the measures in place regarding cybersecurity in the development, deployment and integration with the XProtect portfolio of products.
  2. Milestone XProtect VMS System Security Feature Brief: outlines how XProtect VMS is secure by design and provides high protection resilience against cyber attacks.
  3. Milestone Hardening Guide: The network and physical security measures and best practices that help secure XProtect VMS against cyber attacks.


See and hear what audio can do as part of the video surveillance installation:

Additional enhancements in XProtect 2018 R3

Among the many operational enhancements in this latest release of 2018 is support for Smart Map in the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK) allowing the Milestone developer community to enhance operator awareness.

XProtect 2018 R3 is now available through the Milestone Partner community.