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Milestone IP video management software supports H.264 compression with Sony cameras.

May 7, 2008

H.264 is the newest standard in uncompromised surveillance data compression and it is supported in Sony network cameras by Milestone Systems, a leading developer of XProtect™ open platform IP video management software. This will be demonstrated at the IFSEC security industry show in the UK next week.

In Birmingham UK from 12-15 May at the Milestone Systems IFSEC stand 19171, two top range models of Sony's 7-strong line-up of Multi Codec IPELA cameras (models SNC-CS50P and SNC-DF80P) will be demonstrated with XProtect video management software that supports the new H.264 compression standard.

“These Sony models are the first commercially available network cameras with H.264 capability, and Milestone joins them on the forefront with support for such important innovations,” says Henrik Friborg, VP Strategic Partner Alliances and Co-Founder of Milestone Systems. “We have established a strong relationship with Sony over the last decade, working together to ensure synergy for best-of-breed surveillance solutions.”
"We are delighted that Milestone Systems as a leading software vendor in the security market is supporting Sony's wide range of H.264 IP cameras which includes CS-mount, mini-dome and H.264 models," added Simon Nash, Senior European Marketing Manager for Network Video Monitoring and CCTV in Sony's Professional Solutions division. "With the launch of two new PTZ cameras to be announced at IFSEC next week, Sony will have seven Multi Codec / Dual Stream cameras with H.264 support in the market."

40-50% Reduction in File Sizes
Demands in the video surveillance world are increasing for more storage and bandwidth without compromising the high frame rates and high resolutions that are desired for improved security. More effective compression methods are therefore required and H.264 is coming to the rescue.

“An H.264 encoder can reduce the size of a digital video file by more than 80% against the Motion JPEG standard while maintaining the same visual quality. Compared to the MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple Profile standard, H.264 typically achieves a 40-50% reduction in the size of a video file,” explains John Blem, CTO and Co-Founder of Milestone Systems.

The market uptake of high resolution network video cameras is growing quickly but there have been issues with the larger storage requirements that these improved images can generate. The use of the new compression standard H.264 will therefore have a significant impact on this by providing more powerful surveillance performance and much more efficient use of system resources.

“H.264 also brings with it many coding technology advancements that make it out-perform all previous video coding standards. It is therefore the current state-of-the-art offering,” adds Blem. “Video compression standards are changing with its advent: being able to maintain or even lower storage requirements while maintaining a high resolution stream is very valuable for customers.”

Milestone Systems is a global developer of open platform IP video management software. XProtect™ gives users a powerful surveillance solution that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in more than 35,000 customer installations. With support for the industry’s widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to “video enable” organizations - reducing costs, optimizing processes, and protecting assets. Milestone software is sold through authorized partners in 90 countries. Learn more at

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