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In his keynote speech kicking off the event, Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO of Milestone Systems said the company and its ecosystem were looking at exciting times, "where all the pieces are beginning to come together. Innovation is what drives us," he continued. "We have some 75,000 customer installations around the globe and some 25,000 software downloads over the last six months alone. Our compound annual growth rate from 1998 to 2010 has been 41 percent. We are the global number one provider of video management systems, according to recent findings from IMS Research," he added.

End-users shared their security experiences using the Milestone platform: Terry Haukom from the Minnesota Department of Transportation described how the exemplary system he designed is scaling out to assist the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area, across all first responder agencies. Sergeant Richard "Red" Buckland from Louisiana State University regaled the audience with anecdotes of student pranks and vandalism that have been resolved and reduced with the video surveillance, as well as how they manage crowded sport stadium weekends, protect valuable laboratories and more.

Robert Bentley described his consultancy and project architect work with both video and access control system implementation designs, most notably with various police organizations in Canada. Charles R. Pierce of Leapfrog Training & Consulting gave a rousing presentation on how to work with architects and engineers. Other speakers included Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications Inc. who spoke about cloud computing; Kurt Gish, president of Gish Technology; retail specialist King Rogers CEO of KRG Analytics; and Keven Marier, CEO and founder of ConneX International Inc.

Awards for outstanding performance and collaboration with Milestone Systems were also announced:

Manufacturer Alliance Partner of the Year was Axis Communications for their breadth of product line allowing the channel to pair XProtect VMS with many different user environments and deployments, increasing the use of HD technologies.

Milestone Solution Partner of the Year was BriefCam for their video synopsis technology that is tightly integrated with XProtect, and for their strategic alignments in the field that produced great results.

Distributor of the Year was Communications Supply Corp., CSC, which has embraced the video-enabling concept of the Milestone open platform and steadily increased sales year after year.

National Partner of the Year was Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), a national reseller of Milestone VMS, who have proven to be a leading revenue partner in North America, demonstrating ongoing commitment from corporate to local branches.

Regional Partner of the Year was Convergint Houston, who achieved the highest single branch revenue in the country for Milestone Systems.

Installation of the Year went to Stone Security for their comprehensive work with a global religious organization, leveraging Milestone's integration with Lenel OnGuard access control.

Software Puts Surveillance in Real Terms For Users

Want to avoid that glazed-over look when trying to explain pixels per foot on target to potential customers? A new software application offers hope.

End-users need to know exactly what they will be getting, aka, what the specification will 'look' like, with their camera installation but explaining it can be a challenge. A new visual acuity software application from Gish Technology Inc., Indianapolis, a video surveillance consulting and software company, has been about 12 months in the making and now just released.

According to Kurt Gish, president of Gish Technology and recent speaker at the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium 2011, the Video Surveillance Calculator, called vsCalc(tm) is available for $9.95 at the Apple App Store, listed under reference utilities.

Gish wrote the application, compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and with Android and Windows functionality under way and set for release this Spring. The appropriately named Gish Index is a visual acuity reference for video surveillance that identifies usable and unusable picture quality, focusing on three parameters: detection, recognition and identification.

Application indicates field of view, angle of view, focal length

"Rather than try to explain to potential end-users or customers terms such as pixels per foot on target, the application is capable of showing exactly what the visual acuity will be, based on certain parameters," Gish said.

The intuitive calculator involves four on-screen steps: