Milestone Systems produces open platform video management software (VMS). Our customers use our software, Milestone XProtect®, to manage their video surveillance installation. Using our VMS, customers can install, monitor and manage cameras and other hardware components. Our software is IP-based, meaning that it is designed for digital cameras, and for companies making the transition from analog to digital cameras. Milestone XProtect products are designed with an open architecture, meaning they can be used with a wide variety of IP cameras, encoders and digital video recorders. Our open platform also means that third party software developers and system integrators can develop applications that work with our software.

These integrations can extend the capabilities of a surveillance system by incorporating actions like license plate and facial recognition, access control and alarm management, enabling users to manage these tasks from a centralized interface. 

Milestone XProtect® video management software (VMS) products

XProtect Essential+

Free entry-level software perfect for small single-site installations.

XProtect Express*

Designed for smaller, single site installations that require integration to other systems.

XProtect Express+

The perfect match for smaller, single site businesses that require full alarm management.

XProtect Professional*

Perfect for mid-size businesses that require a complete visual overview of the installation.

XProtect Professional+

Designed for mid-size installations that require central management of all servers, cameras and users.

XProtect Expert

Ideal for mid-size to large installations that require uninterrupted video recording.

XProtect Corporate

Designed for large-scale and high-security installations that require 24/7 operations.

XProtect software key features

XProtect VMS Products / Versions XProtect Essential
XProtect
Essential+
XProtect Express
XProtect
Express*
XProtect Express
XProtect
Express+
XProtect Professional
XProtect
Professional*
XProtect Professional
XProtect
Professional+
XProtect Expert
XProtect
Expert
XProtect Corporate
XProtect
Corporate
Key features  2019 R2 2019 R2 2019 R2 2019 R2 2019 R2 2019 R2 2019 R2
Type of deployment Single-server Single-server Single-server Multi-server Centrally managed, multi-server Centrally managed, multi-server Centrally managed, distributed sites
Licensing Free Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual
Number of hardware devices(1) per software license  8 48 48 Unrestricted(2) Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Number of cameras(3)per recording server 8 48 48 320 Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Number of recording servers per system 1 1 1 Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Maximum numbers of users Unrestricted 5 Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Customer Dashboard and Connected Services(4) Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported
Alarm Manager Yes(5) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video out via Milestone ONVIF Bridge Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual authorization (Smart Client users) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and XProtect Mobile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Secure HTTPS camera connectivity (on supported devices) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Map function Yes Yes(6) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third-party application integration and support for video analytics(7) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Video Motion Detection (VMD) with Auto adjustable VMS sensitivity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-4, MPEG 4 ASP & MxPEG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
H.265 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Active Directory support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kerberos authentication Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metadata support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Centralized management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flexible event rule engine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hardware accelerated video decoding for Video Motion Detection (Quick sync) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hardware accelerated video decoding for Video Motion Detection (NVIDIA)  –  –  –  –  Yes Yes
Edge Storage and Scalable Video Quality Recording™ Yes Yes Yes
Smart Map function Yes Yes
Media database encryption and digital signing Yes Yes
Hot- & cold-failover recording server Yes Yes
Evidence lock Yes
Supports XProtect Smart Wall Option Included
Milestone Federated Architecture™ Remote site Central/ Remote site
Milestone Interconnect™ Remote site Remote site Remote site Remote site Remote site Central/ Remote site
(1) A hardware devices is the physical unit, server or system connected to the VMS’ recording server
(2) For most installations larger than 250 cameras, Milestone recommends using XProtect Professional+, XProtect Expert or XProtect Corporate
(3) A camera is the actual camera or video source on the hardware device connected to the VMS’ recording server
(4) Requires active Milestone Care Plus coverage
(5) Limited alarm management functionality
(6) Supports a single-layer, interactive map, without alarm integration
(7) Using Milestone Integration Platform (MIP)

XProtect Product Comparison Chart

Milestone Husky NVRs

Milestone Husky X2

Everything needed to start right, for the small- to mid-market.

Milestone Husky X8

Designed to provide extreme reliability with component, storage and application redundancy, for the high-end market.

Milestone XProtect client products

XProtect Smart Client

A powerful, easy-to-use client application for the daily operations of security installations.

XProtect Web Client

An intuitive, efficient web-based interface for viewing, playing back and sharing video.

XProtect Mobile

A free viewing client app for smartphones and tablets for all Milestone products.

Milestone XProtect add-on products

XProtect Smart Wall

Displays all video data in an installation and gives a complete overview of large surveillance centers.

XProtect LPR

License plate recognition – Helps automate and optimize tasks through automatic vehicle detection.

XProtect Retail

An investigation tool to optimize store operations by identifying fraud and reducing shrinkage.

XProtect Access

Unites access control and video for monitoring and controlling access.

XProtect Transact

Helps retailers identify problems involving POS systems and ATMs, reducing shrinkage and fraud.

XProtect Screen Recorder

Provides inconspicuous screen recordings of any Windows PC or point-of-sale terminal.

XProtect Utilities

Install our free supplementary software components designed to help users easily maintain their Milestone system

Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit

Milestone Interconnect

A cost-efficient and flexible way to gain centralized surveillance across geographically dispersed sites.

MIP SDK 2016

A comprehensive tool that makes it easy to create applications for Milestone XProtect VMS.