HAVING been
disappointed with analogue CCTV installations provided by other suppliers, the
project managers of the new re-developed Kewdale Tavern discussed CCTV options
with Zenien engineers and consultants. Zenien are contracted to the City of
Belmont for their CCTV operations and as such a partnership was developed
between the City of Belmont, Coxon Group (Kewdale Tavern) and Zenien.

Zenien had
concerns about the scalability of the originally proposed video management
software to meet the current and future requirements of the development and
surrounding expansion plans. As such Zenien (a Milestone Advanced Certified
Partner) used this opportunity to introduce the City of Belmont and Coxon Group
to the new features in newly released versions of Milestone Xprotect Video
Management Software.

Zenien designed a
system based on Axis IP based cameras, connected via Power over Ethernet with a
fibre optic backbone, Dell servers and storage solutions and Milestone Xprotect
Enterprise 7.0.

“The installation
could not have gone smoother” commented Zenien technical director, Cameron
Watts.

“The Axis cameras
worked seamlessly with Milestone and the installation was quick, hassle free
and cost effective. The electricians from Cary’s Electrical Services performed
admirably and our engineers completed the installation and configuration in
record time,” Watts said.

Zenien setup a
remote VPN connection to the servers and much of the configuration and system
tweaking was done remotely, further reducing costs and decreasing time required
on site.

“Milestone
XProtect was a pleasure to install and the new interface is fantastic. Having
the ability to search and add 30 cameras in only a few minutes was a godsend.
The H.264 support of both Axis cameras and Milestone made bandwidth management
and storage a breeze to plan and the new Milestone SmartClient 5.0 is
exceptionally easy to use and provide training on,” said Watts.

Zenien was
delighted when the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Federal Minister of Home
affairs Brendan O’Connor attended the launch event and says both were impressed
by the system and the installation.

Meanwhile, Kevin
Davidson from the City of Belmont has also been pleased with the Milestone
software and has since established Milestone as the preferred VMS for numerous
other CCTV installations Zenien is rolling out throughout Belmont and
surrounds.

Watts also lauded
Milestone’s ability to interact with many systems to provide input, alerts and
analytics.

“Milestone’s
alerting and interactivity with external systems is market leading. We can
interface Milestone with intruder alarm systems, lighting control systems,
building management and any other system that can be turned on or off when
something changes,” he said.

“Knowing that we
can extend the Milestone software with a plethora of third party add-on modules
and analytics provides us with huge scope – these installations will always fit
changing client requirements.”

Zenien says it
was impressed by existing third party Milestone modules for use with facial and
vehicle licence plate recognition and is particularly interested in a new
anomaly detection analytic module from local start-up “iCetana” using
algorithms originally developed at Curtin University.

The company plans
to roll out more sites with Milestone integrated analytics abilities in the
very near future.

“Overall, the Kewdale Tavern project was a
complete success, it re-enforced Milestone as Zenien’s video management suite
of choice, produced elated clients, will be easily scaled for future
requirements, came in well under budget and is a project that we are proud of,”
said Zenien director, Dennis Graesslin.