Milestone Systems introduced its newest cloud offering, Milestone Kite VSaaS, during MIPS 2022 in Minneapolis. The new offering complements XProtect on AWS and is billed as a simple, secure and scalable video management system (VMS) for small to medium-sized businesses, where XProtect on AWS is optimized for the enterprise market. 

Milestone Kite, powered by the Arcules Cloud platform, is a simple to install, secure with automatic updates, scalable, cost-effective, and maintenance-free cloud solution, according to an announcement. It is geared for single or distributed multisite organizations that need an easy way to centrally manage all their sites in one unified system. Potential end customers include banks, retail chains, schools, residential buildings, among others. 

Kite automatically integrates access control data with incoming video data to enable access-based video verification, view camera feeds and obtain immediate situational awareness, said Andreas Pettersson, CEO of Arcules

“Arcules was created to be at the forefront of innovation with a focus on building a powerful, easy-to-use new cloud offering for smaller organizations or larger organizations geographically dispersed with satellite or remote locations,” Pettersson said. “What we’ve achieved is a cloud-native solution that is future-proof, scalable and characterized by simplicity. Milestone customers no longer need to physically visit multiple sites or spend time on maintenance, they can simply install the gateway and be done. 

Milestone Kite supports more than 6,000 camera models from over 100 manufacturers. The solution offers flexible hybrid video storage with low bandwidth needs, where video data can be stored in the cloud or at the edge, all dependent on available bandwidth. Among other feature sets, Kite delivers continuous security updates and global backup to guard against cyber threats. It has built-in people and vehicle detection, heat maps and forensic search turning the video into intelligent data to improve security and increase operational efficiency. 

“Milestone understands and recognizes the importance of offering a range of hybrid-cloud solutions to address different segments of the security market,” said Thomas Jensen, CEO of Milestone Systems. “We have been making investments in VSaaS offerings for many years to prepare for the future. As more small- to mid-sized organizations search for a cloud-based VMS that is easy to deploy, simple to use, has low bandwidth requirements, is scalable across locations, and is secure — Milestone Kite becomes the most logical choice. Milestone and Arcules have now joined forces to help serve this segment of the market.”