Milestone Systems released Device Pack 8.5 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. Released every other month, Milestone device packs contain software updates supporting new hardware. These updates are always a priority at Milestone and are evidence of the company’s dedication to enhancing the abilities of the Milestone partner community, it said.

Milestone partners have a palette of more than 5,000 supported devices for use in designing optimal solutions for theirs and Milestone’s joint customers. Partners can also provide input that enables Milestone to add device support for cameras not already supported. This feedback is quickly responded to by the Milestone development team due to the use of true open platform technology in the Milestone software.

Body-worn cameras are being used for video evidence in public safety, security and observation. These advanced devices increase safety of personnel in the field. This type of camera also improves situational awareness for command and control, provides video documentation and industrial inspection. Body-worn cameras can be used for point-of-view recording for TV and sports broadcasts.

The Zepcam body-worn camera solution is supported in Device Pack 8.5. The integration is based on ONVIF and makes it possible to view and record real-time bodycam live streams in Milestone XProtect software.

In addition, this device pack extends security options to the Milestone ONVIF driver. Now video and data can be encrypted using Transport Layer Security in Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). This is known as HTTPS and is the same security function used to keep credit card transactions safe on the Internet. This enables Milestone partners to design solutions that meet the highest demands for IT security within video applications.   

Devices from German camera manufacturer Abus; support for 60 frames per second recording; and additional features for city surveillance applications were also developed for this device pack.

Milestone works closely with device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS.

“Milestone open platform technology is again proving its value to the partner community,” said Henrik Sydbo Hansen, head of the camera partner program at Milestone Systems. “This swift implementation of body-worn cameras and ONVIF security is clear proof of our ongoing commitment to the wide-ranging and most complete device support in the market.”

The Milestone XProtect Device Pack 8.5 is now available for download from