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Who else wants to know if their VMS system is working today?

With the Boring Toolbox, Milestone VMS Administrators can customize and automate alerts and notifications to monitor their security system's health and reduce false positives.

Monitoring your video security system’s health is one of the biggest challenges Security Engineers, like yourself, face in managing their Milestone VMS. When it comes down to the important moments, the last thing you want to worry about is if your camera is functioning properly, recording viewable footage, or got the incident in frame.

How do you currently monitor the health of your video surveillance system?

Sure, you may have checked to see if all of your cameras in your network were “online” but you and I both know that doesn’t mean they are all providing video to your Milestone VMS.

Unfortunately, standard IT monitoring tools only ping the cameras to know if they are “online.” However, there are occasions that the “online” indicator is no more than a facade and, in fact, your “online” cameras might not be sending video streams to your Milestone system at all.

When there doesn’t seem to be a viable solution and the good ol’ fashion manual way just won’t work, the issue often gets filed as a problem for Future You.

Your company’s security is far too important to rely on a ‘set it and forget it’ approach.

Monitoring of your VMS is crucial to ensure your system is functioning properly to protect your company from financial or physical damage.

Video surveillance is the most concrete security measure you can take to reduce your liability and protect your property, employees, and business. 

No matter what industry your business is in, you had concrete reasons to implement a video surveillance system. 

Whether your security measures are intended to:

  • Protect your property
  • Protect your employees
  • Protect your customers
  • Reduce liability
  • Document incidents
  • Collect data
  • Or anything else

One thing is certain, if the video is not there when you need it most, then your intentions are irrelevant and your time and resources are being wasted on a system that isn’t helping you protect your assets.

The Boring Toolbox from The Boring Lab is the only integrated solution that was designed exclusively to solve the challenges VMS Admins experience using Milestone XProtect.

Given the existing limitations of the system, you need an integrated solution that:

  • Monitors the VMS to audit if video streams are successfully being provided to the Milestone on a camera-by-camera basis.
  • Monitors the servers which record the cameras
  • Sends valuable, actionable notifications when issues do occur

The Boring Toolbox allows you to be proactive in monitoring your security system’s health by giving you more visibility into each element of your VMS.

Instead of using an IT tool to merely check if the camera is “online,” The Boring Toolbox listens to events from the Milestone XProtect VMS, to verify if the system is receiving a video stream from each camera as well as if there are any issues with your servers.

If a camera stream or recording server ever stops functioning properly,  Boring will send a notification alerting you immediately as well as when operations return to normal.

By applying a threshold, the Boring solution reduces the possibility of false positives and maximizes the value of each notification you receive.

Receiving problem and resolution alerts can help you prioritize:

  • Problem-solving issues that occurred in the middle of the night
  • Addressing temporary issues such as network switch maintenance, network latency, or intermittent loss of connectivity.
  • Notification overwhelm
  • Real problems, not ones that solved themselves

With the Boring Toolbox, you won’t have to wake up one more day wondering if your VMS system is working properly.