The Record - Issue 17: Summer 2020

21 Tiger Technology launches cloud-based surveillance storage solution Architects adopt Claranet for remote working Architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s adoption of the new Teams Voice solution from Claranet helped its 500 employees to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. With significant growth in recent years, AHHM has seen a greater dispersion in staff across offices and multiple building development sites. This made collaboration on projects increasingly difficult, and the firm’s legacy telephony system could not offer the effective communication that was required. With the implementation of Teams Voice, and support from both Claranet and Intuitive Systems & Networks, the firm’s architects were able to continue working efficiently and effectively throughout the crisis. Data management company Tiger Technology and security and surveillance firmMilestone Systems have launched a Microsoft Azure-based cloud storage solution for Milestone’s video management system XProtect VMS. The Storage Bridge Plug-in for XProtect extends local storage to Azure online and archive tiers, allowing users to store large, high-resolution files and reducing costs compared with traditional on-premises hardware storage products. Henson Group provides free Teams implementation As part of its Covid-19 relief efforts, Microsoft partner Henson Group has been providing its customers with free and reduced-cost Microsoft technology implementations, including Microsoft Teams. The firm has also offered free Windows Virtual Desktop deployments and training, free Office 365 and Dynamics 365 licensing for 6 months, and financing options to delay payments during the crisis. According to Henson Group, these measures saved 1,652 people and their families from financial hardship. “Although we are operating in an unparalleled time, we remain steadfast in our commitment to be fully available to our clients and communities as we work together through these challenges,” said Greg Henson, CEO of Henson Group. Verizon delivers new Azure- based streaming capabilities Verizon Media Streaming, now on Microsoft Azure, has enhanced its ingest, encoding and content delivery network capabilities to deliver live content in 4K high dynamic range to provide customers with TV-like picture quality. Verizon Media provides a self-service dashboard for live event operators to stop and start events, trigger advertisement breaks and create clips of the event. The updated dashboard includes a new Live Event Markers capability, enabling operators to tag events of interest during any live event. It can efficiently publish this metadata alongside the video streams so that content owners can design new features for on- screen overlays and interactivity.