Genetec issues Version 5.8 of Security Center open architecture platform

Genetec, the technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions, has just unveiled a new version of Security Center, the company’s open architecture platform that unifies video surveillance, access control, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), communications and analytics.

Featuring customisable live dashboards, enhanced privacy protection features, a brand new map-driven mobile app and all-new functionalities that help end users to actively monitor the health of their system and ensure compliance with cyber security Best Practice, Version 5.8 will ensure that practising security professionals can optimise their physical security environment while benefiting from greater visibility into their operations.

Security Center Version 5.8 allows users to create custom dashboards that will display real-time data, such as video feeds, alarms, reports and charts in a way that’s meaningful to them and their specific job function (ie security management, operations and/or IT, etc). Users can set up their dashboards using simple point-and-click tools and instantly combine data from the entire Genetec portfolio (video, access control and ANPR, etc) in one screen to gain a new perspective on the evolution of events and key metrics across their operations.

Security Center Version 5.8 also introduces a brand new collaborative mobile app affording system operators complete access to their Security Center system when they’re on the move and allowing them to turn their smart phone into a valuable contributing sensor to their security system.

In addition to recording incidents, accessing nearby video, access control and ANPR devices as well as sharing video from their phones to Security Center, the new mobile app will let operators share their location with colleagues in the Security Operations Centre, send in-app messages and share live and recorded video through an intuitive map-oriented interface.

Shared location details

Key features of the all-new mobile app for Security Center include the following:

*Video (live and recorded playback, PTZ controls, bookmarking, time- and event-based reports)

*Access control (check door status, lock/unlock doors, override schedule, set maintenance mode, etc)

*ANPR (live reads/hits, plate reports and access ‘hot lists’)

*Interactive maps that increase local awareness and put critical information much closer to the operators, enabling them to easily visualise their environment and respond quickly

*Built-in messaging allows for the instantaneous sharing of information between operators and personnel in the field. This extends to sharing live or recorded video clips, text messages and other security information

Critical nature of security systems

System administrators are acutely aware of the critical nature of security systems, but often lack the tools to assess the potential exposure of their software, operating systems and physical security devices. Security Center Version 5.8 will introduce a new ‘Security Score’ feature to track each system’s compliance with hardening guidelines, firmware availability and updates, password strength and several other dimensions of cyber security.

Available through the built-in ‘System Health’ dashboard, the ‘Security Score’ will measure individual cyber security processes and verify that they’re followed by the system. This will enable end users to gain a better understanding of the cyber security risks they face and enable them to take the necessary steps to harden their system.

With the new KiwiVision Camera Integrity Monitor feature, the system will also automatically detect potential camera position changes, loss of image quality or tampering and alert administrators immediately. This allows them to remain ahead of problems and take the necessary corrective action on a swift basis, rather than waiting to find out there’s a problem when they need footage and it isn’t available.

The new version of Security Center also features enhanced privacy protection layers to help customers comply with global privacy regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. In addition, Security Center will help end users define and control who has access to sensitive data and footage, without slowing down investigations and incident response. Users will be able to define strict access procedures such as the ‘Four Eyes’ principle, which will ensure that firms don’t have to choose between protecting the privacy of individuals and their physical security.

*Security Center Version 5.8 is expected to be available in Q2 2019

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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