Genetec to unveil new version of Security Center at ISC West 2019

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Friday, February 22, 2019

MONTRÉAL—At ISC West, in booth #26061, Genetec will unveil a new version of Security Center, the company’s open-architecture platform that unifies video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications and analytics.

With customizable live dashboards, enhanced privacy protection features, a brand-new map-driven mobile app, and new functionalities that help users actively monitor the health of their system and ensure compliance with cybersecurity best practices, version 5.8 will ensure that users can optimize their physical security environment while benefiting from greater visibility into their operations.

“Our team has been working very hard on the new version of Security Center these last few months,” Mathieu D'Arsigny, Genetec's product group director, Platform & Architecture, told Security Systems News in emailed comments. “With this release, we are aiming at making our system easier to use to allow our users to be even more efficient in their day-to-day operations.”

Security Center 5.8 will enable users to create custom dashboards that will display real-time data, such as video feeds, alarms, reports and charts in a way that is meaningful to them and their specific job function (security, operations, 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, ALPR, etc.) in one screen to gain a new perspective on the evolution of events and key metrics across their operations.

D'Arsigny told SSN that in addition to creating a simple dashboard showing the latest events from multiple reports, “You can even go a step further and create pin charts or histograms to look at the trends. Think of it as a blank canvas where you can pin devices, cameras, reports, charts, and get them to update as they occur. No need to refresh or switch between tasks!”

Security Center 5.8 will introduce a brand-new collaborative mobile app to provide operators complete access to their Security Center system when they are on the move and allow them to turn their smartphone into a valuable contributing sensor to their security system.

In addition to recording incidents, accessing nearby video, access control and ALPR 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 operations center, send in-app messages, and share live and recorded video through an intuitive, map-oriented interface.

Security Center 5.8 will also introduce a new Security Score feature to track each system’s compliance with hardening guidelines, firmware availability and updates, password strength, as well as several other dimensions of cybersecurity. Available through the built-in System Health dashboard, the Security Score will measure individual cybersecurity processes and verify they are followed by the system. This will enable users to get 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 get ahead of problems and take the necessary corrective action immediately, rather than wait to find out there is a problem when they need footage and it is not available.

The new version of Security Center will also feature enhanced privacy protection layers to help customers comply with global privacy regulations such as GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Security Center version 5.8 is expected to be available in Q2 2019.