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Genetec to unveil hot new features for Security Center 5.4 at ASIS

US – IP security solutions manufacturer Genetec will attend the ASIS 2015 seminar in California this September to unveil new features for Security Center 5.4, its unified security platform that combines access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) and video surveillance.

This latest release will introduce advanced logical security and video encryption mechanisms, support for the H.265 video compression standard, and the next-generation of the Plan Manager mapping module. Security Center 5.4 is expected to be available end of 2015 through Genetec Channel Partners.

Security Center 5.4 will introduce security threat countermeasures, including new authentication and encryption methods to ensure that only authorised personnel can access their security system. To mitigate the risk of cyber-threats, such as man-in-the-middle attacks, organisations will be able to implement digital certificates to guarantee trust within the system and implement new levels of encrypted communications between all Security Center components.

By establishing a secure and trusted connection, Security Center will be able to authenticate communications within the system, validating and ensuring that data and video are not exchanged with outside sources. This latest release will also allow organisations to leverage specialized third-party claims services, including Active Directory Federation Services, to authenticate and manage Security Center user credentials.

New video encryption methods in Security Center 5.4 will offer advanced capabilities to ensure that live video streams and archived video can only be viewed by authenticated users, and cannot be shared with unauthorized individuals. Leveraging either AES-256 or RSA encryption standards, Security Center 5.4 will protect recorded streams, maintaining no unencrypted data, with enforced viewing permissions through the use of digital certificates.

As organisations evaluate methods to reduce surveillance system costs and storage needs, the advent of the H.265 video compression standard promises to reduce bandwidth consumption by up to 50 percent, while also allowing them to leverage higher resolution cameras more efficiently. Security Center 5.4 is one of the first video management platforms that will offer support for H.265, and will provide integration to the Vivotek IP9171 H.265 camera. Additionally, through support for H.265-compatible video graphics cards, Genetec customers are able to benefit from the graphic processing unit (GPU) decoding to render H.265 streams more efficiently and reduce the processing load on workstation performance.

When responding to an incident, navigating through a large number of devices within a security system can be time consuming, particularly for operators overseeing multi-level buildings or distributed sites. Security Center 5.4 will launch a completely redesigned version of its native mapping module, Plan Manager, to assist operators in their day-to-day tasks, via a highly intuitive and visual experience.

The new “Map Monitoring” task will offer a map-centric user experience, allowing operators to rapidly navigate their security environment, monitor devices and alarms, for easy system-control actions. In security operations command centers and control room environments, Plan Manager will be optimised to leverage video walls by enabling operators to span maps across multiple monitors.

Genetec will welcome many of its hardware and software ecosystem partners at ASIS including: Camera partners: AXIS Communications, Arecont Vision, Bosch, Dahua, Oncam Grandeye, Panasonic, Pelco, Samsung, Sensity, Sony, and Vivotek; Access Control partners: ASSA ABOY, HID, Mercury Security, Salto and Suprema; Body-worn Camera partners: B-Cam and Zepcam; Infrastructure partners: BCDVideo, EMC, Pivot3, NetApp, Veracity and DDN; Analytics Systems partners: Kiwi Security, Briefcam, Agent VI and Prism Skylabs.

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