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Updated Genetec Security Center Provides Cross-Camera Tracking

Genetec has updated its unified security platform to integrate the company's license plate recognition system and to provide a visual tracking feature to follow the movement of a target from one surveillance camera to another. Security Center 4.0 provides a single-console view into the operations of multiple security systems, including Omnicast IP video surveillance, Synergis IP access control, and AutoVu IP license plate recognition system, all products of Genetec.

Integration of the license plate recognition system is new to this version. Users of the console can monitor license plate reads, have them compared automatically against selected databases, and be alerted to vehicles "of interest."

Visual Tracking provides a way for a security administrator to add semi-transparent shapes or overlays onto a camera view and link these shapes to one or more adjacent cameras. When tracking a suspect in a live fashion, an operator can click on the shape to automatically switch the video stream from the current camera to an adjacent camera when the target is outside the current camera's view in real time and within the same display tile.

The new release also provides a cardholder manager task for managing activities of the company's access control system. The user can manage cardholders, credentials, badge printing, and access rights from the same form, as well as assign temporary cards and print badges.

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