Let's assume the goal is to make this as functional for the officers in the Command Vehicle. If they are comfortable with Genetec (or any VMS client), you should work towards having them in a client experience that they can be effective with. As you mentioned, this will also have the benefit of user management/auditing/account control. Hopefully, that means no more sticky-note password notes.
If the solution is to add the cameras to Genetec, you have a few options.
- Standalone Genetec system in the Vehicle (Federated to primary Genetec)
- Genetec Archiver in the Vehicle that is connected to primary Genetec Directory
- Cameras connecting directly to existing central Genetec Archiver
- Cameras connected to Stratocast (Federated to primary Genetec)
With options 1 or 2 the cameras would stream to the local hardware, and then direct to the client PC in the vehicle, with no additional latency added by 4G or wireless connections, which could be critical for PTZ control. With Axis PTZs connected to Genetec, you can define 5 different stream qualities for a camera to the Archiver and Clients (they can be independent). If you want further bandwidth control, if officers in the vehicle used the Genetec web client, there are additional limits/controls there.
For option 2, Genetec offers an Archiver offload feature which can move video from the remote archiver to your central servers. I would recommend looking at this for data security/video retention safety purposes.
With option 3, connecting the cameras to an existing Archiver would result in less hardware, and save on buying an additional Genetec base license of option 1, however, I would not recommend this because they are then relying on, and dealing with wireless for critical/emergency video streaming.
Option 4 is another that I wouldn't recommend, but is technically feasible, and I mostly bring it up because Genetec may offer it as a solution. I would avoid this due to the reasons listed above.
Chris mentioned other key things to keep in mind including power considerations, UPS backup, and hardware that can stand the environmental abuse.