The report has been updated to reflect that Genetec originally reported to us that Kiwi Privacy Protector licenses were included for free, and were supported in our license. However, Genetec said there are licensing and policy limitations that prevent them from currently being included for free with 5.8 GA. Genetec said they are working to resolve the issues but it will be at least a year out.
Was your test performed as a new installation only? If so, any plans to test as an 'upgrade' from a previous version? I'd be curious to know if there are database implications, or other concerns due to the new security requirements. Also, harping on a 15-minute download time is not really relevant since it's dependent on your connection to the internet and typically is only done once during the staging of the system. Version 5.7 did offer a "Web Installer", not sure if that is available for v5.8 yet, would make installations easier. Having a separate Client and Server Installer would be nice too.
I tested both an upgrade and new installation, with some caveats. I upgraded my server from 5.7 but only had 3 cameras connected at the time, which would limit potential camera synchronization and encryption issues compared to a system with a dozen Archivers and 100+ cameras on each. After that I performed a full/clean install, with new Directory/Archiver/Media Router databases.
Download time will vary significantly based on your local Internet, and server load. To my network the download took approximately 45 minutes, but the fact is Security Centers 4.4GB installer file is ~2.5 times bigger than Milestone (the next highest comparable at ~1.8GB). The 15-minute installation time is significant and certainly a negative, especially considering my servers resource usage never exceeded 50-60% (other than a single peak when the SQL Express installer started up) during install, so there seemed to be something within the installation process that was the limiting factor:
In reference to the size of the program, it takes too long to load as well. I don't know if this has changed.
The whole alerting/action is a mess. Too bad they didn't fix it yet. App is another mess. Maps is awesome as it can show motion and door status. But icons are too small. The map doesn't size to fit completely on a large screen. Their cloud LPR doesn't work well nor LPR alerts. Doesn't look like they addressed any of this.
Mapping has a wase to go. After the maps are built and the map changes even if the scale is identical you still need to re draw everything. Maps do change and this is a pain. The cost is still up there and limited each time you drop a device you use one more of your devices, and I have not been able to find a way to see how many devices you have used until your license is full and you stop. They are getting there but have some work to do.
I reached out to Genetec to find out what the best route for integrators to get a test license and installer of 5.8. It is probably not showing up in GTAP because you don't have any systems licensed for 5.8, but you should be able to get a demo version.
I was told that Security Center 5.8 can interface with a BOSCH D9412GV4 security panel. Has anyone heard of this being done and how does it work. What is required as the interface between the Bosch panel and Security Center? Thanks for your time.
Since there is no disarming of a panic alarm I hope, I have found the SCL and MR16 panels to be easier. The axis Audio modules are cheap but no way to supervise the points. I have all the above the Mercury's are best and Axis are good for price.