Genetec Security Center 5.8 Tested

By Sean Patton, Published on Mar 19, 2019

Genetec has released Version 5.8. This comes after a wait of more than a year that caused frustrations for many Genetec partners.

Our previous test (which covers the fundamentals), found Security Center to offer many enterprise features and a complicated client interface. In 5.8 Genetec is highlighting new cybersecurity features, a new mobile client, and custom "Dashboards".

We tested 5.8 and in this report, we examine its main strengths and primary weaknesses including:

  • New Cybersecurity Score
  • Custom Dashboards
  • Hikvision 'Restricted' Support
  • Avigilon Camera Support
  • New Motion Search
  • Graphical Reports
  • Mapping Support
  • New Mobile Client
  • Pricing

Plus we include an 8-minute video screencast that shows the major elements of Genetec 5.8.

Executive *******

**** ****** ***** ****** is ***********, ******** **** new ********, ****** **** analytics ***********, *** *** cybersecurity ********. *******, *** client ********* *** ****** more **********, **** *** many ********** ******** ******* redesigning *** ******** ** manage ****. ******** ** enterprise *** ******** ***********, Genetec's ******* **** ********* is *********** *** ************. Genetec **** ******* **** having * ****** ************ and ** ********** ***-***** server ***** ******, ******** to *****, ********, *** Network ***** **** * single ***********.

*******, *** ***** ********** power *****, ********** *** a ***** *** *******, allowing ********** *** ***** viewing ** *** **** time. *******, **** **** provide ****** ******** *** the ******* ********** **** and ** *** ******* existing ****** ******.

*** *** ************* ******** Score ** * ******** addition ** ******** ******, specifically ******** * **** of ***** ***** *** integrators/system ************** ** **** the *********** **** ******. Our ****** **** ****** 10 *** ** ** out ** *** ***, but ****** ******* (*.*., not ***** ******* ***** 80 ** ***, ******** security **** *** ********* log *** *** ******** users) ******* ******* *** score ** ** **.

*** *** ****** *** is ***** ** ****. While ** ****** ** and ** ** ** improvement, *.*., ****** ******* and ***, *** *** an ******** **** *********, it **** **** **** and ** **** ***** a ****** **** **** until ** ** *** of ****.

VMS *********

******** ****** *** ******* strengths ******* ** *************, feature *******, *** ******** support:

  • ********* ******* *******- ** ***** *******/****** gaps ** ********** ** enterprise *****
  • ************* ******** ********- *** ******** ******** specific ** ************* *** found ** *****
  • ******* ****** **********- ********** ******* ******** client ***** ****** ******* with *******, **** *** charts, *** ******** *********** time *** ***** *** fine ****** *******.
  • ********* ****** *******- ******** ************* ******* were ********* ****** *******, with ********* ************** *** multiple ********* ******* ********* for ****. ******* ******* ~4,000 ********** ********* *******, and ***** * ***********
  • **** ********* ******- ****** **********, ** 3rd-party ******* ****** ** be ********* *** **** analytics

VMS **********

******** ****** *** ******* weaknesses ******* ** *** client ********* ******, ****** feature *******, *** **** software ****:

  • *********** ** **********- ************ ********, ******** similar *****, *** *********** configuration ****** **** ********** issues
  • *****-**-****** ***** ****** ***********- ** ********** **** of ******** ********** ** what * ****** ******** makes ************* ********* *** high ********* *** ******
  • ******* ** **** *********- ******* ********* **** in *******, *******, *** licensing ** *********** *** more ********* **** **** complete *** ********
  • ***** ************ *******, **** Install ****- *.*** ******* **** took **** ** **** to ********, *** **-** minutes ** *******. **** is * **** ****** file *** ****** ******* than ***** ******* ***********

Overview *****

*** ********* *-****** ***** overviews ******** ******'* *** client, ************ ********* *** weaknesses:

New ******** *****

******* ********* ***** *********************** *****, *** **** ************-********* * ******** ************* issue**** ***** ********. ** tested *** *** ******** Checklist ****** ***** ********** 23 ************* ********* **** affect *** ***'* "******** Score".

*** ********* *-****** ******* from *** ******** ***** looks ************ ** *** Security *****:

* ******* ** **** not **** ** *** VMS ** **** ******, this ** * ****** tool *** *********** *** end ***** ** ****** their ******. *******, ** only ********* ********* ****** with ******** ******, *** not **** ******* ** hardware ******* ***************.

**** ** *** ********* items *** ****** ** "Recommendation ****", *******, **** are ******* ******** **** the ******* ******** *****. The ******** ********* **** includes * **** ** the ******** ****** ********* Guide.

Custom **********

********** ********* **** ** our *******. ** * single ****, ** ***** maps **** ****** *****, and ********* ****** ****** and ****** ** ***** connected, ****** *** *******. This **********'* ********** ******** ***** ******** systems **** ********* ** offering ******** ******* **** can ** ********** ** include ****, **** *****, door ******, *** ****** data ******* ****** ** embed * ***-***** ******** interface.

*******, *** ***** ** complex, *** ******* ***** are *** ****** ** customization, ** *** *********** overload ***** **** *** number ** ******* *** layouts. *** ******* ** that *** ******** **** not ************* **** ***** so **** ** *** cover ** *** ******** ones, ***** *** ******* manually ********* *** ******** tiles, ***** *** ** confusing ** ************* *****.

****, *** *** *** dashboard's ********** *** ********* is ************* ********* **** how *********** ** ********* in *** ******* **** video ********** ****, ***** can ******* ***** ********* to *** ************ *** Security **** ******** ***********.

Hikvision ***** **********

********* ******* **** ***** to ******** ****** ** our **** *** ******* an ********** ********** ******* and ******, ****** ******** cameras.

**** ** ***** ********* cameras, **** *** *** specifically ******** *** ******** Score, *******, ***** ********** was ********, ***** ********* the ******** *****. ***** camera ************* ****** (********, Axis, *****, ******, *** Panasonic) ********* ***** **********, by *******, **** *******.

Avigilon ******* ********* / ** *********

* ****** ****** *** 5.8, ******** ******* *** now ********* ** ******** Center ******* ********* * restricted ******* ********. *******, support ** *******, **** the*.**-***-** *** ******** ******, **** * single ***** ****** *** available (******** ** *-* from ***** *************), *** analytics *** *** *********.

*******'* ********* ***** ******** Avigilon ******* ****** *** changed:

** **** ********** *** buying ******* *** ********* who **** ** ******* Avigilon ******* ** ***** Omnicast ******. **** ******** Center *.*, **** **** no ****** **** ** purchase * ******* ******* - ******** ******* **** be ******* ** ******* supported ******* *******.

Complicated **** ********* ***** ********

******** ****** ****** * feature **** ** ******** as *** ** ***** enterprise ***** ***********, *******, user ********* *************** *** workflow ****** ***** ** each ******* ** *** software, ************ **** ************* between ********* *****. **** has ********* ******** ******* of ******** ****** **** a ** ********** **** a ******* ****** ** Computer-Human *********** **** ******** University.

* ******* ******* ** visually *********** *** *********** design ** *** ******** Desk "**** ****":

***** ***** *** ** turned *** ** ****** from *** **** ****, the ************ *** ******** similar **** ****** ***** exist, ** **** ** the ***** ****, ***** text ********* ***** ** difficult ** ********.

******* ******* ** ** issues ***** ** *** Config **** (******** ******'* configuration ***********) ** ************ menu ****. ******** ****** of ***** *** ******* on *** ***, **** and ****** ** *** application. ************, *** **** features ************* ******* *** hidden ***** *** ******* is *******, *** *** location ** ******/******* *** feature *** ******* ** different *********:

******* **** **** *** in *** ******* ** migrating ******** ****** ** an ******* **** ********* in * ****** *******, however, **** ***** *** give * ******** *** its ************.

Visual *********

****** *******, ** *** noted **** **** *******'* system ******* *** ** displayed ** ****** *** charts ** ***********, ****** than **** ****/******* ** numbers *** ****. **** can ** ****** ** glance ** ** **** running ** * ********* Tile *** **/***********.

** **** **** *******, Genetec's ******** ********** ******* provide *********** ** ** aware ** *********** ********** cameras (***** ** ******** strength *** ******** *******). This ** * ******** maintenance **** *** ************* of * ***, ***** the ****** ******* ********:

*******, ** *** **** of ******** ********, ******* will *** ************* ********, or *******, ******** *** affected *******. ** **** provides ****** ********* *** leaves ***** ***** *** an *************.

Mapping ***** *** *********

*******'* **** ******* ******* performed **** ** *******, offering ******* ******, ********, PTZ *******, *** ****** relay ********.

*******, ******** **** *** control, *** ***** *****, Bing ********* *******, *** output ******** *** **** supported ** ******** ********* levels. ****** ** *** confusion, *** ******* ** tiered, ***** ** *** many ***** ******* *** placed ** *** ** the ******'* **** (******* from $** *** ****** for ** ******* ** ~$19 *** *,*** *******).

******* **** **** **** to ****** **** ******* licensing ** ****** ********:

** ******* **** **** will ****** **** *** more ******* ** *** operators ******** **** *** Security ****** ********. ** a ******, ** *** evaluating *** **** ******* editions ** ******** ********* and ******** *** ************ included ** *** ******** Center **** *******, *** this ******** **** *** be ********* **** *.*

Massive ******* ******* / **** ******* *****

******** ******'* ************ ******* is ~*.***, ************* ****** than *** ***** ***** enterprise *** **********, **** of ***** *** **** than *****. **** ** partially *** ** ******** Center ****** *** ********* for **** ****** *** client ********, ** **** as ********* ****** ** Windows *************, .*** *** SQL ******* **********.

** ******** ** **** download ** **** ******** times ******* ** *** package ****, ****** *******, the ******** ****** *** client ************ **** ~** minutes, *** ********* *** Express ************. **** ** a **** **** *** a *** ************ *** is * *********** ******** because ** *******'* ***** on ***** *****-******, *****-**** installations.

******* **** **** *** considering ******** * ******** installers *** ****** *** client, *** ** *** have *** ******** ***** in ***** *******.

New (*******) ****** ****** ****

* ******* ********** ** older ******** ** ******** Center, *** *** ***** Search **** ****** * thumbnail ****** *** ******** finding ******* ** * camera's ***. ******* ******* features ******* ** ****, but **** *** *** consistently **** ** **** difficult ** ********.

****** *******, **** **** worked ********* ** **** VMSes **** ** ******** motion ********, ********** ******** thumbnails **** *** ******* to ******** ****** **** the **** ***** ***** upon *** ****** ********** of * ******:

Admin ********* *** ********

** *** ******** ** assign * ******** *** the ******* ***** ******* when ************ ******** ******. In **** ********, *** application ******* ***** *** not ***** ********** ** assign * ********, *** the ******* *** ** password.

**** *** * *********** security ******** *** **** a ***** ***********, ********** for * ************ ******* on *****, *************, *** large ********** ********* ***** a ***** ******* *** a ***** ******.

Kiwi ***** ********** / ** ******* ********

******* ******** ******** ***-***** analytics ************, *******, **** Security ** ** ****** a ****-** ******, ** fully ********** *** ******** with *** **** ******** Center. *******, ***** *** analytics ******** ********** ***-****** licenses (~$*** ****). ************, our ******** ***** **** show **** ********* *** among *** **** ******* of ********* ** *****, and ****** ****-******** ** be *** ********* ** insensitive, ******* ***** ****** on **** ***** ******* or ******* ** ***** on ****** ** *** near ***** ** ****.

New ****** ***

*** ****** ******* ****** app *** ******, *******, it ** ***** ** Beta. ** *** **** complete *********** ** *** of ******** ******, ********* Maps, ***, *****, *** access ******* ******** ** the * ******* ******** Center ****** * *** 5 ****. ** *** noted ***** **** **** bugs ****** ******* ********* video ***/********, *** **** slow/inconsistent **************. **** *** Android ******* *** ******, on * ****** ***** 2XL.

** *** ******* ****** *** ******** - ********, *****, *****, Genetec, *********, *********, *******'* ****** **** scored ************** *** ****** overall *** ** **** of ******** *** **** interface ******.

Hardware ***********

******* *** *********** ********* ****** ****** ********* ** *******, including *******, ********, ****, NVRs *** ****. ************ are ********* *** ****** internally ** *******, ** well ** ** ********. Edge ********* ** ********* on ******* **** ** different *************. ************, ******** Center ** ***** ******* G *** * **********.

*******

******** **** ******* ** as ******* *** **** and ****** ******** ************:

  • ********: $*** ****/$*** *** per ******, ** ** 50 *******, *** *** archiver
  • ************: $*,*** ****/$*** *** camera, ** ** *** cameras, *** ** *********
  • **********: $*,*** ****/$*** *** camera, ********* *******, *** archivers

*** ************** ** ********* ******* *** ****** ** cameras *** *******, ****** some ******** ******** (********, Federation, ****** ********* ***********, advanced *** ***********) *** available **** ***** *** or **********, *** ******* an ****** ***.

*** ******* ** **-**% of ******* ****** **** price, **** ** ** 5-year ********* *********.

Access *******/***/******** ******** *** ******

******* *** ******** ******** features, **** ****** *** scope ** **** ****, including, *** *** ******* to:

  • ********/**********
  • ****** ***
  • ******** ****** *******
  • **********
  • ********* (**** *********)
  • ************ ** ***** ******* (intrusion, ********* *********, *********, etc.)

Additional ******* ***** / *********

******* *** **** ******** in ******** **** *****, including ***, **** ********* and *** *** ******** Series:

Version ******

  • *.* ** (*.*.***.*)

Comments (16)

*** ****** *** **** updated ** ******* **** Genetec ********** ******** ** us **** **** ******* Protector ******** **** ******** for ****, *** **** supported ** *** *******. However, ******* **** ***** are ********* *** ****** limitations **** ******* **** from ********* ***** ******** for **** **** *.* GA. ******* **** **** are ******* ** ******* the ****** *** ** will ** ** ***** a **** ***.

****** *** *** *******, The **** **** ****** lowers *** ********.  * figured **** ***** ** to **** ** ** true.  * **** *** it ******* ** *** Dev ****** ******.  ** anyone *** ***** ** I ***. 

*** **** **** ********* as * *** ************ only?  ** **, *** plans ** **** ** an '*******' **** * previous *******?  *'* ** curious ** **** ** there *** ******** ************, or ***** ******** *** to *** *** ******** requirements.  ****, ******* ** a **-****** ******** **** is *** ****** ******** since **'* ********* ** your ********** ** *** internet *** ********* ** only **** **** ****** the ******* ** *** system.  ******* *.* *** offer * "*** *********", not **** ** **** is ********* *** **.* yet, ***** **** ************* easier.  ****** * ******** Client *** ****** ********* would ** **** ***.

* ****** **** ** upgrade *** *** ************, with **** *******. * upgraded ** ****** **** 5.7 *** **** *** 3 ******* ********* ** the ****, ***** ***** limit ********* ****** *************** and ********** ****** ******** to * ****** **** a ***** ********* *** 100+ ******* ** ****. After **** * ********* a ****/***** *******, **** new *********/********/***** ****** *********.

******** **** **** **** significantly ***** ** **** local ********, *** ****** load. ** ** ******* the ******** **** ************* 45 *******, *** *** fact ** ******** ******* 4.4GB ********* **** ** ~2.5 ***** ****** **** Milestone (*** **** ******* comparable ** ~*.***). *** 15-minute ************ **** ** significant *** ********* * negative, ********** *********** ** servers ******** ***** ***** exceeded **-**% (***** **** a ****** **** **** the *** ******* ********* started **) ****** *******, so ***** ****** ** be ********* ****** *** installation ******* **** *** the ******** ******:

** ********* ** *** size ** *** *******, it ***** *** **** to **** ** ****.  I ***'* **** ** this *** *******.

*** ***** ********/****** ** a ****.  *** *** they ****'* *** ** yet.  *** ** ******* mess.  **** ** ******* as ** *** **** motion *** **** ******.  But ***** *** *** small.  *** *** *****'* size ** *** ********** on * ***** ******.  Their ***** *** *****'* work **** *** *** alerts.  *****'* **** **** they ********* *** ** this. 

******* *** * **** to **.  ***** *** maps *** ***** *** the *** ******* **** if *** ***** ** identical *** ***** **** to ** **** **********.  **** do ****** *** **** is * ****.  *** cost ** ***** ** there *** ******* **** time *** **** * device *** *** *** more ** **** *******, and * **** *** been **** ** **** a *** ** *** how **** ******* *** have **** ***** **** license ** **** *** you ****.   **** *** getting ***** *** **** some **** ** **. 

*** *** ********, ** to ****** **** > About > ********

* **** ** ****** tired....where ** *.* ** GTAP?

*****,

* ******* *** ** Genetec ** **** *** what *** **** ***** for *********** ** *** a **** ******* *** installer ** *.*. ** is ******** *** ******* up ** **** ******* you ***'* **** *** systems ******** *** *.*, but *** ****** ** able ** *** * demo *******.

*** ***

* *** **** **** Security ****** *.* *** interface **** *  ***** D9412GV4 ******** *****. *** anyone ***** ** **** being **** *** *** does ** ****. **** is ******** ** *** interface ******* *** ***** panel *** ******** ******? Thanks *** **** ****.

** *** *** **** the ***** *** ****** as **** ** **** test, ******* * *** a *** ********* **** I *** * ******* integrator **** *** **** integrated **** *.* *** older.

*** ******* ******* *** found ** *******'* ******* here:***** ******** ***** ******* Integration

***** *** **** ** step ************ ** *** Genetec **** **** ******* of *** ** ******* it ******* *** ********* Manager ****.

****** *** *** *** good ***********. ** *** looking ** *** *** plus ****** ******* *** have **** ***** *** maps ** * * floor ********. **** **** have *** ******* **** up *** ****** ** the *****.

*** ******* ***** ** fairly ****, ******* *** panic ******** ** *** bosch **** * *** tries.  * ** *** have *** ******* ** have * **** ***** on **** ***** ** issues **** ***** ***. 

****** *** *** ***** intrusion **** ** *** points *** ******* **** from *** *** ******* The **** ** ******** out *******.  ***** *** 2 ******** ** ****. 

******

            ***** ***** ** no ********* ** * panic ***** * ****, I **** ***** *** SCL *** **** ****** to ** ******.  *** axis ***** ******* *** cheap *** ** *** to ********* *** ******.  I **** *** *** above *** *******'* *** best *** **** *** good *** *****. 

*****

* **** *** **** the *********** ** *.* , ******* ** *** 20 ****** ** *.*, no ****** ***** ****.  All ******/********* *** ** done ** *** ******* side.

 

 

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