Genetec Security Center 5.8 Tested

Author: 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.

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Comments (6)

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