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by Brianna Crandall — May 3, 2017 — Genetec Inc., a provider of open-platform software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry around the world, recently announced general availability of its unified security platform Security Center 5.6. Key enhancements include additional cybersecurity measures, a new HTML5-based Web client, integration of SimonsVoss electronic locks and the Mercury Security MS Bridge, and the ability to enroll license plates as access control credentials with the AutoVu SharpV camera.


Version 5.6 stays consistent with the Montreal, Canada-based company’s commitment for cybersecurity and “hardening” measures and standards that address the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards. With advanced authentication, authorization and encryption technologies in Security Center 5.6, Genetec remains dedicated to protecting organizations, security systems, and their people, data and assets.

New Web client and improved maps
Plan Manager screen shot

Plan Manager is a module of Security Center offering interactive and graphical mapping to better visualize and manage security environments. Photo courtesy of Genetec.

The Security Center Web Client has been redesigned with HTML5 to offer users a more fluid and modern Web experience. The Web Client ensures Security Center is accessible from any device or browser. With Genetec Plan Manager, operators can now monitor the live status of intrusion areas. Embedded support for ESRI ArcGIS software adds rich layers of visual data so organizations benefit from greater context and insights into their surroundings.

Access control

Having recently become a Mercury Security Platinum Elite partner, Security Center 5.6 introduces a new integration with the Mercury MS Bridge to help end-users migrate from proprietary or “integrated” access control systems to a fully unified security platform. Always expanding its ecosystem of access control hardware partners, Genetec has also integrated the SimonsVoss family of digital locks, and added a technology and distribution partnership with STid, a manufacturer of RFID contactless door readers.

Extending access control to the parking lot

AutoVu, the automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system in Security Center, lets end users extend their security coverage beyond the physical building and to their parking lots, parking decks and property perimeters.  With the release of Security Center 5.6, the new AutoVu SharpV ALPR camera can be enrolled as an access control reader managed by the Synergis Cloud Link appliance. This allows operators to manage vehicle activity without impeding vehicle flow. And, by assigning a license plate to a cardholder as a credential, users can define specific access rights, control vehicle access to their parking lots, and run vehicle activity reports.

All Genetec Advantage subscribers will receive this update as part of the Genetec Lifecycle Management program. Customers under Genetec Assurance can contact Genetec Inside Sales to purchase an upgrade. To contact a local Genetec reseller, the company says to send in a request. For more information about Genetec Security Center 5.6, now available globally, and for a full list of features, visit the Genetec Web site.