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Genetec Patroller™ Administrator Guide 6.6

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An action is a user-programmable function that can be triggered as an automatic response to an event, such as door held open for too long or object left unattended, or that can be executed according to a specific time table.


In Security Center, an area entity represents a concept or a physical location (room, floor, building, site, and so on) used for grouping other entities in the system.

ALPR camera

An Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) camera is a camera connected to an ALPR unit that produces high resolution close-up images of license plates.

ALPR context

An ALPR context is an ALPR optimization that improves license plate recognition performance for license plates from a specific region (for example, New York) or from a group of regions (for example, Northeast states).

ALPR Manager

The ALPR Manager role manages and controls the patrol vehicle software (Genetec Patroller™), Sharp cameras, and parking zones. The ALPR Manager stores the ALPR data (reads, hits, timestamps, GPS coordinates, and so on) collected by the devices.

ALPR rule

ALPR rule is a method used by Security Center and AutoVu™ for processing a license plate read. An ALPR rule can be a hit rule or a parking facility.

ALPR unit

An ALPR unit is a device that captures license plate numbers. An ALPR unit typically includes a context camera and at least one ALPR camera.


The AutoVu™ automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system automates license plate reading and identification, making it easier for law enforcement and for municipal and commercial organizations to locate vehicles of interest and enforce parking restrictions. Designed for both fixed and mobile installations, the AutoVu™ system is ideal for a variety of applications and entities, including law enforcement, municipal, and commercial organizations.

AutoVu™ ALPR Processing Unit

AutoVu™ ALPR Processing Unit is the processing component of the SharpX system. The ALPR Processing Unit is available with two or four camera ports, with one dedicated processor per camera (if using SharpX) or per two cameras (if using SharpX VGA). This ensures maximum, per-camera, processing performance. The ALPR Processing Unit is sometimes referred to as the trunk unit because it is typically installed in a vehicle's trunk.
Also known as: trunk unit

automatic license plate recognition

Automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) is an image processing technology used to read license plate numbers. ALPR converts license plate numbers cropped from camera images into a database searchable format.

automatic license plate recognition (ALPR)

Acronym: ALPR

block face (2 sides)

A block face (2 sides) is a parking regulation characterizing an overtime rule. A block face is the length of a street between two intersections. A vehicle is in violation if it is seen parked within the same block over a specified period of time. Moving the vehicle from one side of the street to the other does not make a difference.

capture rate

The capture rate measures the speed at which a license plate recognition system can take a photo of a passing vehicle and detect the license plate in the image.


Designates one of the following: (1) digital certificate; (2) SDK certificate.

City Parking Enforcement

City Parking Enforcement is a Genetec Patroller™ software installation that is configured for the enforcement of parking permit and overtime restrictions.

City Parking Enforcement with Wheel Imaging

City Parking Enforcement with Wheel Imaging is a City Parking Enforcement installation of a Genetec Patroller™ application that also includes wheel imaging. The use of maps is mandatory and the mobile AutoVu™ system must include navigation hardware.

Config Tool

Config Tool is the Security Center administrative application used to manage all Security Center users and to configure all Security Center entities such as areas, cameras, doors, schedules, cardholders, patrol vehicles, ALPR units, and hardware devices.

context camera

A context camera is a camera connected to an ALPR unit that produces a wider angle color image of the vehicle whose license plate was read by the ALPR camera.

contract permit parking

Contract permit parking is a parking scenario where only drivers with monthly permits can park in the parking zone. A whitelist is used to grant permit holders access to the parking zone.

Copy configuration tool

The Copy configuration tool helps you save configuration time by copying the settings of one entity to many others that partially share the same settings.

covert hit

A covert hit is a read (captured license plate) that is matched to a covert hotlist. Covert hits are not displayed on the Genetec Patroller™ screen, but can be displayed in Security Desk by a user with proper privileges.

covert hotlist

Covert hotlists allow you to ensure the discretion of an ongoing investigation or special operation. When a hit is identified, only the authorized officer at the Security Center station is notified, while the officer in the patrol vehicle is not alerted. This enables enforcement officials to assign multiple objectives to the vehicle and back-end systems, while not interrupting the priorities of officers on duty.

Daily usage per Patroller

The Daily usage per Patroller task is an investigation task that reports on the daily usage statistics of a selected patrol vehicle (operating time, longest stop, total number of stops, longest shutdown, and so on) for a given date range.

database server

A database server is an application that manages databases and handles data requests made by client applications. Security Center uses Microsoft SQL Server as its database server.


The Directory role identifies a Security Center system. It manages all entity configurations and system-wide settings. Only a single instance of this role is permitted on your system. The server hosting the Directory role is called the main server, and must be set up first. All other servers you add in Security Center are called expansion servers, and must connect to the main server to be part of the same system.

Directory Manager

The Directory Manager role manages the Directory failover and load balancing to produce the high availability characteristics in Security Center.

Directory server

A Directory server is any one of the multiple servers simultaneously running the Directory role in a high availability configuration.

discovery port

A discovery port is a port used by certain Security Center roles (Access Manager, Archiver, ALPR Manager) to find the units they are responsible for on the LAN. No two discovery ports can be the same on one system.


A district is a parking regulation characterizing an overtime rule. A district is a geographical area within a city. A vehicle is in violation if it is seen within the boundaries of the district over a specified period of time.

dynamic permit

In a system that uses the Pay-by-Plate Sync plugin, a dynamic permit holds a list of vehicles that is updated by a third-party permit provider. For example, in a system where vehicle owners pay for parking at a kiosk or using a mobile phone app, the list of vehicles are dynamically managed by a third-party permit provider.


To enforce is to take action following a confirmed hit. For example, a parking officer can enforce a scofflaw violation (unpaid parking tickets) by placing a wheel boot on the vehicle.


Entities are the basic building blocks of Security Center. Everything that requires configuration is represented by an entity. An entity can represent a physical device, such as a camera or a door, or an abstract concept, such as an alarm, a schedule, a user, a role, a plugin, or an add-on.


An event indicates the occurrence of an activity or incident, such as access denied to a cardholder or motion detected on a camera. Events are automatically logged in Security Center. Every event has an entity as its main focus, called the event source.


An event-to-action links an action to an event. For example, you can configure Security Center to trigger an alarm when a door is forced open.

expansion server

An expansion server is any server machine in a Security Center system that does not host the Directory role. The purpose of the expansion server is to add to the processing power of the system.


Failover is a backup operational mode in which a role (system function) is automatically transferred from its primary server to a secondary server that is on standby. This transfer between servers occurs only if the primary server becomes unavailable, either through failure or through scheduled downtime.

false positive read

False positive plate reads can occur when a license plate recognition system mistakes other objects in an image for license plates. For example, lettering on a vehicle or street signs can sometimes create false positive plate reads.

federated entity

A federated entity is any entity that is imported from an independent system through one of the Federation™ roles.

federated system

A federated system is a independent system (Omnicast™ or Security Center) that is unified under your local Security Center through a Federation™ role, so that the local users can view and control its entities as if they belong to their local system.


The Federation™ feature joins multiple, independent Genetec™ IP security systems into a single virtual system. With this feature, users on the central Security Center system can view and control entities that belong to remote systems.

fuzzy matching

Environmental factors such as dirt or snow can partially obstruct license plate characters and increase the likelihood of partial plate reads occurring. In addition, similarly shaped letters and numbers, like “2” and “Z” or, “8”, “B”, and “0”, can also reduce plate read accuracy. Fuzzy matching lets AutoVu™ compare reads not only to exact matches in hotlists, but also to potential or probable matches.

Genetec Motoscan™

Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency in cities with narrow streets, Genetec Motoscan™ is a lightweight, low-power, yet fully-featured license plate recognition unit that is designed to be easily mounted on a smaller vehicle such as a scooter or small motorcycle.

Genetec Patroller™

Genetec Patroller™ is the software application installed on an in-vehicle computer that analyzes license plate reads from AutoVu™ Sharp camera units. The application can be installed to operate in different modes to suit your specific enforcement needs and can be configured to notify the vehicle operator if immediate action is required.

Genetec™ Server

Genetec™ Server is the Windows service that is at the core of Security Center architecture, and that must be installed on every computer that is part of the Security Center's pool of servers. Every such server is a generic computing resource capable of taking on any role (set of functions) you assign to it.


Geocoding, sometimes called forward geocoding, is the process of converting a street address into geographic location, such as a latitude and longitude pair.


Georeferencing is the process of using an object’s geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) to determine its position on a map.

ghost patroller

A ghost patroller entity is automatically created by the ALPR Manager when the AutoVu™ license includes the XML Import module. In Security Center, all ALPR data must be associated to a Genetec Patroller™ entity or an ALPR unit corresponding to a fixed Sharp camera. When you import ALPR data from an external source through a specific ALPR Manager using the XML Import module, the system uses the ghost entity to represent the ALPR data source. You can formulate queries using the ghost entity as you would with a normal entity.

Geographic Information System

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system that captures spatial geographical data. Map Manager can connect to third-party vendors that provide GIS services in order to bring maps and all types of geographically referenced data to Security Center.

Geographic Information System (GIS)

Acronym: GIS

global entity

A global entity is an entity that is shared across multiple independent Security Center systems by virtue of its membership to a global partition. Only cardholders, cardholder groups, credentials, and badge templates are eligible for sharing.

global partition

Global partition is a partition that is shared across multiple independent Security Center systems by the partition owner, called the sharing host.

Hardware inventory

The Hardware inventory task is a maintenance task that reports on the characteristics (unit model, firmware version, IP address, time zone, and so on) of access control, video, intrusion detection, and ALPR units in your system.

hash function

In cryptography, a hash function uses a mathematical algorithm to take input data and return a fixed-size alphanumeric string. A hash function is designed to be a one-way function, that is, a function which is infeasible to revert.


A hit is a license plate read that matches a hit rule, such as a hotlist, overtime rule, permit, or permit restriction. A Genetec Patroller™ user can choose to reject or accept a hit. An accepted hit can subsequently be enforced.

hit rule

A hit rule is an ALPR rule used to identify vehicles of interest (called "hits") using license plate reads. The hit rules include the following types: hotlist, overtime rule, permit, and permit restriction.


The Hits task is an investigation task that reports on hits reported within a selected time range and geographic area.

hot action

A hot action is an action mapped to a PC keyboard function key (Ctrl+F1 through Ctrl+F12) in Security Desk for quick access.


A hotlist is a list of wanted vehicles, where each vehicle is identified by a license plate number, the issuing state, and the reason why the vehicle is wanted (stolen, wanted felon, Amber alert, VIP, and so on). Optional vehicle information might include the model, the color, and the vehicle identification number (VIN).

Hotlist and permit editor

The Hotlist and permit editor task is an operation task. You can use it to edit an existing hotlist or permit list. A new list cannot be created with this task, but after an existing list has been added to Security Center, you can edit, add, or delete items from the list, and the original text file is updated with the changes.


A hotspot is a map object that represents an area on the map which requires special attention. Clicking on a hotspot displays associated fixed and PTZ cameras.


An illuminator is a light in the Sharp unit that illuminates the plate, thereby improving the accuracy of the images produced by the ALPR camera.

inactive entity

An inactive entity is an entity that is shaded in red in the entity browser. It signals that the real world entity it represents is either not working, offline, or incorrectly configured.


An incident is an unexpected event reported by a Security Desk user. Incident reports can use formatted text and include events and entities as support material.


The Incidents task is an investigation task that you can use to search, review, and modify incident reports created by Security Desk users.

Inventory management

The Inventory management task is an operation task that you can use to add and reconcile license plate reads to a parking facility inventory.

Inventory report

The Inventory report task is an investigation task that you can use to view a specific inventory (vehicle location, vehicle length of stay, and so on) or compare two inventories of a selected parking facility (vehicles added, vehicles removed, and so on).

I/O linking

I/O (input/output) linking is controlling an output relay based on the combined state (normal, active, or trouble) of a group of monitored inputs. A standard application is to sound a buzzer (through an output relay) when any window on the ground floor of a building is shattered (assuming that each window is monitored by a "glass break" sensor connected to an input).


IPv4 is the first generation Internet protocol using a 32-bit address space.


IPv6 is a 128-bit Internet protocol that uses eight groups of four hexadecimal digits for address space.

Keyhole Markup Language

Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth and Google Maps.

Keyhole Markup Language (KML)

Acronym: KML

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement is a Genetec Patroller™ software installation that is configured for law enforcement: the matching of license plate reads against lists of wanted license plates (hotlists). The use of maps is optional.

license key

A license key is the software key used to unlock the Security Center software. The license key is specifically generated for each computer where the Directory role is installed. To obtain your license key, you need the System ID (which identifies your system) and the Validation key (which identifies your computer).

license plate inventory

A license plate inventory is a list of license plate numbers of vehicles found in a parking facility within a given time period, showing where each vehicle is parked (sector and row).

license plate read

A license plate read is a license plate number captured from a video image using ALPR technology.

live hit

A live hit is a hit matched by the Genetec Patroller™ and immediately sent to the Security Center over a wireless network.

live read

A live read is a license plate captured by the patrol vehicle and immediately sent to Security Center over a wireless network.

load balancing

Load balancing is the distribution of workload across multiple computers.

logical ID

Logical ID is a unique ID assigned to each entity in the system for ease of reference. Logical IDs are only unique within a particular entity type.

Logons per Patroller

The Logons per Patroller task is an investigation task that reports on the logon records of a selected patrol vehicle.

long-term overtime

If you need to monitor long-term parking violations for vehicles that are parked for more than a certain number of days, you can configure long-term overtime settings in Genetec Patroller™ and Security Center.


A macro is an entity that encapsulates a C# program that adds custom functionalities to Security Center.

main server

The main server is the only server in a Security Center system hosting the Directory role. All other servers on the system must connect to the main server to be part of the same system. In a high availability configuration where multiple servers host the Directory role, it is the only server that can write to the Directory database.

manual capture

Manual capture is when license plate information is entered into the system by the user and not by the ALPR.

map view

A map view is a defined section of a map.

Genetec™ Mobile

Official name of the map-based Security Center mobile application for Android and iOS devices.

Mobile Data Computer

Mobile Data Computer is a tablet computer or ruggedized laptop used in patrol vehicles to run the Genetec Patroller™ application. The MDC is typically equipped with a touch-screen with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and wireless networking capability.

Mobile Data Computer (MDC)

Acronym: MDC

Mobile License Plate Inventory

Mobile License Plate Inventory (MLPI) is the Genetec Patroller™ software installation that is configured for collecting license plates and other vehicle information for creating and maintaining a license plate inventory for a large parking area or parking garage.

Mobile License Plate Inventory (MLPI)

Acronym: MLPI

multi-tenant parking

If you use AutoVu™ Free-Flow to manage transient parking and contract permit parking in parking zones, you can install the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin to manage parking lots where parking spots are leased to tenants.


The network entity is used to capture the characteristics of the networks used by your system so that proper stream routing decisions can be made.

network address translation

Network address translation is the process of modifying network address information in datagram (IP) packet headers while in transit across a traffic routing device, for the purpose of remapping one IP address space into another.

network view

The network view is a browser view that illustrates your network environment by showing each server under the network they belong to.

new wanted

A new wanted is a manually entered hotlist item in Genetec Patroller™. When you are looking for a plate that does not appear in the hotlists loaded in the Genetec Patroller™, you can enter the plate in order to raise a hit if the plate is captured.

notification tray

The notification tray contains icons that allow quick access to certain system features, and also displays indicators for system events and status information. The notification tray display settings are saved as part of your user profile and apply to both Security Desk and Config Tool.

OCR equivalence

OCR equivalence is the interpretation of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) equivalent characters performed during license plate recognition. OCR equivalent characters are visually similar, depending on the plate’s font. For example, the letter “O” and the number “0”, or the number “5” and the letter “S”. There are several pre-defined OCR equivalent characters for different languages.

overtime rule

An overtime rule is an entity that defines a parking time limit and the maximum number of violations enforceable within a single day. Overtime rules are used in city and university parking enforcement. For university parking, an overtime rule also defines the parking area where these restrictions apply.

parking facility

A parking facility entity defines a large parking area as a number of sectors and rows for the purpose of inventory tracking.

parking lot

A parking lot is a polygon that defines the location and shape of a parking area on a map. By defining the number of parking spaces inside the parking lot, Security Center can calculate its percentage of occupancy during a given time period.

parking zone

The parking zones that you define in Security Center represent off-street parking lots where the entrances and exits are monitored by Sharp cameras.


A partition is an entity in Security Center that defines a set of entities that are only visible to a specific group of users. For example, a partition could include all areas, doors, cameras, and zones in one building.

patrol vehicle

A patrol vehicle monitors parking lots and city streets for parking violations or wanted vehicles. A patrol vehicle includes one or more Sharp automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras and an in-vehicle computer running Genetec Patroller™ software.

patroller entity

A patroller entity in Security Center represents a patrol vehicle equipped with an in-vehicle computer running Genetec Patroller™ software.

Patroller Config Tool

Genetec Patroller™ Config Tool is the Genetec Patroller™ administrative application used to configure Patroller-specific settings, such as adding Sharp cameras to the in-vehicle LAN, enabling features such as Manual Capture or New Wanted, and specifying that a username and password are needed to log on to Genetec Patroller™.

Patroller tracking

The Patroller tracking task is an investigation task that you can use to replay the route followed by a patrol vehicle on a given date on a map, or view the current location of patrol vehicles on a map.


A permit is an entity that defines a single parking permit holder list. Each permit holder is characterized by a category (permit zone), a license plate number, a license issuing state, and optionally, a permit validity range (effective date and expiry date). Permits are used in both city and university parking enforcement.

permit hit

A permit hit is a hit that is generated when a read (license plate number) does not match any entry in a permit or when it matches an invalid permit.

permit restriction

A permit restriction is an entity that applies time restrictions to a series of parking permits for a given parking area. Permit restrictions can be used by patrol vehicles configured for University Parking Enforcement and for systems that use the AutoVu™ Free-Flow feature.

Plate Reader

Plate Reader is the software component of the Sharp unit that processes the images captured by the ALPR camera to produce license plate reads, and associates each license plate read with a context image captured by the context camera. The Plate Reader also handles the communications with the Genetec Patroller™ and the ALPR Manager. If an external wheel imaging camera is connected to the Sharp unit, the Plate Reader also captures wheel images from this camera.


A plugin (in lowercase) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing program. Depending on the context, plugin can refer either to the software component itself or to the software package used to install the software component.

plugin role

A plugin role adds optional features to Security Center. A plugin role is created by using the Plugin role template. By default, it is represented by an orange puzzle piece in the Roles view of the System task. Before you can create a plugin role, the software package specific to that role must be installed on your system.

primary server

The primary server is the default server chosen to perform a specific function (or role) in the system. To increase the system's fault-tolerance, the primary server can be protected by a secondary server on standby. When the primary server becomes unavailable, the secondary server automatically takes over.

private IP address

A private IP address is an IP address chosen from a range of addresses that are only valid for use on a LAN. The ranges for a private IP address are: to, to, and to Routers on the Internet are normally configured to discard any traffic using private IP addresses.


Privileges define what users can do, such as arming zones, blocking cameras, and unlocking doors, over the part of the system they have access rights to.

read rate

The read rate measures the speed at which a license plate recognition system can correctly detect and read all of the characters in an image of a license plate.


The Reads task is an investigation task that reports on license plate reads performed within a selected time range and geographic area.

read fusing

For patrol vehicles that are configured with forward-facing and rear-facing cameras, you can fuse reads from multiple cameras to improve the capture rate and read rate. When read fusing is activated and two Sharp cameras read one or both of the vehicle's plates, only the best plate read from the two fused cameras is kept. The other plate read is discarded.

Reads/hits per day

The Reads/hits per day task is an investigation task that reports on license plate reads performed within a selected time range and geographic area.

Reads/hits per zone

The Reads/hits per zone task is an investigation task that reports on the number of reads and hits per parking area for a selected date range.

Report Manager

The Report Manager role automates report emailing and printing based on schedules.

report pane

The report pane is one of the panes found in the Security Desk workspace. It displays query results or real-time events in a tabular form.

reverse geocoding

Reverse geocoding is the process of converting a geographic location, such as a latitude and longitude pair, into a human-readable address.


A role is a software component that performs a specific job within Security Center. To execute a role, you must assign one or more servers to host it.

salt (cryptography)

In cryptography, a salt is data that is used as an additional input to the information you want to encrypt or protect with a hash function, so that the original information is nearly impossible to guess, even when the attacker knows what algorithm is being used.

same position

The same position regulation is a type of parking regulation characterizing an overtime rule. A vehicle is in violation if it is seen parked at the exact same spot over a specified period of time. Genetec Patroller™ must be equipped with GPS capability to enforce this type of regulation.


A schedule is and entity that defines a set of time constraints that can be applied to a multitude of situations in the system. Each time constraint is defined by a date coverage (daily, weekly, ordinal, or specific) and a time coverage (all day, fixed range, daytime, and nighttime).

scheduled task

A scheduled task is an entity that defines an action that executes automatically on a specific date and time, or according to a recurring schedule.

Software Development Kit

The Software Development Kit (SDK) is what end-users use to develop custom applications or custom application extensions for Security Center.

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Acronym: SDK

secondary server

A secondary server is any alternate server on standby intended to replace the primary server in the case the latter becomes unavailable.
Also known as: standby server

Security Center

Security Center is a truly unified platform that blends IP video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition, intrusion detection, and communications within one intuitive and modular solution. By taking advantage of a unified approach to security, your organization becomes more efficient, makes better decisions, and responds to situations and threats with greater confidence.

Security Center Federation™

The Security Center Federation™ role connects a remote independent Security Center system to your local Security Center system. That way, the remote system's entities and events can be used in your local system.

Security Desk

Security Desk is the unified user interface of Security Center. It provides consistent operator flow across all of the Security Center main systems, Omnicast™, Synergis™, and AutoVu™. The unique task-based design of Security Desk lets operators efficiently control and monitor multiple security and public safety applications.


In Security Center, a server entity represents a computer on which the Genetec™ Server service is installed.

Server Admin

Server Admin is the web application running on every server machine in Security Center that you use to configure the Genetec™ Server settings. You use this same application to configure the Directory role on the main server.


SharpOS is the software component of a Sharp unit. SharpOS is responsible for everything related to plate capture, collection, processing, and analytics. For example, a SharpOS update can include new ALPR contexts, new firmware, Sharp Portal updates, and updates to the Sharp's Windows services (Plate Reader, HAL, and so on).

Sharp Portal

Sharp Portal is a web-based administration tool used to configure Sharp cameras for AutoVu™ systems. From a web browser, you log on to a specific IP address (or the Sharp name in certain cases) that corresponds to the Sharp you want to configure. When you log on, you can configure options such as selecting the ALPR context (for example, Alabama, Oregon, Quebec), selecting the read strategy (for example, fast moving or slow moving vehicles), viewing the Sharp’s live video feed, and more.

Sharp unit

The Sharp unit is a proprietary ALPR unit of Genetec Inc. that integrates license plate capturing and processing components, as well as digital video processing functions, inside a ruggedized casing.


SharpZ3 is a proprietary mobile ALPR system designed by Genetec Inc. that integrates license plate cameras and a trunk unit that is responsible for ALPR processing as well as communication with the Genetec Patroller™ software running on the in-vehicle computer.

SharpZ3 ALPR module

ALPR modules are available for the SharpZ3 trunk unit which can support either two or four SharpZ3 cameras.

SharpZ3 base unit

The SharpZ3 base unit is the processing component of the SharpZ3 system. The base unit includes the ALPR module and up to three expansion modules that are used to add features to the system such as precise navigation, PoE ports for wheel imaging cameras, and so on.

SharpZ3 expansion module

Up to three expansion modules can be added to the SharpZ3 base unit. The modules add additional functionality to the base system. For example, you can add modules for precise navigation, PoE ports for wheel imaging cameras, and so on.


SharpX is the camera component of the SharpX system. The SharpX camera unit integrates a pulsed LED illuminator that works in total darkness (0 lux), a monochrome ALPR camera (1024 x 946 @ 30 fps), and a color context camera (640 x 480 @ 30 fps). The ALPR data captured by the SharpX camera unit is processed by a separate hardware component called the AutoVu™ ALPR Processing Unit.

static permit

In a system that uses the Pay-by-Plate Sync plugin, a static permit holds a list of vehicle license plates that is not updated by a third-party permit provider. For example, a list of employee vehicles that are authorized to park in the lot are manually maintained as a static list.

System status

The System status task is a maintenance task that you can use to monitor the status of all entities of a given type in real time and to interact with them.


A task is the central concept on which the entire Security Center user interface is built. Each task corresponds to one aspect of your work as a security professional. For example, use a monitoring task to monitor system events in real-time, use an investigation task to discover suspicious activity patterns, or use an administration task to configure your system. All tasks can be customized and multiple tasks can be carried out simultaneously.


A taskbar is a user interface element of the Security Center client application window, composed of the Home tab and the active task list. The taskbar can be configured to be displayed on any edge of the application window.

task workspace

A task workspace is an area in the Security Center client application window reserved for the current task. The workspace is typically divided into the following panes: canvas, report pane, controls, and area view.


A tile is an individual window within the canvas, used to display a single entity. The entity displayed is typically the video from a camera, a map, or anything of a graphical nature. The look and feel of the tile depends on the displayed entity.

transient parking

Transient parking is a parking scenario where the driver must purchase parking time as soon as the vehicle enters the parking lot.


A unit is a hardware device that communicates over an IP network that can be directly controlled by a Security Center role. We distinguish four types of units in Security Center:
  • Access control units, managed by the Access Manager role
  • Video units, managed by the Archiver role
  • ALPR units, managed by the ALPR Manager role
  • Intrusion detection units, managed by the Intrusion Manager role

University Parking Enforcement

University Parking Enforcement is a Genetec Patroller™ software installation that is configured for university parking enforcement: the enforcement of scheduled parking permits or overtime restrictions. The use of maps is mandatory. Hotlist functionality is also included.

unreconciled read

An unreconciled read is an MLPI license plate read that has not been committed to an inventory.


A user is an entity that identifies a person who uses Security Center applications and defines the rights and privileges that person has on the system. Users can be created manually or imported from an Active Directory.

vehicle identification number

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is an identification number that a manufacturer assigns to vehicles. This is usually visible from outside the vehicle as a small plate on the dashboard. A VIN can be included as additional information with license plate entries in a hotlist or permit list, to further validate a hit and ensure that it is the correct vehicle.

vehicle identification number (VIN)

Acronym: VIN

wheel imaging

Wheel imaging is a virtual tire-chalking technology that takes images of the wheels of vehicles to prove whether they have moved between two license plate reads.


A whitelist is a hotlist that is created to grant a group of license plates access to a parking lot. A whitelist can be compared to an access rule where the secured area is the parking lot. Instead of listing the cardholders, the whitelist applies to license plate credentials.


A widget is a component of the graphical user interface (GUI) with which the user interacts.

Zone occupancy

The Zone occupancy task is an investigation task that reports on the number of vehicles parked in a selected parking area, and the percentage of occupancy.