Creating RSA zones in Security Center - Restricted Security Area Surveillance 4.3

Restricted Security Area Surveillance Plugin Guide 4.3

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Restricted Security Area Surveillance 4.3
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Restricted Security Area Surveillance

RSA zones are created to define the boundaries of a restricted area. When a tracking system reports an intrusion, the RSA Surveillance plugin only reports the events that match the coordinates of an armed RSA zone.

Before you begin

  • Create a georeferenced map in Security Center.
  • Create alarms in Security Center to be associated to RSA zone intrusions.
    NOTE: To ensure that no alarm is missed for any target, you must set the alarm's Reactivation threshold to 0 seconds.
  • Add your tracking system to Security Center.
  • Add IP cameras that have the tracking system in their field of view to Security Center.

What you should know

  • There are two parts to creating RSA zones:
    • Creating the RSA zone entity
    • Defining the RSA zone on the map
  • If your tracking system has zones already defined in its management software, you can import those zones instead of creating them anew.
  • After adding the tracking devices and RSA zones to Security Center, you can see detected targets on Security Center maps.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Plugins task.
  2. Select the Restricted Security Area Surveillance role, and then click the Zones tab.
  3. Click Add zone ().
    The Add zone wizard opens.
  4. On the Zones page, select Create, and enter a name for the RSA zone.
  5. Select the Type:
    A horizontal RSA zone is represented as a colored shape on a georeferenced Security Center map.
    A vertical RSA zone is represented as a colored shape on an image map to add context to the location of detected intrusions.
    Vertical RSA zones are only used with tracking systems that support vertical mode.
  6. Leave the Coverage zone option off if you want to arm and disarm the RSA zone, and see event notifications on the map when intrusions occur in the RSA zone.
    NOTE: If you enable this option, the Arm/disarm page disappears from the wizard.
  7. Click Next page ().
  8. On the Cameras page, click Add camera ().
    The Select cameras dialog box opens.
  9. Select the cameras that have the RSA zone in their field of view (FoV) and click OK.
  10. If you have multiple cameras, click or to set up the camera priority list.
    The system uses the cameras defined in this list for auto-tracking and alarm display.
  11. For vertical RSA zones, configure the camera overlays.
  12. If you want Security Center to show live video of a moving target the moment it enters this RSA zone, turn on the Auto-tracking option.
    If you enable this option, you must disable the native auto-tracking feature on your tracking systems if you are importing cameras from them.
  13. Click Next page ().
  14. On the Intrusions page, under the Targets to ignore section, configure the following:
    Add or remove threat categories that you want the intrusion detection algorithm to ignore. Targets that belong to the listed categories are not displayed on the map, and do not generate events when entering this RSA zone.
    Add or remove the target types that you want the intrusion detection algorithm to ignore. Targets that match a listed type are not displayed on the map, and do not generate events when entering this RSA zone.
  15. Under the Configuration section, configure the following:
    Alarm on intrusion
    Select the alarm that you want to trigger when an intrusion is detected. The alarm selected for this RSA zone overrides the Default alarm on intrusion configured on the Zones page.

    When an intrusion triggers this alarm, only the best camera returned by the camera selection algorithm is displayed for this alarm. If no camera can see the target, all cameras assigned to the RSA zone are displayed. The system follows the Video display option configured for the selected alarm.

    New threat on intrusion
    Select the threat category to be assigned to all targets that enter this zone. For example, to change all Unknown targets to Hostile targets when they enter this zone, set this parameter to Hostile. This setting does not affect the targets you choose to ignore.
  16. Click Next page ().
  17. (Optional) On the Arm/disarm page, select events to trigger the RSA zone to be armed and disarmed, and the source entity of those events.
  18. Click Finish, and then click Apply.
    The new RSA zone is displayed in the list of zones.
  19. Define the RSA zone on the map.
  20. When using the RSA Surveillance plugin with Security Center or later, restart the plugin to see the changes.


The RSA zone is now associated with the area monitored by the tracking system. When the zone is armed, and the tracking system detects a target, the target is displayed on the map.