Configuring ALPR Manager roles - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

Applies to
Security Center 5.9
Last updated
2022-10-25
Content type
Guides > Administrator guides
Language
English (United States)
Product
Security Center
Version
5.9

To manage reads, hits, and parking events, you must first configure the ALPR Manager role settings such as Genetec Patroller™ user groups, data retention periods, and so on, and assign an Archiver role to manage the ALPR images (captured by context cameras, ALPR cameras, and wheel imaging cameras) associated to the reads and hits.

Before you begin

  • By default, the Archiver uses the H.264 stream from SharpV cameras. If you want to use the MJPEG stream, you can select it in the Configuration > Cameras page in the Sharp Portal.
  • Read the following before configuring the ALPR Manager: Create an Archiver role dedicated to managing LRP images.

What you should know

  • A SQL Server Express database might fill up before the retention period ends. Contact GTAP to help you evaluate your database requirements.
    NOTE: When using SQL Server Express Edition, reducing the retention period makes space for new data, but it does not reduce the size of the database.
  • When AutoVu™ is enabled in your license, an ALPR Manager role and an Archiver role are created by default on the main server.
  • If you have a large system, you can distribute the load by creating more ALPR Manager roles and hosting them on separate servers.

Procedure

  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the ALPR task, and click Roles and units.
  2. Select the ALPR Manager you want to configure, and then click Properties > General settings.
  3. To change the location of the ALPR Manager’s Root folder, browse to a different folder on the local machine, or create a network folder.
    NOTE: If your computer is hosting more than one ALPR Manager, each ALPR Manager must have a different root folder.
  4. If you have large hotlists or permit lists associated to individual Genetec Patroller™ units, turn on the Optimize root folder disk space option.
    IMPORTANT: If your Root folder is on a network drive, the Genetec™ Server service must be configured to run using a domain user and not a local user.
    Turning this option on enables the use of symbolic links to reduce the Root folder’s disk space, and optimizes the in-vehicle computer's file transfer performance. On both the server and client machines (requires administrator rights), open Windows Command Prompt, and then type the following:
    To enable symbolic links
    Type fsutil behavior set SymlinkEvaluation R2R:1
    To disable symbolic links
    Type fsutil behavior set SymlinkEvaluation R2R:0.
  5. From the User group for Patrollers drop-down list, select the user group that contains the list of users who are allowed to log on to the patrol vehicles managed by the ALPR Manager.

    In Genetec Patroller™ Config Tool, if the Genetec Patroller™ Logon type is Secure name or Secure name and password, the Genetec Patroller™ user must enter the username and password configured in Security Center. If secure logon names are in use, when a read or a hit occurs, you can view who was driving the vehicle in Security Desk.

  6. In the Retention period section, specify how long ALPR-related data can is kept:
    Genetec Patroller™ route retention period
    Number of days the Genetec Patroller™ route data (GPS coordinates) is kept in the database.
    Hit retention period
    Number of days the hit data is kept in the ALPR Manager database.
    Hit image retention period
    Number of days the hit image data is kept by the linked Archiver role. The Hit image retention period cannot exceed the Hit retention period since a hit image is always associated with a hit.
    Read retention period
    Number of days the license plate reads are kept in the ALPR Manager database. The Read retention period cannot exceed the Hit retention period. If the read retention is lower than the hit retention, only the reads that are associated with hits are kept.
    Read image retention period
    Number of days the read image data is kept by the linked Archiver role. The Read image retention period cannot exceed the Read retention period since a read image is always associated to a read.
    Event retention period
    Number of days Genetec Patroller™ events (user logged on, logged off, and patrol vehicle positions) are kept in the ALPR Manager database.
    Parking occupancy retention period
    Number of days the parking occupancy data is kept in the ALPR Manager database.
    Parking zone data retention period
    Number of days the parking zone data is kept in the ALPR Manager database. This data includes parking session information, for example, parking session start times and state transitions, as well as information on the events that occur within the parking zone. The Parking zone data retention period cannot exceed the Read retention period.

    The default value for each setting it 90 days, and the maximum is 4000 days. Expired data does not appear in Security Center queries and reports (Hit reports, Read reports, and so on).

    NOTE: You cannot reduce the size of the database by reducing the retention period settings. The retention cleanup algorithm is meant to make space for new data. However, the size of the database file on disk will never shrink.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Click Resources > Images saved to, and select the Archiver designated to manage the image data for the ALPR Manager.
    In a new installation, the default Archiver is automatically assigned to the ALPR Manager. If your system is only used for ALPR, you can keep the default configuration. If you also intend to manage video on your system, we recommend that you create separate Archiver roles for video management.

    In an upgrade scenario, an Archiver is automatically assigned to an ALPR Manager only if it is the only Archiver in the system, and only if the Archiver does not manage any video units.

  9. Click Apply.
  10. If you selected an Archiver, click Jump to () beside the Archiver name.
    This brings you directly to the Resources tab of the selected Archiver.
  11. Set up the Archiver role for ALPR.

Results

The basic ALPR Manager settings are configured. You can continue to customize your AutoVu™ system by configuring the other ALPR Manager settings.