Creating hotlists - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

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To use a hotlist in Security Center, you must create the hotlist, map it to its source text file, and configure it for your enforcement scenario.

Before you begin

Create the hotlist source as a .txt or .csv text file.

What you should know

  • Hotlists can be used with any type of AutoVu™ fixed or mobile system.
  • The source text file must be located on a drive that is accessible from the computer hosting the ALPR Manager.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, click ALPR > Hotlists, and then click Hotlist ().
    The Creating a hotlist wizard opens.
  2. Click the Basic information tab, type a name for the hotlist in the Entity name field, and click Next.
    You can enter an optional entity description.
  3. Set the priority of the hotlist using the Priority slider.
    Zero (0) is the highest priority setting and 100 is the lowest. If a plate read matches more than one hotlist, the hotlist with the highest priority is displayed first in the list of hotlist matches.
  4. Enter the Hotlist path on the computer where the hotlist source text file is located.
    If you start typing a path to a network drive, you might have to enter a username and password to access the network drive.
    NOTE: The Windows credentials you enter must have read/write access to the hotlist file.
  5. If the attribute fields in the source text file vary in length, turn on the Use delimiters option, and enter the type of character (delimiter) used to separate each field.
    By default, the option is turned on, and the delimiter specified is a semi-colon (;). If your source text file is made up of fixed length fields, turn off the Use delimiters option. Security Center supports the following delimiters:
    • Colon (:)
    • Comma (,)
    • Semi-colon (;)
    • Tab (type “Tab”)
    IMPORTANT: If your source list file uses tab as a delimiter, only use one tab space. Do not use more than one Tab space to align columns in your file, or Security Center might be unable to parse the hotlist.
  6. (Optional) To prohibit users from editing this hotlist in Security Desk, turn off the Visible in editor option.
    To edit a hotlist in Security Desk, users require the Hotlist and permit editor privilege.
  7. Configure the hotlist Attributes options and click Next.
    Fore more information, see Configuring hotlist and permit attributes.
  8. On the ALPR Manager assignment page, choose an ALPR Manager, and then click Next.
    • All ALPR Managers: All ALPR Managers, and any entities configured to inherit hotlists from them, synchronize the new hotlist.
      NOTE: Future ALPR Managers do not automatically synchronize the new hotlist.
    • Specific ALPR Managers: Only the selected ALPR Managers, and the entities that inherit hotlists from them, synchronize the new hotlist.
      NOTE: Entities created in the future that are configured to inherit hotlists from one of the selected ALPR Managers also synchronize the hotlist.
    • Assign later: No existing ALPR Managers or associated entities synchronize the new hotlist. For more information on how to assign a hotlist to an ALPR Manager at a later time, see Selecting which hotlists and permits a patrol vehicle monitors.
  9. On the Unit specific assignment page, select the specific patrol vehicles and Sharp units that will synchronize the new hotlist, and click Next.
  10. (Optional) If your hotlist has custom fields, enter the appropriate values on the Custom fields page and click Next.
    The Custom fields page only appears if there are custom fields in your hotlist.
  11. In the Creation summary window, verify that your hotlist information is correct and click Next.
    In the Entity creation outcome window, you receive a notification indicating whether or not your operation is successful.
  12. (Optional) Edit or create a second hotlist:
    • Edit this hotlist: Open the Hotlist and permit editor task so you can edit the hotlist if you have the Hotlist and permit editor privilege.
    • Create a hotlist based on this hotlist: Create a new hotlist that uses the same settings as the hotlist you just created. You only need to specify the Entity name, Entity description, and Hotlist path.
  13. Click Close.


The hotlist entity is configured and enabled in Security Center.