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.
Active Directory is a directory service created by
Microsoft, and a type of role that imports users and cardholders from an Active
Directory and keeps them synchronized.
Active Directory (AD)
The Activity trails task is a
maintenance task that reports on the user activity related to video, access control, and ALPR
functionality. This task can provide information such as who played back which video
recordings, who used the Hotlist and permit editor, who enabled hotlist filtering, and much
The Archiver role is responsible for the discovery, status
polling, and control of video units. The Archiver also manages the video archive and
performs motion detection if it is not done on the unit itself.
Archive transfer is the process of transferring your video
data from one location to another. The video is recorded and stored on the video unit
itself or on an Archiver storage disk, and then the recordings are transferred to
The Area activities task is an
investigation task that reports on access control events pertaining to selected
The Auxiliary Archiver role supplements the video
archive produced by the Archiver role. Unlike the Archiver role, the Auxiliary Archiver role
is not bound to any particular discovery port, therefore, it can archive any camera in
the system, including cameras federated from other Security Center systems. The Auxiliary Archiver role cannot
operate independently; it requires the Archiver role to communicate with video
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)
Automatic enrollment is when new IP units on a network are
automatically discovered by and added to Security Center. The role that is responsible
for the units broadcasts a discovery request on a specific port, and the units
listening on that port respond with a message that contains the connection information
about themselves. The role then uses the information to configure the connection to the
unit and enable communication.
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
A bookmark is an indicator of an event or incident that is used
to mark a specific point in time in a recorded video sequence. A bookmark also contains a
short text description that can be used to search for and review the video sequences at a
camera (Security Center)
A camera entity represents a single video source in the system.
The video source can either be an IP camera, or an analog camera that connects to the
video encoder of a video unit. Multiple video streams can be generated from the same
A cardholder entity represents a person who can enter and
exit secured areas by virtue of their credentials (typically access cards) and whose
activities can be tracked.
A cardholder group is an entity that defines the common
access rights of a group of cardholders.
A certificate authority or certification authority
(CA) is an entity or organization that signs identity certificates and attests to the
validity of their contents. The CA is a key component of the public-key infrastructure
certificate authority (CA)
A credential entity represents a proximity card, a biometrics
template, or a PIN required to gain access to a secured area. A credential can only be
assigned to one cardholder at a time.
A digital certificate, also known as X.509
certificate, is a digitally signed document that binds the identity of the
certificate owner (a person, a computer, or an organization) to a pair of electronic
encryption keys. Digital certificates are used for identity verification, asymmetric
cryptography, data-in-transit security, and so on. Digital certificates are the basis
for the HTTPS protocol.
A digital signature is cryptographic metadata added to
video frames by the Archiver or Auxiliary Archiver to ensure their authenticity. If a
video sequence is manipulated by adding, deleting, or modifying frames, the signature of
the modified content will differ from the original, indicating that the video
sequence has been tampered with.
Directory gateways allow Security Center applications
located on a non-secured network to connect to the main server that is behind a
firewall. A Directory gateway is a Security Center server that acts as a proxy for the
main server. A server cannot be both a Directory server and a Directory gateway; the
former must connect to the Directory database, while the latter must not, for security
A Directory server is any one of the multiple servers
simultaneously running the Directory role in a high availability
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.
An encryption certificate, also known as a
digital certificate or public-key certificate, is an electronic
document that contains a public and private key pair used in Security Center for fusion stream encryption.
Information encrypted with the public key can only be decrypted with the matching
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.
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
Fusion stream encryption is a proprietary
technology of Genetec Inc. used to protect the privacy of your video archives. The
Archiver uses a two-level encryption strategy to ensure that only authorized client
machines or users with the proper certificates on smart cards can access your private
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.
Genetec™ Update Service
The Genetec™ Update Service (GUS) is automatically
installed with most Genetec™ products and
enables you to update products when a new release becomes available.
Genetec™ Update Service
Global Cardholder Synchronizer
The Global Cardholder Synchronizer role ensures the
two-way synchronization of shared cardholders and their related entities between the
local system (sharing guest) where it resides and the central system (sharing
Global Cardholder Synchronizer (GCS)
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.
An identity certificate is a digital
certificate used to authenticate one party to another in a secure communication
over a public network. Identity certificates are generally issued by an authority that
is trusted by both parties, called a certificate authority (CA).
An identity provider is a trusted, external system that
administers user accounts, and is responsible for providing user authentication and
identity information to relying applications over a distributed network.
The License Plate Management (LPM) protocol provides a
Sharp camera with a secure and reliable
connection to Security Center. When The LPM
protocol is enabled on a Sharp camera, the
protocol manages the camera’s connection to the ALPR Manager role.
Load balancing is the distribution of workload across multiple
A macro is an entity that encapsulates a C# program that adds
custom functionalities to Security Center.
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
The Map Manager is the central role that manages all mapping
resources in Security Center, including imported
map files, external map providers, and KML objects. It acts as the map server for all
client applications that require maps and as the record provider for all Security Center entities placed on georeferenced
The Media Router role is the central role that handles all
stream requests (audio and video) in Security Center.
It establishes streaming sessions between the stream source, such as a camera or an Archiver,
and its requesters (client applications). Routing decisions are based on the location (IP
address) and the transmission capabilities of all parties involved (source, destinations,
networks, and servers).
The Media Gateway role is used by Genetec™ Mobile, Web
Client, and the Genetec™ Web App to get transcoded video from Security Center. The Media Gateway role supports the Real
Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), which external applications can use to request raw video
streams from Security Center.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security system that requires
more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to
verify the user’s identity for a login or other transaction.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
is a collaborative decision management system that provides organizations with new
levels of situational intelligence, visualization, and complete incident management
capabilities. It allows security personnel to make the right decision when faced with
routine tasks or unanticipated situations by ensuring a timely flow of information. To
learn more about Genetec Mission
Control™, refer to the
The Mobile Server role provides Security Center access on mobile
Omnicast™ is the IP video management system
(VMS) that provides organizations of all sizes the ability to deploy a surveillance
system adapted to their needs. Supporting a wide range of IP cameras, it addresses the
growing demand for HD video and analytics, all the while protecting individual
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.
(Obsolete) Plan Manager is a module of Security Center that provides interactive mapping
functionality to better visualize your security environment. The Plan Manager module has
been replaced by the Security Center role, Map
Manager, since version 5.4 GA.
In Security Center, privacy protection is software that
anonymizes or masks parts of a video stream where movement is detected. The identity of
individuals or moving objects is protected, without obscuring movements and actions or
A private task is a saved task that is only visible to the
user who created it.
A task cycling is a Security
Desk feature that automatically
cycles through all tasks in the active task list following a fixed dwell
Third-party authentication uses a trusted,
external identity provider to validate user credentials before granting access to one or
more IT systems. The authentication process returns identifying information, such as a
username and group membership, that is used to authorize or deny the requested
Recording mode is the criteria by which the system
schedules the recording of video streams.
There are four possible recording modes:
- Continuous. Records continuously.
- On motion/Manual. Records according to motion detection settings, and when a user
or system action requests it.
- Manual. Records only when a user or system action requests it.
- Off. No recording is permitted.
Restricted cameras are cameras that Genetec Inc. has identified as cybersecurity
Security Center Mobile
(Obsolete) See Mobile Server and Genetec™ Mobile.
A self-signed certificate is an identity
certificate that is signed by the same entity whose identity it certifies, as
opposed to a certificate authority (CA). Self-signed certificates are easy to
make and do not cost money. However, they do not provide all of the security properties
that certificates signed by a CA aim to provide.
A sharing guest is a Security Center system that has been
given the rights to view and modify entities owned by another Security Center system,
called the sharing host. Sharing is done by placing the entities in a global
A sharing host is a Security Center system that gives the right to other
Security Center systems to view and modify
its entities by putting them up for sharing in a global partition.
SharpV is a Sharp unit that is specialized for fixed
installations and is ideally suited for a range of applications, from managing
off-street parking lots and facilities to covering major city access points to detect
wanted vehicles. SharpV combines two
high-definition cameras (1.2MP) with onboard processing and illumination in a
ruggedized, environmentally sealed unit. Both lenses are varifocal for ease of
installation and the camera is powered via PoE+.
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
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
Synergis™ is the IP access control system (ACS) that
heightens your organization’s physical security and increases your readiness to respond to
threats. Synergis™ supports an ever-growing portfolio
of third-party door control hardware and electronic locks. Using Synergis™, you can leverage your existing investment in
network and security equipment.
Secure Socket Layer
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a computer networking protocol
that manages server authentication, client authentication and encrypted communication
between servers and clients.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
Transport Layer Security
Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol that provides
communications privacy and data integrity between two applications communicating over a
network. When a server and client communicate, TLS ensures that no third party may
eavesdrop or tamper with any message. TLS is the successor to the Secure Sockets Layer
Transport Layer Security (TLS)
user level (Security Center)
A user level is a numeric value assigned to users to restrict their ability to perform certain operations, such as controlling a camera PTZ, viewing the video feed from a camera, or staying logged on when a threat level is set. Level 1 is the highest user level, with the most privileges.
Video analytics is the software technology that is used
to analyze video for specific information about its content. Examples of video analytics
include counting the number of people crossing a line, detection of unattended objects,
or the direction of people walking or running.
A video archive is a collection of video, audio, and
metadata streams managed by an Archiver or Auxilliary Archiver role. These collections
are catalogued in the archive database that includes camera events linked to the
A video sequence is any recorded video stream of a certain
A video unit is a video encoding or decoding device that is
capable of communicating over an IP network and that can incorporate one or more video
The high-end encoding models also include their own recording and video analytics
capabilities. Cameras (IP or analog), video encoders, and video decoders are all
examples of video units. In Security Center, a video unit refers to an entity
that represents a video encoding or decoding device.
The VSIP port is the name given to the discovery port of Verint
units. A given Archiver can be configured to listen to multiple VSIP