Video enhancements in Security Center 5.8 GA - Security Center 5.8 GA

Security Center Release Notes 5.8 GA

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Security Center 5.8 GA
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With each release, new features, enhancements, or resolved issues are added to the product.

Security Center 5.8 GA includes the following video enhancements:

General enhancements

Archiver statistics report
You can now monitor the operation statistics of all your Archiver and Auxiliary Archiver roles in a single report, using the Archiver statistics task.

For more information, see Viewing Archiver statistics.

Support for Wearable camera evidence report
In Security Desk and Config Tool, you can now run the Wearable camera evidence report.
Illustra driver enabled
The Illustra driver is now available in the list of drivers after a new installation.
Support for G.721 audio in 64-bit Security Desk
The 64-bit version of Security Desk can now send audio streams from the Client to cameras that receive audio in G.721, using the Talk button in the Camera widget.

User interface enhancements

Video task enhancements
The Video task is now divided into three pages:
Roles and units
This page displays all video-related entities in an area view. Video analytics features, such as motion detection, visual tracking, and so on, are now grouped into the Video analytics page of a camera.
Archive transfer
Archive transfer is no longer a task; it is now a page in the Video task.
You can enable and disable the Privacy Protector™ and Camera Integrity Monitor modules on the Modules page.

Privacy Protector™ enhancements

Stream selection
You can now select a Streaming source for the privacy-protected stream.

Using this approach, you have more flexibility regarding which stream you want to apply the privacy protection to. Although the Archiver role always archives the Recording stream as the original (private) stream, you can select a different stream to archive as the anonymized (public) stream.

For more information, see Configuring privacy protection.

Privacy protection recording schedule
In the Privacy protection tab, when the privacy protection Recording option ON is specified, the privacy protected stream is now archived following the recording schedule of the original stream.

For more information, see Configuring privacy protection.

Video analytics enhancements

Camera tampering detection
The new KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor module ensures that your cameras are operational and effective through periodic validations, and notifies your operators when a camera has been tampered with. This is especially useful for large systems with hundreds or thousands of cameras that make it impractical to manually check the image and field of view of each camera.
The following types of camera tampering can be detected:
  • Obstruction of camera view (partial or complete)
  • Blurred image (due to change of camera focus or smeared lens)
  • Abrupt change in the position of the camera (due to environmental or human causes)

For more information, see About camera integrity monitoring.

Video export and Genetec™ Video Player enhancements

The video export and playback process is made more secure with the following enhancements.
No more intermediary decrypted files during playback
You can now view an encrypted video file directly in Security Desk or Genetec™ Video Player without having to save a decrypted copy of the file on disk.
NOTE: Starting with Security Center 5.8 GA, the GEK files are no longer used to store encrypted video. Both encrypted and non-encrypted videos are now saved in G64x files. Newer Security Center applications (5.8 GA and later) can read the old GEK files created in version 5.7 and earlier, but the older applications cannot read the new password-protected G64x files created in 5.8 GA and later.
Password protection during export
You can now protect a video file when you export. If you configured a default encryption key for exporting video files in Security Desk, you can override this setting before each video export, either by using a different password or by removing the password.
Preventing exported video from being re-exported
When you re-export an exported video file using the Save as command, you can save it in a different format (which removes the encryption) and change the time range. To preserve the originally exported video, the new Allow the exported video file to be re-exported option (default=No), has been added to the video export settings. You can only re-export the exported video file if you explicitly select this option. This feature is also exposed by the SDK.

For more information, see Exporting video and Viewing exported video files.

Enhanced system operability during failover

The following enhancements ensure that Directory and Archiver failover have minimal impacts on your operations:
Fast PTZ recovery during Directory failover
It now takes less than 30 seconds to regain control of your PTZ cameras after a Directory failover.
Offline PTZ mode
Using the offline PTZ mode, you can now retain control over your PTZ cameras when Security Desk loses its connection to the Directory (for example, during a Directory failover). To enable this feature, you must modify the App.SecurityDesk.config file.

For more information, see Enabling offline PTZ mode on a Security Desk workstation.

Reporting enhancements

New report pane column in the Camera configuration task
You can now filter the results of your Camera configuration report with the Camera retention column.

Axis enhancements

Support for large RTP packets in Axis cameras
On the Network settings page in Config Tool, you can now enable Large RTP packets and increase the maximum size sent by an Axis camera.
Upgrade SDK
Upgrade to new Axis dewarping SDK version 4.

Bosch enhancements

Ability to change username when connecting to Bosch cameras
You can now modify a username by adding a new user to the list of users in the camera's web page.