Generating visual reports - Security Center 5.8

Security Center User Guide 5.8

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To generate a visual report in any reporting task, you must set the query filters, and then run the query. After you generate the report, you can work with your results using charts and graphs.

Before you begin

  • You must have the Charts license to generate visual reports.
  • Only users with the View charts privilege can access the report charts.

What you should know

Reporting tasks are where you generate customized queries about the entities, activities, and events in your Security Center system for investigation or maintenance purposes. Most investigation and maintenance tasks are reporting tasks.
Here are some visual reporting use case examples:
  • Omnicast™ Camera events task: View camera reports as charts to understand activity on multiple cameras, during a specified period.
  • KiwiVision™ Intrusion detector report: Run visual reports to get a global view of your security environment.
  • Synergis™ Door activities: View events as charts and graphs to gain insights about your access control system.
  • AutoVu™ reads task: Use visual reports to help you better understand the ALPR reports for vehicle traffic in your environment.
NOTE: The Charts function is not supported for the following reports: Door Troubleshooter, Video File Explorer, and Motion Search.


  1. Open an existing reporting task that supports the charts function, or create a new one.
  2. In the Filters tab, use the query filters to create a customized search.
    NOTE: Some of the filters have a Select all button. This button does not appear if there are more than 100 entities to select from (for example, if you have a list of 1500 cardholders), because if you query too many entities the report takes too long to generate.
  3. Set a date and time range for the report.
  4. Click Generate report.
    If there are invalid filters, the Generate report button is unavailable.
    The query results are displayed in the report pane.
    Tip: You can sort the results by column. You can also right-click the titles row to select columns, then add or remove columns as required.
  5. Do one of the following:
    • If the report supports tiles, open the chart view using the toggle button ( ) at the top right of the task.
    • If the report does not support tiles, open the chart view using the Chart button ( ).
  6. Select a Chart type from the drop-down menu in the Charts pane.
  7. Select the data that you want displayed in the visual report using the drop-down menus in the Charts pane: Split by, Show (Top 10, Top 5, or Top 3), X-Axis, Y-Axis, or Data.
    NOTE: Only the drop-down menus that are relevant to the chart selected are displayed. The choices available in the drop-down menus vary depending on the data in the report pane.

    The following example shows the Top 10 camera events as a Doughnut chart.

    The following example shows the Top 5 cardholder events split by First Name and Event timestamp grouped by Day over a specified period as a Lines chart.

  8. (Optional) Manipulate the data in the chart.
    You can hover over elements in the graph or chart to display additional information, this also highlights the related item in the chart legend.
    Tip: You can quickly show or hide data in the chart by selecting () or clearing () a chart legend item.
  9. Analyze the query results.
    The query results vary depending on the type of reporting task.
  10. Work with the query results.
    Depending on the items in the query results, you can export the report as data (Excel, CSV, or PDF) or as a Graph (PNG or JPEG). You can also print the report as data or a graph.
  11. (Optional) Save the report as a template.

    If you save the report layout (query filters and report columns) as a template, it can be sent to another user or workstation using the Email a report action.


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