Basic map commands - Security Center 5.9

Security Center User Guide 5.9

series
Security Center 5.9
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2020-08-19

In Security Desk, you can interact with your maps and security devices represented on your maps using standard commands, such as clicking and dragging to move the map, or clicking on the map objects. The shape of the mouse cursor indicates what action you can take.

Map objects

Map objects are graphical representations of Security Center entities or geographical features, such as cities, highways, rivers, and so on, on your maps. With map objects, you can interact with your system without leaving your map.

Overlaid command buttons

You can perform the most common map commands using the command buttons overlaid on the top-right corner of the map.
Button Name Alternative inputs
Zoom in You can also use the following:
  • Roll the mouse wheel
  • Double-click
  • Press the '+' key
Zoom out You can also use the following:
  • Roll the mouse wheel
  • Double-right-click
  • Press the '-' key
Select preset Click the button, then select a map preset to reposition the map. You can also use Ctrl+preset number.

Select map (Security Desk canvas only) Click the button, then select an area with a map () to display the associated map. Hold the Ctrl key when you select the map to preserve the current map view.
NOTE: The button icon matches the icon of the selected area.
Smart click Click to enable the Smart click mode. The button turns blue and the cursor changes to a cross. When Smart click is on, click anywhere on the map to cause all PTZ cameras that support position feedback to turn to that location if their field of view is not obstructed by walls. To zoom your PTZ cameras, draw a rectangle around the area to zoom in to.

You can also hold the Shift key while clicking to achieve the same result as Smart click.

If you are in the Monitoring task, all cameras whose field of view includes the location you clicked are displayed in the remaining tiles in the canvas.

Send selection to tiles Click , then click Send selection to tiles () to enable the multi-select functionality. You can also use Alt+Click. The cursor changes to a cross. Click and drag to select multiple map objects in a rectangle. When you release the mouse, each map object within the rectangle is displayed in a tile in the Monitoring task.
Area zoom Click , then click Area zoom () to enable the area zoom functionality. You can also use Ctrl+Click. The cursor changes to a cross. Click and drag to draw a rectangle to zoom into the selected area.

Floor controls

When maps are configured as floors of a building, you can quickly navigate the building using the overlaid controls (bottom right).

All floors in the same building are linked. You can navigate between floor maps by pressing the button for the floor you want to see. Floors are labeled with a configurable abbreviation of the area name.

NOTE: If Display alarms from linked maps is enabled in the map options, the number of active alarms on other floors is shown on the floor controls.

When the same area is included in multiple buildings, like a shared parking lot, the floor controls can be used to navigate between buildings by following the arrow.

Navigation between floors uses the same view by default. Press and hold the Ctrl key while changing floors to restore the default view.

Maps toolbar and keyboard commands

Other map commands are available from the Maps toolbar or as keyboard commands. Specific commands related to each type of map objects are described in Supported map objects.

Result Action
Move the map Drag.
Zoom in on a section of the map Hold the Ctrl key and draw a rectangle around the section of the map you want to zoom in on.
Span the map across all monitors (Maps task only) In the Maps toolbar, click Settings > Span map across all monitors.
Switch to your default map (Maps task only) In the Maps toolbar, click Default map.
Switch to a different map Do one of the following:
  • Click a map thumbnail.
  • Click a map link, which is typically a colored semi-transparent polygon.
  • Click a floor in the floor controls.
  • (Maps task only) In the Maps toolbar, click Select map or click a map name.
  • (Security Desk canvas only) Click the Select map button overlaid on the current map.

To synchronize map positions, hold the Ctrl key while switching maps. The new map opens at the same GPS location or map view. Map positions are automatically synchronized between floors.

Show information about any map object Do one of the following:
  • For map objects representing Security Center entities, point to the map object, or press and hold the Ctrl+Alt keys to display the names of all map objects at the same time.
  • For KML objects and ESRI objects, click the map object to show all available information in a text bubble. If objects overlap, a list of the layers is displayed so that you can select the layer that contains the object you want to see.
Find an entity on a map Do one of the following:
  • In the Maps task: In the Maps toolbar, click Search and enter an entity name.
  • In the Monitoring task: Right-click an entity displayed in a tile and click Locate me. If the entity is displayed on more than one map, the map icons are displayed in a pop-up, and you must select which map to view the entity on.
Show or hide information on a map Do one of the following:
  • From the Maps task: In the Maps toolbar, click Layers.
  • From the Monitoring task: Right-click anywhere on your map and click Layers.
In the dialog box that opens, select the layers you want to show on your map, and then click OK.
Select a map object By default, click the map object. This only applies to Security Center entities.
When applicable, this action also:
  • Displays the related entity in a tile bubble.
  • Displays the related widgets in the Controls pane.
Show the contextual menu of a map object Right-click the map object. This only applies to Security Center entities.
Configure an entity Right-click the map object, and click Configure entity to open the configuration page of the entity it represents.
NOTE: You need the privileges to run Config Tool and to view entity configurations.
Display map object in the Monitoring task By default, double-click the map object. This only applies to Security Center entities.
View multiple map objects in the Monitoring task By default, hold the Alt key and draw a rectangle around the map objects to display in the Monitoring task. This only applies to Security Center entities.