Keeping options open with Genetec
Fires Jadalla, regional director for Genetec highlights the benefits of open architecture IP surveillance
Why is open-architecture IP access control an increasingly attractive option for organisations?
With the end-of-life announcements of well-known access control products (and some entire companies), an increasing number of end users are becoming painfully aware that end-to-end proprietary access control systems have major long-term cost implications. Short-term needs such as securing an organisation are increasingly defined within the context of the long-term impact, and thus businesses are turning to choices that shy away from the costly constraints of proprietary access control systems.
Genetec develops open-platform software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Our flagship product, Security Centre, unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform.
Genetec recently introduced a subscription model for its Security Centre. Why is this important?
Security Centre Subscription is a new ownership option for the unified security platform, Security Centre. It allows for flexible ownership and payment options that gives customers access to Security Centre on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Subscription customers get the same on-premises version of Security Centre and pay for it on a monthly or annual basis, as opposed to purchasing the entire system upfront. Security Centre Subscription also includes updates, support and trials to cloud services.
If you could name one key trend in the industry, what would it be?
As the use of security technology increases exponentially, both in private and public sectors, and as new local and federal legislative standards and compliance are introduced, data privacy and security remain top of mind. In response, vendors will be focused on introducing greater safeguards and advanced data encryption to help organisations ensure only the right people have authorized access to security information, from capture, through transmission, into storage and during retrieval.
What is your company’s history?
Genetec is a global provider of IP video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition solutions unified in a single platform, called Security Centre.
A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify physical security systems. We established a local presence in Dubai in end of 2005. We also have a sales and technical support presence in Saudi Arabia.
Describe some of your biggest successes in the region
We have had a number of successful projects in the region. Our major project is Dubai Airports with over 6,500 cameras connected to the Omnicast system at Dubai International and another 1,200 cameras at Al Maktoum International.
Since each subsystem has been installed independently, Dubai Airports has leveraged the Federation feature from Genetec to easily access any camera throughout the airports as if they were all part of a single system. From any workstation or control room, airport authorities with appropriate privileges can get a global view of their security operations, and handle live incidents with all video evidence at their fingertips.
The open architecture of Omnicast has also enabled Dubai Airports to integrate with existing third-party access control systems. Access control events such as a door being forced open, access denied to a cardholder or a door remaining opened for too long, automatically prompt video of nearby cameras to display on screen. With this integration, operators have a comprehensive view of their surroundings, enabling a more efficient response and tighter control over restricted airport areas.