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Genetec unveils collaborative case management system to improve investigation workflows

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture IP security solutions, has developed Genetec Clearance, a case management system specifically designed to speed up investigations by allowing different organisations to collect, manage and share video evidence and other relevant case information.

Genetec Clearance is expected to be available in Q4 2016 via subscription, through certified Genetec channel partners and resellers.

Genetec Clearance allows police officers, investigators and security managers to gather digital evidence from a variety of sources (such as Genetec’s Security Center and other video management systems, body-worn devices, in-car systems and mobile phone footage from bystanders and witnesses) and easily store, manage, review and share it from within a single application.

Genetec Clearance enables collaboration across independent agencies and private sector organisations. All pertinent files related to cases (video files as well as audio, images and documents, etc) are centralised and can be securely shared between investigators or requested by third parties without needing to physically ship or deliver the recordings.

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As the application is not licensed per seat, access can be shared with as many users as needed without incurring any additional fees. With built-in video redaction (patent pending), the privacy of bystanders can be protected by allowing identifiable information to be masked before sending video to other stakeholders. All user actions initiated within the system, whether internal or external, are automatically tracked to ensure the chain of custody of the evidence is maintained at all times.

“The increased evidence that’s now available from video surveillance systems, body-worn cameras and witnesses can help solve crimes,” explained Erick Ceresato, product manager at Genetec. “However, the sheer amount of data to be managed can also become cumbersome to process and review, in turn increasing the time spent on case preparation rather than the investigation itself. That’s why we’ve developed a case management system to help automate certain tasks that are frequently performed on a manual basis and to facilitate collaboration between law enforcement, corporate security departments, legal entities and the public.”

Today’s organisations are looking at ways to streamline their evidence sharing process while maintaining stringent audit capabilities. The growing volume of video recordings has become increasingly complex to manage and it’s important for users to collaborate while also maintaining a clear chain of custody. As Genetec Clearance supports many common video codecs, video evidence can easily be reviewed, while also eliminating the time-consuming manual process of video codec conversion.

Designed as an open platform, Genetec Clearance APIs can be used to integrate with third party systems and automate the upload of video recordings and associated metadata to be reviewed within the system. Integration with Record Management Systems enables law enforcement departments to automate the creation of new cases with their existing record system, thereby reducing the need for duplicate data entry.

Genetec Clearance is available on a subscription basis and includes access to all the latest software updates and features. Updates are automated within the system as they become available, requiring no additional intervention from the client’s own staff.

*For more information on Genetec Clearance visit www.genetec.com

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Bosch Security Systems’ Access Control integration with Milestone Systems XProtect VMS now certified

Milestone Systems’ open platform IP video management software (VMS) is integrated with Bosch Access Control and has been certified with full documentation of testing results and Best Practice for optimal configurations. This means that Bosch and Milestone customers can count on a “reliable, interoperable solution” while installing partners may take advantage of the practical information in the certification documents for “better implementations”.

The integration between the Bosch Access Control system and the Milestone XProtect VMS was achieved earlier with the user interface via the Bosch system, and subsequently upgraded with the XProtect Access Control Module in 2014. The certification process was completed by the end of the year.

The combined solution now displays real-time access control events and alarms in the Milestone XProtect Smart Client, also providing control of doors, gates and barriers from within the video interface.

Live video and views of recordings are synchronised with all the access control events.

Milestone's XProtect Smart Client

Milestone’s XProtect Smart Client

The XProtect Access Control Module is part of the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit. The XProtect Smart Client provides a unified interface to the Bosch Access Control system with such dedicated functions as monitoring access events with video verification, manually assisting passage (controlling doors and gates, etc), conducting investigations of specific access points or cardholders, easily exporting video evidence and generating reports.

Video of the Bosch access incidents visually confirms and informs on situations as they happen for verified decision-making and efficient response. The video also provides evidential documentation that may be easily shared for analysis, rectification or prosecution.

The seamless integration of Bosch Access Control with the XProtect Smart Client means that Milestone customers can keep their easy-to-use video interface while adding access control but without having to re-train. The integration delivers real-time monitoring with video verification for fast response to incidents, including locking, unlocking or triggering a system lockdown. End users may also choose to work with the Bosch interface. The access control main system administration remains within the Bosch system.

“Bosch is one of the first Milestone Solution Partners to integrate via the XProtect Access Control Module, which shows a strong commitment to our open platform,” explained Trine Voss, head of the Solution Partner Program at Milestone Systems. “Flexibility and reliability are two of Milestone’s core business values. These are both demonstrated in the certification of the Bosch Access Control system with our XProtect Smart Client interface. The freedom of choice lets operators use the features that are most efficient for their security needs.”

Certification of the Bosch Access Control integration via the XProtect Access Control Module is another stamp of the strong partnership in the long-standing relationship between these two companies. Milestone Systems already supports the full line of Bosch IP video network cameras, including the comprehensive Bosch analytics offerings.

“Bosch’s Access Control Professional Edition is a powerful and scalable access control application that’s a perfect contributor to the Milestone Solution Partner ecosystem,” stated Rudolf Spielberger, head of the Integration Partner Program at Bosch.

“With the fulfilled integration via Milestone’s XProtect Access Control Module, we validate Bosch’s openness strategy by providing common open platform solutions for our end user customers.”

The Bosch-Milestone integrations will be on display at IFSEC from 16-18 June.

The certification documentation is available at: http://www.milestonesys.com/solution-finder/bosch/bosch-access-professional-edition-xprotect-access-control-module-plug-in/

The Bosch Security Systems division is a leading global supplier of security, safety and communications products, solutions and services. The company’s product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems.

Additional information can be accessed at: www.boschsecurity.com

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