SECURITY: Genetec has announced the release of Security Center 5.2, the latest version of its unified security platform combining video surveillance with access control.

New features include threat level management and software-based video walls, which Genetec says enhances collaboration in control rooms for ‘a fraction of the cost of specialised hardware’.

‘We are making it easier for our customers to get a unified view of their installation, set up control rooms of the future, and effectively manage high-risk situations in a rapidly-changing security climate’, said Jimmy Palatsoukas, Senior Manager of Product Marketing.

Other recent innovations include a smartphone app which enables employees to stream footage to the control centre from their phone cameras.

Genetec products are currently in use by rail customers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Far East, managing fixed CCTV cameras at stations, maintenance depots and other installations, as well as on-train cameras. The largest rail installation comprises some 3000 cameras, and as well as being completely scaleable the open-architecture software is ‘camera agnostic’, enabling customers to specify equipment of their choice.