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AMAG releases Symmetry V8 access control software with upgraded video and access control capabilities

Published on 4 August, 2014

AMAG Technology, part of G4S the world’s leading security solutions provider, has announced the release of Symmetry™ V8 Access Control software. Symmetry V8 is available in Business, Professional and Enterprise versions, and adds support for Microsoft Windows Version 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and SQL 2012.

Symmetry V8 delivers upgraded video and access control capabilities that improve performance and functionality, and supports current industry technologies and newly released Symmetry products.

“Symmetry V8 offers many new and enhanced video surveillance and management features to streamline video recording, viewing and improve overall functionality,” said Symmetry Video Product Manager, Jim Murray. “The powerful software remains easy to use, yet adds more flexibility to the Symmetry video offering.”

Enhanced video support

Symmetry V8 supports the ONVIF Profile S camera plug-in, greatly expanding camera support for Symmetry and the latest ONVIF compliant cameras. ONVIF camera support for AXIS, Bosch, Panasonic and other manufacturers included in Symmetry’s certified camera product matrix allow dual streaming, providing customers with the ability to use a high resolution stream for video recording and a lower resolution stream for live remote viewing of their ONVIF cameras.

With Symmetry V8, users can view video from unlimited video locations and record simultaneously.

When used with Symmetry Video Management, the improved Identity Verification software supports up to three cameras per location with integrated intercom support, making it ideal for areas that need increased video surveillance such as vehicle entrances. Live video verification of card holders allows security officers to make fast, accurate decisions based on real-time feed, increasing security performance and providing enhanced security.

Symmetry V8 supports the new Symmetry NVR, which offers quick and easy setup of continuous, scheduled or camera event trigger recordings for all cameras.

Integration with Genetic Omnicast 4.8 plug-in is also available with Symmetry 8, providing end users with more choices for their video solutions.

Improved access control

Built on the flexible .NET architecture, Symmetry now allows the option to install Symmetry application services on a different server from the Microsoft SQL Server. This best practice application provides more scalability and makes Symmetry easier to manage.

The software supports AMAG’s new Symmetry EN-2DBC two door controller. The Power over Ethernet controller provides additional power for devices and locks, supports 90,000 card holders and has four inputs and two outputs in addition to the door input/output.

Mobile users can utilise SymmetryWEB with Symmetry V8 to manage access remotely. Easily manage card holders, visitor management and alarms from any location. This added capability gives customers flexibility and ease of use for their access control system through any web browser.

Symmetry V8 offers new card holder features to more easily manage vacations and temporary cards. The new card holder vacation calendar tracks employee vacations and prevents unauthorised access. The temporary card feature automatically disables the standard card when a temporary one is issued to a cardholder, preventing unauthorised use.

Symmetry V8 offers:

  • ONVIF support for Symmetry certified cameras
  • Dual stream capability that allows users to view and record different video streams
  • Support for Symmetry EN-2DBC two door Power over Ethernet controller
  • Integrated two-way IP intercom support for Identity Verification
  • Enhanced live video verification of card holders
  • Temporary card issuance with automatic inactivation / reactivation of standard card
  • Card expiry linked to one or more user definable date fields
  • New vacation-based access control authorisation feature
  • Support for new Symmetry Network Video Recorder.
  • Integration with Genetec Omnicast IP video management system
  • Separation of Symmetry application services on a different server from the Microsoft SQL Server
  • New Vacation calendar tracks employee vacations and prevents unauthorised access
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