LenelS2’s OnGuard security management system v8.1 unifies user experience and deepens analytics

by Janet Stroud — July 13, 2022 — Advanced physical security systems and services provider LenelS2 recently announced the release of the OnGuard security management system version 8.1, empowering security teams with several major user interface enhancements, more unified security management, cloud-enabling features, and access to deeper analytics that help facilitate intelligent decision-making. Version 8.1 provides major updates including more fully featured browser clients, modernized desktop clients, deeper integration with the Magic Monitor unified client and Milestone video management systems, support for scripted cloud deployments and more.

LenelS2 OnGuard security management system v8.1

OnGuard security management system v8.1 enhances and unifies user experience, facilitates users’ cloud journeys, and deepens analytics. Image courtesy of LenelS2

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Jeff Stanek, president, LenelS2, stated:

OnGuard Version 8.1 provides end users with the best OnGuard system experience to date and adds a variety of key features, enhanced integrations, and deeper analytics capabilities to provide security operators with the confidence and information they need to make proactive, rapid and informed decisions. With this latest update, we’ve also continued to lay the groundwork for our customer’s cloud-based future. As more organizations move their infrastructure to the cloud, it’s critical that our solutions meet them there.

Major user interface enhancements

The OnGuard 8.1 system provides usability enhancements and enterprise-focused features to many of the most used browser clients such as OnGuard Credentials and OnGuard Visitor. The latest update also includes a user interface overhaul to commonly used OnGuard Windows clients for a more modern experience, which also brings support for a dark mode that helps reduce eye strain and enhance energy efficiency.

More unified security management

To provide optimal situational awareness for security operators, Version 8.1 enhances the integration between Magic Monitor and OnGuard as well as for Milestone video management systems. Magic Monitor for OnGuard now provides the ability to view instantaneous incident-related video which enables a more rapid response. The OnGuard to Milestone XProtect integration has been enhanced to provide higher levels of performance and function.

The Magic Monitor and OnGuard Monitor clients can now respond to the full breadth of Milestone event types including analytics-based events such as exceeding occupancy limits or queue length as well as analytics from partner systems such as Bosch cameras or the BriefCam video analytics platform. Additionally, OnGuard Alarm Monitor can now directly launch the XProtect Smart Client to access the full array of XProtect video capabilities.

Cloud-enabling features

The OnGuard system Version 8.1 is also designed to facilitate users’ cloud journeys by adding new functionality for automated cloud deployment and remote system maintenance.

Deeper analytics to help facilitate intelligent decision-making

Several new features are available to deepen analysis of OnGuard ecosystem data. A big data connector exports key real-time data to Security Information Event Managers (SIEMs) such as Splunk and Sentinel for organizations with combined physical and information technology (IT) security threat detection teams and tools. OnGuard Reports continues to build-out the new browser-based reporting engine introduced in Version 8.0 by delivering benefits to OnGuard Enterprise customers, adding many new standard reports, and exporting to third-party BI tools. Third, more granular pre/post user transaction event auditing is available natively in OnGuard without having to separately purchase add-on enhanced auditing packages.

For more information about the OnGuard security management system v8.1, visit the LenelS2 website.

LenelS2 provides advanced physical security solutions including access control, video surveillance and mobile credentialing. The company’s technology includes web-based and mobile applications enhanced by cloud-based services. Incorporating open architecture, LenelS2 provides scalable, unified security management solutions to customers ranging from global enterprises to small- and mid-size businesses. Designed to be easy to install and use, LenelS2 products are supported by an experienced, responsive team dedicated to providing exceptional service. LenelS2 serves segments worldwide including corporate, education, healthcare and government.