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DW Spectrum User Manual

The Notification Panel provides centralized access to system information, with separate tabs for Notifications, Motion, Bookmarks, Events and (analytics) Objects. Having these information elements together lets you search, filter and control responses to detected events without leaving playback mode and without having to open another window that might interfere with the layout display.

The Notification Panel has three main sections: tabs, filters, and display tiles.

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Panel Behavior

The Notification Panel can be minimized/maximized by clicking on the arrow on the outer edge.

Right clicking on the background in any tab opens a generic context menu:

Event Log – see "Viewing the Event Log".

Event Rules – see "Event Rules".

Filter see "Global Notifications".

Tab Behavior

Only one tab can be active at a time. Each tab can be searched and filtered independently by time period, camera, or other parameters as applicable to the given tab. Tab visibility depends on the state of the system and user permissions. For example, the Motion tab is only available if the user has permission to view archive; the Objects tab is only visible if there is an analytics plugin on the system which can detect objects, or if there is a database of detected objects from a previously attached plugin.


The filter section has a set of controls which will differ by tab. The state of filter controls is independent and persistent for each tab when configured in the Notification Panel. The filter options to choose from are – time, camera, area for motion detection, event type for events, object type, and area selector for objects. See "Searching and Filtering in DW Spectrum" for more details.

Click on a filter control to open a menu of options. When a filter is applied it will be highlighted. Some filters can also be added by selecting an item outside of the Notification Panel, such as clicking on a camera tile or selecting an area on a camera tile to filter motion detection. Click on the X to clear a filter.

Time selector – The following options are available:

oAny time (default)

oLast day

oLast 7 days

oLast 30 days

note Note: If a segment is selected on the Timeline, that segment becomes the time filter and it is applied to all tabs.

Camera selector – The following options are available:

oAny camera (default)

oCurrent camera

oCameras on layout

oChoose cameras

Area selector – Available to the Objects and Motion tabs only, with the prompt to "Select area on the video to filter results" if an area is not selected, or in filtered state "In selected area". In the Motion and Objects tab, selecting an area simultaneously selects the related camera.

Event selector Available for the Events tab only and has a two-level menu where the second level menu options are dependent on the top-level selection. Available events are:

oAny event

oMotion on Camera

oInput Signal on Camera

oSoft trigger

oPlugin Diagnostic Event

oGeneric Event

oAnalytics Event

oCamera Issues

oServer events

Plugin selector – Only available while in the Objects tab. Its options depend entirely on the third-party products integrated with your DW Spectrum System.

Object selector – Only available while in the Objects tab. Its options depend entirely on the third-party products integrated with your DW Spectrum System.

Event Counter

The event counter shows the number of events displayed in the tiles section. Click the image button (tile toggle) to toggle thumbnails on and off, and in the Objects tab, you also have the option to click the information button (Info Icon toggle) to toggle thumbnail information on and off.

Tile Behavior

Tiles display is always ordered with the most recent tile on top. If the source camera is not in the current layout, double-click to add it or open it in a new layout tab (Right-click). If the source camera is open in the active layout and SYNC mode is turned on, the archive playback for all items in the layout will be synchronized to that camera's Timeline. Clicking on a tile opens the related archive and moves the Timeline marker to the start of the Bookmark.

All tiles have one of four priority types, as indicated with color:





The Notifications and Event tabs handle tiles a little differently depending on the event type. A notification tile may open because of an event and then close, or may open and only close when the triggering event ends or the triggering System state changes. However, notifications with the "Force Acknowledgment" setting cannot be closed until the required action is complete. Event tiles appear after the triggering event and do not close until relevant event information is stored in the system database.

Search Field

When there is a search field, text input filters all results so only the tiles that meet the search criteria are displayed.

Responding to a Notification

While in the Notifications tab, hovering the cursor over a notification displays additional information according to the notification type.

Clicking or double-clicking on a notification displays additional information and triggers a corresponding action. For example, clicking on a "network issue on device notification" displays the last frame received from that device and opens the Device Settings dialog. Clicking on an email address issue opens the Email Server Settings or the User dialog.