Vidsys featured on IoT Institute: How Data Filtering Can (Help) Prevent Terrorist Attacks

IoT Institute interviewed Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong about the importance of data filtering when analyzing video footage to better mitigate risk. Here is an excerpt.

Video surveillance can be a useful tool, but its efficacy can be greatly magnified using data filtering technology.

“The people who are monitoring video surveillance are already dealing with data overload. Just because you can generate more data doesn’t actually give you a solution,” says James Chong, founder and CEO of Vidsys. A real solution requires the right blend of people, process, and technology, Chong says. His company is helping monitor the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Algorithms, however, excel at collecting and analyzing big data sets based on user-programmable rules. In Vidsys’ case, the company analyzes video data based on time, location, duration, frequency, and type. Its software can also weave in relevant data from other sources, including radar, building management, social media, and so forth…

The value of an IoT platform is the ability to convert meaningless data into meaningful and actionable information. “Ultimately, it is all about data correlation and data filtering that makes for the real value,” Chong explains. What we have been doing is to help to filter data and to manage and to correlate it in real time. That is what people need to make a decision and take action.”

Read the full article on IoTi.com.

Republican National Convention Security Taps Into the ‘Internet of Things’

State and local government-focused publication RouteFifty featured Vidsys’ video technology and involvement in securing the city of Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. Here is an excerpt.

Cleveland, itself, has also beefed up security with Vidsys, a video security platform that takes info from cameras and sensors around the city to prepare for and alert law enforcement to emergencies during large events. Heavily trafficked pedestrian areas, public transportation hubs and major intersections are the highest priorities.

The Vienna, Virginia-based video conferencing service platform was already used to secure Houston during the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.

Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority were platform customers and recommended City Hall adopt it specifically for the RNC.

Hundreds of video feeds around downtown and the Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention is being held, will be integrated and shared among agencies via a unified interface.

“Vidsys is excited to partner with the City of Cleveland with securing the Republican National Convention,” James Chong, Vidsys CEO, said in a statement. “While the RNC may be a logistical challenge requiring integration from disparate systems from multiple government entities, the lessons learned and the technology employed can provide long-term benefits for the City of Cleveland beyond the event.”

Read the full article on Route Fifty here.

Empowering Next Generation Smart Buildings With Data Correlation

Vidsys’ CEO James Chong contributed this piece on Source Security about the way that data correlation is empowering the Smart Cities movement, specifically when it comes to connected buildings. Vidsys technology is highly sophisticated and has the ability to not only collect data, but to also correlate it. This ability to pull in copious amounts of data and process it quickly is especially significant to smart buildings because the data then becomes actionable, empowering law enforcement, leaders and citizens alike to make smarter decisions in the case of an emergency.

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Much like the term “Internet of Things” or “IoT” the concept of “Smart Buildings” brings to mind many different ideas — from programmable thermostats to touch-less faucets to other green-building initiatives, with a focus on environmentally-friendly an
d energy efficient designs.  While the early days of smart buildings were primarily focused on energy efficiencies, the market for smart buildings has expanded exponentially to greater benefits including life safety, security, and intelligence.  When you factor in that Cisco and other industry leading companies predict that the number of devices connected to the internet will sky rocket to as high as 50 billion objects by 2020, the reach of connected devices is staggering; and the ability to gather information from a multitude of sources suddenly opens up tremendous opportunities.

As “smart” becomes the norm, here are the top three trends that I see taking place…
Read the full article on SourceSecurity.com here.

Why Social Media Is Key To Creating A Converged Security Platform

In today’s world, the power of social media is far reaching and significant, turning individuals into walking sources of data collection and information, with single messages or posts becoming accessible by anyone from anywhere within a matter of seconds. According to the annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, 91 percent of U.S. consumers say their mobile phone is very important, just as important as their car (91 percent) and deodorant (91 percent), and significantly more important than television (76 percent) and coffee (60 percent).

When approaching safety and security, especially on a large scale, such as with enterprises, hospitals, special events or government campuses, many organizations look at the most obvious needs – physical security and cybersecurity – without considering a more converged approach that combines physical security monitoring along with IT. Even more surprising is that many organizations underestimate the power of using social media to track real-time security updates and events.

At Vidsys, we believe in implementing a converged platform that analyzes and correlates open source data with physical security data in order to provide a safe and secure environment. Below are a few of the advantages to this approach when handling emergency response situations

Faster

In the case of an incident, it is imperative to recognize the situation quickly so that the appropriate corrective actions can be implemented before it spins out of control. CSIM software makes this possible through an open architecture platform that integrates big data analytics tools, social media and other intelligence inputs to address both internal vulnerabilities and external threats. Quick access to the right data at the right time is key to addressing and resolving any situation.

Smarter

With CSIM, organizations can combine physical security with information technology to provide a more holistic evaluation of a security situation.  Sensor data, video data, identity and access data, GPS and geospatial data, and social media data are among the key sources of information from which to derive actionable intelligence. Formally integrating these previously disparate security aspects of the physical and IT components into a converged security environment is a natural evolution in our increasingly networked world.  This improved capability allows organizations to correlate data in a more efficient way.

Mobile

Mobile devices can also be thought of as sensors that can be leveraged in a security environment, enabling employees or social media users to both access and share data while also providing real-time, critical information. Employees can also send real-time updates to a larger group of people so that the closest responder to each group can act appropriately.

Actionable

A CSIM platform can convert both physical and open source data into meaningful and actionable information via business rules that correlate the data based on time, location, duration, frequency, and type. Financial losses due to a security incident can vary widely and it can be challenging to calculate in advance the financial impacts associated with loss of productivity, loss of customer business, legal fees and reputational damage.

Vidsys CSIM enabled a Fortune 50 company to maintain its security force head count even though it has doubled the size of its physical campus in the last five years. This company realized a 66% reduction in response time and a 50% reduction in false alarms from access control systems.  A major municipal transit agency using Vidsys CSIM saved millions of dollars by procuring security systems through a competitive bid process with multiple awards to multiple vendors. Vidsys CSIM’s open architecture enables end users to integrate multiple disparate systems from any brand, platform or device (such as social media) thereby increasing buying power and leverage on new projects.

As social media continues to grow and evolve, we are embracing these new capabilities and integrating them into our enterprise platform to create the best possible solutions to help our customers become safer, smarter, and more efficient.
Click here to request a demo to learn more about how social media can integrate with your physical security environment through Vidsys’ CSIM platform.

City of Cleveland Leverages Vidsys for Republican National Convention Security

Vidsys software to create unified situational awareness and safety during RNC

CLEVELAND, OH – July 18, 2016 – Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced today that the City of Cleveland will utilize its video integration and situation management technology for security operations during the Republican National Convention. Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) currently use Vidsys software and recommended expanding Vidsys to City Hall to support the Convention.

Vidsys’ CSIM platform will collect and analyze video feeds from hundreds of cameras throughout downtown Cleveland and areas surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena where the Convention will take place. The software platform will integrate multiple disparate Video Management Systems in order to provide real-time information that allows multiple agencies involved to better manage the safety of the event through a single unified interface. Vidsys software is able to collect, analyze, verify, resolve and track information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards that enable authorized users to view and manage situations as they unfold.

“Vidsys is excited to partner with the City of Cleveland with securing the Republican National Convention,” said Vidsys CEO, James I. Chong. “While the RNC may be a logistical challenge requiring integration from disparate systems from multiple government entities, the lessons learned and the technology employed can provide long-term benefits for the City of Cleveland beyond the event.”

Vidsys continues to develop new solutions that embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) and make sense of big data to create smarter, safer cities. The browser based platform has been used in numerous large-scale events around the world ranging from marathons and international sporting events, to global conferences and summits, key dignitary protection events and safe city initiatives.

About Vidsys
Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, USA, Vidsys provides transformational Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform that has been adopted by some of the world’s leading brands and technology partners within key verticals, including Transportation, Energy, Utility, Healthcare, and Government. Vidsys software has obtained highest levels of information security and assurance from both top-tier global corporations and the US federal government.

Vidsys is hardware, protocol, and device agnostic, and offers bi-directional, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture APIs and SDKs. The platform collects, correlates and converts vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information, based on the organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements. By leveraging mobile and web-based technology, the software can be rapidly deployed and provides real-time situational awareness and information management capabilities. For more information, please visit www.vidsys.com.

Vidsys Enterprise 2017 Announcement

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We are excited to announce the newest release of our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2017.  These updates include enhanced capabilities for supporting enterprise customers, such as an improved data visualization module to correlate open source and social media data, a business intelligence dashboard to provide both real-time and historic reporting data, and enhanced capabilities for supporting customers with multiple and distributed facility locations.    

As the market leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), this new platform update extends our position as the leader in the burgeoning CSIM marketplace.  

The Vidsys Enterprise 2017 Platform includes three major enhancements to the software’s functionality:

  • Virtual Situation Management (VSM): The Virtual Situation Management solution gives customers the ability to better manage locations that are distributed locally, regionally, nationally and globally. VSM provides a consolidated, dashboard view of situations across multiple, independent Vidsys Enterprise servers, significantly improving reporting capabilities across all subsystem data.
  • Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV): The Enterprise Data Visualization dashboard allows for the receipt and correlation of risk data generated outside the customer’s environment to notify them of potential impact to their personnel, resources, facilities, and brand. The platform pulls and correlates data from open source technology and social media inputs.
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI): The Enterprise Business Intelligence tool allows customers to pull data through a single dashboard and create reports on the data that is created. This functionality is useful for end users to better understand the status of data points that are occurring within their environment. The enhanced reporting module is flexible and scalable to the end user, and provides customers the ability to utilize data for budgeting and resource allocation.

While security will continue to be a core functionality of our software platform, CSIM enables Vidsys to extend its capabilities beyond physical security by capturing and correlating data from multiple non-security systems as well. Customers can leverage the platform to support operations for a wide variety of applications, such as cybersecurity, manufacturing and supply-chain systems, and building management systems.

“The Vidsys Enterprise 2017 release represents a major milestone for the company as we continue to innovate and evolve our software beyond security to a virtualized services platform,” said James I. Chong, CEO of Vidsys. “Expanding IoT application requires enterprise organizations to manage data from a wide range of inputs. We are excited to continue our close partnership with our integrators and end-customers around the world who are extending our platform to deliver services of every kind, including Smart Security, Smart Transportation, Smart Buildings, and even Smart & Safe Cities.”

The new updates provide customers with enhanced global situational awareness capabilities and the ability to better manage situations across their enterprise from any location in the world. For many organizations, this is an essential element for effective global operations, as managing campuses across the globe requires the ability to process and correlate large amounts of data quickly in order to enable smarter and faster decisions in emergency situations.  A main component of these improvements is the Virtual Situation Management (VSM) dashboard feature, which provides a consolidated view of situations across multiple customer locations.  

In addition to the software version upgrades, we are also rolling out an updated pricing model tailored to businesses seeking a Software as a Service (SaaS) approach.  The SaaS pricing model alternative will allow Vidsys to better align its licensing and services with its customers’ procurement requirements.  

Through the Virtual Situation Management, Enterprise Data Visualization, and Enterprise Business Intelligence enhancements, as well as the new SaaS pricing model, Vidsys looks forward to helping its customers improve their functionality and efficiency, creating smarter cities and safer communities across the globe.

Fox8 News: Cleveland will have new way to keep you safe during RNC: I-Team

This is an excerpt of an article and video on Fox 8 News Cleveland, that shares Vidsys’ involvement in Cleveland’s efforts to secure the city during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, 2016.

CLEVELAND, Ohio– The FOX 8 I-Team has learned final testing is underway on new software to allow police to watch potentially hundreds of cameras from different agencies in one room during the Republican National Convention.

If all goes as planned, police will be able to see city cameras on streets, plus others outside the casino, more at the airport, those at city water and power plants, and others in the Mid-Town area.

Last month, Cleveland City Hall confirmed to the I-Team, a company called Vidsys had offered to install the new software for free in time for the Convention.

Local law enforcement has pointed out, after the Boston Marathon bombing years ago, investigators spent valuable time searching for video from different camera systems. The new software here would help police see a lot more and more quickly…

Read the full article and check out the video on Fox8 News Cleveland online here.