OnSSI VMS integrates with Vidsys CSIM

Below is an excerpt from SP&T News Online’s coverage of our latest integration with OnSSI.
OnSSI continues to expand the versatility of the Ocularis 5 Video Management System (VMS) via integration with Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software. The integration allows operators to respond to events more quickly and effectively while enabling more accurate and efficient post-event investigation.

“The combined power of OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS and Vidsys’ CSIM solution provides operators with situational intelligence that enables faster, more effective responses to security events,” said Mulli Diamant, vice-president of international business development, OnSSI. “Additionally, this integration is quick and easy to deploy and use, streamlining video surveillance and CSIM functions to deliver heightened situational awareness and improved overall security.”

Built on the Vidsys Ocularis Connector, this integration supports multiple versions of Ocularis, including the latest version (5.2.1), allowing CSIM operators to view real-time and recorded video from within the Vidsys software. Video can be displayed in response to manual user selection and can be automatically displayed when an event is detected and reported by CSIM-integrated access control, intrusion detection or other systems.

“By combining our Vidsys CSIM platform with Ocularis, we are able to deliver a scalable, end-to-end security solution in an intuitive, easy-to-use format that makes event response times both faster and more efficient,” said James I. Chong, CEO and founder, Vidsys. “We are extremely pleased to have worked closely with OnSSI to continue our partnership, and deliver this powerful and innovative integrated solution.”

Read the full article on SP&T News here.

OnSSI Ocularis VMS and Vidsys CSIM Integration Streamlines Event Responses and Investigations

The following is an announcement released by Vidsys partner OnSSI. 

Pearl River, NY (October 25, 2016)OnSSI continues to expand the versatility of the Ocularis 5 Video Management System (VMS) via integration with Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software. The integration allows operators to respond to events more quickly and effectively while enabling more accurate and efficient post-event investigation.

“The combined power of OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS and Vidsys’ CSIM solution provides operators with situational intelligence that enables faster, more effective responses to security events,” said Mulli Diamant, VP of International Business Development, OnSSI. “Additionally, this integration is quick and easy to deploy and use, streamlining video surveillance and CSIM functions to deliver heightened situational awareness and improved overall security.”

Built on the Vidsys Ocularis Connector, this integration supports multiple versions of Ocularis, including the latest version (5.2.1), allowing CSIM operators to view real-time and recorded video from within the Vidsys software. Video can be displayed in response to manual user selection and can be automatically displayed when an event is detected and reported by CSIM-integrated access control, intrusion detection or other systems. Using the integrated solution, operators can control PTZ cameras and playback stored video using standardized controls across different video recorder products, and are also capable of defining, storing and bookmarking specific video clips and snapshots in CSIM situation folders for easier post-event analysis.

Ease of configuration and use are among the many key benefits of the integration between Ocularis and the Vidsys CSIM. For example, the Ocularis Connector automatically identifies recorder input video channels and any descriptive information stored with each. This provides Vidsys CSIM users with the ability to simply drag-and-drop video clips and data onto a hierarchical tree, as well as onto CSIM map backgrounds for automatic geolocation. Drag-and-drop functionality also allows operators to view and control video in window panes within the CSIM’s multiplexed display, so operators can easily switch between real-time and recorded video.

“By combining our Vidsys CSIM platform with Ocularis, we are able to deliver a scalable, end-to-end security solution in an intuitive, easy-to-use format that makes event response times both faster and more efficient,” said James I. Chong, CEO & Founder, Vidsys. “We are extremely pleased to have worked closely with OnSSI to continue our partnership, and deliver this powerful and innovative integrated solution.”

Ocularis 5 is an intelligent, highly scalable VMS platform that simplifies workloads and system management. It provides the highest levels of network and video security with features including a scrambled recorded video database to protect the integrity of recorded video and the ability to record directly to a NAS anywhere on the network. There is no need to register camera licenses and MAC addresses with Ocularis, and it features automatic load balancing for managing recordings across system servers. Smart Camera Driver technology also provides out-of-the-box support for newly introduced cameras from many top camera manufacturers without requiring users to wait for manufacturers to write and release specific drivers, allowing customers to immediately take advantage of the newest, most advanced camera features. Unique to Ocularis, Critical Camera Failover ensures continuous sight by switching to a failover camera in as little as two seconds. Ocularis 5 also allows for multiple different recorders to be combined under the same Base (including legacy Ocularis 4.X recorders) with centralized user and event management.

Vidsys Expands Team and Further Invests To Support International Expansion

VIENNA, Va. – October 25, 2016 –Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced the promotion of Tony Vazquez as Vice President of Product Development & Integration and addition of Roberto Mandanas as Global Director of Strategic Marketing to support its international expansion and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.

Vazquez will lead and oversee all product development activities for Vidsys and drive key technology integration partnerships, globally.  Mandanas brings over 20 years of corporate development, business development, and product marketing experience to Vidsys, including his strategic role at Senseware in IoT technology.

In conjunction with the corporate team’s addition, Vidsys also announced the expansion of the Middle East operations based in Dubai to support one of the fastest growing regions for Safe and Smart Cities.  “To meet the growing needs of our rapidly expanding Safe City projects worldwide, we are excited to be investing further to ensure the highest quality of support to our customers,” said James I. Chong, CEO of Vidsys.  “Our goal is to continue driving innovation while providing first-class service to all of our customers and partners.”

By the year 2020, many analysts believe 35 to 50 billion objects will be connected to the cloud.  The Vidsys software platform connects, correlates and filters data to form actionable intelligence.   As a result, the real-world use-cases for leveraging Vidsys are endless, ranging from supply chain management to public safety and future city initiatives and more.

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 info, please visit www.vidsys.com.

Vidsys featured in Security Middle East Magazine

This is an excerpt from a recent article in Security Middle East Magazine. Vidsys Vice President Operations EMEA Phil Stockham was interviewed about our work with CSIM technology in the Middle East.

Central Control: Leading PSIM developers are now looking to offer integrated security systems aimed at the growing needs of large scale enterprises and the increasing trend for smart city applications

….Vidsys is also focusing on developing a new generation of PSIM solutions offering more advanced functions for more stakeholders and greater central control.

“Solutions will continue to move beyond physical security to the broader Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) realm,” says Phillip Stockham, vice president operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

He predicts that such CSIM solutions will “encompass the needs of multiple stakeholder types under Smart City and Smart Campus initiatives and onward to the IoT (Internet of Things)” – where having a platform underpinned by web service technologies is vital.”

Over the summer Vidsys released its latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 20017, with capabilities for large-scale, widely dispersed customers. This software release included features and expandable infrastructure purpose-built for the IoT, as well as the ability to support customers with regional, national, and global foot prints…

Read the full article in Security Middle East Magazine online (Page 37 – 38) here.

3 IoT integrations needed for the future of smart cities

This is an excerpt from an article written by Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong which was featured on IT Pro Portal.

While the reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand daily and globally, few organisations realise the groundbreaking impact this approach can have for enterprise security and public safety.

Conversely, while IoT is still considered an emerging market, 68 per cent of businesses are already using IoT applications. The significant percentage of present adoption proves that organisations realise the value of IoT, even as some struggle with its strategic implementation.

When looking at the top IoT trends, most of the buzz is around “smart cities.” But what really makes a city “smart” and how can a security software platform help to enable this transformation? When looking toward the future of smart cities, there are three key areas where IoT integration can extend an organisation’s capabilities and propel them forward into a smart city mentality.

Virtual Situation Management (VSM):

Virtual Situation Management gives organisations the ability to manage globally dispersed assets, not only distributed geographically (i.e., locally, regionally, nationally and globally), but also across multiple partner and sharing organisations. Each of these locations and partner organisations could have their own concept of operations, priorities, and policies where VSM provides the ability for each entity to operate both independently, but also collaboratively, as situations arise.

VSM provides a consolidated, dashboard view of situations across multiple, and independent application servers, thus significantly improving both situation management and reporting capabilities across all subsystem data. In the case of a city, VSM could be used to monitor situations across multiple agencies such as fire, police, public utilities in real-time.

This view allows the city to narrow down searches to agency subsystems and allow for full visibility of alarms, incidents, or emergencies across the entire city from one unified view.

Read the full article on IT Pro Portal here.

How Corporations Can Manage Campus Security Across The Globe

Corporate campuses present a unique and ongoing security challenge. Organizations must manage localized, detailed processes in addition to a diverse ecosystem of technologies such as access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, inter-campus communications and business intelligence. Many corporate campuses consist of large groups of close-proximity buildings that host employees as well as sensitive customer and financial data, which can lead to concerns about security tactics. Organizations must monitor a multitude of risks, including insider threats, natural disasters, terror attacks, cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft. To add to this growing data collection and analysis, corporations must also be aware of activities taking place in the surrounding areas near the campus location. In situations where time is of the essence, it is imperative that a potential crisis be quickly recognized so that appropriate responses can immediately be deployed.

 

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform is equipped to address these needs and more. Our integrated platform allows us to seamlessly incorporate our software with a company’s specific compliance standards to make the organization run more efficiently and securely. Operating through an open architecture platform that uses a browser-based interface to share information, Vidsys creates a common operating picture across security systems, building management systems, and IT systems—all of which are major components to keeping a corporate campus operating smoothly and securely.

 

The updates included in the newest release of our CSIM software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2017, are especially relevant for corporate campuses. The capabilities go beyond security and risk management by offering insights that can drive intelligent business decisions.

 

First, through Virtual Situation Management (VSM), corporations can keep track of their various locations in real-time, as the software is intelligent enough to read specific business “situation” requirements. A situation is created when input data based on specific organizational criteria is flagged as a risk. This could be through video footage or sensors at a corporate campus entry point, monitoring suspicious behavior at a large event, or tracking access to classified areas or data through identity management. The new enhanced situational awareness afforded by these capabilities enables organizations to better manage situations across their enterprise anytime and anywhere. This is a major boon for corporate campuses responsible for managing operations and offices in multiple locations around the globe.
In addition, the Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV) component is particularly compelling, as it pulls in third-party open source data and correlates it to the organization’s internal data points. This means that risk data generated around the customer’s environment can be analyzed to notify organizations of potential impacts on their personnel, resources, facilities and brand. By pulling and correlating data from both open source technology and social media inputs, organizations can monitor unhappy customer or employee fodder via social media and take the appropriate actions to respond. It also allows enterprises to make adjustments at the corporate level to identify and rectify the situation.
Building off of this data, the Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) platform allows customers to pull all of this data through a single dashboard to assemble reports of the relevant, correlated data occurring within their organizations. Reporting is flexible and scalable to the end user, thus providing customers the ability to utilize data for resource allocation and budgeting and the support of operations including building management systems and supply-chain systems. For corporate campuses, this could identify problems with workplace and communication issues and flag questionable processes so that businesses can make educated decisions.
As companies expand regionally, nationally, and globally, having a corporate security platform that is flexible, mobile and intelligent will create a strong base for the company’s safety, efficiency, and success.

Video Security Setup Shielded Cleveland During Republican National Convention

This is an excerpt from a case study about our work with the City of Cleveland to secure the city during the 2016 Republican National Convention in American City & County online.

After Cleveland was awarded the Republican National Convention in July 2014, city officials immediately began the process of implementing a security plan for an event that presented many logistical challenges. The city reached out to many local, state and federal law enforcement partners to collaborate on a comprehensive security plan, with the realization that new and innovative technology solutions would be required for such an undertaking.

As a result, Cleveland officials selected Vidsys, a provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, to implement video security citywide leading up to and during the convention. The system was installed in the month leading up to the convention, which took place at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016.

The security management platform enabled the city to create a shared video database for real-time updates across multiple agencies, including the Emergency Operations Center and the Cleveland Department of Public Utilities (DPU). That agency oversees key agencies during major events including Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Division of Water and the Division of Radio Control. The system integration is still in place through the Cleveland DPU.

Read the full article on American City & County here.

Data keeps rail transport secure

Below is an excerpt from an article on Asmag.com that talks about data integration and IoT as important parts of a safe transportation plan. The article includes a quote from Vidsys Founder & CEO, James Chong.

Rail is one of the most important forms of transportation. Yet, with the threat of terrorism and other criminal activities on the rise, they increasingly rely on technology to protect people and assets.

“Since September 11, and more specifically following the Madrid and London rail attacks, there has been an increased awareness of terrorist threats on mass transit and the particular vulnerabilities of this transport mode. And we’ve recently seen an increase in ‘lone-wolf’ style attacks on the rail networks in Europe,” said James I. Chong, Founder and CEO of Vidsys. “When looking at threats in this environment, and with less tools in place to prevent attacks, managers need to leverage technology to help identify threats and prevent attacks before they happen.”

Read the full article on Asmag.com here.

Leading Global Technology Companies To Launch Safe City Consortium at ASIS 2016

This is an excerpt of an article on Security Today that covered the Vidsys Safe City Global Security Operations Center launch at ASIS 2016.

Vidsys, a global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced the launch of the Safe City Technology Consortium, comprised of five industry-leading product companies with best-of-breed technologies. The Consortium will showcase an integrated solution through the presentation of a Safe City Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) demonstration, during ASIS 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The Consortium partners joining Vidsys include big data analytics innovator, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; video surveillance provider, Hikvision; IT-centric access control provider, Viscount Systems; and video management system provider, Salient Systems. The Safe City GSOC demonstration will leverage the integrated capabilities of these leading technologies combined with a CSIM platform to deliver real-world use cases and solutions.

Visit Security Today to read the full article here.

4 Benefits of Creating a Safe City Software Platform

This is an excerpt from an article written by Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong that was featured in Security Technology Executive magazine. 

Amidst growing public safety and security concerns across the nation and internationally, the creation of a shared Safe City software platform, including an integrated video database has become more critical for law enforcement agencies and their local, regional, and national partners. Sharing video data across multiple stakeholders can seem a daunting task, especially in real-time. While it requires extensive cooperation and coordination across many departments, the benefits of having this capability far surpass the effort needed to accomplish this. Successful video sharing techniques facilitate transformational interoperability among multiple independent organizations that require close coordination for incident management related to public safety for both daily and special event operations…

Read the full article on Security Info Watch online here.