Breaking Down The Top Trend In Security For 2016

Over the decade that Vidsys has worked in the security industry, we have seen a giant shift in the way organizations structure and run their security platforms. The creation of the title “Chief Information Security Officer” (CISO) was necessary to encompass the role of overseeing the security and management of information and company assets. The CISO role has become one of the key decision makers within an organization, as he or she is responsible for ensuring that security initiatives align with a business’ programs and objectives, as well as that all business technology is adequately protected. Over time, these responsibilities have shifted to identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security-related processes that reduce the organization’s operational risk.

At ASIS International this year, there was a key focus on the CISO’s role. One of the key sessions called, “CISO Impact: Driving Security into the Business” explored the importance of a CISO’s team and overall impact on business success. The growth of the CISO role signals the merging of physical and cybersecurity, and Vidsys’ technology is at the center of this movement.

Vidsys was founded on our first platform, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), designed to help law enforcement make educated decisions by continuously and instantly correlating vast amounts of data gathered from any number or virtually any type, brand or generation of physical security system or sensor, as well as from networked management applications.  As technology has rapidly evolved, we saw the need for further security integration with IT to create better solutions across all company assets.

When it comes to Integrated IT and Physical Security, Vidsys is moving in lockstep with how the two disparate functions are becoming one.

Vidsys sits at the intersection of physical and cyber, and our CSIM platform encapsulates the solutions needed to drive better situational awareness, real-time data correlation, and actionable information that can do everything from improving business efficiency to potentially saving lives. Our CSIM software takes the premise of PSIM, but enhances it through geospatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface. The rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should be correlated and what should be filtered out based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. Since it’s programmed to present potential situations for evaluation, it’s an extremely valuable tool for CISOs to implement within their organizations.

With greater connectivity and the growth of IoT and Smart Cities, the merging of physical and IT security is essential to creating smarter, safer cities. A key part of this transformation will be in the hands of security leaders, proving the role of the CISO more important now than ever.

The Next Evolution of PSIM for Smart Cities

Below is an article by our CEO James Chong that was featured in Security Dealer & Integrator.

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) has become an essential security solution for many public and private sector organizations worldwide. As IBM and others have predicted, 25 to 50 billion objects are expected to be connected to the cloud by 2020, underscoring the importance of embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and building the framework for overall integration.

Smart city initiatives involve solution capabilities to enhance community safety, with integrated databases that can identify threat and risks. This is an opportunity for security integrators, who can work with cities to either design or adapt these smart communities from the ground up.

Organizational Convergence

With the trend toward converged security, the industry is witnessing a more formal cooperation between previously disparate security functions — especially physical and IT security. This includes a stronger integration between CSOs and CIOs, pushing organizational convergence to align with operationalconvergence.

When looking at Smart Cities, a further level of integration is required to create a comprehensive solution that allows disparate communication systems and organizations to work together; therefore, it is critical that security providers begin accelerating their roadmap for PSIM toward Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM).

CSIM can simply be described as intelligent software that converts massive amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information by filtering and correlating the data based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. Taking in information from video cameras, sensors and social media inputs from around a city, for example, CSIM correlates the data collected to help law enforcement and event management officials make the best decisions in the case of an emergency, and hopefully detect suspicious activity before it becomes a reality. These criteria are pre-programmed to fit each individual organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements.

There are clear values for integrating CSIM software for local and state officials to manage security around large events such as concerts and sporting events, and especially when it comes to major gatherings that present an attractive target such as the Olympics, Super Bowl, music festivals and conventions.

As many cities have come to realize, the security market is inherently crowded and fragmented, and creating legitimate and proven value-adds continues to be a challenge for vendors and integrators alike.

Read the full article on Security Info Watch here.

Smarter, Better, Faster: Where Smart Cities Are Headed by 2020

Below is an article by our Founder and CEO James Chong, that was featured on Security Info Watch online in advance of his talk at the Secured Cities conference this month. James will be joined by Julie Stroup, the City of Houston’s Public Safety Video Initiative Program Director, for a session entitled “How Sensor Data Will Shape Smart Cities” on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 pm. For registration information to attend this session and the 45 other informative panels, go to www.securedcities.com.

The Future is Here

According to a 2016 research report, the Smart Cities Market is expected to be worth $757.74 billion by 2020. Smart Cities are already taking over the globe, particularly in the Middle East where cities are being built from the ground up, providing a greenfield of opportunity to architect smart city technology into the base of new developments. Dubai, for instance, has implemented a smart city strategy which has engaged builders, government officials, and security platforms in order to support numerous facets of smart technology. Real estate developers such as Emaar Properties build “smart” into their building infrastructures, major developments, and communities, helping to shape the city in the process.

The United States is not far behind. In the last year, the White House has implemented a Smart Cities Initiative, beginning with a Smart City Challenge. The purpose of the program is to motivate cities across the country to improve their current structures in areas such as traffic management, through installing smart screens and cameras in public metro areas to make commutes easier and safer for residents. The Smart Cities Initiative will invest more than $160 million dollars into federal research, with the ultimate goal of promoting economic growth.

As discussions around the future of Smart Cities are on the rise, a major component of this movement is security. Sixty-eight percent of businesses are already using Internet of Things (IoT) applications so that technology is already in place and available for businesses and developers to gather and make the most of the data.

Let’s explore what really makes a city smart and how the security market can benefit from this transformation. When looking toward the future of Smart and Safe Cities, here are four trends that we see coming to fruition by the year 2020.

Read the full article on Security Info Watch here.

Vidsys Expands Team and Further Invests To Support International Expansion

Below is an excerpt from Mass Transit Magazine about Vidsys’ new team expansion and international growth.

Vidsys recently 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.”

Read the full article on Mass Transit Magazine here.

Ocularis Announces VMS integration with Vidsys PSIM

Below is an excerpt of an article on Pro Security Zone about Vidsys’ partnership with Ocularis.

Ocularis now works alongside Vidsys security management system in the latest integration to converge physical security products

OnSSI is expanding 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 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.”

Read more on Pro Security Zone here.